Highlight: Machu Picchu, incredible mountain landscape, passes to the high mountains, quiet trails, Salcantay mountain, towns in the area, Llactapata
Unforgettable hike thought that the sacred mountain of Salcantay
This incredible hike runs below Salcantay Mountain (6271m / 20569ft) where massive snow capped mountains collide with lush tropical forests, passing Quechua communities and lesser known Inca ruins, finally reaching Aguas Calientes on the third day. . This itinerary is an interesting alternative for those who do not have spaces that are on the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. Salcantay Mountain is the highest peak in the Cordillera de Vilcabamba, part of the Peruvian Andes.
Cusco Airport Transfer
We pick you up at 6.00am at your hotel then drive in our private bus to Ollantaytambo passing the picturesque villages of Chincheroand Urubamba. We continue to the Km82 where we start walking for 3 hours toward Patallacta (2,650m/8,747ft) for lunch and set up our first camp. In the afternoon, we explore the amazing archaeological site of Patallacta enjoying all the ancient buildings and surrounding snow-capped mountains.
We wake up at 6:30am; after a delicious breakfast, we start trekking through the Kusichaca Valley enjoying a myriad of flora and fauna, arriving at Wayllabamba for lunch. After lunch, we walk up a moderate hill for the next 4 hours through the Llullucha Valley to reach our second camp at Llulluchapampa (3800m/12,537ft), where we have our high tea, enjoying all of the beautiful scenery surrounding us.
Today is the longest day of our trek and the most beautiful. After a delicious breakfast, we walk uphill for two hours to reach the highest point of our trek: the Warmiwañusca pass (Dead Woman pass) located at 4,215m/13,907ft. From here, we may enjoy the spectacular views of different microclimates, magnificent mountains, beautiful green valleys, and a myriad of flora and fauna. After we have a time to enjoy this beautiful sight, we descend for two hours to Pacaymayu for lunch. Then, we ascend towards the archaeological site of Runcurakay (3,800m/12,540ft) to explore it for a while and continue walking to the second Runcurakay pass (3,977m/13,127ft). Here we can enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and stunning lakes. Continuing on our journey we descend for one hour to the next archaeological site of Sayacmarca (3,600m/11,877ft). Finally, we walk for two more hours until our third campsite at Phuyupatamarca (3,650m/12,047ft). Walking through the Peruvian rain forest, we can enjoy the spectacular views of Machu PicchuMountain and the stunning Inca citadel, the Urubamba Canyon and the surrounding snow-capped mountains.
Today is the most anticipated day of our trek. We wake up early in the morning for breakfast, afterwards we walk down stairs towards the archaeological site of Intipata, and then down to Wiñaywayna (2,650m/8,747ft) for lunch. After that we will visit the stunning Inca site of Wiñaywayna, continuing for one hour to the SUN GATE (2,720m/8,977ft), where we can enjoy the first spectacular view ofMachu Picchu in all its brilliance and majestic monumentality. Then we descent to one of the world’s wonders, Machu Picchu Citadel. Finally, we take our bus to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night in a private hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel; Full day excursion to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, early transfer at 5:30 am to the bus stop for the short trip (25 minutes) 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 Solar Clock (the most important preserved Intihuatana), the royal rooms, the Temple of the Three Windows, houses, warehouses, a large central square; and all connected by narrow roads and passes that are surrounded by terraces carved into the mountainside. After the tour you will have time to wander around the archaeological site at your leisure.
Then, you will have time to do any of the following activities by yourself (not included in the price):
1. 1. Ascent to Wayna Picchu; For the more adventurous, we suggest you climb the Wayna Picchu from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, being even more surprisingly high and distant.
Buffet lunch at the Lodge Restaurant Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
Train back to Cusco: In the afternoon you will return to the Aguas Calientes train station for the return trip to Cusco – departure of the train to Cusco; upon arrival at the reception and transfer to the Hotel Cusco
• Food: Breakfast, Lunch