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Salkantay Inca Trail Condor Sight

Salkantay Inca Trail Condor Sight

Have you ever imagined yourself flying through the air? This is your chance! Embark on a majestic walk through the air of Machu Picchu. Get on the Condor and appreciate what you can enjoy when you visit Machu Picchu. Our classic Salkantay Trek is an alternative to the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, but this trek, in fact, brings together more of both experiences. Live and enjoy with us this wonderful view and tour that gathers culture and adventure history. Travel to the intoxicating heights of the Andes to the exotic lowlands of the Amazon on this trip through the best of Peru. Walk along the ancient road to Machu Picchu and discover the heart and soul of the Inca Empire. where you look at the exotic plant and wildlife in the most remarkable jungle in the world. Familiarize yourself with the charm and grace of historic cities. From vibrant cities to glorious natural wonders, this trip really has it all. Throughout our trip we will have the opportunity to bring the natural paradise of the condors, we will walk by the impressive: valleys, lagoons, snowcapped of the salkantay and humantay, crossing rivers and subtropical zones of abundant vegetation and fauna. What is the most important and complete route to visit and know the citadel of Machu Picchu.Chonta Flight Of The Condor Canyon has a variety of tourist attractions that allow the visitor to enjoy beautiful landscapes and others of a natural nature, in the cultural aspect you can see archaeological remains that constitute the admiration of locals and foreigners, having attractions such as the customs of each village, dances, typical costumes, artistic expressions of a ritual nature, such as the ticapallana, torovelay, tinkaska, bullfight, carnivals and various patron saint festivals.Finally the majestic citadel of  Machu Picchu  in the veil that covers everything related to it with mystery. Every year millions and millions of tourists come to visit its ruins, hundreds of scientists try to unravel the mysteries it still hides, but the most important thing is to ask how such an ancient town was able to build this construction, not only in that place, but also with what technology was made, which to this day remains a mystery for its perfection.

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Quick Itinerary: 

Day 01: Cusco - Chonta - Condor Sight - Sayllapata 

Day 02: Sayllapata - Salkantay Pampa 

Day 03: Salkantay Pampa - Pampacahuarina Inca Trail 

Day 04: Pampacahuarina - Llullucha Pampa 

Day 05: Llucha Pampa - Chaquicocha 

Day 06: Chaquicocha - Wiñayhuayna 

Day 07: Wiñayhuayna - Machu Picchu


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CONDOR SIGHT SALKANTAY INCA TRAIL:


Condor Sight:

  • Impressive natural balcony towards the Apurímac canyon where you can observe up close the Andean condors that inhabit and nest in the cuttings. Spectacular landscapes of the Apurímac River and the snowy Salkantay and Humantay, as well as the local flora and fauna.
  • Viewpoint of the Condor Chonta  is located in the Canyon of the Apurimac River in the Community of Chonta in the district of Limatambo Cusco at 70 kilometers and 2 hours by bus from the Imperial City of Cusco. 
  • Today, Condor Sight is an excellent place to observe the condor which is the largest bird that flies and in the time of the Incas was a sacred bird also considered as an Andean spiritual messenger.
  • Altitude: 3,380 meters / 11,087 feet 
  • Temperature: 6 ° C to 13 ° C 
  • Weather: May to October Sunny 
  • Physical Preparation: Good conditions

Salkantay Trek:

  • Salkantay Trek means the "wild mountain" located at a height of 6271 masl, it is the highest peak of the Vilcabamba mountains and one of the highest in the Andes.
  • We will have the possibility of observing beautiful Andean landscapes, their friendly people can be seen on the way in their natural environment dedicated to agriculture and also to observe condors, alpacas and other Andean animals in their natural habitat.
  • The Salkantay is the Apu and tutelary mountain of Cusco with 6.271 meters of altitude.

Inca Trail:

  • Due to the great demand that this trip has the Peruvian government in its eagerness to protect the Inca road network has LIMITED access to the Inca road from 4 days to 500 people per day.
  • The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, has been divided into several routes and several sections, most of them depart from: Km.82, and Km.104 of the Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu Town railroad route.
  • The climate is relatively mild around the whole year, with heavy rains from November to March, dry and hot weather from April to October, which is a recommended time to visit. The minimum annual temperature ranges from 8 ° to 11.2 ° C. In the months of June, July and August the temperature can often fall below zero. The annual maximum temperature varies between 20.4 ° to 26.6 °. The terrain is quite irregular, with several ravines and streams fed by the glaciers that eventually pour into the Urubamba River, which crosses the area forming a deep valley that crosses the granite base of Vilcabamba for more than 40 km through a variety of ecosystems.

