This Salkantay Trek is the most biodiverse trekking in Peru. Visiting the Andes Mountains, enjoying blue lakes, contemplating snow capped-mountains, crossing the Andes range, and hiking the Inka Jungle. On the other side of the Andes enjoy having fun with extreme sports like Zipline and climbing rock, relaxing in the Cocalmayo natural hot springs. The end is discovering Machu Picchu. In the first 2 days, you will be trekking the great Salkantay Trail close to the snow. You will cross over the Andes range, and the highest place you will be is at 4600 masl (15100 FASL). On the next side of the Andes mountains, you will find the Jungle and in the Jungle the classic Inka Trail. The last day of this trek will be just to explore Machu Picchu.
But the greatest part of this is that it is all-inclusive. 1-night hostel, 3 nights camping, meals, camping gear, transportation, and the Machu Picchu tickets.
The Salkantay trek is perfect for people who love nature and adventure. However, if you are planning your trip in advance, you could find a place for the Inka Trail Alternative, this trek combines the Salkantay and the classic Inka trail, Click to check The Inka Trail Alternative to Machu Picchu. But, if you are in a hurry, you can do the Tour to Machupicchu full days. Then you can visit the Humantay lake like a full-day tour, click to check Humantay Lake.
We will start our adventure by picking up at 4:30 am each passenger from their respective lodgings, before embarking on a 4-hour bus ride.
Our first stop would be in Mollepata at an altitude of 2900meters (9514 FASL) for about 30 minutes break. Then continue with our journey until the bus stop where we will meet our porters and horses who will carry the equipment. The trekking starts hiking for 4 hours toward Soraypampa at 3900meters (12795 FASL) beside the Inka water irrigation channels.
When we arrive in Soraypampa, we will set-up our first base camp where we will have a break for lunch, and later lunch. From this camping, we can enjoy the beautiful views of Salkantay trek and snow peaks. The temperature in this area oscillates at 10°C during the day and 2°C during the night. And where we will have a break for lunch.
We will visit The Humantay Lake at 4200 meters (13779 FASL) for about 1Hour & 30 min walk from the camping area which is conditioned with a four seasons tent coated with an additional roof made of straw at an altitude of 3900mters (12800 FASL).
Early in the morning our assistant will wake you up to give you a coca tea, so you can be better acclimatized by the height. Later, we will take our breakfast to be ready to start a 3 hours hike until reach the highest point of our expedition.
Salkantay trek Pass 4600meters (15091 FASL) full of wonderful sceneries.
After breakfast at 6:30 am, we will head towards Sahuyaco (La Playa) 2000meters (6824 FASL), walking down and flat for 4hours. The temperature in this area oscillates at 25°C during the day and 14°C during the night. After 4 hours of hiking, we will have lunch.
In the afternoon we will continue by car to Santa Teresa 1550m (5085 FASL) to set up our base camp and hang out in the Hot Spring. Then we will have a traditional Peruvian dinner and rest well to be prepared for the next day.
In the morning, after breakfast, our transportation will pick up from our lodge all passengers who booked the zip line. This activity of 2 hours & 30 min has more than 6 cables, the longest one is 1 km, the max. speed is 70km/h (45 miles/h). In the end, this activity has a climbing rock and suspension bridge. And that people who didn’t book will have 2 hours trekking from Santa Teresa to the hydroelectric (this will be the meeting point) and where the entire group will join for lunch and have a break.
Then we will continue walking along the railway that leads through this great jungle that the Inca knew by heart to our final destination: Aguas Calientes. We walk for about 3 hours and you will find beautiful waterfalls, different ecological farms and possibly the curious wildlife the group will arrive in Aguas Calientes around 5:00 p.m. Here the group will spend the night in a hostel. At night we will all meet at a local restaurant to enjoy a great dinner and have an informative session about our next excursion to Machu Picchu.
We get ready around 4:00 am to climb to Machu Picchu, the trek will follow an ascending path crossing the high jungle, just in time to see the spectacular sunrise in Machupicchu. After passing the control entrance around 6:00 am our group will have a private guided tour for 2 hours in the Inca citadel, then you will have free time to enjoy Machu Picchu by yourself. At 11:30 am we return by walking (3.5 hours) to Hydroelectric where our bus is waiting for us until 3:00 pm to take us to the Cusco city, arriving around 10:00 pm.
Note 1: There is a possibility to spend one more night in Machu Picchu town paying $30 extra, and return the next day (if you want to climb Huayna Picchu or Mountain Machu Picchu) it is a good idea.
Note 2: you can add the train to return after Machupicchu, if you do it like this you can stay in Machupicchu as long as you can, until 5:00 pm maximum. Then the train goes from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (1 hour and 40min) then our car will wait for you to take you back to Cusco and drop you off in san Francisco square (2 blocks from the main square) at 10:00 pm. Why train? More time in Machupicchu, faster and more comfortable than the bus and you will enjoy good views on the way.
We have Daily departures for this tour. The weather is dry all year. However, between December and April, there are a few rain spots, but it is not a big deal. Machu Picchu, the zipline, and hot springs are on the other side of the Andes Mountains, and in a lower place, the temperature can be around 25°C during the day and 13°C During the night. Nevertheless, The fist part of the Salkantay Trek is so cold 12°C during the day and 2°C during the night. That is why on this tour you need summer and winter clothes. Click to check the Peruvian wheater.
There are many destinations into Machu Picchu like the Machu Picchu Mountain, Huayna Picchu Mountain, the Inka Bridge, and the Sun Gate, the first 2 have to be booked on time and the last 2 are for free. Click to know more about The Destination inside of Machupicchu.
Maybe you know that Machu Picchu was not the principal city of the Inka empire. However, was a sacred temple to receive the new year. If you are interested to know the timeline of the Inka history, I recommend you to visit Cusco (the capital of the Inka Empire), Click to see The Destinations in Cusco. After Cusco, the Inkas built the Sacred valley, Click to see The Destinations in the Sacred Valley, and then they built Machu Picchu and the great Inka Trail. if you visit those destinations first, you will be an Inka History expert when you reach Machu Picchu.
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