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Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas and hike along the same paths they used to trek through the mountains centuries ago. Get back to nature and experience amazing views of the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Andes. Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Markhuq’asa - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Salkantaypampa (L, D) Depart Cusco and journey to Markhuq’asa for the start of your trek to Soraypampa, 3,850 meters above sea level. Stop for lunch at the base camp and then go on a round-trip hike to Humantay Lake. Then continue to the Salkantaypampa base camp to spend the night. Day 2: Salkantaypampa - Salkantay Pass - Collpapampa (B, L, D) Hike to the highest point of the trail at Salkantay Pass and get spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains before a 2-hour downhill hike to the camp for lunch. Then, enter the upper part of the Amazon jungle on a hike through what is know as the cloud forest. Look for native wildlife on the way to the village of Collpapampa, where you will spend the night. Day 3: Collpapampa - La Playa (B, L, D) After breakfast, take an easy hike to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley and marvel at the waterfalls and wild orchids. Encounter coffee, banana, and avocado plantations, and get the chance to sample the local coffee at an organic coffee farm. After a typical lunch in La Playa, here you will have the option (at an extra cost payable onsite) to visit the hot thermal springs and abundant birdlife. Return to the campsite for an overnight stay. Day 4: Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes (B, L, D) On this day, in Santa Teresa, you can choose to visit the zipline, rafting, or canopy at an extra cost payable directly on-site. Then, you will head to Hidroelectrica, passing through waterfalls coming from the glaciers and fields of cocoa and coffee. After a nourishing lunch, begin a 2-hour walk to Machu Picchu Pueblo, known as Aguas Calientes. Once in Aguas Calientes, you can go to your hotel to shower and relax before dinner. After dinner, get some rest before the early morning climb up to Machu Picchu the following morning. Day 5: Machu Picchu (B) Explore Machu Picchu in the early morning before the crowds arrive. You can choose to hike uphill to the ruins or take the bus for an additional charge. Benefit from a 2-hour guided tour on arrival and learn more about the temples, palaces, priest houses, and more. Take the train to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon and then catch the bus back to Cusco for drop-off at your hotel or hostel on arrival.

Classic Salkantay Trek 5 days to Machupicchu with lux domes

Classic Salkantay Trek 5 days to Machupicchu with lux domes

Day 1 After an early wake-up, you’ll head to Mollepata to enjoy an optional breakfast before continuing to Challacancha, where you’ll begin today’s exciting hike. The morning walk will take around 3 hours and lead you to Soraypampa, your first accommodation, where you’ll stay in our unique Sky Camp. After an energizing lunch and a well-deserved rest, we will ascend to the impressive jewel of the mountain, the Humantay Lake; it is a three-hour round trip before descending for a tasty dinner and a well-deserved sleep. Day 2 Today is the most challenging, but the reward will be great as you will get fantastic views of wonderful landscapes. After tasting our breakfast, we will hike for approximately three hours to the Salkantay pass, where we will spend time taking pictures of the incredible panorama. Afterward, we will descend through the cloud forest to the lunch spot before continuing to the jungle's edge amidst exotic scenery. Finally, we will arrive at the exclusive Mountain Sky View Campsite in Collpapampa for the night. Day 3 Your adventure continues today by hiking through the jungle of the Santa Teresa Valley, where you’ll observe a lush landscape of rivers, waterfalls, orchids, and many plantations, including bananas, coffee, and avocado. You’ll get to our Jungle Domes camp at lunchtime for a rest before enjoying a free afternoon to explore your surroundings and visit an organic coffee farm. You’ll get a good night’s rest this evening, listening to the sounds of nature all around. Day4 Today things get more exciting as you hike along a part of the original Inca Trail. You’ll walk up for 2 hours to an Inca archaeological site called Llactapata. You’ll learn all about the history and get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu! You’ll walk downhill to lunch before making your way to Hidroeléctrica. From here, you can continue walking to Aguas Calientes for around 3 hours or board a train for an extra US$ 37.00. Tonight, you’ll be dining in a restaurant and sleeping in a hotel before the big day tomorrow. Day 5 Today is the day you have been waiting for. You’ll finally visit one of the seven wonders of the modern world, Machu Picchu. After an early start to the day, you’ll head to the citadel to avoid the crowds. Once there, you’ll have an approximately two-hour guided tour and learn everything you need to know about the site while appreciating the wonderful scenery. Afterward, you can climb an additional mountain if you booked your ticket in advance. You’ll return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and board your train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our transportation will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. It’s now time to rest after an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Classic Salkantay Trek 5 days to Machupicchu with lux domes

