Salkantay Majestic – Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights

//Salkantay Majestic – Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights

Salkantay Majestic – Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights

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GENERAL INFORMATION:
– Duration: 4 days / 3 nights.
– Departure Point: Cusco City (first day – 5:00 am.)
– Return Point: Cusco City (fourth day – 9:00 pm.)
– Group Size: Small Group (Average 5, Maximum 10 travelers).
– Trip Style: Hiking, Trekking, it is also an archaeological and cultural trip.
– Value of the Route: The Salkantay route is considered one of the 25 best treks in the world.
– Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult.
– Minimum altitude: 1900 meters above sea level. (Town of Santa Teresa).
– Maximum Height: 4630 m.a.s.l. or 15,190 feet (Salkantay Pass).
– Distance of the route: 75 km. or 46 miles.
– Departure Dates: Daily departures throughout the year according to availability. Except for the months of December, January, February and March without availability due to rainy season.

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION:
– Duration: 4 days / 3 nights.
– Departure Point: Cusco City (first day – 5:00 am.)
– Return Point: Cusco City (fourth day – 9:00 pm.)
– Group Size: Small Group (Average 5, Maximum 10 travelers).
– Trip Style: Hiking, Trekking, it is also an archaeological and cultural trip.
– Value of the Route: The Salkantay route is considered one of the 25 best treks in the world.
– Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult.
– Minimum altitude: 1900 meters above sea level. (Town of Santa Teresa).
– Maximum Height: 4630 m.a.s.l. or 15,190 feet (Salkantay Pass).
– Distance of the route: 75 km. or 46 miles.
– Departure Dates: Daily departures throughout the year according to availability. Except for the months of December, January, February and March without availability due to rainy season.

INTINERARY:

DAY 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa (Humantay Lagoon)
Highlights of the day: Hike from Challacancha to Soraypampa Base Camp… In the afternoon visit the beautiful Humantay Lagoon and enjoy spectacular views of the Salkantay Mountain… and if there is favorable weather at night take the opportunity to appreciate the constellations in the clear sky…
We will pick you up from your hotel at 5.00 am. to start the trip, you will be picked up by your Guide and Cook, then by transport around 2 hours in our private van, during the trip we can see the spectacular snowy peaks and valleys with colorful landscapes until our first stop in the town of Mollepata, where we will have our first breakfast. After breakfast we board our transport to continue the trip for about 30 minutes to Challacancha located at 3500 meters above sea level. -beginning of our trek-. In Challacancha we will meet our muleteer who is waiting for us with the horses and mules, then we will prepare and pack all the equipment on the horses for our trip. Around 9:30 in the morning we will start the trek to Soraypampa. We will hike this section of the route on stone ballast, also next to the road runs clean and cold water in an ancient water channel that supplies water to the inhabitants of the area. This first morning we will hike about 10 km. for about 3 hours to Soraypampa (3900 m.), area where we will have our first lunch and place of our base camp for the day. At this point we will have enough time to enjoy and take pictures of the impressive views of the canyon that extends in the area. In the afternoon, after a well deserved rest we will leave the camp for a short hike up to see the beautiful Humantay Lagoon which is located at 4200 m.a.s.l., the hike is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, where you will enjoy the beauty and charm of the place and the best opportunity to take fantastic pictures. After all this we will walk back to Soraypampa base camp, to see a beautiful sunset in the middle of the glaciers, then we will taste our delicious dinner. Here there is the possibility to take advantage of the clear night to appreciate the constellations in the sky.
Hiking time: approximately 4 hours.
Distance to go: 14 km / 8.69 miles.
Weather: Cool with presence of wind.
Altitude: From 3500 m. going up to 3900 m.
Accommodation: Overnight in dormitory tents at the camp in the Soraypampa area.

 

