There is no better adventure than the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu. This trek is filled with loads of adrenaline rush, local experience, natural and cultural beauty.
The best moments of this trip, is been disconnected from the everyday life and just enjoying what nature offers. The 5 day Salkantay trek is like no other!
The trip starts with a pick up at 5 am and we will then drive to Molletapa (2hrs approx) where we will have breakfast. From there, we make the one hour trip to Challacancha, this is where the adventure begins! We climb up for 30 mins and then hike a flat path with unique views for 3 hours.
Once we arrive at Soraypampa (12631 ft/3850m), there will be lunch available and we will camp for the night. The afternoon will be left to acclimatize, rest and relax. If you feel a bit adventurous, Machu Picchu Tours do recommend the option to walk the famous Humantay Lagoon.
Please note, Bring warm clothing as the temperature could reach to 0 degrees o even snow (which is not that common).Day 2: Soraypampa – Colpapampa camp site
Today may be the longest day but with exceptional views! We will climb for approx. 3 hours and be very close to the snow of Salkantay and reach the top of the Salkantay Pass (15255 ft/4650m). When we reach towards the top, we will have time to take photos and take in all the glorious views. Then me make our way down and stop at our lunch spot which is about an hour and a half.
After lunch we will continue to descent (approx. 4 hours) down the hills and make our way to our campsite in Ccollpapampa (9,842 ft/3,000 m)Day 3: Ccolpapampa – La Playa camp site
Today will be an early morning hike (5 hours approx.) along a quiet pathway surrounding yourself with the flora and fauna of the valleys. Once we arrive at our campsite at La Playa (6716 ft/2000m), we will have lunch and the rest of the afternoon to sightsee or perhaps organize to go to the hot springs of Cocalmayo.Day 4: La Playa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes town
An early start to the day with 4 hours of hiking uphill to Llactapata (8694 ft/2650m). We descend another 2 hours downhill until we reach the hydroelectric power station for lunch.
There we will bid farewell to our team of Machu Picchu Tours, and venture on with our Tour Leader by train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes where we will stay the night at a hotel and the following day we will visit the mystical site of Machu Picchu.Day 5: Machu Picchu & back to Cusco
Today we hop on a bus and make the journey (30 minutes drive approx.) to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Our guide will welcome you with a 2 hour guided tour and take you to the most important temples and enclosures Machu Picchu has to offer. After the tour, you will have free time to explore the citadel on your own.
In the afternoon, we will be departing Aguas Calientes to board the train at 2:30pm (depending on availability) and arrive to Cusco at roughly 7:00 p.m.USEFUL INFORMATION
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