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WE'RE GOING TO PERU!

OCTOBER 11-20TH 2019

Join us on the adventure of a lifetime!  Some people go to gyms to workout, some to burn off stress, and we do those things too.  We ALSO go to the gym to MAKE FRIENDS and BUILD COMMUNITY.

This is the ultimate opportunity to make friends, and travel and hike with a fun group you already know you love!  Prepare with us as we spend the next 6 months training to hike the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in Peru!

Sounds awesome right?

Read on to see what you're in for!

DESCRIPTION

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an alternative to the Inca Trail and considered by most to be the best alternative route (and maybe even better!). This magnificent trail is perfect for adventurers who wish to become personally integrated in changing ecosystems from one day to the next. You will walk through sweeping, magical landscapes of a snowy mountain paradise to a tropical jungle where you will find a wide range of animals and medicinal plants and flower varieties. Witness with your own eyes a living, but ancient, culture in remote villages hardly ever seen by foreigners!


The Cordillera Vilcabamba is an impressive mountain range extending over 260 km. The snow-capped mountain Salkantay rises to 6271 MASL– 20574 FASL in height. It is an outstanding snowy peak, located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south-central Peru. Because of its proximity to the city, it is easily accessible by car and it has been climbed by professional mountaineers since 1952.
In order to complete the Salkantay Trek, you need to have a reasonable level of fitness, but age shouldn't be a barrier. The most important thing is to be well-acclimatized to the altitude. The highest you will trek the entire time is (4650 MASL – 15092 FASL). Two days of acclimatization before the trek is ideal for visiting the city of Cusco, plus the four the nearby Incan ruin sites and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

ITINERARY

DAY 1:CUSCO | TRANSFER AIRPORT - CUSCO HOTEL & HALF-DAY CITY TOUR (AFTERNOON)

Welcome to the imperial, Andean city of Cusco, the cultural capital of Peru! Upon arrival, we will take you to your hotel (included in the price of your tour) to drop off your luggage and freshen up. When you are ready, we will take a leisurely half-day tour of this amazing place as you acclimatize to the high altitude (3399 M). Cusco has a long history and is the oldest continuously inhabited city in all the Americas! Since about 1000 B.C. people have lived in Cusco and regarded it as a center of the surrounding culture (then called Qosqo). It has been an important part of every civilization that has lived in the area throughout history, starting with the native people of Peru long before the famous Incan people. On arrival of the Incan Empire to Peru and beyond, Cusco (then called Cuzco) became of the naval of their far-reaching and powerful empire! Of course the Incans were then conquered by Spaniards who also used Cusco as a colonial, regal capital for the area.

DAY 2:CUSCO REGION | FULL-DAY SACRED VALLEY TOUR

DAY 3:CUSCO | MOLLEPATA – CHALLACANCHA – SORAYPAMPA (HUMANTAY LAKE)

Walking Distance – 12km 
Starting Elevation – 3350m
Highest Elevation – 4600m
Campsite Elevation – 3920m
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Lunch and Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Accommodation: Glass-Topped Sky Camp
Adventure: Moderate-High! (Especially the trek to Humantay Lake!)

DAY 4:SORAYPAMPA | SALKANTAY PASS - WAYRACMACHAY - CHAULLAY

Walking Distance – 22 km
Starting Elevation – 3800m
Campsite Elevation – 2750m
Maximum Altitude: 4650m
Difficulty: Challenging 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Accommodation: Wooden Camping CHOZAS (Andean Huts)
Adventure: Absolutely, 100%! The raw and breath-taking beauty of this day’s hike along with its challenging nature will quench any wanderlust you’ve been trying to cure!

DAY 5:CHAULLAY | COLLPAPAMPA - LA PLAYA - LUCMABAMBA

Walking Distance – 18km
Starting Elevation – 2750m
Campsite Elevation – 2400m
Difficulty: Easy 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Accommodation: Newly constructed Jungle Domes
Adventure: Absolutely! You will be in the middle of the tropical forest you have dreamt about!

