Cusco – Salkantay Mountain Trek to Machu Picchu – 5d/4n

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Cusco – Salkantay Mountain Trek to Machu Picchu – 5d/4n

Highlights

  • Walk to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu on this trek
  • Traverse the impressive snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Humantay
  • Explore the Machu Picchu ruins and learn about the mysterious Inca Empire

Itinerary

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Day 1

Cusco - Mollepata - Marcoccasa - Soray Pampa

We leave Cusco at 5:30 AM in private transport to reach Marcoccasa (3400m / 11150 ft), and the town of Mollepata where we will have breakfast. There we will meet the muleteers and start walking in a beautiful valley surrounded by majestic mountains covered with snow, such as Nevado Humantay (5217m / 17116 ft) and the imposing peak of Salkantay. We will cross different valleys, seeing a little of the life of local farmers, before reaching our first camp in Soray Pampa (3900m / 12795 ft). Our chef will wait for you with hot drinks, sandwiches and dinner. The night will be cold due to the elevation.

Transport time: 5 hours.

Walking time: 6 – 7 hours.

Climate: Warm during the day and cold at night.

Altitude difference: Cusco (3400m) – Mollepata (2800m) – Marcoccasa (3,400 m) – Soray Pampa (3,900 m)

** Optional: On the way to Soray Pampa, we recommend making a 2-hour detour to see Lake Humantay and the snowy peak of Humantay. You will have to ascend from Soray Pampa (3,900 m / 12,800 ft) to Humantay (4,220 m / 12,800 ft).

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Day 2

Soray Pampa- Paso Salkantay - Rayampata

After an early breakfast, we walk towards Col du Salkantay (4600m / 15090 ft), which offers an exceptional view of the snow-capped Salkantay peak. This morning has the most challenging hike, but it is worth it. We will take a break at the summit, weather permitting. Then we will walk downhill through a different ecosystem with lush vegetation. We will arrive at Rayampata, our next camp, for a snack and dinner. The night will be warmer than the last.

Walking time: approximately 8 hours.

Climate: Warm with mosquitoes.

Altitude difference: Soray Pampa (3,900 m) – Salkantay pass (4,600 m) – Chaullay (2,950 m)

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Day 3

Rayampata – Wiñaypoco – La Playa - Lucmabamba

The third day is dedicated to the flora of the region and its plantations. After going down and visiting the forest and its diversity of species of orchids, bromeliads and many other plants, we will see plants such as coffee, cocoa and fruit plantations. In addition, we will have the pleasure of meeting the local families of Wiñaypoco (2,650 m / 8,694 ft), La Playa (2,100 m / 6,890 ft) and Lucmabamba (2,000 m / 6,561 ft).

Our second camp will be in Lucmabamba. That afternoon you will stay in contact with a local rural family from the site where you will have the opportunity to participate in the cultivation and treatment of coffee. Depending on the variety, the growth of coffee takes approximately 3 to 4 years as of when it’s planted to begin to bear fruit. The coffee called “the cherry is bright” has a deep red color when ripe and ready to be harvested. Due to the botanical characteristics of coffee and the fact that it is often grown in mountainous areas, the widespread use of mechanical harvesters is not possible and they are usually handpicked, a labor-intensive and difficult process. We will show and explain the complete process to prepare the coffee. You will also have the opportunity to ask your own questions of the neighbors about the cultivation process.

Climate: Hot during the day with mosquitoes

Hiking time: 6 hours

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Day 4

Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, we will go on an excursion and pass through the Inca trail. We will locate the archaeological site of Llactapata at 2650m / 8694 ft. It is a beautiful landscape to discover the flora and monuments of Inca culture. From here we will have an exceptional view over Machu Picchu the Mountain and the Vilcanota Canyon.

The place of Hidroeléctrica (1,950 m / 6,398 ft), where you will take the train to Aguas Calientes (2,050 m / 6,726 ft). We will spend the night in the city of Aguas Calientes.

Climate: Hot with some insects.

Hiking time: 6 hours

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Day 5

Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

We will leave our hotel at 5:30 AM after breakfast and go to Machu Picchu (2,400 m / 7,874 ft) in a tourist bus. We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00 AM. After a guided tour around the archaeological site, including information on the life and culture of the Incas, you will have plenty of time to enjoy Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (2,750 m / 9,022 ft) on your own if you have advance reservations. After the visit to Machu Picchu, we will go down by bus to Aguas Calientes at the train schedule at 2:15 PM. or at 6:20 PM.

Until then, you will have the time to have lunch in one of the most pleasant restaurants. Also, you can visit the hot waters in the city to relax a bit.

Walking time: 2 hours

Included services

  • Private transportation from the hotel from Cusco to Mollepata (Marcoccasa).
  • Transportation from Lucmabamba to the Hydroelectric station (only for the equipment and bags of all travelers).
  • Tourist Train from the Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes.
  • Round trip bus Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
  • Hotel room in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance tickets to Salkantay National Park and Machu Picchu.
  • Bilingual guide
  • High-quality camping equipment (Professional tent, Doite Cima 4, for 2 people) Mattresses, dining tent with table and chairs, toilets, pillows.
  • High quality camping equipment (Professional tent, Doite Cima 4, for 2 people) Mattresses, dining tent with table and chairs, toilets,
  • Full meals during trek. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, optional vegetarian food, optional tea).
  • horses and mules for up to 7 kg/15lbs of a client's personal equipment.
  • Emergency horse
  • First Aid kid and oxygen bottle.
  • Boiled water throughout the trek route

Not included services

  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (After you can walk during the hours that you have left in Machu Picchu, then to return to Aguas Calientes you can take a bus with an additional cost of $12.00 USD per person).
  • The sleeping bag (If you don't have a sleeping bag, you have the possibility to rent a good quality bag - 15 ° for $5.00 USD per day).

What you need to know

 

  • The tour is provided in shared base.
  • Children up to 3 years old do not pay, they share complete services with parents
  • This tour is recommended for travelers from 10 years old and older.
  • Insurance taken at the time of booking is highly recommended
  • Wear comfortable clothes, trekking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses.
  • Rates are not valid for high season and National holidays. (Ask for the price if that is the case).
  • The service is subject to change without prior notice due to weather conditions rain, bad weather, strikes, etc.), as well as any other event that does not allow the normal development of the service. Any cancellation for the indicated reasons above, does not apply any refund. If you need to finish before the end of the tour does not apply any refund either.
  • If you do not attend the day of the service, it will be considered a “No Show” with no refund.

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