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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.