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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days 267US$ / 247US$ (students) Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days 267US$ / 247US$ (students) Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days 267US$ / 247US$ (students) Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days 267US$ / 247US$ (students) Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days 267US$ / 247US$ (students)
This is a challenging trek to Machu Picchu, including some of the most exquisite views as you trek through high mountain passes and down into the high-altitude jungle on your way through the backdoor to Machu Picchu. This tour can be done in 5 days, 4 nights or alternatively 4 days and 3 nights - ask us for details. Best time to trek: April to November - sometimes available during the rainy season (December and March) depending on weather conditions.
Day 1 - Cusco to Soraypampa
You will be picked up from the hostel between 4:30-5:30am and driven to Mollepata where there will be a stop for breakfast (not included) and then it's time for a full day of hiking, mostly uphill. During the morning we get spoiled with beautiful views of the valley and by lunch, with a little luck, we will already be able to see the snowy peak of Mount Salkantay. After lunch we continue for another 3-4 hours while the scenery changes into rougher hills and rushing streams cascading between them. By the time we reach the campsite we are at an altitude of a little over 4000 meters above sea level and have already hiked 21.3km. Needless to say, mostly everyone will be snoring in their tents shortly after a good meal prepared by the cook and served by your guide.
Day 1 Info
Trekking distance: 21.3 km
Day 2 - Soraypampa to Chaullay
This is the day! Wake up call and “room service” is delivered by your guide - a coca tea served at the door of your tent - to start this long day of trekking. After breakfast with the help of the weather gods you’ll see the massive Mount Salkantay smiling down at you (or laughing depending the way you look at it). Step by step we will climb higher until reaching Soyroccocha where we take a short rest and try to catch our breath. We keep on smiling and climbing higher and higher with the views getting more and more spectacular as the Salkantay mountain approaches. Later in the morning of the second day you will reach the highest point of the trek at an impressive 4608 meters. Here, the guide will explain a little bit about the history of Salkantay Mountain and the Andean people. This little history break is an excellent excuse for you to catch your breath, recover from the climb and eat some well deserved snacks. After taking a break at the highest point of the trek it’s time to leave the altitude as we begin the descent, walking for about 2 hrs until we see the kitchen tent. Here we’ll crash down and fill ourselves up with a tasty lunch and some tea or coffee. The day is not over yet as we continue hiking down to lower altitudes and into greener and greener scenery until we reach the second campsite, Chaullay. This campsite is very lovely and with a surrounding green hill scenery a beer tastes even better.
Day 2 Info
Trekking distance: 20.8km
Day 3 - Chaullay to Santa Teresa
Waking up in the cloud forest is something special; usually in the early morning the clouds hang low over the valley and the trees, creating a mysterious scene. Soon after breakfast you will find yourself crossing rivers, balancing over bridges and enjoying the warmer climate. When we reach the "supermercado" we know we are close to the river where a van will be waiting to bring us to the village of Santa Teresa. Here we will pitch the tents for our last night of camping.
Day 3 Info
Trekking distance: 13.8km
Day 4 - Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes
Optional Zip Lines in Santa Teresa: US$30
For more info on the zip line click here
You will wake up and have breakfast at around 7am. After breakfast the trail continues to Colpani and you will take in the pre-jungle views until reaching the restaurant where you will have lunch at the Hidroelectrica station. From here it is only about two and a half hours further walking along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes, the base town for Machu Picchu. Dinner is included at a local restaurant before heading back to relax (in a real bed!) in your hostel with hot showers and private bathrooms.
Day 4 Info
Trekking distance: 14.3km
Day 5: Machu Picchu - Huayna Picchu - Cusco
In the morning you will start your 1 hour ascent to Machu Picchu to arrive in time for sunrise, or if you choose you may head up at a later hour (bus is optional, US$10 each way, first bus departs at 5:30am). If you have purchased a pass for Huayna Picchu in advance you will have the opportunity to climb the mountain (at 7am or 10am - climbing time determined in advance depending on availability). There will be a two hour guided tour of Machu Picchu following which you will have the rest of the day to explore Machu Picchu. You need to return to Aguas Calientes at least 30 minutes prior to your train departure at 9:30pm. There will be transport waiting for you in Ollantaytambo to bring you back to Cusco - estimated arrival time 1:30am. If you prefer to return earlier to Cusco (recommended) you can select the 16:22 pm (US$12) or the 18:45 pm (US$7) return train.
4 Days, 3 Nights Salkantay
The first days are the same as the 4 day and the 5 day trek. The difference being that on the 4 day tour you travel from La Playa (reached on day 3) to the Hidroelectrica station by car (rather than staying overnight in Santa Teresa and trekking on from there). The extra transport costs approximately 80 soles (US$30) and the cost is split evenly among all passengers doing the 4 day trek. Arriving at the Hidroelectrica station it is a 2-3 hour walk until reaching the town of Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night before visiting Machu Picchu on day 4.
The 4 day Salkantay tour is a good option if you are short on time but note the additional cost for the extra transport and also that you change guides during the tour when leaving the 5 day tour group and catching up with the guide/group who will already be at the Hidroelectrica station.
What is the difference between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain?
Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are two mountains peaks which tower over the Machu Picchu archaeological site. To climb one of the mountains you need to purchase a pass in combination with your Machu Picchu entry ticket-passes cannot be purchased separately from entry ticket, and once entry ticket has been purchased a mountain pass cannot be added or cancelled.
Huayna Picchu (Wayna Picchu).
This is the more popular of the two optional mountain treks but it also can be very crowded. 200 people start climbing between 7am-8am, and 200 people start between 10am-11am so in total 400 people climb every morning. The trail is quite steep and takes about 1.5 hours to climb up and down - people who have trouble with vertigo may not enjoy this trek. There are some interesting archaeological ruins on the top of Huayna Picchu.
Machu Picchu Mountain.
This hike is less popular than Huayna Picchu but no less beautiful. MPM is located on the other side of the ruins from Huayna Picchu. There are 500 passes available daily. You can begin your climb between 7 and 11am. The trail is less steep than Huayna Picchu but it is a longer hike (takes about 3 hours total).
Check this amazing link out for views from the Huayna Picchu mountain and Machu Picchu mountain (it will open with the Huayna Picchu mountain, click on the right side of the picture and the other views will open).
Why book the Salkantay Trek with Loki Travel?
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If you are wondering why booking the Salkantay trek is cheaper or more expensive with other agencies then ask if they offer following services:
*Private transport to Mollopata (the start of the hike)
*We work with the biggest operator in town who works mainly for expensive online companies.
*ALL guides work exclusively for our operator and have a lot of experience guiding this tour
*You can choose how you want to come back from Aguas Calientes (find out your own transport, or different train options, if you want).
*10% discount at restaurants in Aguas Calientes for your last day lunch, dinner
*The operator owns all gear, tents, cooking material etc.
*Zip line option on day 4! (if you do the 5 day version)
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Loki Office: Cuesta Santa Ana 601, Cusco, Peru
Plaza de Armas office: Portal de Carnes, Cusco
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 084 - 244976
Telephone international: 0051 - 84 - 244976
PRICE:US$267 / US$247 students with ISIC cards
DURATION:5 days -or- 4 days
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