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The Salkantay trek is a great alternative option if the traditional Inca Trail has no spaces left or if you are seeking for a more remote footpath that sees far less travelers and leads to a magnificent wilderness not seen on the other routes. The trail is only slightly more difficult than the traditional route, but with amazing sights of the Nevado de Salkantay and the tallest peak of the Cordillera at 6271m. Salkantay, name in the native language, means Savage Mountain, which may refer to the swirling clouds that rise up from the lowlands of the rainforest that engulf the peak. The mountains of the Cordillera Vilcabamba form a jagged chain between the Urubamba and the Apurimac rivers, creating a unique landscape to the area. On the north side of the cordillera, massive snow peaks emerge from lush tropical rain forests.

This trek offers two options: the 4 Days Trek and de 5 Days Trek, both with the same adventure and adrenalin level!

Option I - 4 days / 3 nignts

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Huayraqpampa – Arrayanniyoq

We pick you up from your hotel and travel by bus to Mollepata and then Soraypampa. A 3 hour walk will take us to Soyroqocha where we will have the lunch with the beautiful capped mountain Salkantay (6.271m/20.575ft) We will begin our climb to the higher point on this trek which is on 4.650m/15.200ft. Taking in the beautiful landscape along the way and once we get to the top the pass we go down to the campsite of Arrayanniyoq .

Day 2: Arrayanniyoq – Chaullay – Collpapampa – La playa

After the breakfast we go down (downhill) through a dramatic cloud, where we will have lunch. After the lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo or lush stop variety of little brooks to reach La Playa late in the Afternoon we can go to the Natural Hot spring of Santa Teresa (this service is optional and you need to pay for the round trip bus from La Playa to The Hot spring). Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants. and also we camp here in very warm area (optional visit the Natural Hot spring) .

Day 3: La Playa to  Llactapata or Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

We will have breakfast at 8am and leave our campsite at la Playa we will walk for about 20 minutes to get to Lucmabamba so we will do the original trail of Lacctapata after we arrive to Hydrolectric where we are going to have lunch then we continue walking, passing a variety of crop plantations, coca, banana  we will be walking about two and half hours along the train road till reaching Aguas Calientes town where we will spend the night in a hotel. In Aguas Calientes, you can take advantage of the thermal springs in the town (entrance 10 soles) a real treat after finishing the trek

Day 4: Machu Picchu!

We wake up early morning about 4:00 am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and leave walking to Machu Picchu which takes one and half hours up to Machu Picchu but there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30 to Machu Picchu (25-minutes long ) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising.

A walking tour (approximately 2:30 approx. hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2.720m/8.890ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top.

Option II - 5 days / 4 nights

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa

We pick you up from the hotel around 5:00 AM and travel by local bus or car to Mollepata (2.800 m/9.186 ft). Mollepata is a small community located along the main road from Cusco to Abancay. Mollepata is where we start our trip and meet our horsemen and trek crew to help us with our hike. This morning we walk approximately 3 hours appreciating the diversity of the flora and fauna along the way, and then we stop to enjoy our delicious lunch at the quiet site of  Sayllapata.

In the afternoon we have a relaxing 3 hour hike before we arrive at our first camp site of Soraypampa (3.800 m/12.467 ft). In the early evening we have dinner and pass the first night.

Day 2: Soraypampa – Seven Snakes Pass – Challhuay

We wake up very early and after a good breakfast, we depart from Soraypampa. This is the harder day because we have to climb to Seven Snakes Pass (4.600m/15.000ft), the highest part of our trek. From here we can get a spectacular view of Salkantay, a stunning snow-capped mountain (6.271m/20.574ft), the Humantay and Huayanay mountains, small lakes, morraines, and the flora and fauna of the climate. The first part of the day will take approximately five hours.

Upon descent we will find some streams and many kind of birds. Our hike will bring us to our campsite of Challhuay where we will have dinner and spend the night. From here, the climate begins to take on semitropical characteristics because of the cloud forest.

Day 3: Challhuay – La Playa – Santa Teresa

We rise at 6:00 AM to have breakfast and begin our third day of hiking to La Playa. At La Playa is where we stop to have lunch. After lunch we will have an easy downhill hike through the jungle highland of Ceja de Selva. In this jungle you will be able to see coca, coffee and several native plantation fruits. Later in the afternoon we have a two-hour bus ride downhill to the village of Santa Teresa. There, we will have dinner and spend the night in tents.

Day 4: Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes

We have breakfast and after an hour-long bus ride, we walk for two hours to get to the Urubamba River the Hydroelectric Station for lunch.  We then continue on our three-hour walk towards the town of Aguas Calientes. There, we will check into our hostel, dine, and rest up before the next day in Machu Picchu!

NOTE: If you don't want to walk after lunch, you can take a train from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes, but it only leaves in the late afternoons and can be a long wait.

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco

We wake up at 5:00 AM for breakfast. We leave our luggage at the hostel and take an early bus up to Machu Picchu, which includes an English-speaking guide. We arrive at Machu Picchu early in the morning. This early in the morning it is empty and we will have the best chance to enjoy the beauty and the magic of Machu Picchu.

A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2.720 m/8.923 ft). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top of Huayna Picchu.

We suggest that after visiting Machu Picchu that you take the bus down to Aguas Calientes by 13:00 PM at the latest (assuming the train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco departs at 18:45). Buses to Aguas Calientes depart every 10 minutes. Check with the guide for actual times. You can expect to arrive back in Cusco by 10:00 PM. From there we will provide you a transfer back to your hostel.

Arrival into Cusco might change depending on availability of trains.

Included:

  • Professional, bilingual tour guide.
  • Round trip Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Transfer from Cusco Hotel, to Mollepata
  • Transfer from La Playa, to Santa Teresa
  • Transfer from Santa Teresa, to Hidroelectric Station
  • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from Train Station in Ollantaytambo to Cusco Hotel
  • 2 or 3 nights in spacious personal tents and inflatable mattress.
  • 1 night in hotel in Aguas Calientes with private bath, hot water and breakfast included..
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes while hiking.
  • Excellent Meals (3 or 4 Breakfast, 3 or 4 Lunch, 3 or 4 Dinner).
  • Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking.
  • Horsemen with packhorse or mules(for carring camping equipment and up to 8kg of your personal belongings).
  • Dinning tent.
  • sanitary services.
  • Entrance fee to Salkantay National Park.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

Not Included:

  • Train Ticket from Hidroelectric to Aguas Calientes.
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Mountain (consult: Optionals).
  • Entrance to Hot Springs in Santa Teresa (consulta: Optionals).

We recommend you bring:

  • Original passport (and *International Student card (ISIC), if applicable)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required)
  • Sleeping bag (also can be rented from us)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended)
  • Insect repellent
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelbak
  • Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with previously-boiled drinking water throughout the trek)
  • Toiletries (including toilet paper)
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
  • Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) to purchase items along the trail and tips for porters