Trekking Salkantay Machu Picchu

(5 days 4 nights)

Description of the Tour and Itinerary

The Salkantay Trek is the number one alternative to the Inca Trail (with the real and old fashioned camping!). With high snow-capped mountains, lowland jungle and a visit to the Inca site of Llactapata the trek offers a perfect mix of trekking, culture and nature.

With fewer people on the route the Salkantay Trek allows you to enjoy the natural beauty of the Andes without any of the distractions and disturbances you find on the Inca Trail

Day 1 : Cusco – Mollepata - Soray Pampa.

Today's trek begins at the small village of Challacancha high above the Rio Blanco Valley. Following a wide, well established track we will gently make our way up the side of the valley covering a distance of about 16km /9.9 miles and climbing 1200m /3937ft. The views throughout the day are fantastic, all around us are verdant green mountains, along the path are a wide variety of native plants and flowers with birds flitting in and out and towards the end of the day we'll see the snow-capped peaks of Humantay and Salkantay (the Savage) looming high above us.

Our campsite for tonight is at Soraypampa (4000m / 12750ft.), the nights can get pretty chilly here so it's a good idea to put on your hat and gloves before you go to sleep.

MEALS: Lunchs, Dinner

Day 2: Crossing the Salkantay Pass – Huayraq – Chaullay.

After waking up early for a warming coca tea there will be time to enjoy a lovely breakfast before embarking on our second day of the Salkantay Trek. This day will be the longest day of trekking, first climbing upwards as we ascend to reach the trek’s highest point (4,638m / 15,213 ft). Surrounded in every direction by snow capped mountain peaks of the Vilcabamba range, we will take in the views of the glacial south face of Mount Salkantay towering above us. After passing the highest peak we will change direction and head downwards through lush green vegetation, descending into the jungle of the Cloud forest.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Chaullay – Playa Sawayaco – Hot Spring – Colcalmayo

Another early start with a morning coca tea that is shortly followed by breakfast. We will begin hiking by descending along the Salkantay river where you can see striking orchids accompanied by colourful butterflies and start to feel the warm air rising from the jungle below. As we continue trekking we will hike through more populated rural areas as well as passing through banana, passion fruit and avocado orchards. We will enjoy a scenic picnic alongside the river followed by visit a tour of a coffee plantation. After reaching the end of our Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu we will enjoy a lunch together before taking a private bus to hot springs at Cocalmayo following which we travel to Playa Sahuayaco.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Playa Sahuayaco – Llaqtapata – Machu Picchu

On day 4 our wake up will be at 6:00 am with another coca tea and breakfast. After we start our hike up to Llaqtapata for aproximatly 3 hours, from there we view part of the Machu Picchu Inca site from a distance. We also take time to explore the fascinating Inca site of Llaqtapata. We then have a 3 hours descent to Hydroelectrico where we have our last yummy lunch of the Salkantay Trek. We keep hiking for 2 hrs more to reach Aguas Calientes Town.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:Machu Picchu - Cusco.

After an early morning breakfast at 5:00 am, we will take the first bus to Machu Picchu, arriving early to the Citadel. We will be among the first visitors, before the other tourists arrive from the classic Inca trail and before tourists arriving by train. Our visit will be without many people and we will get to enjoy the magic and beauty of its buildings and its landscape surrounded by mountains, valleys, rivers, etc. Your tour guide will guide you through the most important places in Macchu Picchu for about 2 hours, then you will have a free time to explore around the Citadel or have the opportunity to climb Huayna Picchu. We will then take the bus to Aguas Calientes to board the train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

MEALS: Breakfast

Departures: According to the availability of spaces.

  • The Trekking to Salkantay includes:
  • Transportation from Cusco to Mollepata Villages, starting point of the Trekking
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 7kg of your personal items.
  • Services of a bilingual tour guide
  • Chef
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 4 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • 3 star hotel for final night
  • First aid kitFirst aid kit
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu.
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • Sleeping bags are available for rent, at about $15 per day

Not included: Sleeping bag, back pack and personal items.

2019 Prices per person in US$DoubleTripleSingle
Private Services Pick up fron your hotel with With Auto Vagon Train$810$785$1345
Group Services with Shared person$415$415$420

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