Ultimate Machu Picchu

with OneSeed Expeditions in Cusco, Peru
Trek into the Andes on this less-crowded alternative to reach Machu Picchu. Visit local markets, temples, and a coffee farm while marveling at the beautiful scenery. -- 15% DISCOUNT: use promo code UMP2019
  • 1 to 10 People
  • 8 Days
$1,950.00 Per Person
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• Hike up and over Salkantay Pass for breathtaking views of the valley below
• Stay overnight with a family in Lucmabamba to learn about their local coffee farm
• Explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and the stunning archaeological site at Machu Picchu

Join as a solo traveler or with friends to experience these amazing destinations with fellow travelers from all over. We guarantee all group departure dates even if only one person is signed up. We recommend asking how many people are currently in your group before booking.

16 years old for group departures. If you have children under 16 years old, please inquire about a private trip departure.

Single supplements are required for solo travelers.

DAY 1:
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. 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.

Peak Altitude: 11,155 ft (3400 m)

Inclusions: Airport transfer; accommodations
DAY 2:
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading out for a day of exploring the outskirts of Cusco. Head to Moray on a 90 minute drive with views of the snow-capped Andes peaks, lush fields, and colorful villages. Moray boasts three ancient amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. After Moray, head to the Maras Salt Mines (20 minute drive). This village is famous for its salt-producing center (with over 3,000 salt pools) that pre-dates Incan rule. Finally, visit Chinchero where you'll see more Incan ruins. Return to Cusco and rest up for the following day.

Peak Altitude: 12,343 (3762 m)

Inclusions: Ground transportation; breakfast; hotel accommodations
DAY 3:
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! 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.

Peak Altitude: 13,451 ft (4100 m)

Total Hiking: approximately 7.5 miles (12 km) / 5-6 hours of trekking

Inclusions: breakfast; lunch; dinner; camping accommodations
DAY 4:
Today is the hardest trekking day! Eat an early breakfast before beginning the hike to the Salkantay Pass (15,246 ft). 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.

Peak Altitude: 15,246 ft (4646 m)

Total Hiking: approximately 12 miles (19.3 km) / 8-10 hours trekking

Inclusions: breakfast; lunch; dinner; camping accommodations
DAY 5:
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. 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.

Peak Altitude: 9,240 ft (2816 m)

Total Hiking: approximately 9.5 miles (15.3 km) / 6-8 hours trekking

Inclusions: Inclusions: breakfast; lunch; dinner; camping accommodations
DAY 6:
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.

Peak Altitude: 6,693 ft (2040 m)

Total Hiking: approximately 4.5 miles (7.2 km) / 2-3 hours trekking

Inclusions: breakfast; lunch; dinner; lodge accommodations
DAY 7:
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. 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. 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.

Peak Altitude: 11,155 ft (3400 m)

Total Hiking: approximately 5 miles (8 km) / Optional 2-3 hours trekking up Machu Picchu Mountain

Inclusions: breakfast; lunch; dinner; lodge accommodations
DAY 8:
International flights depart.

Peak Altitude: 11,155 ft (3400 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; airport shuttle.
What's Included

• Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 8
• 3 Nights accommodation in Cusco
• 1 Night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
• 3 Nights camping
• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
• Trekking permits and entry fees
• Farewell dinner
• Guide & porter services
• All ground transportation to/from trail

What's Not Included

• Personal items
• emergency medical & evacuation insurance (required)
• Trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)
• International airfare and meals during travel
• Snacks during trek
• Beverages outside of designated meals

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