Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek – 5 days

Description

The 5-day Salkantay Trek, is the favorite alternate route to the Inca Trail. It allows you a real adventure trek through some of the most stunning Andean sceneries, eventually reaching magical and mystical Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, declared by UNESCO as a Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity site. It requires having good physical preparation and we highly recommend arrival in Cusco at least 2 days before starting your trek to be well-acclimatized to the high altitudes of the Andes.
We have departures every day in our Group Service.
This will be an unforgettable trip-of-a-lifetime of high altitude trekking with our Cusco Eco Tour Team!

 

Intinerary

Cusco –  Mollepata –  Soraypampa.
We will pick you up at your hotel at 5:00AM. Our guide will travel with you by bus to Mollepata, where you’ll stop for breakfast (breakfast is optional/not included), then continue on by bus until we reach Challacancha. Here our group will connect with the local horsemen, to load the camping equipment onto the horses. Here the adventure begins with the magnificent view of the beautiful valley until we reach Soraypampa. 3859m/12,631ft elevation.
After lunch, our guide will help us organize ourselves for the ascent towards the Humantay Lake. It is a 2-hour walk roundtrip. After a little rest and time to enjoy this stunningly turquoise jewel of a lake, we will return to the base camp in the area of Soraypampa.

Summary Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa
Difficulty: Moderate
Included Meals: lunch and dinner

Soraypampa –  Salkantay Pass – Chaullay.
On this day the trek will require more physical effort, as it will ascend to the Salkantay pass (located at 4600m /15,092ft). From the pass you will savor the phenomenally majestic beauty of one of the highest snow-peaks in Peru. We will then descend to our campsite for the night in Chaullay.  

Summary of Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Chaullay
Difficulty: Challenging.
Included Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Chaullay – Sawayacu – Santa Teresa.
Today we will continue our tour, descending into the High Jungle/Cloud Forest. The flora becomes green and abundant and you can see orchids, bromeliads, coffee plantations and cocoa.
Our campsite will be in Santa Teresa (2000m/6561ft).
Here we’ll have a relaxing afternoon in the hot springs of Cocalmayo.

Summary of Day 3: Chaullay – Sawayacu – Santa Teresa
Difficulty: Easy.
Included Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Santa Teresa – Hidroeléctrica –  Aguas Calientes.
On this last day of trekking, after 6 hours, we will reach the town of Aguas Calientes. There you can check in to your hotel, have a nice, hot shower and rest up for tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu.
There is also the option to brave it on the Zipline! (US$50 per ride).
There is also the option to take the train from Hydroelectrica to Aguas Calientes if you’d prefer it to making the final trek. The cost of the train is of US$38.

Summary of Day 4: Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes
Difficulty: Moderate.
Included Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Machu Picchu and Return to Cusco
Breakfast is included in your hotel dining area, and we’ll make an early start to get back up to the ruins at Machu Picchu. Our bus will take the zigzag route for 25 minutes up the mountain to the entry point for the ruins. You will then have a 2½-hour guided tour through the citadel, explaining the purposes of the various buildings and sectors. If you have made a reservation and bought a permit to climb one of the two mountains within Machu Picchu, you will then have time to make those climbs. From above you can take in this most extraordinary view mystical and mysterious Machu Picchu.
After your visit, you will take the bus back down to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you can stop in a café for lunch before boarding your train back to Ollantaytambo. Our private transportation will then take you on the 90-minute ride back to Cusco. Trains run between 2:30pm and 7:00pm. The schedule will depend upon whether you opt to climb the mountains of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu and of the availability of the train. We will confirm the train schedule with you 30 days before the start of your trek.

Summary of Day 5: Machu Picchu and Return to Cusco
Difficulty: Easy
Included Meals: breakfast

Details

Includes

Transportation by bus to Mollepata.
Bilingual guide service: English and Spanish.
Meals as indicated in itinerary.
Tent (for two/sharing).
Sleeping mat.
Transport of 5kg of your personal belongings (by horseback).
1 night in a 3-star hotel (double/sharing) in the town for Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes).
Entrance tickets into Machu Picchu.
Roundtrip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
First aid kit.
Return transportation to Cusco.

Not included

Additional pack horse in case you have lots of personal belongings.
Sleeping bag (we offer them for rent).
Breakfast on the 1st day.
Lunch and dinner on the 5th day.
Tips.
Entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain.
Optional entrance ticket into the hot springs of Aguas Calientes
Travel insurance and related expenses.

What to Bring?

  • Your original passport, imperative for entry into Machu Picchu.
  • Sleeping bag (we offer these for rent).
  • Hiking boots.
  • Swimwear.
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, caps or hats, insect repellent.
  • Warm clothes.
  • Your favorite snacks.

Important information

To climb Huayna Picchu Mountain:

You must request this permit at the same time as your reservation for the Inca Trail. Huayna Picchu is the mountain within the Citadel of Machu Picchu – the one in all the classic photos. It is quite popular and it is also extraordinary to be able to climb it, requiring moderate physical effort, though it is very steep. From the top you will have an incredible view. It takes about 2 hours roundtrip. Permits are limited and sell out quickly.
          Additional cost: US$17.00.

To climb Machu Picchu Mountain:

From the top you have an extraordinary view of the surrounding area. This climb is quite challenging and takes 4 hours roundtrip. Permits are limited.
          Additional cost: US$17.00

Cancellation Policy:

Within 15 days of the start date of the tour, the cancellation penalty is 100% of your deposit.
Within 14 days of the start date of the tour, the cancellation penalty is 100% of the total cost of the tour.

To Make Your Reservation:

Make your reservation by making a deposit of US$200 per person by clicking on the “Book Now!” button.
The balance will need to be paid 31 days prior to the start of your trek. We will send you a reminder by email that the payment is due.
After making your deposit, please be sure to fill in our reservation form.
On our webpage, you can make your deposit with Visa, Mastercard or American Express or Diners Club card. You may want to notify your bank before initiating the deposit, as out-of-country expenditures sometimes trigger a block on your card, requiring a call to confirm that you initiated the transaction.
You can also send your deposit via PayPal.
The balance will need to be paid 31 days prior to the start of your trek. We will send you a reminder by email that the payment is due.
We will respond within 24 hours to confirm your reservation and trek date and your.


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