Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu, 4 days

Code: 17SALK04
5 DAYS - 4 NIGHTS
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This walk is a spectacular choice for those travelers who want a peaceful hike in a route that’s currently barely untouched that will eventually merge with the Famous “Inka Trail” to the Mystical Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu. This trek leads you through the Apurimac River basin, alongside the Urubamba River, where you’ll appreciate the Snow-capped peak of the “Salkantay” mountain and site-see ancient Incan temples crowning the mountains.  The “Salkantay” Mountain is the second highest mountain of Cusco (Alt. 6,277 m). This spectacular hike, ascends through the high mountains and descends alongside ridges, bluffs and sheer vertical cliffs to finally pass through a dense beautiful snowy forest.

You will have the pleasure and privilege to walk the path of the Incas and see the most important and most sacred place of South America, “Machu Picchu” – one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

CAUTION: Please allow a minimum of two (02) days to acclimate before considering to begin your adventure package to Machu Picchu.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Your Hotel in Cusco
DEPARTURE TIME Early in the morning.

 

What’s included
• Trek briefing with your Guide.
• Professional local Guide (on hike)
• Second tour guide for groups of 9+
• Private Transport and professional driver (to the starting point of hike “at Challacancha”)
• All entrance tickets and permits for Salcantay hike and Machu Picchu Park Salkantay Trek Price to Machu Picchu.
• Horses or mules and Indigenous horsemen to carry ((camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food and fresh vegetables).
• 1 train Ticket Service from Machu Picchu pueblo to Ollantaytambo Village (Expedition Tourist Train)
• 2 bus Tickets from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu Park (round trip).
• Machupicchu guided tour (3 hrs) and extra time for you.
• Personal items to carry 8 kg/17 lb. (so you just need to carry your day backpack with everything you will need during the day).
• 3 nights camping
• Spacious tents / Sleeping mat.
• 1 night in a Hostel in Aguas Calientes. based on sharing a room; either double, matrimonial or triple depending on availability. Hotel brand rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers and Wi-Fi after the Salkantay Trek Price to Machu Picchu.
• We provide a duffle for personal items.
• One Cook
• Excellent Meals (3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners)
• Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all before rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request).
• Tea time before dinner (tea, coffee, coco, biscuits, popcorn)
• Boiled water provided from 2nd day (for drinking).
• Wake up coca tea in your tent.
• Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day
• Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel
• Cusco Journeys & Adventure uses walkie-talkies on all treks.
• Oxygen Tank & First aid kit
• All local taxes

What Is Not Included
 First breakfast & lunch on the last day
 Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets (US$25)
 Hot springs (S/ 15.00 soles)
 Sleeping bags (rent US$25)

What do you need to bring:
 A good day pack: such as Eagle Creek Afar Backpack (Appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings.)
 Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if applicable)
 Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required
 Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
 3 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans), 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray before the trip.
 Layers for variable temperatures especially at night
 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit. A rain jacket can be helpful, because there are rainy days even in the dry season!
 1 warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves, scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
 4 pairs of underwear, 6 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) It is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both really heavy hiking socks and lighter socks as well as the weather is variable, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or too hot.
 4 shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
 1 good sleeping bag liner which is super lightweight and easy to pack. This definitely does its job!
 Travel-size tissues and wet wipes–The air is cold and damp, so your nose is going to run a lot. Everyone seems to run out of tissues by the end of the trek. Also, most bathrooms do not have toilet paper (if you even get a bathroom), so wet wipes are key.
 Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
 Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
 Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on, so bringing some anti-itch ointment could be helpful.
 Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camel-back
 Water (Only for first day of the hike, as we will provide you with water throughout the rest of the hike).
 Camera and film
 A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
 Bandages or moleskin
 Flip flops to change into at night. Your toes will thank you!
 Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste/floss, shampoo/conditioner, brush/comb, Vaseline (great for potential blisters on the feet), feminine hygiene products, deodorant, nail clippers/file/tweezers, spare glasses and/or prescription, mini-eyeglass repair kit, contact lenses and supplies, hand sanitizer etc. Pack what you need, but pack light.
 Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach) because some people get an upset stomach on the trek. Also, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be helpful to help with aches and pains after 8-10 hours of hiking each day.
 Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
 Something to read in the evenings
 Extra money for drinks,
 Tips in soles for cooks, horsemen, guides.

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Day 1: CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA HUAYRACPUNKO

The night before your tour, you will receive a short briefing of the hike by your trek leader.

In the morning, early pick-up (4:00 a.m.) We will drive for three hours until we reach out starting point of our hike ”Soraypampa” (3,800 m), where you’ll link up and meet our porters and staff.

Breakfast will be served by our staff and you’ll be given another quick breafing prior to starting our journey towards Machu Picchu.

We’ll hike up gradually for about three hours arriving to your lunch spot “Salkantay Mountain”.  Lunch will be at the foot of this impressive mountain and the view will be of the entire Salkantay Valley.  After lunch, we will continue climbing for another hour until reaching the highest point of your walk (“Salkantay Pass” – 4,650 m).

