It is an old and remote alternative path to the Inca Trail, it has much more spectacular views and with different ecological levels we will walk among lagoons, impressive snow-capped mountains such as Salkantay and Humantay, crossing rivers and subtropical areas of abundant vegetation and fauna. This road is an excellent option for those who want to escape from the most congested routes and in a faster way, or for those who are looking for an alternative when the spaces of the traditional Inca Trail are occupied. This impressive excursion passes under the magnificent mountain Salkantay (6,710 m / 22,014 ft), one of the highest and most impressive of the Peruvian Andes. Its first two days will be dominated by the impressive snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Humantay, as it travels through the high Andean landscape. The third day will descend to the warm cloud forest, to reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day. The impressive sacred citadel of the Incas Machu Picchu is visited during the last day of the program.The excursion to Salkantay was recently named by the National Geographic Adventure Travel magazine among the 25 best excursions in the world.The Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote trail that is located in the same region as the Inca Trail, where massive snow-capped mountains collide with lush tropical forests. Located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco, in southern central Peru by the Vilcabamba range mountain and reaching 6271 meters above sea level (20574 feet) Apu Salkantay is an exceptionally topped glacial peak adored by thousands of years for the local inhabitants. The name Salkantay is a Quechua word meaning "wild mountain".An economical alternative to get to Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Machu Picchu route, is considered one of the best by NatGeo, and the level of difficulty is similar to that of the Classic Inca Trail. This will be an exciting adventure for those who like to enjoy nature at its best and walk surrounded by beautiful landscapes.
Day 1: Drive to the trailhead - Challacancha, hike to Soraypampa and Umantay Mountain, camp overnight in Soray.
Day 2: Hike to Salkantay Mountain, lunch, then, continue to Colpapampa.
Day 3: Wake up early and walk down to La Plata Sahuayaco. Take a bus to Santa Teresa and visit the hot springs.
Day 4: Continuing the trek from ST to Aguas Calientes town - ZIP Line optional
Day 5: Hike the last stretch to Machu Picchu. Entrance, guided tour of the legendary citadel, return to Cusco by train
Salkantay trek is one of the most beautiful Inca roads that you will travel and enjoy with us. Every time some of tourist see the pictures of those adventures, and their skin bristles, and then they decide to take the tour.Can you imagine arriving at Machu Picchu having enjoyed this unparalleled natural environment in a big way?This route as it passes through the slopes of the majestic Apu Salkantay of more than 6200 m does not leave anyone indifferent. You can almost touch the glaciers that fall 1,600 meters below their summit. It has absolutely everything:
That white colossus, which seems to be closer to heaven than to earth, does not accept challenges. Anyone does not scale it, nor does he have the opportunity to touch his skirts. For something his name, Salkantay, which in Quechua means "wild mountain" indomitable. This is defined by Ever Gibaja, 41, owner of the only small store in Soraypampa, the camp three hours from the Salkantay apu and from where he leaves for it. According to some authors the name of this mountain Salkantay is a contraction that comes from (Salqa means wild ) and Antay means to produce avalanches. The name of Apu, which in the Quechua language comes to mean lord, is usually defined in front of the great mountains that mean something sacred above the valleys. For example Apu Salkantay in the Vilcabamba mountain range.
No, there is no age limit, but if it is older, it is recommended to have a medical check-up before traveling, try to acclimatize in height. We have had children from 7 years old and people up to age 68 many times. Do not worry, we are here to help you do it! When there is a will, it is possible!.
In Cusco we only have 2 seasons 6 months of rain and 06 months of dry, the dry season begins in April to October, the days are usually sunny and warm, but keep in mind that the time is very variable in the high cities as well as in the mountains, from November to March the rainy days and unstable varied months, where the rains can be strong. Please Note: The temperatures are for the Cusco Valley at 3400m. And the temperatures change depending on the altitude.
