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Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 5Dias / 4Nights

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$620 USD

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Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu "5D/4N"
• The Salkantay trek takes its name from the snow-capped mountain of Salkantay (20,574ft/6271m), located 37mi/60km northeast of the city of Cusco.
• Salkantay is the twelfth highest mountain in Peru and the second largest mountain that surrounds the Inca city of Machu Picchu and the city of Cusco.
• The Inca called it Salkantay, which in the Quechua language means Indomitable or Wild, the Incas called it this because of the changing climate of the mountain and the difficulty involved in arriving to it.
• This mountain was revered by the Incas just as today the snow-covered Salkantay is still considered by the surrounding peoples and the Andean religion as a deity or APU, charged with protecting all forms of life that surround it, as well as the regulation of climate and harvests.
• The Salkantay trek was named as the number 1 Alternate Route to Machu Picchu by National Geographic Travel.
• This 5-day trip through the mountains from Salkantay to Machu Picchu consists of 4 days of trekking that will take you through several different ecosystems such as highlands, cloud forests, mountain forests, rainforest; visits archaeological centers (Patallacta, Inca trail of Lucmabamba), and passes through small villages of the Andes.
• It offers a unique view of the snowcapped mountains of Humantay, Pumasillo, Veronica, Salkantay, and the Vilcabamba mountain range, then finishes on the 5th day with a visit to the Inca City of Machu Picchu (7874ft/2400m).
DAY 1:
Cusco - Mollepata - Sayllapata - Soraypampa.
• We begin with pick up at the hotel in Cusco at 5:30am. We’ll drive to the town of Mollepata (9196ft/2802m) passing by different towns and we can appreciate our first view of the spectacular snow covered Salkantay.
• Once we arrive at Mollepata we’ll leave our transport. In this town, we will meet our staff (cook, horses, and horseman). Later we will enjoy breakfast and prepare to begin our hike toward our camp.
• About half way we’ll stop to enjoy lunch and rest with a beautiful view of the Andean valleys and surrounding mountains.
• Afterward, we will prepare to continue with our hike toward the camp, passing by streams and wooden bridges to arrive at our camp at Soraypampa (12,690ft/3869m), where we will finish the first day with an amazing view of the snow-capped Salkantay and a delicious cup of hot chocolate.
☞ Distance: 7.4mi/12km.
☞ Meals:  Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Maximum Altitude: 12,690ft/3869m.
DIA 2:
Soraypampa – Salkantaypampa – Soyrococha – Paso del Salkantay – Huayracmachay – Rayaniyoc – Chaullay.
• We will begin today at 6:30am. After a delicious breakfast in the open air, observing the snowcapped peaks of Salkantay and Humantay, we will prepare to begin the ascent toward Salkantaypampa, passing through a beautiful valley from where you can view the full magnitude of Salkantay, Here we will have a rest and you can take a swim in the icy waters of Salkantay (optional).
• This is very rejuvenating and an indescribable sensation recommended by the local Andean priests, after our break, we will prepare for the 3-hour ascent toward the Salkantay pass (15,213ft/4,636m).
• Here we will get our closest view of the magnitude of Salkantay and you can take pictures of one of the biggest and most important mountains of Peru.
• Our descent will be by way of a rock forest. Surrounded by gigantic snow-capped mountains, we’ll continue toward Huayracmachay (12,812ft/3,906m), where we will break for lunch (30 minutes) in the open air.
• If the weather permits, we will have an impressive view of the mountains from our lunch spot, accompanied by a delicious juice or cup of coffee, the area is surrounded by streams and birds native to the area like “guallatas” and “patos silvestres.”  Later we will descend through a valley surrounded by trees and Bromeliads (mountain jungle) toward our camp in the town of Chaullay (9514ft/2900m) where you can enjoy a cold drink (soda or beer).
• The town of Chaullay is surrounded on two sides by rivers fed by the snows of Salkantay. After dinner, you will be free to enjoy a bonfire that your guide will build before you go to bed.
