The Salkantay snow-capped mountain (6,264 m / 20,551 f) is the most representative mountain of the region, and is located in the Vilcabamba mountain range. Going to the Machupicchu through that trail is one of the most interesting way to go, due to the quantity of the natural contrasts and the beauty of the landscape. During our trip, we will have the opportunity to visit Indian communities, indigenous people, appreciate their customs, the flora and fauna of the region, cloudy forests, and much more. This new trip will be an unforgettable experience.
Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata (Marcoccasa) - Soraypampa
We will leave Cusco very early, to head for Mollepata (3,000 m/9,843 f), and after a short walk, we will arrive at Marcoccasa (3,400 m / 11,154 f), where we will meet the staff and horses.
We will begin walking through a magnificent valley, surrounded by snow-capped mountains: Humantay (5,217 m/ 17,116 f) and Salkantay (6,264 m/20,551 f). On that day, we will camp at Soraypampa (3,700 m/ 12,139 f). Climate: cold / Duration of the hike: 6 hours
Day 2: Soraypampa – Paso Salkantay- Challway
After breakfast, we will set out for the Salkantay pass (4,600 m/ 15,092 f), that offers an outstanding view of the snow-capped Salkantay (6,264 m). We will go down the valley to enjoy the vegetation and the environment. We will camp at Challway (2,000 m/ 9,842 f).
Climate: warm with mosquitos / Duration of the hike: 8-9 hours
Day 3: Challway - Wiñaypoco - La Playa
That day will be different, since we will walk in the middle of the forest, and appreciate the flora of the region and the plantations. We will descend to a clouded forest, with a lot of different species of orchids, bromelias, and a lot of other plants. We will see coffee, cocoa and fruits, which are characteristic plantations of the jungle border area. We will visit local families of Wiñaypoco (2,650 m/ 8,694 f) and La Playa (2,100 m/ 6,890 f) and will camp at La Playa.
Climate: warm during the day with mosquitos / Duration of the hike: 6 hours
Note: In accordance with the group wishes, it is possible to change the itinerary and visit the Santa Teresa thermal springs (1,830 m/ 6,004 f)
Day 4: La Playa - Llactapata - Aguas Calientes
Early in the morning, our trip will lead us to the Llactapata archaeological complex (2,650 m/ 8,694 f), located in the middle of a lush vegetation. From there, we will have a great view of the Machu Picchu mountain. We will continue as far as the hydroelectric power station (1,950 m/ 6,398 f) to take the train to Aguas Calientes (2,050 m/ 6,726 f), where we will spend the night in a hotel.
Climate: warm, with a few insects / Duration of the hike: 6 hours
Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
On that day, we will leave very early after breakfast (5:30 a.m.) and will go up to the Machu Picchu (2,400 m/ 7,874 f) by bus. After a guided tour through the important places of the fortress, we will have time to wander on the site. We will then go down to Aguas Calientes to have lunch (not included), and will have time to visit the hot baths of the village. At a convenient time, we will take the train back to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel.
Duration of the hike: 2 hours
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