Native Journeyer 8D/7N (Salkantay Trail + Machu Picchu + Day Trips)

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Aguas Calientes below Machu Picchu shutterstock_110164496.jpg
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Chinchiilla Machu Picchu, Peru shutterstock_39009430.jpg
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Karen SAM_0352.JPG
Karen SAM_0362.JPG
Puca Pucara, Ancient Inca fortress, Cuzco, Peru shutterstock_5325574.jpg
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Sacsayhuaman shutterstock_636788.jpg
Inca ruins in Tambomachay in Cuzco shutterstock_132239921.jpg
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Pisac Fields shutterstock_189473042.jpg
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Native Journeyer 8D/7N (Salkantay Trail + Machu Picchu + Day Trips)

from 2,400.00

Price listed is the average price per person based on a group of 4 people, double occupancy. Price varies based on length, class of transportation / accommodations, travel dates, and group size. Please contact us for a personalized quote.

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Summary

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Day 1: Arrive Cusco, tour Sacred Valley and communities, hotel
Day 2: Salkantay trail, camping or homestay
Day 3: Salkantay trail, camping or homestay
Day 4: Salkantay trail, camping or homestay
Day 5: Salkantay trail, Aguas Calientes, hotel
Day 6: Machu Pichu, train from Aguas Calientes, hotel
Day 7: Cusco city historical tour, hotel
Day 8: Van transfer to CUZ airport


HIGHLIGHTS

Salkantay Trail:
• Machu Picchu archaeological site
• 400-500 species of orchids and medicinal herbs like coca leaf and muña.
• > 700 species of butterflies and 400 species of birds properly registered.
• Chinchilla, the endangered spectacled bear, puma, and other fauna.
• Hot mineral springs bathing.
Day Trips:
• Awanakancha llama/alpaca ranch and textile arts center.
• Flight of the Condor at Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary.
• Authentic home-cooked meals and cultural presentations with the Amaru, Paru Paru, or Willoq indigenous communities.
• Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Tambo Machay, Saqsayhuaman, and Q’oricancha archaeological sites.
• Textiles and handicrafts markets.

Itinerary

Day 0  Flight to Cusco with connection in Lima
Day 1 Sacred Valley

• Airport reception and private van transfer from CUZ airport to hotel.
• Awanakancha llama/alpaca ranch and textile arts center.
• Flight of the Condor at Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary.
• Authentic home-cooked meal and cultural presentations with the Amaru, Paru Paru, or Willoq indigenous communities.
• Pisaq archaeological site.
• Hotel in Sacred Valley.
• 2.5 miles / 4 km – 2 hours.
Day 2 Cusco to Salkantay Trail (Mollepata)
• Transfer from Cusco to Mollepata, then pass through Markuk’asa and Soraypampa communities.
• Camping or homestay.
• Lunch and dinner provided.
• 9 miles / 15 km – 6-8 hours.
Day 3 Soraypampa to Challhuay
• Pass through Salkantay Pass (4640 m / 15,000 ft)
• Camping or homestay.
• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.
• 9 miles / 15 km – 6-8 hours.
Day 4 Challhuay to Santa Teresa
• Hydroelectric plant and hot springs baths.
• Camping or homestay.
• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.
• 7.5 miles / 12 km – 4-6 hours.
Day 5 Santa Teresa to Machu Picchu
• Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.
• 7.5 miles / 12 km – 4-6 hours.
Day 6 Machu Picchu
• Machu Picchu Citadel - Wayna Picchu (optional advance purchase) - Aguas Calientes hot springs baths
• Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
• Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
• Hotel in Cusco.
• Breakfast provided.
• 2.5 miles / 4 km – 2 hours intermittent walking.
Day 7 Cusco City Historical Tour
• Via private van, walking, or horseback.
• Includes Q’enqo, Tambo Machay, Puca Pucara, Templo de la Luna, Saqsayhuaman, cathedral, and Q’oricancha.
• Hotel in Cusco.
• 1-2 miles / 2-5 km – 1-2 hours intermittent walking for car and horseback tours.
• 3-5 miles / 5-8 km – 3-4 hours for walking tours.
Day 8 Private van transfer from Cusco hotel to CUZ airport.

Have more time? Add the Amazon jungle, Lake Titicaca, or more day trips.


IMPORTANT NOTES

• During April 2016, certain sections of Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu will be closed for sustainability.
• Entry to climb Wayna Picchu (the “Young Mountain” overlooking Machu Picchu citadel) is also restricted to 400 people per day and requires an additional ticket purchased in advance. Please inform your adventure specialist of your interest to verify availability.
• Exact distance per day and specific campsites are subject to change at the discretion of your guide and the Peruvian government’s national park service. Your tour guide will brief you on your exact itinerary prior to departure.

