Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

A 7 day trip to Peru 
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The Salkantay to Machu Picchu trek has become popular with trekkers wanting to combine a quieter less trodden route with a visit to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. You will be surrounded with magnificent scenery and rarely see other groups of trekkers. The trek is only a little more difficult than the Inca Trail.

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Places Visited 

Cusco, Mollepata, Soraypampa, Challway, Santa Teresa, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu

Departure Dates 

Upon request. Best time to travel: April to November

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa

Early in the morning, transfer from hotel to Mollepata with great views of high plateaus and snow capped mountains from the cordillera Vilcabamba. Journey time approx 3 hours. Passing through the picturesque and traditional villages of Iscuchaca, Ancahuasi and Limatambo. On arrival, hike to Marqhok'asa and afterwards descend to Soraypampa (3,750 m.a.s.l.) Camp. (L,D )

Day 2: Soraypampa - Challway

Trek to Soraypampa, which will take you just below the majestic snow-capped mountain of Salkantay, the trek will become a steep zigzagging for a while, until you come out of the Salkantay pass at 4,600 m.a.s.l. with great views. Descend to Huayroqmachay located at 4,000 m.a.s.l. This campsite is subject to change according to the guide's criteria. (B,L,D).

Day 3: Challway to Santa Teresa

Trek north through many different ecosystems and jungle, observe the hummingbirds, finches, tanagers, sparrows, guans, parrots, etc. It will be a long day in which you will descend towards the cloud forest, passing great waterfalls. Hike will last approximately 9 hours; the campsite will be at the community named "La Playa" (2,400 m.a.s.l.). (B,L,D).

Day 4: Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes

Leaving La Playa, trek through coffee and banana plantations, climbing up to Patallacta and down to the local Hydroelectric plant (1,800 m.a.s.l.). Finally, the village of Aguas Calientes. Overnight in Hostel. (B,L,D ).

Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

After an early breakfast, take the shuttle bus to Machu Picchu for your 2-hour guided visit of the Sanctuary. To return to the Village of Aguas Calientes (pls note shuttle bus is not included.)

Day 6: Cusco

Fully customizable day to tour, hike, and sightsee in Cusco. (B,L,D).

Day 7: Cusco

Free time to enjoy the town before you return to Cusco by train. Arrival and transfer to hotel. (Hotel not included). Departure to airport.
(The train departure which is normally in the afternoon, will vary depending on availability, this information will be confirmed at the debrief). (B).

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Price 

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