GIRLS WHO HIKE

PERU ADVENTURE + MACHU PICCHU 2018

4 DAY SALCANTAY TREK TO THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS + EXPLORE THE COLORS AND CULTURE OF CUSCO

APRIL 1 - 8 **SOLD OUT**

$2,500


THE BREAKDOWN

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DAY 1 // SATURDAY // CUSCO // BIENVENIDA!

Arrive at the Cusco Airport (CUZ) where we’ll be there to give you a warm WHOA welcome and take you to the hotel. You're coming into a high altitude, 3,400 meters /10,498 feet, so it’s important to take it easy to let your body adjust throughout the day. Drink lots of water, coca tea (the locals swear by the stuff), and take the afternoon to rest and roam around the beautiful city that is Cusco. (We recommend hitting up the colorful, bustling San Pedro Market for an authentic taste of the Cusqueña culture.) At night we’ll meet for an authentic Peruvian meal (yum!), meet our guides, and get briefed for our trek.
Included: Bienvenida dinner

DAY 2 // SUNDAY // And we're off...

Cusco to Mollepata to Soraypampa (Elevation: 3,400 - 2,900 - 3,850 m)
Hiking Time: 6 - 7 hours (Distance: ~13 km) 


Vamanos! After breakfast we'll leave from Cusco and take a scenic drive through the Andes to Mollepata - where our 4-day Salcantay trek to Machu Picchu begins! The Salcantay Trail is a custom-designed, off the beaten path alternative to the classic Inca Trail that provides more spectacular vistas, privacy and authenticity than the traditional route. Oh and, did we mention that National Geographic Adventure named it as the coolest way to trek to Machu Picchu?! After eating a homemade lunch, we'll begin trekking to our first camp, Soraypampa (3,850 m), where we'll have the evening to enjoy the spectacular glaciers surrounding us!
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 3 // MONDAY // UP, UP AND AWAY!

Soraypampa to Salcantay Pass to Huayrajmachay (Elevation: 3,850 - 4,700 - 3,850 m)
Hiking Time: 7 - 8 hours (Distance: ~20 km) 

This is one of the most humbling and physically challenging days, but it's also one of the most beautiful and rewarding! We'll reach the highest point on our trek, the Salcantay pass (4,700 m), as we hike between the Salcantay (6,264 m) and Humantay (5,990 m) glaciers. It's a long day, but there'll be plenty of time to stop for photo ops (and dance parties) before we traverse down to the valley below to camp for the evening.
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4 // TUESDAY // IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE 

Huayrajmachay to Hui Ypoco (Elevation: 3,850 - 2,400 m)
Hiking Time: 6 - 7 hours (Distance: ~13 km) 

The temperature will start to become warmer and our surroundings more tropical as we follow the trail along the Santa Teresa River. The contrast between this lush forests and mountainous peaks is one of the many reasons this trail is so breathtaking! We'll be entering the "Ceja de Selva" (eyebrow of the jungle), which is full of colorful orchids, hummingbirds and flocks of parrots. At camp we'll have time to relax and tour a local coffee farm, complete with a tasting, before dinner.
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 5 // WEDNESDAY // SNEaK A PEEK

Hui Ypoco to Aguas Calientes (Elevation: 2,400 - 2,000 m)
Hiking Time: 5 - 6 hours (Distance: ~12 km) 

Today we'll pass through some avocado, banana and coffee plantations as we embark on the final leg of our journey to Machu Picchu. We'll start the day hiking up to Llactapata Ruins, one of the most scenic spots on the trail! Once there we'll enjoy lunch and a spectacular sneak preview of Machu Picchu! After eating, we'll head to the Hidroelectrica train station for a short train ride back to civilization to spend the night in the town of Aguas Calientes. You'll have evening free to yourself to recuperate, take a warm shower and roam around the charming town.
Included: breakfast, lunch

DAY 6 // THURSDAY // FIND YOURSELF IN THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS

Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Cusco (Elevation: 2,000 - 2,430 - 3,400 m)

We'll start early, so we have the entire morning to explore and get lost in the Lost City of the Incas -- Machu Picchu! You'll be free to walk up to the Sun Gate and our guide will be on hand to tell you more about the fascinating history of this World Heritage archeological site. We'll also have the exclusive opportunity to take a secluded 2-3 hour hike far above the ruins, for the most breathtaking views of Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, we'll take a scenic train ride back to Cusco for the evening.
Included: breakfast

DAY 7 // FRIDAY // CUSCO + ANTE // HEART TO HEARTS 

As you know, at WHOA we're all about connecting and sharing adventure experiences with local woman. We save part of the last day for one of these special experiences that will remind us how special and powerful women coming together can be! At night, we’ll regroup for dinner and toast to the awesome adventure we all shared!
Included: breakfast, lunch, celebration dinner

Day 8 // SATURDAY // ADIOS AMIGAS!

We’ll say our goodbyes and transfer you to the airport to head home or continue on adventuring!
Included: breakfast