The Beautiful trek Salkantay to Machu Picchu is one of the best alternative treks from the Inca Trail. One of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes, with 6.271mtrs, 20569ft. This trek is perfect for you who wish to become personally integrated with nature in a changing ecosystem from one day to the next. You will hike through a sweeping, landscape, snow-capped mountains to the cloud forest where you will enjoy the biodiversity of flora and fauna. Salkantay is part of the Vilcabamba mountain range extending over 270 km. Located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco. To complete your journey you need to have a reasonable level of fitness, the most important thing is to be well acclimatized to the high. Considering this is your first time trekking at high altitude. Because your highest point will be 4600m/15000ft. This journey is the best option for you who didn't found spaces on the Inca trail to Machupicchu.
Day 1: CUSCO, SORAYPAMPA HUMANTAY LAGOON TO SALKANTAYPAMPA.
Our crew lead by your guide will pick you up early morning from your hotel for a private transfer to the start point trek, which it will take around three a half hours along this drive we will pass through farm villages like an Iscuchaca in (Anta Provence) we will continue driving into Limatambo valley, very well know for avocado plantation to Mollepata where will stop to have a quiet optional breakfast and then toward to Soraypampa 3900m /12,084ft. this is our starting point of the Salkantay trek to Machupicchu amazing place overlooking Salkantay and Humantay snowed capped mountains, we will start our ascend to Humantay lagoon consider nowadays one of the beautiful natural and turquoise color lake located at the base of the Humantay glacier. After having free time we will come back to Soraypampa to have lunch. After lunch we will continue our hike for two hours to get to our basecamp Salkantaypampa 4000m/12,720ft is a Unique camp without crowded people very nice place to see the stars during the nighttime as well to see the sunset and sunrise of Salkantay glacier. Distance:10.00k.m., Time: 5 to 6 hours, altitude: from 3900 to 4000meters bout sea lever.
Day 2 : SALKANTAY PAMPA BY SALKANTAY PASS TO COLPAPAMPA.
Today we will start early after a healthy breakfast we continue our hike up with beautiful views of Salkantay mountain in the rocky valley for 2.30 hours to the highest point Salkantay pass 4600m/14,628fts, Salkantay mountain is the second highest glacier in the Cusco region, Apu Salkantay is one of the sacred mountains that they worshiped as their main deity and protector in Inca times you will have free time to enjoy the spectacular views of Pumasillo mountain. after we will continue to descend in the stone path for two hours to our lunch spot Wayracmachay. After lunch, we will continue our descend for three hours until our campsite to Colpapampa. 2900m/9,222ft The last part of this hike is to enjoy the amazing changes of the landscape from high altitude to the cloud forest, as well to see the ancient medicinal plants and flowers, many species of birds, hummingbirds, and others. Trekking distance: 16 km, Time: 8 to 9 hours, Highest point: 4600m/14,628, Altitude: from 4000 to 2900meters about sea level.
DAY 3: COLPAPAMPA TO LUCMABAMBA
After breakfast Today we continue our hike into the lush green vegetation up and down along the Santa Teresa River, with a variety of species of flora and fauna as native orchids flowers from the area we will pass waterfalls, Granadilla farms (pasión fruit), as well you will see banana, avocado, Yaca and coffee farms. We will pass true small farm villages like Wiñaypocco, Lluscamayo, playa Sahuayaco, and finally to arrive at our camp Lucmabamba 2100m/6,678ft. today will camp in this farm village where the main industry is coffee growing, will explore a tropical forest for a little while. if you are a coffee lover this will be the place to taste one of the best organic coffee in Peru. This afternoon you have a chance to visit the relaxing Hot springs Cocalmayo this is extra activity. Trekking distance 15 km, Time: 5 to 6 hours. Highest point: 2900/9,222ft. Altitude: from 2900 to 2000meters about sea level.
DAY4: LUCMABAMBA, LLACTAPATA TO AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN.
We will wake you up early in the morning to have breakfast. Today we will continue the ascent for three hours to Qelloqasa 2700m/8,586ft. from where we have a spectacular view of the lost city of the Incas, the legendary Machupicchu, from a different angle. From this point, you will descend to Llaptapata archeological site where you can see both Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu mountains enjoying a good rest and explanation we will continue our descend to towards to Aobamba river if you are very lucky we will be able to see the cock of the rocks ( the national bird of Peru) crossing lush green forest and more orchards and coffee plantations bring us to the hydroelectric plant of Machupicchu, where we will have our lunch and we will have a thankful meeting and say good-by with our trekking crew, after lunch, we continue trekking for three hours in the beautiful cloud forest next to the railway to Aguas Calientes town, as well there is an option to take a train to Aguas Calientes the train ride will take 45 minutes. you need to let us know to book your train ticket it has an extra cost of $35. when you arrive at Aguas Calientes our guide will take you to the Hotel. where you will stay for the night. Trekking distance: 18km, Time: 7 to 8 hours, Highest point: 2700m/8,586ft. Altitude: 2000 to 2000 meters about sea level.
DAY 5: EXPLORE MACHUPICCHU AFTERNOON BACK TO CUSCO.
After Breakfast, your guide will pick you from your hotel for a short bus journey to the entrance of Machu Picchu, today you will explore this magical Inca city and enjoy learning about it was built and discovered. for 3 hours. You will then have free time to wander around and if you got a Ticket for Wayna Picchu you can climb. Note. There are just 400 visitors allowed per day. You have to book in advance the entrance with us to ensure your permit In the afternoon we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes. From here we take the train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy depending on the space and private transportation back to your Hotel Cusco.