Andes Adventure

I had an amazing trip! A once in a lifetime experience, and memories I will cherish forever ... the entire experience from booking to trekking was exceptional, I couldn't expect higher standards.

Gabrielle Johnston | North Ryde, Australia
 
 
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Salcantay Trek and Machu Picchu

In the local Quechuan language, Salcantay translates to 'wild' and that is a fairly fitting description of this superb adventure. With growing pressure on Inca Trail permits and for an exciting option to walk in the Inca Trail Sanctuary without the crowds, our Salcantay trek is emerging quickly as a popular new opportunity. Not only will you be utterly inspired by the dramatic peaks of Salcantay and Humantay but the exhilaration of crossing the Salcantay Pass at 4,640 (only 440m higher than the highest point on the Inca Trail) and the contrasting high alpine and low cloud forest scenery will weave their magic as lasting impressions. Along the route we pass the ruins at Llactapata which were discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1912 , an impressive complex most of which remain covered in the forest. Views across valley to the back side of Machu Picchu provide a new perspective and to where our journey continues to end this inspiring adventure.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Depart Cusco and drive to the Sacred Valley via Chinchero and salt pans
DAY 2 Second day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
DAY 3 Commence Salcantay trek
DAY 4 Trek to Andenes
DAY 5 To Lucmabamba
DAY 6 To Aguas Calientes
DAY 7 Explore Machu Picchu and return to Cusco

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Trip Code: STM
Trip Grading: Introductory
Duration:  7 days
Activities:  Trekking
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Next Trip:  30 June 2017
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price: $1,599.00 USD

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