Salkantay – Machu Picchu 9D/8N
ENTER THE MYSTERY–QUEST OF A LIFE TIME!! When you touch the Soil of this ancient land and people you will discover the Source of your own Inner Light. With Pumadventures you will experience events, places, people and challenges that will transform your life. Our journeys to Peru are Doorways of Initiation. The intent of this doorway is to give you the means to move freely and travel deeply into the magic of the moment NOW. Through connection with the power of the sacred sites of Peru, you’ll expand your ability to work with the energies of your own nature. You’ll experience your ability to project your spirit beyond the limitations of the mind and explore the great Mystery of the spiritual World. These mystical experiences are an immersion to the fascinating ancient Cultures of the Andes and your connection to this magical land. Our Journeys are not about the destination they are about the best experiences along the Journey, this is why for us is priority to offer every grand experience along the trip. Choosing carefully for you all the best Places to visit that are often off the beaten path.
The snowcapped mountains were considered protector deities as they fertilized the valleys with their eternal water and they are always covered in white snow like angels are dressed in white! The Andean people revered these mountain spirits as sacred guardians that hold the power of healing and self-realization in this journey we will arrive to the altar of Apu Salkantay (Mountain Spirit). This journey touches your soul in ways that will transform your life.
Day 1: Arrive Lima - Cusco (D)
After settling into a delightful hotel, enjoy an introductory tour of this extraordinary World Heritage city. You will begin to see through the veils of time. In our initial ceremony at this Navel of the Inca Universe, we will set a sacred intention for our own reconnection to the Mother earth, aligning ourselves to be completely and absolutely in our pilgrimage, open to what the Cosmos will unfold for us in our coming days together.
Day 2: Sacred Valley, Ceremony Day (B, L)
Today, feeling refreshed after a relaxing night at our hotel, we continue our energy work with ceremonies and healing rituals in chinchero a community located in the sacred valley, 40 minutes away from Cusco. Our Master will explain Andean Cosmo vision and traditional Andean Healing Arts, and will guide us through rituals of welcoming and reconnecting with the ancestral spirits of the Andes. We will also work with two very special, invited healers today – Don Sebastian and Mama Irene – who will share their gifts & healing practices that will have a lasting impact on our everyday lives back home.
Don Sebastian is a Q’ero Master with pure energy and wisdom from the lineage of the Q’ero People; Mama Irene is an older medicine woman and a very powerful healer who comes from a different lineage of healers in the Peruvian Andes, closer to the rainbow lineage. Together these two healers will have a profound and lasting impact on our understanding of energy work and Andean medicine. With Master’s guidance we can reconnect with the ancestral energy that is ready to help us heal and transform our lives for the better.(Overnight in the Sacred Valley)
Day 3: Cusco - Mollepata (B, L, D)
Walking Distance – 12km / 7.45 miles
Starting Elevation – 3350 meters / 12477 feet The beginning of the trek is 7km (4.35miles) hiking in 3 hours to Soraypampa, where we will have our lunch at the basecamp. After the lunch and a quick nap we continue hiking up to the Humantay Lake (4200 MASL – 13779 ft.). This is a 5km (3.1miles) round trip which we will walk in a total of 3 hours.
Highest Elevation – 4600 meters / 15090 feet
Campsite Elevation – 3850 meters / 12477 feet
Meals: Lunch, Dinner (Snack and afternoon Tea)Accommodation: Camping
Day 4: Sorapamapa - Chaullay (B, S, L, D)
After an early wake up with the first daylight at 05:30 am. And a quick breakfast we soon start hiking up to the highest point of the trail: the Salkantay Pass (4650 MASL – 15,255 ft.). The distance is a 7km (4.34miles) tough ascent in 3 hours, between the rocky valley bottom and the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6200 MASL– 20,341 ft). After reaching the top of the pass there is a 5km (3.1miles) and 2 hours downhill hike towards the camp for our lunch. The walk downwards is on a serpent shape trail and a rocky gravel path to get to the Huayracmachay lunch spot. In the afternoon we will enter the upper part of the amazon jungle, which is also called “the cloud forest”. This is a 10 km (6.2miles) hike in 3 hours on a wide trail in the thick forests. When finishing this magnificent hike we finally arrive at Chaullay Village (2900 MASL – 9,514 ft.), our base camp in the jungle.
