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Salkantay To Machu Picchu

5 Days | 4 Nights


Salkantay (6271 m.a.s.l.) is a sacred mountain that the Indigenous Incas called Apu, meaning “the protector” and was also known to them as the “wild mountain” because no one at the time had successfully hiked it to the summit. Today, Salkantay is one of the greatest trails to reach Machu Picchu and is renowned for its constant change in microclimates from the high Andes to the deep jungle. Hikers will pass and visit beautiful scenery and natural landscapes including mountains, vallies, lagoons (including the hike to Humantay lake) and rivers and will hike to an altitude of 4,600 m.a.s.l.
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    Distance: 12km

    You will be picked up from your accomodation early in the morning (4:30am aprox.) and driven to the town of Mollepata, about 3 hours away from Cusco, where we will have breakfast. During this time you can provide us with a bag that weighs between 5kg-6kg, which will be carried by a horse. From here we will drive to Challacancha (3,380 m.a.s.l.) the starting point of the hike, where we will walk for 3 hours, passing the view point of Hornada Pata where the valley splits into two (Valley of Mollepata and Challacancha) untill we reach Soraypampa (3,900 m.a.s.l.) our lunch stop and also first campsite.

    After lunch and a little siesta, we will start the one hour and a half hike to Humantay Lagoon, located at 4,200 m.a.s.l. Here you will have time to visit and explore the place and take in the incredible view of Humantay mountain (5,450 m.a.s.l), which is part of the Vilcabamba chain of the Andes. We will then return to Soraypampa at around 6pm where we will have dinner and spend the night.


    Distance: 22km

    Breakfast will be served early at around 5am. We will then start the first part of our hike (around 6km) passing by beautiful scenery of rocky snow capped mountains, switch back trails, and rivers and see local animals incuding alpacas and llamas. We will hike to the highest point of the trek, Abra Salkantay, where we can enjoy breathtaking views of the snow capped high Andes Mountains of Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay, and Pumasillo (4,650 meters / 15,250 feet). Passing through Salkantaypampa and Soyrococha, we will discover a beautiful small lake and then begin our descent towards Huarachmachhay for 3 hours (3,800 meters / 12,470 feet) where a well deserved lunch will be waiting for us.

    After lunch, we will continue our hike for another 3 hours until arrive at Collpapampa campsite, where we will spend our secound night in domes. You will have time to relax until dinner.


    Distance: 14km

    We will have breakfast at around 6.00am ready to start hiking by 7.00am. You will note that the environment has changed from mountain conditions to more tropical/jungle. We will walk down to a river where we will follow the trail for around 6 hours. We will pass beautiful landscapes and natural plantations of passion fruit, papayas, coffee plants and avocados, until we reach Lucmabamba. We will arrive at our lunch point to rest a little. After lunch option to visit a coffee farm and participate in a coffee tour where you will learn about the production of coffee from the harvest to your cup. This activity takes around 2 hours. After the coffee tour option to visit the thermal baths located in Cocalmayo, Santa Teresa (not included), where you can relax in the hot waters. We will return to our campsite in Lucmabamba at 6.00 pm for tea and a freshly prepared dinner.


    Distance: 18km

    Today, we will enjoy the sunrise in a lush landscape of rivers, waterfalls, orchids, and many plantations, including banana, avocado, and coffee. We will have a nutritious breakfast and get ready for the next part of our trekking adventure: we will finally hike along a part of the original Inca Trail! We will walk up along the Inca Trail, enjoying the beautiful views of the Santa Teresa Valley.

    We will then descend for around 2.5 hours, arriving at the Inca archaeological site of Llactapata. Our local guide will share his knowledge about the history of this place. We will also have our first glimpse of Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain. We will continue our descent until lunch and then continue our hike to Hidroeléctrica. From here you can choose to walk to Aguas Calientes for around 3 hours, or opt to board a train for $32.00 extra. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, we will enjoy our final dinner together at a local restaurant. Overnight stay in a hotel.


    Very early after breakfast (approximately 05:00 a.m.), we’ll begin our hike to the citadel of Machu Picchu, Lost City of the Incas, and a Wonder of the World, which will take around 1.5 hours. At the designated time we will have a two-hour guided tour, visiting the most important buildings of Machu Picchu including the Inca temples and palaces.

    For those who have previously selected to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will do so at your designated time.

    At the appropriate time, we’ll descend from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes where you will be able to have lunch before boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo and from there, a shuttle bus back to Cusco.

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