Salkantay Trekking combines the perfection of cultural and natural beauty; we will enjoy the challenge of the ecosystem and the magnificent view of the snowy Salkantay (6264 m.a.s.l.) considered as the most representative mountain of the Vilcabamba mountain range. The walk takes us to the time of the Incas and consciously shows us the meaning of spiritual representation of each mountain, such as the Tucarhuay or the Humantay located at more than 5.000 m.a.s.l.
|Duration:||5 Days / 4 Nights.|
|Altitude:||1.950 – 4.600 m.a.s.l.|
||Medium – Difficult.|
||April – December.|
||Cusco – Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu.|
DAY 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA (MARCOCCASA) – SORAYPAMPA
We leave Cusco at 05:00 a.m., heading to the community of Marcoccasa (3,400 m.a.s.l.) passing through the town of Mollepata (3,000 m.s.n.m). Here in Marcoccasa we meet the group of muleteers to start the walk. From Marcoccasa we begin to discover a magnificent valley surrounded by impressive snow-capped mountains, such as the Humantay (5,217 m.a.s.l.) and the snowy Salkantay (6,264 m.a.s.l.). Our camp is Soraypampa (3,900 m.a.s.l.).
Optional: After lunch in Soraypampa (3,900 m.a.s.l.), we recommend the walk to the Humantay Lagoon where you will discover the beautiful view of the Humantay Lagoon (4.220 m.a.s.l.) and the snowy Humantay. Walking time from Soraypampa to Humantay Lagoon is 02:00 Hrs. Estimated transport time is 03:30 Hrs. Climate: moderate and cold during the night walking time is 06:00 Hrs.
DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA – PASO SALKANTAY – RAYAMPATA
After our breakfast we will take the road to the Salkantay Pass (4,600 m.a.s.l.), this place offers us an exceptional view of the snowy Salkantay (6,264 m.a.s.l.). Later, we discover the high Andean mountains and enter an ecosystem with lush vegetation. Then, we continue descending to our Rayanpata camp (3,350 m.a.s.l.), where we begin to recognize the great variety of flora. The weather is warm and cold with mosquitoes. With an estimated walking time of 08:00 Hrs. Walking time is 08:00 hours
DAY 3: RAYAMPATA – WIÑAYPOCO – LA PLAYA – LUCMABAMBA
The 3rd day is dedicated to the flora of the region and its plantations. After going down and visiting the forest and its diversity of species of orchids, bromeliads and many other plants, we will see plants such as coffee, cocoa and fruit plantations. In addition, we will have the pleasure of finding the local families of Wiñaypoco (2,650 m.a.s.l.), La Playa (2,100 m.a.s.l.) and Lucmabamba (2,000 m.a.s.l.). Our second camp will be in Lucmabamba. That afternoon you will stay in touch with a rural local family from the site where you will have the opportunity to participate in the cultivation and treatment of coffee. Depending on the variety, coffee growth takes approximately 3 to 4 years when it has just been planted to begin to bear fruit. The coffee called cherry is bright, deep red when ripe and ready to be harvested. Due to the botanical characteristics of coffee and the fact that it is often cultivated in mountainous areas, the widespread use of mechanical harvesters is not possible and they are usually chosen by hand, a process in which much labor is employed and difficult. We will show and explain the complete process for preparing coffee. You will also have the opportunity to ask your neighbors questions about the cultivation process. The weather is hot during the day with mosquitoes. Estimated walking time is 06:00 Hrs.
Note: According to the group’s decisions, it is possible to change the itinerary and visit the hot waters of Cocalmayo in Santa Teresa for an additional cost (1,830 m.a.s.l.).
DAY 4: LUCMABAMBA – LLACTAPATA – AGUAS CALIENTES
After breakfast, we will go on an excursion and pass through the Inca Trail, we will locate the archaeological site of Llactapata at 2,650 m.a.s.l., it is a beautiful landscape to discover the flora and monuments of Inca culture. From here we will have an exceptional view over Machu Picchu the Mountain and the Vilcanota Canyon. The Hydroelectric site (1,950 m.a.s.l.), where you will take the Train to Aguas Calientes the city (2,050 m.a.s.l.). We will spend the night in the town of hot waters. The weather is hot with some insects. Walking time is 06:00 Hrs.
DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
We will leave our hotel at 05:30 a.m., after breakfast and head to Machu Picchu (2,400 m.a.s.l.) on a tourist bus. We will arrive at the citadel around 06:00 am. After a guided tour around the archeological site, including information about the life and culture of the Incas, you will have plenty of time to enjoy Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (2,750 m.a.s.l.) on your own.
After the visit to Machu Picchu, we will get off by bus to Aguas Calientes in the train schedules according to availability. Until then you will have the time to have lunch in one of the most pleasant restaurants. In addition, you can visit the town of hot waters to relax a little. Estimated walking time is 02:00 Hrs.
- Private transportation from the hotel from Cusco to Mollepata -Marcoccasa.
- Transportation from Lucmabamba to the Hydroelectric station (only for the equipment and bag of all travelers)
- Tourist Train from the Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes.
- Hot water tourist bus to Machu Picchu.
- Tourist train from Machu Picchu city to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes in 2 stars.
- Tickets to enter the National Park of Salkantay and Machu Picchu.
- Professional bilingual guide service (Spanish and English).
- High quality camping equipment (Professional tent, Doite Top 4, for 2 people) Mattresses, dining tent with table and chairs, hygienic services).
- Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, optional vegetarian food, optional tea)
- Cook and assistant.
- Horses and mules for up to 7kg of a client’s personal equipment.
- Emergency horse.
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle.
- First breakfast on day 1 and last lunch after Machu Picchu.
- Sleeping bag (if you don’t have one, we offer you the rent in our office in Cusco.
- Consettur bus down after the visit of Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes. (This is possible on foot and takes 01:20 Hrs. or also the possibility of buying a ticket and it costs $ 12.00 per person)
NEEDED TO BRING
- Backpack and its rain cover
- sleeping bag
- Clothing for hot and cold weather
- Light trekking pants
- Trekking shoes
- Sandals or flip flops (for shower and thermal baths)
- Wool or cotton socks
- Short and long sleeve polo shirts
- Sun hat or cap
- Swimsuit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
- Insect repellent, hand sanitizer gel, water bottle and tablet purifiers, sunscreen toilet paper
- Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag), flashlight and extra batteries
- Cereal bars, chocolate, nuts, etc.
- Original passport and student card “ISIC” (for admission to Machu Picchu) and extra money in soles (Peruvian Money)
- The weather can be very cold and humid, in which case wet clothes do not have the necessary time to dry.
- From the 1st day to the 3rd day (from Marcoccasa à Chaullay), we will be accompanied by a group of muleteers and mules that will help us transport the camping equipment, food and personal items of each participant (maximum 5 kg per person). During the 3rd day, all the camping equipment and the personal belongings of each participant will be transported in a vehicle to the Hydroelectric train station.
- The Hot Springs around the town of Santa Teresa is optional and for this service can be hired at an additional cost in the community of Lucmabamba.
- Visit of Huayna Picchu or Mountain: To climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu or Mountain you must book with a lot of time since the quotas are limited for 400 people per day. We recharge an additional for the purchase of this income and guarantee its entry with an additional cost per person (It is a new law that is in force since July 18, 2011).
- Tips: It is an assessment that is shared after finishing a trekking and this is shared with the group of muleteers, cooks and guides. The recognition of a donation of clothing or school supplies for children is welcome.
- All rates are expressed in US dollars (optional for currency exchange) and are scheduled per person.
- Rates valid only for Peruvians include IGV.
- All our rates are subject to availability and change.
- The Deposit is not refundable.
- There is no deposit refund when the visitor decides to leave the trip.
- All passengers must carry the following documents: Passport and student card when appropriate.
- Passengers must have their travel insurance covering the following: Personal Accidents, Medical Expenses and Loss of Belongings.
- The first 50% deposit will be at 24 Hrs. confirmed the availability of spaces since the Inka Trail has a greater demand for visitors.
- The remaining balance of 50% will be paid 20 days before the Adventure Tour.
- All trips that are canceled 15 days prior to the trip departure will be subject to the withholding of cancellation fees for services already paid.