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Peru & The Salkantay Trail

September 16-25, 2020

Trekking Tour

Challenge yourself and follow the road less traveled to Machu Picchu. The Salkantay Adventure goes beyond deluxe lodges and a great trek. It is also a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Andean culture as you learn about the Inca civilization and the extraordinary legacy that they left for generations to come.

 

Signature Moments

  • Enjoy some of the most amazing views in the World
  • Challenge yourself as you push beyond limits
  • Relax in a hot tub with mountain views all around
  • Explore the world famous Machu Picchu
  • Learn to cook like a local at a rooftop cooking class
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 9 Nights deluxe accommodations
  • Airport assistance and transfers
  • All meals (except lunch on day 2)
  • Rooftop Cooking Class
  • Cusco city tour
  • Full baggage support and transfer during trek
  • Peru Rail to and from Aguas Calientes
  • Shuttle bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu entrance
  • Huayna Picchu hiking permit
  • Entrance fees to historic sites and ruins
  • Drinking water throughout
  • English speaking guide
  • Women's Travel Club leader
Itinerary
Women's Travel Club Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Day 1 - Cusco

Welcome to Peru!
Upon arrival at the airport today you will be met by a local guide and transfer to your hotel.
The adventure begins tonight. We will have a quick welcome meeting before dinner, after introductions, your tour leader will review the details of your tour. Then we will enjoy our first dinner together and get better acquainted.
Accommodations - El Mercado Hotel

 

Day 2 - Cusco

This morning we will set out to learn all about Cusco on a half day city tour. Cuzco is the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city and the gateway to Machu Picchu. This is a city of contradiction. Ornate cathedrals squat over Inca temples, a rural Andean woman feeds bottled water to her pet llama while the finest boutiques sell pricey alpaca knits.
This evening we will make our own dinner at a rooftop cooking class. Learn to cook Andean food under the stars with a breathtaking view of downtown Cusco.
Accommodations - El Mercado Hotel

 

Day 3 - On the way to Soraypampa

After an early breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco. The first stop is a visit to the Quillarumiyoc archaeological site en route to the mountain village of Mollepata. Enjoy lunch at El Pedregal, a beautiful farmhouse in the village, where you will also have the opportunity to learn about local agriculture and livestock. After lunch comes a scenic ride on the winding mountain road to Challacancha. Here you will begin your hike to our flagship Salkantay Lodge at Soraypampa along a picturesque path called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path).
Trekking Time: Approximately 3 hours
Hiking Level: Easy to Moderate
Accommodations - Salkantay Lodge

 

Day 4 - Hike to Lake Humantay

After breakfast, you begin an ascent up the slopes that border the plateau behind Salkantay Lodge*. An hour and a half later, your hard work will be rewarded with a first glimpse of the lake’s glistening turquoise waters and the Humantay glacier looming overhead. Upon arrival, you will have a chance to relax, enjoy a snack, meditate in the tranquility of this magical spot, and participate in a traditional ceremony to honor “Pachamama” (Mother Earth). After your descent back to the lodge, the Salkantay staff will be waiting with a hot lunch. Afternoon at leisure to relax, enjoy a massage, or soak in the outdoor hot tub for a spectacular view of the Salkantay Peak at sunset.
Trekking Time: Approximately 4 hours
Hiking Level: Moderate
Accommodations - Salkantay Lodge

 

Day 5 - Crossing the Salkantay Pass

After an early start, the ascent toward the Salkantay Pass begins. You will circle Humantay Peak, gradually making your way along expansive plateaus connected by enormous boulders, remnants of the Rio Blanco Valley that was once bisected by a fast-flowing river. The last and most challenging part of the ascent is conquering the mountain switchbacks that lead you to the pass, the highest point on the trek (15,213’ / 4,636m). The journey continues with a dramatic descent through fields of large boulders and natural stone formations often shrouded in fog, followed by a very welcome hot picnic lunch. After lunch, you will have some time to rest before the final hike through the area’s bucolic countryside; its rolling hills will eventually lead you through marsh-like plateaus to the Wayra Lodge at Wayraccmachay.
Trekking Time: Approximately 6 hours
Hiking Level: Challenging
Accommodations - Wayra Lodge

 

Day 6 - Descending into the Cloud Forest

After a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge, you will continue the descent toward the cloud forest along the banks of the Salkantay River through increasingly verdant scenery. The warm air will begin to rise from the edge of the jungle, accompanied by colorful butterflies and striking orchids. Today you will see more local Andean people as the trail takes you past their simple homes and makeshift fences. At approximately midday, you will arrive at Colpa Lodge, located on a high promontory at the confluence of three rivers. The Colpa staff will greet you with a Pachamanca lunch, a traditional Peruvian meal cooked below ground with hot stones that create a natural oven. After lunch, spend the afternoon lounging in the sun or relaxing in the outdoor hot tub while you take in the panoramic views of the lush green mountains that surround you.
Trekking Time: Approximately 3-4 hours
Hiking Level: Moderate
Accommodations - Colpa Lodge

 