☞ Distance: 9.3mi/15km.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Maximum Altitude: 15,213ft/4636m.
DAY 3:
La Playa (Sahuayaco) – Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes.
• Today we will enjoy another pleasant breakfast in the open air or in our dining tent. After breakfast, we will get our backpacks ready to walk in the mountain jungle, heading towards our camp at La Playa (also called Sahuayaco, 6594ft/2010m).
• Along the way we can observe a variety of native plants: trees, flowers, orchids, and 70m high waterfalls, here you can also take a swim.
• We will see plantations of coca leaves, bananas, and coffee. Your guide will point out and tell you about all of this along the way and you will be able to enjoy a cup of organic coffee.
• On this day, we’ll have our lunch a little late (2-3pm) at our camp at La Playa where we will rest and spend a relaxed afternoon, Here we will have access to electricity so you can recharge your camera batteries and you can buy cold drinks to accompany the delicious dinner prepared by our chef.
Note:The equipment and your 5kg of extra belongings will travel with the horses until Day 3. On day 4, your 5kg of extra belongings will travel with the cook to Aguas Calientes.
☞ Distance: 8.7mi/14km.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Máximum Altitude: 9514ft/2900m.
DAY 4:
La Playa (Sahuayaco) – Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes.
• Today we start our hike at 6:30am toward Aguas Calientes, the hike begins very smoothly (even and flat) accompanied by lovely vegetation and the songs of the birds native to the area.
• Arriving at the town of Lucmabamba we will begin the ascent for the lovely Inca Trail surrounded by coffee plantations and native fruits that you can enjoy along the trail toward the Llactapata archeological complex (8690ft/2650m) where your guide will explain the site, from here you can observe Machu Picchu from a different angle seen by very few travelers.
• After a rest, we will continue with the descent toward the town of Hidroelectrica. Midway we will come to a small store where we can buy cold drinks for the walk down. Once in Hidroelectrica we will have our last lunch prepared by our chef, after lunch, we will say goodbye to our staff and prepare our backpacks to continue the trek around Machu Picchu Mountain for two hours until arriving at Aguas Calientes (6693ft/2040m).
• Once in Aguas Calientes we will go to our hotel where a comfy bed awaits us, tonight dinner will be in a restaurant, which is included. After dinner, you will have free time to explore Aguas Calientes.
☞ Distance: 7.4mi/12km.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Maximum Altitude: 8858ft/2700m.
DIA 5:
Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
• Today we will drive in the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (25 min, elev. 7972ft/2429m), once at Machu Picchu you will have a guided tour (2 hours), later you will have free time to explore the city of Machu Picchu or climb Huaynapicchu or visit the Sun Gate.
• After free time, we will prepare to return to Aguas Calientes where we will get lunch, later we’ll go to the station and take the train to Ollantaytambo where a car will be waiting to take you back to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast.
☞ Maximum Altitude: 11,200ft/3400m (Cusco).
What Is Included?
✔︎ Pick up from your hotel.
✔︎ Private Transportation Cusco – Mollepata.
✔︎ Private guide (English, Spanish, Quechua) along the hike and at Machu Picchu.
✔︎ Tents (2-3 people per 4-person tent, for your comfort).
✔︎ Sleeping mats.
✔︎ Meals detailed in itinerary (vegetarian menu available on request, veggies will be washed in boiled water).
✔︎ A cook and cooking equipment (dining tent, table, chairs).
✔︎ First aid kit and oxygen on hand.
✔︎ 11 pounds / 5 kg of your personal items (sleeping bag/extra clothes) to go on the horses.
✔︎ Horses or mules to transport equipment and horseman.
✔︎ Dinner in a restaurant the last night in Aguas Calientes.
✔︎ Hostel in Aguas Calientes (breakfast included).
✔︎ Bus tickets: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (first day at Machu Picchu only).
✔︎ Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
✔︎ Train ticket: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.
✔︎ Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

What is not Included:

• First breakfast and last lunch.
