The famous Salkantay trek, named among the 25 best Treks in the World by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, is a trek open to everybody. Salkantay's proximity to MachuPicchu makes this trek an attractive alternative to the Inca Trail.
Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa
We pick you up from the hotel around 5:00AM and travel by private bus to Mollepata (2,800m/9,186ft). Mollepata is a small community located along the main road from Cusco to Abancay. Mollepata is the start of the trek and where we meet our arrieros(horsemen) and trekking crew. We will hike approximately 3 hours appreciating the diversity of the flora and fauna along the way, and then we stop to enjoy our delicious lunch at the quiet site of Sayllapata.
In the afternoon, we have a relaxing 3 hour hike before we arrive at our first camp site of Soraypampa (3,800m/12,467ft) where we will have dinner and discuss our first impressions of the hike.
Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Challhuay
We wake up very early and after a good breakfast, we depart from Soraypampa. This is the hardest day because we have to climb to the Salkantay Pass (4,600m/15,000ft), the highest point of our trek. From here we can get a spectacular view of Salkantay, a stunning snow-capped mountain (6,271m/20,574ft). The first part of the day we will hike for approximately three and half hours
Upon descent, we will approach a rocky area and then pass several streams unil we reach Wayracmachay where we will stop for lunch. We will continue to hike downhill until we reach Challhuay. At this campsite you will experience a semitropical climate because of the cloud forest.
Day 3: Challhuay - La Playa - Santa Teresa
We wake-up at 6:00AM to have breakfast and begin our third day of hiking to La Playa.we will have an easy downhill hike through the jungle highland of Ceja de Selva.In this jungle you will be able to see coffee and several native plantation fruits. Then We will stop for lunch at La Playa. After lunch Later in the afternoon we have an hour bus ride to the village of Santa Teresa. Once we arrive, we will take you to the Santa Teresa thermal spring which is included in this package. After relaxing in these springs, we will have dinner and relax for the night.
Day 4: Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes
We will have breakfast and then hike for two hours to the hydroelectric station along the Urubamba River. After lunch, we will continue for 3 more hours of hiking to the town of Aguas Calientes. In Aguas Calientes, we will check into our hostel, dine, and rest up before the next day in MachuPicchu!
NOTE: If you do not want to walk after lunch, you can take a train from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes. However, this train leaves only in the late afternoons and this can be a long wait.
Day 5: MachuPicchu – Cusco
We wake up at 5:30AM for breakfast and will take an early morning bus to MachuPicchu. Arriving early to MachuPicchu, allows you to witness the beauty and the magic of this ancient city. Once at MachuPicchu, you will have a guided tour of MachuPicchu for apprroximately 2 hours. Then you will have free time to explore the city on your own. If you still have energy and a ticket booked in advance, you can also climb HuaynaPicchu (2,720m/8,923ft). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top of HuaynaPicchu.
You can expect to arrive back in Ollantaytambo by 8:30PM. From there we will provide you transfer back to your hostel in Cusco.
What is included in the price?
-Professional guide fluent in English
-Private bus to the start of the trail
-Machu Picchu entrance fees
-Two-people tents with plenty of room for your backpacks
Meals cooked by an experienced chef: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners,
-Vegetarian/special diet options available
-Weight Allowance:5 Kilograms / 10 pounds per trekker
-Horse ( to carry the tents and cooking equipments
-First aid kit including oxygen bottle
-Bus from La Playa campsite to Santa Teresa
-Round trip bus from La Playa campsite to Santa Teresa Thermal springs
-Entrance to the thermal springs in Santa Teresa
-One way bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
-Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
-Breakfast on the first morning. Some hotels offer an early morning breakfast service. If not, -we stop at the town of Mollepata where you will have the chance to buy breakfast.
-Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day
-Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
-Sleeping bags. These can be rented in our office for the entire trek (US$ 20)
-Tips for the guide, cooks, and wranglers
What you need to bring:
For students: ISIC card
Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
Hat and gloves
2 pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
Long underwear for sleeping
Sun hat or cap
Water and/or water purification tablets
Camera and film
Torch or headlamp
Cash (approximately 400 Peruvian nuevo soles)
Optional items to take:
Plasters and bandages
Bathing suit for hot springs in Aguas Calientes (not included in the price )
We offer discount of US$20 to students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC),