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Humantay Lake & Salkantay Mountain trek 2 Days

Humantay Lake – Salkantay Mountain Hike Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake – Soyroccocha At 5am, we pick you up at your hotel and drive in our private van for 3.5-hours to Soraypampa. Along the way, you can enjoy viewing some of local indigenous villages such as Iscuchaca and Limatambo. In addition, you will have spectacular views of stunning valleys and the snow-capped famous Salkantay Mountains. At the trailhead (Soraypampa), we enjoy some snacks while absorbing the exhilarating views of Humantay (5,900m/19,356ft) and Salkantay (6,217m/20,396ft) mountain glaciers. Putting on our comfortable shoes, we take a 1-hour hike up to Humantay Lake enjoying the amazing views around us. Upon arrival at Humantay, we take time to explore the lake and enjoy its beauty. After time at Humantay Lake, we head back to the trailhead at Soraypampa and then hike 2 more hour to our campsite located at Soyroccocha.  There we enjoy tea time and later dinner.  We get to sleep early, ready for the next day’s hike. Meals: Lunch – Afternoon Tea Time – Dinner Accommodation: Camping facilities Distance: 10kms/6 miles Time: 6hrs approximately Difficulty: Moderate Day 2: Soyroccocha – Salkantay Pass – Glacial lake – Cusco After a scrumptious breakfast, get ready to take a moderate climb on your second day of trekking. Within an hour, you will reach the highest point of the trek (4,650m/15,367ft). From here, we relax and take in nature at its purest form, feeling at one with the massive Salkantay (6,217m/20,717ft), Humantay, and Huayanay snowcapped mountains, the white rugged rivers of the area and the small humble lakes. Off…

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Is a Tour Operator Required to See Machu Picchu or the Inca Trail?

If you’re considering a trek or tour to Machu Picchu or a hike on the Inca Trail, you might be tempted to plan your own trip and go it alone. Before you make any decisions, however, it’s important to understand what you can and cannot do without a fully licensed tour operator. Do You Need a Tour Guide for an Inca Trail Trek? No matter how experienced you are as a hiker or how much you’d like to trek the Inca Trail without a guide, the official Inca Trail regulations require all hikers to be a part of an organized group led by a duly licensed and authorized tour guide. Because only a limited number of companies have the required licensing and authorization, you must do your research and choose your tour agency carefully. Only licensed providers can purchase the necessary permits. Double-check that your agency is purchasing the permits, because they sell out quickly. You must also be careful when booking your trek because, unless you book with a direct provider of a Classic Inca Trail Trek, you will be handed off to an unknown third-party tour agency. It’s also important to note that tour operators are allowed to book up to 16 hikers per trek. If you find yourself in a group that size, you may not have a good experience if not enough guides, porters and other support team members are present. Likewise, some companies have last-minute cancellation policies if not enough people book a trek. That…

Luxury Cusco & Machu Picchu

Peru, Land of the Incas

Interesting Information about the Incredible Incas The ancient Incas have accomplished so much during their time. Here are a few interesting facts about these people and the amazing structures they left behind: An Unfinished Story — The Incas never got to finish Machu Picchu. While the construction of the sacred citadel started at the height of the Incan empire, the Spanish conquistadors and the diseases they carried unfortunately wiped out the natives by the end of the 16th century. The Immovable — The Incas constructed buildings without mortar using a dry masonry method. The stones fit so perfectly that nothing can get between them. This made the structure extremely resistant to earthquakes. An Effective Postal System — The ancient people had relay messengers called chasquis who traveled across rope bridges over deep mountain gorges and ran up and down steep mountain paths to quickly deliver communications to teams. The Many Treks You Can Do in Peru Trekking in Peru provides you with an opportunity to see and experience the culture and history of the ancient Incas. This country has an astounding array of trails winding through imposing peaks, stunning lakes, lost cities and Incan ruins. If Machu Picchu is on your travel or bucket list, you can combine your trip to the mountaintop citadel with these treks: Choquequirao Trek This trek is ideal for hardcore trekkers or adventurers. While it takes several days to complete this journey, the rewards and experience are worth it. You’ll surely appreciate the magnificent citadel…

