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Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu

5 Days

Start
CUSCO -
End
 CUSCO


From
540 USD

Trip Code: STM5D


Salkantay Mountain Trek and Machu Picchu guided tour.

Salkantay Trek 5 Days it is not just a simple hike, it is the best combination of Lakes, snow mountains, cloud forest and Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

This Salkantay trek is perfect for tourists who wish to absorb the magnificent remains of Machu Picchu. This spectacular trek recently was voted by National Geographic as the most beautiful trek in the world!

We will get a chance to hike through breathtaking green valleys and traverse through the snow-capped Salkantay Mountain. You will enjoy a variety of rare flora and fauna as this trek has a wealth of natural scenery. This trek is open for everyone and is a popular alternative to the trek of Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

You have experience in hiking and love outdoor? Then you will love the Salkantay Trek, which includes a 5-days trek ending in Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world.

Prior to this trek Go Get Peru suggests to choose a tour for example to the Planetarium of Cusco. That way you will already know something about Inca astronomy. This knowledge you can use during the trek when you get to see the milky way and a lot of stars.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 – Salkantay Trek: from Cusco to Humantay Lake – Soray Pampa

The first day will be the relaxing easy day, pick up from your hotel at 07:00am and travel by our personal transport to Soraypampa (3850m/12631ft) an amazing 4-hours long journey through Izcuchaca and Limatambo, with an amazing view of the “Mountain of Salkantay” in the Cordillera of Vilcanota, along the way we can see magnificent views of the chains of snowcapped Vilcabamba, the colorful village of Mollepata and the lush Apurimac River Valley. We arrive to Soraypampa, here you will begin our hike to Humantay Lake; you begin an ascent up the slopes that border the plateau. An hour and half later, after making your way over the final hill, you will be stunned to see the turquoise water of the lake, made even more spectacular by the sight of the Humantay glacier looming behind it. Here you will have a chance to relax, enjoy a snack and meditate in the tranquility of this magical spot. After we will descent back to Soraypampa where we will enjoy our lunch, the rest of the afternoon free to relax and acclimatize on this high elevation, after dinner we spend the night in this base camp situated at (3850m/12631ft).

Overnight at the Campsite
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 – Salkantay Trek: Soraypampa to Collpapampa

Early morning you have breakfast and then hit the Salkantay Trek, a moderate climb for around 4 hours and a half to reach the Abra Salkantay (4600m/15088ft). Here you can catch a glimpse of Cusco’s second highest peak, the dazzling snowcapped Mount Salkantay (6264m/20546ft) and also the snowcapped mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small lakes and moraines. In the Abra Salkantay, you can follow the tradition of leaving a rock that you carried from the bottom as a present from you to the Abra Salkantay. (In ancient Inca times the hikers used to leave their shoes at the top along with clothes, jewels or simply a piece of rock as an offering). We proceed further and hike for 3 hours downhill to get lunch in Huayracmachay (3850m/12628ft). From here, we trek downhill towards a supposed cloud forest where climate is more tropical. A lengthy but pleasant descent along the banks of the Salkantay River leads us to our next campsite located at Collpapampa (2890m/9479ft), in the afternoon, where we stay for the night. Here we will feast upon a well prepared dinner and rest after this tiring day.

Overnight at the Campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Salkantay Trek: Collpapampa to Lucmabamba

Day 3 of our trip is a little easier but it too offers breathtaking views as the rest with endless chances to appreciate the fascinating wildlife inhabiting the region. You will begin your trek after breakfast, alongside the mesmerizing Santa Teresa Riverbanks. Along the path we see plantations of avocado, coffee, and banana, and lively local flora. Bask in the beauty of the vegetation which becomes increasingly lusher and greener as you proceed. On this day we proceed with our Salkantay Trek completing a pleasant trek along the river of Santa Teresa – you will also get enough time to take a shower in the waterfalls, take beautiful pictures, and if lucky, you will be able to see the famous ”Gallito de las Rocas”, a Peruvian National Bird. You will arrive to Lucmabamba campsite (2400m/7874ft), a tiny village is situated here and has a shop and electricity, where you can use the shower and toilet facilities.

Overnight at the campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Salkantay Trek: from Lucmabamba towards Aguas Calientes

On the last day you depart the valley to begin climbing upwards on the trail through lovely forestland till you arrive at the splendid archeological site of Llactapata, which was only recently discovered. From that point, you will be able to appreciate the spectacular views of both, the grandiose Mount Salkantay and Machu Picchu.
To reach Llactapata Inca site, we climb up for about 2 hours with an amazing view of Santa Teresa Valley. We can have an outstanding spectacle of the Incas’ Lost City from here as well as of the infamous Machu Picchu with a distinct angle. We get to see a dazzling view of nature at Llaqtapata’s lookout point (2650m/8692ft). This will be our first archaeological site we will see during the Salkantay Trek, here your guide will explane to you about the importance of this Inca site. From here we will be able to see not only the ruins of Machu Picchu from this spot, but also Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain. After we will continue 2 hours downhill to Hidroelectrica train station, here we will have lunch. After Lunch you have two options to choose.
1) If you are exhausted, you may take the train to Aguas Calientes ($31.00 extra per person).
2) If you are still eager to hike, you may walk from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes for about 3 hours along the train track.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – Tour to Machu Picchu and Back to Cusco

Excursion to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, short ride (25 minutes) up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, and you will participate in a guided tour, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the most important preserved Intihuatana, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows.
Optional climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain; from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant (not included in the price): In the afternoon you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for the train ride to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival assistance at the station and transport to your Cusco hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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South Peru, Perú
5 Days
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USD540.00

Budget Hotel

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USD540.00
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WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • 3 Nights Camping in 4 season tents

  • 1 Night Hotel in Aguas Calientes

  • Camping equipment: Overnight in 4 season tents including comfortable inflatable sleeping pads, cooking equipment, kitchen and dining tent including tables and chairs

  • Transport: All land transport involved in the itinerary (bus, minivan, train, hiking)

  • Pack animals: To carry camping equipment and food, horse to carry your personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping)

  • Excurtions: Huamantay Lake, Salkantay trek and Machu Picchu guided Tour

  • Entrance fees to parks and cultural sights: Entrance tickets for Salkantay and Machu Picchu

  • Train ticket: Expedition Train (Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo)

  • Transfers: All airport transfers, Hotel pickup and drop-off by English-speaking staff

  • Meals: Meals according mentioned in the itinerary

  • Guided tours will be By qualified English-speaking guides

  • Support Staff: Cook and Wranglers

  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

  • Pre-departure briefing, one day before trek departure

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Sleeping bag

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain

  • travel insurance

  • visa

  • personal items, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras