Salkantay 10 days / 9 nights
Many Inca trails
lace the fabled Cordillera Vilcabamba, the steep
green mountains that surround Machu Picchu. Our
special route follows a traditional but seldom
traveled Inca trail leading up from the Urubamba
River past remote ruins, then higher still into
breathtaking alpine reaches where we have some of
the most glorious views and campsites in the Andes
all to ourselves. Our highest point is Incachiriasca,
a spectacular mountain pass with incredible views of
the awesome icefields of sacred Salcantay (20,574'),
the loftiest peak near Machu Picchu. From sublime
alpine terrain, we descend into a cloud forest and
head to the cliff-perched lost city, Machu Picchu.
Our overnight at the only hotel right at the ruins
offers a chance to visit one of the most mystical
sites in the world without the crowds. Below is an
Itinerary-in-Brief. To view a complete Detailed
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We explore ancient
Cusco's atmospheric cobbled streets and remarkable
Day 2 The Sacred Valley
Urubamba Valley is ringed by craggy mountains where
the Incas built their most spectacular monuments.
We visit the
towering Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo, where rebel
Manco Inca and his men held out against Pizarro's
forces in one of the only battles the Spaniard's
lost. We also explore the lovely village below the
ruin, with its traditional market.
Our camp tonight
has panoramic views of dazzling Mt. Veronica
(20,275') in the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba.
Days 3-5 Pampaccahuana / Incachiriasca
Hiking up past the extensive Inca ruin of Llactapata
on the classic Inca Trail, we branch off into the
alpine reaches of the Pampaccahuana Valley, where
traditional Quechua bring their herds of alpacas and
the spectacular 15,900-foot Incachiriasca Pass, a
notch between Salcantay (20,574') and neighboring
Huamantay (19,239'. The pathway at the top of the
pass is marked by apachetas (rock cairns) left by
the Quechuas to honor the mountain apus (spirits).
There are amazing views of Salcantay's fabulous
icefalls and deep couloirs as we ascend. Here in the
high mountains, the beauty of the legendary
Vilcabamba is all around us
Days 6-8 Salcantay / Santa Teresa
cross Salcantay Pass (15,700'), and from this alpine
paradise of turquoise tarns and glacial moraines, we
begin our descent into orchid-draped forests and
Our trail leads down through a long valley to the
small settlement of Colcapampa, where there is a hot
spring. We continue through the subtropical Santa
Teresa Valley, with its beautiful botanic displays
of waterfalls, bromeliads, and orchids
characteristic of the Andean cloud forest.
Days 9-10 Machu Picchu / Cusco
short train ride along the Urubamba River carries us
to Machu Picchu, and we head up to the ruins,
exploring all day and enjoying an overnight at the
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, or others hotels,right
at the ruins, for fantastic access to the ruins.
In the afternoon of
Day 10, we return to Cusco.
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