SALKANTAY 5 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
Frequency: Every day
Salkantay (6,372 m) has been considered to be a sacred mountain since Inca times, so the roads surrounding it are Inca trails. On this trek we will be able to appreciate the imposing walls of the mountain and its glaciers, and we are also treated to wonderful views of the snow-capped peak of Huamantay. This trek offers plenty of variety, as we also descend to altitude low enough to support tropical cloud forest, in the valley of the Vilcanota River near Machu Picchu.
You need to bring a small backpack to carry with you water, a flashlight (torch), warm clothing, rain gear, and sunscreen and a sun hat. You supply these items. We recommend that you bring repellent for the mosquitoes that occur at lower altitudes.
DAY 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA
We pick you up from your hotel at 5 a.m. to start the 4 hour drive to the lovely little town of Mollepata, in the valley of the Apurimac River. The day’s 5 hour walk begins here, and we trek toward the valley of the White River (Río Blanco), which is fed by snow melt off Salkantay and Huamantay. We camp at Soraypampa.
DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA – CHAULLAY
Today we zigzag up to the Huamantay pass. From here we can see spread before us the valley of Santa Teresa, mountain tops and lakes, and we pause to take in the beauty of the landscape. We descend to Chaullay, where we camp for the night.
DAY 3: CHAULLAY – SANTA TERESA
Today we walk into Santa Teresa, a small town on the bank of the Vilcanota River. The town is famous because it was destroyed by a landslide in 1998; it has been rebuilt and is now a thriving little town. In the fields around the village, you can see crops of oranges, bananas and other fruits. We spend the night in the village of Santa Teresa, either camping or staying in basic lodging.
DAY 4: SANTA TERESA – AGUAS CALIENTES
Today we walk through the valley of the Vilcanota River to the hydroelectric plant south of Santa Teresa, walking for about 4 hours by the old railway line. At the hydro plant, we catch the train to Aguas Calientes. We stay in a clean, two-star hotel, and in the evening can visit the thermal baths.
DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
In the morning we catch the bus to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Following a 2 hour guided tour, we have another 2 hours to explore the site before returning to Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon we go back to Cusco. We leave Aguas Calientes on the train, and at Ollantaytambo transfer to a bus that will take you to your Cusco hotel.
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