Salkantay to Machu Picchu 4D/3N
The prices includes PERSONAL PORTERS and INFLATABLE MATTRESS. We will provide you with duffle-bag at briefing time, to carry your personal equipment such as mattres, sleeping bag and clothing to change. You will only carry a small daypack with essential items such as rain gear, warm fleece, water bottle and camera.
This trek combines ecological zones with exuberant and diversity vegetation, flora
such as orchids, trees, plant of banana, coffee papay and coca plant and fauna with
numerous species of insects,reptiles,birds and mammals, the most representative
of these area the spectacled bears (tremarctus ornatus), the trail goes over the
high passes (4600m),grasslands with unforgettable views of the magnificent mountains
such us Salkantay mountain (6271m) part of the Vilcabamba mountain range through
the cloud forests and finally into the subtropical vegetation arriving on the final
day to Machu Picchu.
Level of difficulty (low, medium, high): medium-high
Required fitness level (low, medium, high): medium-high
DAY 1: CUSCO TO SORAYPAMPA-WAYRAQMACHAY
Pick up from your hotel is at 5:00am. A 2 hour drive in our private bus will take
us to Mollepata (2’800m). We’ll pass various typical local villages like Anta ,Ancahuas
and Limatambo. In Mollepata you have opportunity to have breakfast and buy any last
minute snacks and drinks. After another 1 hour bus drive we will reach Soraypampa
(3’900m), the start of our trek. On the way to the starts of the trail, we will be able to admire impressive Mt.Humantay (5900m). It will take us 3 hours through a spectacular
mountain landscape and vast grassy planes to reach Soyrococha (4’400m), which is next to impressive glacier of Salkantay (6271m). Here we will be served lunch and take some rest to regain strength for the uphill march to Salcantay pass (4’600m), the highest point of this trek.
At the pass we stop to enjoy the view of snow-capped peak of the Vilcabamba mountain range in every direction, the glaciated south face of Salkantay towering about us. The trail winds its way through the landscape downhill to Wayraqmachay (3919m) where we are going to spend the first night.
- Trekking distance: 12km approx.
- Estimated time: 7-8 hours (including lunch)
- Maximum altitude: 4600m
- Campsite altitude: 3919m
DAY 2: WAYRAQMACHAY TO PLAYA SAHUAYAKU
After a good sleep we get up early in the morning and after breakfast we start to
hike downwards passing other camp sides (Rayanniyoc, Andenes) and eventually get
to Collpapampa (2950m). Her we will have lunch. After lunch we continue our hike with an easy walk along the Santa Teresa River, enjoying the increasingly lush vegetation, passing waterfalls, passion fruit, banana, avocado and coffee plantation. We pass the waterfalls to get to Winaypoqo. It will take us 2 hours to get there, and then we continue another 2 hours to La Playa (2050m). La Playa is a small village with basic facilities. This is our second camp site. On the way we can see exuberant local flora and fauna.
- Trekking distance: 20km approx.
- Estimated time: 8-9 hours (including lunch)
- Maximum altitude: 3919m
- Campsite altitude: 2050m
DAY 3: LA PLAYA – LAQTAPATA -HIDROELECTRICA - AGUAS CALIENTES
We start this day with an ascend of about 2-3 hours up to El Mirador or Abra Qelloqasa(2860m). From where we have exceptional views of Machu Picchu from the southeast. Finally we get to LLapta Pata a beautiful archeological site which has connections to the Inca site Machu Picchu and Sayacmarka. We will have plenty of time to explore this nice Inca site, then we will start to descend for about 2 hours towards the Aobamba River crossing lush bamboo forests and more orchards and coffee plantation bring us to the Hidroelectrica (power plant). We serve lunch here. Then a pleasant 3 hours walk will bring us to Aguas Calientes where we will stay in the hotel for the night. After having stored our baggage we will have free time for a shower or to go to the hot springs. Later we go out and have dinner to together in one of the restaurant.
- Trekking distance: 22km approx.
- Estimated time: 8-9 hours (including lunch)
- Maximum altitude: 2860m
- Aguas Calientes: 2040m
DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES TO MACHU PICCHU TO CUSCO
This last day starts very early, we will wake up you at around 04:30am, have breakfast and then take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. It is well worth the effort to get up early as the Inca City is quietest in the early morning and you will have plenty of time to take photos and enjoyed the sun rise over Machu Picchu. Of course our guide will take you to the classic spot to take your post card pictures. This vantage point offers a terrific view of the whole complex, and then our guide will give you a tour around Machu Picchu telling you about the history of Machu Picchu and the most important buildings. After that you will have a free time to explore the site on your own. Once you feel that you have seen every corner of Machu Picchu you will take a bus down to the village of Aguas Calientes to have lunch. Usually we take the bus at around 13:00pm. The bus ride takes 25 minutes and your guide will give you your bus tickets. Make sure that before you leave Machu Picchu by bus, the guide gives you the time and location of the meeting place in Aguas Calientes, where you will get your train tickets back to Cusco.
Service not included:
- Transportation: Private van from Cusco to start of the trek in Soraypampa. Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu. Bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes. Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo train station and private van from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco-Hotel.
- Accommodation: Hostal in Aguas Calientes on the 3rd night (based on 2 people sharing
- All meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners. Food includes pancakes, omelets,
soups, fresh fruits, chicken, fish, meat, rice, pasta and hot drinks including coca
leaf tea which is very effective against altitude sickness. Tea time every afternoon
(tea, coffee, biscuits and popcorn). Every morning and afternoon warm water to clean
yourself up. We can also provide vegetarian meals and special diets. Just let us
know in advance or during the briefing on the evening before the trekking.
- Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish). Always 2 guides for 8 people.
- Horsemen and horses to carry the tents, food, cooking equipment and your personal
equipment such as mattress, sleeping bag and clothing to change. A maximum of 8
kilos (including the sleeping bag) per person. An emergency horse in case someone needs help and is not able
to continue walking.
- Camping equipment. 2 people will always share a spacious 4 people dome igloo tent
with plenty of space for your backpacks. Blow mattress, chemical toilet, cooking
equipment, dining tent, kitchen tent, first aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Entrance fees to Machupicchu.
- First breakfast at Mollepata (day one)
- Last lunch at Aguas Calientes (day
- Sleeping bag (25 US$ to rent)
- Tips and the extra spending
- Ticket for Wayna Picchu. If you would like to climb Wayna Picchu please tell us for which group (07:00 or 10:00) in the remarks field while booking. Additional cost would be USD 25 and be paid at the briefing.