PERU ECOCAMP EXPERIENCE 4D/3N
Snowy Salkantay & Lake Humantay trek
Archaeological sites of Killarumiyoq and Choquechurco
Mountain range of Vilcabamba
Condors in their natural habitat
The Peru Ecocamp Experience Tour is for the nature lover who wants to enjoy our breathtaking geography staying at luxurious Ecocamps for a true glamping experience.
This tour offers two levels of hiking: easy/moderate and moderate/challenging. You will be able to choose either option at any time.
We will observe the flight of the Condor, behold the majesty of the sacred Salkantay and Humantay mountains, and visit a glacial lake and the Salkantay Pass at 4,664m/15,300ft.
Start and finish:
4 days/3 nights
Seasonal (see FAQ)
2-8 (per guide)
WHAT IS INCLUDED
✔ 3 nights in ecocamps
✔ All meals during tour
✔ All in-tour ground transportation
✔ Walks and bike rides around ecocamps
✔ Specialized guides
✔ Drinking water
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
✘ Flights to Peru and Cusco
✘ Optional activities
✘ Laundry services
✘ Alcoholic beverages
✘ Accommodation in Cusco (see FAQ)
DAY TO DAY PROGRAM
DAY 1: CUSCO - CONDORS -PINCOPATA ECOCAMP
This first day will give participants time to adapt to the altitude and begin to prepare physically for the following days’ hiking. Two options are available, depending on route and weather conditions:
Option A: Condors in the Apurimac Canyon
We will pick you up from your hotel at 8:30am and head north out of the city to the small village of Chonta where we begin our one hour hike towards the condor viewing point. The viewpoint offers the opportunity to observe flora and fauna native to the environment, as well as the Apurimac canyon and river. While most tourists do not arrive until after noon, a quiet environment to observe the giants that share the sky with hawks, eagles and even Andean Gulls is guaranteed. Here, we will enjoy a specially prepared lunch-box before returning by the same path to Chonta to catch our private transport to the first Ecocamp, Pincopata.
Distance: 132.5 km / 83 mi
Driving Time: 3hrs 20 min
Altitude Chonta: 3,400 m
Altitude Pincopata: 2,850 m / 9,348 ft
Option B: Archaeological sites
This second option also leaves Cusco at 8:30am and takes us along the same road from Cusco to Mollepata, where we will stop and explore the archaeological site of Killarumiyoq. The lunar cycle was charted here and fertility rites honoring Mother Earth were performed during the height of the Inca civilization. Incredibly, the moon stone remains untouched and the peaceful site offers the chance to gain a deeper understanding of the Inca culture.
Following this visit, we continue along the road for an hour and a half to the community of Marcahuaylla, from where we start a short walk to access the archaeological remains of Choquechurco (Place where Gold is placed). This sacred place, unknown to many, is on our list of remote sites we like to visit. Situated among a forest of native Polylepis trees, this abandoned site will make you feel like a true explorer. We will discover remains of religious sites and settlements; carved boulders, small squares, and Inca walls covered with moss and vegetation.
From this place, we will have views of Humantay Mountain, the Valley of Limatambo, Apurimac, and the town of Mollepata. Surrounded by remarkable scenery, we will stop to have lunch at this site before continuing the descent to our Pincopata Ecocamp.
Driving Distance: 98.5 km / 61.5 mi
Driving Time: 2.5 hrs
Hiking distance: 6 km / 3.75 mi
Hiking time: 3.5 hrs
Altitude Choquechurco: 3,200 m / 10,500 ft.
Altitude Pincopata: 2,850 m / 9,348 ft.
Upon arrival at Pincopata Ecocamp, we will be greeted with a lovely refreshment made from seasonal fruits and taken to our respective domes to enjoy a hot shower and a deserved rest. If rest is not your thing, you may prefer to walk around the camp or participate in the various extra activities available at the Ecocamp, such as horse-riding and biking. We will end the day with a superb dinner consisting of fresh and locally sourced foods typical of Peruvian-cuisine
DAY 2: PINCOPATA ECOCAMP - SORAY ECOCAMP
After breakfast, we will drive 15 minutes to the start of our trail in Marcoccasa. From here, we begin with a short uphill walk before continuing our hike along an aqueduct overlooking the spectacular Río Blanco Valley and the snowy peaks of Salkantay and Humantay. We will end at Soray Ecocamp in time for lunch.
In the afternoon, you can schedule a relaxing massage, a horseback ride, or simply choose to stroll around and enjoy the breath-taking views that surround our camp.
Hiking distance: 10 km / 6 mi
Hiking time: 4.5 – 5.5 hrs.
Altitude, Soray: 3,883 m / 12,737 ft.
Hiking Level: easy/moderate
If you are up for a more active afternoon, however, you can choose to hike to the Humantay Lake nestled at the base of the southern side of Mount Humantay. We will then descend to the lake to touch its gleaming waters and take some incredible photos. When we return to camp, there will be enough time to take a hot shower before enjoying the delicious dinner prepared for us.
Hiking distance: 6.4 km / 4 mi Round trip
Hiking time: 3 hrs. Round trip
Altitude Humantay Glacier Lake: 4,298 m / 14,100 ft.
DAY 3: SORAY ECOCAMP - SALKANTAY PASS - PINCOPATA ECOCAMP
After breakfast, we will begin our trek from the bottom of the valley gradually starting to ascend while crossing several small pampas. The challenging final climb to the Abra Pass will be rewarded with spectacular views of Salkantay's snowy and wild south face. At the pass we will have time to celebrate our accomplishment before descending to a warmer spot to enjoy our lunch. After we will return to Soray.
We will then board our transport back to our comfortable Ecocamp Pincopata. Here, we will enjoy a marvellous dinner to bid farewell to our days of hiking and end the day stargazing around a cozy bonfire.
Hiking distance: 12 km / 7.5 mi
Hiking time: 7-8 hrs. round trip
Altitude Abra Salkantay: 4,664 m / 15,300 ft.
Hiking level: challenging
DAY 4: PINCOPATA ECOCAMP - CUSCO
After breakfast at our Ecocamp, we will get ready to board our transportation to take us back to Cusco.
Distance: 109 Km/68 mi
Driving time: 2.5 hrs.