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Regress to the wonderful views of nature on this 5-days affordable Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. Follow in the footsteps of the Incas, encountering rare orchids, waterfalls, lush greenery, and more, and arrive at their legendary “Lost City” to take a guided tour at your own leisure.
Leave Cusco and venture into Challacancha for the start of your trek to Soraypampa, 3,850 meters above sea level. There you will have a break for lunch at the base camp where you will then continue to go on a round-trip hike to Humantay Lake.
Hike to the peak of the trail at Salkantay Pass in order to admire the views of the snow-capped mountains before a 2-hour hike downhill to reach the camp for lunch.
Then you will enter the upper part of the Amazon jungle on a hike through the “cloud forest.” Look for native wildlife on the way to the village of Collpapampa, where you will spend the night.
After breakfast, we will start our walk appreciating a variety of crops, including the coca leaf, considered as sacred. This last section will be downhill to La Playa.
There we will have lunch prepared by the cook from this point we will be transferred for 40 minutes towards the next town called “Santa Teresa”. It is an attractive population that has spring waters. There we can take a well deserved and relaxing bath. We will spend the night in this town.
Today after breakfast, along with our guide who will give us personalized attention throughout our tour, we will have an amazing view of some waterfalls on the way. We will also see coca leaf and coffee plantations that local people work.
By the afternoon we will arrive at Machupicchu town, where we will spend our last night in basic accommodation at the foot of the great Machupicchu.
At 4.30 am we will be heading to the Inka citadel of Machupicchu, through a walkway in the middle of the jungle, this will let us explore Machu Picchu in the early morning before the crowds for a better experience. Benefit from a 2-hour guided tour on your arrival, and learn more about the temples, palaces, priest houses, and more. Get some free time to explore at leisure, and use it to climb to Huaynapicchu or the Machu Picchu mountain, if you have booked in advance. Alternatively, you can trek to the Sun Gate at the main entrance of the Inka Trail.
Take the train to Ollantaytambo at approximately 6:30 PM and then catch the bus back to Cusco for a drop off at your hotel or hostel on arrival.