Machu Picchu

 

Please waitlist yourself and once we get a crew we can sit down and meet to discuss the details.  This will be a once in a lifetime trip!  Plan is to leave Cuzco May 6th starting the adventure.  I plan on getting and staying in Cuzco on Saturday to acclimate to the altitude.

Jump on the waitlist and once your payment to the outfitter is comfirmed your rsvp will be updated to going.

Mach Picchu itself is 560/pp+airfair and includes the  train ticket back to Cusco after. Our tour group is SAS travel.  I will provide payment details once i get a confirmed group with my guide contact.

I would certainly recommend a hotel or hostel 24-48 hours prior to the start of the trip to acclimate to the altitude and explore the Mayan capital. Once we get a confirmed group, we can coordinate accommodations :)  The trip should not cost more than 1700$ total (including airfair, hotel, food while not on the trail and any other transportation., especially if we can get a group together and double up on hotel rooms.  Remember, the hike to Machu Picchu includes all meals.  You do NOT have to carry all your gear.  The guide service provides tents (and sleeping mats if you dont have your own) and provides all meals.  All you will need is personal items and a sleeping bag!  This trip also includes an optional hike to Huayna Picchu included in the cost!


Machu Picchu is very limited to the amount of permits the tour company can get. May is the st

art of the season there, so we will want to try and get this trip booked by no later than end of December.

********************Trip Details***********************

Day 1: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SAYLLAPATA - SORAYPAMPA - SALKANTAYPAMPA camp.

06.00 am. Departure by our private transport to Mollepata town at 2,850 mts.  A beautiful 3 hour scenic journey through Izcuchaca and Limatambo, with a stop for breakfast and panoramic views of the “Mountain of Salkantay” in the Cordillera of Vilcanota. We can see spectacular views of the chains of snow capped Vilcabamba, the colorful village of Mollepata and the lush Apurimac River Valley. At this point due to the dirty and rocky road conditions we transfer into another truck or minibus.  After passing Cruzpata 3200 mts, then Challacancha, we arrive to our trailhead in Sayllapata at 3,600 masl where we meet our Arrieros “horsemen“ and trekking staff (Cook and Assistants). We commence treking with a gradual climb of 250 meters for about 2 and a half hours through a pristine Andean valley landscape before arriving to Soraypampa.  There after visiting a spectacular glacial lake we have lunch.  We continue after lunch with a gentle climb for approximately 2 and a half to 3 hours through more unspoiled Andean valley to Salkantaypampa. This first Camp is located at 3,950 masl.  

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:camping

Maximum Altitude:3950 masl

Minimum Altitude:2850 masl

Distance Travelled:12km approx

Day 2: SALKANTAYPAMPA - COLLPAPAMPA

After an early breakfast we start trekking a moderate climb from approx 07:00am for 3 hours to reach the Apacheta Pass at 4,590 masl. From this point we can appreciate spectacular views of Cusco's second highest peak, the stunning snow capped Mount Salkantay (6,264 mts) and also the snow capped mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small lakes and moraines. In the Apacheta Pass you can leave a piece of rock carried from the bottom as a present from you to the Apacheta. (In Inca times the walkers used to leave at the top their shoes, clothes, jewels or simply a piece of rock as an offering.) There is an option to take a nice walk from the Pass for 40 minutes to see an amazing lake of Soraycocha located just off the trail.


We continue 2 hrs downhill to lunch in Huayracmachay, and then, depending on the group ability, weather and walking conditions, the guide will decide whether to camp 2-3 hrs downhill walk in Rayan-niyoc at 3100 mts or travel a further 2km to camp at Collpapampa 2920 mts for experienced trekkers.


