PACKAGE DETAILS | SALKANTAY trek to Machu Picchu
DAY 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – CHALLACANCHA – SORAYPAMPA.
We will leave from Cusco between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m. A local bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 masl), arriving approximately at 8:15 am in time to have breakfast.
During the drive, we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other snow-capped mountains, and the valley of the Apurimac River.
Following our meal, we will meet with our support staff and they will load the equipment onto horses and mules. Around 9:00 a.m.,
we will begin our walk toward Sayllapata (3200 masl). At about 1:00 p.m.,
we will have a traditional Peruvian lunch. After lunch, we will continue hiking toward the Soraypampa village (3850 masl). Around 5:30 p.m., we will arrive at our camp where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.
DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA – SALKANTAY PASS – HUAYRACPUNKU – CHAULLAY.
After an early breakfast, we start trekking from Soraypampa at approx 7:30 a.m.
From this point, we can appreciate the spectacular views of the mountain Salkantay, a stunning snow-capped mountain (6,264 m), the second highest peak in Cusco’s region, as well as the mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small lakes, and moraines.
At our lunch spot after a 5 hr walk, we will trek downhill to lunch in Huayracpunku and then further downhill 2-3 hrs to camp at Collpapampa (2,920 m).
DAY 3: CHAULLAY – COLLPAPAMPA – LA PLAYA – SANTA TERESA (COCALMAYO HOT SPRING)
Around 7:00 a.m., we begin our trek of about 6 hrs toward Playa Sahuayaco. During this period we will see a town called Collpabamba, also called the “Forest Cloudy Brow”, where waterfalls, thermal hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, various flora, and birds can be observed.
If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks”. From Playa Sahuayaco, we will head to the campsite located at the hot springs of Santa Teresa (don’t forget to bring a bathing suit).
Here we will rest and have dinner.
DAY 4: SANTA TERESA – HIDROELECTRYC – AGUAS CALIENTES
After our delicious breakfast, we are starting our walk around 8:30 a.m. We first head to the village Colpani along a rising trail from which we can see coffee plantations, banana, passion fruit, and a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley. We follow the riverside of the Vilcanota River until we arrive in the Oroya. From here we have an option to hike a few hours or to catch a small car (25 minutes) to Hidroelectrica. Here we will have the last lunch with all of the staff, and then we will continue walking to Aguas Calientes, arriving around 4:30 p.m. Here we will spend our final night in a hostel.
DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO
CUSCO – AGUAS CALIENTES MACHU PICCHU
Today you will be able to choose between waking up at 4:30 a.m. to walk up to Machu Picchu or taking a bus to Machu Picchu at 5:25 a.m.
In Machu Picchu, you will have a 2 hr guided tour and after that, you will be free to explore the citadel and take pictures.
If you desire, ascend toward Huayna Picchu Mountain (extra cost, must be reserved in advance).
At 6:45 pm. you will take a train to Ollantaytambo and from there a bus will bring you back to your hotel in Cusco.
If you wish to visit the Holy Valley and cusco city, it is better to buy the 10 day tourist card for 130 Soles. You have in Cusco also access to other attractions and museums.
The climb to the Sun Gate is always available and free. This is a nice place with a view of Machu Picchu.
If you prefer HUAYNAPICCHU with its dramatic views, this must be booked in advance and costs 25 dollars per person. The climb takes 1 hour and is moderately difficult. The other option is the MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN, 1 hour and 30 min hours steep climb, very demanding and $ 15 per person. This is probably the most spectacular of all views, but all three options are very nice and will allow you to make very good photos.
As the weather is very cold and damp, your clothes, even wet, will not dry at night. Therefore bring enough spare clothes.
The rainy season lasts from December to March. On some days the sky is still blue and allows a nice bike ride.
The after rainy season lasts from April to June. The mountains are completely covered with snow and the landscape presents itself in fresh green for beautiful photos.
From July to November the weather is mostly sunny.
PRICE REDUCTION / SPECIAL PRICES:
Groups of more than 5 people
Students with a valid international student card on presentation of the card at time of booking
Children under 17 on presentation of their identity card or passport at time of booking
The group is normally 13 people with one professional guide and maximum 16 people with 2 professional guides, registered from the ministry of culture Cusco.