Salkantay to Machu Picchu
The Sacred Mountain Salkantay (6270mts) is located in the northwest of Cusco and on the eastern edge of the Vilcabamba mountain range. The name Salkantay means “Wild Mountain”.
In this journey, we will enjoy Andean landscapes, even at the highest point of our route (5,000mts.). We will have the opportunity to observe condors, llamas and alpacas in their natural habitat. This route leads to Machu Picchu surrounded by lagoons and snow-capped mountains, such as Humantay and Salkantay. It is one of the trails of the Quechua people and during our hike we can appreciate a progression of different climate zones including the cloud forest region, with its tropical vegetation, its orchids, hummingbirds, and the vibrant rainforest parrots. The last day of trekking very early we will close this journey visiting the unique lost City of the Incas; the great Machu Picchu.
- Difficulty Level: Moderate (6-8 hours walking a day).
- Season: From April to December.
Private / Group
We will pick you up at 6:00 am at your selected hotel. From there, we will travel aboard our private transport to the cities of Izcuchaca, Limatambo, and Mollepata. The latter is located at 2,850 meters above sea level and is surrounded by temperate rainforest vegetation. On the outskirts of town, we will see mountains from the Salkantay mountain range, which stand at a height of approximately 4,000 – 5,000 meters. Throughout our trip we will have panoramic views of the Salkantay sacred mountain, as well as magnificent views of the Apurímac river.
Afterwards, we will reach Sayllapata (3,600 meters above sea level), which is the starting point of our trek. Here, we will have breakfast, and meet our carriers and cook. Then, we will begin our journey with a 2.5 hours gradual climb that will take us through the typical Andean communities of Cruzpata (3,200 meters above sea level) and Challacancha before we reach Soraypampa (3,750 meters above sea level). We will have lunch after visiting a spectacular glacier. Following lunch, we will make our way up a soft slope for about 4 hours, until we reach Soyrococha (4,200 meters above sea level), where we will set our first campsite.
Food: Breakfast / Lunch
After an invigorating breakfast at 7:00 am, we will hike down an impressive pathway, with the Salkantay in front of us. Then we will climb up a trail surrounded by spectacular landscape, through which we will reach the highest point of our route. From here, we will get to see the Andes mountain range, and the snow-capped summit of the Salkantay (6,270 meters above sea level). From here, we will enter a canyon of sorts, which will lead us through valleys where we will see a great variety of birds, insects, and other animals. We will also witness the lifestyle of the local peoples while we soak in the views of the different mountains, such as Huayanay and Humantay, as well as small lakes.
We will have lunch at Huayraqmachay (3,700 m) before we start a 3.5 hours descent to Collpapampa (2,900 m), with beautiful rainforest landscapes as our backdrop. There, we will set our campsite. Our food and camping equipment will be carried by horses.
Food: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
On our third day, we will resume our journey at 7:00 am, after having breakfast. The route for Day 03 is as impressive as it is easy, and we will see a great variety of fauna and flora along the way. Our surroundings will be covered by abundant vegetation, typical of high and low forests, as well as different types of ferns, begonias, orchids, herbs, Sobralia, etc. We will also see birds of all colors and sizes, insects, and butterflies. The geography is another major attraction of the region, with its colossal mountains and flat valleys which are crossed by many rivers that flow down the heights of the mountain range to feed the main rivers, such as the Santa Teresa, the Willcamayu and the Vilcanota. After a 5-6 hours trek, we will reach Lucmabamba (1,700 meters above sea level), where we will set camp.
Food: Breafast / Lunch / Dinner
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, we will walk on a portion of the Inca Trail network, until we reach the archeological center of Llactapata. Then, we will descend to the train station of the Hydroelectric Power Station (Km 116), where we will have our last lunch. Afterwards, we continue walking for about 3 hours until we reach Aguas Calientes (2,000 m). Upon our arrival, we will check in at the hotel and have dinner at a restaurant previously reserved by us.
We will start our much-awaited last day with a bus ride to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Here, we will do a guided tour (approx. duration: 3 hours). An optional additional attraction is the climb to the Huaynapicchu mountain, from where you can see the Temple of the Moon and the Sun Gate. This option must be booked at least two months in advance.
Afterwards, we will return to Aguas Calientes, where we will board our train back to Cusco. Upon our arrival, a representative of our company will take you back to your hotel.
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
- Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
- Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 7kg of your personal items.
- Pick-up from your hotel.
- Transportation by bus to Soraypampa. / Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco.
- Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
- 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 4 Dinners. If you have a dietary request let us know.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs.
- Tents (2 persons per ten (capacity. for 3 persons) .
- Hotel for final night.
- Sleeping mattress.
- Oxygen bottle. – First aid kit.
- Entrance to Machu Picchu.
- Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu / Machupicchu to aguas calientes.
- Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us).
- Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 5.
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain.
- Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
- Original Passport. / ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount).
- Walking boots / Waterproof jacket / rain poncho. / Warm jacket. / Hat and gloves. / T-shirts.
- Comfortable Trousers / Sun hat. / Sun cream / Insect repellant /Toiletries / hand sanitiser / Personal medication.
- Reusable Bottle water.
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