MACHU PICCHU CAMPING TREK

The Peruvian Andes are known for their majestic peaks and vibrant culture. On our Machu Picchu camping trek, we will move among these mystical mountains and explore the ruins of the Incan Empire. Our journey will start in the colorful city of Cusco and move through the Sacred Valley on the way to “The Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu. In Cusco, we will stay in luxurious hotels and witness the liveliness of the city. Along the Camino Salkantay, we will camp in the latest The North Face® tents and enjoy authentic regional cuisine. Each day will bring new challenges and breathtaking vistas on our way to one of the wonders of the ancient world.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Trek

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Strenuous

TRIP LENGTH: 10 days/9 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE:

TRIP COST: From $3,400/person

DATES

Custom Dates Available

Custom Itineraries Available

HIGHLIGHTS

MEDIA

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Cusco, Peru (11,220’)

  • A WWTrek representative will meet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel
  • Orientation for the trek will take place before a group dinner
  • Overnight: Sol y Luna Lodge
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour Walking Tour

  • Our time in the Sacred Valley will allow us to acclimate ourselves to the altitude and culture before our trek
  • We will spend our time hiking various ruins, wandering local markets and studios of local weavers, potters, and artisans all while learning about the history and culture of the present people and their Incan ancestors
  • Overnight: Casa Andina or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Trek from Killarumiyoc to Soraypampa (12,705’)

  • Waking early, we will depart our hotel and make our way to the Camino Real path to begin our trek on the Salkantay trail
  • En route we will stop to visit the Inca ruins of Killarumiyoc (2 hours from Cusco) and have a special cleansing ceremony with a local Shaman for our upcoming journey
  • Optional: guests who do not wish to trek can be transported to the campsite by vehicle
  • Overnight: Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Humantay Lake (14,190’) Day Hike

  • Today we will allow our bodies to adjust to the increasing altitude by taking a day hike to Humantay Lake
  • Overnight: Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Trek from Soraypampa (12,705’) to the Salkantay Pass (15,000’)

  • Perhaps the most challenging day of our trek, we will take our time as we climb and acclimate along the way
  • We will hike up the Rio Blanco Valley, around Humantray Peak and make our way to the Salkantay Pass, the high point on our trek
  • Once atop the pass, we will descend to Huayraccmachay
  • Overnight: Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Descend from Huayraccmachay (12,812′) to Collpapampa (9,414′)

  • Today will be a mellow, downhill day
  • Our scenery will become more lush as we trek through the cloud forest and make our way to the confluence of three rivers, the Rio Santa Teresa, Rio Salkantay, and Rio Chaullay at Collpapampa
  • Overnight: Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Trek from Collpapampa (9,414′) to Lucmabamba (7,003′)

  • Today our trek will be split into two moderate hikes
  • The first portion of our day will take us from Collpapampa along the Rio Santa Teresa valley through rural coffee plantations and orchards
  • Once we reach Loreta, a private vehicle will retrieve us and take us 2.5 miles to the Llactapatata Inca Trail
  • Overnight: Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Trek from Lucmabamba (7,003′) to Aguas Calientes (6,232′)

  • We will begin trekking to Llactapata Pass (9,240’)
  • From here we will have a distant view of Machu Picchu as we explore the Llactapata Ruins
  • From the pass we will descend to the Hydroelectric Train Station and travel 6.2 miles on the Vistadome Train to Aguas Calientes
  • Overnight: Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Tour Machu Picchu (7,972′)

  • We will begin our day of exploration with a professionally private guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • After our group tour, you will have time to explore the vast ruins on your own
  • In the afternoon we will board the Vistadome Train to take us back to Cusco
  • Overnight: Casa Andina
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: Enjoy Cusco and Depart for Lima in the afternoon

  • We will enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and then you may explore Cusco for last minute shopping, or simply relax at the hotel and prepare for international departure
  • Meals included: B

TRAVEL NOTES

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT:

In general, Peru is divided into three temperate zones. The coast is temperate, warmer to the north, while the Andean area is cold and fairly dry, whereas the Amazon area is tropical, hot and humid. There is a wet and a dry season as well. The rainy season spans between October and April with the dry season falling between May and September.

