Salkantay trek cheap is one of the most interesting and important alternative route to the Inca Trail. This trek perfectly combines cultural and natural beauty with different biodiversity of flora, different ecosystems. An Inca stays in the top of a mountain facing the back of Machu Picchu Mountain.
Finally this trail leads us to Aguas Calientes located at the base of the historical and archaeological site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We visit it early in the morning to see the sun and avoid the crowds while touring Machu Picchu with our English speaking and knowledgeable guides. Experience the “deep Cusco” walking through one of the most picturesque landscapes of Peru.
This Salkantay trek 4-day will take you to the base of the sacred snow peak of Salkantay (6,271 meters), considered the “Guardian Spirit of the Jungle” by local natives. You will get the chance to experience to see native communities and ecological biodiversity of the region before arriving at the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. You will need a good dose of adrenaline as you climb one step above 4,600 meters (15,300 feet). The tour is supported with horses for your convenience and we provide you with top quality camping equipment and a very balanced and energetic diet. Want a remote experience in the Andes? The Cusco expedition is waiting for you!
Day 1: Drive to the trailhead - Challacancha, hike to Soraypampa and Umantay Mountain, camp overnight in Soray.
Day 2: Hike to Salkantay Mountain, lunch, then, continue to Colpapampa.
Day 3: Wake up early and walk down to La Plata Sahuayaco. Take a bus to Santa Teresa and visit the hot springs.
Day 4: Continuing the trek to the Hidroelectrica. Then hike past the Urubamba River to the Hidroelectrica. Hike to Aguas Calientes
Day 5: Hike the last stretch to Machu Picchu. Entrance, guided tour of the legendary citadel, return to Cusco by train.
Crew: A Salkantay trek Machu Representative in Cusco and a profesional Tour Guide, Cook and Horseman during the trek. Our guide will visit you hotel a day before the trek for your briefing
Accommodation: 3x campsite, 1x Hostel
Meals: 4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinners.
Transportation: Tourist transportation, a return train EXPEDITION
Early morning, we pick you up from your hotel to take you for a 3 hour ride from Cusco (3,400 m) to Mollepata (2,803 m) where we briefly stop to have breakfast. Then we continue our ride for one and half an hour until we reach Challacancha, hear trail to Salkantay Trek. There, we start a gentle hike ahead to a valley of the Soraypampa (3,850 m), first camping. Continuning we walk up to Umantay Mountain, you can appreciate the beatiful lake and glassiar. Return to camping
Wake up early morning and breakfast. This day the trek goes steeply uphill first, then follows a serie of zigzags. After a 4 hour climb, we reach the highest pass of the trek - Salkantay Mountain (4,550 m). There, we have an opportunity to observe a stunning scenery of the sacred mountains of Peruvian Andes - Huamantay and Salkantay!! These views quite compensate our big effort reaching this top marked by a pile of stones growing daily as each traveler adds his/her pebble to thank these "Apus" (Salkantay mountain spirits) for a safe trip and good luck! To catch a breath after that, we drop down gently towards the small Soirococha Lagoon, a place where we stop for lunch and short rest. Later on, we descend at Wayracmachay (3,750 m) where we are served lunch. Continuing the hike, we leave the beautiful pyramid-like peak of the Salkantay Mountain behind us. Fauna and flora start changing since now as we enter a tropical cloud forest discovering its lush vegetation of wild bromelias, orchids and also beautiful birds on the way. We keep descending to the forest through bamboo groves. But you should not forget to look back sometimes as you can see snow-peaks framed by bamboo fronds behind you. After a 4 hour descent, we reach a tiny settlement of Collpapampa (2,850 m) where we set up our next campsite. We relax or walk around this site.dinner, before we go to sleep.
After a healthy breakfast, we keep descending through a valley deeper into the forest following increasingly tall trees and bamboo groves providing some bird-watching opportunities without missing views of the chaotic Santa Teresa River. We follow an incredibly untouched path where wild strawberries grow at our feet while passion fruits can be found above our heads. This everything is decorated by begonias and purple orchids! Finally, we arrive to La Playa where have a lunch.We take a local bus for an hour long bus ride wich will bring us to the town of Santa Teresa, which is the first actually town that you’ll encounter along the trek, and is also famous for the Santa Teresa hot spring that bubble up right outside of town.
Optional: Santa Teresa Hot Springs U$ 5 or S/ 15 soles extra.
After a rest, we will go to the hot springs and enjoy the well-deserved soothing water!
After breakfast you will walk for four hours until you reach the Urubamba River and have lunch by the hydro-electric station there.
Hydrolectrica is actually farther than Machu Picchu town on the train. It is mainly used by locals. There we follow trails leading us to Aguas Calientes town located at the foothill of Machu Picchu Mountain!. Walking along the train line is much more enjoyable than we anticipated as a wide path undulates beside the tracks. Almost the entire distance is shaded by jungle foliage, trees and flowers, the incline is very gradual. Arrived to Aguas Calientes and basic hostel.
After an early morning breakfast, we continue for about 2 hours up to the mysterious city of Machu Picchu that we enter for the early morning best photos opportunities! Then our Tour Guide shows us around the Incan city and explains us about its history and purposes. After the guided tour, we can enjoy hiking Machu Picchu Mountain(1 and half and hour up and the same time down) or Huayna Picchu(45 minute climb), these are peaks above Machu Picchu that are used to take some panoramic pictures of the Incan city! Then, we are given time off to spend and explore Machu Picchu on our own.
In the afternoon, we return by train to Ollantaytambo, from where we are taken by van back to Cusco.