• Salkantay – Machu Picchu Classic Trek 5 Days

    Cusco

    From

    $ 700

    Duration

    5 Days

    Type of tour

    Trekking

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    If you want a different alternative to the classic Inca Trail and escape the crowded and congested routes, SALKANTAY is an excellent option. On this impressive expedition, you will traverse beneath the majestic snow-capped mountain of the same name Salkantay, experiencing a dry and cold climate on the first part of the trail and a warmer and more humid climate on the second part. Be aware that the trek can be moderately difficult to challenging, so it is advisable to be physically prepared and arrive in Cusco at least two days before the start of the tour to acclimatize properly.

    Short itinerary

    Trip Summary:

    Day 01: Cusco – Challacancha – Cruz Pata – Soraypampa:

    Pick up from hotel, departure by bus from Cusco to Mollepata, hike, lunch in Soraypampa, visit Humantay lagoon, dinner and overnight in camp after 13 km. of trekking.

    Day 02: Soraypampa – Wayrapata – Chaullay

    Breakfast, hike through the ‘Abra Salkantay’, lunch in Pacaymayu, dinner and overnight at Chaullay campsite after 22 km. of trekking.

    Day 03: Chaullay – La Playa – Santa Teresa

    Breakfast, hike to the beach where we will take our transportation to Santa Teresa where we will spend the night.

    Day 04: Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes

    Early breakfast, walk from Hidroeléctrica to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a lodge.

    Day 5: Full Day Machupicchu Sanctuary – Cusco

    Breakfast, bus to Machu Picchu, guided visit in Machu Picchu, hike back to Aguas Calientes, return by train to Cusco city.

    Itinerary

    TRAVEL ITINERARY

    Cusco (3,400 masl): Approx. 4:30 am We will pick you up from your hotel and head to the town of Mollepata in a tourist bus, this beautiful town will be the beginning of our trek, a delicious breakfast will be waiting for us before starting the trek.

    Cruz Pata (3,600 masl): After our breakfast we start our trek, our first point of arrival will be Cruz Pata, we will make a small stop for lunch with a spectacular view of the Limatambo Valley, and then continue our hike to Soraypampa where our first camp will be.

    Soraypampa (3,900 masl): After the hike and an impressive view we arrive at our first camp Soraypampa Approx. 16:30 pm. from this place we can appreciate the beautiful snowy Salkantay.

    • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Distance: 16 km (7 to 8 hours Approx.)
    • Max Altitude: Camping altitude 3900 masl.
    • Considered: Strongest day
    • Weather: Cold, Windy
    • Campsite: Soraypampa

    Soraypampa (3, 900 masl): We will have a hot breakfast around 5:30 in the morning to start our trek.

    Abra Salkantay (4, 630 masl): We will head towards the highest pass on this trek which is situated between two large mountains, Salkantay on the right and Humantay on the left (Salkantay at 6271m / 20575ft and Humantay at 4120m / 13500ft).

    From the pass, the views of both snow-capped mountains are incredible. There will also be a chance of snow here. At this point we will have a small ceremony.

    This ceremony is known as Pago a la Tierra or Pacha Mama, in which we leave a few coca leaves on the rocks of Mother Earth asking for permission to continue and have an amazing and memorable trek.

    Huayrac Pata (4,000 masl): We will continue our hike downhill through a beautiful cloud forest and arrive at Huayracpunku, where we will have lunch.

    Chaullay (2,700 masl): We hike again after lunch in the direction of the jungle until we reach our second campsite, Chaullay the climate at this campsite is warm and very pleasant.

    Another possible campsite would be in Collpa pampa, following the course of the Salkantay river, at this point we will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Andean landscape in the same place we set up camp (2700m approx.).

    • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Distance: 19 km (8 to 9 hours Approx.)
    • Max Altitude: Camping altitude 4630 masl.
    • Considered: Regular day
    • Weather: Cold, Warm
    • Campsite: Collpa pampa

    Chaullay (2, 800 masl): After our breakfast at 6:30 in the morning, we will pass through several valleys, crossing the Lluskamayo river and a variety of small streams, appreciating some wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits, colorful birds and diverse native plants.

    Collpa pampa (2,700 masl): The trail is less demanding with a generally warm climate. We have lunch on the way and, during the trip, we will enjoy more of the vibrant valleys.

    La Playa (2,064 masl): We arrive at the town known as La Playa for a short rest and board a vehicle to go to Santa Teresa and be able to spend the night.

    Santa Teresa (1,600 masl): Finally we arrive at Santa Teresa which is our next campsite.

    After a rest and a couple of snacks to help regain our strength, we have the option to visit the hot springs and relax, these baths are a real pleasure after walking all day we recommend it.

    • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
    • Distance: 16 km (6 hours Approx.)
    • Max Altitude: Camping altitude 2 800 masl.
    • Considered: Regular and relaxed day
    • Weather: Warm
    • Campsite: Santa Teresa

    Santa Teresa (1, 800 masl): After a good breakfast, we will continue our journey by walking 3 hours to reach Hidroeléctrica.

