Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 5D - Salkantay trek tour 5D

( 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS )

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Our 5-day "Salkantay and Machu Picchu" program combines the best of culture and nature. This hike will allow you to admire the mythical Salkantay Mountain and the famous Humantay Lagoon, ending this experience with a visit to the lost city of the Incas "Machu Picchu".

DAY 1: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - CHALLACANCHA - SORAYPAMPA (HUMANTAY LAGOON)

We start the day by picking you up from your hotel at 05:00 A.M. We will travel in our bus for approximately 4 hours, crossing the towns of Anta and Mollepata, ending in "Challacancha". After the first two hours of travel, we will stop at "Mollepata", where we can use the sanitary facilities and enjoy a short breakfast. After breakfast we will continue to "Challacancha", which will be the starting point for our walk. We will meet our support staff, who will organize all the equipment and cargo mules; then we will start the trekking to "Soraypampa", located at 3850 meters above sea level. The walk will last approximately 3 hours; we will travel a distance of 7 km (4.35 miles). Upon arrival in Soraypampa we will have our lunch at the base camp. After lunch and a short break, we will walk to the Humantay Lagoon, located at 4200 m.a.s.l. After the experience we will return to our camp located in "Soraypampa".

Weather: cold
Transport time: 4 hours - Hiking
Time: 6 hours

DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA - PASO SALKANTAY - WAYRACPUNKU - CHAULLAY

We will wake up early with the first light of day. At 05:30 in the morning, we will have our breakfast and then we will start the trekking to the highest point of the trail: "El paso Salkantay", which is located at 4650 m.a.s.l. The distance is 7 km (4.34 miles). The road is in ascent, it will last approximately 3 hours between the base of the rocky valley and the magnificent "Salkantay Mountain", which is located at 6271 m.a.s.l. After a short rest we will continue the 5 km (3.1 miles) trek downhill to Huayracmachay, where we will have lunch. After lunch and a brief rest, we will enter the upper part of the Amazon rainforest, which is also called "cloud forest". This is a 10 km (6.2 miles) hike, which will last approximately 3 hours; the road is wide and goes through the thick tropical forest. Our trek will end in the village of "Chaullay" located at 2900 meters above sea level. Our camp will be in the middle of the jungle, as we get closer and closer to Machu Picchu.

Weather: warm with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 8-9 hours

DAY 3: CHAULLAY COLLPAPAMPA - LA PLAYA - LUCMABAMBA

We will have breakfast early; at 06:00 in the morning we will begin our walk to the small town of "La Playa". Our walk will be through the Santa Teresa Valley; on the way we will see a town called "Colpapampa", also known as the "front of the cloud forest", where you can see waterfalls, birds, hot springs, fruit trees and abundant flora and fauna. Upon arrival at "La Playa", we will enjoy our lunch; after lunch and a rest, we will take a walk of approximately 1 hour to our base camp called "Lucmabamba", located at 2400 meters above sea level.

Climate: warm during the day with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 6 hours

DAY 4: LUCMABAMBA LLACTAPATA - HIDROELECTRICA - AGUAS CALIENTES

After breakfast we will begin the trek; after a 2 hour climb with incredible views of the Santa Teresa valley, we will arrive at the Inca complex known as "Llactapata" located just in front of Machu Picchu. After visiting the archaeological remains of "Llactapata", we will continue our 2-hour walk downhill. In this part of the road, we arrive at the "Hidroeléctrica" ​​train station where we will have lunch. After lunch, we will arrive at Intiwatana, a famous ancient rock used as a sundial in Inca times. After passing this interesting Inca site, we will reach the train tracks, which lead to the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town); upon arrival we can settle in the hotel and rest or visit the thermal waters. Hotel night in Aguas Calientes.

Climate: warm with some insects
Hiking time: 6 hours

DAY 5: THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY - MACHU PICCHU!

On this day we will receive our reward after the whole walk, we will visit one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World - The citadel of Machu Picchu. We will get up early to climb to the top of Machu Picchu. We will walk to the top of the mountain (if you wish you also have the option to get on the bus, the price of the ticket is: $ 12.00). Upon arrival at the citadel we will have a guided tour of 2 hours, our guide will accompany you to visit temples, terraces, palaces, houses of priests, the sundial, the industrial sector and the fields of cultivation. After this tour, if you have booked in advance, you can climb the mountain Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (be sure to book in advance to get tickets for these two sites). Another option that requires less effort and for which you do not need an additional ticket is to walk to Puerta del Sol or "Inti Punku", the main entrance from the Inca Trail (the walk to this place takes around 2 or 2 and a half hours - round trip). After the visit we will return to Aguas Calientes, where we will have time to have lunch. In the afternoon we will board the return train to the Ollantaytambo station, where our staff will be waiting for you to take you to Cusco.

