Our tour is for those adventurers, who want to experience the spectacular trek of SALKANTAY, which is higher than 6.260m. This mountain is also known as the “Savage Mountain”. The route offers an endless array of experiences: we can see a lush vegetation and spectacular ecological species such as the unique “Cock of the Rocks”, inhabited in the jungle. The best of all is, that we will end in Machu Picchu. Choose the dream-tour: fascinating landscape in combination with the two most important attractions of Cusco.
If you can’t do the Inca Trail, don’t be discouraged! This route is among the best Cusco has to offer! Join us for our tour – we just need YOU!
5 Days 4 Nights
4,650 m at Salkantay Pass
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, approximately between 4.30am and 5.00am, so that we can drive with our tourist bus towards the town of Mollepata (2900 m), where we will arrive around 9am for our breakfast. On this day we can enjoy a beautiful and scenic journey to Limatambo. During the drive we can glory in panoramic views over the majestic “Nevado de Salkantay (snow-capped Salkantay)”. You can see an impressive mountain range covered with snow and also the valley of the Apurimac River.
We meet the rest of our team (organisation staffs) so that we can load the mules before we start our hike to Cruz Pata (3200 m). We will walk for about three hours through traditional Andean communities such as Cruz Pata or Challacancha, where we will stop for lunch at around noon. After a short rest we will continue our way until we reach Soraypampa (3850m) at approximately 5pm. Our dinner and first night will be at that campsite.
After an early but good breakfast we will start the most difficult part of the trip at around 7am. We will pass the place called Pampa Salkantay, from where we will turn to left side of the snowy Umantay, located next to the snow-capped Salkantay. At around noon we will reach the highest point called ‘Abra de Salkantay’ or ‘Open Salkantay’ at 4600 m. We can appreciate spectacular views over the mountains and over the imposing snow-capped Salkantay (6264 m), which is the second highest peak in the Cusco region, as high as the mountains of Humantay and Huayanay. We will have a rest of one hour before we get our lunch for this day, in an area called Huayracmachay (3700 m). In the afternoon we continue our hike for three hours more until we arrive at Rayanniyoc or at Chaullay Field (2920 m), where we spend our second night on the campsite.
After breakfast we will start the hike at 7am. During the five-hours-trek we can see a town called Collpabamba (3100 m), also called the Cloud Forest or the Edge of the Rainforest, where we can observe waterfalls, fruit trees, a varied flora, coca and birds. Here you can spot the banana crops as well as the waterfalls, if we are lucky, we can catch a glimpse on the famous “Gallito de las Rocas or Cock of the Rock”. After a short walk we arrive at Wiñaypoqo where we will have lunch and you can rest for one hour. We will keep on walking for three more hours until we reach the zone called La Playa (2250 m), offering a huge variety of orchids.
We continue the trek to the village of Santa Teresa (1990 m), where we should arrive around 4.30pm.
We have dinner and we camp in Santa Teresa.
Optional: Visit the hot springs of Santa Teresa at the end of the afternoon.
After the breakfast at 7.30am we will start the hike for 2 ½ hours until we reach Hydroelectric (1870 m). On our way we will pass fruit plantations such as bananas, passion fruits, coffee etc. From far away, we also have the opportunity to catch a glimpse on the Lost Cities of the Incas, Machu Picchu. After our lunch, we will make our way with all our staffs and luggage to the town of Aguas Calientes. There are two possibilities: we can walk for about 2 ½ hours or we can also board the train leaving at 4.35 pm and arriving in Aguas Calientes (2050 m) after 45 minutes. Here you have the option to visit the hot springs, located at 2 km out of town. Afterwards we have dinner and accommodation at a hotel in “Aguas Calientes”.
Very early we start the hike or we take the first bus up to Machu Picchu to admire the sunrise in this magical place, just before the other tourist of Cusco can arrive at the citadel. Enjoy the tranquility of the Lost City of the Incas during a guided tour (approx. 2 ½ h). Afterwards you will have free time to walk around the citadel or to climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu, from where you can glory in a spectacular view over the whole complex of Machu Picchu, as well as over the valleys and the surrounding mountains. You can also visit the Temple of the Moon and the fabulous Inca Bridge.
In the afternoon we descend by bus to Machu Picchu Town (formerly Aguas Calientes), from where we return by train to Ollantaytambo, and then we keep on going by private bus to the city of Cusco.