Cusco and Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days
Cusco, Sacred Valley and salkantay Trekking to Machu Picchu
Salkantay is the name of one of the highest snow mountains of Peru below which is locate Machupicchu, it has been dubbed the most spectacular peak in the Peruvian Andes. On Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, you'll trek in the shadows of this impressive mountain, interact with its inhabitants and explore its forgotten ruins. Salkantay means wild and is believed as the dwelling place of one person named Apu (spiritual person) who becomes a powerful protector of the surrounded inhabitants. After you visit the sacred valley of the Incas you will trek 4 days through magnificent scenery and then you will visit the energetic temple of the Incas – Machu Picchu.
Overview Salkantay Treck to Machu Picchu
- Highlight: Hiking alongside the magnificent Apu Salkantay and then arriving at the ruins of Machu Picchu
- Location: The Salkantay trek begins 3 hours driving to the west of Cusco, Peru. We pass the village of Mollepata and begin hiking at Marcocasa.
- Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights
- Level: Moderate to Challenging
- Adventure Rating: Given the new restrictions on the Inca trail, Salkantay is the second most popular hike in the region and some of the campsites are less remote than on other trails.
- Modality: Trekking, Archaeological and Cultural
- Altitude: 2,800 masl to 4,650 masl
- Inca Trail alternative: Yes, the Salkantay trek is an excellent option.
- Departure Dates: Daily departures
- All private service departure dates are adapted to your request
DAY 1: Arrive to Cusco.
Arrive to Cusco at any time. However we must know your fly details to transfer you to your hotel; today there are no planned activities so enjoy the city; you can do optionally city tour and enjoy the enchanting sites of this colonial town. Cusco city attracts travellers who come not just to visit a unique destination but also to experience an ancient culture very different from their 20th century way of life; Cusco city was the capital of the Tawantinsuyo and this was the entire territory of the Incas between the XII and XVI century. Cusco means female navel, because the Incas thought that Cusco was the center of the Universe. It is located at 3400 meter above sea level where 300,000 inhabitants live actually. At Cusco there are numerous colonial churches one of the city's most common sights is the Cathedral located at the main square which was started in 1560 and took 94 years to build where we still can see over 400 canvases from the Cusco painting school of XVI and XVII century most of them belongs to the famous Cusquenian artist Diego Quispe Tito; the cathedral is also one of the city's greatest repositories of colonial art. The main ruin within is that of the Coricancha, once the Inca Empire's richest temple. Today the ruin forms the base of the colonial church of Santo Domingo. During Inca times this temple was literally covered with gold, but within months of the arrival of the first conquistadors this incredible wealth had all been melted down. It is left to the individual imagination to imagine the magnificence of the original structure. There are several good museums in Cusco like: the Archaeological Museum, Inca museum, art museum, the Regional History Museum and the Religious Art Museum.
DAY 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas
We pick you up at 8:30 from you hotel and travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. An important cradle of food for the Inca, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural area that continues to supply the city of Cuzco with much of its produce, specially corn and vegetables. Visit the impressive Pisac ruins and the colorful artisan market where you can purchase handcrafts directly from producers. Then we continue toward picturesque village of Ollantaytambo site of another large Inca ruin. This major ruin site is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. It is admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the Inca Fortress and for being one of the few places where the Spanish lost a major battle during the conquest. After that we return to Cusco and stop at Chichero another Inca temple located on top of the Chinchero Mountain that today the ruin forms the base of the colonial church of virgin Montserrat.
DAY 3: Cusco - Mollepata - Marcocasa - Soraypampa.
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco from 5:00 am to 5:30 am to go by bus to Mollepata. Begin a spectacular scenic drive through the Anta plains with beautiful and panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay and other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. After two and a half hours drive we stop in Mollepata to have breakfast for last minute supplies, leg-stretching or to use the bathrooms, before continuing to Marcocasa. There we will meet with our support staff. They will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 9:30 a.m. we will star our trek toward Soraypampa (3900 meters above sea level) if we keep a regular pace we will take 4 hours approximately to reach to Soraypampa the first camp site where will have lunch after lunch in the afternoon we have an option to go up to Umantay lake (4200masl) which takes 3 hours hike back and forth from the camp to see the glacier lake of Umantay. But if we keep slow pace; we will have lunch at halfway between Soraypampa and Marco Casa maybe after 3 hours of hiking. And after that we hike two a half hours more to Soraypampa. Anyway our camp is going be at Soraypampa. Sleeping tents will be ready and we will have a warm delicious dinner in the evening.
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
- Overnight: Soraypampa in the tents.
