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About this trip

My1FitLife Salmon Whitewater Rafting Adventure 

Known as the “River of No Return” by early explorers, the Salmon is a big mountain river. It has big water with spring flows rivaling that of Colorado’s Grand Canyon and big, fun, roller-coaster style rapids; a big, incredibly beautiful, river corridor set in a massive wilderness with peaks rising over a mile above the river; huge sandy beaches shaded by towering pine and fir trees; big side creeks full of trout (creeks that would be called rivers in many parts of the world); a long history full of big personalities, characters, and stories; a ton of wildlife including Big Horn Sheep, Black Bear, and Bald Eagle; and most importantly it offers an authentic wilderness experience.

However, despite its size, history, remoteness, and ominous-sounding nickname, the Salmon River is incredibly friendly and comfortable. It features warm summer days lasting until nearly 10 in the evening, cool nights perfect for sleeping under the stars, water perfect for swimming, natural hot springs to soak in, perhaps the best beach camping anywhere, world-class trout fishing, a ton of hiking, and whitewater that is exciting yet safe. People have said that it feels wild, untouched, and rugged but at the same time comfortable, forgiving, and almost luxurious – a journey that combines a perfect beach vacation with the solitude, beauty, vast wilderness, and excitement of a mountain whitewater river expedition.

Main Salmon River rafting is a trip everybody should experience!

This trip begins at the Stagecoach Inn in Salmon, Idaho. This night you will meet the rest of our My1FitLife Adventure group and your river guide.

The next morning we all  will be shuttled to Corn Creek where our river trip will begin. For the next 7 days and 6 nights you will enjoy the beautiful scenery, exciting rapids, and view a variety of wildlife.  The last day of your trip you will enjoy a few great rapids and then arrive at the take-out. From here you will be shuttled by bus back to Boise.

This is an oar run trip, not a motorized adventure like the Grand Canyon.

We will have approximately six rafts for this adventure with six-eight people per raft.

 

Itineraries

Day 1

Date : January 23, 2021

Time : 12:00 am

Guests Arrive in Cusco and Welcome Meeting 6:00pm

Guests Arrivals Day
Guests who arrive early can spend some time exploring the city of Cusco. Meet the Group meeting at 6:00 pm for the welcome and trekking details. Hotel and Location of meeting TBD (Guide is working on and will have very soon). 


Accommodation - Hotel in Cusco (TBD)

Day 2

Date : January 23, 2021

Explore Cusco and travel to Ollantaytambo

Explore Cusco with a group walking in the morning and then travel to Ollantaytambo in the  afternoon. Early  bedtime as we will be starting early the following morning. 


Accommodations : Hotel in Ollantaytambo

Day 3

Date : January 23, 2021

Start Inca Trail

Trekking (D1)

Start time
4:30 AM

Highlights of the day
Our trek starts at the 82Km or Piscacucho. As opposed to every other travel company, we won't enter into the National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu at this location. Instead, we will walk along the right bank of the Urubamba river toward Qoriwayrachina or 88Km.    As we follow an original off the beaten track Inca Trail we will pass the Incan sites of Rumipunku and Salapunku; these are some of the Incan sites that no other trekker on the Inca trail gets to visit. At Qoriwairachina, We will not check in with the park rangers yet; instead, we will hike for an extra mile to visit the impressive Incan site of Machu Q'ente. After our guide gives us a brief presentation of this wonderful place, we will walk back toward Qoriwairachina to make our official entry into the National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. At Qoriwairachina we will see the foundations of an ancient Incan hanging bridge and a watchtower. After a well-deserved lunch break; we will walk uphill for one hour to visit the impressive Incan site of Wayna Qente; another of the off the beaten track archaeological sites that only our exclusive tour allow us to visit. In this place, We will explore the ruins of Wayna Qente and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Urubamba mountain range and the snowcapped peak of Wakay Willca (Veronica), which stands at 5860m/19225ft. We will stop here to watch the sunset over a nice cup of hot cocoa before we return to our campsite at Qoriwayrachina.

Difficulty level
Moderate. The trail starts at 2720m/8923ft climbing to 3000m/8984ft at Wayna Qente.

Meals
Lunch during the hike and dinner at our campsite in the evening. Vegetarian options are available. Please advise us if you require this option.

Accommodation
Camping in tents at a campsite in Cuyoq.  The temperature at night is usually around 1°C/34°F.

Day 4

Date : January 23, 2021

Trekking all day

Trekking (D2)



Start time

6:00 AM


Highlights of the day
On this day, we will walk towards the Llaqtapata Incan site, which is a massive city built at the juncture of the Urubamba and Wayllabamba rivers. We will visit the religious area of Pulpituyoq and part of the urban area before we continue hiking towards Wayllabamba.  From Wayllabamba we will take a brief detour to explore the Incan site of Inca Rakay, before we return to have lunch at Wayllabamba. In the afternoon, the trek will turn a bit strenuous as we start the climb toward our campsite. Due to the vast changes in the ecosystems in the area, flora and fauna on this part of the trek are incredibly varied. You will see many birds such as hummingbirds and other exotic birds, plants, and trees such as the 'Polilepys ' or Q'ueuña tree which grows in the astonishing cloud forest located at 3650m/11972ft!  You will feel a real sense of achievement reaching the campsite at Lluluchapampa from where we will be able to see the highest point of the trail, the Huarmihuañusca/'Dead Woman's Pass’ 4200m/13779ft.

