Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 7 Days 6 Nights
Cusco covers a total area of 70,015.30 Km2. In this beautiful land, it is possible to find colorful Andean valleys, snowy peaks, rivers, waterfalls, the beautiful Andean jungle, Inca and pre-Inca sites, and several Andean communities. These Andean communities are connected by thousands of paths. Some of these paths have been used before the Spaniards arrived to Peru. One of these paths is the one connecting the Andean valley of Mollepata with the Santa Teresa town located in the Andean Jungle. This path is well-known as the Salkantay Trek. After the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is the most beautiful and popular one. Indeed, the magazine National Geographic Adventure rated the Salkantay Trek as one of the best 25 treks all over the world.
|Tour Package:||Salkantay Trek Imperial|
|Duration:||7 Days / 6 Nights|
|Type of Tour:||Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu|
|Group Size:||The minimum to open the departure is two people and our maximum is eight so if you guys are two we can do it!.|
|Ideal For:||Adventure Seekers, Couples, Families, Nature Lovers and Intrepid People|
|Difficulty:||Moderate to Challenging.|
|Route:||Closed in February|
|High Season:||April – November|
|Altitude:||1950 – 4600m. / 6398 – 15092 f.|
|Departures Day:||– Daily departures
– All private service departure dates are adapted to your request
|Location:||Mountain range Vilcabamba – Cusco|
|Day Temperature:||15 ºC to 25 ºC /|
|Night temperature:||4ºC to – 7º C|
Day 1: Transfer Airport – Cusco Hotel, City Tour(Afternoon)
See and hear about the 6 archaeological sites of Cusco – the Cathedral, Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay.
Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour (Full Day)
Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas on this full-day monumental tour.
- Visit Pisac Market & Ruins
- Chinchero Market
Day 3: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa
We will leave from Cusco approximately between 4:30a.m. and 5:00a.m. A local bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level) where we will arrive approximately at 8:15 in the morning to have breakfast. During the trip we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. We will meet with our support staff, and they will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 9:00 a.m., we will begin our walk toward Sayllapata (3200 meters above sea level). About 1:00p.m., we will have a Peruvian lunch. After lunch, we will continue hiking toward the Soraypampa villages (3850 meters above sea level). Around 5:30 in the afternoon we will arrive to our camp where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.
Day 4: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huayracpunku – Chaullay
Today, nature will change drastically from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek. We will start the hike around 7:00 in the morning. We will hike to a place called Pampas Salkantay, then go toward the left side of the snowy peaks of Umantay located next to the Apu Salkantay. At midday, we will be on the highest point ( 4600 meters above sea level). We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level) which is known as the second highest point of the Cusco region. Around 1:00 p.m., we will have our lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive to our camp in Challway (2920 meters above sea level). Around 7:00p.m., we will recuperate from the trek and eat dinner.
Day 5: Chaullay – Collpapampa – La Playa – Santa Teresa
Around 7:00a.m., we will start our trek. We will walk for about 6 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco and during this period; we will observe a town called Collpabamba, also called the “Forest Cloudy Brow” where waterfalls, thermal hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks”. From Playa Sahuayaco, we will head to the campsite located at the hot springs of Santa Teresa (It is recommended to bring a bath suit.) Here you will eat dinner.
Day 6: Santa Teresa – Hidroelectryc – Aguas Calientes
After of our delicious breakfast we are going to walk for approximately around 8:30 a.m we begin our trek to the village Colpani, we follow this rising trail, from which we will see plantations of coffee, banana, passion fruit and a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley. We follow along the riverside of Vilcanota River until arrive to the Oroya (canopy brich) From here we have an option to hike to hidroelectrica or to catch a small car where will take us until Hidroelectrica (25 minutes), from this place we can observe the back of Machupicchu Sanctuary, where we have the last lunch with all staff. from here we will continuo walking until arrive to Aguas Calientes around 4:30 p.m then we will stay in a hostal the last night.
