06D - 05N — Cusco – Mollepata – Sayllapata – Salkantay Pampa – Andenes – Chaullay – La Playa – Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
Day 1 … – Cusco
Welcome to Perú!
Arrival to Cusco´s airport, reception and transfer to selected hotel. Check in (15:00hrs) and overnight. ( - )
Day 02 Cusco – Mollepata – Sayllapata – Salkantay Pampa – Andenes
Early in the morning we will depart from Cusco to the town of Mollepata by private transportation, traveling for about 4 hours. The tour will take a northwest direction, crossing the Pampas or Yawar Anta Pampa (Pampa de la Sangre), known for the fierce battle developed between the Incas and Chancas for control of the city of Cusco. We will continue our journey to Mollepata, where we will stop for breakfast and take a short break. Then we will continue our journey through Cruz Pata at 3200 meters to finally reach Soraypampa 3800 meters, the starting point of the trek, where we meet our wranglers and horses. After a short introduction, we start our hike towards the base of Mt. Salkantay 6271 meters, crossing Salkantaypampa, and then starting a 2 hrs steep ascent to Soyroccocha, just next to the impressive glacier of Salkantay 4200 meters. Continuing uphill, we reach the Abra Huayracmachay 4600 metersthe highest mountain pass in the program where, besides enjoying stunning views of the surrounding glaciers and the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range with the south face of Salkantay towering above us, we may also observe chinchillas and condors in their natural habitat. From this point, we start descending towards a more tropical climate and into the so-called cloud forest. A long though easy descent brings us late afternoon to our first campsite at Andenes 3500 meters. (B, L, D)
- Accommodation: Camping
- Maximumaltitude: 4600 M
- MinimumAltitude: 3500 M
- Distancetraveled: 18 km
- Approximate time of walk: 8 to 9 hours.
Day 03 Andenes – Chaullay – La Playa – Lucmabamba
Today we continue our hike with an easy downhill walk along the Salkantay River, enjoying the increasingly lush vegetation, passing waterfalls, passion fruit and coffee plantations. The arid highland landscape begins to transform into a cloud forest filled with trees and bromeliads. After 1:45 hours we arrive at Chaullay, and after another 45 minutes to the town of Collpapampa. From Collpapampa, the Salkantay River becomes the Santa Teresa River. After a rest, we continue our descent to the banks of the Totora River, then passing the waterfalls at Coripacchi, the settlement at Wiñaypoko, the bustling small town of La Playa and finally our second camp at Lucmabamba 2100 meters. On the way we can see plantations of banana, coffee, and avocado, as well as exuberant local flora. We enter spectacled-bear territory and we will probably be accompanied by flocks of parrots as we descend. At dinner we can enjoy a glass of wine by the light of the camp-fire.
NOTE: La Playa is not a remote campsite - for those that want to get away from the crowds you should talk to your guide about camping at Lucmabamba. (B, L, D)
- Accommodation: Camping
- Maximumaltitude: 3500 M
- MinimumAltitude: 2100 M
- Distancetraveled: 20 km
- Approximate time of walk: 7 to 8 hours.
Day 04 Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes
After breakfast we will begin our walk, where we will see the remains of an Inca trail. Continuing east along an ascending path, with direction Llactapata, we will continue to see coffee plantations, banana, avocado, etc. and a beautiful view of the valley of Santa Teresa. After climbing for 3 -4 hours to the highest point of Llactapata at 2700 meters, we will enjoy free time to relax and watch the mountain of Machu Picchu (Inca city) and some of these archaeological sites. Then we will descend for 2 hours to the Hydroelectric Power Station (1870 m), where we will have the last lunch with all our staff. Later we will take our train to Aguas Calientes for a period of 45 minutes. In Aguas Calientes, our walkers will be staying in a hostel, and may set out to explore this picturesque town, which offers, apart from its hot springs, many bars, cafes, Internet kiosks, etc. Overnight stay at the hostel in Aguas Calientes. (B, L)
- Accommodation: Hotel.
- Maximumaltitude: 2700 M
- MinimumAltitude: 1870 M
- Distancetraveled: 12 km
- Approximate time of Visit: 6 - 7 hours.
Day 05 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
Early in the morning, at 5:30 pm we will move to the bus station of Aguas Calientes, to take the touristic bus that leads to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. This short bus ride takes only 20 minutes and covers an unpaved track, very steep and winding through a jungle and mountain properties with breathtaking views. Finally we will arrive to Machu Picchu, where our guide will tour the most important sectors of this beautiful citadel. The walkers will have free time to explore the city on your own to your taste. Around 13:00 hours we will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon we return to the station to catch the train to Ollantaytambo and then transferred to a tourist bus to return to the city of Cusco. (B)
- Maximumaltitude: 2400 M
- MinimumAltitude: 2000 M
- Distancetraveled: km
- Approximate time of Visit: 3 hours.
Day 06 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer to the airport to board the international flight. (B)
Check Out: 11:00hrs
END OF OUR SERVICES
B = BREAKFAST L = LUNCH D = DINNER
- Briefing time one or two days before the trek.
- Private Transportation from Cusco to Soraypampa (Beginning of the trail).
- Transfer from the train station to your Hotel in Cusco.
- Professional English speaking guide.
- Assistant guide from more than 9 passengers.
- Entrance fees to Machu Picchu.
- High Mountain Tents of 03 people of high quality material for two people to offer more comfort and space for the pack of our customers.
- One inflatable sleeping pad per person.
- One pillow per person.
- One personal blanket to sleep, they are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
- Tables and chairs.
- Dining tent, with panoramic windows.
- Mules (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
- Mules to carry personal gear up to a Maximum of 5 kg per person (including sleeping bag and sleeping pad).
- Duffle bags for personal luggage, per person.
- One emergency horse for each five persons – the days 1 to 2
- All camp waste is hauled out of the park.
- Andean chef specializes in exquisite camping meals.
- Meals (03B, 03L, 02D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day).
- Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
- One Textile Snack Bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment.
- Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
- Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
- One Hand Towel, per person.
- Comprehensive first-aid kit including oxygen bottles.
- Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – 4th day.
- Train ticket from the Hydroelectric power plant to Aguas Calientes (3th day).
- Train ticket (Expedition class) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo – 4th day.
- Transfer from the train station- hotel in Cusco.
- Third Dinner in Aguas Calientes – 3th day
- Fourth Lunch in Aguas Calientes. – 4th day
- Sleeping Bag.
- Walking poles.
- Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
- Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Dinner on the last day.
- Extra Mules.
- Extra services not mentioned in the program.
- Tips for guides, porters or chefs and extra expenses.