The amazing Salkantay trek to Machupicchu is one of the famous treks in Cusco and the best alternative route to get to Machu Picchu. It is takes you through different types of landscapes from the typical Andean landscape up to the snowcapped mountains and down to the tropical forests and finally gets you into the jungle. If you are thinking to do a hiking trip to Machu picchu and you want to be off of the beaten path and be in touch with the nature; Salkantay trek is the best
Level: To challenging; good physical condition required Description: Hike around the Salkantay to Machu Picchu. Season: April to January. Departure: Private Service every day
We pick you up from the hotel in Cusco at 5:30 to go by private bus to Mollepata which takes 2.5 hours. We stop in Mollepata to have breakfast in one of the restaurants that there is in Mollepata town. After breakfast we go 1 more hour bye car to the beginning of the hike. Around 9:30 we start our hike to Soraypampa campsite about 3 hours hike to get there. Once at the campsite we have lunch and then we go up to Umantay Lake 3 hours round-trip hiking to get to see the beautiful lake of Umantay. Back at the campsite we have the happy hour which means that we have on the dining table different type of teas, coffee, biscuits, popcorn, etc. this is going be like one hour before to have dinner while we are talking about anything that you would like to talk and then we have dinner. And then the guide will give a small briefing about the next day.
Today we start very early in order to make on time to the second campsite. After a nutritious breakfast we start hiking by 6:30 up to the highest point of the whole Salkantay trek which takes about 3.5 uphill hiking. Once at the top we enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding and the time to take pictures. Afterwards we start the downhill hike to the lunch spot about 2 hours hiking. After lunch we hike 3 more hours downhill to the campsite which is Chaullay.
Today is the nature day we hike through the Santa Teresa valley. This is a very interesting valley full of local flora and some of fauna and we will taste some of the local fruit that we have in the valley such as passion fruit, bananas, avocado, etc. the hike takes about 5.5 hours towards to la playa where we stop to have our lunch after lunch we catch a local transportation to Santa Teresa campsite. In the afternoon you have the option to go to the beautiful hot spring you can walk 45 minutes or you can go by car to enjoy couple of hours at the hot springs. After the hot springs we go back to the campsite in Santa Teresa to have our tea time and then our delicious dinner.
Today you have different options to do. We can hike from Santa Teresa to Hidroelectrica 2.5 hour or you can do zip line in the morning for about 2 hours and then to go by bus to Hidroelectrica. If you do not want to hike along the car road to Hidroelectrica and you do not like to do zip line we can go by bus to Hidroelectrica. Anyway after lunch in Hidroelectrica we have to hike along the train track from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes town like 3 hours hiking on the flat path. Once in Aguas Calientes we go to the hotel to take shower and relaxing. In the evening we have dinner in the local restaurant in Aguas Calientes town.
The most important day for most of the hikers after an early breakfast in the hotel you desist to take a bus up to Machu picchu complex or walking up. We recommend you to be in Machu picchu by 6:00 in order to see Machu picchu with fewer tourists. You will have 2.5 hours guided tour in complex after the guided tour you have free time to explore Machu picchu by yourselves or you can climb Huaynapicchu Mountain or Machu picchu Montaña but you have to book the tickets in advance. Afterwards you have to go back to Aguas Calientes town in order to catch the trail to Ollantaytambo town and then transfer by private bus to the hotel in Cusco.