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Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

Product ID: 114979
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Get back to nature on a 5-day hike of the Salkantay Trek. Follow in the footsteps of the Incas and arrive at their legendary "Lost City" to take a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Encounter wild orchids, amazing waterfalls and much more.
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Duration 5 days
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Spanish, English

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Pick-up from your hotel in downtown Cusco.
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This activity is non-refundable

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Experience

Highlights
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Incas on a hike along the Salkantay Trek
  • Marvel at snow-capped mountains and wild waterfalls of the Andes
  • Discover the "Lost City of the Incas" with an expert guide
Full description
Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas and hike along the same paths they used to trek through the mountains centuries ago. Get back to nature and experience amazing views of the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Andes.

Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake (L, D)
Depart Cusco and journey to Challacancha for the start of your trek to Soraypampa, 3,850 meters above sea level. Stop for lunch at the base camp and then go on a round-trip hike to Humantay Lake.

Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Wayracpunku - Chaullay (B, L, D)
Hike to the highest point of the trail at Salkantay Pass and get spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains before a 2-hour downhill hike to the camp for lunch. Then, enter the upper part of the Amazon jungle on a hike through the “cloud forest.” Look for native wildlife on the way to the village of Chaullay, where you will spend the night.

Day 3: Chaullay - Collpapampa - La Playa - Santa Teresa (B, L, D)
Take an easy hike to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley and marvel at the waterfalls and wild orchids. Encounter coffee, banana and avocado plantations, and visit the village of Collpapampa, where attractions include hot thermal springs and abundant birdlife. Hike to the base camp at Lucmabamba after lunch, and get the chance to sample the local coffee at an organic coffee farm. Explore an orange and avocado plantation.

Day 4: Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes (B, L, D)
Hike for 3 hours to Hidroelectrica for lunch. After lunch, hike for another 3 hours to Aguas Calientes along a flat trail. Once in Aguas Calientes, go to your hotel to shower and relax before dinner. After dinner, get some rest before the early morning climb up to Machu Picchu the following morning. 

Day 5: Machu Picchu (B)
Explore Machu Picchu in the early morning before the crowds arrive. Avail of the option to hike to the ruins of take the bus for an extra $12.00 one way. Benefit from a 2-hour guided tour on arrival, and learn more about the temples, palaces, priest houses and more. Get some free time to explore at leisure, and use it to climb to Huaynapicchu or the Machu Picchu mountain, if booked in advance. Alternatively, trek to the Sun Gate at the main entrance of the Inka Trail.

Take the train to Ollantaytambo at approximately 6:30 PM and then catch the bus back to Cusco for drop off at your hotel or hostel on arrival.
Includes
  • Basic hotel night in Aguas Calientes
  • Luggage allowance of 7 kilograms per participant, to be carried by the horses
  • Transportation to the head of the Salkantay Trek
  • Trek briefing
  • English/Spanish-speaking guide
  • Thick mattress and night lighting
  • Personal pad: double foam - 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) thick
  • Pillow
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Standard train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to downtown Cusco
  • Meals as per the itinerary (4 x breakfast, 4 x lunch, 4 x dinner), vegetarian food available
  • First aid equipment and oxygen bottle for emergencies
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fee to Salkantay ($3)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Walking sticks
  • Round-trip bus tickets

When you get there

Know before you go
• Vegetarian food is available on request at no extra charge
• Please note that during the rainy season, the hike up the Llactapata Trail is not 100% guaranteed for safety reasons. When heavy rains are frequent, this trail becomes very dangerous