Day 1: Welcome to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Welcome to Perú. Once you arrive to Lima you will depart on your domestic flight to Cusco, the Capital of the Incas. Upon arrival in Cusco you will be met and get a warm welcome by the Cusco Unique Experience team. From Cusco you will be transferred to the Sacred Valley where you will have the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 2: The Sacred Valley (B - L)
The Sacred Valley of the Incas was important for the Incan Empire as it worked as an agricultural, spiritual and political center. This tour will take you through amazing scenic Andean landscapes to the interesting archaeological site of the town Pisac which were a former military base of the Incas and is where ancient Inca priests once existed. Next stop will be at the town of Urubamba where we will enjoy a delicious lunch based on typical dishes from the exquisite Peruvian cuisine. Ollantaytambo is the most well-preserved town in Peru today considering the Incan architecture and is also the holder of a great archaeological site, where big monuments are located on the steep mountain hills and the faces of the surrounding mountains. After experiencing the most important towns in the Sacred Valley you will be transferred back to your hotel in Cusco.
Day 3: Cusco City & Color your Journey (B)
Cusco City is not only the ancient capital of the Incas, but also the most popular tourist destination in South America. The city tour will take you to Qorikancha; the temple of the sun, which was the most important religious center of the Incas, where ancient temples are located and the history of the Spanish conquest and the Inca society will be found. It will take you to the very interesting Cathedral located on Plaza de Armas in Cusco which is a very important place for the locals of Cusco, there you will find some very important paintings, art and histories. The tour also goes to the amazing Inca fortress Sacsayhauman, where the Incas ones had a big war against the Spanish conquistadors, to Qenqo, a religious Inca site, to Tambomachay, an intelligent irrigation center and to Pukara Pukara, a military base of the Incas.
After the visit you will be transferred back to your hotel. At the end of the day, be surprised with your choice of a detailed coffee or chocolate workshop, go relaxing in an Incan inspired spa session or take a Peruvian cooking class and learn all about the famous Peruvian Cuisine.
Day 4: Mollepata - Soraypampa - Humantay (B - L - D)
The adventure to Machu Picchu via the Salkantay Route begins early in the morning from your hotel in Cusco, from where we will head toward the starting point of Mollepata. Upon arrival in Mollepata (2800 m) we will arrange our camping equipment, backpacks and food onto the horses. We will start ascending towards Cruzpata (3100 m) where we can enjoy the flora and fauna of the Andes like various plants, native birds, the Apurimac River Canyon, which is one of the deepest in Peru. In Cruzpata we enjoy lunch, before we leave toward Soraypampa (3900 m). Along the way, the Humantay snow peak mountain (5900 m) will appear in our view. After approximately 4 hours of walking, we will arrive at our campsite in Soraypampa. From there we can appreciate the majestic Apu Salkantay Mountain (6270 m).
Day 5: Soraypampa – Chaullay- Qollpapampa (B - L - D)
After an early breakfast we will begin hiking. After a while we will begin ascending to the Apacheta pass (4650 m) which will take approximately two and a half hour. From this point we can appreciate the spectacular views of the Mountain Salkantay, a stunning snow capped mountain (6260 m). From the Apacheta Pass we will descend for three hours and have a well deserved lunch. Two hours later we will reach Chaullay (2920 m) before we end up at our campsite at Qollpapampa.
Day 6: Qollpapampa - Santa Teresa (B - L - D)
Wake up to the sounds of the birds and beautiful mountain scenery. Todays hike will take about 9 hours and bring us to the area of Uscamayuc, where we will pass a sub tropical valley, which is rich on plants, fruits, flowers and birds. Here coca and banana crops can be observed, with luck we can also observe the famous Peruvian National Bird "Gallito de las Rocas". Later we will arrive to the community of "La Playa "(2400 m) where we can enjoy lunch, rest for a while and continue hiking to Santa Teresa village where a hot springs are available. Our campsite will be settled there.
