Hiking • Peru


Ultimate Machu Picchu Hike

8 Days • $1950 per person

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    Trek into the Andes on this less-crowded alternative to reach Machu Picchu. Visit local markets, temples, and a coffee farm while marveling at the beautiful scenery. Machu Picchu is perhaps the most famous archaeological site in all of South America, with good reason. The smooth stone walls of this historic Inca citadel remain almost untouched; undestroyed by the Spanish Conquest.

    The Spanish never found Machu Picchu, though it stands atop a hill a mere 80km away from the Inca capital Cusco. The fact that it was hidden away for so many years gives this ancient Andean city an unparalleled aura of mystery and grandeur. Trek through the Andes to take the road less traveled to this UNESCO World Heritage site, visiting local homes and coffee plantations along the way.

    Expert guides will ensure a smooth journey from the moment you land in Cusco, a modern tourist spot steeped in Andean culture. This 8-day trip has been carefully curated by OneSeed Expeditions a company that chooses to invest in people by loaning 10% of their profits to local entrepreneurs in need of capital. Don't just visit local communities, empower them.

    Itineraries

    Upon your arrival at the airport in Cusco, a OneSeed staff member will greet you and take you to our partner lodge, located in the historic district of San Blas. The lodge is centrally located and only a few minutes walk from the Plaza de Armas, the beautiful and bustling town center. Meet your expedition group at 5:00pm.

    In order to acclimate to the altitude, head to the Sacred Valley. Get a chance to visit the village of Pisac, where you will stop by a traditional market and see the Citadel of Pisac on a guided tour. Check out the Ollantaytambo ruins, which consists of enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished to fit together seamlessly. We'll head back to Cusco around 6:30-7:00pm.

    In the morning, take the 3-hour trip to Mollepata, a small village located at the edge of the cloud forest. From here, we will be able to enjoy our first views of Salkantay, which reaches 20,691 ft. Take a break to enjoy the landscape before continuing on to Challa'cancha, our trek departure point. In Challa'cancha, meet the assistant guides and begin the 2-hour hike to Soraypampa, where you will eat lunch. From there, continue hiking another 3½ hours to Salkantay Pampa, where you will camp for the night. Total distance: 7.5 miles. Approximately 5-7 hours of trekking.

    Today is the hardest trekking day. Eat an early breakfast before beginning the hike to the Salkantay Pass (15,246 ft). Take a break at the pass to enjoy the breathtaking views before continuing downhill to the lunch spot, Huayrac Machay. After lunch, continue the descent to Colcapampa, our second campsite location. Total distance: 12 miles. Approximately 8-10 hours of trekking.

    Continue descending into the high jungle. During the walk, hike along clear streams and rivers and visit impressive waterfalls. Observe the change in your surrounding environment as it becomes increasingly lush. Pass small coffee and fruit farms before stopping in the small town of Lucmabamba, where you will spend the night in a homestay with a local coffee farming family. Learn about the coffee roasting process and explore the family's coffee farm. Total distance: 9.5 miles. Approximately 6-8 hours of trekking.

    In the morning, drive for two hours toward the Hydroelectric station. From there, hike for three hours to Aguas Calientes, stopping halfway on the trail for some lunch. Check into your room for a shower and some rest before a celebratory dinner at a local restaurant. Total distance: 4.5 miles. Approximately 2-3 hours of trekking.

    After an early breakfast, depart for Machu Picchu. The bus takes about 20 minutes, with the option of hiking (1 and a half hours). The goal is to get to Machu Picchu as early as possible to avoid the crowds and have the best chance to enjoy its beauty, mystery, and magic in peace. You will receive a guided tour for about 2 and a half hours followed by free time to explore the site on your own. There is time to climb Machu Picchu Mountain (*based on availability) for views of the ruins from above. Meet in Aguas Calientes in the afternoon to board the train back to Cusco, arriving by 9:30pm. Total distance: 5 miles. Optional 2-3 hours of trekking.

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