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The Salkantay Trail connects Cusco to the Citadel of Machu Picchu and runs approximately 89 km/55 miles through high Andean peaks, cloud forest, and steamy jungle. The hike starts at the village of Mollepata, a few miles from Cusco.
The Salkantay Peak - Savage Mountain - is located within the Vilcabamba mountain range, to the northwest of Cusco. Salkantay is one of the highest and most spectacular mountains in the Andes (6,271m/20,574ft).
National Geographic’s Adventure Travel Magazine named the Salkantay trek among the 25 Best Treks in the World.
When there are no permits left for the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek becomes the best choice. Hiking past the Salkantay Nevado is an incredible experience. While walking through different ecological levels, you will observe a variety of species of flora and fauna. This Salkantay Trek includes a guided visit to Machu Picchu on day 4.
Cusco covers a total area of 70,015.30 Km2. In this beautiful land, it is possible to find colorful Andean valleys, snowy peaks, small and big lakes, rivers, waterfalls, coffee plantations, the beautiful Andean jungle, hundreds of Inca and pre-Inca sites, and several Andean communities. These Andean communities are connected by thousands of paths. Some of these paths have been used before the Spaniards arrived to Peru. One of these paths is the one connecting the Andean valley of Mollepata with the Santa Teresa town located in the Andean Jungle. This path in tourism is well-known as the Salkantay Trek. After the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is the most beautiful and popular one. Indeed, the magazine National Geographic Adventure rated the SalkantayTrek as one of the best 25 treks all over the world.
There are two different ways to hike the Salkantay Trek. The first one is by staying at beautiful lodges along the way and the second one is by staying at tents and the last night at a lodge or hotel. The most popular one is the second one. Whatever you choose, the Salkantay Trek will challenge you and astonish you.
Our company offers two SalkantayTreks: The Short Salkantay Trek (4 Days / 3 Nights) and the Long Salkantay Trek (5 Days / 4 Nights). In our opinion, the second one is the most beautiful one because the hot springs of Cocalmayo, located in Santa Teresa, and the ruins of Llactapata can be visited. From Llactapata, Machu Picchu can be observed from far. Both hikes include one night at a hotel in Machu Picchu town, also known as Aguas Calientes, and a guided visit to Machu Picchu.
The Long SalkantayTrek can be considered as a moderate to difficult trek because the distances to be walked in total are in average 89 kilometers or 55.5 miles. Also, the highest point reaches about 4,600.00 m.a.s.l. or 15,000.00 f.a.s.l. Our company is prepared to provide the necessary equipment, nutritional meals, bilingual guides, and staff to make of your experience, the best one.
Salkantay Day 1: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SALLAYPATA - SORAYPAMPA (About 7 hrs - 22 Km) (B), (L), (D)
At about 5:00a.m. your guide will pick you up from your hotel and at this time you will meet the rest of your group. A three-hour ride will take you through beautiful landscape until you arrive at the Andean town of Mollepata, about 9180 feet above sea level, where you will enjoy breakfast. After receiving a snack, you will start your trek, observing the Salkantay Nevado. Once in Mollepata, you will enjoy of a nutritious breakfast. After three hours you will be able to take a long rest and buy water, sodas, and candies at the small resting point called Cruzpata. Another hour and a half of hiking will take you to your lunch camp, Sallaypata, about 11152 feet above sea level.
After an hour, you will leave Sallaypata to continue your hike. When you continue your hike, you will need to wear a good jacket because it will start getting windy and cold. After about three hours, you will arrive at your camp, Soraypampa, at 12464 feet above sea level, from which you will get a spectacular view of the snowy peaks of the Salkantay. After tea and dinner you will be able to observe a sky completely full of stars. This will be the coldest night with temperatures as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit during dry season.
Salkantay Day 2: SORAYPAMPA - CHALLWAY (About 8:00 hrs - 28 km) (B), (L), (D)
After breakfast at about 6:30a.m. you will start the longest day of the trek. A four hour and a half hour hike will take you to the highest point, Abra Salkantay, about 14760 feet above sea level. It will be cold and windy, and the landscape will take you to a surreal world. Another hour and a half trek will take you to your lunch camp located at about 12530 feet above sea level. During the hike after lunch you will have one grand view after another of the majestic mountains, the towering forests, and the creeks that are the origin of the White River. After two and a half hours of hiking you will arrive at your camp, Challway, at about 9512 feet above sea level. (Insect repellant will be needed here.) Tea will be served upon your arrival and dinner will be served at about 7:30p.m.
Salkantay Day 3: CHALLWAY - LA PLAYA - HYDROELECTRIC - AGUAS CALIENTES (About 4:30hrs - 22Km) (B), (L), (D)
After breakfast at about 6:30a.m. you will start your amazingly colorful hike along the White and Santa Teresa Rivers, coming to a resting point, Qiñaypoco, 8036 feet above sea level. Here you will be able to try passion straight from the trees. Another two and a half hours of hiking through a few coffee plantations will take you to the small native community of La Playa, where lunch will be served. From this point you will be driven to the hydroelectric, where you will take the 4:20p.m. train to Aguas Calientes, where you will stay in your hostel or hotel (included in the package). At about 7:00p.m., your guide will pick you up from there in order for you to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Salkantay Day 4: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - AGUAS CALIENTES - CUSCO (B)
Today you will tour Machu Picchu (7875 feet above sea level ), either hiking there beginning at 4:30a.m. or taking a bus at about 6:30a.m. Your guided tour of Machu Picchu will last about two hours. After that you will have time to hike the Huayna Picchu Mountain or just wander around. In the afternoon, one or two hours before your train departure, you should take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, where you will take the Backpacker train to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival, you will be driven to your hotel in Cusco.
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