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Trek into the Andes on this less-crowded alternative to reach Machu Picchu. Visit local markets, temples, and coffee farms while marveling at the beautiful scenery. 

 

Price: Starting from $1,658

Duration: 8 days (April-october)

Activity Level: 1 2 3 4 5

 
 

PRICE: $1950

Student (15% discount): $1658
Private Departure (1-4 pax): $2535
Private Departure (5-10 pax): $1950

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive to Cusco
Day 2: Day hike to Sacred Valley
Day 3: Trek to Salkantay Pampa
Day 4: Trek over Salkantay Pass to Colcapampa
Day 5: Trek to homestay in Lucmabamba
Day 6: Complete trek and travel to Aguas Calientes
Day 7: Explore Machu Picchu and return to Cusco
Day 8: International departures

Please note: Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart Peru. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers.

 

Arrival DateEnd DateStatus
April 14, 2017April 21, 2017Open
April 28, 2017May 5, 2017Open
May 5, 2017May 12, 2017Open
May 19, 2017May 26, 2017Open
May 26, 2017June 2, 2017Open
June 9, 2017June 16, 2017Open
June 23, 2017June 30, 2017Open
June 30, 2017July 7, 2017Open
July 7, 2017July 14, 2017Open
July 21, 2017July 28, 2017Open
August 4, 2017August 11, 2017Open
August 18, 2017August 25, 2017Open
September 1, 2017September 8, 2017Open
September 4, 2017September 11, 2017Open
September 15, 2017September 22, 2017Open
September 29, 2017October 6, 2017Open
October 6, 2017October 13, 2017Open

inclusions

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
  • airport transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation in Cusco
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • 3 nights camping
  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
  • trekking permits and entry fees
  • farewell dinner
  • guide & porter services
  • all ground transportation to/from trail

NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
  • trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks during trek
  • beverages outside of designated meals

itinerary

Day 1: Cusco (11,155ft/3400m). Upon your arrival to the airport in Cusco, a OneSeed staff member will be there to greet you and take you to our partner lodge, located in the charming historic district of San Blas. The lodge is centrally located and only a few minutes’ walk from the Plaza de Armas, the beautiful and bustling town center. Meet your expedition group at 5:00pm.

Inclusions: Airport transfer, orientation talk and accommodations (based on double-occupancy)

Day 2: Cusco (11,155ft/3400m). In order to acclimate to the altitude, head to the Sacred Valley. Get a chance to visit the village of Pisac, where you will stop by a traditional market and see the Citadel of Pisac on a guided tour. Check out the Ollantaytambo ruins, which consists of enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished to fit together seamlessly. Arrive to Cusco around 6:30-7:00pm.

Inclusions: Breakfast, lunch, and accommodations (based on double-occupancy).

Day 3: from Cusco to Salkantay Pampa (13,451ft/4100m). In the morning, take the 3-hour trip to Mollepata, a small village located at the edge of the cloud forest.  From here, you will be able to enjoy our first views of Salkantay, which reaches 20,691 ft! Take a break to enjoy the landscape before continuing on to Challa’cancha, our trek departure point. In Challa’cancha, meet the assistant guides and began the 2-hour hike to Soraypampa, where you will eat lunch. From there, continue hiking another 3½ hours to Salkantay Pampa, where you will camp for the night.

Total distance: 7.5 miles. Approximately 5-7 hours of trekking

Inclusions: Full board (Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner), accommodations in camping site (based on double-occupancy)

Day 4: Salkantay Pampa to Colcapampa (9,240ft/2816m): Today is the hardest trekking day! Eat an early breakfast before beginning the hike to the Salkantay Pass (15,246 ft).  Take a break at the pass to enjoy the breathtaking views before continuing downhill to the lunch spot, Huayrac Machay. After lunch, continue the descent to Colcapampa, your second campsite location.

Total distance: 12 miles. Approximately 8-10 hours of trekking

Inclusions: Full board (Breakfast, Box lunch and Dinner) and accommodations in camping site (based on double-occupancy).

Day 5: from Colcapampa to Lucmabamba (6,562ft/2000m). Continue descending into the high jungle.  During the walk, hike along clear streams and rivers and visit impressive waterfalls.  Observe the change in your surrounding environment as it becomes increasingly lush. Pass small coffee and fruit farms before stopping in the small town of Lucmabamba, where you will spend the night in a homestay with a local coffee farming family. Learn about the coffee roasting process and explore the family’s coffee farm.

