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.