This is one of the most interesting and important alternative treks to the Inca Trail, for many reasons, including its wide range diversity in flora and different ecosystems, the inca site that lies atop and at the back of the Machu picchu mountain, this trail finally gets to Aguas Calientes located at the base of the historical and archeological site of Machu Picchu, from where we walk up early, to see the sun rising and avoid the crowds with one of our knowledgeable English speaking tour guides.
5 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu includes hiking with a guide, muleteer and horses. The first day, we start early in the morning to drive from Cusco through to La Pampa de Anta ( the breadbasket of Cusco to Mollepata (breakfast) for 2:30 hours, and we then continue driving to the headtrail at Soraypampa (3,800mt), from where we start doing a gentle ascend to Salkantaypampa, and we then hike up a 7 seven switchback to get much closer to lunch at near to the small lake Soyrococha, where afterwards we hike up to the highest pass at 4550mt, and we then just descend to campsite at 3700mt at Huayracmachay, the following days we keep on descending down to 2100mt at la Playa and 1986mt at Aguas Calientes on the 4th day. last day hike to Machu Picchu, each day of our hike we go through different landscapes, the first day of the trek is challenging in terms of altitude, and the temperature gets gradually colder, wear thermal clothing to avoid this being a problem.
Day 1: Cusco/Soraypamapa/Huayrac
Day 2: Huayracmachay/Collpapampa
Day 3: Collpapampa/La Playa
Day 4: La Playa /Llactapata /Machu Picchu
Day 5: Machu Picchu /Huayna Picchu mountain
Crew A Travel Tour Group representative in Cusco and profesional guide, chef, muleteer in the Salkantay trek
Accommodation: Camping (03 nights), Hotel(1 nights)
Meals: 04 Breakfast, 04 Lunches, 04 Dinners, 03 afternoon tea
Transportation: Private transportation, train
Early morning pick up at your hotel to after doing a 3 hour bus ride from Cusco (3400m)- to Mollepata (2700m), and one and a half hour drive more to Soraypampa (3750mt). Briefly stop in Limatambo or Mollepata to have breakfast and then carry on our journey to the trailhead in Soraypampa.
We start a gentle hike at the head of the valley. The trail goes steep uphill and comes to a serie of zigzags. All around, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of Humantay and Salkantay. Then, to catch our breath, we will drop gently down to the small laguna Soirococha where we stop for lunch.
After walking 4 hours up, we reach the highest pass (4,550m) from where we can have a stunning scenery of the sacred mountains in the Peruvian Andes Humantay and Salkantay. That will compensate the great effort in reaching the top which is marked by a pile of stones that grows daily as each traveler adds his pebble to thank the Apus (mountain spirits) for a safe trip and good luck. Then we descend to our First campsite at Huayracmachay (3750m).
After an early breakfast, we will leave the beautiful pyramid shaped peak of Salkantay behind us. From now, the fauna and flora change as we enter the tropical cloud forest and discover its lush vegetation of wild orchids, bromilias and also beautiful birds. This level is known as a cloud forest. Continuing our descent through the groves of bamboos; don't forget to keep looking back at the snow-peaks behind you, framed by bamboo fronds.
After 4 hours of heading down we arrive in the tiny settlement of Collpapampa where you set up our camp site, and have lunch and afterwards take a relaxing bath at the natural hot springs and take the same way back up to the camp site at Collpapampa.
After a healthy breakfast, the trail continues down the valley into the forest, from increasingly tall trees and groves of bamboos, providing some bird watching opportunities without missing the view on the chaotic river.
You will be going across some amazing untouched path where strawberries grow at your feet and passion fruit are above your head in a decor of begonias and purple orchids! To finally arrive to our Camp site in La Playa.
We wake up early this day to start a nice way up hill which will give us some amazing views on the valley. After 4 hours, we will enjoy a break in a Pampa overlooking one of the main highlights in South America "Llactapata ruins". guide tour in small ruins. It s a magical view given to us that the main part of tourists will never see!
A 4 hours going down the path easily leads the hikers to the bamboos groves and into a forest of increasingly thick vegetation and tall trees. Some excellent bird watching opportunities!
Reaching to la hidreoelectrica we follow the rail tracks heading up the Urubamba valley to our last camp site in Aguas Calientes. Spend a night in the Hotel in Aguas Calientes town.
After an early morning breakfast we will walk up to Machu Picchu sanctuary and enter early for the best photos opportunities, guide tour in the lost city of the Incas and then spend the rest of the morning visiting and exploring the ruins. Before leaving, let s take the time to climb up to Huaynapicchu (optional) before heading down to Aguas Calientes to aboard the train back to Cusco
Single tent:Please note that if you have booked the "Single tent" option for this tour, you will receive your own single roomand tent for all night stops.