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the trek of Salkantay is the best alternative to reach the great Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, after the famous Inca Trail. Walk back in time and feel the magic of Machu Picchu exploring its temples and don't leave Machu Picchu without climbing the popular Wayna Picchu Mountain, a gigantic rock that appears in every classic photo of Machu Picchu.
Day 1. Cusco - Mollepata – Soraypampa
We will pass to picked up from their hotels at 5:00 hrs, and then are conducted for about 3 hours northwest towards the Apurimac Valley, till we reach the little village of Mollepata, located at 2800 meters above sea level.
During the ride visitors will have the chance to see the sunrise over the Salkantay Snow Mountain (6271 m), an impressive view you will never forget. Once we had reached Mollepata zone hikers will have breakfast and then will get ready to start this unique journey towards the lost city of Machu Picchu. From this point we will start to ascend winding valleys full of shrub vegetation, where hummingbirds are seen frequently. The expedition will be supported by a group of horse mans and horses at this point. After approximately 5 hours we will reach the zone of Soraypampa (3850 m), where we will pitch our tents, have lunch and dinner and spend the night. This will be the coldest place on the trail, so we strongly suggest bringing warm clothes for this first night.
Day 2. Soraypampa –Salkantay Mountain - Chaullay .
Soon after breakfast, we leave the campsite of Soraypampa and continue our hike. On this day we will walk up hill for a few hours, seeing along the way the impressive Umantay Snow-capped Mountain and a beautiful lagoon called Yanacocha. Eventually we will reach the highest pass of the trail, at 4600 metres above sea level, located between the Salkantay Mountain and the Tukarhuay Mountain. From this point we will be able to see the Andean Mountain Range, with a series of glaciers around. Afterwards we will descend, stopping along the trail for lunch, and later on we will continue descending towards Chaullay, an area with a tropical climate, located at 2850 metres above sea level. At this point we will pitch again our tents, and afterwards we will have dinner. Overnight in Chaullay.
Day 3. Chaullay – Playa Sahuayaco – Santa Teresa.
Early in the morning our porters will wake you up, and then you will have breakfast. Later on we carry on our hike towards Lluscamayu. The scenery on this section of the trail offers lush vegetation, passing native communities, beautiful waterfalls, agricultural fields of coffee, and some fruits, typical of these regions. After at the place called La Playa, where visitors will have some free time to refresh at the shore of the river. Later on we will take a truck that will take us from La Playa to Santa Teresa. Overnight at the campsite of Santa Teresa.
Day 4. Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric Station – Aguas Calientes
After breakfast, we will start with a short walk of approximately one hour till the zone called La Oroya, where we will cross the Urubamba River. On the other side of the river there will be a truck waiting for our group, this truck will take to the hydroelectric station of Machu Picchu modern town, also called Aguas Calientes (a town located beneath the ancient Sanctuary of Machu Picchu). At this tropical spot our group will have lunch, and afterwards will head to the rail road to wait for the train that will take us to Aguas Calientes. This is a popular resting place for those who do the Salkantay Trek, here you may recover in the hostel provided by our Agency, or go up to relax at the Hot Springs ( thus it’s name Aguas Calientes) located on the upper section of the town. Aguas Calientes has developed quite well in the last years, thus, today you can find here internet access, bunch of restaurants and pubs, ATM machines and souvenirs shops utterly everywhere. Overnight at the designated hostel at Aguas Calientes.
Day 5. Machu Picchu The Lost Inca City - Cusco
At around 5:30 am, soon after breakfast we will take the local bus that will take us up to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. In a matter of 20 minutes we will have arrived in Machu Picchu. (It is a good idea to come to the ruins early, as there are no many people, only a few groups, the ruins get very busy at around 11:00 am, when the local train arrive with more visitors).
Once here, our guide will show us the most important sectors of this great Inca City, such as the Intiwatana (Solar Clock), the Sun Temple, The urban sector, the agricultural sector, among others.
Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary. Then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it remains. But while the walls and chambers have been extensively studied in the years since, the purpose of this ancient site remains unclear.
Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.
The guided tour in Machu Picchu will last about 2 hours, and afterwards you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own, and if you wish, you might climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain, the huge mountain that appears on the background in every classic picture of Machu Picchu. It takes about one hour or so to get to the top, following very steep stairs, though is a little hard, at the top you will be rewarded with one of the most impressive views in your lifetime. Later on, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, where we will have lunch and also where we catch the train back to Cusco. At Aguas Calientes, if you wish, you can go to relax in the thermal baths. The hot springs are located on the upper section of the village; visitors may ask their local guide how to get there. Finally, at around 4:00 pm, we take the train to Ollantaytambo and then transport to Cusco City at the designated hotel in Cusco. End of the tour.
VERY INPORTANT NOTE.
Entrances Tickets to Machupicchu - Huaynapicchu mountain and Machupicchu –Machupicchu mountain are limited, check www.machupicchu.gob.pe
Please you must book and pay well in advance, so we can secure your spots. For high season (May to October, 5-4 months in advance.) (Low season (November to April, 3-2 months in advance.)
student price for people under the age of 24 without ISIC card you need to indicate in the comments section of the booking.
Note: Horses will carry the heavy gear; you will hike carrying only your personal pack, sleeping bag and pad.
If you are considering bringing special photography equipment or other heavy accessories, or just simply don't want to carry anything, please request an additional horse (US$ 95) to carry your personal belongings, this way you will freely enjoy the hike. (This is highly recommended if you have never hiked over 10000 feet). Cooks handle all the kitchen chores.
