Day 1: Cusco - Andenes
We leave from Cusco at 04.00 am in a private transport and start a scenic morning bus-ride to our trek starting point at Soraypampa. Along the four-hour drive, we drive through the town of Limatambo (2100m/6888ft), where the archaeological remains of Tarawasi are located. The road continues up a beaten track along the right shore of the Apurimac River and crosses the town of Mollepata (2800m/9184ft) and the small community of Cruzpata (2750m/9020ft) to finally reach Soraypampa (3800m/12464ft), the starting point of the trek, where we meet our wranglers and horses. After a short introduction and a quick breakfast, we start our hike towards the base of Mt. Salkantay (6271m/20569ft), crossing Salkantaypampa, and then starting a 2 hrs steep ascent to Soyroccocha, just next to the impressive glacier of Salkantay (4200m/13776ft). Continuing uphill, we reach the Abra Huayracmachay (4600m/15088ft), the highest mountain pass in the program . From this point, we start descending towards a more tropical climate and into the so-called cloud forest. A long though easy descent brings us late afternoon to our first campsite at Andenes (3,500m/11480ft).
Day 2 Andenes - Lucmabamba
Today we continue our hike with an easy downhill walk along the Salkantay River, The arid highland landscape begins to transform into a cloud forest filled with trees and bromeliads. After, 5 hours we arrive at the settlement of Chaullay, and after another 45 minutes to the town of Collpapampa. After a rest, we continue our descent to the banks of the Totora River, then passing the bustling small town of La Playa and finally our second camp at Lucmabamba (2,100m/6888ft).
Day 3 Lucmabamba - Aguas Calientes
After breakfast, we start climbing for 2-3 hours up to El Mirador or Abra Q'elloqasa (2860m/9381ft) from where we have an exceptional view of the Lost City of the Incas, A 2-hour descent towards the Aobamba River crossing lush bamboo forests and more orchards and coffee plantations brings us to the hydroelectric plant of MachuPicchu from where we board a train that takes us to Aguas Calientes (short, scenic 40-minutes train ride). Accommodation at the chosen hotel.
Day 4 Aguas Calientes - MachuPicchu - Cusco
We wake up early and board a bus to MachuPicchu where we begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around, climb up the Huaynapicchu Mountain (optional), where one can experience spectacular views of all of MachuPicchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it (please note that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day), or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. n the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. From here we take the train back to the city of Cusco, where we arrive after nightfall.
- Pre-departure briefing
- Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Soraypampa
- Professional tour guide (spanish and english)
- Chef and cooking equipment
- Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 3
- 1 emergency horse
- Meals (03B, 03L, 02D ). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
- First-aid kit
- Train ticket from the Hydroelectric power plant to Aguas Calientes (day 3)
- MachuPicchu entrance fee
- RT Bus ticket Aguas Calientes – MachuPicchu – Aguas Calientes (day 4)
- Backpacker train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
- Transfer train station-hotel
- Accommodation in Aguas Calientes or MachuPicchu
- Dinner on day 3, breakfast, lunch and dinner on the last day
- Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
- IGV Tax
- Other services not mentioned in the program