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salkantayThe famous Salkantay Trek named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, connect the city of Mollepata, Cusco with Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests. Located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south central Peru by the Cordillera Vilcabamba and rising to 6271 meters above sea level (20574 ft) Mt. Salkantay is an outstanding glacier-capped summit worshipped for thousands of years by local Indians. The name Salkantay is a quechua word meaning "Savage Mountain". Our classic Salkantay Trek is a custom-designed alternative to the traditional Inca Trail. Off the beaten path, this is a cutting edge experience for adventure travelers looking for a little more privacy and authenticity. With more spectacular vistas, the Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek offers the solitude and quiet contemplation such a sacred path deserves.

SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 5D/4N

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Day 1: Mollepata –Soraypampa
Pick up from their hotels at 5:00 hrs, and then are conducted for about 4 hours northwest towards the Apurimac Valley, till we reach the little village of Mollepata, located at 2800 meters above sea level. Once we had reached Mollepata zone hikers will have lunch and then will get ready to start this unique journey towards the lost city of Machu Picchu. From this point we will start to ascend winding valleys full of shrub vegetation, where hummingbirds are seen frequently. The expedition will be supported by a group of porters and horses at this point. After approximately 5 hours we will reach the zone of Soraypampa (3850 m), where we will pitch our tents, have dinner and spend the night.
Included: Lunch and dinner

   
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Day 2: Soraypampa - Challway
Today, nature will change drastically from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek. We will start the hike around 7:00 in the morning. We will hike to a place called Pampas Salkantay, then go toward the left side of the snowy peaks of Umantay located next to the Apu Salkantay. At midday, we will be on the highest point (4600 meters above sea level). We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level) which is known as the second highest point of the Cusco region. Around 1:00 p.m., we will have our lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive to our camp in Challway (2920 meters above sea level). Around 7:00p.m., we will recuperate from the trek and eat dinner.
Included: Lunch and dinner
   
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Day 3: Challway – La Playa– Sahuayaco
Around 7:00a.m., we will start our trek. We will walk for about 6 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco and during this period; we will observe a town called Collpabamba, also called the “Forest Cloudy Brow” where waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks”.
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Day 4: Sahuayaco – Llactapata – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes
After an early breakfast, we will head to the LLactapata access. This is an hour ride. Once at the Llactapata entrance, you will start an ascent hike towards the ruins of Llactapata. On the way you will observe coffee plantations, beautiful landscapes as well as diverse flora and fauna. After three hours, you will arrive at Llactapata where you will have an amazing view of Machu Picchu. Here you will have time to rest and enjoy the scenery. A descending trail will take you to the Hydroelectric where you will eat lunch. The last park of the trek, an approximately 2 hours walk, takes us to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, you will be accommodated at the hostel or hotel of your choice
Included: Lunch and dinner
 
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Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - Cusco
Today, you will start early at around 4:30a.m. And walk up to Machu Picchu and to the Sun Gate. In Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for about two hours and after that you will be free to explore the Citadel and take pictures, or if you desire, ascent toward the Huaynapicchu Mountain. At 2:26p.m. or 6:03p.m. (Depending on availability), you will be taking a train to Ollantaytambo and from there; a bus will drive you to your hotel in Cusco.
Included: Lunch and dinner


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Pick up from the hotel
 
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Tourist Transportation
 
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English speaking guide
 
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Lunch in Aguas Calientes

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