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Located northwest of Cusco, Nevado de Salkantay, the cordillera's tallest peak, is at the eastern end of the chain and rises to 6271 meters above sea level. The name Salkantay means 'Savage Mountain' which may refer to the swirling clouds that rise up from the jungle lowlands and engulf the peak.
he trek is only a little more difficult than the Inca Trail, and horses can be used for the tour to carry food and equipment. In the trek you will be surrounded with magnificent scenery and rarely see other groups of trekkers.
This amazing trek is surrounded the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6.271m/20569ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes. Your first two days are dominated by the impressive "Apus" of Salkantay and Huamantay, as you pass through the high puna landscape.
On the third day you descend to the warm cloud forest, to reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day. The impressive Sacred Inca city of Machupicchu is visited on the last day of the program.
This tour is an interesting alternative for those not having found spaces on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The Salkantay Trek, was recently named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine is a trek open to everybody, with no limitation on spaces or permits.
One of the complete expeditions whit natural attractive, of mountains like the snowed covered mountains of the Humantay and Sakantay; we cross by mighty rivers, in the mountain range we visited the natural hot spring; and we will see abundant tropical vegetation, appreciating orchids of different colors, birds like the Colibrí and parrots of the humid forests. We will be able to taste different fruits, The last day of the very early expedition we will visit the impressive archaeological group of Machupicchu, returning to the city of the Cusco.
Salkantay 4 days / 3 nights
Inka Trail to Machu Picchu via Mollepata - Salkantay
4 Days 3 Nights
Price: 380.00 US$ per person (min. 2 pers.)
Day 1 SALKANTAY
: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA – ARAYANNIYOJ :
5:00 am pick up from your hotel and travel by bus to Soraypampa, end of the road. After breakfast we will start walking (or riding on the horse) uphill towards the pass at 4600 m. 15091 ft and with beautiful views of the Salkantay Mountain; in the afternoon we camp at Arayanniyoc, 3600 m. 11811 ft.
Day 2 SALKANTAY
: ARAYANNIYOJ TO LUCMABAMBA( PLAYA) :
After breakfast we continue our trek down hill towards Lucmabamba. On the way down we pass through spectacular scenery sorrounded by Snowpeaked Mountains; going down to the valley the vegetation starts changing with many orchids, begonias and many different varieties of birds. Camp at Lucmabamba at 1950 m. 6397 ft.
Day 3 SALKANTAY
: LUCMABAMBA (PLAYA) TO AGUAS CALIENTES :
On this day we continue down hill passing trough different plantations like coffee, banana, yuca and passion fruit. After Lucmabamba we climb up to Llactapata for around 3 hours, here we will have lunch and we can appreciate the impressive Machu Picchu on the opposite slope of the mountain. We then descend to the River Urubamba.
The chances for seeing Toucans, Andean Cock of the Rocks, Quetzals, Hummingbirds and Torrent Ducks are very good. There is the option to go through the Urubamba Valley which is easier and where parts can be driven. In the afternoon we arrive to Aguas Calientes town. Night in a hostal.
Day 4 SALKANTAY : MACHU PICCHU FULL DAY – CUSCO :
After an early breakfast we take the bus up to Machu Picchu ruins ( walking is also possible) and we will have a guided tour for around 2 hours and later have free time to explore by your own, maybe climb Wayna Picchu. At about 4 p.m. the train leaves from Aguas Calientes, arrival in Cusco around 9 p.m.
SALKANTAY SERVICES INCLUDE:
private bus to Soraypampa
horses for food und equipment
camping equipment (double tents and mats)
dining tent, table and chairs
all food till lunch of the 3rd day
english speaking guide for the trek and Machu Picchu
entrance to Machu Picchu
one night hotel in Aguas Calientes including breakfast
Train ticket ´backpacker` from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
SALKANTAY NOT INCLUDED:
sleeping bag (can be rented in Cusco)
food in Aguas Calientes
extra horse for personal luggage
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