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Full Board and activities on the Salkantay Trail
Daily Breakfast in Cuzco, Sacred Valley & Lima
Full Board and activities
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Embark on the exhilarating Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, an alternative route to the classic Inca Trail
Stay in luxurious mountain lodges along the way, each with hot showers and even Jacuzzis
Enjoy spectacular scenery in the high Andes along the way, passing dramatic valleys and snow-capped mountains
Relax in the beautiful rolling scenery of the Sacred Valley following a week of trekking
May to November is the best time to go trekking in the Sacred Valley. The rainy season is typically from December to March. The lodge to lodge trek closes in January and February as these months receive the heaviest rainfall.
Weather in the region is extremely variable and you should pack for a variety of conditions. In addition, the trek passes through nine bio-zones ranging from high altitude alpine conditions to high jungle. During a sunny day you can expect temperatures of about 65–80°F (18–27°C), however on the pass the weather is very unpredictable and temperatures can drop to 30°F (0°C) during the day (but you won’t spend a lot of time up there).
The zone of Machu Picchu has a humid and warmer climate since it is located at a lower altitude on the east side of Andes. The average temperatures at Machu Picchu are between 73°F and 77°F (23°C to 25°C), with the minimum temperature around 64°F (18°C). The region of Cuzco has only two seasons: a wet season and a dry season. The wet season starts in November and ends in March. During this time, it rains almost every day for three or four hours, but also there are several sunny days. The dry season begins around March and lasts until October. June and July are the coldest months. Paradoxically at noon the temperatures can reach 77°F (23 °C), the annual highest temperature.
Challenge yourself by taking the alternative route to Machu Picchu along the spectacular week-long Salkantay Trail, crossing high mountain passes to reach the ancient Inca citadel. Stay in luxurious mountain lodges at night to rest your limbs before continuing on and discovering the highlights of Peru's Sacred Valley.
Land in Lima and spend two nights in the neighborhood of Miraflores, using this as a base to explore the city's incredible dining scene. Enjoy a city tour with a guide and discover the Larco museum which houses an impressive collection of artifacts from various Peruvian civilizations spanning centuries.
Fly down to the charming colonial city of Cuzco, the old capital of the Inca empire and stay for two nights acclimatising to the altitude prior to your trek. Cuzco is a beautiful city with plenty of history; a Cuzco tourist card will allow you to explore the many ruins here at your leisure. On the final evening here you will have a briefing for your trek to prepare you for the week ahead.
Embark on the week-long Salkantay Trek, which is both challenging and rewarding in equal measure. The Salkantay Trail leads to Machu Picchu through the high Andes and is known for its spectacular scenery, passing through cloudforest and alongside snow-capped peaks. Each night you will settle into comfortable mountain lodges which come equipped with hot showers and even Jacuzzis, ensuring you can fully relax prior to your next day of trekking.
On the final day of your trek you will reach the site of Machu Picchu for a guided tour of these incredible ruins. If you can handle more trekking, we can also arrange tickets to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain for those iconic views over Machu Picchu but please note that these need to be booked well in advance as there is limited availability. Spend a final night in Aguas Calientes which sits at the base of the ruins, a short bus ride away.
From Aguas Calientes, board the train to the Sacred Valley which separates Machu Picchu from Cuzco and is an ideal place to recover from all the trekking, with rolling scenery and a multitude of charming Andean villages nearby to explore at a leisurely pace. Stay for two nights here and choose to relax at your hotel, perhaps enjoying the spa. We can also arrange more adventurous activities should you prefer, from river rafting to paragliding and mountain biking.Return to Cuzco to fly home. A full day trip taking in the valley's highlights has been included.
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