Salkantay Trek 5 Days

An economical alternative way to get to Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Machu Picchu route, is an exciting adventure for those who like to enjoy nature at its best and walk surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cuzco, in southern central Peru by the Cordillera de Vilcabamba and reaching 6271 meters above sea level (20574 feet) Mt. Salkantay is an exceptionally topped glacial peak adored by thousands of years for the local Indians. The name Salkantay is a Quechua word meaning «wild mountain» This five-day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is an outdoor adventure that offers a challenge of spectacular natural beauty and full of spirituality.

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Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu: our travel agency will pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 am, then board the bus to the town of Mollepata, arriving at approximately 8:30 am, the starting point for our adventure, we will walk through 3h approximately appreciating great diversity of flora and fauna, later we will arrive to Cruzpata place where we will have a little rest, continuing our walk we will go to Soraypampa (first campsite) to enjoy our delicious lunch.

In the afternoon we will go to the mountain of Humantay Lagoon, where we will appreciate this beautiful glacier and the lagoon that reflects this beautiful place, later we will return to our camp in Soraypampa, where we will have dinner and then we will be able to rest until the next day under the light of the classic starry sky of our Inca and Cuzco mountains.Salkantay-trek-Day-1

Day 2: Soraypampa - Collpapampa

We woke up early, to enjoy a delicious breakfast, ready to walk through an extensive pampa called Salkantaypampa, here we are at 3 400m.snm, where we will cross the highest point that is the Salkantay pass at 4.650msnm, appreciating the Andes mountain range , where you can appreciate the Salkantay sacred mountain since Inca times, in addition to impressive avalanches that occur in the place, after contemplating so much beauty we will descend the mountain, to later enjoy a lunch, (we will choose the place according to the rhythm of our displacement), then continue until we reach Collpapampa instead of our dinner and camp, this is a tropical area, where we already have the presence of mosquitoes, as well as the biodiversity of flora and fauna of the area, we recommend taking the necessary precautions (repellent or others). Salkantay-trek-Day-2

Day 3: Collpapampa - La Playa

We will get up early to have breakfast, then we will start walking through the high jungle, crossing the Lluskamayo river we will have many varieties of small streams. We go paddling through magnificent valleys that have wonderful waterfalls, and we can also observe many varieties of tropical fruits and plants, where we can see the coca crops, coffee considered the sacred leaf of our ancestors of the Inca empire which is currently cultivated in tropical areas , this last section will be descent to Sahuayaco beach after our hike to Salkantay trek, where we will enjoy our lunch. After we will continue to Santa Teresa where we will spend the night, what you want you can enjoy the hot springs of Santa Teresa that has an additional cost and is optional then we will have dinner to rest. Salkantay-trek-Day-3

Day 4: La Playa - Llactapata - Aguas Calientes

After a nutritious breakfast we will continue the walk for 2 hours where you can observe the flora of the area, arriving later at Lucmabamba being this place where we will take the road to Llactapata, the walk to the archaeological complex with a duration of 2 hours. climb, after visiting the archaeological complex, we will descend to the place called Hidroelectrica place where we will have lunch and free time to then walk to the town of Aguas Calientes for an estimated 2 hours. This last night we will settle into a hotel, having dinner and overnight, if it is the passenger's preference to spend a fun night in some nightclubs in the area or preferably visit the Thermal-medicinal waters of Machu Picchu town. Salkantay-trek-Day-4

Day 5: Climb to Machu Picchu

In the very early morning we will get up around 4:00 am. To enjoy our breakfast or after 4:30 am we will ascend to the city Machu Picchu where we will visit accompanied by our guide an approximate of 2:30 hrs, and the rest of the day will have free day in which you can visit Huayna Picchu, Inti Punku, bridge Inca or simply visit once more the whole citadel, we will return in the afternoon to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo to return to Cusco.

