Our classic Salkantay Trek is an alternative to the traditional Inca Trail. This sacred path is a one of a kind experience for adventure travelers looking for a little more privacy and authenticity. With many spectacular views, the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu offers a chance for quiet and lovely contemplation of nature.
The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, was recently named among the 25 best Treks in the World by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.
4:30 am We will pick you up from your hotel and take a tourist bus to Mollepata, an Andean village, where a nice and hot local breakfast is waiting for us. At 9:00 a.m. we will begin our journey with a hike up to Tres Cruces. We will have our lunch with a spectacular view of the Limatambo Valley, and then continue our trek to Markokasa.
From this point we will be able to see the Salkantay Mountain and at around 4:30 p.m. we will arrive at Soraypampa, which is at 3500 meters (20.671 feet). We will set up our first campsite at 4000m (12750ft), the highest and coldest camp site of the trip, where we can take in the beautiful landscape.
We will have a hot breakfast at around 5:30am and begin our walk to the highest pass on this trek (4650m/15200ft) located between two huge 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 of the snowcapped mountains are incredible. There will also be a possibility of snow here. At this point we will have a small ceremony.
This ceremony is known as Payment to the Earth or Pachamama (Jaywarikuy), in which we leave a few coca leaves in the rocks for Mother Earth asking permission to continue and have an amazing and memorable trip.
We will continue our walk downhill through a beautiful cloud forest and we will arrive in Huayracpunku, where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch in the direction of the jungle until we reach our second campsite, Colcapampa (3000m/9800ft). Another possible campsite would be in Challway. Following the course of the Salkantay River, at this point we will have the opportunity to see the beautiful Andean scenery in the same place we set up camp. (2900 m aprox.).
On day three, we will pass through valleys and enjoy wonderful views. After breakfast, at 6.30am, we start trekking through the upper part of the jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of small brooks. The path is more firm here and you will be able to enjoy the warm climate. We will have lunch en route. After lunch a vehicle we'll take us to the Hydroelectric of Santa Teresa, where we’ll have time to rest and enjoy the rest of our day, surrounded by colorful flowers and beautiful waterfalls, until our arrival in Machu Picchu Village or Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, you will be brought to your hotel which is included in this tour. We will also enjoy dinner at a tourist restaurant.
We will pass through valleys and have wonderful views After breakfast, at 6.30am, we start trekking for the day through the upperjungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of little brooks. The way is more stable with a warm climate, Lunch on the way "la Playa", after luch a transport we'll take us to the Hydroelectric of Santa Teresa, resting time and ready for enjoy our day with colorful flowers and beauty waterfalls, until arrive in Machupicchu Village or Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, you will be accommodated at the hotel (included on this package).
Night a nice dinner for Us is included in a touristic restaurant.
Optional evening visit to the Hot Springs with entrance fees US$4.
We will have breakfast and then take the bus (6am) up to Machu Picchu. A walking tour of approximately 2 hours will be given by your guide and afterwards you can explore the mysterious city at your leisure. At 10 am there will be time to climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft)! It takes about 45 minutes to reach the top and it is an optional part of your tour. We will take the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo with the Expedition Service to Ollantaytambo and bus back to Cusco. We'll be in Cusco at approximately 22:30pm
Optional: Huayna Picchu Sacred Mountain: There is a limit of 400 spaces per day, so we highly recommend that you book well in advance, if you still have some energy to climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8923ft)! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top, the entrance fee is at extra cost US$ 15.00 and you might need to skip the Machu Picchu tour to be able to have time to climb this mountain.
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