Short Salkantay to Machu Picchu is one of the most top hike and important alternative hiking to Inca Trail, due to its different biodiversity of flora and fauna, different ecosystems, and Llactapata mountain, an inca remains laid on top of a mountain facing the back of Machu Picchu mountain, and finally this trail gets us to Aguas Calientes located at the base of the historical and archeological site and one of the seven wonders Machupicchu. Early morning visit to see the sunshine and avoid crowds whilst touring Machupicchu with our english speaking and knowledgeable tour guides.
Experience the "Deep Peru", hiking one of Peru's most picturesque landscapes around Cusco. This 4 days trail to machu picchu will take you at the base of the sacred Salkantay Mountain snow peak (6,271 meters; 20,700 feet), considered by the local natives to be the "Guardian Spirit of the Jungle" and will provide you with the opportunity to experience remote native communities and the region's ecological biodiversity, before reaching the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. You will need a good dose of adrenaline as you hike up a pass above 4600 meters (15,000 feet). The trip is supported with horses for your convenience and we provide you with top quality camping equipment and a very balanced and energetic diet. Want a remote experience in the Andes; the Deep Peru Expedition is waiting for you!!!
Day 01: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa - Los Andenes
Day 02: Los Andenes - La Playa
Day 03: La Paya - Llactapata - Hidro - Aguas Calientes
Day 04: Hike to Machu Picchu.
Crew: A Travel Tour Group Peru representaitve in Cuzco and professional guide in Salkantay trail and Machu Picchu tours.
Accommodation: Camping (02 nights), Hotel (01 night)
Meals: 03 Breakfasts, 03 Lunches, 03 Dinners.
Transportation: Tourist transportation, van, train.
Early morning pick up from your hotel and transfer by private bus to breakfast at Mollepata(2700m). Following a two more hour drive we arrive at Soraypampa (trailhead) (3,800mt). We start a gently ascent at the head of the valley, and the trail then goes steep uphill and comes to a serie of zigzags. All around, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of Salkantay (6,271mt) (guardian spirit of the Jungle)
After 4 hours hike we reach the highest pass (4,600m), where we have 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 several piles of stones spread out that grow daily as each traveler adds his pebble to thank the Apus (mountain spirits) for a safe trip and good luck. We then start descending to lunch and the trail then continues descending to 3,400mt in 2 and half hours when we arrive to our first campsite at Andenes (3400mt).
Following 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, bromeliads and also beautiful birds. 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, providing some bird watching opportunities without missing the view fast-flowing river and 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! After 5 hours hike we arrive at the hamlet of lluscamayo for lunch. We then set out again on the hike for the last 3 hours to La Playa, and as we drop the vegetation gets more lush and the temperature gets warmer, where coffee plantations, banana trees, avocado trees, and corn grow on the way to our camp site at La Playa.
We wake up early this day to start a nice way uphill, which will give us some amazing views over the valley. After 3 hours, we will enjoy a break in a plain where an important inca remains named Llactapata overlooks one of the main highlights in South America “Machu Picchu”. It is a magical view given to us that the main part of tourists will never see! A 2 hours going down the trail, easily leads the hikers into a forest of increasingly thick vegetation and tall trees leads us to The hydroelectric town lunch spot, we then follow the railway heading up the Urubamba valley to our last destination at Aguas Calientes and stay overnight in a hotel.
Early morning start we get a bus up to Machu Picchu sanctuary and enter early for the best photos opportunities and then spend 2 hours of guided tour and the rest of the morning on your own visiting and exploring the remains. Finally we can either get the bus back down to Aguas Calientes or walk back down for lunch and wait in town chilling until train departure time.
Meal budget: Please allow USD 20-50 for meals not included.
Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single room" option for this trek, you receive your own single tent and a single room in Aguas Calientes.
Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price!