Salkantay Glacier To The Phenomenal Jungle

About this activity:

"From glacier peaks to jungle depths: Unveiling the Wonders of Peru in 9 Days"
"Embark on a 9-day Peruvian adventure: a 5-day trek through diverse landscapes, from the majestic Salkantay Glacier to the enchanting depths of the Phenomenal Jungle, followed by 4 days of relaxation. Cross mountains, cloud forests and reach Machu Picchu, a journey of awe-inspiring beauty.

Tour details:

The Salkantay Trek to the Phenomenal Jungle are 5 days hike and 4 days of relax (9 days Peru itinerary) on the deep of the Jungle that takes you up to the base of the snow-peaked mountain, Salkantay, one of the most sacred glaciers in the region. The hike starts at the base of Salkantay at 3,883 meters (12,740 feet) and brings you down through five ecological zones to Machu Picchu at 2,450 meters (8,040 feet), giving you the opportunity to pass through mountains, cloud forests, and the last days the Phenomenal Jungle.

Full Itinerary: Salkantay Glacier To The Phenomenal Jungle

Upon arriving to Cusco you will be assisted from the airport to your hotel.

It is highly recommended to take a flight which would arrive before 1pm in Cusco.

Cusco is located at 3,300 meters high or 10,500. Some altitude adjustment maybe needed depending on the traveler. It`s hard to say who will be affected:  Age and ethnicity the only are not real factors to even anticipate if you are going to be affected by the altitude. Diamox is truly the only medication for this problem. Consult your doctor beforehand. Diamox is available over the counter in Lima.

Meeting point at the Hotel at 3pm. This is where our local guide is going to brief you about the trip, please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. After the briefing we shall explore the downtown on foot. Again we will visit the places that are accessible as pedestrian: So we will visit San Pedro market, the main square, the 12 Angled Stone, and the Regocijo Square.

Accommodation in a choice hotel in Cusco.

Breakfast included in this day`s part of our trip.

  • Optional Activities: Cusco: Full Boleto Turístico Pass (access to 16 archaeological sites, transport & guides not included) – USD 50.00 per person. Cusco: Half Boleto Turistico Pass (access to selected archaeological sites, transport & guides not included) – USD 27.00 per person. Cusco: Cathedral Entrance Fee – USD 10.00 per person. Cusco: Coricancha Temple entrance fee – USD 6.00 per person. Cusco: Cooking Class – USD 45.00 per person. Cusco: Pre-Colombian Museum – USD 8.00 per person. Cusco: Inca Museum – USD 4.00 per person. Cusco: Machu Picchu Museum & Botanical Garden – USD 8.00 per person.

On the first day, we will pick you up at 5:30 am from your Cusco hotel and will drive 4 hours to the start of the salkantay trail.

On our way, we will stop at Mollepata a town on the Valley where we can buy the last minute items for start our 5 days hike, we will also enjoy breakfast here before driving the rest of the way to the starting point of the trail, called Soraypampa at 3,883 meters or 12,740 feet.

If it is a clear day, we will already be able to see the majestic Umantay and Salkantay Mountains before us. Our chef will prepare lunch, and after eating we will start our uphill hike for 8 km (5 miles) to the first campsite which takes 3 hours.

Our campsite is called Soyrococha and is located at 4,400 meters or 14,435 feet and is one of the highest campsites in the Cusco region. Here, it is essential to have warm clothing, thermals, and a sleeping bag good for at least -20°C (-4°F) since the temperature can reach below freezing.

  • Accommodation: Campsite (1 night).
  • Meals Included: Lunch/Dinner.

On the second day, we will hike for a total distance of 16 km (10 miles) and will get to see different ecological zones. We will start by hiking uphill for about 40 minutes until we reach the Salkantay Pass at 4,635 meters or 15,200 feet.

Here, we will stand right below the towering Salkantay Mountain which is the highest peak in the area at 6,264 meters or 20,551 feet. If we are lucky we might see condors.

We will then descend for 3 hours to our lunch site located at Rayanniyoc. On the way, we will be able to see the changing geography, as we start in the grassy highlands and end in the green cloud forest. After lunch, we will continue descending for 2 hours and will enter the tropical cloud forest where we can see wild orchids and other native flowers, as well as hummingbirds.