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:camping


Maximum Altitude:4590 masl

Minimum Altitude:2920 masl

Distance Travelled:16km to Rayan-niyoc or 20km to Chaullay

Day 3: COLLPAPAMPA - LLUSCAMAYO - LA PLAYA

After Breakfast, we say goodbye and thanks to our arrieros, horse/donkey herders. They will get to La Playa way before us, leaving the equipment for the other staff and make their return back to Soraypampa. We start the trek 07:00am with 3 hours easy hiking from Collpapampa, where we will be introduced to a high Jungle zone called Ceja de Selva.  Here we will see different kinds of plants, fruits, flowers, birds ectetera plus coca and banana crops can be observed.  You will have time to shower in a waterfall, take amazing pictures, and with luck we can observe the famous Peruvian National Bird "Gallito de las Rocas". We stop at Lluscamayo 2,400m for lunch and free time to rest before the 3 hour walk to our last campsite in La Playa 2,350 masl. A small village is located here with electricity and a shop. Early arrive to camp and there is an option to take a car to Santa Teresa to enjoy the hot springs and return for Dinner

 at Camp at Playa.

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:camping

Maximum Altitude:2920 masl

Minimum Altitude:2350 masl

Distance Travelled:approx 15km

Day 4: LA PLAYA - LUCMABAMBA - LLAQTAPATA - HIDROELECTRICA / AGUAS CALIENTES

Approx 07:30 am we begin our trek to the village Lucmabamba where we see the remains of an Inka trail. We follow this rising trail, from which we will see coffee, banana and passion fruit plantations and a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley. After climbing for 4 hrs to reach Llaqtapata 2,700 masl we can enjoy some free time to rest and observe the mountain of Machupicchu (Inca city) and some of this arqueological site from afar. Then 2 hours continuous downhill to the Hydroelectric Plant at 1,870m where we have the last lunch with our staff. The cook and staff will leave us after lunch and we only continue on to Aguas Calientes town with our guides. 

So here is our chance to say goodbye and express our appreciation.


 At 16:30pm we will take a 45 minute train journey to Aguas Calientes town 2,000 masl where a Special Dinner and finally a comfy bed in the "Hostal Viajeros" await us.


Walking poles recommended for the 2 final hours downhill. Optional evening bathe in the hotsprings 10 minutes walk from the town.

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:Viajeros Hostel

Maximum Altitude:2350 masl

Minimum Altitude:2000 masl

Distance Travelled:12km approx

Day 5: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHUPICCHU - CUSCO

Early walk (approximately 1.5 hours uphill from Aquas Calientes) or bus for 25 minutes to the Citadel of Machupicchu, guided tour for 3 hours and plenty of free time for further exploring, p

hotos and optional climb of the mountain Huayna Picchu, Temple of the Moon, or the Gate of the Sun. Generally around 1pm people walk down the steps back to Aguas Calientes for the Buffet lunch and at approx 16:00 hrs we take our return train to Ollantaytambo with bus connection arriving to Cusco city around 9:00 pm.


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  • Peter

    I want to thank you very much Jason for hosting this trip. You did a great job organizing this event. Everyone had a fantastic time.

    1 · June 5

  • Jason N

    This is a bit late but I've been busy. Thanks to everyone that attended. We had a great and memorable trip of a lifetime!

    June 5

  • Lucie

    Absolutely amazing trip with great group of hikers! The nature was just breathtaking and we had some great time hiking the Salkantay trek. The company provided excellent service, food was delicious and they were always there to help. Great canyoneering and whitewater rafting trip too! :)

    1 · May 12

  • Lucie

    Nice detailed weather forecast with cloud and rain %: http://www.myweather2.com/City-Town/Peru/Machu-Picchu/14-Day-Forecast.aspx

    May 1

    • Jason N

      Figures. Sunny until we hit machu picchu itself..

