Our SALKANTAY TREK will give you the opportunity to develop the effort you are seeking and to face and overcome fun hiking challenges, in contact with nature. You will be able to observe diverse ecological levels and splendid landscapes which, in the same way as on the Classical Incan Trail, regularly change in appearance, climate, altitude, and beauty.
We´ll start the hike in the “puna” or highlands, and after having overcome two mountains, we´ll enter the jungle, where the Historical Sanctuary and the Sacred City of Machu Picchu are located.
In total, there are five days of fine adventure, with the constant, friendly and caring attention of professionals, who will secure every moment of your experience, ensuring it to be pleasant and enriching. And if you cannot believe it, then, come and convince yourself that it is just the way it´s written here.
This morning, we´ll leave Cusco at 6:00 a.m., on a private transportation vehicle, and will start a scenic ride to the trail´s starting point, in Challacancha. Along the four- hour ride, we´ll pass through the town of Limatambo (2,100 m./6,888 ft.), which was an important access to the city of Cusco during the Incan Empire´s time. Then, we´ll leave Limatambo and ride up a compacted dirt track, along the right bank of the Apurimac River, to reach Mollepata (2,800 m./9,184 ft.), and on to Cruzpata (3,100 m./10,168 ft.), to finally get to Challacancha, where we´ll meet our horsemen and their horses. After a short introduction, we´ll start our hike, following the local inhabitants´ paths, on a soft uphill slope towards the base of Mount Salkantay (6,271 m./20,569 ft.). After lunch in Salkantaypampa, we´ll start a rather steep, 2- hour ascension to our camp in Soyroccocha, right next to the impressive Salkantay Glacier (4,200 m./13,776 ft.). This will be a cold night, therefore, we advise you to bring warm clothes with you (optional thermal underwear).
Meals: Lunch and dinner.
Day 2: SOYROCCOCHA – COLLPAPAMPA
Today, we´ll depart after an early breakfast, and will start a 1½-hour ascension, which will bring us up to the well-known Salkantay Mountain Pass (4,525 m./14,842 ft.). At this point we will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range, with Mount Salkantay´s Southern face towering above us, meanwhile we may also observe chinchillas and condors in their natural habitat.
After a short break, we´ll start descending towards a more tropical climate and into the cloud forest. On the way, we´ll have the chance to see the remains of an ancient Incan path which is approximately 6 meters wide. Then, we´ll follow a
long path though easy descent along the Salkantay River, which brings us to our second camp in Qollpapampa (2,890 m./9,479 ft.), in the late afternoon. This campsite is located in a beautiful area, with some natural hot springs to relax in.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 3: COLLPAPAMPA – LA PLAYA
Today, we´ll continue our hike, with an easy walk along the Santa Teresa River, enjoying the increasingly lush vegetation, passing by waterfalls, as well as by passion fruit and coffee plantations. Then, we´ll walk by the waterfalls, in Coripacchi, Huiñaypoko´s settlement and the Andean community of Lucmabamba. In the afternoon, we´ll arrive at our camp, in the village of La Playa (2,155 m./7,068 ft.), where we can freshen up in the river, before dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 4: LA PLAYA – AGUAS CALIENTES
After breakfast, we´ll cross the river and start climbing for 2 to 3 hours, up to El Mirador or Abra Q’elloqasa (2,860 m./9,381 ft.). There, we´ll have an exceptional view of the Lost City of the Incas; the legendary Machu Picchu, from a different angle. Then, we´ll enjoy our last lunch in nature, at the panoramic Vantage Point of Llaqtapata (2,650 m./8,692 ft.), from which we´ll be able to contemplate both Machu Picchu and Mount Salkantay, have a good rest, and enjoy the added value of Llactapata´s Incan Architectural Complex which has recently been restored.
Afterwards, a 2-hour downhill hike will lead us towards the Aobamba River, crossing lush bamboo forests, as well as orchards and coffee plantations, all the way to Machu Picchu´s Hydroelectric Plant, from where we´ll board a train bound to Puente Ruinas, (Ruins´ Bridge) traveling by rail, on a short 30-minute scenic train ride. This evening, we will settled our campsite just at the base of Mount Machu Picchu, have dinner and spend the night there.
This morning, we´ll wake up early, to have breakfast and board a tourist bus to Machu Picchu, where we´ll go on a complete guided tour of the Incan City, which will take about two hours. Then, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, climb up Mount Huayna Picchu (extra fee of $15), if you have booked this activity well in advance, as there is a limit of 400 access tickets a day, to get to experience
spectacular views of Machu Picchu, as a whole, as well as of the valleys and mountains in its surrounding. Otherwise, you could also visit the Temple of the Moon or the famous Incan Bridge.
Early in the afternoon, we´ll take a bus down to the small pedestrian village of Aguas Calientes, where, if you want to, you could take advantage of a dip in the local thermal baths. Finally, we´ll take the train back to the city of Cusco, where we´ll arrive after nightfall.
Pick up at your hotel or homestay, and Private transportation to Cruzpata.
Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-capacity tent
1 inflatable camping mattress/participant
1 dining tent with tables and chair
Heating in dining room tent
1 kitchen ten
1 Chef and cooking equipment
1 toilet tent, with biodegradable toilet facility
1 English speaking professional and official tour gu
Burden animals to carry tents, food and cooking equipment
Burden animals, to carry your personal gear, up to maximum 9kg per participant (Including sleeping bag and pad).
1 emergency horse for every 6 participant
Proper accommodation for all our accompanying staff.
Meals during the trip: 4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, and 4 Dinners + daily morning snack + tea service, except on the last day. Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
Filtered boiled water, from lunchtime on the 1st day, and onwards.
Hot water every morning and evening, for washing purp
First-aid kit + emergency oxygen bott
Boiled and purified water, after breakfast, to refill your individual bott
1-night accommodation in basic 3* hotel, based on double room occupancy.
1 Dinner in Aguas Calientes
Round Trip Bus tickets to Machu Picchu.
Tickets for the Expedition Train Service to Ollantaytambo
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