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Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu – 5D/4N

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  • 5 days and 4 nights
  • Max people: 7+
  • Min age: 12+
  • Cusco, Peru
  • Mollepata, Soraypampa, Chaullay, Salkantay, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu
  • Daily departures

This tour and trek is full of beautiful landscapes and visits to the Humantay lake, Salkantay, Santa Teresa, Colcalmayo (thermal baths), Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes), the archaeological site of Machu Picchu (wonder of the modern world) and Huayna Picchu o Mountain (optional).

Perfect for all ages and skill levels.

Get advice from a local.

Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour.

Price Includes

  • Transfer from Cusco to Mollepata.
  • Entrance ticket for the route.
  • Professional bilingual guide, cook and assistants.
  • Food as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Spacious dining tent and kitchen.
  • Dining tables and chairs.
  • 1 nigth accommodation in Santa Teresa.
  • 1 night accommodation in Machu Picchu Pubelo (Aguas Calientes).
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • Transportation from Hydroelectric to Cusco.

Not include in the price

  • Sleeping bag.
  • Personal care items.
  • Additional horse.
  • Tips for the guide and the horsemen.
  • Breakfast on the first day, lunch and dinner on the last day.
  • Cocalmayo hot springs (you can pay at the same place).
  • Bus up and down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Train ticket back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.

We suggest bringing

  • Strong walking shoes for trekking.
  • Sweater and thick jacket.
  • Eco-friendly Tomatodo (canteen).
  • Hat or cap.
  • Rain coat.
  • Long sleeve shirt.
  • Long and short pants.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunblock with a 40 UV factor of at least .
  • Lantern.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Plastic bags.
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory.
  • Medical or personal items.
  • Lightweight backpack.
  • Some cash in small bills.

Briefing in our office, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. of the day before the trip, detailed explanation of the tour with our guide.

Recommendation: Arrive 24 hours before the trip at the office of Conde Travel.

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Itinerary

Day 1:Cusco - Soraypampa

We will begin our adventure picking up each passenger from their respective hotels before embarking on a 3:30 hours by bus. Halfway through the tour, we will stop in Mollepata at an altitude of 2900 m.a.s.l. for a 30 minute break, then we continue with our trip directly to the last bus stop in Challacancha, where we will meet our horsemen and horses, who will carry the all camping equipment and we begin our trek to Soraypampa at (3900 m.a.s.l.). Arriving we will establish a camping area from where we will can enjoy the beautiful views of the snowy peak of Salkantay and we will have a break for lunch. After lunch, we will visit the Humantay Lake at (4200 m.a.s.l.) before starting our return to the camping área in Soraypampa, around 5:00 pm. Where our camping team will be waiting for you with an afternoon tea and our delicious dinner.

Day 2:Soraypampa - Chaullay

Early in the morning we will have our breakfast and then we will start a 3-hours trek until we will reach the highest point of our expedition, the Salkantay Pass (4600 m.a.s.l.). From there, we walk towards Wayrac Machaq, to have our lunch. Then, trekking will continue into the high jungle where we will observe large trees with their arms extended over the streams, all full of bromeliads and orchids. This walk will take about 5 hours to reach our camp in Chaullay for dinner and rest.

Day 3:Chaullay - La Playa - Santa Teresa

After having breakfast around 6:30 am, we start the trek to Sawayaco (La Playa 2100 m.a.s.l.). We will have lunch in this place and then continue with our trip in a transport to Santa Teresa (1550 m.a.s.l.) Here the group will spend the night in accommodation. Then we will have a traditional Peruvian dinner and rest for the next day.

Note: After settling into accommodation, you can access the Cocalmayo hot springs after coordinating with the guide.

Day 4:Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town)

The next morning, after a good breakfast, the bus waits for us. Those who booked in advance will do zip-lining. The rest of the group will go to the Hidroelectrica meeting point where the entire group will join for lunch after the activities. After a bit of relaxation in this place, we will continue walking along the railway that leads through this great jungle that the Inca knew by heart to our final destination: Aguas Calientes. We walk for about 3 hours and you will find beautiful waterfalls, different ecological farms and possibly the curious wildlife of your arrival in the region (arrival fixed around 4:00 p.m.). Here the group will spend the night in a hostel. At night we will all meet at a local restaurant to enjoy a great dinner and have an informative session about our next excursion to Machu Picchu. Then you can visit the city, which is wonderful after sunset.

Day 5:Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town) - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We are ready around 4:00 am to go up to Machu Picchu, the trek will follow an ascending path crossing the high jungle, just in time to see the spectacular sunrise. After passing the control entrance around 6:00 am our group will have a private guided tour for 2 hours in the Inca citadel, later the passengers will be free to enjoy Machu Picchu by themself. Then we will descend walking to Aguas Calientes for about 40 minutes, and then you will walk back to Hidroeléctrica to take our private transport at 3pm, and transfer you to the city of Cusco the transport will arrive in Cusco around 10 pm, the last bus stop would be in the Plaza San Francisco.

Optional: You can book train back service from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (USD $ 80.00). and the Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (USD $ 24.00).

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FAQ

What is the Salkantay trek?

Salkantay trek is another of the Inca roads that leads to Machupicchu and also other wonders such as Choquequirao and Vilcabamba discovered approximately 20 years ago.

What is in the Salkantay trek?

In Salkantay Trek we find adventure activities, local people who are dedicated to the agriculture that works the coffee, the coca among other products of the zone also we found medicinal and exotic plants and also we found types of birds.

Why is the Salkantay Way an alternative Inca trail?

It is called the ALTERNATIVE TRAIL because it is another way to get to Machu Picchu besides the already famous Inca Trail, which is in great demand and must be booked 8 months in advance.

The Salkantay Trek is the only alternative road specialized in adventure for different activities such as cycling, rafts, zip lines, hiking

Can Machu Picchu be visited by people of any age?

Yes, it can be visited by people of all ages. However, in order to ascend Huayna Picchu mountain, it can only be visited by people older than 12 years old.

From what time can I enter Machu Picchu?

Public access is from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What to see in Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is home to almost 150 amazing constructions, these are some of the places that stand out:

• The Temple of the Sun.
• The Intihuatana.
• The Temple of the 3 Windows.
• The Temple of the Condor.
• The Hall of Mirrors.
• The Ladder of the Fountains.
• Huayna Picchu Mountain.
• The Temple of the Moon.
• The Door of the Sun (Intipunku).
• The Main Square.
• The Royal Tomb.
• The Sacred Rock.