THE ROUTE OF THE CONDOR + SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 6DAYS/5NIGHTS

Your Journey our Passion

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a spectacular trekking experience. In the ranking of Peru treks, it is far and away number one as an alternative trek to Machu Picchu, but we could also certainly claim that it is among tops in the entire world. And now even better we offer you the best combination tour ‘the route of the Condors + Salkantay trek’.

This is the perfect combinations tour that you have in Cusco for all the visitors who want to see something different to the various offers that present the local market. To watch the condors as a wild life in the Apurimac Canyon and learn all about the condors + the amazing salkantay trek, this is the best tour choice.

If you are interested to watch the condors as wild life and hike in the Andes and jungle (cloud forest and rain forest), this is the perfect place, the experience in this amazing place is unique life time. You’ll watch the condor, you will appreciate the most impressive nature, one of them is to see the Apurimac valley, the snowcapped, the second highest mountain in Cusco called SALKANTAY (the savage mountain 6200m or 21200ft), and hike some part of the Inca trail on the fifth day.

You will hike with the best team made of our guides, chefs, porters and horsemen. You will be proud of the people in our team for their hard work. We treat our team very well and provide them with everything they need to work well and respond to your needs. We have the best equipment to camp in each camping sites.

What are you waiting for? Come to Peru and have the best experience ever on your trip of a lifetime!

Pre-Trek Briefing:

The tour guide will meet you at your hotel one day before your tour to give you a briefing. They will tell you all about your tour, and answer any questions you may have. It is important to us that you ask any questions you may have so the tour guide will get you ready for your amazing tour.

Extra porter is included to carry your personal stuff (8 kg duffle bag).
We included round trip transportation: Airport – Hotel, Hotel – Airport (Only Cusco).



Price: U.S.$ 770.00 per Person

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TOUR NAME : THE ROUTE OF THE CONDOR + SALKANTAY TREK 6 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS.

  • DISTANCE: 63km / 38 miles.
  • Distance and average time of hike per day:
  • Day1 6km/3.6 miles, 2 hours.
  • Day2 12 km /7 miles, 7 hours.
  • Day3 16 km/10 miles, 10 hours.
  • Day 4 14 km/9 miles, 7 hours.
  • Day5 15km/10 miles, 9 hours.
  • Type of trek: Nature, Cultural and history adventure and much more.
  • Min. Elevation: 1850 m / 5920 ft.
  • Max. Elevation: 4650 m / 14880 ft.
  • Weather:  From May to October dry season, from November to April wet season.
  • Hot Spring: 4th Day, Optional at Santa Teresa Town.
  • HuaynaPicchu Mountain: Optional, you can climb if you purchase a ticket.
  • Train Service: Departure of your train ticket. We will confirm with you at the office.
  • Hotel: You will spend the last night at a hotel ***.
  • Departure Dates: Every Day.
  • Note: If you have any questions please let us know.

DAY 1: CUSCO – QUILLARUMIYOC – TARAWASI – CHONTA THE ROUTE OF THE CONDORS.

We will pick you up from any hotel in Cusco with our private transportation at 6a.m. to start with our journey to the route of the Condors Apurimac Canyon. We will drive around 4 hours until we reach chonta village where we will start with our expeditions of the condors. Before Chonta village we’ll visit 2 Inca sites called Quillarumiyoq (moon temple)and Tarawasi (Inca palace). We will have breakfast nearby Quillarumuyoq site. You will be passing beautiful landscapes along of our journey, the natural paradise of the Mountains Salkantay Mountain (6200m/19840ft), Humantay Mountain (5770m/18464), Padrilloq Mountain (5600m/17920ft), Chicon Mountain (5650m/18080ft).

Along the way we will stop at key points for spectacular views of the Limatambo valley. And eventually the natural paradise ‘the valley of the condors’. You will learn many aspects of the different indigenous groups that inhabit these places. Our professional tour guide will explain and you give you all the details of this fabulous place. Take your time and enjoy every moment of this amazing expedition.

