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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 6D – Private Service

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 6D – Private Service
Trip name: Salcantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Trip Length: 6 Days
Type service: Private Service Type itinerary: Fixed
Destinations: Salkantay Mountain, Machu Picchu
Activities: Trekking and Walking/Cultural and History
Difficulty / Physical Activity

****        Challenging – 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily

Comfort

**            Moderate to superior-class accommodations, combined with basic accommodations or camping

Highlight: Machu Picchu, Salcantay Mountain, amazing mountain scenery, High Mountain passes, quieter trails, local villages and snowcapped mountains, Salcantay alternative Inca Trail

Trekking through the sacred Mountain of Salcantay

This amazing trek runs beneath the sacred Salcantay Mountain (6271m/20569ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes, passing through Quechua communities and lesser-known Inca ruins, to finally reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day afternoon. The impressive Sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu is visited on the last day of the program. This itinerary is an interesting alternative for those not having found spaces on the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. Salcantay Trek deservingly named one of the 25 Best Treks in the World by National Geographic Travel Magazine

Airport Transfer when you arrive to Cusco before trip departure

Machupicchu Kingdom of the Incas Empire services begin with a transfer to your hotel. Our representative will meet with you at Cusco Airport and escort you to your hotel.

Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Transportation to Mollepata – Marcoccasa

Pick up from the hotel at 6:00AM, bus ride of about 3 hours brings us in the morning to the village of Mollepata where we meet up with our wranglers. From here we start up gently climbing rural paths, through the crops of the locals towards Marcoccasa (3,450m/11,400ft). After lunch we continue hiking for another hour uphill to our first camp at Marcoccasa (3,500m/11,550ft) from where we have some fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Camping

  • Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 – Marcoccasa – Salkantaypampa

Breakfast; after breakfast the trail ascend to the Pakiswaraka Ridge (3,665m/12,100 ft), we continue on an easy path towards the water canal built by the community. From this point we can enjoy beautiful views into the valley and towards the majestic Mt. Humantay. We continue on a nice flat path along the canal into the valley until lunchtime. In the afternoon we have another 1-2 hours of gentle climbing to our camp at Salkantaypampa (3,900m/12,900ft) right below Apu Salkantay, offering some breathtaking views of this spectacular mountain (prepare for a cold night). Camping

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 – Salkantaypampa – Collpapampa

Breakfast; we start a 2 ½ hours ascent; we reach the highest point of the trek Huayracmachay Pass (4525m/14846ft). From this point, we start descending towards into the so-called cloud forest. Then descending to the cloud forest along the route, it can see the remains of an ancient Inca path, a long easy descent along the Salcantay River; lunch at Huayracmachay (3850m/12628ft) arriving late afternoon to our second camp at Collpapampa (2890m/9479ft), a beautiful spot with some natural hot springs to relax in. Camping

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 – Collpapampa – Lucmabamba

Breakfast; continue our hike with an easy downhill walk along the Sta. Teresa 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. Following the Santa Teresa River, we pass the waterfalls at Coripacchi, the settlement at Wiñaypoko then we pass from La Playa where we have our lunch and finally arrive to Lucmabamba (2100m/6888ft). Camping

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Total distance: 10 km (6, 21 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: (2890m/9479ft)

Day 5 – Lucmabamba –  Llactapata – Aguas Calientes

Breakfast, walk up to Llactapata (2650m/8692ft) on the way we can see plantations of banana, coffee, and avocado. We enter spectacled-bear territory and we will probably be accompanied by flocks of parrots. Start climbing for 2-3 hrs up to Q’elloqasa Pass (2860m/9381ft) from where we have an exceptional view of Machu Picchu, Salcantay and Llaqtapata archeological site, which have recently been restored; descent towards the Aobamba River crossing lush bamboo forests and more orchards brings us to the Hydroelectric (lunch) from where we board a train that take us to Aguas Calientes (40 minutes train ride).

Overnight at Aguas Calientes Hotel

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Total distance: 7 km (4, 35 miles)
  • Estimated walking time: 4-5 hours
  • Maximum altitude point: (2860m/9381ft)

Day 6 – Full Day Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel; full day Excursion to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, early transfer at 5:30am to the Bus Stop for the short ride (25 minutes) up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (the most important preserved Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, houses, warehouses, a large central square; and all connected by narrow roads and steps that are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side. After the tour you’ll have time to stroll around the Archaeological Site at your leisure.

Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activities by yourself (not included in the price):

  1. Climb to Wayna Picchu; for the most adventurous people, we suggest to go up the Wayna Picchu from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant.

Buffet Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant in Machu Picchu

Train back to Cusco: In the afternoon you’ll return to the train station in Aguas Calientes for the trip back to Cusco – train departure to Cusco; upon arrival to Cusco reception and transfer to the Hotel

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Depart Cusco – Our representative will assist you and transfer to the airport and say goodbye.

Includes

Services Included

  • 2 Airport Transfers
  • Machupicchu Kingdom of the Incas Empire services begin with the arrival transfer to your hotel
  • Our service end with transfer to Cusco Airport; when you leave Cusco
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
  • Private transport to Sayllapata, head of the Trek
  • English Speaking Professional Guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
  • 4 Season tents, 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent
  • Therma-Rest self-inflating mattress
  • Horses to carry the group equipment (food, tents, tables, etc.)
  • One emergency horse – days 1 to 3 (each two trekkers)
  • Your personal luggage allowance to put on the horses (Max. 8 kgs / 17 lbs per person) – days 1 to 3
  • Personal Duffle Bags for your extra luggage to put on the horses
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Dining tent with tables, chairs and Kitchen tent
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food without extra cost)
  • Toilet tent
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Bus up/down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train tickets from Hidroelectrica to Aguas calientes (day 6)
  • Return Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Private transfer from Poroy Train Station to your Cusco hotel
  • One night accommodation in Aguas Calientes selected hotel Category (last night)
  • Buffet Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant in Machu Picchu

Services not included

International airfares, domestic flights

Airport departure (US$ 30 per person for international flights and US$ 6.5 for national flights) taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature, personal equipment, obligatory personal insurance and meals which are not mentioned, Entrance fee to Wayna Picchu Mountain, Sleeping bag, Tips for the guide, cook and porters

Hotels

Hotels to use for this trek (last night)

City Tourist Class Superior Tourist Class
Aguas Calientes Hotel Hanaqpacha Inn Machu Picchu

www.hanaqpachamachupicchu.com

Hotel La Cabaña Machu Picchu

www.lacabanamachupicchu.com

Hotel Inti Wiñaywayna Machu Picchu

www.intiwinaywayna.com

Hotel Hatun Inti Classic Machu Picchu

www.hatunintimachupicchu.com

Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu

www.casa-andina.com/machupicchu.

Hotel Ferre Machu Picchu

www.hotelferremachupicchu.com

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