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Salkantay – Trek 5D / 4N (by Train)

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Duration

5 days 4 nights

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

Unlimited

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Languages

English, Español

Overview

“SALKANTAY” Trek 5D / 4N

(by Train)

 

The Salkantay is a snowy whose name translated from Quechua would mean ‘Wild Mountain’. This summit is known as ‘Apu’ (‘Lord’) for its majesty and elevation. The Apu ’Salkantay is located in the Vilcanota Mountain Range in the Andes of southern Peru. This snow is the second largest in Cusco, after Ausangate (Mountain of the 7 Colors). The snowy Salkantay reaches 6,271 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.). The trek route that leads to Machu Picchu has its highest point at ‘Abra Salcantay’, at 4,650 m.a.s.l. From there you can see the snowy peak. The snow itself has an extremely cold climate (several degrees Celsius below 0º). The weather during the Salkantay trek, however, is varied. The intense sun and the cold night in the first days change for the tropical atmosphere of the last.

The 5 days and 4 nights that the Salkantay trek lasts runs landscapes with a great variety of flora and fauna. Among the species of flowers and plants, the orchid and ichu (Andean grass) stand out. Among the species of birds and animals, it is worth mentioning the llama, alpaca, vizcacha, condor, spectacled bear and the cock of the rocks (national bird of Peru).

 

Difficulty: hard

  • Acclimatize one or two days in the city of Cusco before performing the Salkantay trek.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages or high fat meals. The altitude sickness or soroche in Salkantay and Machu Picchu is one of the greatest difficulties.
  • Perform some exercise prior to Salkantay trek. You don’t need to be in excellent physical shape but a little exercise will help.
  • No matter what part of the year, you wear warm clothes during the Salkantay trek. The nights are especially cold in the first two days.
  • Plan up to the smallest detail the Salkantay trek on your own.

 

LOCATION: Cusco It is located in the Center- South of the country, in the Andean region.

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Itinerary

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DAY 1: CUSCO (3,300 m.) – SOROYPAMPA
DAY 1:  CUSCO (3,300 m.) – SOROYPAMPA

4:30 am a 5:00 am

We leave Cusco, passing through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo arriving at Mollepata (2900m.snm) where we will be at approximately 7:30 AM and we will have our breakfast (this food is not included), then we will get ready to start our excursion first we will take a transport that will take us to the point of Challacancha (1 hour with 30 min) (3380m.snm) from that point our walk will begin) in approximately 4 hours passing through some villages and Canaleta Inka and thus arriving at Soraypampa (3900m.snm) where we will be arriving at 1.30 pm there we will take our first lunch and first camp after lunch we can go to visit the beautiful Humantay lagoon (4200m.snm) 1h 30 min. Up where we will have stunning views of the mountain and at night we will have our dinner and then rest.

DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA – CHAULLAY
DAY 2:  SORAYPAMPA – CHAULLAY

7:00 a 7:30 am

Being 7:00 am we will have a nutritious breakfast and then continue our trek, we start from the Soraypampa point to the highest point Abra Salkantay (5 to 6 hours) (4650 m.s.n.m.) through Salkantaypampa and Soyrococha where we will appreciate a small lagoon then we will begin the descent to Huayracmachay (4h) (3800m.snm) where we will take our lunch then we will continue down to Chaullay (3h) (2900m.snm) where our second camp will be.

DAY 3: CHAULLAY – PLAYA SAHUAYACO – SANTA TERESA (11 KM APROX.)
DAY 3:  CHAULLAY – PLAYA SAHUAYACO – SANTA TERESA (11 KM  APROX.)

7:00 a 7:30 am

Continuing our walk after a comforting breakfast we will start our walk appreciating a variety of coca crops, considered the sacred leaf of our ancestors which is currently cultivated in tropical areas, this last section will be downhill to the Beach (5 hours)(1900 m. a.s.l.) where we will take our lunch and from there to Santa Teresa in a bus where we will spend the night. Optional visit to the hot springs of Cocalmayo.

DAY 4: SANTA TERESA – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES
DAY 4:  SANTA TERESA – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES

7:00 am

The third day will begin at 7:00 am with a typical breakfast in Santa Teresa and then practice the zip line or Zip line. (This activity is additional and optional) This day is characterized by its pleasant climate that is tropical. After the adventure activity, our transport will take us from Santa Teresa to the Hydroelectric Power Station, and people who do not do the Zip Line will make a walk through the valley and the Vilcanota River for approximately 3 hours to the Hydroelectric power station whose function is also the of being a control point. In this place we will have our lunch with the whole group.
Finally, we will conclude the last section of the walk that is approximately 10 km away in the town of Aguas Calientes where we will immediately go to our lodge to rest and spend the night in comfortable beds. At sunset we will share the farewell dinner with the guide at which time I will inform you about the plans for the next day.

DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU- CUSCO
DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU- CUSCO

* The most important day of our trip is to get to know one of the 7 wonders of the Machu Picchu world, and we have two ways to get there:

The first one
It is through the Inca Trail, this hike lasts 1 hour with 30 minutes of pure ascent.

The second one
It is by tourist bus, this short trip lasts 30 minutes.
4:30 am People who wish to walk up the Inca Trail, must leave the Hostel very early at 4:30 a.m. to
reach the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu very early and appreciate the sunrise.

5:30 am
On the other hand, people who want to get in a car will have to take the first bus at 5:30 a.m. To arrive early to Machu Picchu and to appreciate the sunrise that is a unique spectacle, then we can visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu for 2 hours with approximately 30 minutes accompanied by a specialist guide who will explain to us about the historical legacy of the citadel Machu Picchu, and the full description of this great and impressive attraction.

Included


  • Pick up from the hostel in Cusco 04:30 am to 5:00 am.
  • Private transportation Cusco - Mollepata –Challacancha.
  • 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners, 4 Breakfasts.
  • 3 nights in camp.
  • 1 night in basic hostel.
  • Cook, muleteers, mules and porters (which loads food and camping equipment).
  • Camping equipment (tents, matras, kitchen equipment).
  • Entrance ticket to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu.
  • Professional bilingual guide service during the 5 days.
  • First aid kit.
  • Vegetarian food option without additional consideration.
  • Train tickets from Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo (Expedition).
  • Transportation from Ollanta Station to Cusco (Plazoleta San Francisco or Regocijo).

Excluded


  • Breakfast the first day and lunch on the last day
  • Snacks and additional dishes.
  • Bus tickets up and down Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance ticket to the Mountain of Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance ticket to the Mountain of Huayna Picchu.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Entrance ticket to the Salkantay Road - Cost S/. 10.00.
  • Entrance ticket to the Cocalmayo Hot Springs S/. 10.00 soles.
  • Entrance ticket to the Hot Springs of Aguas Calientes S /. 20.00 soles.
  • Zip Line in Santa Teresa.
  • Feather or synthetic sleeping bag.
  • Mineral water during the trip.



RECOMENDATIONS

  • ORIGINAL PASSPORT - very important!
  • Standard travel backpack (small).
  • Hat to protect against sun or rain.
  • Sun glasses.
  • Sunscreen cream.
  • Light and warm clothes.
  • Camera.
  • Water bottle.
  • Sportswear (01 pair of each).
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Towel
  • Sandals
  • Rain jacket or poncho.
  • Extra money (soles)

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