Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
The Salkantay 5 day Inca Trail Trek is an amazing alternative route to Machu Picchu.
The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most complete that the mountain range Vilcabamba has to offer, as well as one of the most beautiful. One passes by the snowy-mountain peak of Salkantay, with camping close to the Andean lakes and a final descent that arrives to a dense tropical jungle. The trek ends in Machupicchu. During the hike one can enjoy the local flora and fauna typical to the Andean jungle zone, that also offers thermal lakes and remote valleys.
In this program, our team is in charge of providing all the necessary facilities and requirements so that one may enjoy the hike with security and pleasure.
Day 1 : Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypamapa
Day 2 : Soraypamapa - Salkantaypampa- Paso Humantay - Challhuay
Day 3 : Challhuay- La Playa - Santa Teresa
Day 4 : La Playa - Llactapata - Aguas Calientes
Day 5 : Aguas calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Full Itinerary: Salkantay Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypamapa.
We pick you up from your hotel and travel by bus to Mollepata Marcoqasa where we begin our hike ,after 3 hours we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay; 4120m/13500ft and Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft) then We will begin our trek to Soraypampa(3hours), our first campsite (3900msnm the highest and coldest campsite of the trip) taking in the beautiful landscape along the way.
Day 2: Soraypamapa - Salkantaypampa- Paso Humantay - Challhuay
We wake up very early and then We will have our breakfast at around 6.00am and begin our walk to the highest pass on this trek (4650m/15200ft) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are fantastic. There is a possibility of snow here.
After a rest, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracqocha , where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach (in 4 hours) our second campsite Challway.
Day 3: Challhuay- La Playa - Santa Teresa
After breakfast, at 6.30am, we start trekking for the day through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of little brooks. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful and amazing views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants. We will have lunch in La Playa (2500msnm). After a rest, we will continous by bus to Santa Teresa campsite.(optionally) you can go to the hot springs and enjoy the well-deserved soothing water, a real treat after finishing the trek!
Day 4: La Playa - Llactapata - Aguas Calientes
We will have breakfast at 6:30am and leave our campsite and head for Llactapata (3 hours of steady climbing) Llactapata is an incredible Inca fort from which we will see Machu Picchu after some photos and rest we will continue walking dowhill (2 more hours) passing a variety of crop plantations, coca, banana etc. until we reach the hydroelectric station. At about 4pm, we will go by train to Aguas Calientes town where we will spend the last night.
Day 5: Aguas calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
We will have breakfast at 5:00 am we are going to take the one of the first busses (05:30) to Machu Picchu (25-minute ride) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising.
A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720mnsm) It takes 50 minutes to get the top (this is an extra walk, please talk to your guide for arrangements to climb this mountain) .
You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and to be given your train tickets back to Cusco. The train usually leaves at 18:03 and we will arrive back in Cusco at about 22:00.
If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes town can be arranged. (Please let us know whether you would like to stay an extra night when booking your tour.)
The sequence of times and camping locations indicated for the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu are subject to modification depending on weather
conditions or unforeseen events.
Best time to do the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
There are two main seasons in the sub-tropical Peruvian Andes – a dry season that runs from late April through to early October, and a wet season that starts mid to late October and draws to a close in April.
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- Professional, bilingual Tour Guide
- Pick up from your hotel
- Train ticket from Hidroelectric to Aguas Calientes
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Bus Ollantaytambo Cusco
- Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
- 1 Bus ticket up to Machu Picchu.
- 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 4 dinners
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- 2-people tents
- Horseman and mules (they carry cooking and camping equipment and up to 06 kilos of tourist's belongings)
- 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
- Extra oxygen
- First Aid kit
- Vegetarian/special diet options available
- First breakfast
- Last Lunch in Aguas Calientes
- Sleeping bag
- Entrance fees to hot spring
- Original passport and Student card
- Insurance card is esential
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun protection cream
- Insect Repellent
- Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended)
- Personal medication
- Camera and films
- Torch with spare batteries
- Walking stick
- Plasters and bandages
- Extra money
- Bathing suit for hot springs in Santa Teresa or/and in Aguas Calientes town.
Activity: Salkantay Trek in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, bound for the lost city of Machu Picchu.
Duration: 4 days of trek + 1 day tour-excursion.
Time of Year: Aprill - November
Departures: Upon request.
Prices and Rates: From $490 U.S.A. Dollars on the basis of double accommodations. Group rates available upon request.
Number minimum of passengers: 2
Location: In the department of Cusco, in the Cordillera Vilcabamba.
PRICING 2017 (Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu)
|Length||Group Service||Private Service|
|Salkantay Trek 5 Days / 3 Nights||$490||$520|
|Salkantay Trek 4 Days / 1 Nights||$450||$490|
|Prices are per person. No single supplement.
Optional hike to Huayna Picchu add $15 per person
Early Train to Cusco add $15 per person. Train departs 6:45PM
$25 off for students with International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
Ask for our special group rates when booking together with 4 or more people.