Machu Picchu:

  • Machu Picchu does not fear earthquakes. Its carved rocks fit so perfectly that you can not even put a card between them. Nor are they subject to concrete, so in case of an earthquake, the rocks 'dance' with each other, avoiding the total collapse of the buildings. If not for this, most buildings of Machu Picchu had already collapsed.
  • Machu Picchu means "Old Mountain". 
  • Its majestic architecture comprises some 140 structures throughout the citadel. 
  • It was built by the Inca Pachacútec approximately in the year 1460. 
  • After being forgotten, only in 1911 the American Hiram Bingham arrived in Machu Picchu on an expedition and spread the place worldwide. 
  • Its main buildings are those of Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Three Windows. 
  • It is the best known symbol of the Inca Empire, once called the "Lost City of the Incas". 
  • In 1913, it was recently given worldwide attention when the National Geographic Society magazine dedicated all its printing to the newly re-discovered city in April.
  • It is one of the 7 wonders of the world, a World Heritage Site, Historical Sanctuary of Peru and probably the most important Archaeological Site in Latin America.
  • When it was found by Bingham, there were people living there and even some ancient mummies. 
  •  It is located 2,400 meters above sea level.


ALTERNATIVE TOURS:


DAY 1: CUSCO- SAYLLAPATA

We will start the day driving from Cusco by bus to Chonta, we will travel through the highlands of Anta. A dirt road will take us over the Puna highlands to the scenic mountain hamlet of Chonta near the Apurimaq Canyon. A 3km trek along the mountainside brought us to the Condor viewing platforms and the view of the canyon and Apurimac river way down below is extraordinary. We will be here 2 hours to appreciate the condors and some flying right overhead!. Continuing our tour, we drive to head trail, Challacancha, where our hike begins. We start trekking up to Tillka from where we take the road to Marcocasa (3,500 m/11, 482 ft) passing forests and steppes on the route. We can enjoy beautiful landscapes of the snow capped peak of Rayuska. Finally we get to our first campsite at Soraypampa (3,600m/10,200 ft),and take the lunch there. After lunch we will climb the Humantay Mountain for 2 hours to visit the Humantay Lake, a superb lake in the mountains and we then descend back to camp at Soraypampa. There you will find the dining tent set up for afternoon tea, you will found  tea, mate de coca, coffee, chocolate etc. 

 

  • Estimated Trekking Time: 7 hours
  • Max. Elevation: 3,600 m (10,200ft)
  • Min. Elevation: 2,803 m (9, 196 ft)
  • Difficulty: Easy

 

DAY 2: Sayllapata - Salkantay

This second day we will wake up very early to breakfast and start hiking. We get to Soyrapampa  where we join the main Salkantay Trek. From there it takes about an hour to reach Salkantay Pampa, the place of our second campsite. Before that we have the chance to take in the stunning sight of the sacred mountains of Huamantay (5,917 m/19,412 ft) and Salkantay (6,271 m/20,574 ft). In the Andean culture these mountains are considered "Apus" (mountain spirits)of great significance, apus protect the city. Arriving at Salkantay Pampa we set up at our camp and later take a delicious dinner.Please the weather here is very cold do not forget to carry warm clothes with you.

 

  • Estimated Trekking Time: 6 hours
  • Max. elevation: 4,100 m/13,451 ft
  • Min. elevation: 3,600 m/10,200 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate

 

Day 3: Salkantay - Pampacahuarina

On this day you will have a great experience, leaving the Salkantay Trek path to pass and join the  Inca Trail route. First we will go through a charming valley where we will see domestic flowers and dramatic views of the Salkantay Mountain to our left as we pass the indigenous villages of Qhesqa and Paucarcancha.Then , we will ascend to the Incachiriaska Pass (the highest point of the trek), which translates mean "the place where the Inca cools down". From here we get the closest view of Salkantay, this whole area is dotted with small mountain lagoons and old glaciers of diverse shades of blue! Around this region, in the rocky cliffs, dwells the Andean Condor, the world’s largest bird. If we are lucky we might also see some vizcachas, guanacos, and vicuñas .Finally we will descend to Cusichaca Valley until the tiny village of Pampacahuarina, here we can observe some old Incan channels.In Pampacahuarina our camp will await for us and we will spend the nigth there.

