An Incan Treasure
No visit to Peru is complete without paying a visit to the spectacular Inca city of Machu Picchu high up in the Andes Mountains. Our one, two and three month Peru volunteering programmes include the trek to the world famous Machu Picchu. Truly awe inspiring, Machu Picchu will blow you away, the best known archaeological site in all of South America really does deliver in terms of an ultimate bucket list experience.
Llamas graze on the grassy terraces of Machu Picchu some 7,973ft above sea level, the 550-year-old ruins form part of a UNESCO world heritage site that covers more than 116 square miles. Your new profile photo will be sorted; you just can’t beat a Machu Picchu shot to make your friends at home jealous!
You’ll get to Machu Picchu on the Salkantay Trek, a 5-day trek taking you up through the most spectacular scenes of the Andes Mountains. You don’t need any previous trekking experience, but you must be feeling fit and up for the challenge, we’ll do the rest.
Day 1. Arrive in Cusco and explore this awesome little city.
Day2. A day in or around Cusco – here you’ll acclimatise to the altitude, Cusco sits at 3,300m above sea level. You need to prepare your body for the trek.
Day 3. Around a 2hour drive takes you to the start of the trek. Mules carry everything heavy and our amazing cooks will keep you fuelled up nicely.
Day 4. The most challenging trek day, you’ll be ready for some grub and your tent at the end of the day.
Day 5. An easier day of trekking – there is actually a descent down towards Machu Picchu.
Day 6. Arrive in Agua Calientes, the small town that acts as the gateway to Machu Picchu. There are hot springs here where you’ll have a well deserved soak! Spend the night in a hostel rather than a tent.
Day 7. The early start is well worth it when you’re stood in awe as you take in the sights of the ruins. It really is as spectacular as you imagine it to be. That evening we’ll transport you back to Cusco – we couldn’t make you walk all the way back now could we!