Once we arrive in the indigenous community called Chonta (3450m/11,040ft). Here in Chonta village our chef will prepare our delicious buffet lunch and also you get the amazing coca tea. After lunch will walk for 1 hour in order to get the look out of the Apurimac valley, along the trail you will appreciate the high Mountain, the Apurimac canyon, the incredible vegetation, and much more.

Once we arrive at the look out ‘mirador of Condors’, we’ll get the best spot to watch the majestic flight of the Condors through the Apurimac Canyon and flying above you. At look out we’ll stay more 2 or 3 hours to observe the incredible Condors and to take all the photos you need it. While you will be appreciating the majestic Condor, your tour guide will offer you the amazing coca tea to celebrate this moment. We high recommend you to take some Coca leaves for some offerings, that is the best way to watch the condor.
And later at camp will visit one of the local families of Chonta village to interact with the locals, and learn all about their culture, because these people are still practicing Inca traditions, and they are still speaking Quechua. So if you want to share something with them, everything will be welcome to them, special for the local children (social projects for the local school). After this activity we go back to our camp site to enjoy happy hour and dinner.

Trip overview:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, Happy hour, Dinner
  • Hot water bottles for the night
  • Lowest Elevation: 2700 m/ 8,640 ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 3650 m/ 11,680 ft.
  • Distance of walking: 6 km/ 3.6 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 2 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Area: Dry Mountain.

DAY 2: CHONTA - SORAYPAMPA – HUMANTAY LAKE - SALKANTAYPAMPA – SOROYCOCHA.

We will awake you up with the mazing coca tea in the morning at 5:a.m. then you will enjoy the nutritional breakfast. Around 6:30a.m. Right after breakfast we will take our private transportations for 2 hours to Soraypampa (3,850 m/12,467 ft), which is the beginning of our trek and also this is the place to meet our horsemen and horses. Before arriving to Soraypampa you will have amazing views of Humantay Mountain and also the beautiful valley.

From Soraypampa we will start with the official hike lasting about 3 hours round trip up and down to visit the famous lake Humantay. The lake is amazing and comes from the Humantay glacier (5700m/ 18240ft). It is a good thing to visit the lake and appreciate the glacier, the lake is not that busy because most of the groups take the normal path, so we are the only ones who do these extra expeditions, and your experience will be unique.

After the expedition of the lake, we return to the trailhead and start the hike to Salkantaypampa (4100m) which will be uphill for 2 hours to reach our lunch place Salkantaypampa. We will enjoy the views of Salkantay Mountain from this lunch spot.
After lunch we will ascend for two and half hours to Soyrococha (4,400 m /14,332 ft), our first camp site. From Salkantaypampa to Soyrococha; Humantay Mountain is prominent during this entire segment of our hike. And you will be camping very close to Salkantay Mountain.

Trip overview:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, Happy hour, Dinner
  • Hot water bottles for the night
  • Lowest Elevation: 3900 m/ 12480 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 44500 m/ 14240 ft
  • Distance of walking: 12 km/7 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 7 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging
  • Area: Dry Mountain.

DAY 3: SOROYCOCHA– SALKANTAY PASS – WAYRAQMACHAY – Q’OLPAPAMPA.

It is our challenging day! This will be our longest day because we will hike 16 kilometers (around 10 hours), and it will be mostly downhill. We will wake up early in order to have more time on the trail. Wake up time will be with your amazing Coca Tea to your tent. We will start to trek around 6:30am (soroycocha 4450msnm).

We will ascend for around one hour to reach the highest point of the trek to Salkantay pass (4600m or 15100ft). At this point you will appreciate more of the Salkantay Mountain, because we will have the best views ever and also you will be able to see the other site of the valley. At Salkantay Pass our porters will offer you Coca Tea to celebrate at the highest point of the trek and also your guide will explain all about the mountains.

 Then we will go downhill for 3 hours to reach our lunch spot called Wayraqmachay which is over 3900m or 12600ft. also on the way down you will have more impressive views, some people take longer time to hike downhill because of their knees and ankles so we recommend you to take walking sticks. After lunch, we will still keep descending for around 3 and half hours to reach the camping place called q’olpapampa (2900m or 9500ft). This part of the trek in the afternoon will be in the jungle “cloud forest” and also it’s warm and humid. We will be arriving to our private camp site Q’olpapampa around 5pm.

