Day 1: Australia – – Cusco
Today, depart for Cusco, Peru in preparation for your trek into the Andes.
Day 2: Cusco (11,155ft/3400m)
Upon your arrival to the airport in Cusco, a OneSeed staff member will be there to greet you and take you to your overnight accommodation, a lodge located in the charming 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 centre. Meet your expedition group at 5:00pm. Twin share accommodation is provided.
Day 3: Cusco (11,155ft/3400m) (B,L)
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. Arrive to Cusco around 6:30- 7:00pm. Twin share accommodation is provided.
Day 4: Cusco to Salkantay Pampa (13,451ft/4100m) (B,L,D)
In the morning, take the 3-hour trip to Mollepata, a small village located at the edge of the cloud forest. From here, you 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 began the 2-hour hike to Soraypampa, where you will eat lunch (basic boxed 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. Overnight at a campsite based on twin share.
Day 5: Salkantay Pampa to Colcapampa (9,240ft/2816m) (B,L,D)
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 (basic boxed lunch), continue the descent to Colcapampa, your second campsite location. Total distance: 12 miles. Approximately 8-10 hours of trekking. Overnight at a campsite based on twin share.
Day 6: Colcapampa to Lucmabamba (6,562ft/2000m) (B,L,D)
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. Overnight at a campsite based on twin share.
Day 7: Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes (6,693ft/2040m) (B,L,D)
In the morning, drive for two hours toward the Hydroelectric station. From there, hike for three hours to Aguas Calientes, stopping half way on the trail for some lunch (basic boxed 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. Twin share accommodation is provided.
Day 8: Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Cusco (11,155ft/3400m) (B)
After an early breakfast, depart for Machu Picchu. The bus takes about 20 minutes, with the option of hiking (1½ 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 2½ 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. Twin share accommodation is provided.
Day 9: Cusco (11,155ft/3400m) –– Australia (B)
Enjoy breakfast before your airport transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Day 10: Australia
Arrive home today.
Please note, some flights home may arrive 1 day later.