THE SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

* Daily Departures

Explore the trail To Machu Picchu , by passing through the impressive Salkantay mountain, surrounded by deep valleys and breathtaking views. You can enjoy the beautiful Andes, habit to many animals (alpacas and condors), orchids and so many different types of fruit trees.
This is the best alternative route to Machu Picchu in case the Inca Trail is booked out.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SAYLLAPATA - SORAYPAMPA

Very early we will leave Cusco (by Van), passing through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo and after 3 hours of journey we reach Mollepata (3850 masl). We began our long and very beautiful hike up the área known as Sayllapata 3400 m, where will have lunch. From there we walk through wonderful landscapes until we reach the Humantay lake. Then we head to our first night camping, situated in Soraypampa (3900 masl). The first day has lots of impressive landscapes of Green mountains, a large variety of native plants and amazing snow-capped peaks.

Included lunch and dinner.

Day 2: SORAYPAMPA - PASO SALKANTAY - HUAYRAC - CHAULLAY

After breakfast, we will start the hike going up to the Salkantay pass. On day 2 we cross the Salcantay Pampas and then we get to the highest point of the pass, which includes the Umantay Glacier, located over 4,650m. Here the landscape is rocky and icy and the views indescribable. After a rest we will continue downhill for about 2 hours until reaching Huayrac, where we will have a well-deserved rest and lunch. We will then have dinner and camp overnight in the área of Chaullay.

Included breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3: CHAULLAY - LA PLAYA - SANTA TERESA

After Breakfast we will start what is an unforgettable day, characterized by a completely nature change. We will explore snow covered mountains and see a large variety of flora and fauna. Later we will pass an Andean Community before making our descend toward humid climate, a complete contrast to the last days. We follow the Santa Teresa river and there is a micro climate which is conducive to produces lots of orchids, according to experts the most beautiful in the world. We will arrive to La Playa and from there we go by van to our camping site located in Santa Teresa. There passengers who have already coordinated a visit to the thermal baths may go.

Included breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4: SANTA TERESA - LLAQTAPATA - HYDRO ELECTRIC - AGUAS CALIENTES

After breakfast we head to the archaeological ruins of Llactapata, which was an important rest stop on the journey to Machu Picchu. Here we are provided with a view of the Machu Picchu mountain and other surronding peaks. We will enjoy time to relax and later descend for approximately two hours to reach Hydroelectric plant (1870 m). After lunch we take the train to Aguas Calientes (approx 2000m), here there is also the opportunity of going to the thermal baths located 1.2km from the town. Here we spend the night in a hotel.

Included breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

Early in the morning the guide will pick you up from the hotel in order to go by bus to one of the seven wonders of the new world :Machupicchu. We will spend approximately two hours exploring Machu Picchu while our guide explains to us all of the different parts constituting the “Lost City of the Incas”. We also have free time to explore the ruins by yourself, possibility to walk the final part of the Inca Trail or climb the Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu mountains. From ther we will take a bus to Aguas Calientes and in the afternoon we'll go by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and from there we´ll take a van to Cusco.

Included breakfast.

included

  • All Transfers
  • English speaking professional guide
  • All Meals(Doesn´t includes the 1st breakfast or last lunch).
  • First aid kit
  • Full camping equipment – tent kitchen, bedroom, Matt, tent.
  • Horses to Carry the camping gear and food.
  • 01 night in basic Hostel in Aguas Calientes.
  • 03 Camping nights
  • Speaking English Guide.
  • Bus up and down Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes.
  • Train ticket Aguas Calientes/Cusco.
  • Entrance Fees to Machupicchu.

Not included
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tips
  • Extra drinks during the trail and the meals
  • Entrance fee to thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (S/. 15.00)
  • Lunch on the last day: after the guided tour at Machupicchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either in Machupicchu or in Aguas Calientes
  • Optional train from Hidroelectrica to Machupicchu town (Aguas Calientes)
  • Entrance a Wayna Picchu

We recommended to bring
  • Sleeping Bag (If you don’t have, please, see our camping equipment Web)
  • Water bottle for the first day until lunch time
  • Purification tablets for the water (Micropur)
  • Extra money for the hotel in Aguas Calientes the 4th night
  • Original Passport in hermetic plastic bag, it can get wet
  • Mosquito Reppelant
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight
  • Tablets for altitude sickness (Easily bought in the drugstores in Cusco)
  • Heavy Clothes (Hat, Scarf, Wind Breaker, Poncho, Gloves)
  • Hiking Boots
  • 6 pairs of socks (Feet can get wet, is really important to have dry and warm socks)
  • In the rainy season it is important to have your personal things in plastic bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal Things
  • Snacks
  • Camera + Film

Note
  • In Case Of Passenger Students (With ISIC Card) Has A Discount Of USD $20.00
  • Prices Subject To Increases (Peru Rail, Inc)
  • If You Want To Give Hotel Of Your Choice Can Be Deducted The Amount Of $10.00.
  • Horse Load (Ask for more information)
  • Horse To Ride (Ask for more information)

PRICES

Prices in American Dollars per person.

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