Peru Andean Tour: Machu Picchu , Salkantay trek, Lake Titicaca & Colca Canyon
This is a long trip around Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at 3,812m, and other Andean attractions in Peru. You’ll come across high altitude wildlife and rural people living alongside their animals, quietly apart from the turmoil of the modern world. You will also have the opportunity to travel from Salkantay to Machu Picchu, a trip that must be included in any Peruvian tour.
Peru offers many archaeological sites and exquisite natural beauty. Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, is an unforgettable destination on this Peruvian journey, making it an excellent way to discover the Inca legacy. Nature lovers will encounter valleys with wildlife found nowhere else and mysterious archaeological sites so covered with jungle overgrowth that you could be discovering them for the first time. Come join us on the 14-day tour of all the highlights of southern Peru!
Day 01: Lima
Arrival in Lima, reception and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02: Lima - Cusco
Flight to Cusco, the Ancient Capital of the Incas. A guided tour of Cusco will include a visit to the Inca fortresses of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Qenqo, Puka Pukara and the Qoricancha (The Temple of the Sun, now the Santo Domingo Church). Dinner and traditional folk dance show in the evening, followed by overnight accommodation in Cusco.
Day 3: Cusco - Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo
We'll start the morning with an excursion to Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop will be the ancient Inca market at Pisac followed by a trip to the Pisac ruins above the town. We’ll have lunch before continuing our tour in Ollantaytambo, the only site the Inca successfully defended against the Spanish. We’ll return to Cusco for overnight accommodation.
Day 4: Cusco - Mollepata -Soraypampa - Soyrococha
We will pick up you from your hotel at 5:30am and leave by private transport to Mollepata (2,800m). We’ll take a beautiful, scenic route through the Limatambo Valley, stopping for panoramic views of the nearby Apurimac Valley and breakfast. Afterwards, we will drive for 2 hours to the trailhead at Soraypampa (3,725m). There we will meet our muleteers and trek staff and have lunch. Then, after 4 hours we will arrive at our first campsite at Soyrococha (4,200m). Overnight camping.
Day 5: Soyrococha - Wayracmachay - Chauyay
This day passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in Peru: trekking over ice passes, across high plains and down into the jungle. We will start with a trek over a 4,600m high pass, all the while surrounded by the snowcapped mountains of Salkantay on our right, and Humantay and Tucarhuay on our left. Once at the pass, we will marvel at the nearby glaciers of Salkantay and the magnificent view of the slide path, which we just might see avalanches careening down. We’ll next descend to the valley below, trekking through a hidden part of the high Andes where our path is the only access. We will eventually descend into the cloud forest with abundant vegetation to camp at Chaullay. Overnight camping.
Day 6: Chauyay - Playa - Santa Teresa
We leave from Chaullay early after breakfast, around 6:30am, and start the day's trek through the upper jungle. The trail is packed with wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruit, and encounters with plants and animals endemic to the region. We will stop in Playa (Sahuayaco -2,250m) for lunch, then take a small bus for 45 minutes to Santa Teresa and the Cocalmayo Hot Springs to camp overnight.
Day 7: Santa Teresa - Lucmababa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes
After breakfast, we will drive to Lucmabamba to begin our hike along a section of Inca Trail (Qhapaq Ñan). We will be traveling on a much less populated route which was only rediscovered in 2003. As we walk on this Inka Trail we will enjoy the stunning landscape views, the archaeological remains of Llactapata, the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu and the principal sacred mountains of the Incas: Huayna Picchu, Putucusi, and the snowcapped Salkantay. After our box lunch we will descend to the hydroelectric station where we will take the train bound for the town of Aguas Calientes. We’ll have dinner and stay in a hotel here.
Day 8: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco
Very early on (5:00am) we will have our breakfast and then catch the first bus to the citadel of Machu Picchu. At the check point, we will reserve a space to ascend Huayna Picchu Mountain, which is limited to 400 people per day. After your ticket has been purchased, we will start our 3 hour tour in the citadel. Next, you will climb Huayna Picchu Mountain and visit the different sites recommended by our guide, such as Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) or Machu Picchu Mountain. Finally, we'll return by train to the town of Ollantaytambo and then take a bus to return to Cusco.
Day 9: Cusco - Puno
Departure by private vehicle to Puno. On the way, we will visit several Inca ruins and the remains of the great Temple of Wiracocha at Raqchi. We will also stop at the La Raya Pass, the highest point along the way, before arriving in Puno and transferring to your hotel for overnight accommodation.
Day 10: Puno - Lake Titicaca
After breakfast, we’ll head to the port for our Lake Titicaca boat trip to the reed islands of Uros. We’ll pay a visit to the Island of Taquile and its ethnic Aymara community before returning in the afternoon to Puno. Overnight accommodation.
Day 11: Puno - Arequipa
In the morning, we’ll transfer to the Juliaca airport to take our flight to Arequipa, one of the most beautiful cities in Peru. A city tour of this “White City” awaits us, including the 16th century convent built entirely of volcanic lava. The looming Misti Volcano stands as a sentinel behind this colonial city. Overnight accommodation.
Day 12: Colca Canyon - Arequipa
An early start today so we can visit the Colca Canyon, the second deepest in the world (the deepest canyon, Cotahuasi, lies only a few kilometers from here). We’ll also have the opportunity to see the mighty Condor (vultur gryphus), the world’s largest flying bird, before returning to Arequipa. Overnight accommodation.
Day 13: Arequipa - Lima
Return flight to Lima, free day and leisure, and our final farewell dinner.
Day 14: Lima
Transfers to the Airport for you return flight home
- 11 nights’ accommodation in twin / double rooms at hotels with private bathroom, including breakfast.
- 3 nights’ accommodation in twin / double tents
- All transfers in private vehicles.
- All tours and excursions as per itinerary in private vehicles with local English-speaking guides.
- Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek
- All meals as per Itinerary.
- Train tickets - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo.
- Bus to Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Cusco
- All entrance fees
- Internal flights
- International air tickets and associated taxes.
- Meals not specified in the itinerary.
- All domestic flights require a $6.05 USD airport tax payable at the airport.
- Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc.
- Insurance against theft, loss, illness and / or accident.
- Baggage porterage and other extras not specified.