Walking Distance – 22 km / 13.7 miles
Starting Elevation – 3800 meters / 12467 feet
Campsite Elevation – 2750 meters / 9022 feet
Maximum Altitude: 4650 meters / 15255 feet
Difficulty: Challenging - Moderate.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Snack and afternoon Tea)
Day 5: Chaullay - Lucmabamba (B, S, L, D)
At 6:00 am. We will start our trek to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley. We will be hiking for approximately 6 hours. After lunch at La playa, we will hike for approximately 1 hour to our base camp called Lucmabamba (2400 MASL – 7874 ft.). We will explore the tropical forest for a little while and have a lovely visit at an organic coffee farm.
Walking Distance – 18km / 11.2 miles
Starting Elevation – 2750 meters / 9022 feet
Campsite Elevation – 2400 meters / 7874 feet
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Lucmabamba - Machupicchu (B, L)
The chef of the trek will wake you up early with a hot cup of coca tea served in your bed. You will get ready for today’s activity while enjoying your last prepared breakfast by the trek chef. We will begin the hike early and you will get the opportunity to enjoy a small part of the famous Inka trail! After a climb of 2 hours with amazing views of the Santa Teresa valley we will arrive at the Llactapata Inca site right in front of Machu Picchu. This will be the first archaeological site we will see of the Lost City of the Incas and a very special place to enjoy and spend time. After we will continue our trek with a 2 hours downhill hike, we will then arrive at the famous Intiwatana. Intiwatana is an ancient rock used as a sundial in the ancient Inca times. After we pass this small Inca site we will reach the train rails. Next to the rails there is a nice path to walk on; after walking 3 hours we will arrive to Aguas Calientes.
Walking Distance – 18 km / 11.2 miles
Starting Elevation – 2450 meters / 8038 feet
Campsite Elevation – 2000 meters / 6561 feet (Aguas Calientes hostel)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Machupicchu Full Day (B)
The highlight of the trek, Machu Picchu! We will wake up early at the hotel. This is better for visiting Machupicchu, before the mass of people arrive. The Machu Picchu entrance check point is open from 6:00 am. Until 17:00 pm. We will hike up to Machupicchu and enter the city really early with a lot fewer tourists than during the midday. Here we will have a 2 hours guided tour through this incredible ancient city in the afternoon we will organize the train ride at 18:20 pm. back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then a bus ride to Cusco to arrive at approx. 22:00 pm. The bus will drop you off at your hotel in Cusco.(Overnight in Cusco)
Day 8: Cusco - City Tour (B, L)
After breakfast, we begin with a visit to Sacsayhuamán, where we will marvel at this architectural wonder and learn the mystery and legends of how this stone-walled complex was constructed. Next, Puma will take us through a rebirth process in a nearby cave of the Cosmic Mother, also known as the Womb of Mother Earth.
We then continue on to Temple of the Condor we will participate in a private Andean Initiation Ceremony to connect with the ancestral lineages. Connect with the sacred trilogy of the Incas – the Puma, Serpent, and Condor and learn about what the Incan elders believed of parallel dimensions.
After visiting other sacred temples around the mountain, we return to the city of Cusco for a city tour and to immerse ourselves in the smiles and laughter of the local people. Later we visit Qoricancha, one of the most revered temples, dedicated to the Sun God, whose walls and floors were once covered in sheets of solid gold. Wander the courtyard which was once filled with golden statues.
We return to Our Hotel and enjoy our Farewell Dinner together. This is a time to enjoy each other’s company and reflect on the days we have spent together and our own sacred journey.(Overnight in Cusco)
DAY 09: Transfers to the Airport