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The SalKantay 4-days is a seriously attractive alternative for you, where you will have a quiet connection with the nature and the Andean mountain range with impressive snow-capped peaks of Humantay and Salkantay with their crystal clear lakes, also enjoying the spectacular views of the glaciers in the quiet sunset over the andes. Hike around the serene Peruvian cloud forest and to have the opportunity to taste the fresh fruits grown such as; bananas, papayas, avocados, granadillas, etc. We will browse and will take you in a touring into the coffee bean plantations and learn about this product also pick, roast, grind and to have the experience of brewing your own coffee. After a great experience with nature we take the Inca trail to reach to Llactapata Inca site and enjoying the view of Machupicchu far in the distance from another perspective and to start to delve into the world of the Incas. Finally, embarking on the path that an American professor took years ago searching for the lost city of the Incas. Ultimately reach what for many is a top bucket-list destination: Machu Picchu!
Cusco – Salkantay – Humantay lagoon – Machupicchu
Basically you will visit the Highlights of the classic Salkantay in only 4 days! as well on day three you will hike a short section of the Inca trail as well you will get a view point where is possible to see Machupicchu from a different perspective.
This morning we will pick you up from your hotel at 4:00 am. we will drive for two hours until Mollepata, town where you can buy energy drinks, snacks or any essential items such as batteries that you may have forgotten, then 1 more hour driving until ‘Soraypampa’ (3,900m./12,795ft.) the trailhead for this great adventure. Here we will meet with all our team; our chefs, horsemen and horses. Also here we will have breakfast while enjoying the great views of ‘Humantay’ (5,900m./19,356ft.) and Salkantay (6,217m./20396ft.) Mountain glaciers. Before to leave we will have the chance to organize again our stuff, once we are ready we start to hike gradually uphill to the northwest next to a little stream with the magnificent view of the ‘Humantay’ and ‘Salkantay’ in front of us, after 2 hours we reach to ‘Humantay lake’ (4,200m./13,779) which is gorgeous! absolutely we take our time for our memories. After 1 hour downhill we reach to lunch place (around 12:30 pm.). After lunch still 2 hours uphill towards our campsite, ‘Soyrococha’ (4,400m./14,517ft.). Here we have a spectacular campsite with the views of the Salkantay glacier and all the surrounding mountains with a spectacular sunset. and we can say it was worth the effort, Average time to reach to campsite 5:30 pm. upon your arrival you will find your tents all set up so just relax then enjoy the tea and dinner. After dinner we can enjoy the spectacular views of the southern hemisphere sky and to learn about the Inca constellations.
Very early morning We will be woken up with a cup of hot coca tea, then our trekking chef will amaze us with a delicious breakfast before leaving. When we are ready we continue along 1 h. until the summit, absolutely we will be one of the first groups there, which means we have time to enjoy the views as well perfect time to visit the ‘Salkantay lake’. Consequently, it will be downhill following the valley until we reach to Huayracmachay for lunch. then to ‘Collpapampa community’ (2,900 m./9514ft.) where is our camping place. Along this trail we will see how the topography of this place is changing the first hour we continue with the astonishment view of the snowcapped peaks, some waterfalls far in the distance and while we are descending through the valley we see more and more vegetation which means we are entering to the cloud forest, especially after lunch we will see a lot of colorful plants, variety of fruits and native products also cacao and coffee plantations, as well diversity of birds and other animals of this region.
Average time to reach to lunch spot is noon, after lunch we have 5 more hours of gradual downhill until Collpapampa, here we reach around 5 pm. upon our arrival we will have the tea time and dinner.
After we get ready with our stuff we enjoy breakfast, then we continue by local transportation for 1 hour. along the bus road towards ‘Lucmabamba’ which is the beginning of a section of the ‘Inca trail’. Once here we start to climb uphill for 3 hours, along the path we will see more plantation of different fruits and local products reaching to the top or ‘Punkuyoc pass’ (2,700m./8,858ft.) we will go directly to ‘El mirador’ (view point) from here we have a panoramic view of the ‘Vilcabamba mountain range’ as well the first view of Machupicchu archeological park, your guide will share with you history also he will describe you the topography of this region, then we continue with our adventure and this time we hike downhill for 30 minutes until ‘Llactapata’ archaeological site, after exploring this place we continue descending for almost 2½ hours until ‘Hidroelectrica’ (1,800m./5,900ft.) where we will have lunch also we get again our duffle bags, afterwards we are going to have a small ceremony to say good bye to our chefs. then we will continue walking for 3 more hours along the Andean flat until Aguas Calientes town, once in Aguas Calientes we go to your hotel to check-in and relax, this evening we organize dinner in a touristic restaurant where also we will have the briefing for the next day.
*this afternoon still the option to visit the Hot spring in Aguas Calientes town; if you wish to visit just let us know, take your towel, sandals and enjoy. (The ticket is 10 soles).
Were three great days and finally the most important day. We will have breakfast in your hotel then we will go to take the first bus (5:30 am.) toward Machupicchu, after 30 minutes by bus we go into Machupicchu archeological park to enjoy of the sunrise and after taking the first pictures we start with our private tour, 2 hours exploring the lost city of the Incas, In case you booked Waynapicchu Mountain or Machupicchu mountain your guide will take you to the entrance and will explain you about it. When you are ready, you take the bus back to Aguas Calientes, in the afternoon you will take a 2 hours’ train back to Ollantaytambo station where our private van will take you to Cusco and arrive at your hotel in the evening.
We recommend a small backpack 30L – 40L for hiking, Big backpack will not be allowed inside Machupicchu. Big ones can be stored outside citadel gate.
We will hand out a duffle bag to you at your briefing time and of course we will explain you what to put inside. Also include a porter wo will carry up your personal items to 7 kg. or 14 pounds including your sleeping bag and air mattress (these 2 items are 3.5 kg.)
Note: Beside the main briefing done the night before the trek. Your guide will explain you every night about the activities to do and what to bring in your backpacks next days.
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