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Salkantay Trek

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Is the best alternative trek to the Traditional Inca Trail to go to Machu Picchu.

This famous Salkantay trek is consider amount the best 25 treks in the world by National Geographic Magazine because combine many attractive, vastly diverse landscapes, archaeological sites, different ecosystems (mountains and jungle), small Indian village,  and the magnificent view of the snow-capped Salkantay.

Is the best alternative trek to the Traditional Inca Trail to go to Machu Picchu.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Sayllpata – Soraypampa
Our excursion begins at your hotel, we will pick up you around 4:30 a.m. We will go by bus to the small town of Mollepata (2900 masl) we should arrive there around 8:00 a.m to take a good breakfast. From Mollepata we can enjoy the beautiful Salkantay mountain covered with snow, and the sun shining over it. At Mollepata we will meet with all our trek staff, they will have ready all the trek equipment and also “arrieros have their mules ready to begin the trek. We begin our trek around 9:00 a.m. this first day is moderate, we up first from Mollepata (2900 m) until Sayllapata (3200 m), at Sayllapata around 1:00 p.m we take a pause, while our chef and cookers prepare a energetic and delicious lunch, after luch we continuos walking up until Soraypampa village (3850), at our camp tents and a hot dinner will be ready at our tent for food, from where you can enjoy the sunset over the majestic mountains.
Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huayracpunku – Chaullay
We get up early with the singing of the birds, at around 6:40 a.m we take the breakfast, and after a small break we continue our hiking on the beautiful mountains, from where we have a priviledge view of the highest Salkantay (4364 masl) and its magic snowcapped, this second day we also stop at small lakes, and we cross small rivers with white glaciar water, we walk around 5 hours until Huayracpunku where our chef have prepared a delicious Peruvian lunch, after take a snap we hike less than 3 hours downhill walk to Collpapampa Camp to take the dinner and rest seeing the started sky that use to see travelers in this area.
Day 3: Chaullay – Collpapampa – La Playa – Santa Teresa(Cocalmayo Hot Spring)
After the breakfast (coffe, orange juice, cereals, etc) we begin the exiting third day of trekking at the Peruvian mountains at around 7:00 a.m. downhill walking toward Sahuayaco a blessing area with hot springs, fruit, colorful flowers, beautiful butherflight, etc. the wheather is warm and lightly humed, sometimes is possible to see the “Cock of the Rocks” a Peruvian bird symbol. After that we continuous hiking to Santa Teresa where your tent and dinner will be waiting for you.
Day 4: Santa Teresa – Hidroelectryc – Aguas Calientes
The sound of the birds will wake up early to take the breakfast with natural juices and prepare us to begin our trek around 8:20 a.m. this area has not big mountains, only small hills and flat areas that are cultivated with bananos, coffe and pinaple plantations, etc. we walk toward Hidroelectric following the boarder of the Vilcanota river, our campsite is located where is possible to see part of Machu Picchu, with this nice and peaceful view we take the lunch and after that we walk to Aguas Calientes town a very tourist town with restaurants, banks, internet cafes, etc. this fourth night we sleep at a nice hostel.
Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
This is our last day we get Machu Picchu, we get up early at 4:20 a.m to walk up to Machu Picchu citadel after around 2 hours of trek we arrive to Machu Picchu, where our professional guides will explain you about this wonderful place, after that you will have 2 hours to enjoy Machu picchu, take photograps, take energy, etc. if you want to hike also the Huayna Picchu mountain in front of Machu Picchu you will have time to do it, but at the moment of you booking you will need to tell us because is necessary to buy an extra ticket in advance to hike Huayna Picchu. At around 1:00 p.m. we down to Aguas Calientes by bus to take the lunch at a restaurant, after that we have time to rest a little before to take the train Expedition at 18:45 p.m. to Ollantaytambo town, where our bus will be waiting for us to return to Cusco, with many unforgettable experiences of this amazing trekking.

Included

  • A complete briefing.
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco, and transportation at a bus to Mollepata town, where we take the equipment and begin the trek.
  • A professional bilingual guide English – Spanish, 2 guides for groups bigger than 8 persons.
  • High quality tents, sleep 2 persons by tent, tents are big and confortable.
  • Chef and cookers to prepare good Peruvian food.
  • 3 meals a day, except the last lunch in Aguas Calientes and dinner the fifth day because we will be at the train returning to Cusco (we prepare vegetarian or special food at no extra charge).
  • We bring a special dinning tent, tables, cutlery and crockery.
  • A cup of wine for second day.
  • A bag for you bring your personal stuff, including your sleeping bag (maximum 6 kilograms), we will carry these bags at mules during the first 3 days.
  • Mules to carry all the equipment and food.
  • An extra mule for emergency.
  • First aid kit, with medicines, antibiotics, an oxygen bottle, etc.
  • Tent toilet and biodegradable soup.
  • Special bags to collect garbage during trek
  • Machu Picchu entrance ticket.
  • Guided tour inside Machu Picchu citadel.
  • Bus to down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Train ticket one way from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo town at Expedition Service.
  • Transportation by bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco, until each customer´s hotel.
  • Boiled water during all trek, for you fill in your own bottle or canteens.
  • Hot water in a small plastic sink for wash hands and face every morning.
  • A blanket and a pillow.
  • Chocolates for coldest day.

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag, you can use your own sleeping bag or rent one, we rent by US$ 5 per day (we have only good quality sleeping bags, all are -20 C or 0 F and are lightweight)
  • Lunch the last day at Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance to hot springs at Cocalmayo and Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance ticket to hike Huayna Picchu (If you want to hike to Huayna Picchu you should tell us during your enrolment process to buy the entrance in advance because there are limited spaces per day)

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Testimonials

  • This trip was better than expected. Jorge’s knowledge of every aspect of the Inca Trail was impressive. He never missed a chance to teach us about history, local customs and courtesies, geology, fauna, and current efforts to preserve Inca Culture. He made this trip exceptional! I will always recommend Best Andes Travel! Meals while hiking exceeded expectations. Other hikers even commented when they saw our meals that theirs’ didn’t come close.
    Ivan Charles.

    Ivan Charles
  • BAT reputation as one of the best Inca Trail company and guides definitely showed, especially being led by Carlos. All the porters were genuinely caring and overall customer service is worth the extra money paid. I had a great time and would totally recommend Best Andes Travel to others, just as some of my backpacker friends said I must book the Inca Trail with BAT.
    Keep up the good work !

    Luis Salinas
    Florida USA.

    Luis Salinas
  • We completed the Inca Trail with BAT in July 2015. It was the highlight of our month-long trip around Peru. Thank you so much for making the hike so enjoyable, it was an unforgettable experience. We could not have done it without the porters – your hard work was very much appreciated – and thanks to the expert guides, Irving and Henry: we\’re family!
    Richard Lewis

    Trinidad & Tobago

    Richard Lewis