Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 4 Nights / 5 Days

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"Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu 5 Days

The Salkantay trek beneath the magnificent Salkantay Mountain one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes. The impressive Salkantay and Humantay dominates your first two days, as you pass through the high puna landscape. On the third day, you descend to the warm cloud forest, to reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day.

The impressive magic Inca city of Machu Picchu visited on the last day of the program. This tour is an interesting alternative for those not having found spaces on the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The Salkantay Trek was recently named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.

DETAILED ITINERARY;

Day 1: Cuzco - Soraypampa

This day we pick you up from your hotel at 4:00am between 4:30am and drive by bus to Mollepata. Our hike begins in Challa Cancha toward Soraypampa takes for about five hours to Soraypampa, where we will have lunch enjoying panoramic views of the beautiful snow-capped mountains of Humantay (4120m)-(13500 ft) and Salkantay (6,271 m) / (20,575ft). Soraypampa our first campsite at (4000m)/(12,750 ft). This is the highest and coldest campsite of the whole trip!

(Meals: L, D.)

Day 2: Soraypampa - Chawllay

We have breakfast at around 5:30am and begin our hike to the highest pass on this trek at (4,650m)/(15,200ft), located halfway between two huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From this pass, the view of the two snow-capped mountains is incredible! There is a possibility of snow here. After a rest, we will continue our walk downhill through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunco, also known as Huayracmachay, where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch for about 4 hours towards the jungle until we reach our second campsite Chaullay; at (2,900m)/(9,500ft).

(Meals: B, L, D.)

Day 3: Chawllay - Santa Teresa(Hotsprings)

After breakfast (at 6:30am), we start trekking through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a series of small brooks and creeks. We shall pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants. We will arrive to our campsite where we will spend the night. The climate is warm in La Playa which is at(2,500m)/(8,202ft). After a rest, we will go to the hot springs (optional) and enjoy a well-deserved soak in the soothing waters. A real treat after finishing the trek!

(Meals : B, L, D.)

Day 4: Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes town

We will have breakfast at 6:30am and then head towards Llactapata, a three hour steady climb. Llactapata is an incredible Incan fortress, from which you can see Machu Picchu! After some photos and rest, we will continue on a two-hour downhill hike passing a variety of plantations that produce Coca leaf plants, bananas, and more until we reach the hydroelectric dam for lunch. Then, we will walk a couple of hours until reaching Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu town, where we will spend the night at the hotel.

( Meals: B, L, D.)

Day 5: Explore the ancient city of Machu Picchu

You will have breakfast very ea and then your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel (approximately 5:00am). You will take the bus up to majestic Machu Picchu; to catch the sunrise and begin your walking tour (2 hours) with your guide. After this, you will have time to explore the mysterious city by yourselves. You will meet with your tour guide in Aguas Calientes town (by bus or on foot) to have lunch and be given your train tickets back to Cusco. Please, leave enough time so you can catch your train. It is a 25 minute bus ride from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes and all buses leave when they are full. You are required to be at the train station in Aguas Calientes, 30 minutes before train departure. In Ollantaytambo, you will have a bus waiting to return to Cusco arriving at 22:45 hrs.

(Meals: B.)

INCLUSIONS:

  • Pre briefing about the salkantay trek
  • Professional English speaking tour Guide during the 5 days
  • Private ground transportation to the trailhead
  • 01 night accommodation at Aguas Calientes town
  • 03 nights camping on Salkantay trek
  • Round trip bus ticket: from town Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket way back: Aguas Calientes town to Ollantaytambo
  • Ground transportation: Ollantaytambo - Cusco
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners and snack
  • Camping gear, tent, mats, masterchef and assistant chef
  • Horsemen and mules (to carry camping gear and your extra 5 kg of your personal belongings)
  • Oxygen bottle, First Aid kit

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Ticket $. 20
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented in our office)
  • Walking stick (can be rented in our office)
  • Entrance ticket to the hot springs ($5)
  • First breakfast and last lunch, dinner at Aguas Calientes town
  • Gratitude for your crew (cooks, horsemen, guides, etc) 

Available online booking  with Machu PicchuPicchu USA Tour Operator In Cuzco, Peru 

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Reviewed by Damian Hart   March 07, 2017
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I've been on many tours and I can honestly recommend this one to anyone. There were stages that was a bit tough as I'm not as young as I was but it was an experience I am happy I did not miss. The guides were brilliant from start to finish. Without their help, encouragement and general good nature I'm not sure the tour would have been as good. I will never forget this tour and have the amazing pictures to help remind me.
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Reviewed by ANNA LEE   February 11, 2017
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The trek to Machu picchu was such an extraordinary experience which I definitely recommended! We are a family of four, my husband, my two teenager girls and I. For us , the trek was exactly the special adventure which we were looking for. It was a great chance for me and my husband to experience such a romantic days after so many years of marriage, and also a life training lesson for my girls. The first day, we couldn't get too far because of the altitude sickness. We camped there and had rest for most of the day. The night was so beautiful. The second day, we all got better, and we made it to the mountain peak. This was honestly the highlight of the trip for me. I felt on top of the world. On the third day, we camped at a farm with interesting bathrooms and other hikers. On the forth day, we hiked through a coffee farm. During the whole trekking, our tour guide was being so considerate and took care of us very well. I would like to thank you. We are lucky to have you as our tour guide during the meaning trip.
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Reviewed by Barrie US   April 20, 2017
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HelloThis tour sounds awesome we recently trained to complete the Boston Marathon so our fitness levels are high if we wanted to complete the trek to the peak sooner is that possible,
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Reviewed by Efren   May 25, 2017

Hello Barrie, Thank you for your positive opinion, Salkantay trek in an awesome trek we could arrange in Cuzco, Peru. If you are planning to go for your next Vacation we are so glad to organize and take you on the mountain at 15000ft we will be in touch if you need any other suggestion. Properly season to it from March to Dec. 

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