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From Cusco: 5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu & Visit
Enjoy Machu Picchu from a different perspective by hiking all the way from the village of Mollepata. Drive away from Cusco and walk through breathtaking snowcapped mountains on the Salkantay hike.
- Explore Machu Picchu and the surrounding area
- Enjoy the scenic views of Salkantay Mountain
- Visit the Inca ruins of Llactapata and hike on the original Inca Trail
- Treks through the different types of landscapes,
- Follow in the footsteps of the Incas on a trkes along the Salkantay Trek
DescriptionDAY01: MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA We will pick you up at 5:00am from your hotel and travel by private van to the village of Mollepata in the verdant Apurimac River Valley. After breakfast and getting ready, we will take a three and a half hour walk to Sicllapata. Here we will eat lunch surrounded by beautiful panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks of Humantay and Salkantay. We will continue our trek towards Soraypamapa (4000m/12750ft) for another 4 hours. This campsite is the highest and coldest campsite of the whole trip. DAY02: SORAYPAMPA –QOLPAPAMPA The second day is the longest day of the trek. After an early breakfast, we will start hiking up a moderate climb for three and a half hours until we reach the Salkantay Pass (4600m/9800ft). From this point, we can soak in spectacular views of Salkantay. At the pass you can leave a piece of rock carried from the bottom as a present for the mountain spirit. We will continue a downhill trek for two hours to Huayracmachay. After a quick rest, we will continue our hike for three and a half hours through the Amazon jungle (do not forget your bugspray!). We will reach our second campsite, Colcapampa (3000m/9800ft) and have dinner. Depending on how quickly the group hikes, other possible campsites are Andenes or Challway. DAY03: QOLPAPAMPA – THE BEACH After breakfast at 5:30am, we will start a 6 hour hike through the tropical jungle. We will cross the Lluskamayo River and a variety of small streams so waterproof shoes are a good idea. We will pass through gorgeous valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls. Your guide will show you naturally growing tropical fruits and native plants and flowers.Then will spend the night in campsite of La Playa (2500m/8350ft). We will also have the option to spend a relaxing afternoon at the hot springs and enjoy the refreshing river. DAY04: THE BEACH – LLACTAPATA – HOT SPRINGS In the morning, we will leave La Playa and start a 3 hour climb to reach Llactapata (2.700m/8910ft), an incredible Inca fort from which we will enjoy our first view of Machu Picchu! After some pictures and rest, we will descend for two hours to the Hydroelectric Plant, where we will have our final lunch. At about 4pm, we will reach to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night. In Aguas Calientes, we will enjoy a celebratory dinner and enjoy the comfort of beds and hot showers at a local hostel. You will also have the option to take advantage of the thermal springs in the evening (10 soles). DAY05: MACHU PICCHU 1) we can hike for one and a half hours from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, or Taking bus By waking up early, you will witness the magnificent sunrise at this ancient Inca city. At Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for approximately 2 hours. After the tour, you will have free time to explore this mysterious city by yourself. When you finish at Machu Picchu, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch where he/she will give you your train ticket back to Cusco.
IncludesAirport transfer to your hotel upon arrival in Cusco (please specify arrival time and flight number) Professional English guide Bus to the start of the trail Two-people tents with plenty of room for your backpacks Sleeping mattress Meals cooked by an experienced chef: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, and snacks! Delicious food rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking Vegetarian/special diet options available -Weight Allowance: 5 Kilograms /10 pounds per trekker (weights to be carried by horses) Horse (to carry the tents and cooking equipment First aid kit including oxygen bottle Round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco Water
- It is recommended to arrive in Cusco at least 2 days before the trek, so you can acclimatize and get used to the altitude Vegetarian and vegan food is available on request at no extra charge Sleeping bags are available at extra cost and can be added when booking