Day 7: Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes (B - L - D)
After a solid breakfast we will begin hiking toward the Colpani village, following a rising trail, from which we will pass coffee, banana and passion fruit plantations with lovely views of the Santa Teresa Valley. We continue the hike along the riverside of Vilcanota River until we arrive in Hidroelectrica, from where we can observe the back of the Machu Picchu Santuary. After lunch we will start hiking on one of the most beautiful roads on this adventure to Aguas Calientes, the village of Machu Picchu. There we will get settled in a hostal, have dinner and spend the night.
Day 8: Machu Picchu & Train to Ollantaytambo (B)
Very early in the morning you and the tour guide will hike up to Machu Picchu. Once the gates to Machu Picchu open, your guide will take you through an amazing roundtrip in this amazing city, you will pass by all its temples, offering areas, Inca monuments and you will learn about the history and the culture of the Incas. If you are an adventurous person and want to see more of the site, you can also take a hike to the magnificent mountain Huayna Picchu, located next to Machu Picchu. From there you can walk to the top of the mountain between Inca temples and houses and see Machu Picchu from many different angels. You can also hike down behind Huayna Picchu Mountain to its cave, where the Incas once kept mummies and sacred treasures. This hike is not included in the tour package and it is much recommended to book this hike several months in advance, due to its high popularity and restricted availability. In the late afternoon your train will take you back to Ollantaytambo where you will walk to your hotel which is located very close to the train station.
Day 9: Maras Moray & Chinchero (B - L)
Today you will visit some spectacular sites in the Sacred Valley of Cusco constructed by the Incas and the nature of Peru. This private tour will take you to the Salineras salt mine which includes over 3000 salt pools, close to the town of Maras. This tour will also show you the spectacular agricultural labs of the Incas, which have shapes of aqueducts from the old Roman times. The tour guide will explain with more information the myths and ancient histories about these two wonders. Arriving in the town of Chinchero, we will stop and have a delicious lunch in a touristic restaurant where some of the famous Peruvian food will be served. Chinchero is famous for its amazing textile market and you can have the opportunity to buy a beautiful textile souvenir home. Its archaeological site is located beautifully together with the main church of the town and your tour guide will teach all about its history and myths. Before going back to your hotel in Cusco, you will get a demonstration of how the textiles in this area is hand made, colored and how the textile clothes is produced.
Day 10: The Rainbow Mountain (B - L)
Find the rainbow in the mountain! This tour will take you through an amazing journey with undiscovered lands of typical Andean views where the culture is still intact. You'll see the snow-capped mountain peaks, Andean animals and the highlight of the tour, the painted hills of Rainbow Mountain. You will be picked up from your centrally located hotel in Cusco and be transferred to the restaurant where a solid breakfast is served so you can be ready and have the energy to start the hike. The drive takes around 2.5 hours. Throughout the hike you will pass through a vibrant green valley with the impressive Ausangate Mountain showing its majestic presence in the horizon. You will experience how locals live in the mountains and even have a chance to speak with them. As you get closer to the Rainbow Mountain, you'll begin to see the first signs of the colored minerals that formed the painted hills. The hike from the starting point to the Rainbow Mountain takes around 1.5 hours. Your guide will explain what makes up the existence of the Rainbow Mountain, and finally you will hike up to a vantage point that gives you a 360 degree view of the beautiful landscape that makes up the sacred land. Once you are back to the starting point of the hike, you will be provided a lunch buffet. At the end of the tour, you'll return to Cusco.
Day 11: Farewell Cusco (B)
In time for your domestic flight to Lima you will be picked up at your hotel in Cusco and transferred to Cusco Airport. The Cusco Unique Experience team will say goodbye to you and wish you a great trip home.
We hope that you had a unique experience with us!
Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast / L=Lunch / D=Dinner)
Private transportation throughout the trip (but the Salkantay Trek)
Private guides throughout the trip (but the Salkantay Trek)
All tours in private service (but the Salkantay Trek)
Color your journey experience in Cusco
All accommodations based on 3 star hotels
Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
Camping equipment: tent and mattress
Mules for carrying 7 kg of your personal belongings
Dining tent with tables and chairs
Chef and cooking equipment
Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast / L=Lunch / D=Dinner)
Snacks and daily tea time
First aid kit and oxygen bottle
Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Accommodation in Aguas Calientes based on 3 Star Hotel
Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
Optional: Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu & Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes