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Cuzco: Salkantay Trek 5-Day Andean Machu Picchu Expedition2 Reviews
Embark on an epic adventure along the Salkantay Trail, where you'll explore breathtaking landscapes, ancient ruins, and majestic mountains. Experience the thrill of hiking the Andes to Machu Picchu.
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- Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Salkantay Pass
- Experience the changing landscapes from high mountains to lush jungles
- Explore the hidden to mandor and enjoy Machu Picchu
DescriptionDay 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Marcco Qasa – Laguna Humantay – Soraypampa Embark on a captivating journey as we pick you up from your respective hotels or locations in Cusco around 5:00am Depart from Cusco at 5:30 am and start the trek from Mollepata. Enjoy a scenic hike with views of the majestic Humantay snow-capped peak. Visit the beautiful Laguna de Humantay and learn about the area from our professional guide. Have 'tea time' at Soraypampa camp and stargaze to learn about Andean astronomy. Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huayraqmachay – Chaullay Trek to the highest point of the tour, Salkantay Pass, and admire the stunning views. Descend to Huayraqmachay and continue to the town of Chaullay, experiencing ecological and geographical changes. Observe diverse flora, fauna, and bird species along the way. Day 3: Chaullay – Colpapampa – Sahuayaco – Lucmabamba Explore the high jungle area as you descend through Colpapampa and Sahuayaco. Witness hot springs, orchids, and waterfalls while observing the climate and vegetation change. Arrive at Lucmabamba, enjoy lunch, and have free time to explore the surroundings. Day 4: Lucmabamba – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes Hike to hydroelectric and continue walking to the town of Aguas Calientes. Optional visit to Mandor botanical gardens and waterfalls along the way. Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco Early morning hike to Machu Picchu for a memorable sunrise experience. Guided tour of the main temples and palaces within the citadel. Explore Machu Picchu at your own pace and consider climbing Huaynapicchu (optional). Return to Cusco by train and car, arriving around 8:00 pm. Note: This itinerary is a condensed version with less than 300 words.
IncludesTransfer by bus from hotel in Cusco to Molletapa Bilingual guide Food (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners) Horse for the team Camp Equipment (tents, sleeping mats, and other necessary camping gear) Train ticket from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Cusco (Ollantaytambo) Entry ticket to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu Dining tent with tables and chairs Kitchen tent 1-night hostel accommodation in Aguas Calientes
- This trek requires a good level of physical fitness and stamina. Participants should be prepared for long hours of walking and hiking in varied terrain and weather conditions. Altitude sickness can be a potential risk during the trek, especially at higher elevations. It is recommended to acclimatize in Cusco or other high-altitude locations before starting the trek. Proper trekking gear and equipment are essential for a safe and comfortable experience. It is recommended to bring appropriate clothing, footwear, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a reusable water bottle. The trek will take place in natural environments with limited facilities. Participants should be prepared for basic camping conditions, including shared tents, sleeping bags, and basic sanitary facilities.