Peruvian Highland 9D/8N

Peruvian Highland 9D/8N

Tour Overview

  • Day 1: Arrival in Lima -Welcome to Peru
  • Day 2: Lima to Cusco – City Tour
  • Day 3: Explore the Scared Valley of the Incas
  • Day 4: Cusco/Soyrococha – Salkantay Hike
  • Day 5: Soyrococha/Qolpapampa-Salkantay Hike
  • Day 6: Qollpapampa/Lucma – Salkantay Hike
  • Day 7: Lucma/Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu
  • Day 8: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
  • Day 9: Flight Cusco – Lima

From $ 1690.00

Tour Tipe:

Hiking, camping, adventure


moderated & Challenging


43 Km / 26 miles


Permit required




5D & 4N


This trip introduces you to the best aspects of the Inca Trail, moving at a fairly brisk pace so you can enjoy it all. As you hike, moving through tropical forest to cloud forest, you will see flora  including orchids, Polilepis Incana (National Peruvian tree) and a variety of animals. You will also learn about the history of the Incan people from our expert guides. Four days later, you will have walked 26 miles (45 km) and crossed passes as high as 4,200m. The highlight, of course, is when you reach the magnificent Machu Picchu.

Day 1

Arrival Lima - Welcome to Peru

Once your plane pulls into the Lima airport, your family vacation with SPE in Peru has officially started! We will be waiting at arrivals – just search for the SPE member with the sign for your name. Afterwards, we will chauffer you to your hotel, where you will be checked in and we will assist you with anything else you may need. After which, we’ll leave you to recover from your long flight.
Day 2

Lima - Cusco/City Tour

After a restful night recuperating, chow down on a delicious hotel buffet breakfast, before we head back to the airport for a morning flight to Cusco. This flight is short and sweet and is filled with dramatic views from the plane windows of the desert coast and Andes Mountains. Upon touch down in Cusco, we will begin to wander around the cobblestoned streets of the old Incan capital. Your tour guide will point out the interesting mix between modern, colonial, and Incan architecture as well as highlight other important aspects of this wonderful ancient city. Afterwards, we will bring you out for a tasty traditional lunch. If you’d like to try one of the adventurous dishes of Peru, such as guinea pig, chicken hearts, or alpaca for example, just let us know and we can arrange this for you. After our meal, your private walking tour of Cusco will continue uphill to the quieter artisanal neighborhood of San Blas, the boisturous San Pedro market, and to the intriguing Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. Afterwards you have two options. If you feel ready to fearlessly tackle Cusco’s high altitude, you can continue your private tour of Cusco with a trip out to the nearby fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the temple of Q’enko, and Puca Pucara, if you’d like a more relaxing night, we can return you to your hotel to unwind and enjoy the city after sunset. Remember, your Peru trip is private and customizable, which means you will have an SPE guide and driver at your disposal.
Day 3

Explore The Sacred Valley of the Incas

On Day 3, you’ll travel through the Sacred Valley and continue to delve into the wonderful combination of old and new that makes Peru so culturally divers. You will be out in the pastoral valley amongst tranquil Peruvian countrysides. Here, jagged silhouettes of the Andes frame each view, and cows and sheep seem to outnumber people, The first stop will be the historical town of Ollantaytambo, where the mark of its old Inca inhabitants is readily seen while traversing the town’s streets. Moving onwards, we travel to the quaint town of Pisac, well known for its scenery, ancient ruins, and handicraft market that attract visitors and expats from all over the world. It is a perfect place to pick up patterned textiles or artful ceramics for friends and families. After, we have bought our souvenirs we will head up to the terraced ruins just above town. When you’ve gotten your fill, your driver will return you to your hotel for a relaxing evening to rest up before beginning the Salkantay trek in the morning.
Day 4

Cusco to Soraypampa - Humantay Like - Salkantay Pampa

Our first day, we leave Cusco at 5 am in a private bus and start our scenic four-hour morning ride to our starting point at Soraypampa. Along the way, we will travel through the town of Limatambo, an important point of access to the city of Cusco during the time of the Inca Empire. Here the archaeological remains of Tarawasi are located. Our passage continues up a beaten track along the shore of the Apurimac River, and then continues into the town of Mollepata and the small community of Cruzpata before finally arriving in Challacancha, where we meet our wranglers and horses and eat a quick breakfast. Afterwards, we start our hike towards Mt. Salkantay. First, we will gently ascend to Salkantaypampa to eat lunch, before beginning a 2-hour steep ascent to our campsite at Soyroccocha, a mountain located just next to the impressive glacier of Salkantay. Sleeping next to a glacier can get pretty cold, warm clothes are a must.
Day 5

