Salkantay Trekking Tour
The Salkantay Trek that leads to the ruins of Machu Picchu is the best option for those who wish to be in contact with great Andean nature and visit remote villages less known and seldom visited by tourists. By taking this excursion visitors will really get off the beaten track, avoiding more crowded environments and will enjoy along the way wonderful landscapes and fine Inca buildings. Without a doubt the Salkantay trek is the best alternative to reach the great Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, after the famous Inka Trail. Walk back in time and feel the magic of Machu Picchu exploring its temples and don't leave Machu Picchu without climbing the popular Wayna Picchu Mountain, a gigantic rock that appears in every classic photo of Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata – Challacancha - Soraypampa
We will pick you up from your hotel/hostel around 5:00 am, the bus drive takes 4 hours to Anta – Mollepata, during the bus ride you can clearly see white snowcapped mountains like the holy Gods of the Incas Salkantay and Huamantay, the spectacular scenic valleys and colorful landscapes. After two hours of driving we stop in the town of Mollepata where there are toilet facilities, souvenirs and an optional short breakfast, then we continue on to Challacancha and the beginning of the trail. There we will meet with our support staff and organize all the equipment, horses and mules. Around 9:30 am we will start our trek to Soraypampa (3900 m.a.s.l) the first section of the path is a paved rock trail, there are the old water channels that still function today supplying local inhabitants. This part of the trail takes 3 hours and covers 9 km, before a break for lunch at Soraypampa. After lunch and a nap we will continue hiking up to the Humantay lake (4200masl) 5 km in 3 hours round trip, to the bottom of the glacier and the most spectacular views and then back to the valley for sunset. Soraypampa is located on the middle of the glacier valleys and on clear nights you can appreciate great views of constellations in the sky.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Maximum Altitude: 3850 masl
Minimum Altitude: 2850 masl
Distance Travelled: 14km approx
Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Huayramachay - Chaullay
We will wake up early with the first daylight at 5:30 am for packing, breakfast and soon after we will begin hiking up to the highest point of the trail Salkantay Pass (4650 masl – 15,255 ft) the distance is 7 km in 3 hours as we climb up between the rocky valley bottom and the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6200 masl – 20,341 ft). We will then reach the top of the trek. Here you can appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo. Salkantay is considered the second highest mountain of the Cusco region and one of the Incas God called “Apu”. After getting to the high point it is a 2 hour trek downhill on the serpent trail, a gravel, rocky path, to get to the lunch spot Huayracmachay, the entrance to the upper part of the Amazon Jungle also called “cloud forest.” This part of the trek is 9 km in 3 hours on the wide trail in the thick forest where the hills are decorated with colorful scenery, wildlife and native plants. Most of the year the weather is warm and temperate. Finally we arrive in Chaullay Village (2900 masl – 9,514 ft) the base camp of the jungle.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Maximum Altitude: 4650 masl
Minimum Altitude: 2900 masl
Distance Travelled: 22km to Chaullay
Day 3: Chaullay - La Playa - Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes
Around 6:00 am we will start our trek to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley. We will hike 6 hours approximately during the hike will see: waterfalls, orchids, coffee, banana, and avocado plantations and we will taste the famous passion fruit or granadilla. We will see a village called Colpapampa, also called the “forest's cloudy brow”, where waterfalls, thermal hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to see the famous bird called “the Cock of the Rocks”. After lunch at La playa, we will catch local transportation to Hidroelectrica train station. Here we have two options if you are exhausted you may take a train to Aguas Calientes, or you may walk from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes town about 3 hours along the train track. Once in Aguas Calientes town we will go to our place of accommodation, which is included in the tour, and then by 7:00 we will have dinner at a local restaurant. This covered by the company. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight: in Aguas Calientes at the hotel which included in the package.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Maximum Altitude: 2900 masl
Minimum Altitude: 1600 masl
Distance Travelled: Approx 16km
Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco
The last day on the Trek, we wake up early to get to Machupicchu before the crowds. The checkpoint is open from 6:00 am until 17:00 pm, and you have the choice of going up by bus or on foot. In the morning the city has fewer tourists, and during this time you will have a 2 hour guided tour of the City, (temples, palaces, priest house, sundial, industrial sector and farming fields). After that you have free time to climb up to Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu mountain (book well in advance to get your ticket) the hiking time for both mountains is 3 hours approx. or you may trek to the sun gate, the main entrance of the Inka Trail. We organize a train at 18:30 pm back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then we take a bus back to Cusco where we will arrive at 20:00 pm approx. The bus will drop you off at your hotel in Cusco.
Tour: Visit to Machu Picchu
We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.