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Walk up at Salkantay Trail

Salkantay Trekking & Machu Picchu 5 Days

$1,129.00

Trekking to Machu Picchu thought the sacred Mountain of Salkantay

TRIP OVERVIEW

TRIP CODE: STM5D02
TYPE SERVICE: Private Service
TYPE ITINERARY: Fixed
ACTIVITIES: Hiking & Trekking, Cultural & History
DESTINATION: Salkantay , Machu Picchu

Trekking to Machu Picchu thought the sacred Mountain of Salkantay
This fantastic Salkantay trekking runs below the sacred Salkantay Mountain, incredibly beautiful and among the highest in the Andes, moving through the communities of Quechua and unknown Inca ruins, and finally arrives at Aguas Calientes on the afternoon of your trip’s fourth day. Climbing down this cloud forest area we come up to the Pass of Patallacta. Here you get great views of Machu Picchu from a different perspective. Salkantay Trekking is open for everyone and is a popular alternative to the trek of Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This Salkantay Trekking was honorably named one of the 25 Best Treks in the World by the National Geographic Travel Magazine. Don´t hesitate, the trek is of moderate difficulty.

Highlights

  • Exhilarating day hikes and wonderful camping.
  • The Ultimate Hiking Adventure to a Legendary Lost City
  • Trekking to Salkantay Mountain and visit the Machu Picchu citadel.
  • Camp high in the Andean mountains during Salkantay trek.
  • Hike in the footsteps of the Incas and visit incredible Machu Picchu.
  • Explore magnificent Machu Picchu, with an overnight in Aguas Calientes .

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1 – Transport to Marcoccasa, Hike to Soraypampa & Humantay Lagoon

  • Start off by leaving the Hotel in the morning at 05:00AM and travel by our private transport to Mollepata town an amazing 3 hours; our convoy will stop at the town of Mollepata (2,803m/9,196ft) and take a break for about an hour so that people can have breakfast.
  • We can see magnificent views of the chains of snowcapped Vilcabamba, the colorful village of Mollepata and the lush Apurimac River Valley.
  • After 45 minutes we arrive to our trailhead of Salkantay Trek in Marcoccasa (3,600m/11,811ft) where we get to meet our Arrieros “horsemen“; we start the hike around 10:00AM. We start trekking with a slow climb of 250 meters for approximately 2 and a half hour through an immaculate Andean valley landscape before arriving to Soraypampa (3,800m/12,467ft) where we spend the night.
  • Optional: around 2:00PM we take an acclimatization hike on the slopes above campsite to Humantay Lagoon, fed by the hanging glaciers of Mt. Humantay (4,200m/13,780ft), but the views are amazing, and those brave enough can even go for a dip.
  • We return to our campsite for dinner.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner.

Approximate distance: 9 km (5, 60 miles)
Estimated time: 4-5 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,800 m (12,467ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,800 m (12,467ft)

Day 2 – Soraypampa to Collpapampa (Crossing the Salkantay Pass)

  • Our Salkantay trek will begin after breakfast with a moderate climb of about 3.5 hours until we arrive at Abra Huayracmachay (4,638m/15,216ft).
  • We can admire the breathtaking views of the second highest peak of Cusco from this place. We can even see the amazing snowcapped Mountain of Salkantay (6,264m/20,551ft) and the snowcapped mountains of Huayanay and Humantay, small lakes, moraines and white river.
  • You can carry a piece of rock from the bottom and leave it at Abra Salkantay as a present to that place (in the Inca age, walkers used to leave their shoes, jewels and clothes or just a piece of rock as an offering).
  • We resume our walk downhill for 2 hours and then stop to have our lunch at Huayracmachay (3,850m/12,631ft). We start descending from here towards a supposed cloud forest where climate is more tropical.
  • The descent along the Salkantay River is long but easy and we reach our second camp in late afternoon at Collpapampa (2,890m/9,481ft).
  • Here we will camp for the night and have a well-deserved dinner. The camp is near a natural pool of hot spring where we can enjoy and rest the night after a challenging day.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Approximate distance: 18 km (11, 18 miles)
Estimated time: 7-8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,638m (15,216ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,890 m (9,481ft)

Day 3 – Hike from Collpapampa to Lucmabamba (Descending into the Cloud Forest)

  • Breakfast, we will begin our trek this is the third day of the trek and is slightly relaxed than the rest. However, it is full of spectacular views and chances to appreciate the intriguing wildlife that populates this region.
  • You will commence your hike after breakfast alongside the pleasing Santa Teresa River banks. You will be able to look at coffee, banana and avocado plantations on the way and also the local flora.
  • You can appreciate the vegetation change which becomes increasingly lusher and greener.
  • Today, we resume our Salkantay Trek with a simple walk along the banks of the Santa Teresa River. We will be able to see the famous bird known as “Cock of the Rocks”, if we are lucky.
  • You will arrive at your La Playa (2,100m/6,890ft).
  • La Playa is a small town so it is not a remote camp in this camp there are many people; for this reason we move down to find a campsite more quiet and uncrowded at Lucmabamba (2,050m/6,726ft), where you can use the shower and toilet facilities.
  • Enjoy a peaceful evening and a tasty dinner by the cool waters of the river.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Approximate distance: 15 km (9, 32 miles)
Estimated time: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,890 m (9,481ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,050 m (6,726ft)

