Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu – 5D/4N
Salkantay trek to Machupicchu
he magnificent Apu Salkantay and then arriving at the ruins of Machu Picchu.
- Type of trip: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture.
- Good for: Those in moderate shape or better.
- Difficulty: Challenging.
- Starting altitude: 3200m / 9515ft.
- Highest altitude: 4650m / 15,200ft.
- Walking distance: 72 km.
- Longest day: Day 2, approximately 22 km / 11 miles.
- Coldest night: Day 1 around 0º Celsius.
DAY 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco at 4.30 a.m passing through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo and arriving in Mollepata at approximately 8.00 a.m. where we will have breakfast and prepare our bags of 5 kg to give to the porter.
We will take a bus from Mollepata to Marqoq’asa, which will take about 45 minutes. From here we will walk for two hours to the mirador of Horada Pata where the valley divides into two (Valley of Mollepata and Marqoq’asa). We will follow the trail for three and a half hours to our lunch point and camping ground of Soraypampa
Marqoq’Asa Y Soraypampa ( 14 Km. 5 Hours )
OPTION: Hike up to visit Humantay lagoon located at 4220 m.a.s.l., which will take 1 hour and 20 minutes. The return descent will take about 40 minutes.
Tea will be served at 6.00 p.m. followed by dinner at 7.30 p.m. and finally head to our tents for a good night sleep.
DAY 2: SORAYMAPA –SALKANTAY- CHAULLAY.
We will wake up at 5 a.m. and have breakfast and at 6.30 a.m. and then continue with our hike where we will climb for 4 hours until the Salkantay crossing point located at 4650 m.a.s.l. Here we will pass by two important historical points (Salkantay-Pampa and Soyroq’ocha) where we will make a small offering of coca leaves to Pachamama and Apu Salkantay. Our guide will also tell us about the history and religion of the Incas.
We will descend for two and half hours towards our lunch spot in Huayrac-Pampa where we will have one and a half hours to eat and rest before continuing with the hike descending from 4100 m.a.s.l. to 2900 m.a.s.l. that will take around three hours and a half. This part of the treck is surrounded by jungle and we will arrive at the campsite of Chaullay where we will have tea and then dinner.
Soraypampa- Salkantay- Chaullay (22 Km. 10 Hours)
DAY 3: CHAULLAY – PLAYA SAHUAYACO – SANTA TERESA.
We will have breakfast at 6.00 a.m. and shortly after begin today’s hike where we will walk for approximately five and a half hours through jungle where you will come across many ascends and descends. In this area we can see and appreciate the coffee, orchid cloud forest plantations and many natural plants used for natural medicines. We will arrive at our lunch spot in Playa Sahuayaca were we will have a buffet lunch and take a bus, which is included, to Playa Santa Teresa our campsite. Here we have the option to visit the thermal baths located in Cocalmayo (Santa Teresa), which is not included in the package. We will return to our campsite at 6.00 p.m. for tea and later dinner.
Chaullay –Playa ( 14 Km. 5 Hours )
DAY 4: SANTA TERESA –HIDROELÉCTRICA-AGUAS CALIENTES:
The sunrise will take place inside a tropical zone filled with history and nature. Here we will have breakfast and be ready to continue our hike towards Hidroeléctrica where we will have lunch in a restaurant. After lunch we will continue our hike through this tropical zone towards Aguas Calientes where we will stay in a hotel and have dinner at 6.30 p.m.
Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes (14 km, 5 hours)
DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES- MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO.
Early in the morning, we will take a bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. (Bus included in price) so that you can appreciate this famous city in the dawn light and before the crowds arrive. You will then have a 2.5 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu with your guide. After your tour you can further explore the ruins by yourself or climb Huayna (Wayna)Picchu for that classic photo of Machu Picchu. (You need to specify if you would like to climb Huayna Picchu at the time of booking, it costs $10 extra) Also try to fit in a visit to the Temple of the Moon or Uyna Huayna Picchu while visiting Huayna Picchu.
If you don’t get to do Huayna Picchu, other options are:
• Inti Punku (gate of the sun) this is the location where the classic inca trail arrives.
• Inca Bridge
• Machu Picchu Mountain.
- Transportation from Cusco to Marqoqasa.
- Professional Guide.
- 5 breakfasts.
- 5 lunches.
- 4 scenes.
- Liter of water for 4 days.
- Horses (equipment, food, and 9 kilos of customer’s luggage (includes tents or tents and matras).
- Entrance to Machupicchu.
- 01 Hotel night in Aguas Calientes.
- CONCETUR bus service in Machupicchu.
- Return ticket by train Aguas calientes -Ollantaytambo.
- Transportation Ollantaytambo – Cusco, private car.
- Inflatable matra.
- Lunch of the last day.
- Transportation Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric.
- Entrance to Huaynapicchu. $20 per person.
- Sleeping bag.
- Service and extra expenses.
- Extra activities (Zip Line)
- Warm clothes for the night.
- Water-proof clothes.
- Several shirts.
- Insect repellent.
- Plastic poncho for the rain.
- Water purification tablets.
- First Aid Kit.
- Water bottle.
- Passport (original).
- Student ID card (isic) if applicable.
- Extra soles or dollars.
- Walking sticks.