Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

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Salkantay is the second best option for those travelers who want to go to Machu Picchu, offering a totally full of natural scenes tour, passing through the foothills of the majestic Salkantay snow mountain, colorful villages where Spanish is the second language, and where the Andean people still maintains traditions that date back to ancient times. You  will visit sites with little presence of tourists, allowing truly come into contact with the Andean world and interact with people.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Andean Great Treks

This is a typical itinerary for this product


Stop At: Humantay Lake

We start the day by picking you up from your hotel at 4:30 am. We will then travel by tourist bus, passing through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo and arriving in Mollepata (2,900 meters/ 9,500 feet) around 7:30 am. Here we will have our first breakfast and we will be able to leave our 6 kilos for our riders. Afterwards, we will take a 1-hour bus ride to Challacancha (3,380 meters/ 11,090 feet). From this point, we will begin our 3-hour trek, arriving at Soraypampa (3,900 meters / 12,800 feet) around 1:30 p.m. There we will eat our first lunch and set up our first camp. After lunch, we will go to the beautiful Laguna Humantay. HUMANTAY LAGOON: After 1 hour and a half of ascent, we will arrive at the impressive Humantay Lake (4,220 meters/13,850 feet) where we can enjoy the turquoise color of the lake and the snowy Nevado Humantay. We will then make our 40-minute descent to our camp in Soraypampa.Finally, we will spend the night in our glass cabins. (12 km/ 7.4 miles) – 5 hours

Duration: 5 hour


Stop At: Salkantay Trail

At 5:00 am we will have a nutritious breakfast and then continue our walk. We will leave Soraypampa at 5:30 am and trek for 3 hours to the highest point at Abra Salkantay, where we can enjoy views of the Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo snow-capped peaks (4650 meters / 15,250 feet). Passing through Salkantaypampa and Soyrococha, we stop to see a small lake, then we will start the descent towards Huarachmachhay (3 hours) (3800 meters / 12,470 feet). Here we will have lunch and then continue the walk, taking note of the drastic change in the landscape. Then, we will continue our descent towards Colpapampa (3 hours) (2900 meters/ 9500 feet) where our second camp (domes) will be.

Duration: 10 hour


Stop At: Banos Termales de Cocalmayo

We will have breakfast at 6:00 am and shortly after we will begin a 5 ½ hour trek through the jungle with many ascents and descents. In this area we will pass through many coffee and orchid plantations, as well as many other plants used for medicinal purposes. We will arrive at our lunch place in Playa Sahuayaco, here you have the option to visit the thermal baths located in Cocalmayo (Santa Teresa), which is not included in the package. We will return to our camp at 6:00 p.m. m. for tea and dinner.

Duration: 5 hour


Stop At: Aguas Calientes

In Playa Sahuayaco we will start the day with breakfast at 6:30 am and ready we will continue our trekking towards Llactapata for 2 hours, then we will descend to the Hydroelectric for 2 hours where we will have lunch in a restaurant. After lunch we will continue our trek for 3 more hours to Aguas Calientes where we will stay in a hotel and have dinner at 6:30 pm.

Duration: 6 hour


Stop At: Machu Picchu

We will wake up very early this morning for our visit to Machu Picchu, where we will have a guided tour of the citadel to see and learn about temples, terraces, and all the amazing stone structures that make Machu Picchu a Wonder of the World. . After the guided tour you will have free time to take more photos and continue exploring on your own. For those who have previously selected to climb *Huayna Picchu Mountain or *Machu Picchu Mountain, they will do so at their designated time (1st group: 6am to 8am, 2nd group: 9am to 11am) After your tour in the park, you will return to Aguas Calientes, where you will wait for your train back to Ollantaytambo at 2:55 p.m. From Ollantaytambo, we will take our last bus back to Cusco.

Duration: 4 hour
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