      May 1

  • Lucie

    Trek cost breakdown:

    Total cost=560x7=3920
    Deposit already paid=1600
    Balance due=2320/7=331.43 each
    Tips: 35$ US or 95 Soles
    10$ lead guide, 5$ assistant guide, 10$ head chef, 5$ assistant chefs, 5$ porters

    Hotel 1st 2 nights:
    120/night 60$pp, 120$/pp total
    Lucy, Jason x2=40/night pp 80$/pp total

    Hotel Last night:
    85/night 42.5$/night pp
    Lucy, Jason x2=28.33/night pp

    Total hotel costs:
    Double occupancy=162.50/pp
    Triple Occupancy=108.33/pp

    River trip:
    45$/pp+10$ Peruvian tip

    Canyon Trip:
    115/pp+ 10 Peruvian tip

    The trip cost may change...We are going to try and get them to apply Don's deposit to the total cost, he technically paid it if hes coming or not. If it saves us a bit of money maybe we can all be nice and each give him the amount we saved if they don't refund his deposit

    April 30

  • Jason N

    Canyon: I have found a guide that will take us to an easy canyon sunday leaving the hotel at 1000 am. 4-5 raps next to waterfalls. Guide says it's a beginner canyon and rookies do it all the time. They provide gear and practice. If we can get 4 it's only 100$ each for 5 hrs. They pick up at our hotel and provide lunch. Me and lucy are going so far!!! Please let me know by wednesday!!

    April 29

  • Jason N

    Weather next week looks to be a wet one. 60% chance of rain and possible storms. Bring rain gear. Also the temp to b in the mid 80 day and 60s at night. Remember its humid there too. Bring appropriate clothing. Bright side is the better chance to see waterfalls once we pop over the pass to the tropical side of the andes! Just hope cloud cover doesn't block our view of the peaks!

    April 29

  • Peter

    Just an FYI, treking poles are not permitted on carry on bags. See TSA blog ( http//blog.tsa.gov ) for restricted items on the plane.

    April 17, 2014

    • Lucie

      Mee too!

      April 25, 2014

    • Jason N

      Those who want hiking poles on check in...Meet at the airport at 1000 us airways north gate and we will bag them. 6 days people!!

      April 28

  • Lucie

    I have uploaded the map of our trek and elevation summary :)

    April 22, 2014

    • Dave B

      Very cool, thanks! FYI, 4,580 m = 15,026'

      April 22, 2014

    • Lucie

      Yes, that is the highest elevation we will be at :)

      April 22, 2014

  • Peter

    The implementation for taking trekking poles on planes is pending. Recommend for those who want to carry on, is to collect poles and certain items and place them in another bag. Check it in and we can split the cost. I rather lose my poles then my essential gear and belongings.

    April 18, 2014

  • Jason B. (.

    Looks like we can get rooms at the Camino Real Aeropuerto or Courtyard Mexico City for about $150 for 2/per room for 3/11 for those with the layover in Mexico City from 4 pm to 7 am on 3/12. Both are right at the airport. Courtyard has better reviews & 24 hr shuttle & free wiFi

    April 3, 2014

    • Lucie

      I am in favor of Courtyard. They have nice bar :)

      April 4, 2014

  • Jason N

    Don Oliver can no longer attend due to a knee injury :( please wish him a speedy recovery. That being said, we can try and fill his spot. I may cancel one of the hotel rooms and we will just have 3 people in one of the rooms. I'll email the hotel tonight to see if they will make an exception for us.

    April 3, 2014

  • Jason B. (.

    Jason ,

    For those traveling on the same return flight itinerary Sunday (14 hrs in Mexico City) were you thinking about a hotel or crashing in the airport?
    As for the Cuzco hotel 3 nts,: sun, mon., & after on sat., right?

    January 21, 2014

    • Tanya

      Count me in on the hotel sharing in Mexico City.

      February 26, 2014

    • Jason N

      If someone cud set this up I'd appreciate it. I'm really busy with work lately and nonstop on the weekends

      April 3, 2014

  • Lucie

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    http://travelshots.net/travelimmunizations.htm

    February 7, 2014

  • Jason N

    I am pretty dissappointed in those bowing out at the last minute due to the physical demands on this trip. I posted a very detailed itinerary on how this trek was laid out. Did you expect to walk on a well groomed flat trail for a few miles a day? This creates a logistical nightmare for me with the tour company. While I do appreciate you knowing your limitations; I really expect people to read the trip details prior to signing up.....

    1 · January 14, 2014

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