The Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is considered as one of the best treks in the World (National Geographic Adventure – Magazine). All this considering the natural beauty thanks its unique geographical position. The Salkantay Mountain high is 6 264 masl, with cold climatic conditions.
DAY 1 (CUSCO – MOLLEPATA - SORAYPAMPA): An early wake up to pick it up at 4:30 a.m. from your hotel and then travel to Mollepata one of our private tourist buses. Mollepata is a small Andean village where we will enjoy a good local breakfast while our staff prepares the horses with everything necessary for the trip. From Mollepata we will travel one more hour by bus to Challacancha, place where we will officially start our trek, enjoying the spectacular view of the Limatambo valley and then continue our walk to Markokasa. From this point we can see the Salkantay mountain. We will arrive to Soraypampa (3 900 masl.) where our camp is and where we will enjoy our revitalizing lunch
After lunch and a little siesta in our camp we will have the opportunity to visit the mountain and lake Humantay, an ascent hike that will take an hour on average to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the place and the fascinating turquoise waters of the Humantay lake. After this visit we will return to the camp and enjoy a recomforting dinner and we will rest.
DAY 2 (SORAYPAMPA - HUAYRACPUNKU - COLLPAPAMPA): We will enjoy our breakfast (5:30 am.) And begin our walk towards the Salkantay pass, the highest point of the trip (4,650 masl) located between two large snowy mountains: Mountain Salkantay (6 271 masl.) and the mountain Humantay (4 120 masl.); in this pass we will have some snow probabilities. With a spectacular view at this point we will perform a small ceremony; This ceremony is known as a "Payment to Mother Earth or Pachamama (Jaywarikuy)", basically we leave some coca leaves on the rocks as a gift or offering to the Pachamama and thus form ask permission to continue safe with our incredible and memorable walk . We will continue our trek descending through an interesting and beautiful cloud forest to reach Huayracpunku, where we will enjoy our lunch. After lunch, we will continue walking towards our second camp, Colcapampa or Challway (3 000 masl.), at this point we will enjoy the beautiful Andean landscape, and then enjoy a delicious dinner.
DAY 3 (COLLAPAPAMPA – LA SAHUAYACU – LUCMABAMBA – SANTA TERESA): After a good breakfast (6:30 am.), we begin our trek passing through several valleys, crossing rivers and a variety of streams, and enjoying the wonderful view (waterfalls, tropical fruits, colorful birds and various native plants). The trail is less demanding, with a generally warm climate. We will enjoy lunch on the way. We will see vivid valleys and then arrive at the last Santa Teresa camp. After a break and with some sandwiches, we will have the option of visiting the hot springs of the place and then return to the camp and enjoy a nutritious dinner.
DAY 4 (SANTA TERESA - HIDROELECTRICA - MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO): After a good breakfast we continue our walk for another 3 hours to the Hydroelectric (lunch) and then 3 hours to Aguas Calientes the town in the lower part of Machupicchu. The trail passes through an old coffee plantation in Mandorpampa, until reaching the cloud forest. Following the Urubamba river (sacred river) for an hour and a half enjoying the hydroelectric waterfalls (the waterfalls have a height of 12 m.) From the waterfalls, the path continues through a beautiful and fertile landscape (coffee, bananas and avocado farms). This natural area is the habitat of mammals such as: the spectacled bear and many species of birds and butterflies, some of them endemic to the area.The forest is full of bromeliads and many varieties of orchids, some of them are still not identified by science, we will finally arrive at Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes) to spend the night in our comfortable hostel. In Aguas Calientes you can visit the thermal baths of the place.
DAY 5 (FULL DAY MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO): We will enjoy our breakfast and then restart with our walk, this time to the citadel of Machu Picchu. The climb to Machu Picchu begins early before sunrise. Starting to walk 30 minutes on a flat road and then climbing step by step for 1:30 hours approximately the Inka stairs to the lost city of the Inkas "Machu Picchu". We will be guided for two hours on a tour that will reveal the mysteries of this magical place. Then we will explore this magical place for ourselves and try to obtain the perfect photo before starting our descent back to Aguas Calientes and take the return transport to Cusco.
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