Tailor Made Expeditions

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Description

The Peru EcoCamps Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu: a glamping horseback ride from the Mollepata valley, around Mount Salkantay to the legendary city of Machu Picchu [you have the option of trekking as well.] This sacred citadel has been fascinating and enchanting visitors for more than a century; it is a portal to the past, to the incredible history of the rise and fall of the Incas, the most advanced civilization of the Americas. Hike the celebrated Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, which was selected by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine as one of the world’s twenty-five best treks. Experience the rich geography of this part of the Peruvian Andes as you hike remote and ancient trails where enormous snowcapped mountains give way to lavish forests of tropical fruits and unique orchids as well as visiting a traditional Peruvian coffee plantation.

Peru EcoCamps offers a unique opportunity to experience the treasures of the wild Andes while reveling in comfort and bliss equaling any high-end hotel. The amenities at the camp extend from luxurious geodesic domes which measure three-hundred and one square foot (twenty-eight square meters) in size to the exquisite food which ranges from the simplest to the most elaborate dishes. The typical, local dishes offered on the trek showcase the fresh, natural ingredients and varied flavors of world-renowned Peruvian cuisine.

Professional guides are trained in local history, geography, and culture, and possess unparalleled knowledge of the regional flora and fauna. They have the skills required to ensure your safety and well-being throughout the trip.

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with Peru EcoCamps is an unforgettable experience!

Included
Daily mediation, restorative yoga, and energizing breathwork.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 CUSCO

    Upon arrival at Cusco airport, you are personally met and transferred to your hotel in Cusco. There are welcome drinks and briefing. Overnight Aranwa Cusco Hotel l B&B
  • Day 2 PINCOPATA ECOCAMP

    This first day will you will have time to adapt to the altitude and begin to prepare physically for the following day’s hiking. We will be picked up from our hotel at 8 am for a trip to the Condor Viewing Point at Chonta. Along the way, we stop to explore one of two archaeological sites: Kuillarumiyoc or Tarahuasi. These sites were major ritual sites during the height of the Inca Empire and still hold significance in Quechua society today. While driving further, we will enjoy the landscape of the Limatambo valley, and spot the small farming communities nestled among the valley. On reaching Chonta, we will walk for approximately an hour along a narrow track with spectacular views of the Apurimac Canyon. We are almost sure to have the site entirely to ourselves, as most tourists tend to visit in the area later in the afternoon. At the viewing point, there will be time to relax and observe the condors soaring over the canyon, while a specially prepared lunch box is served. After lunch, we continue onto our final destination, Pincopata Ecocamp. Upon arrival, we will enjoy a refreshing drink made with locally sourced fruits, after which we are shown to comfortable domes. You will have plenty of time to take a hot shower and rest before dinner, or perhaps enjoy the optional Ecocamp massage service. If resting is not your thing, you can explore the camp’s surroundings. Peru Ecocamp offers optional activities, including horseback riding and mountain biking. The day will end with a delicious three-course dinner of typical Peruvian cuisine made from the finest natural ingredients. Overnight Pincopata EcoCamp | B, L, D
  • Day 3 SORAY ECOCAMP

    After breakfast, we will drive fifteen minutes to the start of our trail at Marcoccasa. From here, we begin with a short uphill walk, before continuing our hike along an aqueduct overlooking the spectacular Rio Blanco Valley and surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Humantay and Salkantay Mountains, arriving at Soray Ecocamp in time for a nutritious light lunch. During the afternoon, we offer an optional hike to Lake Humantay, nestled at the base of the southern face of the mountain. This one and half hour trek show you the breath-taking Glacial Lake of the Humantay Mountain. However, if you prefer a more laid-back afternoon, you can schedule a soothing massage or take in the breath-taking views surrounding the camp. Overnight Soray Camp | B, L, D
  • Day 4 HUMANTAY ECOCAMP

    Today, we'll experience one of the highlights of our trip; crossing the Salkantay Pass (15,300ft/4,664m). After breakfast, we begin our hike along the valley floor, gradually ascending while crossing several small pampas. The challenging final climb to the pass will be rewarded with dramatic views of Mount Salkantay’s rocky southern face. At the pass, we will have time to celebrate our accomplishment with a delicious picnic lunch before descending to the Salkantay Valley. We will finish the day at our high Ecocamp in Huayracmachay, with fantastic views of Humantay and Salkantay. Overnight Humantay EcoCamp | B, L, D
  • Day 5 MILPO ECOCAMP

    We start today by trekking down for about an hour, before heading gradually uphill to a new trail with impressive views of the Vilcabamba mountain range, including the peaks of Pumacillo and Choquetacarpo. The trail then continues up into the high grassy plains as far as the Abra Pass, from where we will be able to gaze upon the impressive northwest face of Mount Humantay. Here we will have lunch with views of the Salkantay and the Manchayhuayco valleys and yet more beautiful mountains, including Camas, Abuela, and Yanama. After lunch, we start our hike down to the Humantay River Valley, as far as our next Ecocamp which is located on the banks of a river. Overnight Milpo EcoCamp | B, L, D
  • Machu Picchu, Peru
    Salkantay Horseback Ride

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  • Day 6 CAFÉ ECOCAMP

    After a hearty breakfast, we hike down the valley as far as Totora. Part of the hike will be along a country road before we cross the Santa Teresa River to go along the left side of the valley. This section of our route will take us through the cloud forest where will have plenty of opportunities to see unique birds and orchid species. At Huiñaypocco, our transport will be waiting to drive us to Cafe Ecocamp where we will have a special lunch to celebrate our successful trek. In the afternoon we visit the local coffee plantation where the local guide will show us how highland coffee beans are picked, processed and roasted. You will have the opportunity to savor some freshly roasted coffee and even buy some coffee directly from the local farmer. Overnight Cafe EcoCamp | B, L, D
  • Day 7 AGUAS CALIENTES

