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Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu 5 days 4 nights

Another route to visit the Historic Sanctuary of Machupicchu is to take the adventure hike through the Salkantay mountain, this is another favorite tour for visitors, and people who like outdoor walks. On the way we have the possibility to visit several Andean towns, and share with them a little of their customs. We visit the Humantay lagoon, the amazing snowy Salkantay, then take the road to the town of Aguas Calientes and then to Machupicchu. Beautiful places full of pure energy, conjunction between nature and adventure.

Keep in mind that to carry out this walk you must have a considerable physical state and take the recommendations made by the company. Any question we are here to help you.

DAY 01: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA (MARCOCCASA) - SALKANTAY PAMPA

  • We will pick you up at the hotel around 4:40 a.m.
  • Trip toward Marcoccasa Pass through the town Mollepata (3000m/ 9843f).
  • In Marcoccasa, we are going to find the horses, the muleteer.
  • In Marcoccasa starts walking in a magnificent valley surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains, such as the Humantay (5217m/ 17116f) and Nevado Salkantay (6264m/ 20551f). Our camp will be at Salkantay pampa (3900m/ 12795f).

TRANSPORT TIME: 3hrs30
CLIMATE: Cold during the night
WALKING TIME: 6 to 7 hours.
DIFICULT: Moderate hike.

DAY 02: SALKANTAY PAMPA - SALKANTAY – CHALLWAY

  • After breakfast, depart to Nevado Salkantay (4600m/ 15092f) that offers an exceptional view of the snowcapped Salkantay (6264m). From that moment on, we will descend again and have time to enjoy the vegetation growing ecosystem.
  • Our camp to this day will be in Challway, in the middle of the rainforest.

WALKING TIME: 7 hours
TRANSPORT TIME: 1hour 30minutes)

DAY 03 : CHALLWAY - WIÑAYPOCO - THE BEACH - LUCMABAMBA

  • This day is a perfect day to be in contact with the flora of the place.
  • Going to go down further to see the wonderful plantations of coffee, cacao and fruit.
  • This afternoon you stay in contact with a local rural family from the forest in which you will have the opportunity to witness the cultivation and processing of coffee.
  • You will also have the opportunity to ask the locals your own questions about the process of cultivation.

WALKING TIME: 7 Hours
TRANSPORT TIME: 2 hours

DAY 04: LUCMABAMBA, LLACTAPATA- AGUAS CALIENTES.

  • Early breakfast then starts walking.
  • Visit Llactapata surrounded by beautiful nature.
  • First view of Machu Picchu to take photos.
  • Hereafter we head towards the hydroelectrically station (1950m/6398f) where we will take our lunch, after that continue trekking to Aguas Calientes village. (1hour).
  • When you will arrive to the town you will have a good rest because tomorrow we have to get up early.

DAY 05 : VISIT THE CITADEL OF MACHUPICCHU- CUSCO.

  • 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 in English or Spanish.
  • Where after you will have the time to visit the site at your own pace.
  • After the visit of Machu Picchu, you can go back to Aguas Calientes.
  • From here, you will have a train to Cusco.
  • Upon arrival, you will have transfer to Hotel.

WHAT SHOULD CARRY?

  • Backpack, and one day pack.
  • Sleeping bag,
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate as a waterproof jacket.
  • Pants and hiking shoes, slippers or sandals.
  • Wool socks for the cold, sweater, long and short-sleeved long poles /t-shirts, rain poncho, hat, bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, alcohol and disinfectant gel.
  • Disinfecting tablets, toiletries and toilet paper, photo-camera.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars, dried fruit.
  • Original passport and without are foreigners will have to carry an immigration card for entry into the country.

SERVICES THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THE TRIP

  • Transport to Mollepata (Marcoccasa)in private services.
  • Camping equipment (tent professional, Doite Top 4, extends for 2 passengers.)
  • Mats, tent dining room with table and chairs, bathroom tent.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu National park.
  • Meals during the excursion (04 breakfasts, 04 lunches, 04 dinners and snacks / vegetarian option).
  • Cook, cooking equipment, meals.
  • first-aid kit and oxygen.
  • Horse emergency (minimum 02 passengers).
  • Muleteers and mullahs, for all our camping equipment and bags of personal client (Maximum 6 kilos per person, includes in the weight the insulator and sleeping bag).
  • Transportation from the beach toward Hydroelectric.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Last lunch in Aguas Calientes town.
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.

DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • Extra horse.
  • Sleeping bag for each person.
  • Income to hot springs.
  • Income to Huaynapicchu mountain.
  • extras expenses.
  • Tips to porter or guide.
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