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Salkantay Trek Short to Machu Picchu in 4 days

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    Description of the excursion.

    The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an alternative to the Inca Trail and considered by most to be the best alternative route (and maybe even better!). This magnificent trail is perfect for adventurers who wish to become personally integrated in changing ecosystems from one day to the next. You will walk through sweeping, magical landscapes of a snowy mountain paradise to a tropical jungle where you will find a wide range of animals and medicinal plants and flower varieties. Witness with your own eyes a living, but ancient, culture in remote villages hardly ever seen by foreigners!

    The Cordillera Vilcabamba is an impressive mountain range extending over 260 km,. The snow-capped mountain Salkantay rises to 6271 MASL– 20574 FASL in height. It is an outstanding snowy peak, located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south-central Peru. Because of its proximity to the city, it is easily accessible by car and it has been climbed by professional mountaineers since 1952.

  • Departure : Every day, including holidays.

    DAY 1 CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA

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    We will leave the city of Cusco at approximately 4:00 am, passing by the villages of Izcuchaca and Limatambo until we arrive in Mollepata, where we will be at roughly 6:30. Here you will have 30 minutes of free time so you can buy yourself a breakfast. Afterwards we will start our walk, stopping in Cruzpata to have lunch. We will continue heading towards Soraypampa, where our first encampment will be.

    DAY 2 SORAYPAMPA - CHAULLAY

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    After breakfast we will continue our walk, wandering through the entire Collpabamba valley, where we will have lunch. This will be the most wearing day because we will be walking for approximately 9 hours. We will continue the trek by entering the jungle, where we will enjoy river formations, which then become tributaries of the river Urubamba, a wide variety of orchids and other wonders of the nature. Around sunset we will arrive at Chaullay, where we will spend the night.

    DAY 3 CHAULLAY – PLAYA SAHUAYACO – AGUAS CALIENTES

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    After breakfast we will leave at 7:00 am and walk for 5 hours. We will have a look at the village called Collpabamba; this region is called cloudy forest, where we will observe waterfalls, fruit trees and a variety of flowers until we arrive at the region that is called La Playa. Here we will have lunch. Later we will board a transport to the station of Hidroeléctrica, where we will have some minutes of rest and then we will continue walking for approximately 2 and a half hours until we arrive at the village of Aguas Calientes. Here we will have dinner and spend the night.

    DAY 4 MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO

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    At dawn at around 4:30 am in the morning we will ascend to the majestic Inca citadel of Machupicchu. Guided visit for about 2 hours, afterwards you will have free time to visit Huaynapicchu, Inti Punku, the moon temple or the rest of the citadel. In the afternoon we will return to the village of Aguas Calientes depending on the schedule of our train, which you will learn to know once you finished your reservation at our company.

  • INCLUDED:

    Transport Cusco – Mollepata.
    Transport Ollantaytambo – Cusco.
    Professional, bilingual guide (spanish and english).
    03x breakfast, 03x lunch, 03x dinner.
    Horses (they carry the camping equipment, the food and 5 kilos of baggage for 3 days).
    Camping equipment.
    Entry ticket to Machupicchu.
    01 night in a basic hostel in Aguas Calientes.
    Return train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.

    NOT INCLUDED:

    Breakfast on the first day, lunch and dinner on the last day.
    Bus up to/down from Machupicchu.
    Transfer Playa Sahuayaco – Hidroeléctrica (USD 20.00 per person).
    Train ticket Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes (optional, USD 35.00 per person).
    Entry to Huaynapicchu and/or mountain (add USD. 15.00 per person).
    Sleeping bag (rental price USD 20.00 for 4 days)..
    Extra carrier (USD 130.00 for 4 days – carries 10 kilo).
    Entry to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes (price USD 4.00).
    Water, extra services and expenses.
    Tips.

    WE RECOMMAND TO BRING

    Toiletries.
    Personal medicational kit (bandaids, cotton, bandages, alcohol, aspirina, tablets for stomach problems, medicines to avoid stomach sickness).
    Camera.
    Hiking shoes.
    Sleeping bag.
    Walking stick with rubber rounded tip.
    Hat or cap.
    Long-sleeved shirt.
    Water bottle.
    Raincoat.
    Lamp and batteries.
    Long pants.
    Insecr repellent, Off verde advisable.
    Sunblocker.
    Coat.
    Backpack (aprox. 50 to 70 liters) for treks.
    Toilet paper and towel.
    Underwear.
    Shirts.
    Swimwear, should you plan on visiting the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
    Extra money for tips (optional).
  • Availability

    Daily departures are available along the year, the recommended period for this trek is April to October.


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    IS IT FOR ME?

    The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a great alternative for the Inca Trail trek and better suited for more adventurous trekkers who are able to handle higher altitude and longer distances. Ascending to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4650 MASL - 15088 FASL is not too strenuous since it is at the beginning of the trek, neither is it very steep, but it does require stamina and a little time in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude before beginning the trek.


    ACCLIMATIZATION

    We do recommend that you arrive to Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you become acclimatized and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.


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