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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Cusco Region, Peru

  • Activities

    Adventure, Hiking Trekking

  • Price
    $570 USD per person
  • Duration

    5 days & 4 nights

  • Avg Distance

    57km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Any date that is best for you!

  • Starting Location

    Cusco

  • Price Includes

    WHAT IS INCLUDED? Pre-trek briefing with your tour guide. Collection from your hotel in the morning of the trek departure. Private transport from Cusco to Mollepata-Marcoccasa (starting point of the trek) Entry fee to Machu Picchu English speaking, experienced professional guide Comfortable tents (sleeping 2 people in a 4 person tent) Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food with prior request) All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent Bus ticket from Aguas Calientas to Machu Picchu and return First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Poroy - Cusco Private transport from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco Celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes (touristic restaurant ) Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the last day Hostel in Aguas Calientes with private room and bathroom Mules and horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen - 7 kilos of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our mules Provision of a horse in case of emergency such as illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants Basic foam sleeping mattress Guided tour within Machu Picchu Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED? Walking sticks (rentable) Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°C (rentable for $20 for duration of the trek) Dinner on the last day Entry to Huanapicchu ($10) Extra activities such as zip line and barbecues. Additional horses for extra personal luggage above that of the personal item allowance. Optional up - grades (train and hotel) Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide (Every SAM TRAVEL PERU staff receive a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip. However tips are optional and a great gesture of appreciation for them) WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING? A lightweight, waterproof day pack with change of clothes for the whole period of the trek (must not exceed 7 kilos) Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°c (rentable for $20 for duration of the trek) Sturdy hiking boots Warm clothes and trekking pants (trousers) Layers of clothes, include thermals, for variable temperatures especially at night Head torch with spare batteries Camera with extra film and batteries Sun protection: sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses Woolen socks, gloves, scarf, woolen hat for cold nights Insect repellent Extra plastic bags, especially in the wet season Waterproof clothing or a rain poncho Water bottles and water purifying tablets - Optional Personal medical kit with a simple whistle Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips Walking sticks (rentable) Favorite snacks Inflatable mattress Toilet paper Sandals or flip-flop Swimming costume Original passport and ISIC card if is applicable.

  • Notes

    ITENERARY NOTED The time stated within this program is approximate and walking time may differ dependent upon the group´s capability and progress and as such the guide may change the lunch spot and campsite if it is required. Each guide has his or her own preferred route and it may not follow exactly the schedule described here. However all items listed within the above schedule will be covered. Trek conditions also vary according to the season. In the dry season ( May - September) the trail can be very dusty and hot in the day time, in the wet season (October - March) it can be slippery and muddy and during the shoulder season the conditions can be variable. All year round in the mountains the stone sliding can happen at any time, particularly after heavy rains. SAMtravelperu takes no responsibility for trail condition. This Trek is adventurous and challenging experience, crossing several high passes and some rivers do not have a substantial bridge and can be dangerous to cross in periods of heavy rain. This region is not frequently visited by tourists, therefore tourist infrastructure is limited. Visitors should be aware that things change, or may not go to plan. This is all part of the adventure! We can change the date of your train ticket to the following day. Hotels costs and costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. Please also note that your entry ticket to Machu Picchu is valid for one day only, if you wish to visit the ruins on a second consecutive day you will need to purchase the ticket again. Please bring an open mind, flexibility and a good sense of humor. We strongly recommend this trek for experienced trekkers or campers.

Highlights

  • This trek takes you around the stunning Mount Salkantay, which is the second largest mountain in Cusco region (6,277m / 20,577ft).
  • On your first night, you will camp within the clear sight of the snow capped peak of Salkantay Mountain.
  • Second day will be the longest day of the trek, the most challenging, and you will climb a bit harder. However, the view at the top is stunning and unique. The walk to the famous Apacheta pass which is at 4650m/15,088ft is not strenuous nor very steep. Afterward, it is mainly a descent into more tropical area passing Andenes and Chaullay.
  • On your third night, you will camp at LLACTAPATA (2,700m/9,157ft) while enjoying the great views of Machu picchu,Wuayna Picchu mountains and the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu (Inca city).
  • Ending at the most important mystic center of the world: Machu Picchu.

Trip Info

The first day we meet our horsemen, horses and pack all our equipment onto the horses. Afterwards we start the gradual climb of 527 meters by walk through pristine Andean valley landscapes for about 3.5 hours before arriving to Soraypamapa (3850m/12,700ft) for lunch. After lunch, we continue gentle climb for 2 hours through more unspoiled Andean valley to our first campsite at Salkantay Pampa located at 4100m/13,527ft.

The second day, we start trekking with a moderate climb for 3 hours to reach the Apacheta pass (4,650m/15,367ft). From here, we can enjoy the spectacular views of snowcapped mountains such as: Salkantay (6,277m/20,717ft), Humantay, Huayanay, white rivers, and small lakes.

At the Apacheta Pass, you can leave a piece of rock carried from the bottom as a present to the Apu Salkantay(Mountain god), During Inca times, the walkers used to leave their shoes, clothes, jewels or simply piece of rock as an offering. We continue walking for 2 hours downhill for lunch at Huayracmachay. Then depending on the group’s trekking ability, weather and walking conditions, we will decide whether to walk for 2 to 3 hours downhill to reach to our second campsite at Colpapamapa (2,877m/9,497ft).

Day three, we walk for 3 hours through the beginnings of the rainforest; enjoying a myriad of flora and fauna including orchids, birds, coffee, cacao and fruit plantations. We arrive at La Playa (2,060m/6,797ft) for lunch, with free time to rest before climbing uphill for 3 hours through the Andean cloud forest to the Puncuyoc pass and then onto LLACTAPATA which is located at 2,700m/8,907ft (an Inca site located straight in front of the citadel of Machu Picchu), which is our third evening´s campsite.

The panoramic view from our campsite is breathtaking; you can enjoy a different angles view of Machu Picchu, the Huanay Picchu Mountains, the citadel of Machu Picchu and the Aobamba canyon, where another Inca trail can be seen as well. We trek off the beaten track exploring places no one else does and we are the ONLY one camping at LLACTAPATA.

On day four, we have breakfast enjoying the spectacular views of Huaynapicchu, Machu Picchu Mountains and the citadel of Machu Picchu, we start walking downhill for 2 hours to Hidroelectrica for lunch. After lunch we walk to Aguas Calientes town through the national park of Machu Picchu, enjoying the surroundings of the iconic Machu Picchu and the wall which surrounds the Inca Citadel.

Rise early to take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the early morning light. This is the best time to view the ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Join our local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site and Inca history without the pressure of other tour groups that arrive at midday with a lot of time for further exploring, photos and climb to Huanaypicchu or up to the Sun Gate. Then we head back to Aguas Calientes for buffet lunch. Later in the afternoon we return by train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and will then be transferred by van to Cuzco, arriving in the evening.

 

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