Salkantay and Machu Picchu TOUR

$595.00 $899.00

Sallqantay, in Quechua, is recognized as the highest peak of the Vilcabamba mountain range in the Peruvian Andes. The locals will educate you about life in the Andes as we camp among the clouds and view the snow-capped peaks. Later descend into the tropical forest where you will enjoy the natural hot springs for relaxation. This alternative to the busy Inca Trail is magnificent.

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5 days and 4 nights
High Season: March to November
Altitude: 3300m-4600m/10,826 ft-15,091 ft
Difficulty: Moderate/difficult

Day 1:
Cusco – Mollepata (Marcoccasa) – Salkantay Pampa
We will pick you up from your hotel/hostel in our private transport and leave Cusco on a 3hrs and 30min drive headed towards Marcoccasa passing the village Mollepata. In Marcoccasa, which is about 3400m/11,154 ft, we will meet the horsemen and the rest of the group and start our trek. From Marcoccasa, we start our hike into the magnificent valley surrounded by spectacular snow-capped mountains. The Humantay at 5217m/17,116 ft and the Salkantay at 6264m/20,551 ft are the two mountain ranges in our view and under our feet. The days here are moderate with the nights usually on the colder side so be sure to bring warm clothing for the night. Our campsite will be at breathtaking Salkantay Pampa at 3900m/12,795 ft. By the time we camp, we will have hiked 6 to 7 hours.

Day 2:
Salkantay Pampa – Salkantay Pass – Challway
After a needed breakfast, we will set off towards the Salkantay pass (4600m/15,092 ft) which offers an exceptional view of the snow-capped Salkantay. Thereafter, we will descend again and will have time to enjoy the increasing vegetation of this unique ecosystem. Our campsite for this day will be in Challway, in the middle of the tropical forest. Our hike time for this day is 7hrs and at the end you’ll have the option of visiting the nearby Collpapampa community hot springs for some relaxation for a small extra cost.

Day 3:
Challway – Winaypoco – La Playa – Lucmabamba
This is a perfect day to have the cameras out for the local flora and other vegetation. We will descend further to see the marvelous plantations of coffee, cocoa, and fruit. The way to these plantations lie on our path through the beautiful forest dominated by orchids, bromelias, and other plants. Here we will meet some of the local families in the small towns of Winaypoco and La Playa at about 7,000 to 9,000 ft. As we continue on, we will have even more interaction with the local people in the village of Lucmabamba as we ask them about their farming methods so high yet yielding crops such as coffee and cacao. In the afternoon, we will arrange for a local rural family from the forest to teach you about their cultivation, harvest and processing of coffee. Depending on the variety, it takes approximately 3 to 4 years for newly planted coffee trees to begin to bear fruit. The fruit, called the coffee cherry, turns a bright, deep red when it is ripe and ready to be harvested. Due to the botanical characteristics of the coffee tree and the fact that coffee is often grown in the mountainous areas, widespread use of mechanical harvesters is not possible and the ripe coffee cherries are usually picked by hand which is a labor intensive and difficult process. They will show and explain to you the complete process from tree to cup and you will have the opportunity to ask questions as well.

Day 4:
Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes Town
Early in the morning, we will visit the archaeological complex of Llactapata (2650m/8694 ft) which is located in the midst of a marvelous forest. Here we have the time to enjoy the magnificent view over Machu Picchu and take a lot of pictures. Hereafter, we head towards the hydroelectrical station (1950m/6398 ft) where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes Town. In this town, we will enjoy our lunch and have a good rest because tomorrow we have to get up early.

Day 5:
Aguas Calientes Town – Machu Picchu – Cusco
After we’ve had a specially prepared breakfast, we will leave our hotel at an early 530am to catch one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. The ride takes roughly half an hour. From the bus, you will probably be astonished by the amazing view of the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Our guide will offer you a guided visit of about 2 hours after which you will be free to explore the ruins at your own pace. You can choose to brave the high challenging climb of Wayna Picchu (also called Machu Picchu mountain). If you survive this tough climb, you will be rewarded by the amazing view over Machu Picchu. If you would like to try the Machu Picchu mountain climb, please let us know as a response to our booking confirmation email so that we can purchase that tickets early for you. Only a limited number are allowed up that part of Machu Picchu each day so it would be best to let us know of your desire to try that hike as early as possible. Once you have enjoyed your time at Machu Picchu, tour buses will offer you a descent back to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will take the train to Ollantaytambo where our bus awaits you to continue on to Cusco.

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