The Salkantay trek is 5 days long and a great alternative to the Inca Trail. There are fewer tourists on this trek and the landscapes are even more impressive. You will not see as many ruins as on the Inca Trail though. On the fourth day you arrive to Aguas Calientes and on the fifth day you visit Machu Picchu.
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- Vacation Style Holiday TypeCamping
- Activity Level Tough
- Group Size Small Group
Destinations: Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu
Time: 5 days / 4 nights
Price per person: 890 USD
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- Transfer to Mollepata in bus
- Transfer to Santa Teresa
- Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes
- Hostel in Aguas Calientes (can be upgraded)
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- All meals (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners)
- Bilingual guide
- Tents (4-people tents for 2 people)
- Sleeping bag
- Inflatable mattrass Thermarest
- Bus to and from Machu Picchu
- Last lunch in Aguas Calientes
- Day 1 Cusco- Mollepata- Soraypampa (L, D)
We pick you up early at your hotel for the 2,5 hour drive to Mollepata where we will have breakfast. On the way to this charming village you will make a short visit to Tarahuasi, a fascinating Inca temple. In Mollepata you start the 3 hour trek up to Sayllapata where you will have lunch. After lunch there is time to rest before you continue for 4 hours to the final destination of the day, Soraypampa (altitude: 4000m). Here we set up the campsite and have a nice dinner
- Day 2 Soraypampa – Collpapampa (B, L, D)
An early wake up for breakfast. Then you hike for 4 hours up to an altitude of 4700 meters from where you will have stunning views of the Salkantay mountain range. You will have lunch in Huayracpampa (altitude: 3600m). After lunch you continue downhill into the cloud forest where lush vegetation awaits. After a 4 hour trek you reach Collpapampa (altitude: 2900m). Here we set up the camp and have dinner.
- Day 3 Collpapampa- Playa- Santa Teresa (B, L, D)
Early wake up for breakfast and then you start the hike down the valley. Today´s hike will provide great opportunities for spotting birdlife. After lunch you cross the Santa Teresa River and from there you follow a nice flat hike to Lucmabamba where we set up the camp and have dinner
- Day 4 Santa Teresa- La Oroya- Aguas Calientes (B, L, D)
Today is the final day of trekking. An early breakfast and then a challenging climb to the Aobamba pass (altitude: 2700m). From there a short descend to the Inca ruins of Llaptapata. Then you continue downhill in the tropical vegetation with more chances for bird-spotting. When you reach the Hydroelectric Plant you follow the rail lines until you reach the destination Puente Ruinas in the town of Aguas Calientes. Overnight in a hotel.
- Day 5 Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Cusco (B)
An early wake up to catch the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Then a guided tour for around 2 hours where your guide will explain everything there is to know about this wonder. After the tour you will have some free time to explore the ruins and take more photos. A popular alternative is to climb the mountain next to Machu Picchu; Huayna Picchu (2 hours). It is quite tough but if you reach the top you will have a spectacular view over Machu Picchu and the surroundings. In the afternoon you take the train back to Cusco. You are picked up and transferred to your hotel.