    Today we wake up to a cup of a local coffee and a tropical breakfast. There are several options for the morning´s activities, depending on your interests: a hike, zip lining or hot springs. In the afternoon we regroup to board the train for the scenic ride to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town), where you will have plenty of time to settle into your hotel and explore the small, charming town. Overnight Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel | B, L, D
  • Day 8 MACHU PICCHU

    After breakfast, our local guide will accompany us to the Machu Picchu archaeological site by bus. After checking in at the park entrance, we see a full tour of these unique Inca ruins where we will uncover the mysteries of the sacred city of Machu Picchu during an in-depth walking tour. Other options during this visit include climbing Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain. These climbs are physically challenging, but the magnificent views from the peak of both mountains make the effort worthwhile. We then have lunch at Sanctuary Lodge. You then take the bus down to reconnect with your luggage and take the train to Ollantaytambo and then transfer by road to Cusco. Enjoy a nice farewell dinner in town and toast to a fantastic adventure! Overnight Aranwa Cusco Hotel | B, L, D
  • Day 9 Depart

    You are transferred to Cusco airport for your departures. | B only

Tailor Made Expeditions

We specialize in curating bespoke expeditions. Want to summit Kilimanjaro on a full moon so you can ask your sweetheart to marry you? Plan a gastronomic experience along the Camino De Santiago with your foodie friends? You dream it, and we will make it come true.

Price varies based on the size of your group and time of year traveling. Contact us about planning your next adventure.

Machu Picchu, Peru
Salkantay Horseback Ride

+1-800-869-0538

Contact for Details

Machu Picchu, Peru
Salkantay Horseback Ride

Contact for Details

PRICE PER PERSON (double/twin)

$5,975.00 per person

Includes
  • Horses and related gear
  • Trained mountain guides
  • Vehicles w/ water and drinks and professional drivers
  • All relevant Park fees and rescue fees
  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • Supplemental oxygen
  • All accommodation and meals as described in the itinerary
  • Airport Transfers
  • Drinks on the hike (potable water, tea, coffee and hot chocolate)
  • Daily mediation, restorative yoga, and energizing breathwork
Excludes
  • International flights
  • Entry visas
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alterations to this itinerary (i.e. if different accommodations and services are provided then the price will most likely vary up or down)
  • Laundry (unless stated at hotel)
  • Beverages in hotels, alcoholic beverages
  • Hospital bills and international evacuation in the event of an emergency
  • Roundtrip airfare LIMA / CUSCO
BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS
  • Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
  • Deposit Requirements: 25% per person deposit is required to confirm your booking.
  • Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
  • The trip cost has been discounted by 3% for check payment, which is not applicable if a credit card is used. Bank wire fees will still apply.

Machu Picchu, Peru
Salkantay Horseback Ride

Contact for Details

ARANWA CUSCO HOTEL

ARANWA CUSCO HOTEL is the essence of luxury and comfort in the heart of the Inca city. Built in a colonial mansion of the XVI century, it displays several paintings of the Cusco school, colonial sculptures, and carvings that transport us to the greatness of the time. Its elegant rooms, equipped with an intelligent oxygen system, the gardens, and sophisticated spa, are complemented by friendly service. The hotel is located two blocks from the main square of Cusco.

PINCOPATA ECOCAMP

PINCOPATA ECOCAMP, Ten minutes away from the quiet town of Mollepata in the province of Limatambo. Using green technology, it offers the area’s first one hundred percent sustainable camping experience. The camp boasts beautiful green lawns and plenty of local flowers planted across the whole region. There is a large fire pit in a quiet corner of the camp, the perfect place for stargazing.

SORAY ECOCAMP

SORAY ECOCAMP is our second Ecocamp, a forty-five-minute drive or day trekking from Pincopata. Soraypampa is the beautiful and peaceful area that is only home to a few campsites and our Ecocamp, overlooked by both the Sacred Humantay and Salkantay mountains. Due to the altitude and the cooler temperatures, the environment in Soray Ecocamp is very different from Pincopata, giving you the opportunity to experience a different ecosystem. It offers lovely views of the snow-capped mountains.

HUMANTAY ECOCAMP

HUMANTAY ECOCAMP is the highest of all the Ecocamps, sitting at 12,792 ft/3,900 m. It is also the coldest camp due to the altitude. It is located on a flat expanse of pampa watched over by Mount Humantay.

MILPO ECOCAMP

MILPO ECOCAMP is the only accommodation offered in the area. The exclusive route between Huayra and Milpo means that you will not meet any other travelers along the way. The camp is located in the cloud forest region, offering the chance to spot endemic orchid species right amongst the domes. The domes all face the valley across the river, and the peace of the area is only interrupted by the steady flow of the river in the basin below the camp.

CAFÉ ECOCAMP

CAFÉ ECOCAMP, the final Ecocamp is located in the small town of Lucamabamba, in the Santa Teresa Valley. It is surrounded by local farms producing a variety of produce from coffee to exotic tropical fruits and honey.

INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO HOTEL

INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO HOTEL is a paradise where one connects completely with the sacred energy of the mountain. This luxury boutique hotel is a pueblo of whitewashed bungalows, nestles into terraced hills. Spa services use sublime natural essences, and the restaurant boasts stunning views of the rushing Vilcanota River. The train station only steps away, yet Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel exists in a world apart. An intimate eight-five-cottage luxury hotel in sprawling Adean style village within the secluded twelve acres of beauty, where guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable whitewashed casitas.

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