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 María 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: Cuzco-Cruz pata- Soraypampa.
Pick up from your hotel at 05:00 a.m. Our transportation will take us to Cruz Pata (2,800 masl / 9,186 feet). After 3 hours of travel, we will arrive at Cruz pata, where we will meet our muleteers. and horses, from this place, we will begin our walk, we will have approximately 6 hours walking through the traditional Andean communities as well as Challacancha that preserves its natural beauty, in the direction of Soraypampa. 1st camp. In the afternoon we will visit the Umantay Lagoon, at 4,600 m.a.s.l. A wonderful place.
Day 02: Soraypampa and Chaullay.
After breakfast, we will start our hike for around 4 hours climbing the highest pass (4,650 masl / 15,255 feet), we will be able to enjoy the most impressive views of Salkantay (6,272 masl / 20,577 feet). We will continue through the spectacular mountains and observe the Humantay Huayanay. We will also see small ponds. After a long descent, we will arrive at our camp in Chaullay (2,950 masl / 9,678 ft) 2nd camp.
Day 03: Chaullay – Playa.
After breakfast, we will walk to the beach. On the way, we will enjoy a pleasant tropical jungle and we will be able to see coffee trees, bananas and other fruits, including some beautiful orchids. A short stop for lunch in Lluscamayu, we will continue our walk, arriving at our third camp “La Playa / The Beach”.
Day 04: “La Playa-Playa” – Santa Teresa – “Aguas Calientes-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 Machu Picchu “Hidroeléctrica”. Here, we will have two options to take the train or walk 2 hours to reach Aguas Calientes de Machu Picchu where we will stay in a hotel.
Day 05: return from Machupicchu to Ollantaytambo and Cusco.
After having breakfast at our hotel, we will take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. At the checkpoint, we will present our original document and our tickets to Machu Picchu. The tour is usually about 2 hours. So, you have free time to visit and enjoy Machu Picchu. To get off, we will use the bus to “Aguas Calientes” to take our train back to Ollantaytambo and then transport to Cusco.
- Transportation to Cruz Pata (place where the walk begins).
- Train ticket from “Aguas Calientes” to Ollanta and bus to Cusco.
- Camping equipment and kitchen equipment, including mats, inflatable tents, chairs, tables, kitchen tent.
- Hotel in “Aguas Calientes” (there is no hotel, just ask the agency).
- First aid kit and oxygen.
- Professional guide
- Pack horses, muleteer.
- Tickets to Machu Picchu.
- Bus up and down to Machu Picchu.
- The food will be as indicated in the itinerary (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners).
* not include:
- First breakfast
- Lunch on the last day.
- Sleeping bag.
- Entrance to the hot springs in “Aguas Calientes”.
- Warm clothes.
- Rain jacket and rain poncho.
- Some good walking shoes, too (sandals).
- Sleeping bag (plume).
- Flashlight – Batteries.
- Binoculars (optional).
- Walking stick and protector (optional).
- Extra money.
- Small backpack and rain cover.
- Personal kit (if you have any illness).