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Get back to nature on our 5-day hike through the Classic Salkantay Trek. Be rewarded by the impressive Andean sights, the lush greenery, and snow-capped mountains along one of the most famous trails to the legendary “Lost City of the Incas”, where you’ll take a complete guided tour surrounded by superb architecture and panoramic views.
Departing Cusco at 5:00 am, you’ll take a 3-hour scenic drive passing through the village of Mollepata until the trailhead of Marcoccasa. Here you’ll meet the expert horsemen and trek team, and relax a bit before the hike. As you experience this first-day adventure, you’ll fall in love with the majestic beauty of the snow-capped mountains that embellish the scenery such as Humantay (5,217m./ 17,116ft.), and get a first glimpse of the renowned Salkantay (6,264m./20,551ft.). Camp for the night at the nice location of Soraypampa (3,900m./12,795ft.).
Note: Before reaching Soraypampa, we recommend that you take a 2-hour detour to the famous Humantay Glacier Lake, and observe the stunning snow-covered peak of Humantay.
• Difficulty: Moderate • Transport time: 3 hours • Hiking time: 6 hours
Once you’ve enjoyed breakfast, you’ll start this day hike towards the Salkantay pass (4,600m./15,092ft.) feeling blessed to witness the stunning views of the snow-capped Salkantay (6,264m./20,551ft.) and its turquoise water lagoon. After spending some time admiring the ethereal beauty of nature, you will begin the descend as you enjoy the vegetation and changing ecosystem. We will set up our camp at Rayanpata (3,350m./10,990ft.) within the premises of the lush Cloud Forest.
• Difficulty: Moderate • Hiking time: 7-8 hours • Distance covered:
The third day will be to admire the unique region’s flora, as well as its coffee, cocoa, and fruit plantations. Descending into a forest in order to enjoy the wide variety of orchids, bromeliads, and many other endemic plants. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the local families of Chaullay, Wiñaypoco, La Playa, and lastly Lucmabamba (2,000m/6,561ft.), where the campsite is located. In the afternoon, you’ll meet a local rural family and spend some time learning about the labor-intensive process of making coffee about how it comes from the tree to your cup. Feel free to ask the locals all about their work, they will be very glad to acknowledge your interest.
Note: We recommend that you take some time out to soak in the hotel mineral hot springs of Santa Teresa after all those days of hiking, but the decision is yours. If you wish to do so, the tour guides will be more than willing to arrange transportation.
• Difficulty: Moderate • Hiking time: 7 hours • Distance covered:
After enjoying breakfast, you’ll begin the hike to the Inca Trail in order to arrive at the fascinating archaeological site of Llactapata (2,650m./8,694ft.). Uncovering breathtaking scenery along the way, the hike will feel like it takes no time at all. Enjoy the sights of flora, and more evidence of the Inca culture. From this point, you’ll have some exceptional views over the Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu as well as the dazzling Vilcanota Canyon beneath your feet. Following the hike, we will head in the direction of the Hydroelectric train station (1,950m./6,398ft.) to take a short break before embarking on a train towards Aguas Calientes (2,050m./6,726ft.) where you’ll spend a restful night.
• Difficulty: Moderate • Hiking time: 6 hours • Distance covered:
After a nourishing breakfast, we’ll leave the hotel at around 5:30 am and board the tourist bus crossing the famous Hiram Bingham road to Machu Picchu (2,400m./7,874ft.). Arriving at the Citadel approximately at 6:00 am, set off with your Guide and enjoy a 2-hour tour complete tour around the site where you’ll learn about the life and fascinating culture of the Inca Empire. Add-on more adventure to your tour by taking the challenging but worthy hike to Huayna Picchu Mountain (if reserved your spot in advance) or simply walk the premises of Machu Picchu and make sure you have taken memorable photos.
After your experience at the Citadel, you’ll return to Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch, and have some time to relax at the town hot springs. You will then leave Aguas Calientes aboard the late afternoon scenic train back to Cusco.