Here, you’ll have breathtaking views of two different valleys below, and if we’re lucky, you might observe Condors soaring.  Then, we’ll descend for another two hours reaching our first camp (“Wayracammachay” – 3,800 m.). The downhill portion can be a bit slippery, which may require the use of trekking poles.  You will enjoy the tranquil sunset and the stillness of the valleys.  Upon arriving to camp, our guides and porters will welcome your arrival.  Dinner will be served and you’ll have R & R time.

 

  • Meals:                             Lunch & Dinner
  • Hiking Distance:            15 km
  • Highest Elevation:        3,800 m
  • Campsite Elevation:    3.800 m
  • Weather:                         Cold
  • Conditions:                     Rocky, dusty and slippery (required: trekking shoes)

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Day 2: WAYRAMPUNKO – CHALLWAY – LA PLAYA

We’ll start the day off with hot tea. We will have enough time to pack and enjoy a delicious breakfast as we watch the sunrise. Afterwards, you will begin the longest day of your trip to reach ”La Playa”.

This hike is almost all downhill with some short uphill parts.  You’ll enjoy varies micro-climates while traveling from alpines, cloud forest and to mountain forest areas, all the while, enjoying breathtaking flora and fauna of the region.

After trekking for about 4 hours, we will arrive at our lunch area. After lunch, you will spend another four and a half hours gradually descending until you reach “La Playa”. These variable climate changes are due to cloud forest merging with the tropical forest.  It’s at this zone where farmers grow coffee, oranges, avocados and many more crops. There are a lot of wildlife along the way with scattered small waterfalls. Upon arrival, we will enjoy some hot fusion tea and dinner.

DETAILS:

  • Meals:                               Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Hiking Distance:            18 km
  • Trail Condition:             Rocky, dusty and slippery
  • Weather:                         Warm to hot (mosquitoes)

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Day 3: LA PLAYA – LLACTAPATA – HYDROELECTRIC – AGUAS CALIENTES

After breakfast, we gradually descend for 45 minutes until reaching the connection point of the Inca Trail, built in 1,300 (from Vilcabamba to Machu Picchu). Here you’ll appreciate the stone path leading to “Llactapata” Incan site.  Just in front of you, you’ll have the wonderful vista of Machu Picchu.  And along the way, you’ll see coffee and yucca plantations. Once you arrive in Llactapata, your guide will describe the geography and re-telling of the Incan history.

We continue our trek for another two and a half hours, all downhill, until we reach the famous hydroelectric station.  Our last lunch with your cook and porters. At 4:00 p.m., you’ll have an opportunity to say your farewell to the staff and board the train to “Aguas Calientes”.  The trek leader will escort you to your hotel for a well-deserved R & R time.

If you want to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes, we will provide you with all the information necessary to be on your way. The cost of entry to the hot springs is ten (S/. 10.00) soles (bring your towel). That evening you will enjoy the last dinner with your trek leader at a local restaurant. You will also receive your last briefing for the following day.

Be sure to purchase snacks & water for your trip up to Machu Picchu.

DETAILS:

  • Meals:                            Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Hiking Distance:            14 km
  • Lowest Elevation:         2,000 m
  • Trail Condition:             possibly slippery
  • Weather:            Temperate

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Day 4: LLACTAPATA MIRADOR – HYDROELECTRIC, MANDOR HIRAM BINGHAMS FARM – AGUAS CALIENTES HOTEL

Our 4th day, we will start off early (wake-up 4:30 a.m.).  Followed by breakfast (5:00 a.m.) at the hotel. After, board the bus to Machu Picchu, which will take approx.. 25 minutes to reach (door open 6:00 a.m.). Please be sure to bring your original passport to show the Rangers (you can get a Machu Picchu seal on your passport).

Your guide will take you to the best places in Machu Picchu, while enjoy the sunrise (depending on the weather).

Then you will have a two hour guided tour.  Following, you’ll have an opportunity to explore Machu Picchu on your own.

  • If you have reserved a visit to “HUAYNAPICHHU” (tickets $ 25.00 per person/limited to 400 per day – not included), you’ll begin your hike at 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., please coordinate with the Trek Leader for your visit depending on Municipality’s programmed time.

There are many more activities that you can do.  These activities are optional (not included with package) for example: The “Puerta del Sol” (2 hours hike up and down), where you will appreciate the Inca city from a different view point.

In the afternoon, you’ll catch the train to reach the City of Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival to Ollantaytambo, we will have transportation waiting to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.

DETAILS:

  • Meals:                              Breakfast
  • Lowest Altitude:           2,040 m / 6.691 ft
  • Highest Altitude:          2,440 m / 8,052 ft

Note: If you want to stay an extra night, just lets us know and we can help book a hotel in Aguas Calientes, as well as your train ticket for the next day

Rangers don’t allow people to carry bags bigger than 25 liters when entering Machu Picchu

No trekking poles are allowed in Machu Picchu
Snacks and water are allowed – in bags-

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