We will continue our descent through the bamboo groves, until we arrive at the village of Collpapampa which sits at 2,855 meters (9,366 feet), and here we will have dinner and camp.

  • Accommodation: Campsite (1 night).
  • Meals Included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.

On this day we will hike for a total of 16 km (10 miles) and will get to enjoy a cultural afternoon with a local farming family. After breakfast, we will continue down the valley for about 6 hours into a forest that contains bamboo groves and great bird watching opportunities.

Flocks of colorful tropical birds roam the forest and warm water cascades down nearby cliffs. The trail here gradually descends, and on the way our guide will point out the various flora and fauna in the area.

We will reach our campsite located at the small village of Lucmabamba which is at 2,008 meters (6,588 feet), and here we will also have lunch.

In the afternoon, we will do some farming activities that will depend on the time of year but may include collecting and roasting coffee beans, picking avocados, oranges, passion fruit, and also we may be able to harvest some honey.

We will also have the option to eat guinea pig for supper!

  • Accommodation: Campsite (1 night).
  • Meals Included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.
  • Optional Activities: Santa Teresa Hot Springs USD20

On the fourth day, we will hike for 8 km or 5 miles and will need to get up early. From Lucmabamba to our lunch site we will hike for about 5-6 hours.

We will start ascending through the lush rainforest for about 2 and a half to 3 hours to the Llaqtapata Pass which is at 2,700 meters or 8,910 feet. Then we will then descend for 15 minutes and arrive at the archaeological site of Llaqtapata where we will stop and have some snacks.

This site provides our first view of Machu Picchu from the other side of the valley, and we will learn about how Llaqtapata was an important astronomical center. After resting, we will begin our descent for 2 and a half to 3 hours down the mountain until we reach the hydroelectric station, where we will enjoy a well-deserved lunch.

After eating we will say goodbye to our chef and before continuing our hike, then we will hike for about three hours to Aguas Calientes (2,040 meters or 6,692 feet), the town located at the bottom of Machu Picchu. We will follow a flat route next to the train tracks and will get to see Machu Picchu from afar from different angles as well as nearby farming terraces.

At Aguas Calientes we will check into our hotel and then will have some free time to visit the hot springs before meeting for supper at a local restaurant.

  • Accommodation: Campsite (1 night).
  • Meals Included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.
  • Optional Activities:
    Zipline over rainforest USD 80
    Aguas Calientes Hot Springs USD 20

After having breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your guide and take the 25-minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu. You will have a 2-hour tour with your guide where you will see and learn about the most important sites including the Temple of the Sun, the main plaza, Intiwatana, and the Temple of the Condor.

After your tour, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, and in the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo where we will pick you up from the train station, bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco  and drop you off at your hotel.

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night).
  • Meals Included: Breakfast.
  • Optional Activities:
    Mountain Wayna Picchu USD 75.00 per person.
    Mountain Machu Picchu USD 75.00 per person.

A four-day exploration of the Tambopata National Reserve, offering a unique opportunity to experience both a mammal clay lick and macaw clay lick…

Flight to Puerto Maldonado and journey to the lodge. (Flight arrangements must be before 13:20 hours).

Once you arrive at the Puerto Maldonado airport, your naturalist guide will meet you. After a brief stop in town to store large luggage, drive to the pier and travel by covered motorized boat to the amazon ecolodge. En route, spot bird species typical of the local river and forest edge. The Tambopata Rainforest area holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area.

Enjoy a welcome drink and orientation. Before dinner, head out for a night walk around the lodge grounds. Get the lowdown on local flora and fauna, and grab a flashlight to discover what’s living around lodge grounds. Receive help from the talented, expert naturalist guide to locate heaps of hidden creatures, about 50% of the animals are nocturnal in the rainforest.

  • Accommodation: Comfortable amazon ecolodge (1 night).
  • Meals Included: Lunch/Dinner.

Exploring the trails around the Ecolodge, visiting a nearby forest farm, swimming in a stream that flows close to the lodge, relaxing and enjoying the facilities of the amazon ecolodge.

Bird and mammal clay licks. After an early breakfast, you will board our launch for the 9-kilometer ride upriver to the trailhead. You will spend an hour walking this trail, with plenty of time to observe Amazon flora and fauna along the way.