Day 2: SORAYPAMPA – SALKANTAY PASS – HUAYRACMACHAY -CHAULLAY – LORETA LA PLAYA.
Highlights of the day: Conquer the Salkantay pass located at 4630 meters above sea level. (the highest point of the trek)… Enjoy magnificent views of Salkantay Mountain (6271 m.), Umantay Mountain (5400 m.) and other beautiful snow-capped peaks… Arrive to our exclusive Private Lodge.
This day our cook will wake us up with a coca tea at 05:00 a.m., and after our delicious breakfast, we will begin our hike in order to reach the highest point of the route which is 7 km. this we will do in approximately 3 hours of walking. This second day will be the hardest day of the whole trek. We start our hike uphill with a gradual slope for 1 hour along the Salkantay Valley until we reach the area known as Pampa Salkantay located at 4200 meters where we will take a short break accompanied by beautiful views. After this break we will continue for 2 more hours of climbing through the rocky valley to the highest point of the trek called the Salkantay Pass located at 4,630 m -. 15,190 feet. From here we will be able to appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and imposing snow-capped peaks such as the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6,271 m.a.s.l. – 20,574 ft.) and the Humantay Mountain (5,400 m.a.s.l. – 17,716 ft.) and other snow-capped peaks. Salkantay Mountain is the second highest mountain in the Cusco region. From the Salkantay pass, you will enjoy the back side of the mountain, which always has snow on its summit and a cloud forest at the bottom of the valley. Hopefully the weather will allow you to see the sunset over this magical place and have the opportunity to see condors flying over the peaks. From the heights we will continue our excursion about 9 km downhill on a rocky gravel road zig zagging until we reach Huayracmachay where we will have lunch. In the afternoon continuing with the descent will reach the High Jungle also called the Cloud Forest where you can see some native plants, the weather conditions in this area during the year is warm and temperate, thus reaching the town of Chaullay (2900 m.a.s.l. – 9,514 feet) around 4 pm. place where our vehicle will be waiting for us to move to our private camp Geodesic Domes located in the area of Loreta La Playa, arriving at approximately 5:00 pm. Afterwards we will have our tea time where we will enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, cookies and pop corn, and finally our cook will serve an incredible dinner.
Hiking time: Approximately 8 to 9 hours.
Distance to hike: 19 km / 12.42 miles.
Weather: Cool with winds.
Altitude: From 3900 m. going up to 4600 m. and from 4600 m. going down to 2900 m.
Accommodation: Geodesic Domes in our Lodge at Loreta La Playa.

Day 3: LORETA LA PLAYA – LUCMABAMBA – LLACTAPATA -HIDROELÉCTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES VILLAGE.
Highlights of the day: Enjoy the incredible Cloud Forest or Selva Alta… Find a great variety of local crops (coffee, tea, bananas, avocados, oranges, passion fruit, papayas, medicinal plants and others)… Relax in our exclusive lodge and enjoy the swimming pool… Arrive walking to Aguas Calientes after an easy day enjoying beautiful and enchanting landscapes…
This day around 7:00 am. we will wake up with a coca tea; and then we will have breakfast at 8:00 am. Then we will take a walk through the area and visit the local plantations of bananas, avocados, oranges, passion fruit, papaya, medicinal plants and others. These plantations are the livelihood of the local population; and especially the coffee plantations production is exported to the United States and many countries in Europe and Asia, so coffee is the main agricultural industry in the area. Here we will have the opportunity to visit a local organic coffee farm, where you will be able to taste the freshly brewed coffee with that exquisite aroma of freshly roasted and ground coffee… you will really enjoy this experience. Afterwards and around 11:00 a.m. we will return to our lodge where you can relax, rest in a hammock and enjoy our swimming pool. Then, at noon we will have our delicious lunch served in the dining room of our lodge. After enjoying the facilities of our lodge we will board our vehicle around 1:00 pm. to take us for 1 hour and 30 min. to the Hydroelectric Power Plant, place where we will arrive at 2:30 pm. to start our hike, here the route follows the train tracks and near the banks of the Urubamba River. On the way we will visit the archaeological site known as Intihuatana which has an ancient sundial from the Inca period, which was carved into a large natural rock. From there, we can appreciate the Sacred Mountains such as Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu. The hike continues and goes through the Cloud Forest and has a very lush landscape and presents a great variety of plants and a large number of orchids. After 3 hours of walking and around 5:30 pm. we will arrive at Aguas Calientes Village (2000 m.a.s.l.), place where we will spend the night in a comfortable hotel, dinner will be served in a tourist restaurant that is included. During dinner our guide will give you very important information about the next day (the most important day of the route – visit to the Wonder), so you will be fully prepared for your visit to Machu Picchu. Afterwards, it is advisable to go to sleep at a reasonable time in order to leave in the early hours of the morning to arrive early and visit Machu Picchu.
– Distance to walk: 11 km.
– Estimated walking time: 3 hours
– Altitude: 2000 m (approx.)
– Lodging: Hotel in Aguas Calientes

