SALKANTAY TREK + MACHU PICCHU 5D/4N
This less crowded route (Salkantay Trek) takes us through the Peruvian Andes, crossing valleys, snow-covered mountains
5 Days and 4 nights
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Price from: 599USDper person
SALKANTAY TREK + MACHU PICCHU 5D/4N
DAY 1: CUSCO – LAGUNA HUMANTAY – SUYRUCCOCHA: Trekking.
Leaving at 5:00 am to Mollepata (3 850 masl.)( 12,631.23 ft.). arriving at around 07:30 a.m. here breakfast and meet our Expeditions team (chef and muleteer). one hour bus to Soraypampa where we start the first day of hiking to Humantay Lagoon, later Lunch time, after a short rest continue the trek for three hours until we reach the first camp site in Suyruccocha (4 300 masl.)(14,107.61 ft.). Around 05:30 pm “HAPPY HOUR”, we all have to drink the famous coca tea to counteract the altitude sickness. the guide will explain a little more about the beautiful area around us. with the silence of dusk we can appreciate the Andean night sky and the snowy peaks of Salkantay and Humantay an experience that only exists in this camp.
DAY 2: SUYRUCOCHA – PASO SALKANTAY – COLLPAPAMPA: Trekking.
After breakfast we have to do different stretching exercises to avoid any physical injury because this day is the longest and hardest. Our reward is to reach the highest point. It will be almost two hours to reach the Salkantay pass (4,600 m.a.s.l.) Then, continuing with the hike we will descend to the small village of Huayraq, where we can rest and enjoy our snack. From this point the climate and vegetation will change drastically to an area full of orchids, medicinal plants and bamboo plantations, continuing our descent to our second campsite in the village of Collpapampa.
DAY 3: COLLPAPAMPA – SAHUAYACO – LUCMABAMBA: Trekking.
Enjoying the great variety of flora and fauna as we pass through different agricultural fields of the local population, crossing rivers that originate in the nearby snow-capped mountains, as well as some waterfalls. The change of climate will be a most expected experience, as we will pass from the freezing cold of the previous days to a warm and humid climate typical of the high jungle. We will also have the option to visit the thermal baths of Cocalmayo.
DAY 4: LUCMABAMBA – LLACTAPATA – AGUAS CALIENTES: Trekking.
After breakfast, the hike is along a historically important part of the Inca trail, not only did it connect Machu Picchu with the jungle, but it was also used as an escape route by many of the inhabitants of Machu Picchu during the conquest. The two-hour ascent will be gradual to the top of the mountain, where is the archaeological site of Llactapata (2,740 masl.) (8,989.5 ft.) After a well-deserved rest, we will continue with the hike (now all downhill) until the banks of the Aobamba river whose headwaters are from the snowcaps of Salkantay. The last three hours of trek are along the banks of the Vilcanota River until reaching the town of Aguas Calientes.
DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU.
the guide will take us through the most important constructions and temples of the citadel, both in the agricultural area and the urban area. At the end of our guided tour, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. Two less strenuous options are the Sun Gate (Puerta del Sol “INTIPUNKU”) or the Inca bridge. .At the end of your visit you must return to the town of Aguas Calientes by bus, where the train station is located.
Train leaving to the Ollantaytambo station and bus to Cusco.
Optionals: Huaynapicchu and Montaña Machu picchu.
LETS EXPLORE SALKANTAY
The Salkantay trek is a trekking route that takes the visitor to the Inca City of Machu Picchu. The total trekking distance is approximately 70 kilometers (5 days of trekking).
The most usual way to do the Salkantay trek is with an organized tour. On the internet (and in the historic center of Cusco) there are many tourist agencies that offer this adventure.
Unlike the Inca Trail, the Salkantay trek can be done without a tour, on your own and without a tour guide. To do this trek you must take all the necessary precautions.
In the Peruvian subtropical Andes, two climatic seasons predominate: the dry season runs from the end of April to the beginning of October, and the wet season starts at the end of October and continues until April.
The Salkantay Trail is more traveled during the months of the dry season, particularly from May to September. If you wish to hike at this time of year, it is advisable to book at least 6 months in advance.
The dry months of March/April and October/November can also be a good time for trekking, although the likelihood of rain is higher.
Here is a diagram showing the average number of rainy days per month in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
December, January and February are the wettest months, and the Classic Inca Trail and the Salkantay / Inca Trail Combo is in fact closed for maintenance in February (it is possible to do the Short Inca Trail or any of the alternative hikes to Machu Picchu during February).
Temperatures in the region are fairly consistent throughout the year, with days reaching high 20 degrees Celsius (70s and 80s Fahrenheit), and falling into the low digits to below freezing temperatures at night and in the early hours of the morning.
Fluctuations in temperature are also common as you ascend to the high passes or descend to the valleys exposed to the sun.
The Salkantay is a snow-capped mountain whose name translated from Quechua would mean ‘Wild Mountain’. This summit is known as ‘Apu’ (‘Lord’) for its majesty and elevation.
The ‘Apu’ Salkantay is located in the Cordillera Vilcanota in the southern Andes of Peru. This mountain is the second largest in Cusco, after Ausangate (7 Colors Mountain).
The Salkantay mountain reaches 6,271 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.). The trekking route that leads to Machu Picchu has its highest point in the ‘Abra Salcantay’, at 4,650 meters above sea level. From there you can see the peak of the snow-capped mountain.
Yes, the Incas used the Inca trails to connect all their territories with Cusco, so, we can find Inca road along Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Which today is called Ccapac Ñan, which translated is Imperial Road.
The snow-capped mountain has an extremely cold climate (several degrees Celsius below 0º).
The weather during the Salkantay trek, on the other hand, is varied. The intense sun and the cold at night in the first days change for the tropical atmosphere of the last days.
During the 5 days and 4 nights that the Salkantay trek lasts, you will travel through landscapes with a great variety of flora and fauna. Among the species of flowers and plants, the orchid and the ichu (Andean grass) stand out. Among the species of birds and animals, it is worth mentioning the llama, alpaca, vizcacha, condor, spectacled bear and the cock of the rock (national bird of Peru).