Camino al Salkantay is a program that takes from 4 to 5 days an alternative proposal to the classic Inca trail to reach Machu Picchu. Along the route, you will be able to appreciate a path that shows a variety of microclimates, with the presence of the mountains of Salkantay, Humantay, Pumasillu and finally experience a warm climate of the jungle in the town, Santa Maria Santa Teresa full vegetation, fruit plantations (coffee, cocoa, coca, banana, orange among others) and a variety of flora and fauna. It becomes a very different experience to arrive at Machu Picchu, a not very demanding hiking adventure, with an unforgettable experience.
Day 01: departure from Soraypampa to Chaullay
Pick up 04:00 am from your hotels. Our transport will take us to Soraypampa (3,900 masl / 12,795 feet), before we will make a stop in Mollepata to have our breakfast and pay the entrance fee of 20 soles to the local municipality, we will begin our walk of approximately 4 hours climbing to the highest pass (4,650 masl / 15,255 feet), we can enjoy the most impressive views of Salkantay (6,272 masl / 20,577 feet) we will continue along the spectacular mountains and we will observe Humantay and Huayanay. We will also see small water ponds. After a 4-hour descent, we will arrive at our first camp in Chaullay (2,950 masl / 9,678 feet).
Day 02: Chaullay “La Playa”.
After breakfast, we will walk to the river La Playa. On the way, we will enjoy a pleasant tropical jungle climate and we will be able to appreciate coffee plantations, cocoa, coca, bananas and other fruits, including some beautiful orchids. We will make a short stop for lunch in Lluscamayu and continue our walk to the second camp.
Day 03: La Playa-Hidroeléctrica-Aguas Calientes.
Early in the morning after our breakfast, we will take a local transport to go to Santa Teresa, and then we will continue walking towards “Hidroeléctrica” of Machu Picchu. Here, we will have two options to take to get to Machu Picchu, one is to take the train for 35 minutes or walk for 2 hours, tonight the overnight will be at the hotel.
Day 04: Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) – Cuzco.
After having our breakfast at our hotel, we will take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. At the point of entry, we will present our original document and our tickets to Machu Picchu. The tour is usually approximately 2 hours, with our guide on the tour you can take the photos you want. To get off, we will use the bus to “Aguas Calientes” to take then take our train back to Ollantaytambo and continue by bus to Cusco, where they will be dropped off at your hotel.
It is important if you plan to visit the mountains of Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu to communicate to your agency.
- Transportation to Soraypampa.
- Train ticket from “Aguas Calientes” to Ollanta
- Transportation Ollantaytambo- Cusco.
- Camping equipment, kitchen, tents, tents, chairs, tables, kitchen.
- First aid kit and oxygen.
- Professional guide
- Horses, muleteer load.
- Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu.
- Bus to go up and down from Machu Picchu.
- Hotel in “Aguas Calientes”.
- Food (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners).
* Does not include:
- First breakfast, last lunch.
- Sleeping bag.
- Entrance to the hot springs in “Aguas Calientes”.
- Original identity document (passport).
- Rain jacket and rain poncho.
- Good walking shoes (sandals).
- Sleep (pen)
- Flashlight – batteries.
- Binoculars (optional).
- Walking stick (optional).
- Extra money.
- Small backpack.
- Personal medication.