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From Cusco: Classic Salkantay Trek with Return by Train

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Enjoy a multi-day trek through scenic mountain and jungle scenery to Machu Picchu, and enjoy a comfortable return to Cusco by train.

Highlights

  • Take part in a renowned trek to reach the lost city of the Incas
  • Explore one of the most scenic trails in Peru to reach Machu Picchu
  • Be amazed by views of glacier-covered mountains and picturesque lakes

Description

DAY 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha - Laguna Humantay - Soraypampa Pickup from your accommodation in Cusco. Pass through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo arriving at Mollepata, where you can buy a light breakfast and water. Continue until you reach Challacancha, from where the 3-hour walk begins to Soraypampa. Stop for lunch and then walk around 1-2 hours to the Humantay Lagoon. Return to Soraypampa and overnight at camp with tent and dinner. DAY 2: Soraypampa - Soyrococha - Salkantay - Huayracmachay - Chaullay Wake up with the first light of the day at 5:30 AM and have a quick but energizing breakfast. Start a walk to the highest point of the trail: the Salkantay Pass (4650 meters - 15255 feet), where you will appreciate the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo mountains. The hike down is snake-shaped, leading to the Huayracmachay camp, where you will have a stop for lunch. At the end of this exceptional hike, arrive at Chaullay Village (2900 meters - 9514 feet) for a break from a long day of hiking. Overnight at camp with tent and dinner. DAY 3: Chaullay - Playa Sahuayaco - Lucmabamba - Santa Teresa (optional Cocalmayo) After breakfast, continue the walk to the small town of La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley. Stop for lunch. Board a bus to the camp in Santa Teresa. Arriving at the camp you can choose to enjoy the hot springs of Cocalmayo in Santa Teresa, which have medicinal and therapeutic waters. Overnight at camp with tent and dinner. If you choose the 4-day option, you will be taken by bus to Hydroelectric right after your lunch in La Playa; from there, start a walk on the train tracks through the native jungle to Aguas Calientes, about a 3-hour trek. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will have free time before dinner to rest or walk through the town. DAY 4 for 5-day option: Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes After a typical breakfast, you will start the walk to the Hydroelectric through the valley floor for about 3 hours. Upon arrival, recharge with lunch. You can choose to add on a zip line adventure after your breakfast; in this case, after the activity, you will be taken by transport to the beginning of the trail to Aguas Calientes at Hydroelectric. From Hydroelectric, start a walk on the train tracks through the jungle to Aguas Calientes, about a 3 hour trek. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will have free time before dinner to rest or walk through the town. DAY 4 for 4-day option / DAY 5 for 5-day option: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco Get up early to start the trek to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. The steep walk will last approximately 1.5 hours, and the objective is to appreciate the sunrise from the Incan citadel and be the first to arrive. The walk up to Machu Picchu requires a fair physical condition, but you can choose to add on a bus to Machu Picchu at the checkout, if you don't want to do the walk. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu and the surrounding sites. Enjoy free time to take photos and look around the citadel. If you choose one of the extra hikes to one of the mountains, you will split ways with the group to go by yourself to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. Leave Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes (walking or by bus, depending on what you choose). Once in Aguas Calientes, board your train to Ollantaytambo, and take a minivan from there to Cusco. Be back in Cusco around 9:30 - 10:00 PM. The drop-off will be in San Francisco square in the historic center, near the Plaza de Armas.

Includes

Professional bilingual guide for entire route Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu 2 or 3 nights accommodation in camps, depending on option chosen Camping equipment (tents & mats) 1 night accommodation in a hostel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom Cargo Mules for days 1 and 2 1 duffle bag in which you can put your personal luggage up to 5 kgs, which will be carried by the cargo mules Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition or Voyager) Transfer by shared car/van from Cusco to Challacancha and from Ollantaytambo to Cusco Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Sleeping bag Breakfast on first day and lunch after the visit to Machu Picchu Bus to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes or vice versa (can be chosen as an add-on at checkout) Machu Pichu Mountain or Huayna Picchu hikes (can be chosen as an add-on at checkout) Zip line (can be chosen as an add-on at checkout) Entrance to the Colcamayo hot springs in Santa Teresa (can be paid on site) Entrance to the Humantay Lagoon (10 sol per person, must be paid on spot) Travel health insurance

Important Information

  • When booking, please provide the passport details. This information is required in advance in order to confirm your admission ticket to Machu Picchu
  • You can add a bus to or from Machu Picchu as an add-on at checkout, for the tour to be less physically demanding for you. Prices are the same if paid on the spot, so if you are not sure when booking, it's possible to decide on the day of the tour
  • The add-on hikes for Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are subject to availability. The local partner will contact you in case the option you chose is fully booked to offer an alternative or cancellation
  • In high season tickets for the first shift may not be guaranteed. In this case, you will be provided an alternative schedule, which can also result in a change of itinerary
  • On days 1-2, cargo mules carry all camping equipment and your 5kg personal baggage. On days 3-4, you need to carry your personal bag

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