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Inca Tradition and Salkantay Trek

8 Days

Start
Cusco -
End
 Cusco


From
858 USD

Trip Code: ITST8D


8 Days Experience: Stand up Paddle in Piuray Lake – Homestay – Inca Textile and Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Inca Tradition & Salkantay Trek, the best way to experience Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with Stand Up Paddle in Piuray Lake, homestay, local living and weaving demonstration in Chinchero (Taucca Community). This trip itinerary it is designed to support local andean families in Taucca Community.

Salkantay Trek & Inca Tradition:

Day 1 – Arrival to Cusco – Acclimatization day

Upon arrival to Cusco Airport, assistance and transfer to your hotel, free day to take a leisurely walk around the ancient capital of the Incas or to acclimatize to the high altitude setting, in the evening at 07:00 pm briefing for Inca Tradition Salkantay Trek – Overnight in Cusco Hotel
Meals Included: None

Day 2 – Cusco – Stand Up Paddle in Piuray Lake – Home Stay in Taucca Community

Pick up from your hotel at 8:00am, our journey begins from Cusco with a scenic view to the mountains, in 45 minutes we will reach Piuray lake, which is on 3,720 above sea level. Once settled we begin with a gentle breathing exercise, a yoga-based warm up, and a SUP and safety briefing on land. We then enjoy a leisurely paddle in mirror flat waters ideal for beginners and experts alike. Returning to land our private transport will transport us to Taucca community to enjoy our traditional lunch with the local families from the area. After your delicious lunch at your home stay and spend the afternoon learning about daily life at Taucca community. You may help take the sheep or cattle out to graze or garden if the season is right. You can take walks, hikes or just have a rest, later on after dinner enjoy a small celebration with traditional music. Overnight at the Home stay; It has basic but comfortable facilities, good mattress, blankets & sheets and clean toilet – Overnight in Taucca community – Homestay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Inca Textile demonstration – Humantay Lake – Soray Pampa

Have breakfast at your home stay, at around 08:00 am we will learn about the dyeing and weaving process. here we will see how the local women use the natural plants, roots, seeds, leaves and insects to dye the alpaca wool, there you can choose to do a weaving lesson to learn the basic structure of weaving.
At around 09:30 am, pick up from home stay in Taucca community and travel by our personal transport to Soraypampa (3850m/12631ft) an amazing 3.1/2-hours long journey through Izcuchaca and Limatambo, with an amazing view of the “Mountain of Salkantay” in the Cordillera of Vilcanota, along the way we can see magnificent views of the chains of snowcapped Vilcabamba, the colorful village of Mollepata and the lush Apurimac River Valley. We arrive to Soraypampa, here you will begin our hike to Humantay Lake; you begin an ascent up the slopes that border the plateau. An hour and half later, after making your way over the final hill, you will be stunned to see the turquoise water of the lake, made even more spectacular by the sight of the Humantay glacier looming behind it. Here you will have a chance to relax, enjoy a snack and meditate in the tranquility of this magical spot. After we will descent back to Soraypampa where we will enjoy our lunch, the rest of the afternoon free to relax and acclimatize on this high elevation, after dinner we spend the night in this base camp situated at (3850m/12631ft) – Overnight at the campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Box-Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Salkantay Trek: Soraypampa to Collpapampa

Early morning you have breakfast and then hit the Salkantay Trek, a moderate climb for around 4 hours and a half to reach the Abra Salkantay (4600m/15088ft). Here you can catch a glimpse of Cusco’s second highest peak, the dazzling snow capped Mount Salkantay (6264m/20546ft) and also the snow capped mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small lakes and moraines. In the Abra Salkantay, you can follow the tradition of leaving a rock that you carried from the bottom as a present from you to the Abra Salkantay. (In ancient Inca times the hikers used to leave their shoes at the top along with clothes, jewels or simply a piece of rock as an offering). We proceed further and hike for 3 hours downhill to get lunch in Huayracmachay (3850m/12628ft). From here, we trek downhill towards a supposed cloud forest where climate is more tropical. A lengthy but pleasant descent along the banks of the Salkantay River leads us to our next campsite located at Collpapampa (2890m/9479ft), in the afternoon, where we stay for the night. Here we will feast upon a well prepared dinner and rest after this tiring day – Overnight at the campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – Salkantay Trek: Collpapampa to Lucmabamba

Day 3 of our trip is a little easier but it too offers breathtaking views as the rest with endless chances to appreciate the fascinating wildlife inhabiting the region. You will begin your trek after breakfast, alongside the mesmerizing Santa Teresa Riverbanks. Along the path we see plantations of avocado, coffee, and banana, and lively local flora. Bask in the beauty of the vegetation which becomes increasingly lusher and greener as you proceed. On this day we proceed with our Salkantay Trek completing a pleasant trek along the river of Santa Teresa – you will also get enough time to take a shower in the waterfalls, take beautiful pictures, and if lucky, you will be able to see the famous ”Gallito de las Rocas”, a Peruvian National Bird. You will arrive to Lucmabamba campsite (2400m/7874ft), a tiny village is situated here and has a shop and electricity, where you can use the shower and toilet facilities – Overnight at the campsite
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Salkantay Trek: from Lucmabamba towards Aguas Calientes

On the last day you depart the valley to begin climbing upwards on the trail through lovely forestland till you arrive at the splendid archeological site of Llactapata, which was only recently discovered. From that point, you will be able to appreciate the spectacular views of both, the grandiose Mount Salkantay and Machu Picchu.
To reach Llactapata Inca site, we climb up for about 2 hours with an amazing view of Santa Teresa Valley. We can have an outstanding spectacle of the Incas’ Lost City from here as well as of the infamous Machu Picchu with a distinct angle. We get to see a dazzling view of nature at Llaqtapata’s lookout point (2650m/8692ft). This will be our first archaeological site we will see during the Salkantay Trek, here your guide will explane to you about the importance of this Inca site. From here we will be able to see not only the ruins of Machu Picchu from this spot, but also Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain. After we will continue 2 hours downhill to Hidroelectrica train station, here we will have lunch. After Lunch you have two options to choose.
1) If you are exhausted, you may take the train to Aguas Calientes ($31.00 extra per person).
2) If you are still eager to hike, you may walk from Hidroeléctrica to Aguas Calientes for about 3 hours along the train track – Overnight in Aguas Calientes Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – Tour to Machu Picchu and Back to Cusco

Excursion to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, short ride (25 minutes) up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, and you will participate in a guided tour, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the most important preserved Intihuatana, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows.
Optional climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain; from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant (not included in the price): In the afternoon you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for the train ride to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival assistance at the station and transport to your Cusco hotel – Overnight in Cusco Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 – Departure from Cusco

At scheduled time, pick up from your hotel and transfer to Cusco Airport – End
Meals Included: None

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South Peru, Perú
8 Days
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