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Experience the sacred Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu while traversing lagoons, snow capped mountains, cloud forests, and Andean communities. This sacred Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a magical pilgrimage and unique hiking experience that clears your mind and soul. You integrate spiritual, physical, and mindful activities, so you get the most out of this life-changing adventure.
During your spiritual hiking trek to Machu Picchu, you will learn more about the ancient Inca culture, the local communities of the Andes Mountains, and embrace your inner connection to yourself. This spiritual trekking adventure combines different healing therapies and activities such as yoga and Peruvian shamanic teaching techniques. Learn more about yourself on a deeper level while exploring the Andean communities, fascinating mountain landscape, and cloud forests of Peru!
The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with shamanic teachings helps you connect to Mother Earth on a deeper level. Besides the wonderful landscape during your trekking adventure, you will learn more about shamanic healing, sacred ceremonies, shamanic breathwork, offering to Mother Earth (Pachamama), and spiritual blessings. The shamanic healers will teach and share their ancient knowledge with you.
The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with shamanic teachings, spiritual activities, and meditation sessions helps you connect to Mother Earth and to yourself on a deeper level. Besides the wonderful landscape during your trekking adventure, you will cleanse your physical and mental health and embrace your emotional balance and personal growth. You will learn more about shamanic healing, sacred ceremonies, shamanic breathwork, offering to Mother Earth (Pachamama), blessings, yoga and meditation.
Very early in the morning, you will be picked up at the hotel in Cusco and drive towards Lake Humantay, which is known for its clear water and imposing views of the snowy mountains.
You will drive to Soraypampa, located at 3,800 m above sea level. After approximately 2 hours, the ride will stop in Mollepata (290 m) for breakfast (not included) and you have the chance to make your last purchases needed for your hike. You will follow the route for another hour until you reach Challacancha (3,675 m) where your team is ready to welcome you (Andean healer, yoga teacher, cook, muleteers, mules) and give you detailed instructions about your spiritual trekking adventure for the next five days. You then reach the camp at Soraypampa and will have a delicious lunch.
In the afternoon, you will ascend to Lake Humantay (approximately 2 hours) and be able to witness the clear water of the lake, its vibrant energy, and impressive views of the mountain on top. It is the perfect place for meditating and practicing yoga! There will be time to enjoy the wonderful views, soak the energy of the mountains with your spiritual healer, take pictures, and breathe the purest air of all. After returning to the campsite, you will have dinner and experience an offering to Mother Earth. You will learn how to do a ceremony of gratitude to the mountains (Apus) and how to ask for their protection.
Early in the morning, you will enjoy breakfast and do a yoga session to start your day with a lot of energy. The spiritual healer will show you more about the ancient Andes culture and perform a Spiritual Mama Coca Leaf Ceremony with you.
Later, the true challenge of the journey begins, going uphill until you reach the 4,650 m at the Salkantay pass. The path is steep and rocky and will go on for 7 km (approximately 3 hours). This section will require physical resistance as well as a good acclimatization. Depending on the weather and the physical condition of the group, there is also the option to visit the second glacial lagoon near the base of Salkantay.
From Salkantay Pass you will hike up Huayra Machay where you will enjoy lunch and go on until you reach the exotic rainforest. As you travel, the vegetation changes from the sparse grasses and high mountains to lush cloud forest, being home to butterflies, hummingbirds, and a wide variety of flora. This part of the trail is less demanding with generally warm weather, you will enjoy the exuberant landscape with its small rivers, wonderful views of waterfalls, native plants, wild orchids, colorful birds and tropical fruits such as coffee, banana, avocado, passion fruit, and much more.
After lunch, you head down to the river before climbing the ridge on the other side. It will take around 5 hours to reach the camp Chaullay where you will enjoy yoga, dinner, and snacks. Your camping equipment and food will be transported by pack horses. The purpose of the yoga session on this day is to explore your body and perform some asanas.
Today you will wake up early, starting your day with meditation, energetic yoga, and breathing techniques. After a large breakfast you will take a transport to Lucmabamba. On the campsite of Lucmabamba you will start your hike to Llactapata. Llactapata is a well preserved Inca road which once ran all the way up to Quito, Ecuador. You will be able to appreciate a great variety of crops such as coffee, banana, avocado, pineapple and even coca leaves, considered the sacred leaf of the Incas.
You will ascend to the archaeological site of Llactapata, where you will be able to see part of famous Machu Picchu and the entire valley that surrounds it. You will explore the archeological site, still covered in vines and jungle vegetation. After your box lunch you will hike back to the campsite. Upon arrival you will have a yoga session and then rest before dinner.
On this day, you will enjoy an energetic breakfast and start your day with another yoga session. You will continue your spiritual hiking experience from Lucmabamba to Hidroelectrica. After having a delicious box lunch, you will resume your walking for 2-3 more hours until you arrive at Aguas Calientes, also called Machupicchu Pueblo, the town on the bottom of the magnificent Wonder of the World. The rest of the day you have time to relax in your hotel after your long journey or explore the village of Aguas Calientes by yourself.
Early in the morning, you will leave your hotel to take the bus up to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas“. This complex is considered a jewel of the Inca architecture. It is a complete town with different quarters, squares, alleys, buildings, astronomical observatories, and terraces. The city was rediscovered on July 24, 1911 by the US researcher Hiram Bingham.
After a guided tour, you can explore this magical place a bit more on your own. There is also the option to take a short hike to the Inca Bridge or to the “Intipunku”, the sun gate.
In the afternoon, you will return to Aguas Calientes by bus and take the train to Poroy/Ollantaytambo. On the way back, you can enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Sacred Valley. Upon arrival at the train station, you will be taken to your hotel in Cusco.
The guides know the whole region, shortcuts, and best views to take you through. All of the guides are very spiritual people, growing up with the influences of ancient Inca and Andes cultures. They are professional certified guides and speak Spanish and English. The local staff is in charge of the food preparation, organization, and maintenance of the campsites. They are led by the professional mountain chef and the horsemen.
The yoga teachings are here to help ground you and connect you to the deeper side of your journey. The yoga lessons range from light teachings to more advanced depending on the group. The professional yoga teachers are very experienced and will travel with the group during the entire trek to help make your experience more enriched. You will learn a lot about different types of yoga and their benefits.
The trek will let you experience nature at its best in Peru, up until the culmination of your visit to Machu Piccu.
You will try local superfoods like quinoa, maca, amaranto, yellow potato, passion fruit, and many more things! Everything will be provided by the local mountain chef and his cooking team, who are happy to share their Andean and Amazonian fusion cuisine. The meals are crafted for sustaining energy throughout the day. Meals can be accommodated for any dietary requirements such as vegetarian or vegan. They’ll provide you the experience to try food products with non chemical composition and non transgenic transformation from the Andean communities and local markets.
Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$10 per person
The airport transfer fee varies with different number of people per transfer:
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