This is a unique Peru trek: The once-in-a-lifetime experience!
“The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu”, perhaps the most famous trekking route in the world,was built by the Incas more than half a century ago! The trail starts in the Sacred Valley, crosses through multiple climate and vegetation zones, and finishes in the cloudy, near-mystical, forested region that we know as Machu Picchu.
‘Looking for an alternative to the infamous Inca Trail? The Salkantay Trek might be what you’re looking for. It was named one of the 25 best treks worldwide – by none other than National Geographic Magazine! The Salkantay is a glacier mountain, and in Quechua it translates to “Savage Mountain”.
This unique and challenging 3-day trek, crossing the Colca Canyon, is ideal for those who love nature. The route from Canabaconde to the small village of Llahuar is an unforgettable 7 km hike in itself providing many dramatic descents. Meet the locals in Turuña, Paclla and Malata, then relax and enjoy the scenery at Apacheta Mirador before moving down to Sangalle to enjoy the natural restorative pools. Finally, embark on a 5 km hike that starts at 2,180 meters above sea level and climbs to Cabanaconde at 3,280 meters. This is a dream come true for trekkers!
Day 1: a very early start. Following a 3:00 am pick-up from your hotel, we set off by bus (unless you require a private service) to Colca Canyon, the second-deepest canyon in the world. A three-hour bus ride takes us to Chivay, our first stop, where we enjoy breakfast. Chivay, 3,650 meters above sea level (12,000 feet), is the turnoff to the Cruz del Condor (Condor Cross). There, with a bit of luck, we watch majestic condors soar above the canyon for about an hour.
Your tour to the Colca Canyon begins from your hotel. Departure from Arequipa is at 8:30 a.m.
Our spectacular trip to the Colca Canyon begins in a northwest direction, winding behind the Chachani volcano and headed (eventually) to Chivay. Our first stop is at the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca at 3,900 meters above sea level (12,795 feet). From here we can see three different types of South American camelid: vicuña, the endangered species from which the finest and most expensive fiber in the world is produced, as well as herds of alpaca and llama.
To take the Lares Trek is to take a large step back in time. You are surrounded by farm life, largely unchanged for centuries. As we trek through the Sacred Valley, locals work the fields, tend flocks, and weave textiles – just as their ancestors have done for eons. Quaint villages with mud huts and thatched roofs dot the landscape, as well as breath-taking, snow-capped mountain peaks, blue lakes, and thermal baths. The Lares Trek provides you with equal amounts of nature and culture –and it all culminates in reaching Machu Picchu.
The Huchuy Qosqo Trek takes you off the beaten path to explore the beauty of the Sacred Valley in Peru and the ruins of Huchuy Qosko. With two options for your starting point, this trek makes for a great alternative to get to Machu Picchu and explore a hidden Inca treasure of the past.