Day 7: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu Sanctuary – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
Today, you will be able to choose between waking up at 4:30a.m. and walking up to Machu Picchu or taking a bus to Machu Picchu at 7:00a.m. In Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for about two hours and after that you will be free to explore the Citadel and take pictures, or if you desire, ascent toward the Huaynapicchu Mountain. At 2:26p.m. or 6:03p.m. (depending on availability), you will be taking a train to Ollantaytambo and from there; a bus will drive you to your hotel in Cusco.
What is Included:
- Hotel in Cusco 2 Nights Hotel 3***
- Pre-departure briefing
- Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Mollepata (starting point of the trek)
- Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks.
- English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
- Chef and cooking equipment
- Accommodation in Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu
- Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 4
- 1 Bag or daffor bag where you can out maximum of 6kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) – days 1 to 4(we are going to carry in our horses)
- 1 emergency horse every 8 persons – days 1 to 4
- Meals (04B, 04L, 04D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
- One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
- Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
- Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Machupicchu entrance fee
- Bus ticket Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes(One Way) (day 5)
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco(Expedition Service).
- Transfer train station-hotel in Cusco
- 1 blanket per Person
What is not Included:
- Entrance fees – You need to purchase the Boleto de Turistico at the first site you enter (Soles 130 per person; valid for 10 days and allows you entrance into 16 various sites around Cusco and the Sacred Valley).
- Entrance to visit the Cathedral of Cusco. S/25 Soles
- Entrance to Visit Coricancha. S/ 10 Soles
- Meals in Cusco
- Day 3: Breakfast
- Day 7: Lunch and Dinner in Aguas Calientes
- Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
- Train Ticket from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes
- Day 7: Accomodation in Cusco
- Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish
Optional services to be hired:
- Sleeping bag rent: US$ 5.00 per day
Our sleeping bags are –8ºC-comfort (0ºF) They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
- Extra Horse : USD $60.00
Personal horse and horsemen for riding or carrying extra personal belongings while on the trek.
- Accommodation in Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu:
Please let us know if you wish us to make the hotel booking and, in this case, your requested hotel category and accommodation, and the number of nights you wish us to book. Our Reservation Department will provide you with a list of our selected hotels, services and prices for you to choose from. Our hotel choice is based on previous client reports and regularly updated.
- Massage sessions: USD $40.00 per 1-hour session
Our massage therapists have the highest recognition in Cusco and offer the following treatments: relaxing massage, stress-relieving massage, spinal column massage, energizing massage, Inca massage, altitude problems, aroma therapy, therapy with honey, therapy with glass, therapy with stones, foot reflexology, shiatzu, reiki and puddle of flowering. We recommend massage sessions before and after your trekking program. Services are at the hotel and are only available in Cusco.
- Huayna Picchu Mountain Walk:
We recommend you to include this walk up the mountain Huaynapicchu after your trek, it takes 45min go until the top, you can start after your guided tour in Machupicchu, extra fee of US15 per person.
- BOOK EARLY … to avoid disappointment
Remember there are a limited number of spaces available for MachuPicchu and Huaynapicchu mountain for each day so call us now with your questions or book online to reserve your spot!
Is it for Me:
Mount Salkantay & Machupicchu Trek is a great alternative for the Inca Trail trek, better suited for more adventuresome trekkers who are able to handle more altitude and distance. Ascending to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4,600m/15,088ft) is not too strenuous since it is at the begiinnig of the trek, neither very steep but requires stamina and time in Cusco to acclimatise.
Appropriate clothing along this hike:
Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the fourth day (if sunny) and in Machupicchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machupicchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list
Weather in Cusco:
Cusco’s climate is divided into two differentiated seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January – March); and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night.
Along the Salkantay route, temperatures range from 10-20ºC during the day if it’s sunny, to 05-10ºC during the day if not sunny and can drop below freezing at night. In Aguas Calientes/Machupicchu, at lower altitude, temperatures are usually warmer though warm clothes are still recommended at night.