Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Description

Duration: 5D/4N

Price per Person $1506 (4pax)

This amazing trek runs beneath the sacred Salkantay mountain (6.271m/20569ft), the highest mountain of the Vilcabamba Mountain range, and one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes. The trail passes through Quechua communities and lesser-known Inca ruins, to nally reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day. The impressive Sacred Inca city of Machupicchu is visited on the last day of the program. This itinerary is an interesting alternative for those not having found spaces on the Inca Trail trek to Machupicchu. It is a moderate to difficult trek between 1500- 4750 m in elevation with a total of 66 Km walked over four days. It is pack-animal assisted and the weight limitation is not as strict as on the Inca Trail.

Package includes
orientation meeting, private transfer on Day 1 and from Poroy to hotel, train tickets in the Vistadome coach Aguas Calientes/Poroy, train tickets in the Vistadome or Expedition coach Hidroelectrica/ Aguas calientes, entrance fee of Machu Picchu and Huayna PIcchu, oack animals to carry tents, food and cooking equiment for day 1-4, Pack animals to carry personal gear up to 9 kg per person including sleeping bag and pad for days 1-4, expert and professional English speaking guide equipped with rst aid kit, oxygen tank to treat altitude sickness, overnight in the EL MAPI hotel in Machu picchu, bus from Aguas calientes/Machu PIcchu/ Aguas calientes, transfer from the trainstation to your hotel in Cusco, special nutritious and delicious but light hiker’s meals throughout the duration of the trek iwht optional vegetarian meals, warm water and biodegradable soap for mornng “ca wash”, chemical toilet set up during meal times and at camp. Departure and arrival times are approximate. Campsites are subject to change according to guide’s criteria and the group progress. Not included: meals in Cusco, alcoholic beverages, tips, taxes, laundry service, insurance, hiking gear
Itinerary
Day 1 Cusco to Soyroccocha We leave Cusco at 05.00 am in a private transportation and cross the town of Limatambo (2100m/6888ft), an important point of access to the city of Cusco during the time of the Inca Empire. We leave Limatambo and drive up a beaten track along the right shore of the Apurimac River, we come to the charming village of Mollepata in the subtropical 2800m/9184ft, overlooking citrus growing areas where ocks of parakeets screech overhead. We continue to Challacancha, where we meet our trail crew and pack animals. Together we start following the paths of the locals on a soft beautiful and easy ascent to our lunchspot in Salkantaypampa at the base of the beautiful Salkantay Mountain. In the afternoon we continue for two more hours towards the massive ice-covered south face of Salcantay — which as one of the great peaks of the Andes, at 6271m/20,570ft — lls the skyline ahead of us as we make camp. Meals : L, D

Day 2 Soyroccocha to Collpapampa We depart early after breakfast and start a 1,5-hour ascent, which brings us up to the Salkantay Mountain Pass (4750m) where we will make small offerings to the Apus (mountain spirits) , besides enjoying stunning views of the surrounding glaciers and the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range with the south face of Salkantay towering above us, we may also observe chinchillas and condors in their natural habitat. From this point, we start

descending towards the bromeliad and fern lled cloud forest. Along the route, we can see the remains of an ancient Inca path, which is approximately 6 meters wide. A long though easy descent along the Salkantay River, brings us late afternoon to our second camp at Qollpapampa (2890m/9479ft), a beautiful spot with some natural hot springs to relax in. Meals : B, L, D
Day 3 Collpapampa to Lucmabamba After breakfast we take an easy walk in the increasingly lush vegetation along the Santa Teresa River. Coffee and passion fruit plantations and waterfalls are part of the scenery. We pass the waterfalls at Coripacchi, the settlement at Wiñaypoko, the bustling small town of La Playa and nally our third camp at Lucmabamba (2,100m/6888ft). Flocks of parrots y over the banana coffee, and avocado plantations. The exuberant local ora is habitat of the somewhat elusive spectacled bear. Meals B, L, D
Day 4 La Playa – Aguas Calientes After breakfast, we start climbing for 2-3 hours up to El Mirador or Abra Q’elloqasa (2860m/9381ft) from where we have an exceptional view of the Lost City of the Incas, the legendary Machupicchu. The different angle will be later on noticeable on your pictures. We enjoy a last lunch in nature at the lookout point of Llaqtapata (2650m/ 8692ft) from where we can view both Machupicchu and the Salkantay Mountain. After resting we enjoy the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. A 2-hour descent towards the Aobamba River crossing lush bamboo forests and more orchards and coffee plantations brings us to the hydroelectric plant of Machupicchu from where we board the local train that takes us to Aguas Calientes (short, scenic 40-minutes train ride). Accommodation in selected hotel ( at additional cost ). Meals B, L
Day 5 Aguas Calientes / Machupicchu to Cusco After breakfast we take the bus shuttle up to Machu Picchu. You have the option to get up extra early to be among the “lucky” few that get in to climb the Huayna Picchu peak for an amazing overview and yet a different angle of Machu Picchu. Otherwise we enjoy a full guided tour of the Inca Citadel, visiting its most notorious features and taking time to explore it on our own. After a full-on experience of this glorious monument to the Inca achievement lunch will be up top at the restaurant of the Sanctuary Lodge by Orient Express. In the afternoon we take the train back to the city of Cusco, where we arrive after nightfall. Meals B,L

