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Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 5 days

Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 5 days, is an impressive and unique tour along of our journey we can see spectacular views of glaciers snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes, valleys, and beautiful jungles one of the most attractive places that we are going to see is Humantay and Salkantay snowcapped mountains.

Hike through the Andes mountain range, with one of the specialists in this kind of trek with Magical Peru Expeditions, Salkantay trek Cusco is undoubtedly the best alternative trail to experience the authentic Inca Paths, come and explore this unique experiences.

Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa

We are going to pick you up around 5 a.m. by driving you in our van from your hotel to  Mollepata 2900 m/9,500 ft, where we will have breakfast in a local restaurant. Before getting to Mollepata we can see beautiful scenic views to many small historical communities on our way Also, you will glimpse the spectacular views of the upper part and lower valleys with colorful landscapes.

This time after two hours driving, we will make our first stop in Mollepata town, where you will have breakfast, Then we will continue in our transportation until Challacancha (the starting point of our hike). In this place, you will meet with our support staff, and they will introduce to all of us.

Around 9:30 a.m. after organizing all the things we will start our trek to Soraypampa (3900 m.a.s.l).  The first part of the path is a paved rock trail. On the way, we will see the old water channel that still supplies water to new inhabitants that are useful until now.

From Callacancha it takes 3 hours trekking to reach Soraypampa, this is our lunch place.  This will also be as our base camp.  After lunch and a short rest, we will continue hiking up to the Humantay Lake (4200masl).  This is a 5 km hike that will take 3 hours round trip. Finally, we will go to our camp and we will have dinner.

Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Chaullay

Today for this Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, after an early breakfast we will start trekking at approximately 7:00 am ascending for 3 hours to the Apacheta pass 4,600 m/15,090 ft. From this point, we can enjoy a spectacular view of the Mountain Salkantay, a stunning snowcapped mountain (6,264 m/20,500 ft) and the second-highest peak in Cusco.

The views from here are impressive and breathtaking – not only Salkantay (6,264 m) but also the surrounding peaks and valleys below. Around 1:00 pm, we will have lunch in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of about 3 hours, we will arrive at our camp in Challway (2,920 m). Later in the evening we will rest and have dinner.

Day 3: Chaullay – la Playa – Lucmabamba

We will wake you up with hot coca tea!  Around 5.30 am to have breakfast and afterward start hiking straight to a place called la Playa; walking through the thick jungle and following the riverbank of the Salkantay River on a gradual trail.

On our trek, we will stop at several family hamlets to enjoy the local fruit and vegetables (passion fruit, banana, coffee, avocado, mango, orange, and papaya).  If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called “the Cock of the Rocks”. This is the Peruvian birds.

For this Salkantay trek, distance is 16 km approximately and the hiking time is 7 hours until we reach a place called Lucmabamba, which is going to be our base camp. (Lucmabamba) is a small town surrounded by coffee trees and can provide the basic facilities (toilet, electricity, shopping, and souvenirs) also this place is going to be our lunch point.

This afternoon there is an option for to go to hot springs that take an hour’s drive, this is highly recommended after the hard journey on the mountain, after enjoying the hot springs, we are going back to our campsite for happy hour and dinner before going to bed.

Day 4: Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes

Today first, you will have a quick explanation about the coffee we will taste, then we can try the organic coffees offered.  We need to start early to avoid the mid-day heat. While hiking, we will pass through coffee plantations and an artisan coffee mill en route to Llactapata.

Here in this place, we follow a wide, well-preserved and original Inca trail which once ran to Quito. Following the trail up the side of the ridge, we can see a multitude of butterflies, citronella, orchids, rocky streams, and stunning views of the Santa Teresa Valley.

From the pass, we can see Machu Picchu just as fabulous as that from Intipunku, the famed Sungate. From the pass, it is a short walk to Llactapata.  Still covered under vines, jungle vegetation and trees, we will explore the site before descending to the Rio Urubamba and on to the Hidroelectrica where we have our last lunch with our amazing cook.

From there, we will keep walking along the train rails until we reach Aguas Calientes town.  Once we get here we will check-in at our hotel.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollanta – Cusco

Our last day the wake-up time is very early (Approx 4 am) in order to take the first bus, (5:30 am, 25 min ride) buses directly to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes. Once we arrive at Machu Picchu you will show your entrance ticket and passport. If you are a student you must bring your ISIC card to the entrance or you will not be permitted to get in.

From the entrance, it is a 15-minute walk to the famous views from the South Zone of the farming terraces at the end of the Inca trail. Enjoy watching the sunrise over the ruin site and the fascinating tour of Machu Picchu with your guide who will unfold the mysteries of this magical site, explaining the history and flora/fauna.

Your guide will explain for about 2 hours relating an important and interesting place that has this impressive place, explaining temples and special sectors. Your tour after that you will have free time to explore by yourself.

After that, we are going down to Aguas Calientes, where you will have your lunch, and if you want you can do some extra activities, finally before 30 minutes for the train departure you must be at the train station to Ollanta, and we will take the bus to Cusco City, this is the end of Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu.

Include

IT INCLUDES:

  • English speaking guide
  • Professional cook and an assistant cook for a big group and horseman for the mules and horses
  • Mules which carry group gear and large duffels provided by the company, for personal belongings.
  • All food on the trek, which incorporates traditional Peruvian cuisine as well as modern fusion cuisine and specific dietary needs.
  • Boiled water and snacks.
  • Large Dining tent, table, stools, all cutlery, and kitchen tent
  • Tents to overnight, and Thermarest. Two-person tents are provided for a single person and three-person tents for double people to provide plenty of space for personal gear.
  • Additional horses for riding can be provided for an additional cost.
  • First aid kit, including oxygen.
  • A pre-trek briefing.
  • Entrance fees to Salkantay Mountain, including Machu Picchu.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Train ticket. (Expedition Train Service 16:22)
  • Private van from your hotel in Cusco to Challacancha (the starting point of hiking).
  • Private van from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

IT DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • The first breakfast as well as lunch and dinner on the 5th day in Aguas Calientes.
  • Personal trekking gear including, backpacks, trekking poles, sleeping bags. However, they may be rented from the company.
  • Gratuity for guides, cooks, and horseman.
  • Entrance to hot springs in Cocalmayo (Santa Teresa) or other entertainments in Aguas Calientes
  • Personal riding horse. Additional horses may be rented according to the needs of the individual and group.
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.

Recommendations

THINGS TO TAKE:

  • Original passport
  • Current University Student Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for a discount price)
  • Hiking/trekking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • Poles (fast drying)
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen (SPF 35+)
  • Insect repellent (We highly recommend a NATURAL repellent)
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and video camera.
  • Flashlight with spare batteries (or an environmentally friendly option)

Price

$600.00 dollars per person

NOTE:

The entry to Huayna Picchu must confirm at the time of making your reservation and is subject to availability of seats. (maximum 400 seats per day)

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