Trip overview:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, Happy hour, Dinner
  • Hot water bottles for the night
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,900 m/ 9,280 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,6500 m/ 14,880 ft
  • Distance of walking: 16 km/10 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 10 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging
  • Area: Dry and humid Mountain

DAY 4: Q’OLPAPAMPA – LA PLAYA TOWN – LUCMABAMBA.

Our happy day! It will be the shortest day of our hiking, because we will only hike 6 hours (14 kilometers) to reach the camping site and also the trail is gently. We will start to trek around 7:30am, and the hike will be mostly gradual up and down to the camping site. We will be mostly hiking through the jungle from the cloud forest to rain forest and along the way; you will see many waterfalls, coffee and fruit plantations and much more. Our Tour Guide will explain more about the things around included the Inca History.

Today is warm and humid basically all day.
We will reach our private camp site called lucmabamba (2100m or 7100ft) around 1:30pm. Our camping place is a little bit farther from the others which is only by Runas Expeditions, after lunch we won’t hike any more until the next day. You will have the afternoon free to relax.


As an option, after lunch, you can do an incredible coffee tour at the plantation adjacent to the campsite. We will begin by browsing the fields, learning about the different types of beans, and picking our own beans. You will definitely have the best experience drinking the local coffee and if you want to buy some coffee you can purchase from the people. There are also several fields of tomatoes and avocados which our chef will pick for our dinner.

You will have hiked on part of the Inca Trail on the last part of the hike.
Hot spring in Santa Teresa town today is optional.

Trip overview:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, Happy hour, Dinner.
  • Lowest Elevation: 2000 m/6400 ft.
  • Highest Elevation: 2900 m/ 9280 ft.
  • Distance of walking: 14km/9 miles.
  • Approximate walking time: 7 hours.
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Optional hot spring at Santa Teresa Town.
  • Area: humid Mountain.

DAY 5: LUCMABAMBA – LLAQ’TAPATA INCA SITE – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN

Today will be our super day. We will get up early because, we will climb another mountain and hiking on the Inca trail to reach the first Inca site called llaq’tapata (2700m or 8640ft), which will take 3 hours from the camp to the Inca site. The views are spectacular and also you will appreciate how the Inca trails used to be in the Inca times and learn all about. The hike is intense and at the same time enjoyable. From llaq’tapata (Inca watchtower) you will be able to see part of the Machupicchu city, Machupicchu Mountain, Huaynapicchu Mountain, and Salkantay Mountain and much more, the experience is unique being in here no everyone does this hike to reach this Inca site, and the professional Tour Guide will explain all about. Afterwards you will continue descending for 2 hours to get lunch around 12:00pm. Lunch place is nearby hydroelectric station (1800m or 5900ft). After lunch, you will say goodbye to you chef and porters, this is the time where you organize tips for them. For us it is very important how happy you are about the service, in this case tipping is optional.

After this little ceremony with your team, we will walk 2 and half hours to Aguas Calientes. The hike will be by the train track with amazing views of Machu Picchu Mountain, huayna picchu Mountain, Urubamba River, and the amazing rain forest. Arrival time to Aguas Calientes at 3p.m. Once we arrive, your tour guide will take you to your hotel. Later on we will have dinner in a good touristic restaurant, and celebrate completing our hike!
Optional to go to hot spring in Aguas Calientes Town before dinner.

Trip overview:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Lowest Elevation: 1800 m/ 5760 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2850 m/ 9120 ft
  • Distance of walking: 15 km/10 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 9 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate, challenging.
  • Area: Humid Mountain.

DAY 6: MACHUPICCHU – BACK TO CUSCO.

The most important day. You will get up and have breakfast early at the hotel, because the first bus to Machupicchu is at 5:30am. If you want to see the sunrise at Machupicchu site, you have to get up early. We will drive half an hour to reach the Inca city Machupicchu. The Inca ruins Machupicchu opens at 6:00am. Your guiding tour at Machupicchu will take 2 hours approximately.

