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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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12 December, 2017

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4 Days / 3 Nights
Availability : Daily Departures
Cusco
Machu Picchu
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 2-10
Tour Details

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!.

Duration:

05 Days / 04 Nights

Destination:

Machu Picchu

Departure Dates:

Daily Departures

Difficulty Level:

Moderate

Max. Altitude:

3,335 m

Group Size:

2-10

Trip Category:

Treks

Itinerary

DAY 01: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA

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.

DAY 02: SORAYPAMPA – CHAULLAY

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.

DAY 03:CHAULLAY – LA PLAYA – SANTA TERESA

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.

DAY 04:SANTA TERESA – AGUAS CALIENTES

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”.

DAY 05:AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICCHU

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

Included

  • Transport by bus from the hotel to the start of the walk (Mollepata)
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes back to Ollantaytambo with Tourist Service “Expedition” or similar
  • Entrance fee to the citadel of Machu Picchu (valid only for one day)
  • Transport by bus from train station of Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Professional guide (English and Spanish) during the whole trip
  • Meals: 4 breakfast, 4 lunch, 4 dinner
  • Camping equipment (tents, cooks, dining room tent, chairs, tables, mattresses)
  • First-aid kit
  • Emergency oxygen tank
  • Cook in charge of the preparation of the meals
  • Horsemen and horses (who will carry all the camping gear and food)
  • Accommodation for guides, cook and horsemen
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes your choice (see list below)

Not Included

  • Bus ticket for going up and down to and from “Machu Picchu Town” – Machu Picchu Citadel (US $ 18.50). Breakfast on the first day.
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day (after visiting Machu Picchu have free time to enjoy the ruins, lunch in Machu Picchu citadel or in Aguas Calientes town).
  • Money for extra services such as tips.

Optional

  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu mountain (Confirm this income at the time of booking, subject to availability of spaces, the cost is US $ 10.00).
  • Extra horse for carrying personal gear for the hike (If you need to carry more than 5 kilos of luggage, you can take an extra horse can carry up to 25 kilos, the cost is US $ 80.00).
  • Return train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo in tourist service “VISTADOME”, add US $ 35.00.
  • Sleeping bag for the hike: made of Polar (US$ 15.00) or made of Down Feather (US $ 30.00). You can rent this in our office.
  • Train ticket Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes in tourist service, add US $ 20.00, takes 40 minutes.
  • Rubber coated walking sticks for the trek.
  • Snacks: Cookies, energy bars, dried fruit, etc.
Recommendations what to bring
  • Original passport.
  • A backpack.
  • Sunscreen/sun blocker.
  • Passport or Identity document.
  • Rain coat (“poncho”).
  • Shirts with long sleeves.
  • Long pants.
  • Sneakers or lightweight shoes.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Hat.
  • Binoculars.
  • Sunglasses and plastic bag.
  • Camera and batteries.
  • Water bottle or bottle of mineral water.
  • Medicines and personal belongings.
  • Carry small denominations in Soles or US Dollars.
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