Pricing

Number of Passengers Tour Only (Camping, No Hotels) Homestay + Standard 3-Star Hotels Camping + Standard 3-Star Hotels Camping + Superior 4-Star Hotels 5-Star Mountain Lodges*/Hotels
1 $5600 $5250 $6250 $6900 $9250
2 $3400 $3300 $3750 $4050 $8000
3 $2700 $3000 $3150 $3550 $7800
4 $2400 $2600 $2700 $3100 $7500
5 $2200 $2500 $2600 $3000 $7400
6 $2100 $2250 $2400 $2750 $7250

7+ Passengers - Please contact us for special group pricing.

*The Mountain Lodges Package is 10D/9N total. It includes the same itinerary plus 2 additional days/nights hiking the Salkantay Trail. Horseback option also available. 50% single supplement fee.

For discounted pricing on shared tours see our Fixed Departure Tours.

All prices are USD. Price listed is the price per person based on double occupancy by non-Peruvians in standard accommodations. Pricing and product availability are subject to change without notice until purchased. Please Request a Reservation for exact pricing and to determine departure date availability.

Amid the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu I muse on the bewildering romance of the ancient builders who, ages ago, sought refuge in a region which appears to have been expressly designed by nature as a sanctuary for the oppressed, a place where they might fearlessly and patiently give expression to their passion for walls of enduring beauty.
— HIram Bingham
 

FAST FACTS

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Surface: Variable terrain, rocky talus/scree
Activity level: Level 3 – Challenging
Total distance on foot:
     ◦Salkantay Trail: 37 miles / 59 km
     ◦Day Trips: 1-3 miles / 2-5 km per day
•Average daily walking time:
     ◦Salkantay Trail: 5-8 hours per day
     ◦Day Trips: 1-2 hours intermittent walking per day
Altitude: 6,469 – 15,118 ft / 1,972 – 4,608 m
Availability: Daily, year-round
•Calendar
     ◦Apr-Oct: best
     ◦Nov & Mar: fair
     ◦Dec-Feb: wet
•Accommodations:
     ◦Salkantay Trail: 3 nights camping or homestay
     ◦Day Trips: 4 nights in 3-4 or 5-star hotels
Meals:
     ◦Salkantay Trail: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
     ◦Day Trips: meals not included
Weather: Warm days, cold nights, 1st night of trek below freezing
•Restrictions: None


INCLUDED

• Travel insurance.
• Entry to Machu Picchu and Cusco archaeological complexes.
• Private transportation on Day Trips.
• Private English/Spanish/Quechua bilingual professional guides (other languages may be available with advance request).
• Bus from Machu Picchu park to Aguas Calientes.
• Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes and transfer to hotel.
• Horses/mules and horsemen for camping/kitchen gear, provisions, and 5 kg personal items.
• Camping equipment and sleeping bags (please request upon booking).
• Meals according to the itinerary (vegetarian available upon request).

NOT INCLUDED

• International or domestic airfare.
• Meals not specified in the itinerary.
• Visa fees (if any) or taxes.
• Tips for personnel: guide, etc.
• Extra services (spa, laundry, etc), personal items, or additional tours not listed in the program itinerary.
• Local taxes (18% IGV) on all services applicable to Peruvians, foreign residents in Peru, and tourists traveling in Peru for 60+ days.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

•    Horse for high-altitude climb or injuries - $30 USD per day.


RECOMMENDATIONS

• We recommend that travelers stay two or more nights in high altitude prior to participation in this trek. Please let us know if we can adjust your itinerary to allow you more time to acclimate.
• In the Andes the split between dry and wet seasons is acute. The dry season runs from April to October (the best time for hiking); the rainy season goes from November through March. Temperatures can vary significantly, from about 50-82ºF (10-28º C) in the day to 32-50ºF (0-10ºC) at night, depending more on the altitude than the time of year.
• LAN and its partners are the only international airlines to offer flights to Cusco. If you need help booking domestic flights in Peru, let us know via email or in your Request Reservation form.
• Many international flights arrive at Lima airport in the late evening, while flights to Cusco and other domestic airports leave from 6 to 11 am. If you have a long layover and would like to add a hotel (onsite at the airport) to your package, please let us know.
• Read about What to Bring on your trip.


Our trip to Peru was fabulous! We loved the Spanish colonial architecture in Cusco, and were blown away by Machu Picchu! The way the Incans were able to build without using mortar and having virtually no space between blocks was incredible. Their walls and dwellings have lasted several centuries with little or no signs of decay. Our guide was of Incan descent, spoke several languages, and was one of the best we’ve ever had in all our travels! She was very personable and accommodating, and had a wealth of interesting information. We would highly recommend Native Tours for your trip to Peru!
— Ted and Jane S. Peoria, IL

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