- Maximum Altitude: 3850 masl.
- Minimum Altitude: 2850 masl.
- Hiking distance: 14 km approx.
DAY 4: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Huayramachay – Chaullay
Today early in the morning we will wake you up with the coca tea. Around 6:00 we will have a nutritious breakfast around 7:00 am we will start the hardest day of the whole Salkantay trek; we will be walking up to the highest point of the trek. After 6 kilometers uphill through the magnificent scenery of Rocky Mountains and enjoying the view of Salkantay mount. We reach the top of the trek. We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level) which is known as the second highest mountain of the Cusco region. After 2 hours downhill around 1:00 p.m. we will have our delicious Peruvian lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. Then we continue our hike to Chaullay approximately 3 hours of downhill we will get to our camp in Chaullay = 2900 masl Where we will have the sleeping tents ready. Around 7: 00 pm we will have dinner to recover energy from the trek.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
- Overnight: Chaullay in the tents.
- Maximum Altitude: 4650 masl.
- Minimum Altitude: 2920 masl.
- Hiking distance: 20km to Chaullay.
DAY 5: Chaullay - Collpapampa - La Playa - Santa Teresa (Cola de Mono Campsite)
Around 7:30 am; we will start our trek to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley. We will hike 6 hours approximately during the hike will see: water fall, orchids, coffee, banana, avocado plantations and we will taste the famous passion fruit or granadilla and also we will see a village call Colpapampa also call the “forest cloudy brow” where waterfalls, thermal hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to see the famous bird called “the Cock of the Rocks”. After lunch at La playa, we will catch a local transportation to Santa Teresa. Where will have an overnight at “cola de mono” campsite. We are the only trekking company allow camping there. In the afternoon we may go to Santa Teresa´s hot spring to enjoy it. Then back at the campsite for happy hours and dinner.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
- Overnight: Santa Teresa “cola de mono campsite” in the tents.
- Maximum Altitude: 2920 masl.
- Minimum Altitude: 1600 masl.
- Hiking distance: 15km approx.
DAY 6: Santa Teresa (Cola de Mono Campsite) - Hidroeléctrica - Aguas Calientes
After of our delicious breakfast we are going to walk approximately 7 hours. Around 8:30 a.m. we start our trek to Colpani village we will have the opportunity to see coca farms, mandarin, orange and yucca. And a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley. We follow along the riverside of Vilcanota River until arrive to the Oroya (cable bridge) then we keep going to Hidroelectrica where will have our lunch. After lunch we going to walk along the train track but on the base of Machupicchu and Waynapicchu Mountain from the way we will see Machupicchu. After two a half hours hike we will be at Aguas Calientes town: base town of Machupicchu for overnight in the hotel and dinner at the local restaurant.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
- Overnight: in Aguas Calientes at the hotel which included in the package.
- Maximum Altitude: 2350 masl.
- Minimum Altitude: 2000 masl.
- Hiking distance: 18 km approx.
DAY 7: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo – Cusco
Today early in the morning after breakfast at the hotel you will be able to choose between. Walk up to Machupicchu. Or take bus up to Machupicchu. Any way we will be the first ones into Machupicchu to enjoy the sunrise and you will have two a half hours guided tour. Then you will have the free time to explore Machupicchu by yourselves or if you desire, ascent toward the Huaynapicchu Mountain. Or climb to Machupicchu montaña. After Machupicchu you are going back to Aguas Calientes to take a train to Ollantaytambo and from there by bus back to Cusco. The bus drops you off at your hotel in Cusco.
- Meals: Breakfast.
DAY 8: Depart Cusco
Depart Cusco at any time.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- Pre-departure briefing at the office in Cusco
- Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Marcocasa .
- Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Kailas, Pro Aconcagua and Rei 4 Outfitter tents are employed when double accommodation is requested.
- One sleeping pad per person.
- 1 Blanket. Or Liner.
- One pillow per person.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- Kitchen tent
- English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 10 people)
- 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
- Chef and cooking equipment
- Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 4
- Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 4
- 1 emergency horse every 8 persons – days 1 to 3
- Accommodation for all our staff
- Meals (4B, 4L, 4D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
- One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
- Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
- Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
- Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Machupicchu entrance fee
- One way bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu on day 4
- Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco. Upgrade to Vistadome or Hiram Bingham service, availability upon request.
- Transfer from train station to the hotel in Cusco
El Tour a machu picchu NO INCLUYE:
- First breakfast on day one.
- Lunch on the last day after the guided tour at Machu Picchu
- Walking Sticks
- Sleeping bag: you may rent it from us. Our sleeping bags are -20ºC-comfort (0ºF), mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.