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Upon your arrival at Peru’s capital city Lima, a View Peru representative will be waiting for you to welcome you and take you to the hotel of your choice. Also, on the way you will have a short briefing of your itinerary and once you are settle at your hotel enjoy of your first day in Peru at your leisure to relax or give a taste of the gastronomic capital of South America.
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, you first adventure of the day will be awaiting you at 11 am, as you start your biking tour. The meeting point will be very close by at the famous Larcomar Mall and it will be a pleasant walk to get there. When you arrive you will join a small group lead by your expert guide, you will be then ready to depart toward the highlights of the city. The first stop will be the indian market of Miraflores where you will be able to purchase any souvenirs for your loved ones at home. Following by the archeological site of Huaca Pucllana an impressive ceremonial temple belonged to the Lima culture. As you bike you will encounter the “Miraflores Malecon” witness the beautiful views drawn by the coastline and feel the fresh breeze, here do not miss on the Love Park and the bridge of redoubt as you pass by.
The rest of the day will be yours to explore on your own and make the most in the city of kings, by the evening you will be dinning in a cozy and delicious restaurant of Lima.
After enjoying breakfast, we will pick you up to take to the airport at the most convenient time and according to your schedule for you to catch your flight to Cusco, you will be warmly welcome by our friendly View Peru representative. Right after your encounter we will drive you to your Cusco hotel. The rest of the day is for you to relax and get acclimatize to the high altitude of the city (3999 m; 11,152 ft.) enjoy it and maybe wonder around the cobblestone streets..
Today after enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you will enjoy of the morning free at your leisure. We will pick you up by the early afternoon to start with your city tour. The first stop will be the Sun Temple Qoricancha, a marvelous construction that was built with religious proposes during the Inca apogee. Following with the tour we will visit the Plaza de Armas of Cusco (the main square) where our guide will be deepening the information about the construction and history behind the Cathedral and its beautiful architecture. After a short drive up the outskirts of Cusco, we will be visiting the impressive Inca complex of Sacsayhuaman. As you cross its massive opening that will leave in awe, you guide will explained that this site was built for the Incas using rocks weighing up to 180 tons and that they manage to fitted them perfectly. The next stop is another mysterious site named Qenqo which means labyrinth. This site is a very interesting as is a rocky construction that is hides subterranean passages in its interior, this was also a ceremonial place where the Incas used to possibly embalm their death.
To finalized, we will be visiting Tambomachay and Puka Pukara lookout point. When the tour has finished we will drive you back to your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at your leisure and perhaps wonder around this mystic city.
Between 5:00 to 05:30 am you will be picked up from your Cusco hotel in private transport to take you to the beginning of your Salcantay trek. You will pass the village of Mollepata (3000m) before heading towards Soraypampa (3400m) where we will meet the rest of your team before heading off on the trek.
From here our trek begins winding through an amazing valley while surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of Humantay (5217m) and Salkantay (6264m). You will trek lightly with your day pack; we will carry all your personal stuff during the trek.
In the afternoon we will reach your campsite at the scenic site of Sojrococha (4180m). Here you will enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by our local cook.
Before or After dinner you will have the option to take a hot shower (doable at an extra cost $89.00 per person for 3 nights). For your Hot Shower you will receive a Peruvian cotton towel and imported organic soaps, shampoo and body lotion.
Enjoy your first night sleeping under the tranquility of the Andes’ sky in your cozy in your Comfortable tents.
• Distance: 8 km
• Walking hours: 4-5 hours
• Low altitude: 3,750m / 12,300 ft (trailhead, Soraypampa)
• High altitude: 4,180 / 13,710 ft
• Campsite altitude: 4, 180m / 13,710 ft
After an early breakfast featuring hot tea and coffee and fresh fruits you will begin your second day of trekking towards Machu Picchu. This is a challenging day as you will hike towards the Salkantay Pass. You will have your delicious lunch at Huayracpampa before descending even further into the cloud forest, home to a completely different set of flora and fauna than other parts of the hike like orchids and hummingbirds
All day you will have spectacular views of the towering snow-covered peak of Salkantay (6264m). As we continue on the trail you will notice an increasing abundance and diversity in lush, colorful vegetation endemic of the area.
By the time we get to our campsite at CollpaPampa, you will be enjoying the warm climate of the tropical forest. Tonight you will enjoy a consistent dinner, and unfortunately a good amount of mosquitos, so don’t forget your repellent!
• Distance: 16 Km
• Walking hours: 7-9 hours.
• Low altitude: 2,950m / 9,676 ft
• High altitude: 4, 570m / 14,989 ft
• Campsite altitude: 2,950m / 9,676 ft
Following an early, nourishing breakfast, you will begin the most beautiful day of the trek where you will see the region’s magnificent flora and sprawling plantations. Our trek descends into a thick cloud forest that will surround you with orchids, bromelains, and other amazing local flora.
After exiting the thick forest, we will come upon a secluded valley filled with expansive coffee, cacao and fruit plantations.
Our path takes us through the farming villages of Wiñaypoco (2650m) and La Playa (2100m) where you will encounter local families and get a chance to speak to them and learn about their lifestyle. The Gourmet Lunch is served at La Playa before to continue trekking to Lucmabamba.
Tonight we will camp in the warm village of LucmaBamba where you will enjoy your last dinner, along with dinner you will receive wine to help you unwind from your strenuous day.
• Distance: 15 Km
• Walking hours: 6-7 hours
• Low altitude: 1,850m / 6,068 ft
• High altitude: 2,950m / 9,676 ft
• Campsite altitude: 1,850m / 6,068 ft
In the morning after breakfast we will follow an uphill trail towards the ruins of Llactapata (2650m). From this site you will have a great view of the distant Machu Picchu Mountain and will be surrounded by lush greenery and bright flora.
After enjoying the ruins and the vast view, we will head down to the hydroelectric station (1950m) where the train to Aguas Calientes stops.
At the train stop, at an extra cost, you have the option of taking the train the rest of the way or finishing the trek to Aguas Calientes (2050m).
Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes in the late afternoon, you will be escorted to your hotel where you will sleep soundly tonight.
• Distance: 12 km
• Walking hours: 4-6 hours.
• Low altitude: 1,850m / 6,068 ft
• High altitude: 2,700m / 8,900 ft
• Aguas Calientes: 2,050m / 6,724 ft
Today you will leave your hotel early in order to beat to large crowds of tourists that arrive later in the morning. You will meet your guide at your hotel and he will lead you to the bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu (2,400m). Upon arriving at the ruins you will get an approximately 3-hour tour of this amazing Lost City of the Incas. Your informative guide will tell you all about the theories of the purpose of Machu Picchu, the history of the buildings, and about the culture of the ancient Incas.
After the tour you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes to catch your train back to Cusco or Ollantaytambo (it depends on availability).
Upon arrival back in Cusco you will be picked up at the train station and transferred back to your hotel for the night.
After a wholesome breakfast at your hotel, the adventure has finally come to an end, your View Peru representative will take you to the airport at the most convenient time in order for you to take the return flight home.