Total distance: 9.5 miles. Approximately 6-8 hours of trekking

Inclusions: Full board (Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner) and accommodations in camping site (based on double-occupancy).

Day 6 : Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes (6,693ft/2040m). In the morning, drive for two hours toward the Hydroelectric station. From there, hike for three hours to Aguas Calientes, stopping half way on the trail for some lunch. Check into your room for a shower and some rest before a celebratory dinner at a local restaurant.

Total distance: 4.5 miles. Approximately 2-3 hours of trekking

Inclusions: Full board (Breakfast, Box-lunch, Dinner) and accommodations in lodge (based on double-occupancy).

Day 7: Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Cusco (11,155ft/3400m). After an early breakfast, depart for Machu Picchu. The bus takes about 20 minutes, with the option of hiking (1½ hours). The goal is to get to Machu Picchu as early as possible to avoid the crowds and have the best chance to enjoy its beauty, mystery, and magic in peace. You will receive a guided tour for about 2½ hours followed by free time to explore the site on your own. There is time to climb Machu Picchu Mountain (*based on availability) for views of the ruins from above. Meet in Aguas Calientes in the afternoon to board the train back to Cusco, arriving by 9:30pm.

Total distance: 5 miles. Optional 2-3 hours of trekking

Inclusions: Breakfast, Machu Picchu entrance permits and guided tour, train, accommodations.

Day 8: Cusco (11,155ft/3400m). International flights depart.

Inclusions: Breakfast; airport shuttle.

End of Services.

All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.


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PACKING LIST

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail.  Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left in storage during your expedition.

See current weather conditions for Salkantay Pampa Pass, here. 

See current weather conditions in Cusco, Peru here. 

Packing System: This expedition includes pack animals for bag transport. You are only responsible for carrying a daypack. A duffle bag will be provided for your carried bag.

Carried bag weight limit: 15lbs/7kg

Rentals Available: 

  • Sleeping Bag - $42 USD
  • Trekking Poles - $21 USD
  • Must be confirmed no later than 1 week prior to expedition start date - rent gear here!

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Cusco
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid for 6 months upon arrival (to be carried with you at all times!)
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc. (*Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills)

Expedition Gear

  • Change of clothes for Cusco - to be kept in storage during expedition
  • Down jacket
  • Fleece jacket or vest
  • Synthetic hiking pants (zip-away shorts are a great option)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Waterproof Pant
  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
  • Synthetic T-shirt
  • Wool or synthetic hat
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Nylon-wool blend socks (3)
  • Sandals (for walking around the camp in the evening)
  • Day pack
  • Duffle bag to be carried by mules (provided by OneSeed)
  • Water bottles (1-2 to carry 2 liters)
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and medicine
  • Sleeping bag -15º C 5º F
  • Casual clothes for city
  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag
  • Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail 

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail
  • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
  • Collapsible hiking poles (recommended – may be rented in Cusco)
  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Cusco (if applicable)
  • Guidebooks
  • Camera
  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

CLIMATE OVERVIEW

The Peruvian winter (June to September) and the late spring (April to May)/ early autumn (October) are the driest months and the best time to go to Cusco and Machu Picchu. However, you should still be prepared for rain. Rain is common throughout the year in Peru and it helps keep the countryside so lush. The rainy season in Peru begins in December and lasts through March and averages 4-6 inches/month. The dry season typically gets less than an inch of rain/month.

Machu Picchu is almost 8,000 feet above sea level and like any high altitude trek, the sun is very powerful during the day and the evenings cool down a great deal. Layers are essential in this climate because it keeps you prepared for the quickly changing weather. 

Machu Picchu Weather

Ultimate machu picchu Reviews

OneSeed made my dream of visiting the Sacred Valley one of the best experiences of my life! Our guide, Domingo, was welcoming, knowledgeable, approachable and had a great sense of humor! He effortlessly made our expedition feel like we were safe and well taken care of at all times.
I wouldn’t hesitate to book a trip with One Seed again and would definitely recommend your tours to friends and family! Keep up the good work bringing people together for such quality experiences.
I loved my experience!! I didn’t have any expectation but this exceeded them. My boyfriend and I had a fantastic trip and, I would highly recommend this trip to all my friends. This was the perfect combination of strenuous activity plus interest activities/sightseeing and Machu Picchu.

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CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

Insure Your Trip

OneSeed provides optional cancellation and interruption insurance for all expeditions. Please review the OneSeed Cancellation and Refund Policy before purchasing any expedition.   Travelex Cancellation and Interruption Insurance covers unforeseen events that may prevent you from participating in your scheduled expedition.