After your tour, you will have free time to visit by yourself, so you can go to the sun gate, Inca Bridge, Machupicchu Mountain, Huaynapicchu Mountain. Once you have done Machupicchu, you take a bus back to Aguas Calientes. You will meet up with your tour guide in Aguas Calientes town to get your train ticket, or you can collect your ticket in machupicchu.

Your transportation back to Cusco will be by train and bus. From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo town, you will take a train, which will take 1 hour and half. After that, from Ollantaytambo to Cusco, you will go by our private van, which will take 2 hours.
All transportation in Cusco will be to your hotel.

Trip overview:

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,400 m/ 7,800 ft
  • Area : Humid.

 Note: all our tour guides will take you to the official place to take the classic pictures of Machupicchu, and after this the tour guide will start the tour. Also, if you would like to hike Machupicchu or Huaynapicchu Mountain, or do any other upgrade, please let us know and we will arrange for you.
Huaynapicchu and Machupicchu Mountain you should book in advance like 3 month before doing any tours in Peru.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

  • Original Passport.
  • International Student Card (if pay as a student).
  • Immigration card.
  • Sleeping bag (not included but you can rent one from us)
  • Walking boots
  • Walking stick
  • Good backpack or daypack
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • Recyclable water container or camel bag
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat + sunglasses
  • Sun protection cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • Torch or head lamp
  • Personal medication
  • Sandals
  • Towel
  • Extra money for any emergency.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Assistant Guide (for more than 9 people)
  • Pick up from your hotel.
  • Transportation to the starting point of the trek and return to Cusco
  • Round trip bus ticket from MachuPicchu to Aguas Calientes town.
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Private minivan from Ollantaytambo to cusco.
  • Entrance fee to MachuPicchu
  • Guiding tour at MachuPicchu site
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen tent
  • Chef, porters and horsemen
  • Drinking water (boiled and filtered)
  • 4-man tent (only 2 people enter)
  • Hot water bottles for the night
  • Hot water for washing.
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 happy hours, 5 dinners
  • Sleeping mattress (foam)
  • Inflatable Mattress
  • Pillow.
  • Rain poncho.
  • Duffle bag for your personal gear (holds 8kg)
  • Toilet tent.
  • Rain covers for your backpacks.
  • biodegradable soap.
  • First Aid kit and oxygen bottle
  • Horses for our camping and cooking equipment
  • Horse for emergencies in case you need it.
  • Hotel at Aguas Calientes ***.
  • Pre-trek briefing.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • The last lunch in aguas calientes
  • Tips to guide, chef, porters and horsemen.

RENTALS

  • Hiking poles U.S $20.00
  • Sleeping bag US $25.00
  • Private Tent U.S $30.00

Upgrades

  • Vistadome train -US $75
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain US$ 30.00
  • Machu Picchu Mountain US$ 30.00

Equipment

Every camping tour includes a spacious 4 man tent that will be shared by only two people so you can spread out a bit. These are all King Camp Tents made for all seasons, and the Thermarest Luxury Air Matts are included. Our rentals are top of the line: Black Diamond Adjustable Walking Sticks . Sleeping Bags rented from us are mummy style down bags for -15C and liners are always included.

Food

Every trek includes a chef that has been trained in culinary school. They have learned the magic of mountain cooking and you will be amazed. You will enjoy full breakfast, lunch and dinner all served hot and tasty. We also include Happy Hour with snacks and some hot tea before dinner. The key to feeling good on a trek like this is eating well and staying hydrated.

Meals are all served family style - large plates for everyone to take what they like. And all food restrictions are honored. No matter if you are vegetarian or gluten free, you will always be well fed.

Price (Group Service)

  • US $770.00 per person

Price (Private Service)

  • US $850.00 per person

Discounts

  • Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card): US$25.00
  • Under 18 years will pay as student: US$25.00

Runas Expeditions Peru Tour Operator

is a leader tour company in trekking excursions and traditional tourism to Machu Picchu. We will be working together to create you the best trip lifetime in Peru, All our tours are strictly operated by Runas Expeditions with the best professional team.