MACHU PICCHU CAMPING TREK

Experience new challenges and breathtaking views each day on our 10-day Machu Picchu Camping Trek.Start your journey in the colorful city of Cusco and move among the mystical Peruvian Andes while exploring the ruins of the Incan Empire. Move through the Sacred Valley on your way to the “The Lost City of Incas,” and witness first-hand the culture of Machu Picchu. Stay in luxurious hotels while in Cusco before embarking along the Camino Salkantay where you’ll experience the finest camping-style accommodations and partake in authentic regional cuisine.

Explore the wonders of this ancient world on a life-changing expedition with us today.

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

  • Immerse yourself in Peruvian culture as you explore the ancient ruins of the Incan empire
  • Tour the Sacred Valley along with the Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu
  • Cruise the lavish Vistadome Train while returning to Cusco

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:

The Peruvian winter (May through September) provides the best travelling experience. This dry season still offers largely varying weather conditions and temperatures. 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).

* 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.

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS:

International airfares are not included in program pricing. There are many flight options. Our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to help you with all of your travel arrangements from the U.S. to Cusco. You can reach him 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, we do not recommend using them, due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

CUSTOMS, VISA, AND IMMIGRATION:

U.S. Citizens are not required to obtain a visa for travel in Peru. 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. Always carry two extra passport photos when you travel.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Upon arrival in Peru, you can expect the finest accommodations while staying in lavish lodges such as the Sol y Luna Lodge in Cusco. Enjoy full service camping while hiking through the Humantay Lake, Rio Blanco Valley, and Incan ruins. Finish out your trip with a stay in the luxurious Casa Andina.

HEALTH & SAFETY:

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified guides before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite phones and medical kits.

Prior to the trip, you will need to get a few prescriptions from your physician: Diamox for altitude sickness, Cipro for stomach ailments, and Z-Pack for respiratory ailments. In addition, we recommend visiting your local travel clinic one month before your trip. Needed vaccinations include a current tetanus shot, annual influenza shot, Varicella, Typhoid, Hep A, and MMR.

Helpful over the counter medications include Imodium Ad, throat lozenges, ibuprofen, eye drops, and any other personal medications you may need.

For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Levy, our medical advisor, at 801.943.0264.

OUR TEAM:

World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew for all of our groups ranging from eight to 12 people. At headquarters in Salt Lake City, our staff is dedicated to helping you every step of the way. If you’re planning your trip and have a question about which boots to buy, our adventure specialist is just a phone call away.

We provide medically certified, English-speaking Western guides for all of our adventures. Additionally, you have access to a local operations manager and a plethora of local professionals to aid the group on the mountain including porters, a tent crew, chefs, servers, dishwashers, separate toilet attendants, and anything else you can think of.

GRATUITIES:

As in many parts of the world, gratuities are 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 gratuity.

You should plan to tip any service person that helps you, 10% for taxi drivers and restaurant staff is the norm. Check to see that a gratuity is not already included in the bill. Remember, if tipping in US dollars, when calculating the exchange rate; be careful not to tip too much. As you know, tipping is your option, and a reflection of the quality of service you receive.

Trekking Staff: At the trails-end, you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool presented as we say our goodbyes.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE:

You will have the opportunity to exchange money after your WWTrek guide escorts you from the airport. You can easily exchange money at gift shops in both Cusco and the smaller villages we visit. Exchange money as you go using your credit card or cash for your personal expenses at the lodge. Typically, our guests spend about $1,000 for various personal expenses, souvenirs and incidentals.

GENERAL INFORMATION

COUNTRY:

Peru is a nation of discovery. Between the ever-evolving cultural landscapes of indigenous peoples and Spanish influences, the country provides a multitude of natural wonders and economic growth. With a resurgence in cultural pride and open arms to tourists, Peru offers 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, two populations reside in Peru, that of the whites and mestizos (people of mixed indigenous and Spanish descent) and that of the criollos (natives). Many Peruvians believe that being white is better. This belief contributes to inequality issues that permeate Peru’s government and economic sectors. A significant divide exists between the wealthy elite, typically whites and mestizos, and the poor, predominantly the criollos. Many Peruvians subscribe 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 work closely together. The official religion of the military is Roman Catholic while priests and other religious figures receive government stipends.

LANGUAGE:

The official languages of Peru include 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. Read our blog to learn 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 boasts a rich and deep-rooted multicultural heritage. In terms of national psyche, Peru carries its internal struggles related to its tumultuous history such as race, class, gender, and religious issues. Even so, the people continue to maintain solidarity in their devotion to relationships with friends, family, and the welcoming of guests.

Introduced by the Spanish, Peru’s predominant religion is Roman Catholic. However, many of the indigenous Peruvians subscribe 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.

MONEY:

The official currency in Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN), referred to as the sol. Due to fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend searching online to find out the current rate before your adventure.