Difficulty level
Hard. We climb from Llaqtapata 2850m/9020ft to Llulluchapampa 3650m/12030 ft. We camp, only 2 hours away from the highest point of the Inca Trail, the Huarmihuañusca/'Dead Woman's Pass’ 4200m/13779ft.


Meals
Breakfast at our campsite, lunch on the trek and dinner at our evening campsite.

Accommodation
Camping in tents at Llulluchapampa 3550m/11646ft. Temperature around 6°C or 42°F.

Other Information
Our evening campsite at Lluluchapampa is a unique location and sometimes we will be the only group in this area.

Day 5

Date : May 4, 2021

All Day Trekking

Trekking (D3)


Start time
6:00 AM

Highlights of the day

This is a challenging day for us. We will keep climbing the mountain towards the Abra de Huarmihuañusca/'Dead Woman's Pass’ 4200m/13779ft. The views from here are simply amazing. Once we get to the the highest point and we take the mandatory pictures, we will proceed to go downhill for about 2.5 hours, toward Pacayamayo, our lunch spot. After we reach this place and we have the mandatory 
 In the afternoon we will climb the second mountain pass of the trail. Along the way, we will visit the unique incan sites of Runcuracay’ and  ‘Sayacmarca’ and gaze at the magnificient scenery as you pass through the lovely cloud forest. Our campsite will be located right outside the Inca site of ‘Phuyupatamarca’ (meaning ‘Town in the Clouds’).

Difficulty level
Hard. This is our longest and hardest day. On this day we will reach the three  highest points of the Inca Trail, the Huarmihuañusca/'Dead Woman's Pass’ 4200m/13779ft, the Runkurakay pass followed by the  Phuyupatamarca pass 3220 m / 11000ft.

Meals
Breakfast at our campsite, lunch on the trek and dinner at our evening campsite.

Accommodation
Camping in tents at a campsite at Phuyupatamarca 3220m/11000ft.

Other information
A short distance from this campsite is the Inca site of the same name ‘Phuyupatamarka’.

Day 6

Date : May 5, 2021

Trekking All Day

Trekking (D4)


Start time
7:00 AM

Highlights of the day
Early in the morning before breakfast we will go on a short climb toward the Incan religious center called “Ushnu” to observe the sunrise. It is here we will be served hot chocolate and sandwiches for breakfast. After we pack our things we will head downhill toward Machu Picchu and the Sun Gate. The trail in this part is quite steep and full of steps, the altitude loss will be quite dramatic as we will be dropping almost 1000m/3000ft in altitude. Along the way we will visit the Incan sites of Phuyupatmarca, Intipata and Winaywayna. This last place is perhaps one of the most beautiful sites of the whole Incan trail. After lunch we will head toward Intipunku and Machupicchu. Our goal is to reach Machu Picchu right before sunset and the closing time for Machu Picchu. Once Machu Picchu is closed we will take a 30 minute bus ride toward Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night.

Difficulty level
Moderate: Steady down hill hike toward Winaywayna and the Sun Gate or Intipunku.

Meals
Breakfast at the campsite and lunch in Aguas Calientes. 


Accommodation
Hotel at Aguas Calientes.

Other Information
We will arrive at Machu Picchu in the afternoon however we will not be allowed to enter the archaeological site yet.  We will enjoy the best views of Machu Picchu from the areas adjacent to the Inca Trail. The guardians house provides an amazing photo opportunity, don't miss going there!

Day 7

Date : May 6, 2021

Guided tour of Machu Picchu (Second Visit) - Hike Departure Day

Bus To Machu Picchu - transport back to Cusco and Depart Flight AFTER 6:00PM! 

***If you are Departing on this final day, make sure you book your flights to DEPART after 6:00pm!! We strongly encourage you to book your departure flight the next day to ensure you are not rushed and able to take in Machu Picchu without rushing.



Start time

4:00 AM


Highlights of the day
We will wake up early in the morning to catch one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. Once in Machu Picchu we will go on a 3 hour tour of this beautiful Incan site. Our guides will explain the history of this site part by part. After the tour has concluded, people will go on their alternative adventures toward the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains respectively.  In the afternoon, we will catch our train back to Cusco.

Difficulty level
Easy. On this day we will take a bus back to Machu Picchu for the final 2 hour walking tour of the Incan city. 

Other information
We will meet back in Aguas Calientes in the afternoon for lunch. From Aguas Calientes we will take transportation  back to Cusco. 


***If you are Departing on this final day, make sure you book your flights to DEPART after 6:00pm!! We strongly encourage you to book your departure flight the next day to ensure you are not rushed and able to take in Machu Picchu without rushing.

Day 8

Date : May 7, 2021

Departure Flight Home

Transportation from hotel to Airport and head home.

What’s included

  • 1 Night Lodging
    * 1st night accommodations at Stagecoach Inn in Salmon, Idaho
  • Transfer
    * Transfer to river from hotel
  • River Sightseeing
    * Sightseeing river trip
  • River Guides
    * Expert guide service
  • Camping Equipment
    * Complete camping equipment (cot, sleeping bag, foam pad, waterproof duffel, eating utensils, tent, chair)
  • Meals
    * Three meals per day, plus snacks
  • Transfer
    Transfer to back to Boise, Idaho
  • Airfare
    Airfare to and from Boise, Idaho
  • Meals
    Additional Meals and/or snacks not included above
  • Trip Insurance
    Trip Insurance is NOT included