Frequently Asked Questions-(FAQ)
How difficult is the Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu?You just need to remember that you are able to go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, pace yourself, and enjoy. Salkantay Trek is considered a moderate hike, not a technical hike but high altitude may affect some people.Are Trekking poles or Sticks necessary?We recommend the use of Trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known knee problems. There are multiple times during the trek that a Trekking poles is handy, be it ascending a mountain or walking along the rough trails.Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Salkantay Trek?It's impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full 2 days spent in Cusco (3399m), taking it very easy and drinking plenty of water is enough for some people but if you can arrange to have minimum 2-3 days in case of any travel disruptions as well then this is what we recommend as there is also so much to do here!. The highest point you will reach while hiking the Salkantay Trek reaches 4590m on the 2nd day. Will I need to bring water?We recommend that you purchase a 1.5 – 2 liter bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle every morning before setting out. If you are planning to drink from any streams or waterfalls, we strongly suggest you bring water purification tablets or filters.Also, you will be able to buy water along the way on Day 1, for the first few hours of Day 2, then again on the afternoon of Day 3, and of course at Machu Picchu. Is the trail still good during the rainy season?Some people actually like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists but we say please be prepared for wet weather and have suitable clothes and equipment. Possibly snow so be prepared for a possible change of route if a pass is deemed unpassable by the guide.We do not recommend this trek in the months of January, February and March. Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu?You first encounter Machu Picchu as the sun rises over the high mountains encircling it. It is already dawn but this impressive moment of Machu Picchu coming out of the shadows of the looming mountains is awesome. Will I be able to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain?As long as you book and pay well in advance for certain dates in high season it may be necessary to pay 3 -4 months in advance, Last minute bookings of this trek will possibly miss out on permits in high season so we can include the Montaña Machu Picchu permit instead, The trail to HuaynaPicchu is safe, very steep with use of chains and not recommended for those with vertigo. It is about an hour and a half round trip. and there are only 2 times during the day it can be climbed with a sign in and out security system. What is an ISIC card? How can I use it to get a discount?This card means International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and is the internationally accepted form of student identification. The government accepts ISIC for discounts for the entrance to Machu Picchu. You must scan your ISIC card to you at the time of your booking and carry your ISIC card on the trek. Will I need any extra money?It is indispensable such as the natural hot springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles), and/or Cocalmayo hot springs in Santa Teresa town and tips for your trekking staff, souvenirs, snacks in Machu Picchu, bottled water, drinks, etc. You should take at least 300 soles as emergency money. Do Tour guides speak English?Completely fluent in English. Our guides are also one of the most popular aspects of our tours some of them being historians and archaeologists and all demonstrate a great passion for their culture and heritage.
It Is Included:
• Transfer from your Hotel
• Tourist Transportation Cusco to Mollepata
• Professional English-Spanish Speaking Tour Guide
• Assistant Tour Guide for group of 10 people
• Professional cook and assitant
• Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 7kg of your personal items.
• Food 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 4 Dinners.
• Vegetatian food Option
• Camping Equipment Tents for 02 people ,dining tent with tables and chairs
• Sleeping mattress
• Oxygen bottle,First aid kit
• Hotel Accomodation in Aguas Calientes town
• Bus ticket Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu
• Entrance to Machu Picchu
• Train ticket Expedition service Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo
• Transportation Ollantaytambo – Cusco - Hotel
It Is Not Included:
• Personal trekking gear, sleeping bag, tips to guide and support staff, city services.
• First breakfast (first day) is normally provided at your hotel before leaving.
• Last lunch at the end of the tour on 5th Day.
• Single Tent supplement: US$ 20
• Sleeping bag (optional): US$ 20
• Vistadome train upgrade : USD 60.00
We recommend to take:
• Trekking day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek.
• Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho.
• Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
• Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath
• Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf. Thermal clothing
• Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
• Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
• Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
• Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
• Sun block cream
• After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
• Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - although no malaria risk has been reported
• Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
• Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
• Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
• We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
• Your own medical kit with any special medications.
• Small towel or sarong
• Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
• Cash - sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
• Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
• Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you.
Before booking the Salkantay Trek, please read the following information carefully:
BE sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the date that you enter Peru.
Fill out the booking information. We will contact you as soon as possible (within 24 hours) to confirm your Salkantay Trek booking, accommodation and assist you in customizing a unique package.
Please specify if you would require the services of an extra horse or stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes.
Payment Proceed: You must paid online with credit card. You will proceed with your payments through our secure server. Pay Pal, wire transfer or direct deposits.
acclimation Proceed: you to arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before Salkantay trek departure date to ensure that you are well acclimatized to the high altitude.
Student discounts: If you are claiming a student discount you must email us a scanned copy of your ISIC Student card immediately after proceeding with the booking form. Only a valid ISIC card is acceptable. If you cannot provide us with a scanned copy of your ISIC card we will charge you the standard adult trek price. You must take the ISIC card with you on the Salkantay Trek as it will be checked. Unfortunately no other forms of student id are acceptable. Children under 16 years old receive a US$20 discount. If you are claiming a child discount you must email us a scanned copy of your child's passport (page containing photo and date of birth) after proceeding with the booking form. If you cannot provide us with a scan of your child's passport we will charge you the standard adult trek price for your child.
SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU
Type of tour : Hikking, Cultural
Duration : 5 Days / 4 Nights
Starting Point : Cusco
Ending Point : Cusco
Price : $500.00
GROUP SERVICE: (02 to 08 People Max): Our most popular Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu. It is recommended for everybody who like the adventure ,Families, Honeymooners and Couples.
PRIVATE SERVICE: All inclusive for Families with children, Honeymooners and Couples. Special trek program just for you, and you can depart any day you wish and choose the group size, we don´t add any people, is arranged just for you. All private groups include additional services, such as: extra porters, horses to ride and to carry your personal gear( for alternate treks), First class Vistadome train, luxury hotels if you required.
Normal Price $500.00
SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU
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