• Snacks (Chocolate, crackers/cookies, dried fruits).
• Sleeping bag (you can rent a sleeping bag from us for $30 for the trip).
• Bottled drinks (water, sodas, beers, etc.).
• Train ticket: Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes.
• Entrance to Waynapicchu.
• Entrance to the hot springs at Aguas Calientes.
• Tips for guide, Cook, horseman.
Inca Trail Trekking Companyrecommends a tip of approximately $50-$60 (U.S.) per staff member (split between your tour group). The staff receives a fair salary for their work. The tip is a voluntary gesture of thanks for their days of hard work and is greatly appreciated by the workers.
Important. The list given here is a suggested packing list, based on the experience of our guides and staff, and passengers that enjoyed the 5 Day hike to Salkantay and Machu Picchu. Feel free to pack what you think you need to be comfortable along the hike.
☞ Passport.
☞ Student ID (if applicable).
☞ Sleeping Bag.
☞ Hiking Boots.
☞ Socks (5-6 pairs).
☞ Sandals.
☞ Swimsuit.
☞ Thermal Underwear.
☞ Hiking Pants (2-3).
☞ Shirts (5-6).
☞ Vest.
☞ Fleece/Polartec.
☞ Rain Jacket.
☞ Headlamp/Flashlight (extra batteries).
☞ Sun Hat.
☞ Wool Hat/Gloves.
☞ Sun Glasses.
☞ Water Bottle/Reservoir.
☞ Hiking Poles (1 pair).
☞ Watch (water resistant, with light).
☞ Camera/GoPro.
☞ Plastic Rain Poncho.
☞ Sun Block (50+ SPF).
☞ Chapstick.
☞ Insect Repellent.
☞ Toiletries .
☞ Toilet Paper (2 Rolls).
☞ Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer.
☞ Pocket knife, lighter, whistle, sewing kit.
☞ First Aid Kit.
☞ Personal Medication.
☞ Snacks.
☞ Money (local currency).
Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu "5D/4N"
• The Salkantay trek takes its name from the snow-capped mountain of Salkantay (20,574ft/6271m), located 37mi/60km northeast of the city of Cusco.
• Salkantay is the twelfth highest mountain in Peru and the second largest mountain that surrounds the Inca city of Machu Picchu and the city of Cusco.
• The Inca called it Salkantay, which in the Quechua language means Indomitable or Wild, the Incas called it this because of the changing climate of the mountain and the difficulty involved in arriving to it.
• This mountain was revered by the Incas just as today the snow-covered Salkantay is still considered by the surrounding peoples and the Andean religion as a deity or APU, charged with protecting all forms of life that surround it, as well as the regulation of climate and harvests.
• The Salkantay trek was named as the number 1 Alternate Route to Machu Picchu by National Geographic Travel.
• This 5-day trip through the mountains from Salkantay to Machu Picchu consists of 4 days of trekking that will take you through several different ecosystems such as highlands, cloud forests, mountain forests, rainforest; visits archaeological centers (Patallacta, Inca trail of Lucmabamba), and passes through small villages of the Andes.
• It offers a unique view of the snowcapped mountains of Humantay, Pumasillo, Veronica, Salkantay, and the Vilcabamba mountain range, then finishes on the 5th day with a visit to the Inca City of Machu Picchu (7874ft/2400m).
DAY 1:
Cusco - Mollepata - Sayllapata - Soraypampa.
• We begin with pick up at the hotel in Cusco at 5:30am. We’ll drive to the town of Mollepata (9196ft/2802m) passing by different towns and we can appreciate our first view of the spectacular snow covered Salkantay.
• Once we arrive at Mollepata we’ll leave our transport. In this town, we will meet our staff (cook, horses, and horseman). Later we will enjoy breakfast and prepare to begin our hike toward our camp.
• About half way we’ll stop to enjoy lunch and rest with a beautiful view of the Andean valleys and surrounding mountains.