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Tour: Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. ACCOMMODATION:All accommodation, room type(s) and specification are as shown in the itinerary.
  2. MEALS: Meals are as shown in the itinerary.
  3. TRANSFERS:Transfers are provided on arrival and departure from airport to hotel and return only where specified in the itinerary.
  4. ITINERARY: Accommodation and arranged sightseeing are subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Q’inti’s control. Every effort will be made to operate tours as planned, but alterations may occur after the final itinerary has been issued.  Q’inti also reserves the right to withdraw a tour or any part of it, to make such alterations to the itinerary or the tour inclusions as it deems necessary or desirable, and to pass on to tour members any expenditures or losses caused by delays or events beyond its control. In case of any appreciable variation in the tour price due to these circumstances, Q’inti reserves the right to make adjustments to the tour costs as necessary.
  5. SPECIAL REQUESTS: Specific requests should be advised at time of booking. Please note that every effort will be made to secure special requests, however; they cannot be guaranteed.
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  7. BAGGAGE: Q’inti provides handling of baggage only as specified in the quotation. Weight restrictions for baggage on some routes on internal/domestic flights may apply; details of which will be provided with pre-tour documentation. Baggage and personal effects are at the owner’s risk throughout the tour and Q’inti  assumes no liability for lost or damaged baggage. Baggage insurance is strongly advised. Please check with your international carrier for other baggage restrictions applicable to your international flight.
  8. FLIGHT BOOKING Q’inti provides assistance with flight changes, rescheduling, online check-ins, with the flights purchased through Q’inti. If the passenger purchases their own tickets,  Q’inti does not have the responbility to assist with any issues arising with those flights.
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  12. EXCLUSIONS:The cost of obtaining passports, visas, excess baggage charges, items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls, fax charges and excess baggage charges unless expressly included in writing, are not included in the tour price.
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  14. Deposit and Prepayment policies:A non-refundable deposit of 10% is required at the time of booking. The remainder of the tour cost is payable 60 days prior to departure. If the reservation is made within 60 days of departure, the entire tour price must be paid at the time of confirmation.
  15. Free Independent Traveler (Fit) Payment Policy: 60 Days prior to travel: A non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total tour cost is required. If deposit is not received on this date, reservations will be automatically released. 40 Days prior to travel: Final payment (80% balance due) is required. Please note that our prepayment rules may vary according to vastly different prepayment policies for hotels that are beyond our control.
  16. Group Payment Policy (5 and 5+): 90 Days prior to travel: A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total tour cost is required. If deposit is not received on this date, reservations will be automatically released. 50 Days prior to travel: Final payment (50% balance due) is required.
  17. In the case of a dispute, only the disputed amount may be withheld until such time as settlement is agreed. All other amounts must be paid in accordance with the payment policy.Please note that for groups reserving more than 15 rooms in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, special payment terms and conditions will be put in place. Please ask your Tour Consultant for details.
  18. RECONFIRMATION AND FINAL PAYMENTS Reconfirmations & final payments are expected according to above deadlines. In the case of groups, send rooming list at time of reconfirmation. For bookings made 60 days or less prior to arrival, full payment is required at time of booking.
  19. REFUND OF UNUSED PART OF ITINERARYDuring the trip there will be no refund for portions of tours or tour packages not used because of itinerary changes made by the guests.
  20. CANCELLATION:All cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received between the date of booking and 60 days prior to departure for groups and 40 days prior to departure for fit’s will result in the loss of the deposit.Cancellations received 60 – 45 days (groups ) and 40 -30 days ( fit’s) prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation charge of 25% of the tour price.Cancellations received 45 – 15 days (groups ) and 30 -15 days ( fit’s)  prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation charge of 75%of the tour price.Cancellations received 14 days or less prior to departure will be subject to a forfeiture of the entire tour price.Cancellation of airline tickets will be subject to the refund policy of each individual airline and may be greater than the percentages above particularly when low cost/net based fares are used.The purchase of special event tickets is subject to the refund policy of each individual event. Please refer to the specific event policy for details.Q’inti will reserve the right to charge for financial penalties, fees and losses incurred as a result of cancellation