Weather and temperatures during our trek can be extremely variable. Please prepare for a variety of conditions and temperatures ranging between 30 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES:

This trip begins and ends in Cusco, Peru. You will fly into and out of Cusco International Airport (CUZ).

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS:

There are many flight options.  WWTrek has an expert travel agent that can help you with all of your travel arrangements. We utilize Danny Genung at Harr Travel to book all of our flights. He can be reached at: danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117. The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, they are not recommended, due to instability in the itineraries.

We recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

CUSTOMS, VISA, AND IMMIGRATION:

You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at home and bring the other with you in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek, 90-days prior to your departure date. Carry two extra passport photos when you travel.

(U.S. Citizens are not required to obtain a visa for travel in Peru.)

EARLY ARRIVALS/LATE DEPARTURES:

Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

GRATUITIES:

As in many parts of the world, tipping is a symbol of a job well done. In addition to recognizing service people such as taxi drivers, restaurant and hotel personnel, we also acknowledge our staff with a tip. You should plan to tip any service person that helps you, 10% for taxi drivers and restaurant staff is usually in order. Check to see that a tip is not already included in the bill. Remember, if tipping in US dollars, to calculate the exchange rate; be careful not to tip too much.

Trekking Staff: At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented as we say our goodbyes.
WWTrek staff tip pool: budget: $200 -$250 / per person
WWTrek lead guide tip: budget: $200-$250 / per person

CURRENCY EXCHANGE:

The official currency in Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN), referred to as the sol. Due to the fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend doing some research on the current rate before your adventure.

You will have the opportunity to exchange money after you are picked up by your WWTrek guide at the airport. It is easy to exchange money at gift shops both in Cusco and in the smaller villages we will visit. You can exchange money as you go on your trek, using your credit card for your personal expenses at the lodge (or cash if you so choose). Typically, our guests spend about $1,000 for various personal expenses and souvenirs.

GENERAL INFORMATION

COUNTRY:

Between the ever-evolving cultural landscape of indigenous peoples and Spanish influences, its multitude of natural wonders, and its economic growth, Peru is a nation of discovery. With a resurgence in cultural pride and open arms to tourists, Peru is an old world destination with an increasingly modern and progressive attitude.

POPULATION:

30.38 million

TIME ZONE:

Peru Time (PET) is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This time zone is in use during standard time in South America.

CAPITAL CITY:

Lima, Peru

PEOPLE:

Essentially, there are two populations in Peru, that of the whites and mestizos (people of mixed indigenous and Spanish decent) and that of the criollos (natives). Many Peruvians maintain the belief that being white is better, contributing to issues of inequality that permeate the government and economical sectors of Peru. There is a significant divide between the wealthy elite, typically whites and mestizos, and the poor, predominantly the criollos. Many Peruvians ascribe to the tradition that men go to work and women stay at home, although this trend is changing. In addition, the government and the Catholic church are closely tied, the official religion of the military is Roman Catholic and priests and other religious figures receive government stipends.

LANGUAGE:

The official languages of Peru are Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara. Quechua and Aymara are languages of the Incas whereas Spanish is a colonial language. Spanish is by far the most widely used, from the coast to the highlands. Here are a few Spanish and Quechua words and phrases you can use during your trip to Peru.

CULTURE & RELIGION:

From the cobblestone streets of the Spanish era to the vine entangled Incan temples hidden among the mountains, Peru has a rich and ever present multicultural heritage. In terms of the national psyche, Peru has its internal struggles related to its tumultuous history such as race, class, gender, and religious issues, but continues to maintain solidarity in their devotion to relationships with friends, family, and the welcoming of guests.

Introduced by the Spanish, Peru is predominantly a Roman Catholic country. However, many of the indigenous Peruvians ascribe to their own blend of Catholicism and traditional beliefs. Reportedly, 80% of the country is Roman Catholic, with about 15% regularly attending church. Religion is perhaps one of the best examples of how indigenous beliefs have melded with Spanish traditions. Many indigenous people symbolize Viracocha (the creator) as the Christian God and Pachamama (the earth mother) as the Virgin Mary.