 

  • Estimated Trekking Time: 7 hours
  • Max. Elevation: 3,855 m/12,650ft
  • Min. Elevation: 3,000 m/9,842 ft
  • Difficulty: Difficult

 

DAY 4: Pampacahuarina - Llullucha Pampa

This is the day that demand more of our physical effort. We will hike for aorund 3 hours to get to Paucarcancha. There you will have a guided tour of the Inkaracay ruins. After that you will descend for a couple of minutes to the town of Wayllabamba  where we say goodbye to our horses and horsemen and welcome our porters. We enjoy lunch before we continue climbing. During the hike we pass a cloud forest with native trees, orchids, mosses, ferns and birds. We finally get to the next campsite at Llullucha Pampa.

 

  • Estimated Trekking Time: 7 hours
  • Max. elevation: 3,855 m/12,650 ft
  • Min. elevation: 3,000 m/9, 842 ft
  • Difficulty: Regular Difficult

 

DAY 5: Llucha Pampa - Chaquicocha

Today we will wake up very early to have the breakfast and star descending to Abra of Warmiwañusca "The Dead Woman Pass" passing through cloud forests of Yunkachimpa and Corral Punku which offers some wonderful views the surrounding snowcapped summits. From Warmiwañusqa we will descend to the Pacamayo Valley where you will have a delicious lunch break. Then we will continue the hike through the valley of Inca ruins Runkuracay where a guided tour follows. Then you get over the second pass the famous Abra Runkuracay and then the Royal Inkas Highway down to the Inka ruins of Saycamarca passing Lake Yanacocha.Finally we will see our campsite at Chaquicocha.


Estimated Trekking Time: 7-8 hours
Max. elevation: 4,200 m (12,630 ft)
Min. elevation: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)
Difficulty: Challenging

Day 6:Chaquicocha - Wi˝ayhuayna

This day is the longest, since we walk between five and six hours, but it is the most impressive and interesting, due to the amount of archaeological complexes and cloud forest we encounter while we walk. From Pacaymayo, ascending to the pass of Runkurakay, and then descending towards Chaquicocha, to enjoy a delicious lunch. At the end, we will continue ascending until we reach the Phuyupatamarca pass, we will walk in the cloud forest until we reach our last camp Wiñay Huayna (2,679m / 8,792ft), where dinner will be served and we will spend the night. This day we can see delightful orchids and different bird species on the way to our last campsite at WiñayHuayna.

  • Estimated Trekking time: 5-6 hours time
  • Max.elevation: 3,670 m (12,040 ft)
  • Min. elevation: 2,700 m (8,860 ft)
  • Difficulty: Moderate

 

Day 7:Wi˝ayhuayna - Machu Picchu

Very early we will restart the walk after having breakfast, until we reach the Intipunku (Sun Gate), entrance door to Machu Picchu. With the first rays of the sun, we will appreciate in all its magnitude the historic sanctuary and then descend until we reach the citadel. For two hours, the guide will explain this Inca wonder, and then have free time to explore and enjoy Machu Picchu. At the end of the tour you will return by bus to Aguas Calientes, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, we will board the train that will transport us to Ollantaytambo and then be transferred to the chosen hotel in the city of Cusco.

 

  • Estimated trekking time: 3 hours
  • Max. elevation: 2700 m/8,850 ft
  • Min. elevation: 2, 400m/7,875 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy 

 

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Income / Exit Transfers 
  • Professional bilingual English / Spanish guide. 
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu. 
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 snacks, 6 dinners. (Vegetarian food on request at no additional cost! )
  • Professional Chef 
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs 
  • First aid kit 01 
  • Oxygen Tank Horses (to carry tents, food and kitchen equipment) 
  • Horse handlers Porters (who load tents, food and kitchen equipment) 
  • Quadruple tent (4 people) 
  • Waterproof tent or tent (2 people only) 
  • 01 Mattress sleeping per person 
  • Train tickets in expedition service from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo and a bus to Cusco.
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C)
  • A pillow
  • Accommodation: Campsites (6 nights)

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Canes. 
  • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu.
  • Services not mentioned. 
  • Tips.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Extra porter and horses to carry your personal belonging (USD 130).

 

Please take Note:

  • Your original passport or student card. 
  • Shoe suitable for hiking. 
  • Rain poncho or waterproof clothing. 
  • Warm clothes, gloves and hat. 
  • Appropriate clothes for walks . 
  • Sun hat. 
  • Sunscreen. 
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Mineral water. 
  • Personal medicine 
  • Photographic camera .
  • Flashlight with extra batteries. 
  • Extra money.

 

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