Did not find spaces available for the Classic Inca Trail? Do not worry, we present you the walk tour through the snowy Salkantay that takes you to one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World - Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail through the Salkantay trek is one of the best adventure alternatives that will allow you to visit Machu Picchu in 5 days and 4 nights in a 73 kilometers (45.3 miles) route. Of course you should have a little more physical condition since the route is relatively longer and you could even say that the road is a bit more rugged. However, there are several points in favor of this tour of 5 Day Salkantay trek. One of them is that it is definitely an even more authentic adventure in which you will explore the remote path and climb one of the highest points of Peru: the Salkantay, to then descend through the cloud forest near the jungle region. Another point in favor of this tour is that you will not find many people compared to the other alternatives that also come to Machu Picchu. So you will travel with a small group of approximately 8 people maximum. In sum, Salkantay trek is a great adventure that will allow you to appreciate mountains of lush vegetation, streams, rivers and hot springs that will help you to relax your body after the physical effort of walking and you will not miss the opportunity to walk in the original Inca Trail. You can also feel the temperature changes during the ascents and descents of the big mountains along the Salkantay trek. You can also enjoy some snow at one of the highest points of the road, 4,650 meters / 15,200 feet above sea level. Finally, on the last day (the fifth) we will enjoy the great guided tour of Machu Picchu. Disconnect for 5 days in an adventure with a walk, a sacred snow, an exuberant nature and a wonder to conquer on the route of the Inca Trail to Salkantay. During the five days of the route we will visit landscapes that include high mountain, green pampas, fog in arid zones, a sacred snow-capped mountain, high jungle and the valley that surrounds the wonder of Machu Picchu.
Day 01: Cusco - Soraypampa - Wayracmachay.
Day 02: Wayracmachay - Los Andenes - Luscamayo - La Playa
Day 03: La Playa - Llactapata - Hidroeléctrica - Puente Ruinas
Day 04: Puente Ruinas - Km 104 (Inca Trail) - Wiñaywayna - Aguas Calientes (hotel)
Day 05: Hiking to Machu Picchu - Cusco.
The "Apu Salkantay" is the sacred snow-cappe of Cusco with 6271 meters. of altitude. In our journey we will cross beautiful Andean places, we passed an abra of 5000 mtrs. and we will have the possibility of observing Condors and Alpacas in their natural habitat. In this trip we will find the beautiful and great snowy Salkantay (6271 mts) we will be able to take baths in natural thermal waters coming from the depths of the earth. The circuit of Salkantay is one of the great attractions of Cusco. The Vilcabamba mountain range, where the Salkantay massif is located, is a beautiful and lonely area. Dominated by the same Apu Salkantay, it has numerous high elevation peaks, such as the Tucarhuay (5,910 m.s.), the Veronica (5,682 m.s.) and the Huacayhuilca (5,361 m.s.n.), among others. All of them are visible from the Phuyupatamarca area.Salkantay trek give us the opportunity to enjoy the natural landscapes surrounded by deep valleys and gorges, which makes it interesting but at the same time exhausting.
The route of the Inca Trail through the snowy Sacred Salkantay: The Inca Trail through Salkantay trek offers you the view of a snowy peak over 6,000 meters high, an incredible landscape change, a variety of unique flora and fauna and an experience that will fill your body and your mind. The adventure the Inca Trail through Salkantay of 5 days and 4 nights is operated by authorized agencies such as Travel Tour Group. Our team is attentive to all emails. Contact us and start a great adventure towards Machu Picchu.
To start the trek, we will pick you up from your hotel and drive the private transport 3 hours to Mollepata, where we will take a delicious breakfast and we can buy some last minute supplies.Then , we will arrive at Soraypampa where we will meet the support staff that help us to pack all in the horses.So from this point we will start our hike . We will appreciate the beautiful landscape, we will not see much vegetation because the altitude is not favorable. We will reach the highest point of our hike at the Apacheca path (4590 m.). Remember that Salkantay Mountain is at 6271 meters above sea level. The rest of the trekking today is easy, we will descend to 2890 meters to our campsite.
After our breakfast, we will continue exploring the jungle, to arrive at Lluscamayu River, where we can appreciate more flora, impressive waterfalls and warmer weather. We will walk for approximately for 5 hours to Lluscamayo where we will have a delicious lunch. Then we will walk 3 hour more , and we will have the possibility to take some natural pictures of the zone, appreciate green valleys, trees, colorfull birds and if we are lucky we will see the famous Cock of the Rock the national bird of Peru.To finish this day, we will get to the traditional village of La Playa.
Llactapata Ruins is part of the famous Inca Trail. During the trail, we will see some old villages of coffe and coca plantations, citrus tree, orchids. The scenery on the way up is the most varied and gorgeous than on the entire Salkantay Trek. The weather is cold and wet in the forest and then we walk down to the Llactapata ruins. In under 10 minutes we arrive at the ruins, the sight will leave you amazed! Beyond the valley you are rewqarded with the majestic sight of Machu Picchu!. Then we will descend to the hidroelectric
plant (913 meters - 2995 ft) in one hour. From here the hike to Aguas Calientes is a little more difficult. We will pass a long tunnel in the mountain from the hydroelectric plant. Once there we have our lunch break.The Hydroelectric plant is also the end of the railway line from Cusco to Machu Picchu. We finally arrive to our hotel! Then we have dinner at a restaurant and plan the next day. Overnight in a hostal!
Please take note: If you chose the Santa Teresa option, we have breakfast and after a short bus trip (1hour) we hike for about 2 hours past the Urubamba River and onward to the Hydro Electric Station, where we have lunch nearby
This day we will start the hike at km 104 at the original Inca Trail checkpoint. We will walk around 3 hours along the Inca Trail before arrive at Chachabamba , where we will have a delicious lunch and a guided tour in the site After a few more hours of hiking through cloud forest, we will do a quick stop to appreciate a beautiful waterfall, a second Incan site, Wiñay Wayna. Finally, the trail reaches the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) to watch the sun set over Machu Picchu. Since it is too late to enter the city, the hike descends to Aguas Calientes to sleep in the comfortable hotel beds.
After breakfast we will take the bus that will take us to the Inca city of Machupicchu, we will have about 2 hours a visit to the most important places with your guide, then you can explore the mysterious city at your own pace. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m / 8923) It takes 45 minutes to get to the top, this tour is additional and optional. We take the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes. Depending on our train schedule, we will take the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo we will pick you up and take you back to Cusco.