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Salkantay 5 Days 4 Nights Group Service From Apu Salkantay to Machu Picchu

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The tour In a few words…

The trek from Apu Salkantay is a very good alternative route to Machu Picchu. It is comparable to the Classic Inca Trail. (Some travelers say it is even better.) This trek is perfect for nature lovers. It begins high on the flanks of Salkantay Mountain. From there you will descend into the warm, fertile upper Amazon jungle as you make your way to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. 

In order to complete this trek it is necessary to be in pretty good, but not great physical shape. Advanced age should be considered no obstacle, either. We recommend that you get used to the altitude in Cusco for 2 days before you begin the Salkantay Trek.

Why choose the Apu Salkantay Trek?

–  According to National Geographic Adventure Travel magazine, the Apu Salkantay trek is considered to be one of the top 25 treks in the whole world. 
– Without a doubt, the Salkantay Trek is one of the very best trekking adventures that can found in Peru 

It is the 2nd most popular trek in Peru and in Cusco, right after the Classic Inca Trail Trek.  

Itinerary

Day 1 Cusco – Challacancha – Soraypampa (Humantay Lagoon) 

We will head out early in the morning in the direction of the community of Mollepata. That is where we will stop to eat a hearty breakfast. After we eat we will continue on to Challacancha. This is where we will start walking. It will be an easy 2 hour hike to our first campsite at Soraypampa. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to hike up and see the beautiful Humantay Lagoon.

Accompanied by:   Local English-speaking guide.
Meals:   Breakfast, lunch and dinner   
Lodging:   Camping, tents 
Transportation:   Private vehicle

Day 2 Soraypampa – Paso Salkantay – Chaullay

After a healthy breakfast we will head uphill toward the Salkantay Pass ( 4600 masl.) From the pass the view of Apu Salkantay Peak (6264masl.) is just incredible. The hike up to the pass is the most difficult part of the trek, but it is well worth the effort. From the pass, we will walk downhill toward the rainforest until we come to Chaullay where we will spend the night.

Accompanied by: Local English-speaking guide.    
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner   
Lodging: Camping, tents

Day 3 Chaullay – Colpapampa – La Playa

On our third day of hiking, we will concentrate on observing the tropical birds and the many fruit orchards and other plants in the region. We will descend into the humid rainforest where orchids, begonias, bromeliads, and other local plants abound.  In the afternoon we will arrive at La Playa where we will camp. You will have the chance to relax in the town if you like.

Accompanied by: Local English-speaking guide.    
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner   
Lodging: Camping, tents

Day 4 La Playa – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes

After breakfast we will hike along a section of the old Incan trail to lost ruins of Llaqtapata (2650 masl.).  From here there is a spectacular view of Machu Picchu Mountain and the canyon of the Urubamba River. From Llaqtapata our trek continues steeply downhill until we arrive at Hidroeléctrica. After a rest, we will follow the railroad tracks and hike to Aguas Calientes. There we will spend the night in a hotel at the foot of the Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu.

Accompanied by: Local English-speaking guide.    
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner   
Lodging: Hotel

Day 5 Machu Picchu – Cusco

Very early in the morning we will catch the bus up to the most famous Inca site in the country, Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu means ¨Old Mountain¨ in Quechua. Quite often early morning mist will envelope the site before dawn. To watch the day progress and the sun burn off the mist is thrilling.  We will walk up and down the streets and passageways of this ancient Incan city. We can observe the neighborhoods, plazas, royal living quarters, agricultural terraces, fountains, and solar observatories. After a 3-hour guided tour, you will have free time to explore on your own. At 10:00am you could climb up Huayna Picchu Mountain if you would like. In the afternoon it will be time to return to Aguas Calientes so we can board the train to Ollantaytambo. From there our private vehicle will take us back to Cusco.

Accompanied by: Local English-speaking guide.    
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner   
Lodging: Camping, tents
Transportation: Bus, train, private van.

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Important Information

PRICES:US$550 per person

If you prefer a Private Service for your tours please contact one of our expert travel advisors for more information.

Price Includes

  • Lodging at a three star hotel in Aguas Calientes. (3 ***Hotels are rated 3-star   according to the local norms)
  • All of the meals indicated in program
  • Private vehicles for your transportation.
  • Professional guides who speak the language of your choice. (English, French, or Spanish.
  • The logistics of the trek and of the campsites.
  • Your entrance ticket into Machu Picchu
  • The bus tickets for the bus that takes you from Aguas Calientes to the Citadel of Machu Picchu and back down again.
  • Your train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • The personal equipment that you will need for camping out, such as your sleeping bag and walking sticks. These can be rented at the agency.
  • Lunches and dinners which are not indicated in the program. (Figure on about $5 to $10 US per meal.)
  • Drinks
  • Tips (Figure on $2US per day per person.)

Organization

You will be accompanied by:

  • Throughout most of the journey you will be accompanied by professional English-speaking guides.

Lodging:

  • In Peru the standards that are used when judging hotels are somewhat different than what you might be familiar with. Here are some useful details about categories of lodging establishments
  • 3 *** Hotels (local standards). A three-star hotel should have comfortable, simple, and clean rooms that have a private bathroom with hot water. Some hotels offer a safety deposit box, a heater in the room, and a mini-bar.
  • We do our best to choose a hotel which is located in a place that offers easy access to the town and its attractions.

Campsites:

Thanks to the great coordination and organization of our team, (the guides, cook, and mule-skinners), you can relax and take it easy knowing that the team will find the best campsites where you will be perfectly comfortable. Also, just two people will be sleeping in every 3-person tent.  So there will be plenty of room to stretch out and make yourself comfortable. On the final day your stay at the hotel in Aguas Calientes will be luxurious after camping out. There will be plenty of time clean up, take it easy, and enjoy some hot restaurant food.

Transportation:

During most of the journey you will be transported in our private vehicles.

Rentals:

Rentals are for the whole trek! and can be paid for at the briefing in cash in USD or Soles

  • Sleeping Bag $20 USD per person / made specifically for the climate of Salkantay
  • Air Mattress $20 USD per person / moisture-proof and warm mattresses for a comfortable night
  • Walking Poles $15 USD a pair / Professional extendable poles for your hiking comfort
  • Personal tent $30 USD / necessary for single trekkers only!

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  1. While the Mediterranean climate characterizes most of the country, there are two other climate systems that are present. One is the cool Alpine climate which is found on mountainous areas of the country’s interior, including many high-altitude valleys.

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