This adventure will leave you wanting more!
Minimum Age: 12 Year(s)
A new and amazing trek!!! Come and hike Salkantay ('the savage one'). Reach Machu Picchu in a different and spectacular way; trekking through valleys, grasslands, snowcarpets, cloud forests and steamy jungles!! The famous Salkantay Trek, recently named among one of the best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, is a trek connecting the city of Cusco with Machu Picchu. The Trail Salkantay runs approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers) through high Andean peaks, cloud forest and steamy jungle.
Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa
We will leave from Cusco approximately between 4:30 am and 5:00 am by bus which will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level) where we will arrive approximately at 8:15 in the morning to have breakfast. During the trip we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay Mountain, other snow capped Mountains and the Valley of Apurimac River. We will meet with our support staff who will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 9:00 am, we will begin our walk toward Sayllapata (3200 meters above sea level). About 1:00 pm, we will have a Peruvian lunch and after lunch we will continue hiking toward the Soraypampa villages (3850 meters above sea level). Around 5:30 in the afternoon we will arrive to our camp where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.
Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Huayracpunku - Chaullay
Today our adventure will take us through a totally different change in environment, from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek. We will start to hike around 7:00 in the morning to a place called Pampas Salkantay and then follow the left side of the snowy peaks of Umantay located next to the Apu Salkantay. At midday, we will be on the highest point (4600 meters above sea level). Here we will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level) which is the second highest point of the Cusco region. Around 1:00 pm, we will have our lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive at our camp in Challway (2920 meters above sea level). Around 7:00 pm, we will recuperate from the trek and eat dinner.
Day 3: Chaullay - Collpapampa - La Playa - Santa Teresa
Around 7:00 am, we will start our trek. We will walk for about 6 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco and during this period; we will observe a town called Collpapampa, also called the â€œForest Cloudy Browâ€ where waterfalls, thermal hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous Peruvian national bird called the â€œCock of the Rocksâ€. From Playa Sahuayaco, we will head to the campsite located at the hot springs of Santa Teresa (It is recommended to bring a bathing suit) where we will eat dinner.
Day 4 : Santa Teresa - Hidroelectryc - Aguas Calientes
After of our delicious breakfast we are going to walk at approximately 8:30 am. We begin our trek to the village Colpani, following this rising trail, from which we will see plantations of coffee, banana, passion fruit and a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley. We follow along the riverside of Vilcanota River until arrive to the Oroya (canopy brich). From here we have an option to hike to Hidroelectrica or to catch a small car which will take us as far as Hidroelectrica (25 minutes). From this place we can observe the back of Machu Picchu Sanctuary, where we have the last lunch with all staff. From here we will continue walking until arrive to Aguas Calientes around 4:30 pm and then stay in a hotel for the last night.
Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu Sanctuary - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco
You will take our breakfast, very early in the morning. Then we start our last day by climbing up to the entrance of the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the â€œLost City of the Incas.â€ Avoiding the crowds, you will be one of the first visitors of the day. Your bilingual tour guide will take you around the vast ruins for about 3hrs, comprehensively explaining its historical significance and place in the Inca Empire. After this you have some free time to wander around. Machu Picchu is the best known of the Inca ruins, as it is recognized worldwide yet it is not mentioned in any of the writings of the Spanish Conquistadors. It is believed to have been constructed around the mid-15th century and was â€œrediscoveredâ€ by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911.