After an early breakfast, your tour guide and driver will collect you from your Cusco hotel.
Leaving Cusco, we drive to the archaeological site and Inca ruins of Quillarumiyoc, located 50 kilometres from Cusco on the plains of Anta, at a height of 3,650m. The name means ‘Place of the moon rock’ in Quechua and it was here that ceremonies were held to worship the moon. The archaeological site consists of terraces and waterways and a small cave with petroglyphs. At the centre of the site there is a huge rock with a crescent moon carved into the rock, dedicated to the Moon Goddess.
From here, the journey continues to the mountain village of Mollepata and to El Pedregal, a beautiful farmhouse where we have lunch. After lunch we ascend a winding mountain road to Challacancha. It is from here that we begin our trek to Soraypampa, along an old and picturesque route called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path). Today’s easy to moderate trek is around 3 hours, and provides a good opportunity to acclimatise to the higher altitudes. As we round the final turn of the Camino Real, Salkantay Lodge comes into view.
Salkantay Lodge takes its name from the majestic peak at the head of the valley - Mt. Salkantay, the second most sacred peak in Inca mythology and, at 6,270m the highest in the region. The lodge blends into its surroundings and affords spectacular views towards Mt. Salkantay.
After a warm welcome by the friendly staff, we are shown to our rooms and have time to freshen-up before tea is served and we can watch the sun setting over Salkantay Peak. The trip leader will hold a briefing by the fireplace, followed by aperitifs and dinner.
Trekking: Easy to Moderate, 3 hours