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
 
 

Mount Salcantay & the High Inca Trail

One of the best treks in Peru to experience the high mountain peaks of the Andes. After three days of acclimatisation whilst savouring the historical and cultural highlights of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, we commence our 6 day trek. The remote trails of the Cordillera Vilcabamba provide a fine introduction to the spectacular Andean wilderness. From our magnificent campsites we enjoy a striking panorama of 6000m peaks including the huge flanks of Salcantay (Salkantay). We then trek the legendary high Inca Trail which ends with the dramatic post card view of Machu Picchu from the 'Sun Gate'. Machu Picchu is a startling reminder of the rich and vibrant Inca empire that once flourished in the 15th century. Rather than heading straight back to Cusco we spend a night in Aguas Calientes, affording us the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu at its best, early the following morning. From Machu Picchu we return to Cusco to further explore this gorgeous city, delving into a selection of Spanish taverns, cathedrals and colourful Quechua Indian markets.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Cusco and drive to Sacred Valley via Chinchero and salt pans
DAY 2 Explore Ollantaytambo fortress and village and drive to Cusco via Pisac
DAY 3 Cusco city tour and nearby ruins
DAY 4 Drive to trailhead at Mollepata, trek to Soraypampa
DAY 5 Trek to Ichupata
DAY 6 Trek to Acobamba and on to Paucarcancha
DAY 7 Trek to Llulluchapampa or Pacaymayo
DAY 8 Trek to Phuyupatamarca
DAY 9 Trek to Machu Picchu and bus to Aguas Calientes
DAY 10 Tour Machu Picchu, afternoon train to Sacred Valley and drive to Cusco
DAY 11 Free day in Cusco
DAY 12 In Cusco, trip concludes

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Trip Code: STI
Trip Grading: Moderate
Duration:  12 days
Activities:  Trekking
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Next Trip:  01 April 2017
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price: $2,390.00 USD

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Park & entry fees valued at: $185 USD
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Fred Hollows Foundation
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