SALKANTAY TREK

Overview

Overview

Day 01: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa (Salkantay trek begins)

Day 02: Soraypampa – Huayracmachay – Collpapampa

Day 03: Collpapampa – Playa Sahuayaco – Santa Teresa

Day 04: Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

Day 05: Machupicchu – Cusco

Itinerary / Included

Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa (Salkantay trek begins)

We leave Cusco at 05.30 am in a private transportation and start a scenic morning scenic bus-ride to our trail starting point at Sayapata. Along the four-hour drive, we cross the town of Limatambo (2100m/6888ft), an important point of access to the city of Cusco during the time of the Inca Empire. We leave Limatambo and drive up a beaten track along the right shore of the Apurimac River, to reach Mollepata (2800m/9184ft), where we will stop for last minute supplies, leg-stretching or to use the restrooms at a local restaurant.  Then we will cross Cruzpata (3100m/10168ft) and finally Sayapata, where we meet our wranglers and horses. After a short introduction we start our hike, following the paths of the locals on a soft ascent to our camp at Soraypampa. After lunch, we will visit Humantay Lake, a marvelous lake in the mountains, (3 hours hike) and we will come back to our campsite where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner. This will be a cold night so very warm clothes are essential.

Day 02: Soraypampa – Huayracmachay – Collpapampa

We depart early after breakfast and start a 5-hour ascent, which brings us up to the Salkantay Mountain Pass (4525m/14842ft) where, besides enjoying stunning views of the surrounding glaciers and the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range with the south face of Salkantay towering above us, we may also observe chinchillas and condors in their natural habitat. From this point, we start descending towards a more tropical climate and into the so-called cloud forest. Along the route, we can see the remains of an ancient Inca path, which is approximately 6 meters wide. Around 1:00 p.m., we will have our lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of approximately 3 hours more, we will arrive to our camp in Collpapampa (2890m/9479ft), a beautiful spot where we will recuperate from the trek and eat dinner.

Day 03: Collpapampa – Playa Sahuayaco – Santa Teresa

Today we continue our hike with an easy walk along the Santa Teresa River, enjoying the increasingly lush vegetation, passing waterfalls, passion fruit, coffee, banana and avocado plantations as well as exuberant local flora. We enter spectacled-bear territory and we will probably be accompanied by flocks of parrots as we descend. We pass the waterfalls at Coripacchi, the settlement at Wiñaypoko, the bustling small town of La Playa Sahuayaco where we will stop to have lunch. In this point a local transportation will take us to Santa Teresa, where you can enjoy and relax at Cocalmayo’s hot springs. We will have dinner and camping here.

Day 04: Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

This day we will also start at around 7 am. After breakfast we will get ready to continue exploring the roads that were followed by the first expeditionaries who discovered Machu Picchu and other important archaeological complexes.

In Santa Teresa all participants will be divided into 2 groups – one who booked the hike to Llactapata and the other who did not. Those of you who reserved Llactapata (with and additional cost) will take a local transportation to Lucmabamba (40 minutes ride) to our start hiking point. Once at the Llactapata entrance, you will start an ascent hike towards the ruins. After three hours, you will arrive at Llactapata where you will have an amazing view of Machu Picchu. Here you will have time to rest and enjoy the scenery. A descending trail will take you to the Hydroelectric where you will eat lunch at a local restaurant. The rest of the group will continue the trek for approx. 3 hours more through the valley until reaching the hydroelectric, where the entire group will come together again. Here we will all have lunch. After a break we will continue walking along the railway enjoying among other things the beautiful waterfalls, coca and coffee farms. This part will take approx. 3 hours. We will arrive in the town of Aguas Calientes, also called Machu Picchu Pueblo, around 4 pm. Here, in the hostel you will spend the fourth and last night. In the evening we will meet together in the restaurant, where a delicious dinner will be waiting for you. Here the guide will give you a briefing about the fourth day and Machu Picchu. You will also have time to explore the town on your own. In Aguas Calientes there are hot springs, so if you would like to rest in the warm water, you will have opportunity to visit them (the entrance ticket is not included in the tour).

Day 05: Machupicchu – Cusco

We wake up early and board a bus to Machupicchu where we begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around, climb up the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machupicchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it (please note that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day and also it has and additional cost), or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. From here we take the train back to Ollantaytambo where we expect our driver to take us back to Cusco.

Prices

Price / Include

PRICE PER PERSON: US$500.00

PRICE INFORMATION

  • Prices based on two people at least. There is an additional cost for single travelers. Please make an inquiry about it.
  • Prices based in group service.
  • Discounts for students, teenagers, and children are available. Please make an inquiry about it.

INCLUDES

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Mollepata (starting point of the trek)
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks.
  • One foamy sleeping pad per person
  • One Sleeping bag
  • Camping equipment
  • English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 3
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 persons – days 1 to 3
  • Wranglers – days 1 to 3
  • Meals (04B, 04L, 04D)
  • Vegetarian menus is available at no extra cost
  • Others: boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train ticket from the Hydroelectric power plant to Aguas Calientes (day 4)
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes (day 4)
  • 1D Machupicchu entrance fee
  • Bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu (day 5)
  • Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Transfer Ollantaytambo – Cusco included only if returning on day 5.

NOT INCLUDES

  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Bus ticket Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes.
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water.
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day: after the guided tour at Machupicchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either in Machupicchu or in Aguas Calientes at your own expense. Arrival in Cusco is estimated after nightfall, dinner being at your own expense too
  • Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes: a relaxing way to end-up the program while you’re awaiting the return train to Cusco, only 10 minutes from the village center, entrance fee is s/10.00 (Peruvian Soles). Towels can be hired in Aguas Calientes.
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain an additional fee of US$ 12.00 per person applies
  • Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.

EXTRAS

  • Upgrade to Vistadome train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (Peru Rail 17:23hrs): US$ 34.00 per person.}
  • Upgrade to Expedition train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (Peru Rail 16:22hrs): US$ 8.00 per person.
  • Entrance fee to Machupicchu + Huaynapicchu: US$ 18.00 per person.
  • Entrance fee to Machupicchu + Montaña: US$ 18.00 per person.
  • Buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes Totos House: US$ 24.00 per person
  • Buffet lunch in Machupicchu Sanctuary Lodge: US$ 40.00 per person.

OPTIONAL  SERVICES

  • An extra horse to carry your personal items: US$ 120.00. A horse can carry up to 20 kg
  • Vistadome Service train (Superior) instead of the Expedition one (Tourist train), at an additional cost of US$ 17.00 per person. (*) Pls note that our guide travels back to Cusco in the Expedition train in all group services, so if you wish to book this extra service, you will not be accompanied by our guide.

WHAT WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING

  • Clothing: long trousers, shorts (Machupicchu visit), long and short-sleeved T-shirts or shirts, cotton socks, warm clothes for Cusco, especially at night.
  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces.
  • Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machupicchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route.
  • Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Original passport
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)

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