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Incredible Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu tour, designed for you that are willing to push themselves further and uncover the beauty of the Andes by foot. This incredible experience to the Humantay lagoon and the Apu Salkantay itself is a beatiful snow caped mountain that will take your breath away. It will create memories that will last forever. have a visit the many wonderful locations that this part of Peru has to offer, as you make your way to Machu Picchu and into the ancient citadel. With a guide accompanying your every step of the way, you will be safe and sound all throughout the journey.
Your hotel, in Cusco city.
It will be confirmed during your trek orientation, 1 or 2 days before the start the trek.
We will leave at 5.00 in the morning from the city of Cusco by tourist bus, we will pass through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo arriving at the town of Mollepata around 7.00 in the morning. There we will have our breakfast, around 8:00 in the morning, we will continue in our private van to the sector called Markhuq’asa, from this point we will start our walk surrounded by a typical landscape of the Peruvian Andes, and at noon our lunch will be ready in the sector called Soraypampa, located at 3,900 meters above sea level and at the foot of the Salkantay, one of the main sacred places in the Peruvian Andes. In the afternoon we walk to the lagoon Humantay, after the visit we will return to our base camp where we will spend the first night.
Very early in the morning we will enjoy our breakfast and then we will go up to the highest point of our trip, the Abra Saykantay, which is located more than 4,000 meters above sea level. We will rest and enjoy the panoramic views, and begin the descent to the valley of Collpabamba. In those moments we will quickly notice the change of climate and enjoy landscapes of the mountains of the jungle, with the formations of the rivers coming from the glaciers that become tributaries of the great Urubamba River. We will also see a great variety of Orchids, etc. We will arrive in the afternoon towards Collpabamba, where we will make our camp.
After a comforting breakfast, we will start our walk appreciating a variety of crops, including the coca leaf, considered as a sacred plant from our ancestors. This last section will be downhill to Playa Sahuayaco. There we will have a typical lunch prepared by our Andean chef and from this point we will take a local transport that will take us for 40 minutes towards the next town called “Santa Teresa”. It is an attractive population that has thermo-medicinal waters. There we can take a refreshing and relaxing bath. We will spend the night in this same town.
Every day will be a discovery. Accompanied by our professional guide who will give us a unique and personalized attention throughout our tour, on this day we will have the splendid view of many waterfalls coming from the glaciers. We will also see coca leaf and coffee plantations that local people work and in the afternoon we will arrive at Machupicchu town, popularly known as “Aguas Calientes”. That is where we will spend our last night at the foot of the great Machupicchu (Inca citadel), with accommodation in a basic hostel.
At 4.30 am we will get ready to head to the Inka citadel of Machupicchu, through a walkway in the middle of the jungle. The walk will last an hour and a half approximately, thus having the opportunity to register at the access control at 6:00 am and see the dawn already within the Machupicchu complex. We will continue the visit within the Inca citadel accompanied by our professional guide who will share your knowledge for approximately two hours and then you will have free time to visit and take walks inside the Inca citadel. By the afternoon at the indicated time we will return by tourist train from Machupicchu town to Ollantaytambo and there we will be picked up by a tourist bus that will take us to the city of Cusco. As an additional service you can hike up to Huaynapicchu, or Machupicchu mountain but they need to be booked in advance, please consult with your travel specialist.