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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Camping: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa (L,D)
Depart from Cusco very early in the morning. Travel by bus to Mollepata (2,900mts). Here, take pleasure in HUMANTAY, the first snow-capped mountain along our route. Then, a four hour ascent to the first pass of SALKANTAY mountain (4,540mts). We stop at the summit for around 25 minutes to take group pictures, as we will have great views of the mountains. We continue walking for approx 2 hrs through unspoiled Andean villages to Soraypampa 3850mts, our first camp. We’ll have an early evening hot drink followed by dinner.

* Included: Lunch, Dinner + Camping facilities
* Today’s walking distance approximately 10km

Day 2 Camping: Soraypampa – Collapampa (B,L,D)
We leave from Soroypampa early after breakfast at 7:00 am approx. in route to Collcapampa. We start with a 4 hour ascent of the Apacheta pass 4590 mts. Check out the hundreds of odd masses of stones (Apachetas) around the pass. The herdsmen leave these stone towers as good luck when they pass a high summit. From this point we can appreciate the spectacular views of the Mountain Salkantay, a stunning snow capped mountain (6264 mts) and the second highest peak in the region. We again stop at the summit for around 25 minutes to take group pictures and continue our descent 4 hours downhill to lunch followed by 2 more hours to camp, afternoon tea and dinner.

* Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Camping facilities
*Today’s walking distance approximately 16km

Day 3 Camping: Collapampa – La Playa – Santa Teresa (B,L,D)
On this part of the trek we will walk on a narrow trail hugging the mountainside, crossing some beds of varied species of orchids and different kinds of plants, cornfields, fruit fields and last but not least, the most beautiful waterfall on the trail. After walking for 5 hours, we arrive to La Playa at which point we’ll take a small truck 45 minutes to get village located at 1.645mts by around 1:00pm. We’ll set up camp and optionally visit the medicinal hot springs, which are only 45 minutes from Santa Teresa.

* Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Camping facilities.
* Today’s walking distance approximately 15km

Day 4 Hostel: Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes (B,L,D)

Another early morning wake up call for breakfast. Then approximately 3 hours to get the Urubamba sub-tropical River Valley, the same valley that conceals Machu Picchu. After hiking 2 more hours we arrive to the hydroelectric power station, located in another small village. Here, all kinds of tropical fruits and plants are thriving at the lower altitude. Lunch awaits and after digesting our feast, we will continue trekking to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night in a clean hostel with a real bed.

* Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Camping facilities.
* Today’s walking distance approximately 12km

Day 5 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco (B)
Up before dawn for breakfast, then complete your journey on a 1-hour walk, or catch the bus 25 minutes up to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Join our local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site without the pressure of day-trippers that arrive at midday. Then take advantage, as you’ll have plenty of free time for exploring further. Optionally, climb Huayna Picchu peak, providing the chance to see Machu Picchu and its surroundings from a more exclusive angle. Others may choose to meditate, write in their journal or simply take it all in. Return to Aguas Calientes generally around 1:00pm for lunch, have a dip in the thermal pools, then at 4:00pm we catch our return train to Cusco arriving approximately 9:00pm

* Train departure times quoted here are not guaranteed and may vary according to season and availability
* Included: Breakfast
* Today’s walking distance approximately 5 km

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