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), Machu Picchu archeological site (wonder of the modern world) and Huayna Picchu or Mountain (optional).
- Perfect for all ages and skill level
- Scenic air tour
- Enjoy fantastic aerial views
- Get inside tips from a local
- Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
- Trip Name: Salkantay Trek
- Trip Code: TL-768-270
- Country: Peru
- Type: Day Tour, Live Guide Tour
- Activities: Nature & Adventure
- Starting Point: cusco
- Ending Point: plaza de armas
What to expect ?
Along the way passengers will have the chance to see snow capes close to the snowy summit of Salkantay, tropical fruit plants, farms, traditional Andean communities and the inheritance of Machu Picchu's ancient civilization. This tour is the perfect circuit to explore prestigious free-land and experience the essence of the Andes in a traditional non-touristic way.
Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata - Soraypampa - Humantay lake
The group will be picked up at the hotels to travel by bus for 4 hours. Then we will arrive at Mollepata (2,900 mals), where we will meet our riders and horses that carry the camping equipment and we will be able to enjoy a delicious breakfast before starting towards the second place in Challacancha, where we will start our walk towards Soraypampa (3,900 mals) ) and where we will set up our camp base. In this area it is possible to see the beautiful snow peak of Salkantay. Then we will walk for 4 hours ascending the Saillapata mountain, where it is time to have lunch. After lunch, we will visit the Humantay Lake (3,459 mals), then back we will walk until we reach our camp in Soraypampa, around 5:00 pm.
Day 2: Soraypampa - HuayraPampa - Chaullay
Early in the morning we will take our breakfast and then we will start a 3 hour hike until we reach the highest point of our expedition, the Salkantay Pass (4,600 m.a.). From there, we walk towards Wayracpunku (Huayra Pampa), for our next meal. Afterwards, the trip will continue going to 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 last around 5 hours to reach our camp in Chaullay (2,900 m.a.s l.) Where we will have dinner and rest.
Day 3: Chaullay - La Playa - Santa Teresa
After having breakfast around 6:30 am, we will head towards Sahuyaco (La Playa 2,080 masl). We will have lunch in this place. Then we continue our trip in our transport to Santa Teresa (1,550 masl) where we will set up our base camp and we will enjoy a relaxing reward in Cocalmayo (Hot Spring) Then we will have a traditional Peruvian dinner and rest well to prepare for the next day.
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 get ready around 4:00 am to climb 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 6:00am our group will have a private guided tour for 2 hours in the Inca citadel, later passengers will be free to enjoy Machu Picchu on their own. Late in the afternoon, according to the departure time of the train, the group will descend walking to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Ollantaytambo where everybody will be picked up and transferred to Cusco. The group has to be at the train station at least 30min before departure. The Salkantay Trek finishes on the square of San Francisco, Cusco.
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Transfer from Cusco to Mollepata.
- Entrance fees to Machu Picchu.
- Roomy dining tent and kitchen.
- Chairs and dining tables.
- First aid kit.
- Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
- Professional bilingual guide, cook and assistants.
- The following meals: 4 x lunch, 4 x dinner, 4 x breakfast (optional vegeterian).
- 1 night of lodging in a hostel in Aguas Calientes.
- Sleeping bags.
- Personal care items.
- Additional horse.
- Tips for the guide and the horsemen.
- Breakfast on the first day, lunch and dinner on the last day.
- The Up or Down Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (USD $24.00)*.
Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
A current valid passport is required on the day of travel.