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Ultimate Machu Picchu

from

$1950

Days

8

Operated by OneSeed Expeditions
  • Itinerary
  • Details

Day 1

CUSCO

Upon your arrival to the airport in Cusco, a OneSeed staff member will be there to greet you and take you to our partner lodge in the charming historic district of San Blas.

Day 1
Cusco, Peru

The lodge is centrally located and only a few minutes’ walk from the Plaza de Armas, the beautiful and bustling town center. Meet your expedition group at 5:00 pm for an orientation talk.

Day 1
Plaza De Armas - Top View
Day 1
Plaza De Armas

Day 2

CUSCO

Head to the Sacred Valley to acclimate to the altitude. Visit the village of Pisac to stop by a traditional market and see the Citadel of Pisac on a guided tour.

Day 2
Cusco Sacred Valley
Day 2
Village of Pisac

Explore the Ollantaytambo ruins known for the enormous blocks of rock that were carved and polished to fit together seamlessly. Arrive to Cusco around 6:30-7:00pm.

Day 2
Ollantaytambo, City
Day 2
Ollantaytambo, Ruins
Day 2
Ollantaytambo Polished Bricks

Day 3

CUSCO TO SALKANTAY PAMPA

In the morning, take the 3-hour trip to Mollepata, a small village located at the edge of the cloud forest. Enjoy our first views of Salkantay, which reaches 20,691 ft!

Day 3
Mollepata Village

Continue on to Challa’cancha, the trek departure point. In Challa’cancha, meet the assistant guides and began the 2-hour hike to Soraypampa, where you will break for lunch. From there, hike another 3½ hours to Salkantay Pampa to camp for the night.

Day 4

SALKANTAY PAMPA TO COLCAPAMPA

Today is the hardest trekking day! Eat an early breakfast before beginning the hike to the Salkantay Pass (15,246 ft).

Day 4
Salkantay Pass
Day 4
Hiking to Salkantay
Day 4
Salkantay Hike!

Take a break at the pass to enjoy the breathtaking views before continuing downhill to the lunch spot, Huayrac Machay. After lunch, continue the descent to your campsite for the night at Colcapampa.

Day 5

COLCAPAMPA TO LUCMABAMBA

Continue descending into the high jungle and hike along clear streams and rivers and visit impressive waterfalls. Observe the change in your surrounding environment as it becomes increasingly lush.

Day 5
Waterfalls on Salkantay

Pass small coffee and fruit farms before stopping in the small town of Lucmabamba where you will spend the night in a homestay with a local family. Learn about the coffee roasting process and explore the family’s coffee farm.

Day 5
Lucmabamba Coffee Farms

Day 6

LUCMABAMBA TO AGUAS CALIENTES

After breakfast, drive for two hours toward the Hydroelectric station. From there, hike for three hours to the town of Aguas Calientes, stopping half way on the trail for some lunch. Check into your room for a shower and some rest before a celebratory dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6
Aguas Calientes
Day 6
Aguas Calientes Valley

Day 7

AGUAS CALIENTES TO MACHU PICCHU

After an early breakfast, depart for Machu Picchu on a short 20 minutes bus ride. Arrive as early as possible to avoid the crowds and to enjoy the beauty, mystery, and magic of Machu Picchu.

Day 7
Getting to Machu Picchu

Receive a guided tour for about 2½ hours followed by free time to explore the site on your own. There is time to climb Machu Picchu Mountain (*based on availability) for views of the ruins from above.

Day 7
Guided Machu Picchu Tour
Day 7
Get Close with the Ruins!

Meet in Aguas Calientes in the afternoon to board a train to Ollantaytambo (2 hours) and then a bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco (2 hours), arriving by 9:30 pm.

Day 7
Aguas Calientes Train

Day 8

CUSCO

International flights depart.

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Ultimate Machu Picchu

from

$1950

Days

8

Operated by OneSeed Expeditions
  • Itinerary
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Itinerary

Day 1

Cusco

Upon your arrival to the airport in Cusco, a OneSeed staff member will be there to greet you and take you to our partner lodge in the charming historic district of San Blas.

Day 1
Cusco, Peru

The lodge is centrally located and only a few minutes’ walk from the Plaza de Armas, the beautiful and bustling town center. Meet your expedition group at 5:00 pm for an orientation talk.

Day 1
Plaza De Armas - Top View
Day 1
Plaza De Armas

Day 2

Cusco

Head to the Sacred Valley to acclimate to the altitude. Visit the village of Pisac to stop by a traditional market and see the Citadel of Pisac on a guided tour.

Day 2
Cusco Sacred Valley
Day 2
Village of Pisac

Explore the Ollantaytambo ruins known for the enormous blocks of rock that were carved and polished to fit together seamlessly. Arrive to Cusco around 6:30-7:00pm.

Day 2
Ollantaytambo, City
Day 2
Ollantaytambo, Ruins
Day 2
Ollantaytambo Polished Bricks

Day 3

Cusco To Salkantay Pampa

In the morning, take the 3-hour trip to Mollepata, a small village located at the edge of the cloud forest. Enjoy our first views of Salkantay, which reaches 20,691 ft!

Day 3
Mollepata Village

Continue on to Challa’cancha, the trek departure point. In Challa’cancha, meet the assistant guides and began the 2-hour hike to Soraypampa, where you will break for lunch. From there, hike another 3½ hours to Salkantay Pampa to camp for the night.

Day 4

Salkantay Pampa To Colcapampa

Today is the hardest trekking day! Eat an early breakfast before beginning the hike to the Salkantay Pass (15,246 ft).

Day 4
Salkantay Pass
Day 4
Hiking to Salkantay
Day 4
Salkantay Hike!

Take a break at the pass to enjoy the breathtaking views before continuing downhill to the lunch spot, Huayrac Machay. After lunch, continue the descent to your campsite for the night at Colcapampa.

Day 5

Colcapampa To Lucmabamba

Continue descending into the high jungle and hike along clear streams and rivers and visit impressive waterfalls. Observe the change in your surrounding environment as it becomes increasingly lush.

Day 5
Waterfalls on Salkantay

Pass small coffee and fruit farms before stopping in the small town of Lucmabamba where you will spend the night in a homestay with a local family. Learn about the coffee roasting process and explore the family’s coffee farm.

Day 5
Lucmabamba Coffee Farms

Day 6

Lucmabamba To Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, drive for two hours toward the Hydroelectric station. From there, hike for three hours to the town of Aguas Calientes, stopping half way on the trail for some lunch. Check into your room for a shower and some rest before a celebratory dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6
Aguas Calientes
Day 6
Aguas Calientes Valley

Day 7

Aguas Calientes To Machu Picchu

After an early breakfast, depart for Machu Picchu on a short 20 minutes bus ride. Arrive as early as possible to avoid the crowds and to enjoy the beauty, mystery, and magic of Machu Picchu.

Day 7
Getting to Machu Picchu

Receive a guided tour for about 2½ hours followed by free time to explore the site on your own. There is time to climb Machu Picchu Mountain (*based on availability) for views of the ruins from above.

Day 7
Guided Machu Picchu Tour
Day 7
Get Close with the Ruins!

Meet in Aguas Calientes in the afternoon to board a train to Ollantaytambo (2 hours) and then a bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco (2 hours), arriving by 9:30 pm.

Day 7
Aguas Calientes Train

Day 8

Cusco

International flights depart.