Salkantay 4 days | 3 nights
There is nothing that can compare to the satisfaction of approaching Machu Picchu on one’s own two feet. Take the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu to enjoy breathtaking scenery and see mountains of enormous beauty.
DAY ONE: Challacancha - Soraypampa
After picking you up from your hotel, we drive to Mollepata to have breakfast at a local restaurant. After that, we continue on to Challacancha where we begin our trek on foot. After walking for two and a half hours, we arrive at Soraypampa, our lunch spot and campsite. After our meal, we climb up to the Humantay Lake (4150 MASL), enjoy the scenery, then return to camp to spend the first night.
DAY TWO: Soraypampa – Chaullay or Collpapampa (Mighty Salkantay)
We will have breakfast at 5.30 AM, then set out for the highest pass on this trek (4650m/15200ft above sea level) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on our right and Tucarhuay to the left. From the pass, the views of these snow-capped mountains are truly incredible. There is the possibility of snow on the ground here. After a rest, we will continue our walk, descending through a dramatic cloud forest until reaching Huayracmachay, where we will have lunch. We hit the trails again after lunch in the direction of the jungle's edge until we reach our second campsite at either Chaullay or Colcapampa (3000 MASL).
DAY THREE: Chaullay – La Playa - Lucmabamba (The Coffee Plantation)
Breakfast is at 6.30 AM, then we start our day by trekking through the upper jungle, crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of smaller brooks on the way to La Playa. We will walk for about five hours, then we take a bus from La Playa to Lucmabamba, a coffee plantation where we will eat lunch and learn about coffee that we will harvest, toast, and grind for ourselves. Afterwards, we drive for about an hour and a half from Lucmabamba to Hidroelectrica, then hike along the rail path to Aguas Calientes, where we'll spend a restful night in a hostel.
DAY FOUR: Machu Picchu!
We wake up at about 4 am, then have until to 4:30 to have a quick breakfast and leave for our walk to Machu Picchu. The hike takes one and a half hours, but there is a secondary option to catch the first bus which leaves at 5:30 for a 25 minute ride to Machu Picchu: either way the goal is to appreciate the magnificent city by the light of the rising sun.
A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide, and afterwards you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy to spare, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720 MASL)! It takes about 45 minutes to reach the top. You will then return to meet with your guide in Aguas Calientes and collect your train tickets back to Cusco or Ollantaytambo. The first train usually leaves at 15:55, and will arrive in Cusco at about 20:20. There is also a second train which leaves at 16:20 and goes as far as Ollantaytambo, where someone will be waiting to take you to catch the bus to Cusco. If desired, an extra night in the town of Aguas Calientes can be arranged. (Please let us know whether you would like to stay an extra night when booking your tour).
- Professional bilingual tour guide
- Transportation from your hotel (we pick you up from where you are staying)
- Private transfer to Mollepata Challacancha (the trailhead)
- Tourist train back to Ollantaytambo (expedition service will be at 18:20 PM leaving from Aguas Calientes).
- Private transportation from Ollamtaytambo to Cusco
- Entrance fee for Machu Picchu
- Food: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn)
and 4 dinners
- 2 people per tent, in order to have more space to store your luggage (4 season tent)
- Camping equipment (tent, cooking and eating tent, chairs and tables)
- Thermarest sleeping pad (air mat)
- Horseman, mules, or porters (they carry cooking supplies and camping equipment)
- 7 kilos of your personal belongings may be carried by the horses
- 1 night accommodation in a hostel in Aguas Calientes (private room, cable tv, wi-fi)
- Oxygen balloon in case of emergency
- First aid kit
- Vegetarian/special dietary options available
- Entrance fees to Waynapicchu (if you take this route there will be an extra charge of $20 USD added to the total price)
- Sleeping bag (can be rented for $20 USD)
- Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
- Entrances to the hot spring waters or transportation to get there (50 soles per round trip)
- Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (optional) $24 dollars round trip or $12 dollars one way. You can buy a ticket at the Aguas Calientes bus station
- Extra horse to ride or for any extra luggage in excess of the 7 kilogram maximum