MACHU PICCHU CAMPING TREK

Discover “The Lost City of the Incas” amongst the timeless peaks of the Peruvian Andes on our 10-day Machu Picchu Camping Trek. Encounter spectacular topography, lush vegetation, and intriguing archaeological sites while admiring illustrious views of mountain peaks and remove cattle drives. Explore the Sacred Valley as the locals do, by foot. Trek through the cloud forest and fields of boulders cloaked in mysterious fog. After reaching Machu Picchu, enjoy a private tour of the sacred grounds and a luxurious lunch overlooking Machu Picchu. Finally, cruise the Vistadome train while returning to Cusco, where a Celebration Dinner and cozy lodge awaits.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Trek

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate/Strenuous

TRIP LENGTH: 10 days/9 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 10 – 24

TRIP COST: From

Double Occupancy

$ 3,500

per person

Single Supplement

$ 450

per person

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

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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
  • Visit Cusco’s main square and the iconic San Blas neighborhood
  • Stroll through the San Peter Market before heading to your welcome dinner
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Overnight: El Mercado or comparable
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour Walking

  • Transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas for a tour
  • Our time in the Sacred Valley will allow us to acclimate ourselves to the altitude 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
  • Visit Pisaq and Ollantaytambo (9,160′)
  • Orientation and gear check
  • Overnight: El Mercado or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Tarawasi | Mollepata

  • Drive to local market after breakfast
  • Visit archaeological site Tarawasi
  • Drive to Mollepata Town for lunch
  • Visit weavers and see the town of Mollepata
  • Return to hotel
  • Overnight: Sol y Luna or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Marcocasa | Soraypampa (12,630')

  • This morning we begin our journey to Machu Picchu by foot
  • In the morning, transfer to Salkantay Trainhead (9,350′)
  • Begin Salkantay Trek
  • This trail climbs up from Mollepata sharply to Marqhok’asa pass through the pastures, farmlands, and then descends to the campsite
  • Overnight: Soraypampa Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Trek from Soraypampa (12,705’) to Soyrococha (13,800’)

  • Visit Humantay Lake
  • Shaman ceremony
  • Trek from Soraypampa to Soyrococha
  • Overnight: Soyrococha Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Soyrococha | Collpapampa (9,350')

  • Trek over Salkantay Pass (15,340′)
  • Trek down through an old moraine to camp
  • Our scenery will become lusher 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: Collpapampa Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Collpapampa | Lluscamayo (8,530') | Lucmabamba (6,600′)

  • The first portion of our day will take us from Collpapampa along the Rio Santa Teresa valley through rural coffee plantations and orchards to Lluscamayo
  • Once we reach Lluscamayo, a private vehicle will take us to Lucmabamba
  • Travel over part of the Inca trail
  • Overnight: Lucmabamba Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Lucmabamba | Llaqtapata (8,040') | Aguas Calientes (6,700′)

  • We will begin trekking to Llactapata archeological site
  • Enjoy a view of the backside of Machu Picchu
  • Hike from Llaqtapata to the train station
  • Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes
  • Overnight: Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Tour Machu Picchu (7,972′)

  • Enjoy a private Machu Picchu Sanctuary tour
  • Optional Huayna Picchu ascent (8,850′) *please tell us in advance, advance tickets required)
  • Enjoy an afternoon at leisure: explore Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, or enjoy a bath in the natural hot springs
  • Take the Vistadome train (~19:00), then transfer to Cusco (11,220′)
  • Celebration Dinner!
  • Overnight: El Mercado or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

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

  • We will enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out of the hotel
  • Enjoy shopping and free time in the city of Cusco if your flight leaves later in the day
  • Transfer to Cusco airport in the afternoon, depending on flight time
  • Meals included: B

HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT IN PERU

One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities. We have a number of diverse projects in Peru that WWTrek guests can get involved with.

Since 2014, Human Outreach Project has sponsored the annual Pashpa Village Chocolatada Festival by providing food, traditional drinks, and gifts. In 2016, we began construction of a solar powered computer center in Pashpa, followed by a second computer center in the nearby village of Huaripampa, to connect the villages to the world and empower them.

TRAVEL NOTES

Best Time of Year to Visit:

The Peruvian winter (May through October) provides the best traveling 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, Visas, & Immigration:

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

*Please Note: Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport, leave one at home and bring the other with you to Peru along with two extra passport photos in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend purchasing travel insurance, which will protect you in the event of an unanticipated cancellation of your trip, and depending on the plan you choose, can refund all the costs already paid (including flights, trip costs, and your payment to us). Please note: you must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. There are three plans that we recommend choosing from: Cavalry, Rip Cord or Harbor. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

Accommodations:

Upon arrival in Peru, and after your trek, you can expect the finest accommodations while staying in Cusco. Enjoy full-service camping while hiking through the Humantay Lake, Rio Blanco Valley, and Incan ruins.

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 during your trek.

Gratuities:

In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you a tipping guide once you sign up for a trip.

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff 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:

With 31.2 million inhabitants, Peru is the 5th most populated country in South America.

Time Zone:

Peru Time (PET) is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

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.

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.