Being an alternative route to the traditional Inca Trail, the Salkantay route or Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the best alternative trekking routes in Cusco, surrounded by a lot of flora and fauna. Throughout the tour you can know directly how the people live near the mountain, their traditions and customs and also you can share your daily activities with them. Salkantay Peru Trek has an immense value for inhabitants who consider this Mountain as one of the main Apus, that means the god who protects the town. Also, this tour gives you the best experience of travelling the ancient Incan paths to Machu Picchu. This trek is one of the most interesting and important Inca Trail alternatives due to its wide range of flora diversity, various ecosystems, remote Andean villages, view of the snow-capped Salkantay Mountain as well as for its Incan site laid on top of a mountain, just in front of the back side of the Machu Pichu Mountain! If your goal is Machu Picchu and you want to achieve it by hiking, now you do not miss even one of them, since you can undertake the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with us!!! This trekking expedition takes you to the foothill of the sacred snowy peak of Salkantay Mountain (6,271 m/20,700 ft), considered by local native people to be the "Guardian Spirit of the Jungle"!
Day 01: Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha -Soraypampa
Day 02: Soyrapampa - Collpapampa
Day 03: Collpapampa - La Playa
Day 04: La Playa - Llactapata - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes
Day 05: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Departure Point: Cusco - We pick you up from your hotel.
Departure Time: 05:30
Briefing Point: Our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before Salkantay trek
Briefing Time: Between 17:00 - 18:00
Return Point: Cusco - Our driver will drop-off in your hotel or Airbnb department
Salkantay Trek Elevation:
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After going to pick you up at your hotel, we will leave Cusco in the morning and after about 4 hours on the road we will arrive at Mollepata. Once in Mollepata, we will take our delicious breakfast for then start the hiking route to Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu through valleys and snowy mountains, such as Humantay and Salkantay. We will ascend until we reach Soraypampa, where we will spend the night in a camp. Remember that in this day you will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of the Humantay Lagoon!!
With the loaded forces, we will resume our journey through the Andean puna. During the second day, we will reach the highest point of the route: the Salkantay Pass, located at 4,600 meters above sea level. From here we will descend through tropical forests, admiring the great biodiversity of the area. We will arrive to the Challway camp, where we will spend the night.
We will start the third day leaving behind Challway and crossing paths of tropical forests. During the tour, we will feel the heat and the mosquitoes typical of the area, but we will also see the variety of orchids and bromeliads that turn this route into a delight for the senses. We will visit the town of Wiñaypoco and we will arrive at "La Playa", where we will spend a cold night typical of this area of the Peruvian Andes.
During the fourth day, we will make a trekking route to the archaeological complex of Llactapata (optional), a traditional Inca village located 2,840 meters above sea level, at the confluence of the Cusichaca and Urubamba rivers. From here, you can see the mystical mountain of Machu Picchu in the distance. or We have a second option, enjoy the hot springs of Santa Teresa. Finally we will descend following the Urubamba river bank until we reach the Hidroeléctrica station, where we will take a train to Aguas Calientes.
On the last day we will get up very early to cross the mountain towards one of the 7 New Wonders of the Modern World. We will make a guided tour of the citadel of Machu Picchu. We will enter its passageways, alleys and terraces to see up close the architectural grandeur and the cultural legacy of the Incas. You will enjoy free time to explore the area and discover some of the secrets of Machu Picchu, such as the Inca bridge or the temple of the moon in Huayna Picchu (not included). The stamp of this mythical citadel will be hard to forget. The we will return to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Town, from where the train that will take us back to Cusco will depart. The tour ends back at the pick-up hotels.
Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single room" option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights.
Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price!
Many people include Peru in their “List of places to travel” list before they depart the planet, the main reason being to Trek the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, although what most people don’t know is that there are various Inca Trails Trips to Machu Picchu to pick from in the Cusco region. The difference can be observed in what kind of an experience you want, hiking the Inca trail and how challenging you like your treks.If you want to say that you’ve hiked the famous hike to Machu Picchu, then the Classic Inca Trail is for you. But usually you will need to book in advance, in case it is fully booked, we recommend the Inca Trail alternatives:
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