Day 4 – First view of Machu Picchu, Train to Aguas Calientes

  • After a hearty breakfast, we tackle the last day of our trek. We head uphill for 3 hours towards Llactapata Pass (2,736 m/8976ft), where we come upon a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast, a view few travelers ever get a chance to admire.
  • We can see both, the Mount Salkantay as well as Machu Picchu from here and also rest for a while, the Llactapata Ruins add to the beauty of the location, which have been recently reinstated. We take a short break to explore the Llactapata Ruins.
  • A two hour downward spiral to the River Aobamba through green bamboo forests, coffee plantations and vast orchards leads us to Machu Picchu’s hydroelectric plant (1,870m/6,135ft). Here, we will eat our final lunch with the tour staff that accompanied us on the trip.
  • The entire staff, including the cook, will depart after lunch but we carry on to the town of Aguas Calientes with our reliable guide.
  • After lunch we board a train for one hour and 15 minutes journey to the town of Aguas Calientes (2,000m/6,561ft) where, an exclusive dinner and a comfortable bed await us at the Hotel of Aguas Calientes.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Approximate distance: 8 km (4, 97 miles)
Estimated time: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,736 m (8976ft)

Day 5 – Visit Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

  • Breakfast at the hotel; at 06:00am take first bus to Machu Picchu citadel, you will ride a bus to Machu Picchu archeological site (2,430m/7,972ft) and tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets.
  • Around 07:30am the guided tour begins, your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can then wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered to be the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom.
  • From 10:30am to 12:00pm once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, relax, or meditate.
  • From 12:30pm to 13:30pm take bus to Aguas Calientes.
  • From 13:30pm to 15:00pm take lunch at local restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
  • Return to Cusco: later board the train for the return trip to Cusco. You will stop at the Ollantaytambo Station and then be picked up and driven to your hotel in Cusco.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

PRICES PER PERSON (*)

  • 1 person = US$ 1,852
  • 2 people = US$ 1,129
  • 3 people = US$ 974
  • 4 people = US$ 904
  • 5 to 6 people = US$ 832
  • 7 to 8 people = US$ 756
  • More than 9 people = US$ 725

* Prices are based in sharing one tent 2 people.

Discounts Available
1. Students: US$ 20 (students up to 18 years old require a valid International Student Identity Card (www.isic.org).
2. Children: US$ 20 (Children under 17 years of ages old will need only passport copy to apply discount).

Extra Optional Services

  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain US$ 25 per person.
  • Upgrade train to Vistadome return to Cusco US$ 34 per person.
  • Sleeping bag suitable minus 10 ºC for the whole trek US$ 25.
  • Walking stick with rubber feet (one pair) for the whole trek US$ 25.
  • Single room in the hotel (if you don’t want to share room) US$ 30 per person.
  • Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share tent) US$ 20 per person.

Extra horse to hire (recommended):

  • We bring one emergency horse every 6 people.
  • You can put on the horse (up to 7 kg/15 lbs per person) we provide duffel bags for your personal items and sleeping bag.
  • If you want to ride or carry extra personal luggage (maximum luggage weight of 25 kg / 55 lbs); you can hire an extra horse for US$ 109 (days 1 to 2).

INCLUDED

  • Pre-departure briefing, the night before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transfer in private transportation to Marcoccasa (starting point of the trek).
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 4-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field.
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities.
  • English speaking professional and official tour guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people).
  • Chef and cooking equipment.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 2.
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 2.
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 persons – days 1 to 2.
  • Horsemen – days 1 to 2.
  • Accommodation for all our staff.
  • Meals (3 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinners + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
  • Lunch on the last day is included after visit Machu Picchu.
  • One snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment.
  • Boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards.
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff.
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Train ticket from the Hydroelectric power plant to Aguas Calientes (day 4).
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee (day 5).
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a Tourist Class hotel Double or Triple Room (Being in a Single room costs an extra US$ 30). This will be a clean and safe hotel with breakfast included and private bathroom. You can upgrade Hotel accommodation upon request; please ask your travel agent.
  • Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu site – Aguas Calientes (day 5).
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition service) – we can upgrade to Vistadome service upon request.
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco Hotel.
  • 24 hour support by our local staff.

NOT INCLUDED

  • International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru.
  • Airport departure taxes (Approximate cost US$ 31.00 international flights, and US$ 7.40 for each domestic flight).
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items.
  • Pre & post tour accommodation.
  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • Entrance fee to the Aguas Calientes thermal springs.
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain a new entrance fee applies.
  • Sleeping bag.
HOTELS FOR THIS TREK
Following is that the list of our recommended hotels that we use for this tour package. Our recommendation relies on the standards of our company concerning quality, charm, personalized attention, warmth, fair price, social responsibility, best practices on environmental care, etc, but most importantly, on our past customer reports, in which each hotel is evaluated. Hence, our choice includes those who have obtained a higher client satisfaction so far.
City Tourist
Aguas Calientes

Flower´s House

Hatun Samay

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOTEL CATEGORY

TOURIST

  • In this type of accommodation are the 2-star and 3-star hotels and some guest houses.
  • Appeals to tourists looking for more than basic accommodation.
  • The rooms and bed are simple, comfortable and adequate.
  • Beds are made and rooms are cleaned daily. Clean towels are supplied.
  • Rooms with private bathroom and hot shower.
  • Breakfast is included.
  • Ideal for travelers on a reduced budget.

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