This adventure will leave you wanting more!
Minimum Age: 14 Year(s)
Salkantay Trek 5 is the famous trekking in Peru tour with about 6261 meters above sea level. It listed among the 24 best Treks in the World. It is a tour open to everybody, with no limitation on spaces or privileges. Combining the city of Mollepata town, Cusco with Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trek is an old and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where lush snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests. Our classic Salkantay tour is a custom-designed alternative to the traditional Inca Trail.
Off the hidden path, this is a cutting edge experience for adventure travelers looking for a little more privacy and authenticity. With more magnificent views, the Salkantay to Machu Picchu offers the solitude and quiet contemplation such a sacred path deserves.
Day 1- Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa
Leaving Cusco early in the morning, we take a spectacular drive of approximately 6 hours to the small village of Marco case, located high above the Apurimac River. Here, we meet up with the mules, horses, and carriers that will carry our gear during the trek.
We begin our gentle hike into the green river valley of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, hiking regularly upwards to the high plateau. Along the way, we get our first incredible view of Humanity (5917 m). As we approach our campsite at Soraypampa, the enormous Salcantay peak (6270m and the highest in the Vilcabamba range) dominates our skyline. Morning, snack. Salkantay to Machupicchu, Adventure Peru.
Day 2 - Soraypampa – Challhuay
Following a series of switchbacks (Siete Culebras), our path leads up the side of a mountain and levels out beneath the shadows of the grandiose Mount Salcantay. With Salcantay looming above, we come to a summit marked by small piles of stones, or Apache as left by locals and travelers to honor the mountain gods. From this high pass (4750m.) flanked by Salcantay and Humanity, we make our way towards the valley below to camp for the night at Chaullay.
Day 3 - Callaway – Santa Teresa
Our trail leads us down to the eastern slope of the Andes into a sub-tropical valley, where the temperature is warmer, and we see a variety of orchids, flowers, and hummingbirds. After downhill walking, we arrive at the natural hot springs of Collpapampa. Continuing through the “Ceja de Selva,” or “Eyebrow of the Jungle,” we encounter bright flowers, butterflies, parrots, and lush groves of tropical fruit, cocoa, and coffee. At the small village of Playa, we set up camp for the night.
Day 4 - Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes
Today we continue through sub-tropical vegetation to the town of Lucmabamba, where an original Inca trail remains. A gradual uphill climb brings us to Llactapata (2700m.), from where we enjoy a brilliant backside view of Machu Picchu and vistas of the surrounding peaks.
Day 5 - Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco
We take the early bus up to the stunning archeological complex of Machupicchu for a tour of these mysterious remains. Then we have time to explore on our own before returning to Cusco by train in the afternoon.