SALKANTAY TO MACHU PICCHU
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Itinerario:

DAY 01
CUSCO TO ANDENES
We leave Cusco at 04.00 am in a private transport and start a scenic morning bus-ride to our trek starting point at Soraypampa. Along the four-hour drive, we drive through the town of Limatambo (2100m/6888ft), an important point of access to the city of Cusco during the time of the Inca Empire, where the archaeological remains of Tarawasi are located. The road continues up a beaten track along the right shore of the Apurimac River and crosses the town of Mollepata (2800m/9184ft) and the small community of Cruzpata (2750m/9020ft) to finally reach Soraypampa (3800m/12464ft), the starting point of the trek, where we meet our wranglers and horses. After a short introduction and a quick breakfast, we start our hike towards the base of Mt. Salkantay (6271m/20569ft), crossing Salkantaypampa, and then starting a 2 hrs steep ascent to Soyroccocha, just next to the impressive glacier of

Salkantay (4200m/13776ft). Continuing uphill, we reach the Abra Huayracmachay(4600m/15088ft), the highest mountain pass in the program where, besides enjoying stunning views of the surrounding glaciers and the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range with the south face of Salkantay towering above us, we may also observe chinchillas and condors in their natural habitat. From this point, we start descending towards a more tropical climate and into the so-called cloud forest. Along the route, we can see the remains of an ancient Inca path, which is approximately 6 meters wide. A long though easy descent brings us late afternoon to our first campsite at Andenes (3,500m/11480ft). (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Total distance: 18 km (11,25 miles)
Estimated time: 8-9 hours
Maximum altitude points: 4,600 m (15,088 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)

DAY 02
ANDES TO LUCMABAMBA
Today we continue our hike with an easy downhill walk along the Salkantay River, enjoying the increasingly lush vegetation, passing waterfalls, passion fruit and coffee plantations. The arid highland landscape begins to transform into a cloud forest filled with trees and bromeliads. After 1,5-2 hours we arrive at the settlement of Chaullay, and after another 45 minutes to the town of Collpapampa. From Collpapampa, the Salkantay River becomes the Santa Teresa River. After a rest, we continue our descent to the banks of the Totora River, then passing the waterfalls at Coripacchi, the settlement at Wiñaypoko, the bustling small town of La Playa and finally our second camp at Lucmabamba (2,100m/6888ft). On the way we can see plantations of banana, coffee, and avocado, as well as exuberant local flora. We enter spectacled-bear territory and we will probably be accompanied by flocks of parrots as we descend. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Total distance: 20 km (12,50 miles)
Estimated time: 8-9 hours
Maximum altitude points: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,100 m (6,888 ft)

DAY 03
LUCMABAMBA (BEACH) TO AGUAS CALIENTES
After breakfast, we start climbing for 2-3 hours up to El Mirador or Abra Q'elloqasa (2860m/9381ft) from where we have an exceptional view of the Lost City of the Incas, the legendary Machu Picchu, from a different angle. We enjoy in nature at the lookout point of Llaqtapata (2650m/8692ft) from where we can view both Machu Picchu and the Salkantay Mountain and take a good rest, enjoying the added value of the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. A 2-hour descent towards the Aobamba River crossing lush bamboo forests and more orchards and coffee plantations brings us to the hydroelectric plant of Machu Picchu from where we board a train that takes us to Aguas Calientes (short, scenic 40-minutes train ride).
Accommodation on direct account. (Breakfast & lunch)

Total distance: 12 km (7,50 miles)
Estimated time: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude points: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,000 m (6,560 ft)

DAY 04
AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU TO CUSCO
We wake up early and board a bus to Machu Picchu where we begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. From here we take the train back to the city of Cusco.

OUR SERVICE INCLUDED

• Briefing time (informative talk).
• Transportation from Cusco to the start of the trek.
• Group service (maximum 16 passengers).
• Professional adventure guide (English/Spanish).
• Pick up and drop off from your hotel.
• Food (3 breakfasts/ 3 lunches/ 2 dinners).
• Chefs.
• Daily snack.
• Teatime.
• Hot water every morning and afternoon for personal hygiene.
• Water to fill bottles.
• Large tent for every 2 people.
• Inflatable mattress.
• Kitchen tent.
• Dining tent.
• Melamine crockery.
• Tables and chairs.
• Horses to carry tents, food and cooking equipment.
• Horses to carry personal equipment up to a maximum of 6 kg per person.
• First aid kit and oxygen.
• Entrance to Machu Picchu.
• Train Ticket Expedition.
• Bus Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu/ Aguas Calientes.
• Emergency horse.

NOT INCLUDED

• Sleeping bag.
• Additional horses.
• Dinner third day.
• Breakfast fourth day.
• Lunch fourth day.
• Hotel Aguas Calientes for the third day.
• Walking sticks.
• Visit to the hot springs.
• Tips (guides, cooks and muleteers).

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