Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

SALKANTAY TREK CLASSIC

DURATION 5 DAYS
DESTINATION MACHU PICCHU
PRICE USD $400
DEPARTURES EVERYDAY

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
5 Days / 4 Nights

The famous Salkantay Trek (or Salcantay Trek), named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, is a trek open to everybody, with no limitation on spaces or permits (at least for now). Connecting the city of Mollepata, Cusco with Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests.
  • Package Name : Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu
  • Trek Duration : 5 Days / 4 Nights
  • Accommodation : 1 nights Hotel and 3 nights in tent
  • Type of Trek : Archaeological, Cultural, ecological and Adventure
  • Activities : Trekking & Walking, Cultural Tours & Sightseeing
  • Altitude : 2,000 m / 6,560 ft(Aguas Calientes) – 4, 600 m(Salkantay Pass)
  • Group Size : To suit group requirements
  • Difficulty degree of this hike : Challenging due to the altitude: we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco or over 3000m/9840ft
  • Departures Day : Sour company organize daily departures
Day 1: Cusco Hotel – Mollepata – Cruzpata – Sayllapata – Soraypamapa.
Day 2: Soraypmapa – Soyroccocha – Salkantay Pass – HuayracPunku – Chaullay
Day 3: Chaullay – Collpapampa – La Playa(sahuayaco) – Santa Teresa.
Day 4: Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes.
Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco Hotel.

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Sayllapata – Soraypampa

We will leave from Cusco approximately between 4:30a.m. and 5:00a.m. A local bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level) where we will arrive approximately at 8:15 in the morning to have breakfast. During the trip we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. We will meet with our support staff, and they will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 9:00 a.m., we will begin our walk toward Sayllapata (3200 meters above sea level). About 1:00p.m., we will have a Peruvian lunch. After lunch, we will continue hiking toward the Soraypampa villages (3850 meters above sea level). Around 5:30 in the afternoon we will arrive to our camp where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.

Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huayracpunku – Chaullay.

After an early breakfast we start trekking from Soraypampa approx 7:30 a.m we continue our hiking the Peruvian highland. From this point we can appreciate the spectacular views of the Mountain Salkantay, a stunning snow capped mountain (6,264 m) the second highest peak in Cusco’s region, and also the mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small lakes and moraines. At our lunch spot after a five-hour walk, Pass dowhill to lunch in Huayracpunku, and then a further 2-3 hours downhill walk to Camp at Collpapampa 2,920 m.

Day 3: Chaullay – Collpapampa – La Playa – Santa Teresa(Cocalmayo Hot Spring)

Around 7:00a.m., we will start our trek. We will walk for about 6 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco and during this period; we will observe a town called Collpabamba, also called the “Forest Cloudy Brow” where waterfalls, thermal hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks”. From Playa Sahuayaco, we will head to the campsite located at the hot springs of Santa Teresa (It is recommended to bring a bath suit.) Here you will eat dinner.

Day 4: Santa Teresa – Hidroelectryc – Aguas Calientes

After of our delicious breakfast we are going to walk for approximately around 8:30 a.m we begin our trek to the village Colpani, we follow this rising trail, from which we will see plantations of coffee, banana, passion fruit and a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley. We follow along the riverside of Vilcanota River until arrive to the Oroya (canopy brich) From here we have an option to hike to hidroelectrica or to catch a small car where will take us until Hidroelectrica (25 minutes), from this place we can observe the back of Machupicchu Sanctuary, where we have the last lunch with all staff. from here we will continue walking until arrive to Aguas Calientes around 4:30 p.m then we will stay in a hostal the last night.

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

Today, you will be able to choose between waking up at 4:30a.m. and walking up to Machu Picchu or taking a bus to Machu Picchu at 5:25a.m. In Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for about two hours and after that you will be free to explore the Citadel and take pictures, or if you desire, ascent toward the Huaynapicchu Mountain. At 18:45p.m. you will be taking a train to Ollantaytambo and from there; a bus will drive you to your hotel in Cusco.

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