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  • Briefing: Informative talk before the departure of the tour, offered by the route guide to Machu Picchu.
  • Private Transportation: Pick up from your hotel in Cusco at dawn and transfer to the beginning of the walk.
  • 01 duffle bag to transport your personal items on the mule (5 kilos including the sleeping bag).
  • 03 nights in camping tent
  • Entrance to Mollepata / Camino del Salkantay (S / .10 per person).
  • Sleeping bag, our sleeping bags are -20 ° C below zero
  • Trekking sticks.
  • One mattress per person in the 03 nights of camp.
  • Camping tents: Kitchen tent, dining room with tables and chairs.
  • Local chef and kitchen assistant (yes they are more than 8 people).
  • Food: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners (optional vegetarian or vegan food).
  • Every morning at 5:00 am the morning tea is offered (mate de coca)
  • Every afternoon tea time (for 3 days on the Salkantay route).
  • Water boiled every morning.
  • Mules to carry the tents, food and all the logistics of the kitchen equipment.
  • Mules to carry up to 5 kg of cargo per person.
  • Local guide - bilingual professional (1 guide for groups of 2 to 12 people and two guides for groups of 16 people).
  • Guided tours throughout the tour Salkantay to Machu Picchu.
  • First aid kit.
  • 01 night hotel Aguas Calientes
  • Bus to climb from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance ticket to the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu.
  • Return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Transfer from the train station (Ollantaytambo) to downtown Cusco.
  • Energy drinks, alcoholic during the tour of Salkantay Machu Picchu.
  • Transport from Santa Teresa to the Colcamayo hot springs.
  • Adventure sport Tiroliza - Zipline in Santa Teresa (USD 25.00 USD).
  • Admission to the thermal baths of Cocalmayo.
  • Hydroelectric emergency train - Aguas Calientes (USD 34.00).
  • Ascent to Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountain (USD 25.00 each)
  • Machu Picchu bus ticket to Aguas Calientes (One Way: USD 15.00; Ropund Trip: USD 30).
  • Travel insurance policy
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flashlight - hand light
  • Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • Plastic bags (protect cameras and trash)
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Waterproof jacket
  • 4 poles
  • Long pants
  • One shorts
  • Several pairs of stockings
  • Underwear
  • Poncho for rain
  • Some slippers or sandals to rest your feet in the camp
  • A hat 
  • Personal medications

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Frequently Asked Questions about Salkantay Trek

Altitudes of the Salkantay Trek:

Cusco rises to 3,400 meters above sea level, which may be a problem for some people, so we recommend that you be in Cusco at least 48 hours before starting the road, during which you must take many liquids, avoid alcohol and rest. The maximum height within the walk in Salkantay is 4 600 m.s.n.m. which is the beautiful pass of Salkantay and the minimum height is 2 200 m.s.n.m. in the last camp of Sahuayaco.

Salkantay Trek climate

The weather in Salkantay way is variant, for nights it is very cold up to 0 ° C, from day to 17 ° C in minimum winter time -5 ° C. This is only on the first day of encampment, from the second day starts an unbearable heat, so you should wear light clothing and enough sunscreen because the sun is very strong, more so with the reflection of the snow

When is the best time to do the Salkantay trek?

The best time to visit Machu Picchu is in the dry season (April to October). During those months, there is less chance of rain so the roads are in better condition.

In the dry season, however, the days are sunnier and the nights cooler. According to the mountaineering experts, June, July and August; It is the best time to do the Salkantay trek.

Once I have booked my place on the ride, can I change my departure date?

If you can change the departure date but not the date of entry to the citadel of Machu Picchu tickets are purchased well in advance, if you change the departure date your tour could be converted into a 4-day or 3-day, depending on the reserved program.

Are there many bathrooms along the trek?

Yes. There are several toilets along the way and also in the camps

What happens if I get sick and need to return?

We have a very low rate of people returning back once the road has started. All of our guides are well trained and have a first aid bottle and emergency oxygen first.

Can I rent an extra horse in Salkantay?

You can rent the saddle horse, which is usually taken on the second day, to be able to turn the most difficult step, so you can avoid fatigue to get to Machu Picchu, the horses also always go accompanied by a muleteer to avoid some accident during the trip.

What to do in case of altitude sickness?

When traveling along the Andes in Peru some people will suffer some effects of altitude sickness. If you plan to go on an excursion to the Salkantay Trek, we recommend you arrive 2 or 3 days before the start of your trip to acclimatize to the altitude.

The best advice in case of altitude sickness is to sleep, drink a lot of fluids and you could also treat yourself with coca tea.

Recommendation:

The highest point on the road is 4,635 meters above sea level (15,200 feet), and to avoid problems with altitude sickness we recommend that you spend at least 2 days in Cusco.
For a good acclimatization it is necessary to rest as much as possible, eat little, drink plenty of liquid; especially the mate de coca that has known healing and digestive properties. Adequate acclimatization prevents affecting the "soroche" or altitude sickness, which could cause numerous health problems.

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