Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (5 Days / 4 Nights)
The Cordillera Vilcanota is an impressive range of mountains which include the massive SALKANTAY snow capped mountain (6,271m) and three others over 6000m.
SALKANTAY is an outstanding snow peak, located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south central Peru. It is the highest mountain of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. Because of its proximity to the city, it is easily accessible and is climbed frequently. Attractive trek; made for trekkers has a changeable landscape;
On this hike you can see distinct ecosystems spread across its different zones of altitude and climate. This trail runs from high valley up to the mountains and descends into a lush valley. The ecosystem is transformed rapidly.
DAY 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA
DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA – CHALLWAY
DAY 3: CHALLWAY – LA PLAYA SAHUAYACO
DAY 4: SAHUAYACO – PATALLAQTA – HIDROELECTRICA TO AGUAS CALIENTES
This will be a very interesting day as we trek approximately 3 hours to Llaqtapata. There we will see Inca walls, observe the diverse flora and fauna and enjoy the beautiful landscape. We will then walk for another 2 or 3 hours before we finally arrive to Hydroelectric, a place named for the nearby hydroelectric dam. There we will eat lunch below the mountain of Machupicchu. We will then continue to hike along the train tracks through a beautiful mountain jungle area to Aguas Calientes. This section of the trek will take about two and a half hours. Upon our arrival to the town, we will be escorted to our hotel for the night. We will enjoy a final group dinner at a local restaurant at about 7:00 pm. There we will go over our plans for the following day at Machupicchu.
DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCU – CUSCO
- Professional bilingual guide
- Private car
- Horses (to carry the tents, toilet and cooking equipment)
- Porter strength (5 kilos per trekker can be carried by the horses)
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner); vegetarian food available on request
with no extra charge
- Camping equipment (tents, eating supplies and utensils, etc.)
- First Aid kit
- 1 Night at a tourist hostel in Aguas Calientes Town.
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Bus ticket Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (R/T)
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes back to Ollantaytambo
- Tourism bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Emergency horse.
- Lunch on Day 5
- Sleeping bag
- Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
- Bottled water
What you need..
- Original passport (and International Student card (ISIC) if applicable)
- Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
- Walking boots
- Water proof jacket/rain poncho
- Warm jacket, hat and gloves
- Comfortable trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
- Water, water purification tablets, or money to buy water along the way
- Insect repellent
- Personal medication
- Camera and films
- Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
- Walking stick (with rubber tip)
- Plasters and bandages
- Extra money
- Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes) where the entrance
- fee at the door is US$4