In the footsteps of the Inca

Arriving in the bustling colonial town of Cuzco, you will start out along quiet tracks in the shadows of the High Andes, to the spectacular ruins of the ancient city of Machu Picchu.

The 6-day trek will take you through varying eco-systems and climates, before your final step into history when you arrive for sunrise at the ancient city of Machu Picchu.

Afterwards, you will experience the best of Puru on a tour of Lake Titicaca

In good hands

We are fully compliant to the British Standard for overseas expeditions and adventures (BS8848), and demonstrate a rigorous approach to the safe planning and management of our adventures. Our team in Peru has many years experience of trekking the Inca Trail and beyond, and will ensure the safety, well-being and enjoyment of all our clients.

The adventure of a lifetime

Machu Picchu was built in the 14th century, and abandoned a mere 100 years later. Its existence was known only to local farmers for hundreds of years, until 1911 when American archaeologist Hiram Bingham reported on a ‘Lost City of the Inca’, writing that “Surprise followed surprise until there came the realization that we were in the midst of as wonderful ruins as any ever found in Peru”.

This trip will follow in the footsteps of pioneering 20th century explorers. You will leave the bustling colonial town of Cuzco, wind up through quiet tracks in the shadows of the High Andes and reach the spectacular ruins of the ancient city of Machu Picchu.
You will then embark on a classic tour of one of Peru’s most outstanding cultural highlights. This trip to Lake Titicaca includes a visit to the famous floating islands of Uros and Taquile, home to the Quechua people. Lake Titicaca covers over 8,000 square kilometres and, at 3,821 m, it is considered to be the highest navigable body of water in the world. The land and waters of this lake are the ancestral home of the Quechua, Aymara, Uro, Pacaje and Puquina peoples, and it was here that most of the pre-Hispanic cultures of the Andean region were founded. This trip will bring you face to face with the cultural history and vibrant present of this unique area.

Finally, you will delve deep into the Amazon Rainforest. The name alone conjured images of wild tropics and true adventure. This immense forest covers most of the vast Amazon Basin – over 5,500,000 square kilometres – and is home to thousands of species of birds, insects and mammals. Divided between 9 nations, Peru lays claim to about 13% of the forest.

 

This 3-day jungle adventure will take you from Peru’s gateway to the Amazon – Puerto Maldonado – into the heart of this mysterious and enchanting natural wonderland. Setting off by boat, you will journey along the famous Amazon River, before arriving at our jungle lodge. Over the next 2 days you will live within this rich biosphere, learning about the local flora & fauna, and getting up close and personal with the some the Amazon’s resident creatures.

Day 1

Upon arrival you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your hotel in Cuzco. Depending on your arrival time, there will be a briefing and equipment check. The rest of the day can be spent exploring Cuzco and acclimatizing to the altitude of 3400m.

Day 2

Today will be spent relaxing in Cuzco, acclimatising to the altitude. This is an important part of the trip, as it will allow your body to cope better at the higher altitudes on later days of the trek. You will have the chance to change money and pick up some last-minute essentials.

There will be an optional tour to the Sacred Valley, before returning for dinner at the hotel.

Day 3

Today we will start early, and after breakfast will transfer to Marcojasa, a 4 hour drive away. From here we will start our hike, following the path along the aqueduct to Soraypampa. En route, we will stop for picnic lunch and a chance to admire the scenery.

Depending on our pace, we will arrive into camp at Soraypampa (3850m) in the late afternoon. Here we will have dinner, and rest our legs (no doubt aching after our first day’s proper walking!).

Day 4

Today will be an acclimatisation day. We will climb high, and sleep low to give our bodies the chance to adjust to the altitude.

After breakfast, we will ascend from our campsite in Soraypampa, up to one of the most beautiful lakes in the region, at the base of the Humantay Glacier (4200m). We will then descend back to camp for lunch, before a 2 hour trek onwards to Salktantaypampa (4100m).

Day 5

After an early breakfast, we will start the most challenging day of our trek. Today’s route will take us along the Salkantay Mountain Pass, reaching a maximum altitude of 4650m. The effort will be rewarded with some spectacular views of the sacred mountain Nevado Salkantay, and the glaciated valley below. We will stop for lunch at the high point of the pass, before making a slow descent to Collpampa (2600m).

Day 6

After breakfast, we will continue along the path down the Santa Teresa Valley, stopping for lunch at Lucmabamba. After lunch, we face a steep 4-hour descent to our campsite at Lucma (2180m). From this camp, we will have amazing views over the region’s coffee plantations and fruit trees.

Day 7

Following an early breakfast, we will descend down into the Aobamba Valley. The hydroelectric is a short hike away, and once there we will sign into Machu Picchu national park. We will trek along semi-jungle, following rail tracks, stopping for lunch en-route.

After 3 hours, we will reach Aguas Calientes (2050m) at the base of Machu Picchu. Here we can take a dip in the thermal springs before dinner- an essential experience!

Day 8

This is it! After a very early breakfast in the dark, we will set off for Machu Picchu, following the light of our head torches. After a steep ascent of the Machu Picchu mountain (2700m), we will arrive in time for a spectacular sunrise over the ruins site. We will have a guided tour of Machu Picchu, before returning to camp for a hot lunch.

We will take a train back to Cuzco, arriving in the mid-evening for hot showers and a celebratory dinner.

Day 9

After breakfast, we will set off early from Cuzco for a bus ride south. This is a 380 km journey, but will be broken up with stops at the Chapel of Andahuaylillas, the Raqch’i ruins and the Pukara museum.

After arriving in Puno, we will transfer to our hotel and you will have the evening free to explore this quaint and lively town.

Day 10

Prepare to be blown away… today you will experience some of the most fascinating cultural traditions in the world, on the floating islands of Uros & Taquile. At Uros you can explore the incredible floating islands, made from the ubiquitous totora reed. Originally designed for defence, the islands are now home to the pre-Incan Uro people. Next we will visit Taquile island, where life continues much as it has done for hundreds of years. Residents of the island still wear traditional garments and have developed a unique form of community-controlled tourism. The Taquileños operate a strict moral code of “ama sua, ama llulla, ama qhilla” (do not steal, do not lie, do not be lazy), and Rare Adventures is proud to offer a trip to this unique location. Afterwards we will transfer back to Puno and our hotel.

Day 11

After breakfast we will transfer back to Cuzco, stopping to visit some sights along the way. The evening is yours to spend at your leisure.

Day 12

We will fly from Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado, and then transfer by river boat to our jungle lodge. This will be a fascinating journey, offering an insight into daily life and commerce on the river that forms the lifeblood of this region. After lunch, we will visit the Caiman Cocha – a small lagoon which is home to many black & white caimans.

Remember to bring a camera to get some snaps…

Day 13

We will have an early breakfast, and then set off into the heart of the jungle on foot. Pushing through the thick undergrowth and crossing hanging bridges over steep gorges, we will visit the Cave of the Caimans, before arriving at the majestic Lago Apu Victor. Surrounded by immense swamps and gigantic trees, these clear waters are rarely seen by visitors and are home to herons, turtles and giant otters. After lunch, we will visit Monkey Island, where you can observe a huge number of species in their natural habitat. We will return to the lodge for dinner.

Day 14 

After breakfast at the hotel, we will have one final opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of the jungle, before boarding the river boat back to Puerto Maldonado and our flight back to Cuzco.

Day 15

Catch flight back to UK.

Deposit: £345 (balance payable 12 weeks before departure)

Total price: 

Package including Lake Titicaca & Amazon Jungle:

  • £4,450 (including return flights from London)
  • £3,250 (book your own flights)

Trek-only package:

  • £3,450 (including return flights from London)
  • £2,250 (book your own flights)

 

Included:

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

  • International return flights to Peru
  • Experienced English-speaking guides
  • All meals, transfers & accommodation as outlined above
  • Bottled or safe, purified water during the trek
  • All park fees, taxes, permits & fees as required for the above itinerary
  •  Tents during the trek
  • Hotel accommodation on twin shared room basis, where specified
  •  Fully supported emergency procedures & 24/7 support line
  •  First Aid kit
  • All porter & mule services

 

Lake Titicaca & Amazon Jungle

  • Bed & Breakfast accommodation in Lake Titicaca (Puno)
  • Full board in Amazon Jungle lodge
  • All land transfers as required
  • Return flights to Puerto Maldonado
  • All national park fees, entrance fees, permits and vehicle entry fees as required
  • Professional, English-speaking guides