Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days / 4 nights

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days: The Salkantay Trek is a number one alternative to the Inca Trail. With high snowy mountains, lowland and a visit to the archaeological site of Llactapata the walk offers a perfect blend of hiking, culture and nature. With fewer people in the path of Salkantay Trek allows you to enjoy the natural beauty of the Andes without any of the distractions and disruptions that you find on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

“The Other Inca Trail” call this route yet so full of tourists traveling to Machu Picchu. Can you imagine seeing the holy city from the southwest corner of Machu Picchu ?. In the Andean cultural tradition of Peru, spirit or energy is all natural forms, trees, plants, rivers, rocks and high mountain peaks “apus”. Also in our bodies and breath I strive to recover, after climbing a mountain pass on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, four thousand 650 meters high, on the way to the Inca city of Machu Picchu. You come to Peru with the idea of reaching the sacred city Machu Picchu Inca roads that crossed over 500 years ago. Until recently, that meant walking backpacking and camping with thousands of other adventurous travelers arriving every year to visit one of the wonders of the world “Machu Picchu”. Now you can experience this spectacular landscape during the day, enjoy fresh Andean dishes and curl up at night in goose down comforters.

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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days / 4 nights:

Tours Day 1:

Tour Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Salkantay Trek

Walk begins today in the small town of Mollepata above the valley of the Rio Blanco. Following a wide track, well established we do with our careful way up the valley side covering a distance of about 16 km /9.9 miles and climbing 1200m / 3937ft. The views during the day are fantastic, everything around us are green green mountains, along the way are a wide variety of plants and flowers native birds flitting in and out and towards the end of the day we will see the peaks Humantay and snowy Salkantay (Savage) hovering above us. Our camp tonight is Soraypampa (4000m / 12750ft.), The nights can be quite cold here, so it’s a good idea to put on her hat and gloves before going to sleep.

Tours Day 2:

Walk Soraypampa – Colpapampa – Salkantay Trek

Today is the longest and hardest day of the trek, but also the most beautiful. The scenery throughout the day going from one extreme to another; from the high Puna covered with bunch grass make our way up and over Salkantay (Salcantay) pass where everything is rock and ice and then down the other side to the warm and lush cloud forest below. On the way we will see a variety of wildlife from small finches to scrape by on higher hummingbirds and toucans in the cloud forest altitudes, there is also the opportunity to see Andean Fox, White Tailed Deer and Vizcacha (Chinchilla Similar rabbit).

Our camp tonight is Colpapampa (2900m / 9514ft), it is recommended that you put in an insect repellent from now as mosquitoes in the area have a nasty bite.

Tours Day 3:

Walk Colpapampa – La Playa – Salkantay Trek

Our destination today is the village of La Playa about 12 km through the valley of Colpapampa. Our route takes us along the river Lluskamayo through an area that is full of life and has several coffee plantations and orchards. The landscape in this area is not as impressive as the previous day, but the heat and lush vegetation are a respite from the high mountains behind us. Tonight we stay in the village of La Playa (2400m / 7874ft.), Which is well connected and there are plenty of places where you can buy snacks and refreshments, you can also try some locally grown coffee. If you are interested, there is the option of visiting some baths that are very close, let your guide in advance so you can arrange this for you.

Tours Day 4:

Walk The Beach – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes “pueblo Machu Picchu”

Today is the last leg of the trek before arriving in Aguas Calientes below Machu Picchu. The main focus today a visit to the archaeological site of Llactapata sat on the mountainside above. Following an original Inca road to reach Llactapata early and mid morning and you can enjoy the fantastic views of Machu Picchu we get from here.

After a tour of Llactapata where we will learn about the Incas and their culture we head down the mountainside to the Hydroelectric where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes.

Tours Day 5:

Trekking Machu Picchu

Waking up early take the first bus back to Machu Picchu to enter the site because it opens. We will have a guided tour of two hours the place where you will learn about the Incas and visiting all major areas of the citadel. After your trip you will have free time to explore the site on your own and if you have permission to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon take the train back to Ollantaytambo where you continue by bus back to Cusco.


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What is included in Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Professional bilingual and for groups of more than 9 people an assistant guide also Chef Guide
  • Porters to carry cooking and camping equipment
  • Mulas (7 kg) for the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu
  • Hotel pickup and drop-offBus to Mollepata to begin trekking and train and bus to return to Cusco at the end
  • Boiled water (excluding the first 4 hours of the Salkantay trek when you have to bring your own bottle)
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners and 4 lunches. If you have an application in the diet, such as vegetarian please let us know.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • The man in the shop for every 2 trekkers
  • Hotel 3 stars
  • mattress sleep
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Return bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

What is not included in Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Breakfast on day 1 and lunch and dinner on day 5
  • The entrance to the mountain Huayna Picchu Machu Picchu
  • Tips – It is customary (but not the obligation) to the tip of his porters and chef at the end of the walk
  • Porters Orientation – 70 soles per porter group
  • Chef – 140 soles group
  • Guide – personal preference
  • Insurance – is highly recommended that you purchase insurance before your trip.

Optional extras in Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Sleeping bag $ 30 for travel
  • Walking stick $ 12 for travel
  • Inflatable Mattress $ 25 for travel
  • Tent Single supplement $ 35
  • Mule to carry 7 kg extra personal items US $ 70 for the trek salkantay
  • Huayna Picchu entrance to allow US $ 20


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