Salkantay Trek Peru is an extreme trekking route that passes through the high mountains close to Humantay Lake and down to the tropical eyebrow of the jungle. Our Salkantay trail Peru leads us to the Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu. The Salkantay trek 5 days tour takes you to one of the prettiest mountains in southern Peru. It is located in Vilcabamba Mountain Range, in the district of Sta. Teresa, province of La Convención – Cusco.
On the Salkantay trek Peru you will hike the flanks of Salkantay Mountain which reaches an elevation of 6271 masl. Salkantay has become the titulary APU of Cusco. (Apu means god or deity in Quechua.) During our Inca Trail Salkantay Trek you will see some absolutely amazing scenery. You will reach an altitude of 4650 masl. The experience of feeling that you are above the Andes on our Salkantay Trek 5 days 4 nights is simply fantastic. You will also be able to observe new plants and wildlife, such as the condors, the vizcachas, and alpacas in their natural environment.
This Peru Treks Salkantay is an awesome trekking route, but it is also very demanding. So we recommend that you are healthy and in good shape before you set out on our Salkantay Trek. The Salkantay Inca Trail Trek passes by Andean mountain lakes, traditional villages, and ancient roads. Then 5 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu descends into the tropical rainforest. The culmination of the journey is your visit to one of the Wonders of the Modern World, the Citadel of Machu Picchu.
You should carry with you:
We recommend that you let us know in advance about any special needs that you might have. Before taking the trek, you should acclimatize yourself in Cusco for a couple days. You should be healthy when you begin the trek. We can offer to take you on a warm up tour of 1 day or of half a day before you begin the Salkantay Trek.
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At 4:30 am. we wil pick you up at your hotel for the Salkantay Trek. First we will head out in our private tourist van to the town of Soraypampa. We will eat a good breakfast and then start out on one of the most fascinating trekking routes. Next we will go to Salkantay-pampa and then continue on to Suyroqocha (elevation 4,480 masl) which is where we will eat lunch. We will take a break after lunch and you will have the opportunity to take some photos of the great snow-capped mountains, Salkantay and Humantay Lagoon.
After that we will continue our hike up to the 4650 masl. pass. From high up on the pass you will be amazed by the blue of the sky, and you’ll see the splendor of the high mountains and the deep valleys of the Peruvian Andes. After crossing over the pass, we’ll descend to Wayracmachay (3800 masl.). This is where our first campsite will be set up and where we’ll eat supper. Finally we can sleep with Salkantay towering over our heads like a great roof.
After we enjoy a delicious breakfast, we will set out on our second day’s hike. We will be leaving behind the cold weather of the high country and gradually descending into the warm exuberance of the eyebrow of the jungle. After walking downhill for about 4 hours, we’ll get to Collpapampa which is where we’ll eat lunch.
After lunch, we will keep heading downhill over rivers, past waterfalls, and through lush tropical forests until we reach our second camp at Sahuayaku. We should arrive early enough to check out the local flora and fauna. Then our chef will serve us a great dinner. Finally after dinner, we can trade stories with our team members and get a good night’s sleep to renew our energies.
This will be an easy day of hiking. We don’t have to cover a whole lot of ground. So we will be able to have time to better explore each detail along this fascinating route. Even though the distance we’ll travel on this third day is short, we’ll be able to observe lots of wild plants along with coffee plantations as we amble through the tropical jungle. Not only will we be able to see the Inca Trail, but we’ll be hiking along it until we reach the Llactapata Archeological Center.
This site is across from Machu Picchu Mtn. Here we will have a guided tour of the site. Then there will be free time, and you can take some great photos of the site and of the surrounding countryside. After lunch, in the afternoon, we will continue to explore this peaceful and seldom visited Incan ruin. You can relax and take a siesta if you want as the sun sets. Finally we’ll return to our campsite to eat supper and rest for the night.
In the morning our team will wake you up with a delicious hot drink. Then, after a relaxed breakfast, we’ll begin the last leg of our journey to the town of Aguas Calientes. First we will head down from our camp to Hidroeléctrica. For a couple hours we will follow the route of the great expeditions, the same route that Hiram Bingham took as he searched for the Lost City of Machu Picchu.
Soon we’ll arrive at the town of Aguas Calientes. There we can check into our hotel and eat lunch. In the afternoon there will be time to visit the hot springs of Aguas Calientes, or to take part in whatever personal activity you think will be fun. In the evening we’ll have a gala dinner along with our guide. Then it will time to turn in and renew our energies.
This is the most special day of your whole life. Today you will visit the Seventh Wonder of the World. We will go up to the Citadel of Machu Picchu before dawn. You can ride the bus up the hill if you like. You could also hike up if you choose. The hike up takes an hour and a half. The bus ride takes half an hour. We will enter the citadel of the Incas at 6 am. so we can see the sun come up over this peaceful, magical place. Then we will have a 3 hour private guided tour on which we will visit the most important points of interest the Machu Picchu holds.
After the guided tour there will be free time to explore on your own, and you can take some fantastic photos which you will be sure to treasure when you return home. In the afternoon we will return to Aguas Calientes where we´ll eat lunch and then catch the train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. In Ollantaytambo or Poroy our team will pick you up with our private van and drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.
The high country was nice, but my favorite part of the trek was the warm tropical rainforest, and, of course, Machu Picchu. The Travel 1 folks are very friendly