Tika Trek - Cusco, Peru
Salkantay Yoga trek to Machu Picchu - Tika Trek - Cusco, Peru

Salkantay Yoga trek to Machu Picchu

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Available from $2100US per person.

We will take the less travelled Salkantay trek and will include meditation, yoga, and energy work. This gorgeous six day trek will have you walking through mountains, meadows and high jungle until finally making your way to Aguas Calientes, the small town at the foot of Machu Picchu.

Each day will also include yoga, meditation and bodywork such as massage or Reiki, helping you to be in the best possible space to receive maximum benefit and truly make this a life-changing experience. You can take part in any of these activities, or not, as you feel at the moment. There’s no judgement if you feel like sleeping in… we might even be jealous!
If the trek and Machu Picchu aren't enough to entice you, two nights will be spent at the heavenly EcoQuechua Lodge in Santa Teresa. Nearby are some natural hot springs... perfect for releasing the muscle tension you've earned from the last few days of hiking. We’ll also enjoy a hike to the Inca ruins at Llacatapata and a tour of a family-owned coffee plantation. For the more adventurous, there is a zipline in the area as well.

Rather than just one guide, you will have three with you for your journey. Maureen has been doing energy work for several years and also holds a Master’s Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She practices Reiki, Shiatsu, Cranial Sacral as well as a variety of massage modalities. David is a certified yoga instructor and also practices Reiki. We will be accompanied on the trek and tours by a professional Peruvian tour guide who speaks Spanish, English and Quechua. In this way, you will get the full benefit of the
expertise that each of us has to offer.

Salkantay Yoga trek to Machu Picchu

Day 1. Arrival to Cusco

We will pick you up at the airport and take you to your Cusco lodging. Our preferred hotel is Inkarri Hostal. This is not a noisy backpacker’s place but, rather, a budget hotel that is clean and comfortable with beautiful grounds and a staff that will make you feel part of the family.
Today is meant for relaxing and getting used to the altitude. We will provide you with a list of places you may like to wander to if you are feeling up to it. In the evening, we will meet at your hotel to go over the tour itinerary in detail.

Accommodation Hotel in Cusco

Day 2. Sacred Valley Tour

We pick you up at the hotel about 8:30 am and take you to Ollantaytambo. Here, you’ll get a chance to tour the Inca archaeological site, believed to be both a ceremonial center as well as a fortress. After taking our time to wander around the site, we will head to Urubamba to have a
sumptuous buffet lunch of Peruvian food (tea is included; other drinks are extra). Following lunch, we’ll take a tour of the salt flats of Salineras and end by visiting the agricultural terraces of Moray. At the end of the day, we return to Cusco.

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Accommodation Hotel in Cusco

Day 3. Cusco City Tour

Another early start will have you heading first to Koricancha, the key site within the city of Cusco. This was formerly the Temple of the Sun, the main deity in the Inca pantheon. It was the most important temple in the Inca Empire. The Spanish built a monastery on top of it, but many of the Inca walls remain. After Koricancha, we will head up above the city to the primary archaeological sites: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, PukaPukara and Tambomachay. We’ll do this tour walking, rather than taking a car, so you can start getting used to walking at altitude.

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Accommodation Hotel in Cusco

Day 4. Beginning the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu

We’ll pick you up at your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 am and travel by car for about 3.5 hours to Soraypampa where we will meet up with our horses/mules which will carry all our equipment and personal belongings. We will hike about 3 hours until we reach the beautiful Soray Lake where we will have lunch and camp alongside the lake. After lunch, we can hold a ceremony honouring the Apu of Salkantay, a mountain spirit long sacred to the Andean people. We will also have time to do some yoga and receive treatments of reiki/massage. Later, we have a
wonderful typical Peruvian meal prepared by our own cook.

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Accommodation Camping

Day 5. Salkantay day 2

We rise early to do a bit of meditation and engage in our yoga practice. After a hearty breakfast, we will start hiking down about an hour and then begin the ascent to the Salkantay Pass (4600 msnm). Here, you will be able to enjoy spectacular panoramic views. Another two hours walking down from the pass will take us to our lunch spot. From here, if we are all feeling up to it, we can walk another hour to reach Humantay Lake on the south side of the peak. After, there will be time for treatments before another great dinner.

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Accommodation Camping

Day 6. Santa Teresa

After our meditation, yoga, and breakfast, we walk about four hours until we reach Chaullay where we will have lunch. After, we continue descending toward Collpapampa where our transport will be waiting to take us to Eco Quechua Lodge where we can visit the hot springs
nearby. Later, we can receive the day’s energy/bodywork sessions. In the evening, we will dine and stay overnight at the lodge.

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Day 7. First view of Machu Picchu

In the morning, we will have an early breakfast at the lodge, leave at 6 for café followed by a tour of a small family-owned coffee plantation.
This area, Lucmabamba, is said to produce the world’s best organic coffee above 2, 100 msnm. We will share a cup of coffee here and then continue on to hike the Inca trail to Llactapata. At this archaeological site, it is possible to see Machu Picchu. We will do some yoga at the
site and then on the way down, stop for a gourmet lunch. When we reach the lodge, we can rest and have our sessions.

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Accommodation Night in lodge

Day 8. Morning of relaxing before train to Machu Picchu town

We take our time today, getting up a bit later, doing our morning meditation and yoga, followed by a nourishing breakfast. Those who are interested can take part in the nearby zipline ($40 U.S.). Others can go back to the hot springs or simply relaxing at the lodge. We will lunch
there and then, in the afternoon, take the train from the hydroelectric station into Machu Picchu town where we will spend the night.

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Accommodation Hotel in Machu Picchu town

Day 9. Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain

Today, we will get up early in order to be at Machu Picchu when it opens at 6 am. We will first have a guided tour of the most important areas then, at 10 am, we will climb Huayna Picchu. For those who are feeling more ambitious, we will continue over the top of Huayna Picchu and come down around the other side, visiting the Temple of the Moon and the Great Cavern. Taking our time to enjoy the sites, this will take around 5 hours. Everyone can make their way back down to Aguas Calientes in their own time, where we will spend another night, allowing you to shower and rest after an exerting day. (Note: only 400 people are allowed on Huayna Picchu per day and these entrances
need to be purchased at the same time as Machu Picchu entrances so book early for this option.)

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Accommodation Hotel in Machu Picchu town

Day 10. Free day in Cusco

We will take a morning train back to Ollantaytambo and, from there, a car back to Cusco. This is a free day for exploring the spots around
the city that are of most interest to you or just sitting in the plaza, watching the people go by. (Note: tour prices include one of the more
economical trains – subject to availability).

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Accommodation Hotel in Cusco

Day 11. Final morning in Cusco

We transport you back to the airport for your flight to Lima and home.

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