Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mt (Labor Day 2020)

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Karina Safari
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Sep 4 - 12, 2020
Group size: 8 - 12
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mt (Labor Day 2020)
Peru

Karina Safari
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23 reviews

Sep 4 - 12, 2020
Group size: 8 - 12

About this trip

JOIN ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME ADVENUTRE:

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu was rated in the list of the best hikes in the world by National Geographic traveller.  This epic trek includes a portion of the historic Inca Trail, but gives a unique opportunity to hike without crowds and enjoy the Andean wilderness 

This trek rewards you with variety of stunning mountain landscapes, glaciers and lakes, cascades, wildlife and tropical cloud-forest. 

You will follow the Inca steps through the ancient archeological sites. 

See the sunrise at the Lost City of Machu Picchu!

More highlights:

- Cusco and Sacred Valley of Incas: the most significant Inca temples ,

natural and archeological wonders, local culture and gastronomy!

- RAINBOW MOUNTAIN,  a day-hike to astonishing natural wonder! Away from the beaten path and hard to reach, Rainbow mountain was ranked by National geographic as one of the 100 unique places on Earth! 


TEAM, ASSISTANCE & ARRANGEMENTS:

- You will be traveling  in a small TEAM of maximum 12 hiking fellows assisted by local professional team-leader and mountain guide, a crew of porters and chef.

- This hiking trip will be organized in the PREMIUM category,. It means that you will be traveling as a PRIVATE GROUP without mixing up with others. 

- We provide reserved camping locations for our groups, with the best views and facilities. 

- Porters will carry your personal luggage (we provide duffel bags complimentary) and set up the campsites for us. 

- You will have the best delicious food cooked from scratch by professional chef.


REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPANTS: 


Salkantay trek is a moderate difficulty with some challenging parts.

Previous hiking/camping experience and being in a good physical shape is required from all participants. You must be able to walk ~12/daily at the high altitude up/downhill and keep up with the group.

You don't need professional climbing skills. No glacier/snow hiking required.  Kids 12+ are allowed for this hike assisted by their parents.


Total hiking days: 3 days Salkantay trek + 1 day Rainbow Mt hike (day-hike from Cusco)

Walking Distance (Salkantay trek): 47km (31miles)

Elevation on arrival to Cusco: 3399m (11000")

Elevation at the Salkantay trailhead: 3400m (11000')

Salkantay Pass: 4650m (15255')

Rainbow Mt: 5020 m (16470")

Lodging on a trek: 1 night in the sky-roof huts (bunk beds), 1 night in  tents (double sharing)

Lodging in the cities: 2.5-3* Hotels 

Assistance: LOCAL GUIDE, assistants/porters, chef

Meals: All included on trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Camping gear:  tents, mats, kitchen, dishes are provided and carried by porters as well as your personal luggage up to 7kg/14lbs

What you carry:  your personal day-pack with essentials for the day hike (water, extra layer, sunscreen, snack, photo-camera....).

Gear you can rent in Cusco: sleeping bags, mattress, trekking poles


How to REGISTER:


$800 Non-refundable deposit for each traveler is required to keep your spot in a group

Trip price is based on double-sharing accommodations in hotels and camping tents

Single accommodation is possible on request, with extra-charge $320

How we stand out from the others:

SIGNATURE CAMPING , DELUXE COMFORT AND EXTRA-BENEFITS INCLUDED:

- We provide personal equipment to each trekker at no additional cost: duffel bag (for your trekking luggage), rain poncho, basic mat, insulated pillow, daypack cover protection, small hand towel & sanitizer.

- Clean drinking water at each campsite will be provided for your bottle/hydration pack

- Porters carry up to 7kg/14lbs of your personal belongings (duffel bag)

- First night on a trek travelers stay at our privately owned campground in dbl sharing sky-roof huts , that is a significant highlight on a trek!

- Second night travelers stay in tents. Our tents are spacious, clean and of high quality. Eureka Timberline 4 person tents will be provided for 2 persons sharing. 

- Best dining experience. Delicious meals. Plenty of homemade hot food cooked every time from scratch by our chef. We don't use preserved or dry food. We also cater for vegetarians and gluten-free.

- We stay overnight at privately owned campgrounds separately from other hiking groups.  Our campsites are clean and stay away from noise. We have private toilets there. No need to wait in line with other hikers (public toilets are normally badly maintained and far away from campsites).

