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US$ 610Per person, group departures for Salkantay Trek are every day from March to January, minimum 2 people. See Pricing below for group service or private service. Airfares not included.
Duration:5 Days
Destination:Cusco – Salkantay – Machu Picchu (CAMPING)

SALKANTAY TREK DESCRIPTION

Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Mountain, one of the highest & most stunning

This challenging and amazing Salkantay Trek  runs beneath the sacred Salkantay mountain (6.271m/20569ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes, passing through Quechua communities and lesser-known Inca ruins, to finally reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day. The impressive Sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu is visited on the last day of the program. This itinerary is a great alternative to the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

SALKANTAY TREK ITINERARY

DIFFICULTY: CHALLENGING

DAY 1:

Cusco to Soyroccocha

2_Salkantay Peak

The impressive Salkantay peak

Leave Cusco at 06.00 am in private transportation and start a scenic morning bus-ride to the trail starting point at Challacancha. Along the four-hour drive, you cross the town of Limatambo (2100m/6888ft), an important point of access to the city of Cusco during the time of the Inca Empire. Leave Limatambo and drive up a beaten path along the right shore of the Apurimac River, to reach Mollepata (2800m/9184ft), then Cruzpata (3100m/10168ft) and finally Challacancha, where you will meet your wranglers and horses. After a short introduction, begin the hike following the paths of the locals on a soft ascent towards the base of Mt. Salkantay (6271m/20569ft). After lunch in Salkantaypampa, begin the sometimes steep 2 hr ascent to your camp at Soyroccocha, just next to the impressive glacier of Salkantay (4200m/13776ft). This will be a cold night so very warm clothes are essential.

Overnight at Campsite.
(B, S, L, D)

DAY 2:

Soyroccocha to Collpapampa

Depart early after breakfast and start a 1,5-hour ascent to the Salkantay Mountain Pass (4525m/14842ft). Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding glaciers and the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range with the south face of Salkantay towering above you.  You may also be able to observe chinchillas and condors in their natural habitat. From this point, you start descending towards a more tropical climate and into the so-called cloud forest. Along the route, you can see the remains of an ancient Inca path, which is approximately 6 meters wide. A long yet easy descent along the Salkantay River, takes you to your second camp in the afternoon, Qollpapampa (2890m/9479ft), a beautiful spot with some natural hot springs to relax in.

Overnight at Campsite.
(B, S, L, D)

DAY 3:

Collpapampa to Playa/Lucmabamba

7_Waterfall

Enjoy beautiful waterfalls and lush vegetation

Continue your hike with an easy walk along the Santa Teresa River, enjoying the increasingly lush vegetation, passing waterfalls, passion fruit and coffee plantations. Pass the waterfalls at Coripacchi, the settlement at Wiñaypoko, the bustling small town of La Playa and finally arrive at the third campsite at Lucmabamba (2,100m/6888ft). On the way, you will see  banana, coffee, and avocado plantations, as well as exuberant local flora. Enter spectacled-bear territory and probably be accompanied by flocks of parrots as you descend. At dinner you can enjoy a glass of wine by the light of the camp-fire.

Overnight at Campsite.
(B, S, L, D)

DAY 4:

La Playa/Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, begin a 2-3 hour climb to El Mirador or Abra Q’elloqasa (2860m/9381ft) from where you’ll have an exceptional view of legendary Machu Picchu. Enjoy a last lunch in na

10_Llactapata Ruins

Visit the recently restored Llactapata Ruins

ture at the lookout point of Llaqtapata (2650m/8692ft) from where you can view both Machu Picchu and the Salkantay Mountain, and appreciate the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. A 2-hour descent towards the Aobamba River crossing lush bamboo forests and more orchard and coffee plantations brings you to the hydroelectric plant of Machu Picchu from where you’ll board a train that will take you to Aguas Calientes (short, scenic 40-minute train ride). Accommodation at the chosen hotel.

Overnight at Aguas Calientes (3 stars).
(B, S, L, D)

DAY 5:

Aguas Calientes / Machupicchu to Cusco

Wake up early and board a bus to Machu Picchu where you’ll begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours.  You will then have free time to walk around.

Citadel of Machu Picchu on day 5 of Salkantay Trek

Enjoy a fully guided tour of Machu Picchu on day five

You can climb up the Huayna Picchu Mountain to experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it (please note that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day), or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, meet back in the town of Aguas Calientes and visit and relax in its hot springs (optional). Take the train back to the city of Cusco, arriving at nightfall.

(B)

LEGEND
BBreakfast
SSnack
LLunch
DDinner
BLBoxed Lunch

NOTES:

  • Recommended period: March to January.
  • Minimum number of people: 2 people per group.
  • Extra Services (not included): sleeping bag, walking poles, inflatable sleeping pad.

PRICING FOR SALKANTAY TREK

Trek Salkantay to Machu PicchuPrice per person / double occupancy
Group Service (minimum 2 people)US$ 610
Private Service: 2 travelersUS$ 1,240
Private Service: 3 travelersUS$ 940
Private Service: 4 travelersUS$ 835
Private Service: 5 travelersUS$ 725
Private Service: 6 travelersUS$ 640
Private Service: 7 travelersUS$ 595
Private Service: 8 travelersUS$ 560
Single Supplement (additional to stay in a single tent)US$ 45

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Included in Trek PriceNot included in Trek Price
Pre-departure briefingInternational and domestic flights
Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to Soraypampa (starting point of the trek)Visas required to enter Peru
English speaking adventure guideAirport taxes
Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent (4 seasons)Drinks
Duffel bag to place your belongingsTips
One foamy sleeping pad per personLunch on Day 5
Dining tent with tables and chairsDinner on Day 5
Kitchen tentSleeping bag
Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilitiesInflatable sleeping pad
Cook and cooking equipment and your belongingsWalking poles
Pack animals to carry camping equipment
One emergency horse for every 6 people (days 1 to 4)
Wranglers (days 1 to 4)
Meals (3 breakfasts, 1 boxed lunch, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, daily morning snack, daily tea service except last day) – vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost –
Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Train ticket from the Hydroelectric power plant to Puente Ruinas (day 4)
Bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Expedition Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
Transfer train station – hotel in Cusco
Sales taxes and payment transaction fees

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