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Salkantay, the tutelary Apu of Cusco (sacred moutnain) with 6271 m. of altitude. Experimetn the beautiful adventure tour that crosses beautiful Andean landscapes, pass an open area of ​​5000 m. and have the possibility of observing Condors and Alpacas in their natural habitat. On this trip you will find the beautiful and great snowy Salkantay (6271 m), enjoy the baths in the natural hot springs from the depths of the earth, see the Condor, different fruit plants and a variety of orchids, as if it were not enough you can try the More tasty coffee of Peru, the one of the Convention enjoying the beautiful view of Machupicchu from the camp. In point that rises to more than five thousand meters of height and also with tongues of ice that fall of vertiginous way and form glacial lagoons. Salkantay trek is one of the great attractions of Cusco. The Vilcabamba mountain range, where the Salkantay massif is located, is a beautiful and lonely area. Dominated by the same Apu Salkantay, it has numerous high elevation peaks, such as the Tucarhuay (5,910 m.a.s.l), the Veronica (5,682 m.a.s.l) and the Huacayhuilca (5,361 m.a.s.l), among others. All of them are visible from the Phuyupatamarca area during the Inca Trail to Machupicchu. Geography is difficult and whimsical around the edge of this attractive mountain complex. The Salkantay is surrounded by deep valleys and gorges, which makes it interesting but at the same time exhausting.

 

Location of the snowy Salkantay:

The Salkantay Route, also known as the "New Inca Trail", is located north of the city of Cusco, following the Cusco - Limatambo - Abancay - Lima highway, making a detour past Limatambo until reaching Mollepata.


Climate of the snowy Salkantay:

It is very sunny during the day, but a cold at night. The temperature falls below 0 °C at night during the months of June to September. In the season from December to March is very rainy reason why it is not very advisable to go on these dates.The best time for the weather, to do this walk is during the months of March to September.


Height of the walk to the snowy Salkantay

This trek reaches a height of 4,600 meters above sea level at its highest point this on the slopes of the same snowy Salkantay. Do you imagine it? Sound very amazing!

 

How is the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu?

  • First Day: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa
Departure by tourist bus to Mollepata small town located at an altitude of 2,850 meters above sea level, temperate climate vegetation jungle brow and the outline of the populated you will be able to appreciate some snowed ones that belong to the Salkantay mountain chain that are at an approximate altitude of 4000ª 5000 masl. In Mollepata you will enjoy  beautiful landscape that is part of the Salkantay snow-capped mountain which is located at an altitude of 6,200 meters above sea level, contemplating this landscape you will start the trek which will last approximately 7 8 hours likewise you will be accompanied by the vegetation belonging to the jungle edge, on the way we will have lunch, and after that we will continue until we arrive at Soraypampa instead of our first camp and remember on this day you will visit the amazing Humantay Lagoon.
  • Second Day:  Soraypampa - Salkantay
The sunrise will be impressive because when you wake up the first thing you will see is the majestic Salkantay,starting the trip that this time will last approximately 7 to 8 hours ,you will have the opportunity to contemplate clearly the difference between the altitudinal floors, enter by a kind of canyon that will take you to the skirts of the Salkantay, finally you will arrive to Challhuay where you will spend the night.
  • Third Day: Salkantay - Santa Teresa
It is the beginning of a new day and a new landscape new temperature since here begins the temperate climate typical of the beginning of the jungle. After breakfast you will continue with the journey, today it will be through valleys where we can observe various birds, mammals , insects, and other animals that are local, you will have the opportunity to observe the way of life of the population of the area. 
  • Fourth Day: Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes
Upon waking up and having your breakfast you will continue with the trek for approximately 40 minutes until you arrive at the banks of the Urubamba river, here we will have to make use of the oroya. Our tour will be about 3 hours to the hydroelectric plant where you will see the Urubamba river valley, the immense waterfall that emanates from the mountain of Machupicchu, the northeast part of Machupicchu will be the ideal place to conect with the nature. On this day you will spend the night at Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Town.
  • Fifth Day: Climb to Machupicchu
Today is the great day of knowing the Historical Sanctuary of Machupicchu. Being 06:00 in the morning you have to ascend to Machupicchu where you will have a guided tour. This walk is about an hour with 30 minutes arriving at Machupicchu you will have the opportunity to be with the guide for 3 hours, then you will have In the afternoon return to the citadel of Aguas Calientes to take the train to the town of Ollantataymbo, where the buses return to the city of Cusco.


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