Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days
The Tradicional Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Tour, considered one of 50 unmissable treks worldwide, is a popular alternative to the Inca Trail. This trek perfectly combines local culture and natural beauty. Salkantay (6264m / 20551ft) is the magnificent snowcapped mountain that was considered the God of the mountains, worshipped by the surrounding villages for thousands of years. This route will take us back to the time of the Incas, accompanied by the spirits of the other nearby mountains, Tucarhuay and Humantay, whose peak is higher than 5000 meters (16404 feet).
Join us is this adventure crossing the Andes from Cusco to Machu Picchu.
|Altitude:||1950 – 4600 meters / 6398 – 15092 feet.|
|High Season:||April – November|
|Duration:||05 Days / 04 Nights|
We will leave Cusco between 5:00 and 6 a.m., in a bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 masl), we´ll stop for last-minute supplies, to use the restrooms at a local restaurant. We will continue our expedition to Challacancha (3900 masl), our hike starting point. We will meet with our muleteers and horses, who will load the equipment on horses, we will begin our hike toward Humantay Lake, a marvellous lake in the mountains. After 3 hours walking, we will have a panoramic view of the majestic Salkantay mountain, other mountains covered with snow. Between 1:00 and 2 p.m., we will have a delicious lunch in Salkantaypampa. After lunch, we will continue hiking to Soyrococha, our first campsite, where our tents will be ready as well as your dinner.
Transportation time: 4 hours
Hiking time: 7 hours
Included: Lunch and dinner
Today, nature will change from dry surroundings to snowy mountains and tropical areas. After our breakfast, we will begin the most difficult part of the hike around 8:00 am. We will ascend until to reach the highest point (4600 masl) after 2 hours. We will enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains and the Cordillera of Vilcanota and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6266 masl) which is known as the second-highest point of the region. On our way down, we will visit the amazing Salkantay Lake. Around 1:00 p.m., we will have our lunch, in Huayracmachay., after 3 hours trek, we will arrive at our camp in Challway (2900 masl). Around 7:00 p.m., we will have our dinner.
Hiking time: 8 hours
Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
At 7:00 a.m., we will begin our trek. We will walk for about 5 hours toward Sahuayaco, on the route, we will observe Collpabamba, also called the “Forest Cloudy Brow” where we can view waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds. If we are lucky, we will be observing the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks”. Arrive at Sahuayaco around midday, here we have lunch, By the afternoon we continue our tour, by local transport until reaching our camping site, very close to Santa Teresa town. (Who wish can go to the hot springs to take a relaxing bath). Around 7:00 p.m., we will have dinner and camping.
Hiking time: 5 hours
Climate: Warm during the day with mosquitoes.
Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
After an early breakfast, we start our walk to hydroelectric for approximately 3 hours, down a path, which will take you to the Hydroelectric, here you will have time to rest and enjoy the scenery and lunch at a local restaurant. We continue our journey to the community of Mandor; where we will arrive after 1:30 hours approximately. Here we will have a fantastic visit to the orchid garden to appreciate some of the 317 varieties of orchids in the area; the last part of the route to reach Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) we will do it in an hour and a half more. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel (included in this package). Then we enjoyed dinner at a local restaurant around 7:30 p.m.
Hiking time: 6 hours.
Climate: Warm with a lot of mosquitoes.
Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Today, we will start early in the morning at around 4:30 a.m., to take the bus to Machu Picchu. In Machu Picchu, we will have a guided tour for around 2 or 3 hours and after that, we will have free time to explore the citadel and take pictures. Bus to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town). At according time (depending on availability), we will be taking a train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and from there, a bus will drive you to Cusco.
|Group Service||627||Rate applies for 2 passengers mínimum.|
Single Occupancy Supplement US$US$ 64.00
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR INCA TRAIL POLICIES
According to the Resolution #002-2004-UGM-CD, published in official newspaper El Peruano on Nov 12, 2004, modifying chapter III of the Inca Trail Regulation, which refers to Inca Trail space bookings. Bookings will be guaranteed by the government institutions when providing full names; nationalities and passport numbers of passengers; and when having paid the full amount of passengers and staff (cook and team of porters) entrance fees. (NON REFUNDABLE)
**Since the Inca Trail has a maximum allowance of 500 people per day (including passengers and agency staff), we strongly recommend making your bookings, as much in advance as possible to make sure you will find spaces on the desired departure date. We are already receiving bookings for departures scheduled as far as one year prior to the trek departure date, so if you wish to travel with us to the Inca Trail, please make sure to confirm your booking as soon as possible. Otherwise, we have also available alternative routes of equally awesome beauty and interest to offer to you.
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Travel Policies Update 2021 – 2022
From December 15, Peru receives international flights from all over America and Europa. In addition, Machu Picchu Inca citadel increased its maximum capacity of 1116 people per day.
PERU AGENCY knows that in these uncertain times, change can come out of nowhere. Therefore, for any booking made before April 2021 you have the right to change the date of your trip at any time during the following 2 years…. until the end of 2022, at NO extra cost. This gives to you more time to make decisions about your future trip, and the security of knowing that if for any reason you need to rearrange your trip, we are here to help you!
Additionally, we offer a 20% discount on all our rates.
May we also inform you that we have a very attractive group’s policy; for groups of 8 or more people, the ninth passenger goes free.
We are open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm, Peruvian time (UTC -5).