"Classic" Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 5 days
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
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
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 – SANTA TERESA
After a hearty breakfast we will start our walk on which we can appreciate plantations of coca, considered the sacred leaf of our ancestors, which is now grown in the tropical zones. This last section of the path will descend to Playa Sahuayaco and from there towards Santa Teresa, where we will spend the night.
DAY 4 SANTA TERESA – AGUAS CALIENTES
The sunrise will happen in a tropical zone full of history and nature, our breakfast will be ready to enjoy and then we will continue our trip to the village of Machupicchu. To arrive there will take us more or less 7 hours, passing by the known center of rest in Hidroeléctrica and making stops at different places to simply enjoy the landscapes full of stunning waterfalls, which come from glaciers. In the afternoon we will arrive at the village popularly known as Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hostel at the foot of the Inca citadel of Machupicchu.
DAY 5 MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
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).
04x breakfast, 04x lunch, 04x dinner.
04x breakfast, 04x lunch, 04x dinner.
Horses (they carry the camping equipment, the food and 5 kilos of baggage for 3 days).
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.
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.
WE RECOMMAND TO BRINGToiletries.
Personal medicational kit (bandaids, cotton, bandages, alcohol, aspirina, tablets for stomach problems, medicines to avoid stomach sickness).
Walking stick with rubber rounded tip.
Hat or cap.
Lamp and batteries.
Insecr repellent, Off verde advisable.
Backpack (aprox. 50 to 70 liters) for treks.
Toilet paper and towel.
Swimwear, should you plan on visiting the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
Extra money for tips (optional).
Inca Trail Availability
Daily departures are available along the year, the recommended period for this trek is April to October.
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.
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.