• Afterward, we will prepare to continue with our hike toward the camp, passing by streams and wooden bridges to arrive at our camp at Soraypampa (12,690ft/3869m), where we will finish the first day with an amazing view of the snow-capped Salkantay and a delicious cup of hot chocolate.
☞ Distance: 7.4mi/12km.
☞ Meals:  Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Maximum Altitude: 12,690ft/3869m.
DIA 2:
Soraypampa – Salkantaypampa – Soyrococha – Paso del Salkantay – Huayracmachay – Rayaniyoc – Chaullay.
• We will begin today at 6:30am. After a delicious breakfast in the open air, observing the snowcapped peaks of Salkantay and Humantay, we will prepare to begin the ascent toward Salkantaypampa, passing through a beautiful valley from where you can view the full magnitude of Salkantay, Here we will have a rest and you can take a swim in the icy waters of Salkantay (optional).
• This is very rejuvenating and an indescribable sensation recommended by the local Andean priests, after our break, we will prepare for the 3-hour ascent toward the Salkantay pass (15,213ft/4,636m).
• Here we will get our closest view of the magnitude of Salkantay and you can take pictures of one of the biggest and most important mountains of Peru.
• Our descent will be by way of a rock forest. Surrounded by gigantic snow-capped mountains, we’ll continue toward Huayracmachay (12,812ft/3,906m), where we will break for lunch (30 minutes) in the open air.
• If the weather permits, we will have an impressive view of the mountains from our lunch spot, accompanied by a delicious juice or cup of coffee, the area is surrounded by streams and birds native to the area like “guallatas” and “patos silvestres.”  Later we will descend through a valley surrounded by trees and Bromeliads (mountain jungle) toward our camp in the town of Chaullay (9514ft/2900m) where you can enjoy a cold drink (soda or beer).
• The town of Chaullay is surrounded on two sides by rivers fed by the snows of Salkantay. After dinner, you will be free to enjoy a bonfire that your guide will build before you go to bed.
☞ Distance: 9.3mi/15km.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Maximum Altitude: 15,213ft/4636m.
DAY 3:
La Playa (Sahuayaco) – Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes.
• Today we will enjoy another pleasant breakfast in the open air or in our dining tent. After breakfast, we will get our backpacks ready to walk in the mountain jungle, heading towards our camp at La Playa (also called Sahuayaco, 6594ft/2010m).
• Along the way we can observe a variety of native plants: trees, flowers, orchids, and 70m high waterfalls, here you can also take a swim.
• We will see plantations of coca leaves, bananas, and coffee. Your guide will point out and tell you about all of this along the way and you will be able to enjoy a cup of organic coffee.
• On this day, we’ll have our lunch a little late (2-3pm) at our camp at La Playa where we will rest and spend a relaxed afternoon, Here we will have access to electricity so you can recharge your camera batteries and you can buy cold drinks to accompany the delicious dinner prepared by our chef.
Note:The equipment and your 5kg of extra belongings will travel with the horses until Day 3. On day 4, your 5kg of extra belongings will travel with the cook to Aguas Calientes.
☞ Distance: 8.7mi/14km.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Máximum Altitude: 9514ft/2900m.
DAY 4:
La Playa (Sahuayaco) – Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes.
• Today we start our hike at 6:30am toward Aguas Calientes, the hike begins very smoothly (even and flat) accompanied by lovely vegetation and the songs of the birds native to the area.
• Arriving at the town of Lucmabamba we will begin the ascent for the lovely Inca Trail surrounded by coffee plantations and native fruits that you can enjoy along the trail toward the Llactapata archeological complex (8690ft/2650m) where your guide will explain the site, from here you can observe Machu Picchu from a different angle seen by very few travelers.
• After a rest, we will continue with the descent toward the town of Hidroelectrica. Midway we will come to a small store where we can buy cold drinks for the walk down. Once in Hidroelectrica we will have our last lunch prepared by our chef, after lunch, we will say goodbye to our staff and prepare our backpacks to continue the trek around Machu Picchu Mountain for two hours until arriving at Aguas Calientes (6693ft/2040m).
