Our Salkantay Trek Express 4 Days is a trek open to everybody, with no limitation. Connecting the town of Mollepata, Cusco with Machu Picchu, this Route is an ancient and remote footpath located in the region of Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests.
DAY 1. CUSCO-SORAYPAMPA-HUAYRACMACHAY
Early morning pick up from your hotel, following a 2:30 hour private bus ride from Cusco (3,400m) to Mollepata (3,000mt) (breakfast stop). We rejoin with the bus journey for 2 more hours to Soraypampa (3,800mt) (trailhead) After a short briefing and enjoying the views of the snow covered Mountain of Umantay (5,700mt) and the surrounding high mountainous landscape, we start a gentle hike at the head of the alpine scene valley. Then the trail goes steep uphill and comes to a serie of zigzags. All around as you gradually ascend you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the majestic Mountain Salkantay, and soon arrive at lunch by a small lake named Soirococha (4,400mt). After 4 hours hike, we finally reach the high pass (4,600m) from where we can get a stunning view and take a close up of the sacred mountain in the Peruvian Andes SALKANTAY. That will compensate the great effort in reaching the top which is marked by a pile of stones that grows daily as each traveler adds his pebble to thank the Apus (mountain spirits) for a safe trip and good luck, from here we start a gradual descend leading us to a wide open scenic moraine and valley where we can spot chinchillas, Mountain cara cara (bird of pray), Andean gulls, and the world biggest bird “The Andean condor” on the way down to our campsite at Wayracmachay (3,700mt) with good views of the mountain ranges.
DAY 2. HUAYRACMACHAY - LA PLAYA
Early morning start, we will leave the beautiful pyramid shaped peak of Salkantay behind us. From now, the fauna and flora change as we enter the tropical rainforest, and discover its lush vegetation of wild orchids, bromelias and beautiful birds. Continuing our descent through the groves of bamboos; don't forget to keep looking back at the snow-peaks behind you, framed by bamboo fronds, we follow the river bank which flows through the valley, observing increasingly tall trees, some amazing untouched path where strawberries grow at your feet and passion fruit are above your head in a decor of begonias and purple orchids!. Lunch at Colpapampa.
The trail continues down the valley into the woods, observing the different crops specially farmed on high steep slopes, and as we drop the weather gradually gets warmer, and we suddenly arrive to a banana and avocado trees land.
We finally reach La Playa (1,900mt) for camping, take some time to relax and recover the energy, with a possibility to visit some organic coffee plantations, or just relax and get ready for the next day uphill and downhill walking to see the back of Mountain Machupicchu from Llactapata Inca remains.
DAY 3. LA PLAYA- LLACTAPATA-HYDROELECTRIC-AGUAS CALIENTES
We wake up very early this day to start an amazing uphill climb on a proper Inca trail, which will give us some impressive views on the valley and the mountains. Following 3 hours uphill, and 10 minutes downhill we will arrive to Llactapata Inca remains, and enjoy a break overlooking one of the main highlights in South America Machu Picchu. It is a magical view given to us that the main part of tourists will never see!
A 2 hour downhill, the trail easily leads the hikers into a forest of thick vegetation, and some bird watching opportunities!.
Before reaching the Hydroelectric town for lunch, make a stop to enjoy the view of an imposing man-made waterfall. Then we follow the railroad heading up the Urubamba valley to Machupicchu town and stay overnight in a basic hostel, but you can upgrade paying extra depending the availability and the season.
DAY 4. MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
After an early morning breakfast we head up to Machu Picchu sanctuary and enter early for the best photos opportunities and guided tour, and afterwards, spend as much of your time, visiting and exploring the remains on your own. Finally make your way down to Machupicchu town for lunch or boarding the train.
English speaking professional tour guide. (For groups larger than 9 persons, two tour guides)
Early morning transfer by private transport to trailhead at Soraypampa
Meals: 3 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 3 dinners /3 afternoon hot drinks
Drinking water Day 2 and 3
Two-man Tents: (for a personal tent request, there is a surcharge of $35)
Foamy sleeping mat
Dining tent, cooking tent, cutlery, folding tables, and stools
Mules, carrying heavy gear such as: food, tents, gas bottle, and cooking stuff, and 7kilograms/15 pounds of your belongings
Emergency riding horse
Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
Return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and tourist bus from Ollantaytambo back to Cusco.
NOT INCLUDED:Walking sticks
Sleeping bag adequate for temperature of minus 10°C (rentable for $20 for duration of the trek)
breakfast day 1, Luch on the last day
Entry to Huayna Picchu ($25)
Extra activities such as zip line and barbecues.
Additional horses for extra personal luggage above that of the personal item allowance.
Optional up – grades (train and hotel)
Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide
What you should bring:A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek - prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco .
Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - although no malaria risk has been reported
Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
Small towel or sarong
Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
Cash - sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day)
Binoculars (if you have them)
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