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Salkantay Treck

The Cordillera Vilcanota is an impressive range of mountains which include the massive Salkantay snowcapped mountain (6,264 meters) and three others over 6000 meters that you will appreciate while on the Salkantay tour. Salkantay is an outstanding snow peak, located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cuzco in south central Peru. It is the highest mountain of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. Because of its proximity to the city, it is easily accessible and is climbed frequently. Join us on this incredible Salkantay Trekking Tour to Machu Picchu. Book early.

Day 01 : CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SAYAPATA – HUMANTAY LAKE - SORAYPAMPA (L)(D)

We will leave Cusco approximately at 5:00a.m. A bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level) where we will arrive approximately at 7:30 in the morning, we will stop for last minute supplies, leg-stretching or to use the restrooms at a local restaurant. We will continue our journey to Sayapata, our trek starting point. We will meet with our support staff, who will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 9:00 a.m., we will begin our hike toward Soraypampa (3850 meters above sea level). During the hike we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. Around 1:00p.m., we will have a Peruvian lunch. After lunch, we will visit Humantay Lake, a marvelous lake in the mountains, (3 hours hike) and we will come back to our campsite where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.

Day 02 : SORAYPAMPA - CHALLWAY (B)(L)(D) 

Today, nature will change drastically from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek. We will start the hike around 7:00 in the morning. We will hike to a place called Pampas Salkantay, then go toward the left side of the snowy peaks of Umantay located next to the Apu Salkantay. At midday, we will be on the highest point (4600 meters above sea level). [salkantay route tour to machu picchu] We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level) which is known as the second highest point of the Cusco region. Around 1:00 p.m., we will have our lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive to our camp in Challway (2920 meters above sea level). Around 7:00p.m., we will recuperate from the trek and eat dinner.

Day 03 : CHALLWAY – PLAYA  SAHUAYACO – SANTA TERESA HOT SPRINGS (B)(L)(D)

Around 7:00a.m., we will start our trek. We will walk for about 6 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco and during this period; we will observe a town called Collpabamba, also called the “Forest Cloudy Brow” where waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks”. Here we will have lunch. At 2:00 p.m. a local bus will take us to Santa Teresa Hot Springs, where you will enjoy and relax at the hot pools. You will have dinner and camping there.

Day 04 : SANTA TERESA- LUCMABAMBA – LLACTAPATA – HYDROELECTRIC - AGUAS CALIENTES (B)(L)(D)

After an early breakfast, we will take a local transportation to Lucmabamba (40 minutes ride) to our start hiking point. Once at the Llactapata entrance, you will start an ascent hike towards the ruins of Llactapata. On the way you will observe coffee plantations, beautiful landscapes as well as diverse flora and fauna. After three hours, you will arrive at Llactapata where you will have an amazing view of Machu Picchu. Here you will have time to rest and enjoy the scenery. A descending trail will take you to the Hydroelectric where you will eat lunch. The last park of the trek, an approximately 2 hours walk, takes us to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, you will be accommodated at the hostel or hotel of your choice (included on this package). You will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant at about 7:00p.m. 

Day 05: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO (B) 

Today, you will start early at around 4:30a.m. and walk up to Machu Picchu. In Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for about two hours and after that you will be free to explore the Citadel and take pictures, if you desire, walk up to the Sun Gate or ascent toward the Huaynapicchu Mountain. At 6:45p.m. (depending on availability), you will be taking a train to Ollantaytambo and from there; a bus will drive you to Cusco.

Tour inclusions:

  • Hotel Night in Aguas Calientes 
  • Weight Allowance: 8 Kilograms per trekker (weights to be carried by horses)
  • Transportation to head of Salkantay trail and to the hot springs. 
  • English/Spanish speaker professional guide
  • Personal pad (double foam)
  • Tents
  • Cook and cooking equipment 
  • Horses (to carry the tents, toilet and cooking equipment)
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu and to Santa Teresa Hot Springs.
  • Guided visit to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus ticket Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes 
  • Expedition train ticket Aguas Calientes/Ollantaytambo (VistaDome Train upgrade may be necessary in busy seasons based on availability)
  • Transfer Ollantaytambo train station to downtown Cusco 
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Vegetarian food available on request with no extra charge.
  • First Aid equipment
  • Complimentary transfer Airport/Hotel upon arrival in Cusco (please specify arrival time and flight number)
  • Personal Travel Advisor assigend for you to customize the rest of your Peru Trip

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