Altitude sickness, or mountain sickness, is caused by a lack of oxygen at high altitudes. Symptoms include headache, fatigue, irritability, and in more severe cases, respiratory distress, confusion and even coma.It is important to acclimatize before embarking on the trek, arriving in Cusco 2 or 3 days in advance. The pills for soroche or altitude sickness also help and are very used by tourists. You have to drink plenty of water to hydrate the body, especially with coca tea. It is important to eat light, that is, foods that are easy to digest, such as soups, vegetables and carbohydrates that are not fried. Sleep as much as you can and you will feel much better. Keep your body warm and do not forget to eat before you feel hungry, drink before you feel thirsty, warm yourself before you feel cold and rest before you feel exhausted. Throughout the journey you will travel with experienced and trained guides to assist you in any situation. Ask all the questions you should ask to be prepared and have the best experience in the Salkantay trek
We will pick you up at your hotel at 05:00 hrs. With the private transportation of the agency to travel for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, during the route we will observe beautiful views of the mountains that surround the Cusco Valley, including the mountain of Salkantay and several high, Andean and extensive villages, areas of cultivation of potato and corn We will arrive at the town of Mollepata (2,900 m / 9,514 ft) in this town we will have the option to have breakfast if we have not yet done it and also do the last minute purchases. Then we will take the transport again to travel for an hour to Challacancha (3,675 m / 12,057 ft) during this short trip we will observe the valleys of the valleys of Mollepata. In Challacancha we know all our road team (cook, muleteers, acemilas) give us a warm welcome and then prepare for our adventure in the mountains we have the option of putting the backpack on the sidewalk, we will give a brief explanation before the walk , we will walk for 3 hours for our walk we will observe the Humantay Snow Peak (5,917 m / 19,413 feet) the place on foot in plane and the way to acclimatise better for the rest of the way. This first day, we will camp in Callacancha.
After climbing for 2.5 to 3 hours on a winding road we will arrive at a glacial moraine where we can appreciate Vizcachas (chinchilla andina) and a very small lake. After 3 hours we will finally reach the pass which is the highest point of the trip (4,600 meters / 13,451 feet). Here you will find yourself in the middle of two great mountains - Salkantay (6271 m) and Huamantay (5850 m). Salkantay is the second highest mountain in the Cusco region and in the pass the mountain itself is very close to you. From here you can also see the mountain Pumasillo (5850 m) in front of you, a mountain that can be seen from a different angle to be in Machu Picchu. Descend to Huayracmachay (or Huayrapampa) or Andenes, approximately 2.5 to 3 hours from the pass, where we will have lunch.From the highest point, with the views of the Santa Teresa Valley, we will descend to the camp in Unuyoc. You will probably be the only people in the camp. This is a very nice place to camp, with wonderful landscapes.
After our breakfast at 7:00 am. approx. to continue with our walk towards Collcapampa where we will pass through narrow paths with abundant flora typical of the area such as the different types of orchids and waterfalls that will be seen during the whole journey. After 5 hours of walking we will finally arrive at Sawayaco, also known as the beach where we will have lunch and then we will take a car to Santa Teresa, located at 1,645 meters above sea level, for approximately 45 minutes we will be in Santa Teresa around 3.00 pm where we will settle. After a short rest we will go to the medicinal baths (not included) which is located at 4.5 km approx. of Santa Teresa. Dinner and overnight.
We will wake up very early to take our breakfast, to start the walk for four hours approximately until you reach the Urubamba River and have lunch by the hydro-electric station there. The Hidroelectric is located between the provinces of La Convención and Urubamba in the region of Cusco at 2,438 meters above sea level. The plant will take advantage of the turbine waters of the Machupicchu I and II Hydroelectric Power Plants to generate around 722 GWh of energy annually. Hydrolectrica is actually farther than Machu Picchu town on the train. It is mainly used by locals. Finally we will arrive at Aguas Calientes town located at the foothill of Machu Picchu Mountain.
Early morning, we will continue this adventure traveling to the mysterious city of the Incas Machu Picchu!. We will have a guided tour that will take us to know about the history of the Incan city, the guided tour will take around 2 hours then you will have free time to take pictures or climb (if you want it) the famous Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (please note that Machu Picchu Mountain is different of Machu Picchu Citadel) these are peaks above Machu Picchu that are used to take some panoramic pictures of the Incan city! Then, we are given time off to spend and explore Machu Picchu on our own. In the afternoon, we return by train to Ollantaytambo, from where we are taken by
a private transport to Cusco.