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Tour Details

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.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Airport Transfer

Departure Time

0500 AM

Price Includes

  • All the transport mentioned in the itinerary (tourist bus, etc.)
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Entrance to parks and places of cultural and tourist interest
  • Guided visits and excursions mentioned
  • All transportation in destination location
  • All transfers
  • Food as indicated in the itinerary
  • Vistadome Class train tickets

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport departures taxes or fees
  • Visas
  • Additional nights during the trip due to cancellations of flights
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Messages
  • Flight reconfirmation
  • Mandatory personal travel insurance
  • Meals that are not mentioned

Recommended To Carry

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees

Day 1Transfer to Sayllapata - Soyroccocha

Pick up from the hotel at 5:00 am; leaving Cusco by car on the road to Sayllapata 4 ½ hours, until we reach the city of Mollepata, from where we continue to Sayllapata (3600m / 11808ft), where we meet our horsemen and horses. From this point we will start the ascent on foot towards Soraypampa (3800m / 12464ft), where we will have lunch; following a path that goes up to Salcantaypampa with many variations of the level and through which we find small groups of houses, go up for about 2 hours of ascent to our camp in Soyroccocha (4200m / 13776ft), right next to the impressive glacier of the Salkantay. Cabins
• Food: Lunch, Dinner
• Total distance: 8 km (4.99 miles)
• Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
• Maximum altitude point: (4200m / 13776ft)

Day 2 Soyroccocha - Collpapampa

Breakfast; we started a 1 ½ hour climb; we reach the highest point of the Huayracmachay Pass trek (4525m / 14846ft). From this point, we begin to descend towards the so-called cloud forest. After descending to the cloud forest along the route, you can see the remains of an ancient Inca trail, a long easy descent along the Salcantay River; Lunch in Huayracmachay (3850m / 12628ft) arriving late to our second camp in Collpapampa (2890m / 9479ft), a beautiful place with some hot springs to relax. camping
• Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
• Total distance: 12 km (7, 45 miles)
• Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
• Maximum altitude point: (4525m / 14846ft)

Day 3 Collpapampa - Lucmabamba

Breakfast; We will continue our walk with a fast downhill walk along the Sta. Teresa river, enjoying the increasingly abundant vegetation, passing through waterfalls, passion fruit and coffee plantations. The arid highland landscape begins to transform into a cloud forest full of trees and bromeliads. Following the Santa Teresa river, we will pass the waterfalls in Coripacchi, the settlement in Wiñaypoko then pass La Playa where we will have our lunch and finally we arrive at Lucmabamba (2100m / 6888ft). Cabins
• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
• Total distance: 10 km (6.21 miles)
• Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
• Maximum altitude point: (2890m / 9479ft)

Day 4Lucmabamba - Llactapata - Aguas Calientes

Breakfast, walk to Llactapata (2650m / 8692ft) on the way we can see banana, coffee and avocado plantations. We enter Andean-bear territory and that will probably accompany flocks of parrots. Begin to climb for 2-3 hours up to Q’elloqasa Pass (2860m / 9381ft) from where we have an exceptional view of Machu Picchu, Salcantay and Llaqtapata archaeological site, which have been recently restored; Descent towards the Aobamba River crossing lush bamboo forests and more orchards takes us to the hydroelectric plant (lunch) from where we board a train that will take us to Aguas Calientes (40 minutes by train).
We will spend the night in 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 5Full Day Machu Picchu and return to Cusco

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