At the clay lick, with your guide you will await the arrival of the white-lipped peccaries that often gather here to feed on mineral deposits. Moving on through the forest, you will continue to the macaw lick, where in the early morning groups of scarlet and red-and-green macaws often gather to feed on clay deposits.

After plenty of time to observe birds, you will return to the river via another forest trail, and take the launch back to the lodge in time for lunch. On the trails it is possible to see howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys and squirrel monkeys.

In the evening, you will return to the river in search of nocturnal fauna, including caiman, after meeting in the bar for a brief talk given by our guides about this fascinating nocturnal creature. You will search for caiman using flashlights to pick out their “eye shine” as they hunt along the riverbanks.

  • Accommodation: Comfortable amazon ecolodge (1 night).
  • Meals Included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.

Take a boat excursion to a spectacular hidden lake!

There’s a chance to spot the elusive black caiman and giant otters. Return for lunch and another free afternoon for relaxing.

Enjoy visits to oxbow lakes to learn about the jungle and its inhabitants. Be introduced to the area’s rich flora and fauna by expert naturalist guides, who can teach extensive uses for medicinal and other forest plant resources through traditional techniques.

We will get on time to have a delicious lunch at the heart of the lake. The afternoon is free for relaxation and bathing.

  • Accommodation: Comfortable amazon ecolodge (1 night).
  • Meals Included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.

Morning river journey and return flight

After breakfast, return by canoe to Puerto Maldonado and transfer to the airport for departure.

Time to return to the city of Puerto Maldonado is scheduled according to flight time of the group. In the mornings you can see the wildlife that is particularly active at this time, are frequently heard howler monkeys or stop.

Your guide will give support to his arrival in Puerto Maldonado and will relocate to the airport and assist you on your flight.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast.

Additional Information

  • Original passport.
  • Sleeping bag (or you can rent one from us).
  • A small day backpack to carry the most important belongings (the horses will carry the items that you do not need during the day).
  • Trekking poles (or you can rent a pair from us).
  • Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Santa Teresa or Aguas Calientes).
  • Trekking shoes or light hiking boots, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
  • Camera and extra batteries.
  • Flashlight.
  • Rain jacket and plastic poncho (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to April).
  • Comfortable hiking clothes.
  • Bug repellent.
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • Cap for the sun.
  • Warm clothes for the nighttime including thermals, warm hat, and gloves.
  • Travel towel.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Water bottle and about 1 liter of water minimum for the first day until lunch, and after every meal we will supply you with boiled water for the rest of the hike.
  • Perfect for travelers who want breathtaking views and a variety of beautiful scenery, especially those who have come to witness the different flora and fauna that Peru has to offer.
  • It is also a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Andean culture as you learn about the Inca civilization and the extraordinary legacy that they left for generations to come.
  • This is the best opportunity to enjoy the sounds of nature at comfortable Ecolodge.
  • The salkantay trek does not require same permits as the Inca Trail so there is always availability, however, it is best to reserve your hike in advance to have the Machu Picchu entrances and ensure the train tickets back.
  • The highest point is 4,635 meters or 15,200 feet, so it is essential that you are well acclimatized to the altitude before beginning the hike. We recommend that you spend at least 2 days in Cusco and the surrounding area before starting to properly acclimatize.
  • At the end of the salkantay trail we are going to be able to enjoy the relaxing hot springs located in Santa Teresa where you could relax your muscles after hard walk.
  • This tour package in peru is exactly for people who want to be in the deep forest, close to natural oxbow lake ecosystems, in an excellent lodge accommodation, with hotel-style comfort, infrastructure, facilities and food.
  • Destination: Peru
  • Style: Classic
  • Theme: Adventure, Explore and Relax
  • Code: SGPJ
  • Physical level: Standard
  • Recommended Age: Min 12
  • Group size: Min 2, Max 8

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FAQs Salkantay Glacier To The Phenomenal Jungle


  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners.
  • Transport: Canoe, Private minibus, Train.
  • AccommodationCamping (with basic facilities) (3 nights),  EcoLodge (3 nights).
  • Included activities:
    Salkantay - 4 nights/ 5 days.
    Local flight tickets.
    Amazon Jungle Excursion & guided walks - 3 nights/ 4 days

Not included

  • Meals not mentioned.
  • Sleeping bag (available for hire at an additional cost).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Extra horse to help carry your personal gear (can be hired).
  • Tips for guide, chef, and horseman.

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