    Hidroelectrica (1, 820 masl): The trail cuts into the old Mando pampa coffee plantation and enters the cloud forest, following the sacred river for about an hour and a half until we see the Hidroelectrica waterfalls.

    These falls are about twelve meters high and are fed by the crystal clear melt waters of the sacred Yanantin Mountain.

    From the falls the trail continues up to the ridge, before getting lost in the increasingly dense vegetation, this is a beautiful, fertile landscape, with coffee, banana and avocado plantations carved into the jungle, and pristine areas that are the natural habitat of mammals such as the spectacled bear and hundreds of species of birds and butterflies, some of them endemic to the region. The forest is covered with bromeliads and many varieties of orchids, some of which have recently been identified by biologists.

    Aguas Calientes (2,040 masl): Finally we will arrive at Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes) to have a night in our comfortable hotel.

    Optional: You can go on an early evening visit to the Aguas Calientes Hot Springs village, where the entrance fee is US $ 4.

    • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.

    Aguas Calientes: We will have breakfast and then take the bus (6 am) to Machu Picchu.

    Machu Picchu Sanctuary: A walking tour of approximately 2 hours is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city at your leisure. At 10 am there will be time to climb Huayna Picchu (2720m / 8890ft). It takes about 45 minutes to reach the top.

    We will take the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo on the expedition and a bus to Cusco. We will be in Cusco at approximately 22:30 hours.

    • Meals: Breakfast

    OPTIONAL: Huayna Picchu Sacred Mountain. It has a limitation of 400 seats per day, so we strongly recommend that you book in advance. If you still have some energy you can also climb the Huayna Picchu Sacred Mountain, It takes 45 minutes to get to the top, the entrance fee is in additional cost US $ 15.00.

    Includes

    NOTE:

    • Itinerary is subject to change depending on the time of reservation and camping spaces at the time of arrival.
    • Campsites may vary depending on weather and health status of travelers.
    • Train Included in all excursions is Expedition Service (to Ollantaytambo) and train schedules will be confirmed close to the time of the trek. If you join a group at the end of the day, we cannot guarantee that you will travel on the same train as the rest of the group.
    • Train times are subject to change depending on Peru Rail schedule and availability.

    Service Includes:

    • Transfers In/ Out
    • First breakfast
    • Transportation Cusco – Mollepata.
    • Professional bilingual guide (English – Spanish).
    • Pack horses and muleteer.
    • 04D-04A – 04 S -04C
    • Professional cook
    • Camping Equipment «Triple waterproof tents for each 02 people and personal Matras» – Tents for each person
    • Personal Matras» – Dining Tents and Kitchen
    • Camping Equipment for Guides, Cooks and Porters.
    • 01 night Hotel with private bathroom and hot water in Machupicchu.
    • First Aid Kit
    • Oxygen Balloon.
    • Entrance tickets to Machupicchu
    • Return train tickets (expedition) to Cusco.
    • 01 bus Consettur -Machupicchu Inka City -Aguas Calientes.

    Recommendations

    Recommendations:

    • Original passport
    • CIIU (student discount card), in case of having one
    • Small backpack
    • Rain poncho
    • Good hiking pants, hiking boots, sun, hat and sunglasses
    • Camera batteries and extra
    • 2 liters of water
    • Extra money
    • Insect repellent
    • Trekking poles
    • Snacks

    Extras:

    • Bag rental US $ 25.00 for the whole trip
    • Metal poles US $ 15.00 for the whole trip
    • Extra horses to carry your personal equipment US $ 80.00 for 04 days.
    • Supplementary single tent for camping nights US $ 35.00.
    • Vistadome class tourist train (a «first class train, with panoramic windows to enjoy the view of Machu Picchu Valley») is an additional US $ 50.00 per person.

    Hotel in Cusco and other cities in Peru can be booked for the type you prefer (Standard, Economy, First Class, Luxury).

    We have confidential rates for each hotel in Cusco to be able to get a good deal.

    Prices

    Group Tour
    • Transfers In/ Out
    • First breakfast
    • Transportation Cusco – Mollepata.
    • Professional bilingual guide (English – Spanish).
    • Pack horses and muleteer.
    • 04D-04A – 04 S -04C
    • Professional cook
    • Camping Equipment «Triple waterproof tents for each 02 people and personal Matras» – Tents for each person
    • Personal Matras» – Dining Tents and Kitchen
    • Camping Equipment for Guides, Cooks and Porters.
    • 01 night Hotel with private bathroom and hot water in Machupicchu.
    • First Aid Kit
    • Oxygen Balloon.
    • Entrance tickets to Machupicchu
    • Return train tickets (expedition) to Cusco.
    • 01 bus Consettur -Machupicchu Inka City -Aguas Calientes.

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    • Location: Cusco
    • Type: Trekking
    • Group size: 15
    • Difficulty: Moderate
                                   
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    • Type: Trekking
    • Group size: 15
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