Included:

  • Briefing: You will have an informative talk about the tour at 6 o'clock in the afternoon one day before your departure
  • Transportation: Pick up will be from your hotel in the morning and we will take you in our mobility to Challacancha, the starting point of the walk.
  • Igloo and cabins: two people in each Igloo or Hut; both have capacity for 4 people, allowing greater and better comfort. (Depending on availability)
  • Mattress per person: 2 and a half inches.
  • Tents: kitchen tent, dining room with tables and chairs.
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • One night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes (Basic Accommodation) Day 4
  • Personal accommodation in private campsites
  • Cook and kitchen assistant
  • Horses: our horses and mules can transport a maximum of 7 kilos of cargo, from day 1 to 2.
  • Snack: days 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Medical kit: our team will carry a first aid kit, which includes an emergency oxygen bottle
  • Entrance ticket to the citadel of Machu Picchu
  • Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Transfer: from the train station (Ollantaytambo) to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Boiled water every morning: (1 liter per person)

No Included:

  • Day 1: Breakfast
  • Day 5: lunch and dinner
  • Sleeping bag. If you want we can rent you one
  • Canes
  • Train: Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes (USD $ 35)
  • Entrance to Wayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu mountain (USD $ 20)
  • Bus tickets: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu (USD $ 12 – only one way)
  • Additional night in Aguas Calientes - Day 5.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Backpack, sleeping bag, clothes for warm and cold weather such as waterproof jacket, fleece, pants and trekking shoes, poles, rain poncho, hat, scarf, sunscreen, insect repellent and alcoholic disinfectant gel.
  • Water bottle and disinfectant tablet.
  • Photographic camera (preferably wrapped in plastic bag), flashlight and batteries.
  • Small snack as bar of chocolates and dried fruits.
  • Original passport, student "ISIC" card (if you reserved with this document) and extra money in soles.

DAY 1: CUSCO | MOLLEPATA - CHALLACANCHA - SORAYPAMPA (HUMANTAY LAGOON)

Pick up will be at 05:00 A.M. From your hotel in Cusco, we will travel in our mobility for approximately 4 hours, crossing the towns of Anta and Mollepata to end our trip in "Challacancha". After the first two hours of traveling by car, we will stop at "Mollepata", where we can have a light breakfast and use the sanitary facilities. We will continue our trip to Challacancha, which will be the starting point for our walk. Upon arrival we will meet our support staff, who will organize all the equipment and cargo mules; then we will begin the trek to "Soraypampa", located at 3850 meters above sea level. This day we will travel 7 km (4.35 miles) which will take us about 3 hours. When we get to Soraypampa we will have our lunch. After lunch and a short break, we will walk to the "Humantay Lake" located at 4200 meters above sea level. After this unforgettable experience we will return to our camp, where we will have dinner and rest.

Weather: Cold
Transport time: 4 hours

DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA - SALKANTAY PASS- WAYRACPUNKU - CHAULLAY

We will wake up early to have breakfast at approximately 05:30 A.M. After breakfast we will begin the trekking to the highest point of the road: the "Paso Salkantay" which is located at 4650 meters above sea level. We will travel a distance of 7 km (4.34 miles) between the base of the rocky valley and the magnificent Salkantay Mountain, located at 6271 m.a.s.l. The walk will last approximately 3 hours. After resting and appreciating the place, we will continue our trip, this time we will travel 5 km (3.1 miles) downhill to Huayracmachay, where we can have lunch. In the afternoon after having lunch and having a short break we will continue our trip to the upper part of the Amazon rainforest, which is also called "cloudy forest". This is a walk of 10 km (6.2 miles) that will last approximately 3 hours. The trail is wide and is in the thick tropical forest. At the end of this walk, we arrive at "Chaullay" located at 2900 meters above sea level. In this place we will install our camp, while we get closer and closer to the citadel of Machu Picchu

Weather: warm
Walking time 8-9 hours.

DAY 3: CHAULLAY - COLLPAPAMPA - LA PLAYA - LUCMABAMBA

We will get up early for breakfast; at approximately 06:00 A.M. we will begin our walk to the small town of "La Playa" through the Santa Teresa Valley. We will see a town called "Colpapampa", also known as the "front of the cloud forest", where you can see waterfalls, birds, hot springs, fruit trees, flora and fauna. We will enjoy our lunch at "La Playa", and then continue the hike of approximately 1 hour to our base camp called "Lucmabamba" (2400 masl).