The Imperial City of Cusco

Celebrate Great Festivals in Cusco Cusco is not just a highland hub for tours to Machu Picchu and other regional attractions. The city also hosts some cultural and colorful festivals. These festivities celebrate the past and the present, indigenous living, pagan traditions and the religious customs of the people. Don’t be surprised when you arrive at a celebration in Cusco. No matter what time of year you visit the city, you’ll surely stumble upon a fiesta. If you’re planning to have some fun before your trek officially begins, here are a few festivals you can check out: Fiesta de Las Cruces (Festival of the Cross) — This event usually falls on the second or third of May. You’ll see veiled crucifixes and crosses in Catholic sanctuaries, cathedrals and churches throughout Cusco. The usual partying and festivities take place and traditional food is served. Corpus Christi — This celebration always falls on the ninth Thursday after Easter. The main event starts at 11 a.m., which involves taking out the statues of 10 saints from their respective churches and parading them around Plaza de Armas in a specific order. After the long procession, groups of chosen bearers bring the saints to the Cusco Cathedral where they stay for a week. On the eighth day, the bearers take the statues back to their churches, followed by fireworks, musicians and dancers. Cusqueña International Beer Festival — This non-religious music and beer celebration happens in the second week of June. You’ll enjoy drinking locally brewed…

Trekking to Machu Picchu and Other Related Information

Sam Travel Peru holds the trophy of grand design for unique trekking routes to the awe inspiring ancient Inca Citadel ruins of Machu Picchu. Masses create a constant flow of long anticipated excitement upon entering the UNESCO World Heritage Site, voted one of the New Wonders of the World. Many enter via trekking the Inca Trail or one of the alternative trails to this citadel. Machu Picchu citadel was built in the 1450s, during the reign of Inca emperor Pachucuti, the exact purpose of these masterful ruins carry to the beyond spiritually. A variety of stories and legends laying dormant. Still to this current day, it stands alone in its air of grandeur and mystery. Urban and agricultural sectors elude over the plateau of Machu Picchu, with clear structures that demarcate areas of important religious purposes. Layered agricultural terraces surround much of the city, producing food to sustain around 1,000 inhabitants. The terraces also played an important role in providing efficient drainage to mitigate the impact of earthquakes and landslides. Constructed with architectural genius using the ashlar method of placing stone on stone without mortar; even with our current technologies ,we have minimal understanding of how the Incas managed to move and lay stones of such size with ultimate precision. Contemplating this architectural beauty is both humbling and mystifying. The citadel nurtures the Temple of the Sun, the Astronomical Observatory and the Intihuatana structures. Influenced by universal elements on a grand cosmic scale, the Incas astrological understanding of the Sun and it’s…

Information About the Huchuy Qosqo Trek

The Huchuy Qosqo archaelogical site, is named in Quechua (little Cusco). It has an elevation of (3,600 m/ 11,800 ft),  looking down on the town of Lamay and the Sacred Valley.  SAM Travel Peru offers you this remote and unspoilt paradise, it has a a large number of buildings, some constructed from stone, some adobe and a striking great hall, 40m/131ft long.  An Inca built irrigation channel, lined with stones for about (800m/2,624ft) provides water to sustain this site. With ruins everywhere in Peru, you don’t have to dig deep to strike gold. Back in the 1500’s, after the Manco Inca Revolution, the Quechuas constructed several small reservoirs for irrigation. Unfortunately, the Spanish demolished some other Inca structures to build the larger reservoir ,which are evidently visible. The most recent restoration in Huchuy Quosqo, is the store house for dried meat and crops such as corn, potatoes, quinoa, and beans. The two story structure, carries evidence of the historic cooling storage system known as conjeras. Huchuy Qosqo , a much shorter and easier trek for those of you, who are just happy to go with the flow. Accessiblity is via a dirt road leaving Lamay and runs a long a set of switch backs which arrives at a viewpoint of the ruins. The walk from this viewpoint to the north entrance of the ruins is about (150m/492ft) and runs past a few typical houses inhabited by local farmers. These awesome non official ruins are almost run-of-the-mill here in the Peruvian Andes, yet it will constantly marvel…

Information on the Choquequirao Trek and the Inca Ruins

If you are keen for a challenge, Sam Travel Peru has the Choquequirao trek, that will exhilarate your senses and challenge you to the core physically and mentally. Be prepared for the remoteness and inaccessibility of this Inca City ruin that is located at (3,050m/10,006ft) above sea level in the province of La Convencion. The twin city to Machu Picchu but 3 times larger yet purely untouched and recluse. Although not as quite impressive as Machu Picchu, it has a very similar structure and architecture. A new adventure that you definitely must visit. The Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu – a quiet, unpaved dirt trail challenging – yet mesmerizing in beauty, daringly adventurous – that provides a unique alternative to the busy Inca Trail. The trekker’s port hole of opportunity to visit both Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. For those serious hikerswho dare to enter the untamed nature trail of the Choquequirao trek, it can be completed as a stand alone hike not requiring a permit. Choquequirao Inca Ruins Choquequirao, meaning Cradle of Gold, was the control gate between the Amazon and the city of Cusco. An Incan City built during the late 15th and early 16th century. Choquequirao is filled with ruins, its buildings and terraces tuck in below a flattened hilltop, levelled several hundred years ago, and circumferenced with stones to create a platform. Built as a cultural and religious center, it still stands tall in high status exposing the number of niches and double doorways that once overflowed in stature….

