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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5Days/4Nights

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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N

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350.00 USD$

Style Trip : Trekking to Machu Picchu
Place to Visit : Machu Picchu
Lenght : 5 Days / 4 Nights
Frequency : Every Day
Group : Min. 2 / Max. 08
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This lovely and varied hike (about 50km) is the “soft option” from Soray since the pass is lower (though still a tough 4,750m (15,580ft) and then is mostly downhill through forested valleys, above deep ravines, ending at 1,500m.
 
The trek on the second day from Soray goes steeply uphill for half an hour, then comes to a series of zigzags (Siete Culebras is the local name of this stretch). At the top of the seventh switchback the terrain levels out under Salkantay lateral moraine, and drops gently down to the small laguna Soirococha. The pass you see above is, alas, a false one; the main pass is a little further on, but the view of Salkantay looming above you more than compensates for the effort. The real pass at 4,750m is reached after 3-4 hours from the moraine, and is marked by a pile of stones , “well know as Apacheta by the locals”, which grows daily as each traveler adds his pebble to thank the APUS for a safe trip.
 
Then the trail descends to the left –hand side of the valley, becoming indistinct in swampy areas. And then comes a place named Huayrajmachay “eye of the wind”, from here we will have a great chance to see the beautiful Pyramid-shape of Humantay behind as you drop below the tree line, know as LA CEJA DE SELVA (“Eyebrow of the Jungle”), and walk through groves of bamboo with many orchids and other flowers and lots of hummingbirds, spectacular waterfalls, a small hot spring at Collpapampa the right place to lock out for the parakeets that abound in this area as well. And then we go to take a local bus in order to get Santa Teresa where we will enjoy the hot springs which is 45 minutes from this town .and then will see Machupicchu and waynapichu mountains and then the last day will see finally the Incan city of Machupicchu.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DAY 1: MOLLEPATA - SORAYPAMPA
We pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 am and then we go to the bus station and we drive for about 3 hours to Mollepata. As soon as we are at mollepata while you have breakfast the cook and the horseman will pack all the camping equipment and cooking stuff and we start hiking the first 3 hours will be a little bit uphill to get Cruzpata where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay; 4120m/13500ft and Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft) – just the start! We will begin our trek towards Soraypampa, our first campsite (3800 m/11750ft; the highest and coldest campsite of the trip) we will be very close to the second highest snow capped –mountain of Salkantay.
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DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA - CHAULLAY OR COLLPAPAMPA (Mighty Salkantay)!!
After having breakfast we start walking about 5:30 am, because this day will be the longest day the first 4 hours is uphill to get highest point of the trail (4650m/15200ft) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible. There is a possibility of snow here. After a rest, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunku, where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach our second campsite, chaullay or Colcapampa (3000m/9800ft).
 
DAY 3: CHAULLAY - LA PLAYA - ANTA TERESA (Cloud Forest)
After breakfast, at 6.30am, we start walking through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of little brooks to reach La Playa walking about 6 hours. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits ,plants and as soon as we are at la playa place horses will go back to Mollepata so we take a local bus to drive one hour to get Santa Teresa where will camp (1500m/4905ft) with a warm climate. After a rest, we will go to the hot springs and enjoy the well-deserved soothing water!
 
DAY 4: SANTA TERESA - HIDROELECTRICA - AGUAS CALIENTES.
We will have breakfast at 8am and leave our campsite Santa Teresa. We will cross the Santa Teresa Bridge and follow the upward route of the river. We continue walking, passing a variety of crop plantations, coca, banana etc. until we reach the hydroelectric station. And after the lunch we keep going walking about two and half hours along the train road till reaching Aguas Calientes town where we will spend the night in a hostel. In Aguas Calientes, you can take advantage of the thermal springs in the town (entrance 10 soles) a real treat after finishing the trek.
 
DAY 5: MACHUPICCHU!!!.
We wake up early morning about 4 am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and leave to walk up to Machupicchu which takes one and half hours up to machupicchu but there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30 to Machupicchu (25-minutes long) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising.
 
A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huaynapicchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top.
 
You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) to be given your train tickets back to Cusco or ollantaytambo. The first train usually leaves at 15.55 and we will arrive back in Cusco at about 20.20.or the second train which leaves 4:20 and goes to Ollantaytambo where someone will be waiting for you with your guide’s name who will take you to take a bus to Cusco.
 
If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes town can be arranged. (Please let us know whether you would like to stay an extra night when booking your tour.
INCLUDES: 
  • Professional English speaking tour guide and Assistant Guide 
  • Collection from your hotel (we pick you up from where you are staying) from 4:00 to 4:30 am. 
  • Bus to Mollepata (trailhead). 
  • Tourist train back to Ollantaytambo or Cusco something important about the train, you must know that this is not. 
  • Peruvian Company. So we can not choose the times of leaving from Aguas Calientes .they sell the train back tickets. 
  • if there are spaces in the trains that’s why it is much better to go to the train station to buy the latest train with you. 
  • Entrance fee to Machupicchu. 
  • Food: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 4 dinners. 
  • Cook. 
  • We have 4 people tents for 2-people so there will be plenty of space to set up your rucksacks. 
  • Camping equipment (tent, cooking and eating tent. Chairs and tables). 
  • Sleeping mattresses note (if you want to hire some comfortable air mattress it also can be hired from us). 
  • Horseman, mules or porters (they just carry cooking stuff and camping equipment) 
  • 1 night accommodation in a hostel Aguas Calientes. 
  • Oxygen balloon for any emergency. 
  • First Aid kit. 
  • Vegetarian/special diet options available.. 
DOESN'T INCLUDE: 
  • Entrance fee to Salkantay National Park (15 soles or 5 dolars) in case you are going to be required tickets. 
  • Breakfast on first day and lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes. 
  • Entrances to the hot spring waters Santa Teresa (10 soles) Aguas Calientes(10 soles). 
  • Sleeping bag with thermal fleece bag fro the first night (coldest and highest camping spot). 
  • (it can be hired from us) if you want to hire sleeping bag we don’t ask for any deposit. 
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu (optional) $12 dollars round trip (one way 6 dollars and you can Buy it at the Aguas Calientes bus station). 
  • Extra horse to ride or for any extra backpack.

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