Salkantay Pampa - Soyrococha - Qollpapampa

We will wake up to an early breakfast and begin a 1.5 hour hike up to the Salkantay Mountain Pass This is a beautiful spot to take in stunning views of glaciers and snow-capped peaks. This is also native-habitat for chinchillas and condors. From the top, we travel leisurely down towards the cloud forest. As we walk, we will we can see the remains of an ancient Inca path before arriving late afternoon to our campsite at Andenes. Late afternoon, we will arrive at our camp in Qollpapampa, a beautiful spot with natural hot springs for some well-deserved relaxation.
Day 6

Qollpapampa - Lucmabamba

Today we continue our hike with an easy downhill walk along the banks of the Santa Teresa River and Totora River. Along our walk we will enjoy abundant flora, waterfalls, plantations of delicious fruits and coffee, parrots and possibly even a spectacled-bear. The dry landscape will gradually turn into cloud forest filled with orchids and bromeliads. We arrive in Chaullay and shortly after the town of Collpapampa. We will relax for a while, before passing the Coripacchi waterfalls, the settlement in Wiñaypoko, and the lively town of La Playa. At the end of our hike, we will arrive at our second camp at Lucmabamba where we can sit-back and enjoy a cup of coffee before bed.
Day 7

Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, we will climb for around two and a half hours up to El Mirador or Abra Q'elloqasa, a location that provides a unique and exceptional view of the legendary Machupicchu. We enjoy our last lunch together at our next lookout point of Llaqtapata. At Llaqtapata you can observe both Machupicchu and the Salkantay Mountain, enjoy the recently-restored ruins of Llactapata, and enjoy a good rest. Afterwards, we will complete a 2-hour descent towards the Aobamba River crossing bamboo forests, orchards, and coffee plantations. This descent will bring us to the hydroelectric plant of Machupicchu from where we board a train for a scenic ride to Aguas Calientes and your chosen accomidation.
Day 8

Explore Full Day Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco by Train

We wake up early and board a bus to Machupicchu. Upon arrival to Machu Picchu you'll have a 2 hour guided tour of all the most significant sites learning about Incan history and culture. Afterwards free time will be given to wander around the citadel or climb Huayna Picchu, the highest peaked mountain of Machu Picchu with even more Inca structures at the peak (we can help you book the mandatory tickets for this unforgettable hike in advance). Together, we will return to the Aguas Calientes by bus, where you can have your choice of restaurants for lunch. After lunch, we will take the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and then the van back to Cusco.
Day 9

Cusco to Lima

Today, you’ll have time to explore trendy Miraflores, an attractive oceanfront neighborhood, and one of the city’s premier shopping and dining destinations. Catch some sun at the seaside parks, get an adrenaline rush parasailing, browse the boutiques or head to the arcades at Lima’s stunning cliff-side shopping center, Larco Mar. When the time comes, we’ll collect you to drive you to the airport for your journey home.


All of our guides studied English and tourism at Cusco National University. They all grew up in this region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional, and will ensure you are safe and happy.



 We include a personal porter, who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag. There is no additional fee for this. You will not have access to your duffel bag until your evening campsite.


The night before your trek, you will come to our office for your briefing. You will receive your duffel bag that will stay with your porters, while you hike. This bag should not exceed 7 kg/14 lbs and does need to include your sleeping bag and air mattress.


All your transportation is included in this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 4 a.m. (unless you are staying in Ollantaytambo) and brought to KM 104, to begin your trek. The train back from Aguas Calientes is included. This is Expedition class but can be upgraded to the Vistadome train for $75 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, you will be brought back to your hotel in Cusco. Your round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is also included.


The SPE chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have raved about. We honor all food restrictions. Be sure to remind your tour guide of any food restrictions at the beginning of your trek. Food is typically served family-style.You will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of the trek, along with a happy hour of tea and snacks. You will also be provided a snack each morning for you to enjoy along the hike. Your last meal with your chef will be after breakfast on day four. Lunch the last day is not included.





2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Eureka Timberline 4 Outfitter tents are employed when double accommodation is requested and Eureka Timberline 2XT for single travelers


Every SPE guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February, which every single SPE  tour guide must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment.