What’s included

  • 2 domestic flights
    LIMA-CUZCO-LIMA
  • Salkantay trek
    all arrangements, permit, guide/porters/chef, all meals, private van, camping gear (tents, kitchen &appliances, oxygen tank), personal gear (mat, pillow, rain poncho, backpack cover, duffel bag)
  • Rainbow Mt. day-hike
    all trek arrangements, professional assistance (guide, assistant, chef), 2 meals, private van to/from hike
  • Professional assistance
    Local english-speaking guide
  • Train tickets
    Expedition category (comfortable seats), 2 rides
  • Transport
    Private van in Cusco (airport transfers and tours) and Sacred Valley tour
  • Guided historical tours
    Cusco, Sacred Valley of Incas, Machu Picchu
  • Lodging
    7 nights in standard hotels 3* dbl sharing, 2 nights in tents on the trek
  • Meals
    Breakfasts at hotels, Full board on Salkantay trek (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners), 2 meals on Rainbow Mt trek (1 breakfasts, 1 lunch)
  • Admissions
    Machu Picchu entrance and 2 shuttle bus rides to/from archeological site
  • International flights
    $600+ round trip
  • Meals not included
    Lunches and dinners in town ~$250-300
  • Travel insurance
    $50-60 for the whole trip per traveler
  • Optional tours
    Activities & tours on request, not mentioned in itinerary
  • Any private transfers
    in case your arrival/departure flights are different from the team
  • Extra nights at hotels
    In case of your early arrival/ late departure separately from a group
  • Optional gear rentals
    trekking poles, mattress, sleeping bag ($15-20 each item for the whole trek). Horses at Rainbow Mt ($30-35). Rentals to be paid locally in cash
  • Optional tips
    Tips for hiking crew (guide, assistant, porters, cook). Suggested budget $50-60 per traveller for whole trip
  • Single accomodation
    $320 for single room suppplement
  • Guided tour in Lima
    $90 Airport transfers, private van, english speaking guide, admissions

Available options

Single accomodation supplement8 left
$320

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival to Peru. Lima > Cusco

Arrival to Lima from United States (anytime). Connect to ongoing domestic flight to Cusco (local flights operate btw 5AM and 5PM). On arrival to Cusco meet at airport with our local english-speaking representative and drive to hotel in the Old Town. 

Altitude of Cusco:  11200" /3400m

Your Organizer


KS
Karina Safari
23 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond

Reviews

Exploring Death Valley was truly one of a kind experience for me. Our guide Katya is very knowledgeable and passionate about this area, her itinerary was very well thought out and planned to share with us highlights and off beaten path gems of Death Valley and adjacent Amargosa Valley! One awe-inspiring view after another! Great mix of hiking, nature seeing and cultural/ historical sightseeing. Fun and educational. Great handling of logistics. This trip definitely exceeded my expectations.
I am so glad we did this trip. Katya is an awesome guide with great knowledge of DV. She took us to places we probably won’t get to on our own. She kept everything very well organized and easy to follow. We really enjoyed our time and made a lot of great memories. This is my second trip and definitely not the last.
Amazing trip! Loved whole experience. Things I loved: - organization - arrival/departure/car - Guides very knowledgeable, interesting info - great selection of hikes and attraction - great restaurants - great accommodation - loved participants dynamics Things that I would improve: - gathering place for the evening which give opportunity for activity guided by participants - missing spiritual part - was hoping for group meditations at vortexes - hikes too short, better less hikes but longer - sunrise hikes
One of the best trips I had. Great company, very picturesque hikes and comfortable accommodations. Everything was organized perfectly with a good balance between hikes, sightseeing and free time. Karina took care of all the logistics, which made the trip very relaxing. We covered a lot of places in 12 days - more than it would be possible on my own. Highly recommended!
SP
Amazing trip - great people, well-organized itinerary, and an opportunity to surround yourself with unbelievable nature all day, every day. A truly refreshing change of pace and surroundings. If you are hesitating about whether to sign up, nervous about traveling with people you don't know, doubting your level of physical preparedness, talk to Karina - and then do it! You won't regret it. This trip is a breath of air and an experience to remember for a lifetime.
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By Yelena Margulis on 10 Sep, 2020
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Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
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