• Once in Aguas Calientes we will go to our hotel where a comfy bed awaits us, tonight dinner will be in a restaurant, which is included. After dinner, you will have free time to explore Aguas Calientes.
☞ Distance: 7.4mi/12km.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner.
☞ Maximum Altitude: 8858ft/2700m.
DIA 5:
Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
• Today we will drive in the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (25 min, elev. 7972ft/2429m), once at Machu Picchu you will have a guided tour (2 hours), later you will have free time to explore the city of Machu Picchu or climb Huaynapicchu or visit the Sun Gate.
• After free time, we will prepare to return to Aguas Calientes where we will get lunch, later we’ll go to the station and take the train to Ollantaytambo where a car will be waiting to take you back to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
☞ Meals:  Breakfast.
☞ Maximum Altitude: 11,200ft/3400m (Cusco).
What Is Included?
✔︎ Pick up from your hotel.
✔︎ Private Transportation Cusco – Mollepata.
✔︎ Private guide (English, Spanish, Quechua) along the hike and at Machu Picchu.
✔︎ Tents (2-3 people per 4-person tent, for your comfort).
✔︎ Sleeping mats.
✔︎ Meals detailed in itinerary (vegetarian menu available on request, veggies will be washed in boiled water).
✔︎ A cook and cooking equipment (dining tent, table, chairs).
✔︎ First aid kit and oxygen on hand.
✔︎ 11 pounds / 5 kg of your personal items (sleeping bag/extra clothes) to go on the horses.
✔︎ Horses or mules to transport equipment and horseman.
✔︎ Dinner in a restaurant the last night in Aguas Calientes.
✔︎ Hostel in Aguas Calientes (breakfast included).
✔︎ Bus tickets: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (first day at Machu Picchu only).
✔︎ Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
✔︎ Train ticket: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.
✔︎ Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

What is not Included:

• First breakfast and last lunch.
• Snacks (Chocolate, crackers/cookies, dried fruits).
• Sleeping bag (you can rent a sleeping bag from us for $30 for the trip).
• Bottled drinks (water, sodas, beers, etc.).
• Train ticket: Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes.
• Entrance to Waynapicchu.
• Entrance to the hot springs at Aguas Calientes.
• Tips for guide, Cook, horseman.
Inca Trail Trekking Companyrecommends a tip of approximately $50-$60 (U.S.) per staff member (split between your tour group). The staff receives a fair salary for their work. The tip is a voluntary gesture of thanks for their days of hard work and is greatly appreciated by the workers.
Important. The list given here is a suggested packing list, based on the experience of our guides and staff, and passengers that enjoyed the 5 Day hike to Salkantay and Machu Picchu. Feel free to pack what you think you need to be comfortable along the hike.
☞ Passport.
☞ Student ID (if applicable).
☞ Sleeping Bag.
☞ Hiking Boots.
☞ Socks (5-6 pairs).
☞ Sandals.
☞ Swimsuit.
☞ Thermal Underwear.
☞ Hiking Pants (2-3).
☞ Shirts (5-6).
☞ Vest.
☞ Fleece/Polartec.
☞ Rain Jacket.
☞ Headlamp/Flashlight (extra batteries).
☞ Sun Hat.
☞ Wool Hat/Gloves.
☞ Sun Glasses.
☞ Water Bottle/Reservoir.
☞ Hiking Poles (1 pair).
☞ Watch (water resistant, with light).
☞ Camera/GoPro.
☞ Plastic Rain Poncho.
☞ Sun Block (50+ SPF).
☞ Chapstick.
☞ Insect Repellent.
☞ Toiletries .
☞ Toilet Paper (2 Rolls).
☞ Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer.
☞ Pocket knife, lighter, whistle, sewing kit.
☞ First Aid Kit.
☞ Personal Medication.
☞ Snacks.
☞ Money (local currency).
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