5 Day - Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu - Group Service

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The Salkantay Trek 5 Days is the most spectacular alternative trek to Machu Picchu and unlike the Classic Inca Trail, there are no permit limitations.  National Geographic Adventure Magazine rated the Salkantay Trek 5 Days as one for the 25 Best Treks in the World. Salkantay Trek 5 days 4 nights, through incredible landscapes where lowland jungle gives way to highland alpine settings and glaciated mountains, the most impressive of which is the snow peak Salkantay.  If you have missed to sign up on time for the Inca trail, the Salkantay Trek 5 days 4 nights, is your best option to get to Machu Picchu. There are also excellent hot springs at the end of your trek.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Valencia Travel Agency S.a.c.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Day 1 Salkantay Trek – Soraypampa Camp

Stop At: Mollepata

On day one, we pick you up at 5 am and travel by bus to Mollepata.

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Then, we take a 3 hours hike to Cruzpata, where we have lunch with panoramic views of the beautiful snow-capped mountains of Humantay (4120m/13500ft) and Salkantay (6271m/20575ft).

Duration: 3 hour

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We begin our trek by heading towards our first campsite Soraypampa, taking in the beautiful landscape along the way.

Duration: 2 hour

Day 2 Salkantay Trek – Mighty SALKANTAY!!

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We will have breakfast at around 5:30am and begin our hike to the highest pass on this trek. It is located at 4650m/15200ft and halfway between two huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From the pass, the views of the two snow-capped mountains are incredible. There is a possibility of snow here. After a rest, we will continue our walk downhill through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunku, also known as Huayracmachay, where we will have lunch.

Duration: 7 hour

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After lunch, we will hike for approximately three hours towards the jungle until we reach our second campsite, Colcapampa (3000m/9800ft). We may reach the other campsites of Challway or Andenes depending on the pace of the group.

Duration: 3 hour

Day 3 Salkantay Trek – Cloud Forest

Stop At: Santa Teresa

After breakfast, at 6:30 am, we start trekking through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River through a series of small brooks and creeks. We pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits, and plants. We will set up camp in the warm climate of La Playa (2500m/8202ft). After a rest, we will go to the hot springs and enjoy a well-deserved soak in soothing the waters. A real treat after finishing the trek! (Optional).

Duration: 6 hour

Day 4 Salkantay Trek – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes

Stop At: Mirador de Llactapata

On day four, we will have breakfast at 6:30 am and then head for Llactapata, a three-hour steady climb. Llactapata is an incredible Incan fort from which we will see Machu Picchu!

Duration: 3 hour

Stop At: Aguas Calientes

After some photos and rest, we will continue on a two-hour downhill hike passing a variety of plantations that produce coca, bananas, and more until we reach the Hydroelectric dam for lunch. Then, we will walk a couple of hours more until Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night. Optional: In Aguas Calientes, you can take advantage of the hot springs in the town. Entrance is 10 soles.

Duration: 5 hour

Day 5 Salkantay Trek – Machu Picchu

Stop At: Machu Picchu

Wake up early for breakfast before our guide will pick you up from your hotel at 5:40am to begin the short bus journey to the gates of Machu Picchu where you will watch the sunrise. After entering the Citadel begin a guided walking tour (approximately two hours) of the citadel complex. After this experience, enjoy some free time to explore the mysterious city as you please.

Duration: 4 hour
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