The Salkantay (6264m/20551f) is the most representative mountain of the Inca, situated in the mountain range of Vilcabamba. The daylight in this region is particularly beautiful and offers a wonderful view of the diverse landscape and the tropical forest. During the journeys, you can also have the opportunity to visit local farmers to know and understand a little about their Andean life, customs and traditions. Therefore, this option for trekking perfectly combines cultural and natural beauty. You have also the opportunity to end this trek in the amazing, mystical site of Machu Picchu.
- Difficulty: Moderate/ Challenge
- Group size: 2-10 persons
- Season: March- November
- PRICE: $450 per person
DAY 1: Cusco- Mollepata- Soraypampa
We will leave Cusco and head forwards Mollepata (2 and a half hours by bus). In Mollepata we will meet the horsemen and the rest of the group and start our trek. From Mollepata we start hiking into a magnificent Rioblanco valley surrounded by impressive snow-capped mountains, such as the Humantay (5217m/17116f) and the Salkantay snow-covered (6264m/20551f). Our campsite will be at Soraypampa pampa.
DAY 2: Soraypampa- Chaullay
After breakfast, we will set off towards Chaullay which offers an exceptional view of the snow-capped Salkantay (6264m). Thereafter, we will descend again and will have time to enjoy the increasing vegetation of the ecosystem. Our camp site for this day will be in Challway, in the middle of the tropical forest.
DAY 3: Chaullay- La Playa
This day is a perfect day to stay in contact with the local flora and its plantations. We will descent further to see the marvelous plantations of coffee, cacao and fruit. The way to this plantations lies in a beautiful forest, dominated by orchids, bromelias and other plants. Here we will also meet the local families and learn how the local people harvest their crops such as coffee and cacao. We will spend the night in La Playa.
Distance: 12 km
DAY 4: La Playa- Llactapata- Hydroelectrical station- Aguas Calientes
This day we will visit the archaeological complex of Llactapata (2650m/8694f) which is located in the midst of a marvelous forest. Here we have the time to enjoy the magnificent view over Machu Picchu and take a lot of pictures. Hereafter we head towards the hydroelectrical station (1950m/6398f) where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes Town.
Distance: 11 km
DAY 5: Machu Picchu
We will leave our hotel early in the morning to go to Machu Picchu by tourist bus. In Machu Picchu, we will have a guided visit of aprox. 2 hours whereafter you will have the time to visit the site at your own pace. After the visit of Machu Picchu, we will go back to Aguas Calientes, where you can rest in the hot springs and then we will take the train to Ollantaytambo where our bus will be waiting for us to take us back to Cusco.
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