If you have little time to visit Machu Picchu and love the walks, Salkantay trek 4 days and 3 nights is what you are looking for your adventure!
Make your trip to Machu Picchu an unforgettable experience by taking the Salkantay route, the best alternative route to reach the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Salkantay is one of the most important Apus or sacred mountains of the Inca Period, next to the Ausangate.
We will visit an archaeological center and we will be in close contact with the flora, fauna and ecological floors of the area.
Beautiful and diverse landscapes expect to be discovered by you; Typical Andean landscapes, snowy mountains, tropical forests and finally the exuberance of the jungle.
The highest point of the trek is the snowy Salkantay where you will conquer the impressive view of the Valley of Mollepata.
Awake the mountain man that is in you encamped in the skirts of the Nevado Humantay Mountain sister of the Salkantay.
Make this a complete adventure and make the longest Zip Line in all of South America and then enjoy the tropical paradise of the Therapeutic medicinal baths of Santa Teresa, a group of hot and transparent volcanic waters.
Do not miss the best route to get to Machu Picchu, Salkantay.
|DEPARTURE TIME||Arrive 4:00 – 4:30 hrs.|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 19:30 hrs.|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
The most important city of the Inca Empire, Cusco, is located at 3350 masl, where we will go by bus to the Sacred Valley passing through the villages of Maras, Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, towns with living identity that have been maintained through years. Our starting point starts at KM 82 at 2800 masl
Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa - Chaullay
This adventure begins very early in the morning. We will meet at your hotel at 4:30 a.m. to go to the village of Soraypampa arriving approx. 7:00 a.m. to the starting point of our hike. It is time to start our journey through the snowy Salkantay at approximately 11:00 am (4 600 masl) We will celebrate our arrival in El Paso with a small ceremony of thanks to the Pacha Mama, (Mother Earth) and we will offer sweets And Coca Leaves.
The view towards the majestic snowy is spectacular. We will cross the road in full daylight so we will not forget to wear dark glasses for sun, we will not feel cold. At a steady pace we will arrive at Huayracpampa (1:00 p.m) to regain our strength and fill our energy with lunch. The reward is in the trip, we continue with the walk until the town of Challhuay or to the outskirts of Qolpapampa, according to the rhythm of the group. It’s time to rest, tea time will be between 5 p.m. (tea, coffee, milk, chocolate, mate, pop corn, cookies, wantan) and dinner at 7 p.m.
Food: Snack, Lunch, tea time and Dinner.
Day 2: Challhuay - Collpapampa - La Playa - Santa Teresa
The breakfast waits to continue with the walk until the “Beach”. The route will be full of nature, tropical plants such as coffee, orange, bananas and avocados. We will have opportunity to eat granadillas, and see diversity of orchids. Lunch time will be at noon and we will be able to rest to go to Santa Teresa by local transport.
This is a place where we will bathe in hot springs from the volcanoes, the water is clean and transparent. We will make this unforgettable experience by inviting you to make a zip line, we will give a talk after dinner if you want to participate.
Meals: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, tea time and Dinner.
Day 3: Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes
The VILCANOTA river is one of the main rivers of Peru, which is part of the Amazon Basin. After breakfast, we will walk for 40 minutes until we reach this river that crosses the sacred valley of the Incas. We will make our way for about 2 hours in the direction of the hydroelectric to discover the Urubamba river valley.
The immense cataract that emanates from the mountain of Machu Picchu, will be the right place where we will have our lunch. A great stamp to take you to souvenir in photographs. Relive your spirit of traveling traveler by walking along the side of the train tracks. This road will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will make a mandatory stop to rest in a hotel or comfortable hostel.
You can choose the option of taking the train from the hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes (cost is USD $ 18.00, not included in the package) or walk for 3 hours towards the same address. Meet coatis, fruit trees, Orchids and the popular Cock of the Rocks that awaits you on this path.
Meals: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, tea time and Dinner.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Today we will know one of the wonders of the world and have to get up early (4 a.m.) After breakfast we must be ready at 6:00 am. To ascend by bus to the mythical citadel of Machu Picchu. We will not miss any details with the guide information for 2 ½ hours. Write your own experience walking freely inside the Sanctuary, take photographs, selfies or just rest.
It may be opportunity to climb to Wayna Picchu, mountain to climb inside the site, not included in the package. (You can consult with the guide). Make sure you have enjoyed it to the fullest before returning. We will arrange a meeting in the village of Aguas Calientes to deliver the train tickets to arrive at the station in Poroy. Upon arrival Transfer will be waiting to pick you up and direct you to your hotel for a well-deserved rest. Do not miss out on all that Salkantay-Machu Picchu can offer you.
It is important to take into account that passengers arrive in Cusco at least two days before to acclimatize and make the trek. You can do practice tours like visiting the city and the Sacred Valley, these are gentle walks at considerable heights.
For this route it is also recommended to carry the following:
02 Long Sleeve T-Shirts (Thermo Skin).
01 thermal wool jacket.
01 hunting coat.
01 snow jacket
01 Trekking Trousers
02 pairs of socks
02 pairs of underwear
01 sun hat
01 rain covers (raincoats and others)
01 pair of trekking shoes that support the ankles
01 towel for personal hygiene
01 biodegradable soap
01 A personal cleaning kit (toothbrushes, toothpaste and other essential items).