Day 4: AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN – MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO
Day Highlights: Arrive very early to Machu Picchu – even before the Inca Trail hikers and those traveling by train… Enjoy a magnificent Sunrise on a clear morning at Machu Picchu… Optional with a pre-booked ticket you can climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain…
This is the most important day of your excursion. We will start our last and amazing day very early in order to get to Machu Picchu, before the people who are doing the Inca Trail and even before the hikers who travel on the tourist trains, getting to have the chance to enjoy the Sunrise at Machu Picchu. After breakfast we will leave our hotel at 5:30 am. and walk to the bus station (2000 m.a.s.l.), from here we ascend by tourist bus for 30 minutes by a zig zag road to reach the Inca Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (2400 m.a.s.l.). Then we will see this incredible place and start our guided tour that will last approximately 2 hours with our Professional Guide, where he will explain about the history, visiting magical and interesting places that have made Machu Picchu one of the Wonders of the World. After the tour you have enough free time to take pictures, walk or explore the site by yourselves and there is the possibility to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain according to availability. Already in the afternoon, after enjoying Machu Picchu, we will take the tourist bus down for about 25 minutes to Aguas Calientes, here you will have time for lunch in one of the good restaurants. Around 6:00 pm. we will board the return train that will take us to the town of Ollantaytambo arriving at 7:50 pm, here our staff will be waiting for you, who will take you by tourist bus back to the city of Cusco arriving at 9: 30 pm. approximately, and finally we will leave you at your hotel.

 

TO CONSIDER:
– The Present Itinerary is referential since the schedules may vary and have modifications due to causes such as: train departure times, physical condition and walking pace of travelers, weather conditions, delays, among others.
– The return schedule to Cusco may vary according to the availability and schedules of the return trains.
– On the 4th day, after your visit to Machu Picchu you have the possibility to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. This hike takes about 2 hours each way (If you want to do it, ask for it when you make the reservation of this excursion because it is subject to availability, only 400 seats per day – Additional cost for the entrance: USD $ 20.oo).
– On the 4th day, after your visit to Machu Picchu, you also have the possibility to climb Machu Picchu Mountain, instead of Huayna Picchu Mountain. This hike takes about 3 hours round trip (If you want to do it, reserve it when you make the reservation for this excursion because it is subject to availability, only 400 seats per day – Additional cost for the entrance fee: USD $ 20.oo).
– If you want to do a much easier, shorter and free hike, you can walk after the Machu Picchu visit, on your own to the Inca Bridge. This hike takes about 1 hour each way.
– You also have the opportunity to hike up to Inti Puncu (Sun Gate) for free, this is an easy hike and takes about 1 hour and a half round trip.
– If you wish to stay an extra day in Aguas Calientes town, we will provide you with your 5th day return train ticket free of charge. Also if you wish we can book a Hotel in Aguas Calientes town for USD $ 35 per person.
– The hotel service in Aguas Calientes town will be provided at the Killa Inn Hotel (www.grupokillamachupicchu.com/360/killa.html), or any other similar hotel, in single, double or triple rooms, according to your requirements. All hotels booked by us are clean and safe with breakfast included, private bathroom with hot water, Wi-Fi, cable TV and free luggage storage to leave your luggage while you visit Machu Picchu.

INCLUDED SERVICES:

Meeting and informative preparation talk with your Guide 1 or 2 days before the trek in our Cusco Office.

Safe luggage storage for your belongings in our Cusco Office while you do your trek.

Pick up from your hotel the day of your excursion.

Transportation from Cusco to Challacancha (Starting Point of the Hike) in tourist transport.

Bilingual Professional Guide (Spanish and English).

A second Professional Guide (Only for groups of 11 or more Excursionists ).

Cook and assistant cook to prepare all the food.

Entrance tickets to Salkantay and Machu Picchu.

All food during the excursion (04 breakfasts, 04 lunches, 02 lunches and 03 dinners).

 There is the possibility of prepare vegetarian meals or special diets according to your requirement at no cost.

Boiled water to refill your water bottle from lunch on the 1st day.

Arrieros and Horses that will carry all the camping equipment such as: tents, tables, s chairs, food, kitchen equipment, items for your personal use and others.

We will carry up to 7 kg.

𝙉𝙊 𝙄𝙉𝘾𝙇𝙐𝙔𝙀:
– Personal items (please check the full list on our link: WHAT TO BRING
– Travel insurance.
– Optional Tips for your Care and Service Team (only if you wish, at the end of the Inca Trail you can give a voluntary tip for the Guide, Cook and Porters).

 

Additional information

Tipo de Pasaje

Adulto, Estudiante, Niño, Infante

Tipo de retorno

Tren expedition, Tren vistadome