Information about Our Salkantay Trek

Follow in the ancient footsteps of times gone by with Sam Travel Peru, a unique off the beaten track journey filled with intense emotion, culture, escalating adventure and upmost satisfaction and personal growth. In the trek, conquer the exotic snow capped Salkantay Peak dubbed as the most spectacular peak in the Andes, as you walk in the shadows of this spectacular outstretched mountain and visit two turquoise glacial lakes. You will hike through the puffs of cloud forests and be nurtured in mother natures warmth in her natural hot springs. Finally, explore the forgotten Llactapata Inca Ruins and collect your front row tickets to Machu Picchu as you pass through the original Inca Trail to embrace your long awaited dream of seeing the sunset and sunrise over the majestic Machu Picchu. We offer the most comprehensive and latest information on the Salkantay trek on our website with our specially designed off the beaten trek trails.  In particular, you will find detailed information on the classic Salkantay trek itinerary through our links: Salkantay Trek 5 days and Salkantay & Inca Trail 7 days.  HIGHLIGHT OF THE SALKANTAY TREK Is there any company that may show you absolutely all the highlight of this amazing and unique Salkantay Trek Mount Salkantay Mount Salkantay one of the most iconic mountains in the Cusco region and the highest mountain on the Willkapampa range is situated 60km/37mls Northwest of Cusco city standing at (6,271m/20,5741ft). The Quechua name, Salkantay, means Savage or Wild and lives up to its reputation as being a tough…

Details about Our Lares Trek 1 Days

Sam Travel Peru is offering an outstanding and unique opportunity, a combination of off-the-beaten track experiences with different choices for The Lares Trek. We have created independent travel experiences catering to your free spirited passion for exploration. Slide into the negotiation of life and nature near the quaint town of Lares, 40 miles north of Cusco and 35 miles southeast of Machu Picchu. The trek itself lies dormant awaiting your call in the legendary Lares Valley, east of the Urubamba mountain range, which traverses part of the Sacred Valley. The hike can be completed as a stand alone 2 or 3 day trek or in addition to compliment your thirst for adventure it can connect with the epic Machu Picchu via Ollantaytambo with an extension by 1 to 2 days. As of 2017 permits are not required for the Lares Trek. That means with a little organization of train tickets to Aguas Calientes and entrance tickets to Machu Picchu we can have you on the trail within a day or two. An alternative to the Inca trail, the Lares trek is arguably easier and exhaustingly quiet for those who love the intense remoteness and isolation. A less heavily trodden unfamiliar and uncertain trail trapezing over 3 high altitude passes, the highest depending on your chosen route either (4,400m/14,435ft) or (4,600m/15,092ft). The true Guardians of Andean knowledge and traditional communities has been kept safe and passed down by generations throughout the Lares Valley for over 500 years. Become apart of the grand tapestry intricately woven…

Inca Trail Trek Options 1 Days

Sam Travel Peru offers the grandest of ancient inca trails, providing your own touch of paradise here on earth. You will enter a particularly beautiful 43km/26.7mls section of mountain trail connecting you to the never neverland of Inca archaeological sites of Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca. The trail route lies within the 32,592 acres of Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary, which was created by the government in 1981 to protect the natural beauty and the archaeological sites of this extraordinary area. This spectacular trail twists and turns, ascends through high mountain ranges, descends down steep escarpments and passes through a shrewdly placed misty cloud forest. The wildest landscapes and distillation of the oldest traditions and finest building on the planet, a number of diverse ecological zones are filled with an enormous variety of plants and bird life. The ancient and remote footpath passes you through archaeological sites which lead you to the ethnic and cultural exchanges of the Citadel of Machu Picchu itself. Almost all of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is strictly controlled by authorized trekking companies such as SAM Travel Peru, who have authority to sell this trek. Please check out tripadvisor for our ratings. All of our guides on the Inca Trail are licensed and only a limited number of trekking permits are issued and must be purchased several months in advance. CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS & 3 NIGHT If you have ever wondered where the pot of gold is at the end of the rainbow, then…

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