ClimateWarm during the day.
Walking time 8-9 hours.

Note:

According to the group’s wishes it is possible to change the itinerary a bit and visit the hot springs in Santa Teresa (1830m / 6004f) this day.

DAY 4: LUCMABAMBA - LLACTAPATA - HIDROELECTRICA - AGUAS CALIENTES

On this day we will start our walk early, so we should have breakfast as soon as possible. We will go up for approximately 2 hours touring the Santa Teresa Valley, until we reach the Inca complex of "Llactapata", located just in front of Machu Picchu. After visiting "Llactapata", we will continue our trip walking 2 hours approximately downhill. On this part of the road, we arrive at the Hidroelectrica train station for lunch. After lunch, we will arrive at "Intiwatana", a famous ancient rock used as a sundial in the Inca times. After passing through this interesting Inca site, we will arrive at the train station that leads to the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town). Here you have two options: 1) If you are exhausted, you can take the train to Aguas Calientes ($ 31.00 extra). 2) If you are still anxious to walk, you can walk from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes for approximately 3 hours along the train track. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes you can settle in the hotel and rest or visit the hot springs
Weather: warm
Walking time: 6 hours.

DAY 5: THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY - MACHU PICCHU

This day will be the most special; our reward of 4 days of walking will be the visit to one of the New 7 Wonders of the World: "Machu Picchu". We will get up as early as possible to see the sunrise at the top of the mountain, (the entrance control point of Machu Picchu is open from 06:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.). This day we will walk from Aguas Calientes to the top of Machu Picchu, (you also have the option of taking a bus for $ 12.00). Upon reaching the top we will have a 2 hour guided tour through this incredible Inca city, visiting temples, terraces, palaces, priests´ houses, the sundial, the industrial sector and the fields. After the guided tour, if you book in advance the ticket to Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you can go up to complete an unforgettable experience, because from the top of any of these mountains you get a spectacular view of the Inca city (be sure to reserve in advance). Another option of less difficulty and for which you do not need an additional ticket is to walk to Puerta del Sol, the main entrance from the Inca Trail (this takes around 2 or 2 and a half hours round trip). After the visit we will return to Aguas Calientes, where you will have time to have lunch. In the afternoon we will board the return train to the Ollantaytambo station, where our staff will be waiting for you to take you to the city of Cusco

Walking time: 2 hours.

Included

  • Briefing: You will have an informative talk about the tour at 6 o'clock in the afternoon one day before your departure
  • Transportation: Pick up will be from your hotel in the morning and we will take you in our mobility to Challacancha, the starting point of the walk.
  • Igloo and cabins: two people in each Igloo or Hut; both have capacity for 4 people, allowing greater and better comfort. (Depending on availability)
  • Mattress per person: 2 and a half inches.
  • Tents: kitchen tent, dining room with tables and chairs.
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • One night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes (Basic Accommodation) Day 4
  • Personal accommodation in private campsites
  • Cook and kitchen assistant
  • Horses: our horses and mules can transport a maximum of 7 kilos of cargo, from day 1 to 2.
  • Snack: days 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Medical kit: our team will carry a first aid kit, which includes an emergency oxygen bottle
  • Entrance ticket to the citadel of Machu Picchu
  • Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Transfer: from the train station (Ollantaytambo) to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Boiled water every morning: (1 liter per person)

No Included:

  • Day 1: Breakfast
  • Day 5: lunch and dinner
  • Sleeping bag. If you want we can rent you one
  • Canes
  • Train: Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes (USD $ 35)
  • Entrance to Wayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu mountain (USD $ 20)
  • Bus tickets: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu (USD $ 12 – only one way)
  • Additional night in Aguas Calientes - Day 5.

What do I need to bring?

  • Backpack with rain coat, sleeping bag, warm and cold weather clothing like a waterproof jacket, rain pants, light pants.
  • Trekking shoes. Slippers or sandals (for showers and thermal baths).
  • Wool or synthetic socks a sweater
  • T-shirts with short and long sleeves.
  • Rain poncho and a hat. Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, alcoholic disinfectant gel, water bottle and sterilization tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), flashlight and batteries.
  • Some snacks such as chocolate bar and dried fruit.
  • Original passport, ISIC student card (If you booked the tour with this document) and extra money in soles.
  • Because the weather can be very cold and humid, your clothes, once wet, will not dry out at night. So bring some clothes to change.

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