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  22. LIMITS ON Q’INTI RESPONSIBILITY:SouthWild S.A.C:, its employees, shareholders, officers, directors, successors, agents and assigns (collectively Q’inti ), does not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip. It purchases transportation (by aircraft, coach, train, vessel or otherwise), hotel and other lodging accommodations, restaurant, ground handling and other services from various independent suppliers . All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Q’inti  is not liable for any negligent or willful act of any such person or entity or of any third person. In addition and without limitation, Q’inti is not responsible for any injury, financial or physical loss, death, inconvenience, delay or damage to personal property in connection to the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from but not limited to acts of God or force majeure, illness, disease, acts of war, civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, animals, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, overbooking or downgrading of services, food poisoning, mechanical or other failure of aircraft or other means of transportation or for failure of any transport mechanism to arrive or depart on time.There are many inherent risks in adventure travel of the type involved here, which can lead to illness, injury or even death. These risks are increased by the fact that these trips take place in remote locations, far from medical facilities. Passenger assumes all such risks associated with participating in this trip.  In the event of a cancellation or material alteration to the trip as a result of the circumstances as described in this clause Q’inti  may in their sole and absolute discretion 1.) offer the traveller(s) alternative travel arrangements or products of comparable standard as may be appropriate in the circumstances; or 2) if alternative travel arrangements or products are not offered by Q’inti. Q’inti will make a prompt proportional refund of monies paid by the traveller.3)  Q’inti may charge a reasonable fee to cover the administration costs associated with providing alternative travel arrangements or products. 4) If a material alteration becomes necessary within 90 days of the departure date for any reason other than the circumstances described in this clause, Q’inti will endeavor to offer comparable products or a full refund of all monies paid by the traveller(s).
  23. HEALTH PRECAUTIONS:Please ensure that you consult your personal physician about anti malaria precautions and other inoculations and vaccinations before travel. Where applicable, please ensure that whilst travelling you carry a valid Yellow Fever certificate.
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  25. TRAVELLERS’ REPRESENTATIONS: Traveller(s) represent(s) that neither he nor anyone traveling with him has any physical condition or disability that could create a hazard to himself or other members of the tour. Q’inti reserves the right to remove from the trip, at the sole expense of the traveller, anyone whose condition is such that he or she could create a hazard to himself or others, or otherwise impact the enjoyment of other passengers on the trip.
  26. AIR TRANSPORTATION:Airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event occurring while passengers are not on board their aircraft. International air carriers are also subject to international air conventions limiting their liability. These limitations of liability are explained on the e-ticket or on the reverse of the airline ticket and when issued, this constitutes the sole contract between the respective air carrier(s) and their passengers.
  27. PASSPORT & VISAS Please note that passport holders are responsible for obtaining the required documentation applicable for entry.  Please note also that passports must be valid for six (6) months before departure and should also have sufficient blank pages for visas and immigrations stamps. Q’inti  cannot be held responsible should you be denied entry to a country due to non-compliance with these requirements. 
  28. TRAVEL INSURANCE: Q’inti strongly recommend all clients take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to date of travel.  This insurance should cover cancellation and curtailment, all medical expenses including evacuation/repatriation, personal baggage, personal liability, death and permanent disability and travel document insurance.  Q’inti cannot be held responsible for any costs arising from such loss or injury.
  29. ARBITRATION AGREEMENT:Any claim arising out of or relating to these Terms and Conditions, to the Limits on Q’inti ’s Responsibility clause, to the brochure, to any information relating in any way to the trip, to the trip itself or to any products or services related to the trip, shall be settled in the first instance by binding arbitration in the applicable legal forum as detailed in clause 26 of these Terms and Conditions. In lieu of a personal appearance at arbitration the arbitration may be conducted by telephonic means. Arbitration is the exclusive forum in the first instance for dispute resolution and except as otherwise provided by statute, each party shall bear its own costs and expenses and an equal share of the arbitrator and administrative fees. 
  30. APPLICABLE LAW AND FORUM:This agreement shall be construed, interpreted and enforced in accordance with, and shall be governed by the laws of Peru. It is agreed between Q’inti and the travelers that all lawsuits against Q’inti  arising under, in connection with, or incidental to the tour shall be filed, if at all, in the courts of Peru to the exclusion of the courts of or in any other country or jurisdiction.