Salkantay-Machu Picchu Trek
Salkantay-Machu Picchu Trek is an amazing trek thought the Andes Mountains and country side, right up to the famous and breathtaking Machu Picchu. This is a trek for those that want to explore the mountains and area around the attraction and have some time to really get in touch with themselves and the majesty of Machu Picchu.
The Salkantay-Machu Picchu Trek shows changing landscapes. Salkantay Trek is considered by most as being one of the two best trails to reach Machu Picchu, consequently it can has received more attention during the last few years, but not as much as some of the other trails. The Salkantay Trek is different than some of the other treks as it is not dirty or crowded. Due to the smaller crowds, you will see different ecosystems spreading across its different zones of altitude and climate. The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, runs from high valley to the mountains and descends into a lush high jungle.
Salkantay-Machu Picchu Trek: Overview
Trip Duration: 7 days
Difficulty degree: Moderate
Accommodation: 3 nights in tent 4 nights in Hotel
Start and Final Point : Cuzco
Trek Type: Hiking Camping Archaeological and Cultural
Place to Visit: Soraypampa , Aguas Calientes , Machu Picchu
Group Size : 2-20 persons
Day 1: CUZCO – TRANSFER HOTEL
Arrive in Cusco, Peru, elevation 10,000 feet and transfer to the hotel. After you settle in, relax at the hotel or take a tour of the ruins around the city. Before dinner we will have a welcome briefing and gear check to make sure everyone is prepared for our adventure. That evening we will have a guided walk through Cusco on the way to dinner and enjoy the evening lights and energy of this amazing city.
Day 2: Sacred Valley
Sacred Valley Tour: Today we will load our tour bus and head out for the day. Our local tour guide will tell us about the sacred valley along the way. We will spend the day exploring the towns, markets and ruins scattered about the valley. This is a very colorful way to start to learn about the history and local culture of the Incas and Peruvian lifestyle.
Day 3: Cuzco – Mollepata – Soraypampa
The Salkantay Trek starts with the transfer from your hotel in Cusco and starts at 0500 hours by bus and drive to Mollepata (only town in Salkantay Trek) approximately 2.5 hour drive. After breakfast the trek starts by ascending towards Cruzpata (3,200 meters) along a slight climb. Sayllapata is a great place for lunch and after lunch we depart around 2:00 p.m in the direction to Soraypampa. This part of the trek allows us to see the little settlements, flora, wild birds and spectacular views of the Humantay snow peak (5,902 meters). This part of the trek takes about 4 hours. Notice this is the only cold camp site of the Salkantay trek.
Day 4: SORAYPAMPA – ABRA SALKANTAY 4,650 meters- ANDENES
On this day we will trek over a 15,000 foot mountain pass, which is the highest point of our journey. After an early start we hike up the Rio Blanco Valley. At the pass we stop to take in the views of the snow-capped peaks of the Valcabamba Range in every direction, with the south face of the Salkantay towering above us. Afterwards we will enjoy a hot lunch and then descent down to our camp at 12,600 feet. Hiking time 4–6 hours, with a total excursion time of 5-7 hours. The hiking level on this day is moderate to challenging. Horseback support available for anyone who needs assistance.
Day 5: ANDENES – SANTA TERESA OR HOT SPRING
Following our long day we enjoy a leisurely breakfast. We then begin our hike downhill above the Salkantay River. Hiking time 3-4 hours. Hiking level moderate
Day 6: HOT SPRING- HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES
After breakfast, we start our Salkantay hike early, around 0600 hours. On this day we will start a difficult section of hiking, which will consist of 3-5 hours of hard hiking as the trail takes us to the summit of Llactapata, an Inca site, that gives us the opportunity to see Machu Picchu. A switch-back trail takes us down to the river bank for lunch.
Day 7: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICCHU – CUZCO
On this day we wake up at around 0430 hours and take the bus to Machu Picchu. Once there, we have a tranquil morning exploring in Machu Pichu with our guide. After your guide shows you around, you can purchase a ticket for Huayna Picchu and climb to the top to experience a spectacular view of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surrounds it, visit the temple of the moon, or the fabulous Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes from where we take the train back to Cusco. Where finally our salkantay hike ends.
Day 8: CUZCO – FLY LIMA – AT HOME
This morning provides us with a hot breakfast and last minute shopping in Cusco. We will then prepare to catch our flight home in thelate morning or afternoon.