The Soraypampa Lodge Adventure takes its name from the majestic peak at the head of the valley, the "Salkantay", the 2nd most sacred peak in Inca mythology and at 20,600 ft it is the highest in the region.
Day 2: This day is spent at leisure for rest or activities, depending upon guests’ level of acclimatization. The most popular activity at Soraypampa is a half-day hike to a glacial lake where the more adventurous might take a very short swim! This activity is excellent for acclimatization and a first immersion into high-mountain trekking! In the afternoon, guests may choose to trade the glacial swim for a 5-6 hour tour of the area on horseback where one can perform a mystical offering with a local Shaman.
Day 3: This is the big day: the start of the four-day trek to Machu Picchu. After an early start we will hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across from the Salkantay. The highest point on the trek is a pass at 15,000 ft. At the pass we stop to take in 360 views of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range.
Day 4:We continue our descent along the left bank of the Salkantay River, through increasingly verdant scenery. We can feel the warm air rising from the jungle, accompanied by colorful butterflies and striking orchids. Tonight is spent at the Colpa Lodge located on an open plateau at the confluence of three rivers. The outdoor jacuzzi has panoramic views of lush green mountains.
Day 5: Hike along the Santa Teresa River Valley, through more populated rural areas with bananas, granadillas, avacado orchards, and coffee plantations, which are home to some of the best organic coffees in the world! We stop along the river for a hot picnic lunch. After another hour of trekking a private vehicle arrives to take us to the beginning of the "Llactapata Inca Trail"(30-minute drive). From the head of the trail it is a short climb (30 min.) to the Lucma Lodge, set in amongst an avocado orchard.
Day 6:Today we tackle the last day of our trek. We head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata pass (8,900ft), where we come upon a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu from the southwest. This is a rare view few tourists ever get to see. An added value on our trek is viewing the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. Lu
Day 7: After a very early buffet breakfast at the hotel, we make our way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary (30 min). Our trip leader will give the group an introductory two-hour guided tour of the ruins, after which we have the rest of the morning to explore the site on before heading back to Cuzco on the Vistadome train.
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