Day 7 - Following the Santa Teresa River Valley

Today you will hike through the Santa Teresa River Valley along a rolling trail that crosses fertile fruit orchards and bisects streams originating from glacier-fed waterfalls. After a hot picnic lunch by the river and some time to relax, the group will continue for one more hour before you are met by an MLP transport vehicle for the short drive to the bottom of the Llactapata Inca Trail steps that lead to Lucma Lodge. On the way to the lodge you will visit an organic coffee plantation, one of many in the area that produce some of the best organic coffees in the world. You will also begin to notice another shift in the climate; in Lucmabamba, the hot air and increased humidity signal that you are even closer to the edge of the Amazon Jungle.
Trekking Time: Approximately 5-6 hours
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging
Accommodations - Lucma Lodge

 

Day 8 - Lucmabamba

After breakfast, depart from Lucma Lodge and embark on a 2-3 hour climb through the cloud forest up a path mostly comprised of original Inca steps. A lush tree line creates green canopies overhead and the constant sound of rushing water suggests that the river is nearby. Your first milestone today will be the top of the peak, the last one before you descend to the Aobamba River Valley that connects you to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival at the Llactapata Pass (8,974’ / 2,736m), you will delight in a southeast view of Machu Picchu, a sight few travelers get the chance to admire. After exploring Llactapata, the Inca tambo (fort) that marks the pass, enjoy a picnic lunch at a mountain lookout point with panoramic views. The final descent along a trail that zigzags down to the roaring Aobamba River will take you through lush bamboo forests, varied fruit orchards, and more coffee plantations. Celebrate as you cross the bridge over the river and take your final steps of the trek en route to the Hidroelectrica train station for a scenic one-hour train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes, on the banks of the Urubamba River at the base of Machu Picchu.
Trekking Time: Approximately 4-6 hours
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging
Accommodations - Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel

 

Day 9 - The Citadel of Machu Picchu

Your journey to Machu Picchu begins with a morning rollicking uphill bus ride. As you enter the ‘sanctuary’ (as locals refer to it), prepare to be awed by the imposing, skillful architecture of the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among others. After a two-hour guided tour, you will have free time to explore on your own, including a hike up Huayna Picchu*, the iconic mountain that looms over the citadel, for dramatic views that stretch from the Urubamba River Valley to the edge of the Amazon Jungle. At some point, be sure to take a moment and sit quietly–listen to the wind, meditate, and absorb the mystical energy that envelops you.
Accommodations - Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel

 

Day 10 - Aquas Calientes - Depart

Enjoy your morning at leisure, after lunch enjoy the scenic Vistadome train ride to Ollantaytambo (approximately 1.5 hours). It is time to say good-bye to this beautiful area and fabulous new friends as you transfer to the airport for your flight home.

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Double Occupancy - $6399 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $8599 CAD per person (your own room)

 

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy very limited.

Deposit of $500 CAD per person due at time of booking.

Final Payment due - May 15, 2020

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions.

 

Booking Deadline

March 16, 2020
Book Now! Tour may fill up at any time.
Please do not book flights until after March 16, 2020 unless instructed to do so by the Women's Travel Club. If not enough ladies are booked by the release date then this tour may be cancelled. If the Women's Travel Club cancels the tour all payments made will be refunded.

 

Activity Level

High Activity
This tour involves trekking everyday for up to 6 hours. The trekking can be challenging as it is at elevation and often climbing uphill or descending. Please contact us for more information if you have concerns about the activity level of this tour - 1-844-749-0725

 

Group Size

Minimum - 10 ladies
Maximum - 12 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Tour Leader

Melissa Siepmann
Melissa is an avid traveler and is happiest when touring the World. She is a thrill seeker, nature lover and shark activist.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to Cusco
Depart from Cusco

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Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.
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Accommodations
Women's Travel Club Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
El Mercado Hotel

El Mercado is a 4-star property located three and a half blocks from the Plaza de Armas (Main Square), the heart of picturesque Cusco. Formerly part of the city’s old farmers market, El Mercado’s 32 rooms and quaint atmosphere guarantee personal and friendly service, and will inmediately immerse our guests in the cultural and historical traits of Cusco and Peru.

Women's Travel Club Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Lodge

Salkantay Lodge was built on the flatlands of the Rio Blanco river valley, with a stunning, unobstructed view of the majestic Salkantay mountain peak. Its contemporary, eco-conscious design was the inspiration for all other MLP lodges.

Women's Travel Club Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Wayra Lodge

Wayra Lodge, a cozy mountain refuge with dramatic views of Mt. Humantay, is the most remote of our MLP lodges – and a welcome sight after a long day of trekking over the Salkantay Pass.

Women's Travel Club Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Colpa Lodge

Surrounded by lush green mountains in a cloud forest, our Colpa Lodge is situated on a promontory at the confluence of three rivers (9,333’/2,845m). Sun-drenched in the afternoons, it is the perfect spot to relax or soak in the outdoor hot tub.

Women's Travel Club Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Lucma Lodge

Situated in a lush avocado orchard at the edge of the Amazon jungle, our charming Lucma Lodge resembles a contemporary treehouse. The view through the multi-pane windows that stretch almost to the ceiling will give you the sensation of living amidst the beautiful foliage that surrounds you.

Women's Travel Club Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel

Popular with those heading to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways and 83 whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest. Member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the property has 12 acres of exquisite natural beauty, where 214 bird species – such as the golden-headed quetzal and the iconic Andean cock-of-the-rock – and the world’s largest native orchid collection (372 species) have been registered.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

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