Humantay Lake

Salkantay Mountain


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Trekking in the Mountains

Salkantay to Machu Picchu 5 Days & 4 Nights

DAY 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Marcocasa - Soraypampa

We will leave Cusco at 05:00am in our own private bus, and drive to Marcocasa, which will take around three and a half hours. On the journey, we can see the town of Limatambo (2100 m/ 6890 ft.), an important point of access to the city of Cusco at the time of Inca Empire. We will stop in Limatambo for a short while and then leave and drive up an uneven track along the right shore of the Apurimac River, to reach Mollepata (2800 m. / 9186 ft.) where we will have breakfast. We will go by car in this trip to Marcocasa. Afterwards, we continue our journey on foot, with horses utilized to carry our equipment, and we start the ascent, a slight climb involved, where we will see and have the chance to appreciate local plants, native birds, the Apurimac river canyon (which is one of the deepest in Peru), our lunch will be in the half way with amazing and panoramic views; later the direction of Soraypampa along a walking up trail with many level variations and along which we will see little groups of houses, vegetation, typical birds from this zone and spectacular views of the Humantay snow peak (5902 m/ 19,364 ft.). After, we will arrive to our campsite in Soraypampa (3650 m. / 11,975 ft.). From here we can see the majestic holy Salcantay (6271 m/ 20,574 ft.). L: D

DAY 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass - Chaullay

We´ll have a very early breakfast, before we start hiking to Salkantay pass 4,600 m /15,092 ft. It is the highest top of this trip; before and after reaching the top, we will go through the Puna landscapes (dry, high areas with little vegetation), which are rocky grasslands. But here there are spectacular views of the Salkantay Mountain (6271 m/ 20,574 ft.) the second highest peak in Cuzco region, and tiny springs coming down from surrounding Glaciers, small lakes moraines, etc. Lunch will be in Huayracmachay; this is a really nice spot because there are a few peasants living with their lamas and alpacas, giving you an insight into life in the mountains. In the afternoon, we start again with our hiking to Chaullay 2,920 m. /9580 ft., where, we will camp out; when we get downhill, the scenery will change from Puna to the cloud forest vegetation, meaning a greener and denser environment. B: L: D

DAY 3: Chaullay - La Playa

On this day we descend to the border river. During the descent you will notice the remarkable landscapes where there is plenty vegetation mainly orchids, bromeliads, begonias, etc. trees, there are several types of birds like hummingbirds, woodpeckers and many species of butterflies, moths, etc. along the path. The views are so different than first day or second day like waterfalls, you will hear natural sounds like the noise of the river, and there are small springs where you can enjoy refreshing natural baths. Another thing we will do is look at the cropland, where locals grow coffee, avocados, bananas, potatoes, corns, and passion fruit, which are the main products of this area. After trekking we will stop to have lunch in meddle way. After a good well-deserved rest, we continue to The Playa 2125m. / 6972 ft, one of the biggest villages on the way, where we can find few small shops to buy water, soda, snack, etc. In this place our crew will set down our equipment to camp one more night, and then they will head back to Mollepata. B: L: D

DAY 4: La Playa - Aguas Calientes

From La Playa we hike by road for around 30 minutes to Lucmabamba, and from there we start to climb up the original Inka trail to Llactapata (newly discovery Inca Site) which is famous for a “great condor view of Machu Picchu.” Along the way, you will get to witness some of the spectacular views like the Lucmabamba Valley, especially on Abra Q'elloqasa (2860m/9381ft) the highest point of the trek this day, where the vegetation, trees and mist combination make the atmosphere like the jungle. After marveling at the Inkas archeological remains we will go downhill for almost 3hours to Hydroelectric train Station where we will have lunch. After our lunch we will take the local train to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a nice hotel. You may also wish to go the famous thermal springs which feel great after a long day of trekking, and an ideal way to end the trail. Entrance to the springs is a small amount of US$ 3.00. Allow yourselves 1 hour to really enjoy the springs, which are open until 21.00 p.m. B: L: D

DAY 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

With another early rise, we go to the bus station to take the bus to Machupicchu. This bus takes 25 minutes by uneven track, where we will do tour of the Inca citadel, your tour guide will guide you around for about two and a half hours, to show you the most important sectors of this beautiful and enigmatic Inca citadel and then you will have some free time to wander, explore and take photos. Or alternatively you could decide to climb the mountain of Huaynapicchu (tickets required), where you can see spectacular panoramic views of Machupicchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon or the great Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we will meet in the town of Aguas Calientes, where if you want, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. From here we take the train back to Cusco, and we drop you off at your hotel / hostel. Travel time 4 hours. End of our services. B

B: Breakfast /L: Lunch /D: Dinner

Tour Includes:

  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Collection from hotels in Cusco
  • Bus from Cusco to Mollepata
  • Entrance fee to Machupicchu
  • Bus ticket up to Machupicchu
  • 4 breakfast,4 lunches, 4 dinners (breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 5 are not included)
  • Dinning tent with tables and chairs
  • Professional cook
  • 4 man tent is provided for 2 people only
  • Sleeping mattresses
  • Horse man and horses ( they carry cooking and camping equipment and up to 5 kilos you personal belongings)
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Extra oxygen
  • First aid kit

What you need to take:

  • Original passport and (Student card if is applicable)
  • Insurance card is essential
  • Sleeping bag (not included)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Hand sanitazer
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream
  • Insect Repellent
  • Water
  • Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended)
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries

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