As soon as we receive your details and a deposit, we will purchase your permits (pending availability, check our Inca Trail Availability link). These permits are for a specific date and in your name. They can’t be changed, once confirmed. Only your passport number is allowed to be updated. The permit includes an entrance to Machu Picchu.



  • Water
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 2
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended


  • Water
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 2
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended
  • Original passport (with more than 6 months from expiration)
  • A daypack to carry your personal belongings
  • Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Warm clothes, fleece and layers for variable temperatures (especially at night)
  • T-shirts and trekking pants
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Small size binoculars
  • Wide-brimmed hats, with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
  • Sunscreen SPF30+
  • Lip balm and Insect repellent (50% DEET)
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain Gear: rain jacket or rain poncho
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes
  • Refillable water bottle (bottled water available for purchase)


Trekking Distance: 10 km/ 6.21371 miles
Camp Elevation: 3,850 meters / 1,2631 ft
Weather: Cold
Hight Pass: 4000 msn


PRICE : 2018 – 2019


























Terms & Conditions / Cancelation Policy
Once you have chosen your program, please read this terms and conditions as your booking is subject to the terms listed below. A contract is entered into once SPE receives your booking form and deposit or a total Payment  and we accept and confirm the booking.

  1. The tours do not include extra services such as telephone calls, tips, extra nights, extra transport, and not expressly mentioned or not detailed in the description of each program or activity schedule.
  2. Pick-up times are determined in the program and the participant must be ready and waiting at the hostel, if  is not ready on time, the agency is not responsible for delays and / or abandonment by the transport, following this a set schedule.
  3. If the passenger is drunk, the agency has the right to cancel and no refund of payment for the service.
  4. Cancellations for any reason must be informed within at least 24 hours prior to pick up the participant.
  5. All cancellations have a fine of 50% to 100% of the service cost of the tour, according to the reason for cancellation (50% if illness or accident) (100% other reasons)
  6. Refunds will be made in cash or in accordance with the purchases that the agency has conducted such as train tickets, entrance to Machu Picchu, etc…
  7. The agency gives private transportation to all passengers and the number of seats according to the number of participants, both go and back and itinerary of the program.
  8. The Agency is committed to delivering a train ticket back to the participant, after his visit to Machu Picchu as the terms of the contract or receipt.
  9. The Agency is not responsible for any delays during transportation or this by weather, landslides, strikes, demonstrations or other altering the itinerary of the program or departure times.
  10. The rate of tourism programs is per person, double occupancy basis, unless you specify different conditions.
  11. The rates quoted in the list of hoStels are per person.
  12. The programs are planned with great care, although, for operational reasons may be necessary to change the order of activities in the itinerary or the specified route, and though such cases are rare, in general the itinerary should be treated only as a basic guideline.
  13. The airplane & Bus ticket prices are subject to changes without prior notice until they have been issued and include the costs for payment by credit card.
  14. Schedules and flight numbers are subject to change until the date of travel by the airline.
  15. Reservations can not be considered any reservation, while there is no written confirmation.
  16. Also, in some cases and even having made the relevant deposit money, you will have to wait for the reconfirmation of the reservation because of the country regulatory  restrictions or conditions of any service provider.

You acknowledge that the nature of the trip is adventurous and participation involves a degree of personal risk. You will be visiting places where the political, cultural and geographical attributes present dangers and physical challenges greater than those present in our daily lives. We use information from government foreign departments and reports from our own contacts in assessing whether the itinerary should operate. However it is also your own responsibility to acquaint yourself with all possible relevant travel information and the nature of your itinerary. You acknowledge that your decision to travel is made in light of consideration of this information and you accept that you are aware of the personal risks attendant upon such travel.


Cancellations and requests for reimbursements should be made in writing and include all  relevant information and will receive immediate attention.


                                                                                                    Att. Management

In order to hike the Inca Trail, you must have a permit which we will obtain for you.
The first step to making this booking is to make sure these permits from the government are still available.
These links are updated in real time. You just need a permit for your start date.

reks, and trips to other sacred locations throughout our unforgettable country of Peru. However, few tour companies can claim that they are 100% locally owned and operated. With a founder born and raised in Peru, our unique relationship with the area informs every aspect of how Southern Peru Explorers operates, from the respect shown to the porters and land to the unique perspective you will receive on Incan culture and history. For over 10 years, your health and safety have been our primary concern. We have invested in top-of-the-line equipment from the most prestigious names in the camping business and chosen chefs that will create one mouth-watering meal after another from healthy, locally-sourced food. Let Southern Peru Explorers help you experience the trip of a lifetime.



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