DAY 6:LUCMABAMBA | LLACTAPATA – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES

Walking Distance – 18 km
Starting Elevation – 2450m
Campsite Elevation – 2000m (Aguas Calientes hostel)
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Accommodation: Comfortable Hostel
Adventure: Moderate-High! How could it not be an adventure travelling back in time to visit with the Incan people?!

DAY 7:THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY – MACHU PICCHU!

Activity Overview: Touring Machu Picchu with optional hike
Activity Level: Touring: easy, hike: strenuous
Activity Length: 2-5 hours exploring and optional 2-3 hour strenuous hike; Machu Picchu is at 7,972’ elevation

DAY 8:TRANSFER

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Hotel: 3 Nights Hotel in Cusco(2 nights before the hike and 1 night after the hike)

  • Day 1: City Tour Half Day

  • Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour full day

  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. The meeting will be at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.

  • Transport: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel by private transportation to Challacancha, the starting point of the trek.

  • Experienced Guide: English speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route, including leading your group in ancient ceremonies! He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!

  • Personal accommodation in private campsites: Like our ancestors, we are very considerate of the Pachamama (Mother Earth). Therefore, our campsites and lodges are adapted to the environment to avoid generating negative impacts.

    • Night 1: Relax on your soft bed in our state-of-the-art Sky Camp under the watchful eye of Apu Salkantay on one side and Apu Humantay on the other. Spend as many hours as you would like star-gazing through your elegant glass ceiling! 

    • Night 2: Enjoy our camping huts, made of ichu (Peruvian feather grass) and wood to guarantee a pleasant rest with protection during cold nights in the mountains. 2 people will stay in each 4-person tent inside of each individual hut. We provide you with a thick camping mattress free of charge.

    • Night 3: Experience our Jungle Domes, brand new this year! In your dome, you will find a comfortable bed, twin or double (depending on your stated preferences). These domes have been ecologically designed to not interrupt the beautiful, raw surrounding landscape of the cloud forest. 

    • Night 4: Hostel in Aguas Calientes

  • Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs, and cooking equipment (all carried by the horses).

  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu Archeological Site

  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes: The last night of this trek is spent in a hostel in Aguas Calientes with a double or triple room, private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, breakfast, and luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu.

  • 1 Duffle Bag: You can put your personal luggage, up to 7 kgs (15.4 lbs), including your sleeping bag, in this bag to be carried by our horses.

  • Cargo Mules: On days 1 and 2, cargo mules carry the all camping equipment and your allowance of personal baggage (7 kgs/15.4 lbs). On days 3 and 4, your luggage will be carried by car or train to your destination.

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PREP WITH WILD + UNITED

 

Get trail ready with 6 months membership to Wild + United, taking advantage of strength training, mobility work, coordination, balance and more.  Our Adventure Group will also benefit from specialized nutrition programming for the trip, 25% off acupuncture with Matt O'Meara, and gear & trail education. This is all included in your trip price!

 

How this is going to go down:

Oct 11th 2019- Fly to Cusco connecting via Lima, Peru.

Oct 12th- Meet us at our hotel in Cusco. (Day 1 in above itinerary).

Oct 13th- Full day Sacred Valley Tour.

Oct 14th-18th On the trail! See above itinerary.

Oct 19th- Closing dinner with group in Cusco.

Oct 20th- Fly home to Canada.

 

Cost: 

$3000 CAD+ 5% tax

Payments:

$1000 CAD per person due upon sign up

Remaining balance due July 1st, 2019

 

Not included:

Airfare & dinners or other meals /beverages/ expenses outside of the above listed services.

 

Cancellation Policy:

 

All payments are final and no refunds or credits will be given under any circumstances.  You may transfer your spot to another participant in the event that you cannot attend.  

 

We strongly recommend that you purchase cancellation insurance as all payments for this trip are non-refundable.

 

 

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