Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 days and 4 nights
Have you missed out on booking the Inca Trail? Do not miss out on another great adventure! Come and see Salkantay (The Savage) The second largest mountain in the Cusco region. Here you can enjoy Machu Picchu from a completely different perspective! That why the National Geographic rated this trek as one of 25 best hikes in the world, The Salkantay Trek is the number one alternative to the Inca Trail. With high snow-capped mountains, lowland jungle and a visit to the Inca site of Llactapata the trek offers a perfect mix of trekking, culture and nature.With fewer people on the route the Salkantay Trek allows you to enjoy the natural beauty of the Andes without any of the distractions and disturbances you find on the Inca Trail
We will pick you up at 5:00am from your hotel and travel by private van to the village of Mollepata in the verdant Apurimac valley. Then we will continue our journey towards Soraypamapa (4000m/12750ft). We will start hiking up a moderate climb for one hour until we reach the beautifull Humantay lagoon After soaking up the spectacular views, we will walk back to SorayPampa in order to get the path to reach Salkantay Pampa Where we stop for lunch
After breakfast, we will continue walking up for one more hour until we get to the Salkantay Pass (4600m/15200ft). From this point, we can soak up the spectacular views of Salkantay. At the pass you can leave a piece of rock carried from the bottom as a present for the mountain spirit.We will continue a downhill trek for two hours to Huayracmachay 3800m/ 12540ft .Where will stop for lunch
This day we will walk for only 5 hours through the tropical jungle. We will cross the Lluskamayo River and a variety of small streams so waterproof shoes are a good idea. We will pass through gorgeous valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls. Your guide will show you naturally growing tropical fruits and native plants and flowers.Then will spend the night in campsite of Lucmabamba (2500m/8250ft).
In the morning, we will leave Lucmabamba and start a three hour climb to reach Llactapata (2.700m/8910ft), an incredible Inca fort from which we will enjoy our first view of MachuPicchu! After some pictures and rest we will descend for two hours to the Hydroelectric Plant, where we will have our final lunch
We will have two options to arrive to MachuPicchu: 1) we can hike for one and a half hours from Aguas Calientes to MachuPicchu, or 2) we can take a bus to MachuPicchu. By waking up early, you will witness the magnificent sunrise at this ancient Inca city. At MachuPicchu, you will have a guided tour for approximately 2 hours. After the tour, you will have free time to explore this mysterious city by yourself. When you finish at MachuPicchu, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch