Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu:
Cusco, Soraypampa, Qollpapampa La Playa, Aguas Calientes, Guided tour of Machu Picchu, Train journey back to Cusco.
Trek overview: This is the best option if you are looking for a less crowded adventure, amazing mountain views and a truly memorable experience in Machu Picchu. You will have a great group and high quality equipement (The North Face VE 25/Mountain 25 Four-season Tents). We will ensure you have a smooth and enjoyable trek!
Salkantay Trek inclusions
• Professional English speaking Guide.
• Inca Trail Permit and Machu Picchu entry fee.
• Cook and Porters support (who carry tents, cooking gear and food).
• Camping Gear (REI Four-season tents, Sleeping Pad, Duffel bag.)
• Portable Oxygen Tank and First-aid kit.
• Nine meals and water during the trek.
• Expedition train ticket (Aguas Calientes - Cusco).
• Bus ticket (Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes).
• Pre-departure information meeting.
• Hotel pick-up and drop-off service.
Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa
4:30 AM, this morning we will pick you up from your hotel and drive for approx 3 hours to Mollepata village, situated in the Apurimac river valley and over 9000 feet above sea level; here we will have breakfast and meet our Quechua folks who will have the horses (to carry the equipment) ready to start our adventure! After some rest, we start our trek heading to Sayallapata (11,000 feet above sea level), it will take approx 4 hours to arrive at this Andean community where will have an Andean lunch!
After lunch, we continue our trek to Soraypampa (13000 feet above sea level) for about 2 hours where we will camp our first night and have dinner.
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Day 2: Soraypampa - Qollpapampa Salkantay
After having breakfast, we start our second day of adventure toward the Salkantay Mountain Pass (15,255 ft/4,650 m above sea level) for about 2 hours from where we will enjoy the most amazing views of the snow-capped Salkantay Mountain, then we will start descending towards our second camp site at Qollpapampa (9482 feet above sea level), a beautiful place with natural hot springs.
(B, L, D)
Day 3: Qollpapampa La Playa
Today, we will have an easy trek along the Santa Teresa River, enjoying beautiful scenery through this forest, passing a beautiful water fall, observing banana trees and coffee plantations. After a stop to have lunch and rest, we will pass by the passion fruit fields. In the afternoon we arrive at our next camp site located in the village of La Playa (7,068 feet above sea level).
(B, L, D)
Day 4: La Playa - Aguas Calientes
After having breakfast, we cross the river and continue to the village of Lucmabamba, a gradual uphill climb through lush sub-tropical forest leads us to Llactapata (8,700 feet above sea level), from where we will enjoy a back - side view of Machu Picchu and have time to rest. A descending trail will bring us to the Hydroelectric of Santa Teresa where we will have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon we will take the local train to Aguas Calientes (45 minutes). Upon arrival, you will be accommodated at the hostel or hotel of your choice (included on this package).
Evening: Overnight in Aguas Calientes.
(B, L, D)
Day 5: Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Train journey back to Cusco (11,150 ft)
Early morning: short bus journey to Machu Picchu. In many ways today is the climax to your holiday. You will have a guided tour of the most amazing & mysterious of all Inca Sites. You will learn about the history of this site, who lived there, how it was discovered in modern times and why the Spaniards never found it. You will have some insight into the various features of the city and after that you will have some free time to really enjoy yourself alone in this spectacularly located site. This is an unforgettable experience that will stay with you forever.
Afternoon: Train journey back to Cusco.
On arrival in Cusco, you will be transferred to your Hotel.
Salkantay Trek price: $650 per person.
Trek price inclusions:
English speaking guide, pre-departure information meeting, four season tents (The North Face VE 25/Mountain 25), sleeping pad, duffel bag, first aid kit, portable oxygen Tank, cooking equipment, thirteen meals during the trek, 1 night accommodation in tourist hostel in Aguas Calientes, transfers, bus ticket Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes, Expedition train ticket Aguas Calientes-Cusco, cook, horses support (to carry all tents, cooking equipment and food) and Machu Picchu entrance fees.
Trek price does not include: International air fares to Peru, domestic flights, airport taxes, meals other than those specified in your itinerary, sleeping bag (If you need sleeping bags please contact us) personal expenses, personal insurance, and tips.