Classic Salkantay Trek 5 days to Machupicchu with lux domes

Day 1 After an early wake-up, you’ll head to Mollepata to enjoy an optional breakfast before continuing to Challacancha, where you’ll begin today’s exciting hike. The morning walk will take around 3 hours and lead you to Soraypampa, your first accommodation, where you’ll stay in our unique Sky Camp. After an energizing lunch and a well-deserved rest, we will ascend to the impressive jewel of the mountain, the Humantay Lake; it is a three-hour round trip before descending for a tasty dinner and a well-deserved sleep. Day 2 Today is the most challenging, but the reward will be great as you will get fantastic views of wonderful landscapes. After tasting our breakfast, we will hike for approximately three hours to the Salkantay pass, where we will spend time taking pictures of the incredible panorama. Afterward, we will descend through the cloud forest to the lunch spot before continuing to the jungle's edge amidst exotic scenery. Finally, we will arrive at the exclusive Mountain Sky View Campsite in Collpapampa for the night. Day 3 Your adventure continues today by hiking through the jungle of the Santa Teresa Valley, where you’ll observe a lush landscape of rivers, waterfalls, orchids, and many plantations, including bananas, coffee, and avocado. You’ll get to our Jungle Domes camp at lunchtime for a rest before enjoying a free afternoon to explore your surroundings and visit an organic coffee farm. You’ll get a good night’s rest this evening, listening to the sounds of nature all around. Day4 Today things get more exciting as you hike along a part of the original Inca Trail. You’ll walk up for 2 hours to an Inca archaeological site called Llactapata. You’ll learn all about the history and get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu! You’ll walk downhill to lunch before making your way to Hidroeléctrica. From here, you can continue walking to Aguas Calientes for around 3 hours or board a train for an extra US$ 37.00. Tonight, you’ll be dining in a restaurant and sleeping in a hotel before the big day tomorrow. Day 5 Today is the day you have been waiting for. You’ll finally visit one of the seven wonders of the modern world, Machu Picchu. After an early start to the day, you’ll head to the citadel to avoid the crowds. Once there, you’ll have an approximately two-hour guided tour and learn everything you need to know about the site while appreciating the wonderful scenery. Afterward, you can climb an additional mountain if you booked your ticket in advance. You’ll return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and board your train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our transportation will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. It’s now time to rest after an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience.

5 days Salkantay/Machu Picchu trekking

5 days Salkantay/Machu Picchu trekking

(Please note that this tour must be booked 1 month in advance or you must check the availability of tickets to Machu Picchu for the desired date, avoid inconveniences). Day 1: Cusco -> Mollepata -> Soraypampa -> Lake Humantay -> Salkantaipampa - We leave Cusco and go to Markhuq'asa to start the trek to Soraypampa, at 3.850 m.a.s.l.. - We will make a stop for lunch and then we will go to the Humantay lagoon. Then we will visit during the night to the base camp of Salkantaypampa. Day 2: Salkantaypampa - Salkantay pass - Collpapampa Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner - We will hike to the highest point of the Salkantay Pass to enjoy the breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains, then 2 hours later we will arrive at the camp for lunch. - We will then explore the Amazon rainforest through the cloud forest. We will look for local wildlife on the way to the village of Collpapampa, where we will spend the night. Day 3: Collpapampa - the Beach - After breakfast, you should easily go to the beach through Santa Teresa Valley and Maciene with waterfalls and wild orchids. - Find a coffee, banana and avocado plantation, and you will have the opportunity to taste local coffee at organic coffee farms. - After a typical lunch at La Playa, you have the option (for an additional charge on site) to visit the hot springs and abundant birdlife. Return to the camp for the night. Day 4: Santa Teresa - Hydro - Aguascalientes In Santa Teresa, for an additional fee payable directly on site, you will have the option of ziplining, rafting or canopy tours. You will then head to Hidroelectrica, passing glacial waterfalls and cocoa and coffee fields. We will have a nutritious lunch and to digest better we will make the 2 hour hike to Machu Picchu Pueblo (also known as Aguascalientes). Upon arrival in Aguascalientes, you will head to your hotel to shower and rest before dinner. After dinner, you can take a short break and head to Machu Picchu early the next morning. Day 5: Machu Picchu (breakfast) We will explore Machu Picchu early in the morning before the crowds arrive. You can choose to hike up the hill to the ruins or take a bus for an additional charge. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour upon arrival to learn more about the temples, palaces, vicarages and more. In the afternoon, you will take a train to Ollantaytambo and then take a bus back to Cusco, arriving at your hotel or hostel.

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Overall rating

4.0
(26 reviews)

We were able to do a beautiful hike to Machu Picchu with a great group. Unfortunately, the briefing the day before was a bit confusing, but thanks to the daily overview that the guide explained to us, it was always very easy for us to foresee! Our highlight was certainly the view of Machu Picchu from afar on day 4. It's a pity that additional costs often came up, e.g. transport costs for luggage from day 4, the shower, drinking water and the hot springs. However, we were already informed about the additional costs at the briefing. The food was really excellent and there was always a vegetarian option. Coca tea in the morning was great and we were even able to make our own coffee from the bean to the finished espresso. Yonatan was a super nice guide and did a great job, thank you!

It was fun and exhausting. When you can see the beautiful views, you know your arduousness is deserved. My guide Hans is knowledgable and he taught us many things throughout the trail. The food was nice. I think the hotel chosen on the fourth day can be better, as we did not have hot shower in our room as well as the packed breakfast was insufficient.

Overall super great trek, lovely food and good accomodations at night. However the guide was bad. He left us alone on the trek 90% of the time and didn’t tell us anything along the Way of what we looked at. Description didn’t add to the actual experience either

Great outdoor activity. Was challenging but, rewarding at the end.

It was a great tour, the accommodation was better as I thought