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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5-Days

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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5-Days
From £442
Duration 5 Days
From £442
Duration 5 Days
This trek is the second most popular route to Machu Picchu - after the Inca Trail. We make our way through breathtaking snowcapped mountains and picturesque valleys, passed beautiful lakes and waterfa...

The Salkantay Mountain is one of the most beautiful in Peru and is considered sacred by local villagers. As a final treat we will join the Inca Trail for a short section before arriving to Machu Picchu via the stunning Llaqtapata.

DAY BY DAY SUMMARY

Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Huayracpunku (15km, 8hrs)
Day 2: Hayrampunku – Challway – La Playa (24km, 9hrs)
Day 3: La Playa – Llactapata (10km, 5hrs)
Day 4: Llactapata – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes (14km, 6hrs)
Day 5: Machu Picchu (The Lost City of the Incas) – 4hrs

 

 ITINERARY

Day 1: CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA – HUAYRACPUNKU

We will pick you up from your hotel between 4:30 and drive you to Soraypampa (3900 m). After a delicious breakfast we will start your Salkantay Trexperience! It’s a 4 hour walk up to Soyrococha (4400 m / 14430 ft) where our chef will be waiting to serve you the highest lunch in the area. After lunch, we will continue climbing for one more hour to reach Salkantay Pass (4650 m/ 15255 ft). From the top it will be another 3 hour downhill hike to the campsite at Wayracmachay (3800 m/ 12467 ft). Your tent, a snack and a hot drink will be waiting for you. You will then have some time to rest and have dinner before a well-earned night sleep.

 Day 2: WAYRAMPUNKU – CHALLWAY – LA PLAYA

We will wake you up bright and early with a hot cup of coffee or cocoa tea. We will enjoy the breathtaking views throughout an energizing yoga and meditation session. After breakfast we will start descending from the highlands to the cloud forest. We will arrive at Colpapampa located at 2770 meters. Here we will take a break to have lunch and also say goodbye to our horsemen. The second part of your Trexperience starts with a 4 hour gradual up and downhill until we get to La Playa located at 2070 meters.

Day 3: LA PLAYA – LLUCMABAMBA – LLACTAPATA

Today is the most beautiful day. After enjoying a delicious breakfast we will make our way to Lucmabamba (2000 m / 6600 ft) where we will visit a coffee farm and join an original Inca trail, built in the 15th century. We will hike uphill for approximately 3 hours until we reach Llaqtapata; another extraordinary Inca ruin located right in front of Machu Picchu. Here we will take some time to explore. We will reach the campsite at approximately 1:00pm to have lunch. Then you can enjoy some free time to relax and unwind. Since this place will be our campsite.

Day 4: LLACTAPATA – HYDROELECTRIC – AGUAS CALIENTES

Waking Up right in front of Machu Picchu its worth getting up early to sit and watch the sun reveal the outstanding beauty of your surroundings with a hot cup of coffee of coca tea. After breakfast it is a relatively easy 2 hour downhill trek to the hydroelectric and 3 hour walk along the railway to Aguas Calientes. Once in Aguas Calientes your tour guide will take you to your hotel where you will have some time to rest and freshen up. In the evening we will enjoy a final dinner together with our chef and porters before spending the night in the hotel.

DAY 5:  MACHU PICCHU (LOST CITY OF THE INCAS)

On our final day we have to get up very early to prepare for the highlight of your Trexperience; visiting Machu Picchu – the Lost City of the Incas. On a clear day you can watch the spectacular sun rise over Machu Picchu. This is truly an unforgettable sight. Your guide will take you on a 2 to 3 hour comprehensive tour of the city before leaving you in Machu Picchu to explore on your own or climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (tickets must be booked as far in advance as possible). Your guide will explain how to take the bus from Machu Picchu back to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included) and then take the train and bus back to Cusco. The Trexperience Team will meet you off the train and return you safely to your hotel.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED.

  • Airport pick up and drop-off
  • All transportation from beginning to end
  • Chef, porters, full camping equipment
  • Horse, horsemen to carry the equipment
  • Professional Native Tour Guides
  • All meals included
  • Entrance ticket to all places we visit

WHY TREXPERIENCE.

  • Free airport Pick up and drop off
  • Travel Assistance 24/7 for any questions or recommendations
  • Live history shows: our new way to teach you Inca history full of Fun
  • Yoga & Spiritual ceremonies performed by our Andean healers
  • Cooking lessons and PACHAMANCA demonstration
  • Enjoy our hot showers after a long day of hiking
  • Learn and interact with our native Tour Guides
  • Meet our multicultural team going with us Including women Porters and Chefs
  • We promote gender equality and Women´s empowerment
  • 2% of  the price you pay goes to support our Social Projects
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Region South America
Country Peru

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