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US$ 740.00 p/person
(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)
5-8 people group US$ 740 pp
2-3 people group US$ 890 pp
Our Fixed Departures for a Group tour on: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
... 3 hours drive in private bus to Mollepata, stop for a coca tea... then short drive to our hike start at Sayllapata. 5-6 hours of easy walk to our first campsite at Salkantaypampa, at 1 pm stop near Soray for a lunch and rest (each night we have quite campsites with dinning , cooking tents and 2 person per tent, you just carry a small daypack... we carry oxygen for emergency and a horse for a ride for those affected by soroche... not many), 7-8 hours walk on second day, only few hours near the Apacheta pass from the valley, walk will be not so strenous, beautiful views and amazing landscapes… afterward it is mainly descent into a more tropical area passing Andenes and Chaullay on the far side of the mountain second night at Collpapampa, comfortable dinning tent for our meals, 3rd night at Playa campsite, on Day 4th we walk for 5 hours toward the impresive Llaqtapata Inca ruins Complex, famous lookout point to see Machupicchu range of mountains, we finishes our trek at Hidroelectrica time to rest and lunch, then we board a pintoresque train to Aguas Calientes town, Dinner and accommodation in private rooms. (optional time to visit the hot springs) next morning early bus to Machupicchu for a sunrise, but most importantly before the crowds ... then your expert tour guide will offer you a guided tour and interpretation insitu at Machupicchu, once your tour is finishes by 11 am walk to Huaynapicchu mountain, (for latest tour booking we have a walk to Machupicchu mountain instead), walk from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes (Optional bus down $9 pp) Lunch at Viajeros and late by 4:40 pm train return to Cusco. (Trekking poles and strong boots recommended.)
Mount Salkantay & Machupicchu Trek is a great alternative for the Inca Trail trek, better suited for more adventuresome trekkers who are able to handle more altitude and distance. Ascending to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4,600m/15,088ft) is not too strenuous since it is at the beginnig of the trek, neither very steep but requires stamina and time in Cusco to acclimatise.
Duration: 5 Days
When to go: Best from April to October
Altitude: 2,800 masl to 4,600 masl
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging.
Modality: Trekking, Archaeological and Cultural
Location: Mountain range Vilcabamba - Cusco
Day Temperature: 15 ºC to 25 ºC /
Night temperature: 4ºC to - 7º C
Note: 2-3 day acclimatization required.
The night before of your trek at 7:00 pm we have a pre-departure briefing in our office, this will take 40 minutes approx. Items rented such as sleeping bags, Trekking poles, mattress and duffle bags will be provided at this time.
Tourist bus and Train
We highly recommend MARQUESES Boutique Hotel in Cusco, it is a beautiful and charming Colonial house built at the end of XVI century that has recently been restored and refurbished, located just one block from Cusco`s mayor Plaza. This great location is part of its popularity, close to all of the most important tourist attractions in the famous capital of Inca`s Empire. Well known for its incomparable hospitality and professional service. We can reserve the hotel and transfers you from the airport on your arrival and back on your return, you will enjoy a safe visit, wonderful attention and be pleasantly surprised by the warmth of the Andean Hospitality.
Due to the safe and strategic location you are within easy walking distance of the many historical places, museums, restaurants, cultural, artistic and traditional places of the Imperial Inca City.
SAS Travel Tour Operator & Agency offices are located alongside Hotel Marqueses so we at SAS Travel can assist you at any time.
MARQUESES Boutique Hotel GET a FREE UPGRADE to our Suite or Deluxe rooms (booking this tour 6-2 months before.) Best location in Town, 24/7 Oxigen Assistance, (And many cups of Coca tea for the altitude). Free Pick up from Airport at your arrival to Cusco, Buffet Breakfast, Family-friendly and Non-smoking Hotel, Internet and Wi-Fi. “A charming and Amazing Hotel, Great Location one block near the center, the hospitality will blow you away. Your every need is attended to by friendly, knowledgeable staff. Excellent three-star Hotel”. © 2022 TripAdvisor LLC
06.00 am. Departure by our private transport to Mollepata town at 3,850 mts. A beautiful 3 hour scenic journey through Izcuchaca and Limatambo, with a stop for breakfast and panoramic views of the “Mountain of Salkantay” in the Cordillera of Vilcanota. We can see spectacular views of the chains of snow capped Vilcabamba, the colorful village of Mollepata and the lush Apurimac River Valley. At this point due to the dirty and rocky road conditions we transfer into another truck or minibus. After passing Cruzpata 3200 mts, then Challacancha, we arrive to our trailhead in Sayllapata at 3,600 masl where we meet our Arrieros “horsemen“ and trekking staff (Cook and Assistants). We commence treking with a gradual climb of 250 meters for about 2 and a half hours through a pristine Andean valley landscape before arriving to Soraypampa. There after visiting a spectacular glacial lake we have lunch. We continue after lunch with a gentle climb for approximately 2 and a half to 3 hours through more unspoiled Andean valley to Salkantaypampa. This first Camp is located at 3,950 masl.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
12 km approx
After an early breakfast we start trekking a moderate climb from approx 07:00am for 3 hours to reach the Apacheta Pass at 4,590 masl. From this point we can appreciate spectacular views of Cusco's second highest peak, the stunning snow capped Mount Salkantay (6,264 mts) and also the snow capped mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small lakes and moraines. In the Apacheta Pass you can leave a piece of rock carried from the bottom as a present from you to the Apacheta. (In Inca times the walkers used to leave at the top their shoes, clothes, jewels or simply a piece of rock as an offering.) There is an option to take a nice walk from the Pass for 40 minutes to see an amazing lake of Soraycocha located just off the trail.
We continue 2 hrs downhill to lunch in Huayracmachay, and then, depending on the group ability, weather and walking conditions, the guide will decide whether to camp 2-3 hrs downhill walk in Rayan-niyoc at 3100 mts or travel a further 2km to camp at Collpapampa 2920 mts for experienced trekkers.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
16 km to Rayan-niyoc or 20km to Chaullay
After Breakfast, we say goodbye and thanks to our arrieros, horse/donkey herders. They will get to La Playa way before us, leaving the equipment for the other staff and make their return back to Soraypampa. We start the trek 07:00am with 3 hours easy hiking from Collpapampa, where we will be introduced to a high Jungle zone called Ceja de Selva. Here we will see different kinds of plants, fruits, flowers, birds ectetera plus coca and banana crops can be observed. You will have time to shower in a waterfall, take amazing pictures, and with luck we can observe the famous Peruvian National Bird "Gallito de las Rocas". We stop at Lluscamayo 2,400m for lunch and free time to rest before the 3 hour walk to our last campsite in La Playa 2,350 masl. A small village is located here with electricity and a shop. Early arrive to camp and there is an option to take a car to Santa Teresa to enjoy the hot springs and return for Dinner at Camp at Playa.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Approx 07:30 am we begin our trek to the village Lucmabamba where we see the remains of an Inka trail. We follow this rising trail, from which we will see coffee, banana and passion fruit plantations and a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley. After climbing for 4 hrs to reach Llaqtapata 2,700 masl we can enjoy some free time to rest and observe the mountain of Machupicchu (Inca city) and some of this arqueological site from afar. Then 2 hours continuous downhill to the Hydroelectric Plant at 1,870m where we have the last lunch with our staff. The cook and staff will leave us after lunch and we only continue on to Aguas Calientes town with our guides. So here is our chance to say goodbye and express our appreciation.
At 16:30pm we will take a 45 minute train journey to Aguas Calientes town 2,000 masl where a Special Dinner and finally a comfy bed in the "Hostal Viajeros" await us.
Walking poles recommended for the 2 final hours downhill. Optional evening bathe in the hotsprings 10 minutes walk from the town.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
12 km approx
Early walk (approximately 1.5 hours uphill from Aquas Calientes) or bus for 25 minutes to the Citadel of Machupicchu, guided tour for 3 hours and plenty of free time for further exploring, photos and optional climb of the mountain Huayna Picchu, Temple of the Moon, or the Gate of the Sun. Generally around 1pm people walk down the steps back to Aguas Calientes for the Buffet lunch and at approx 16:00 hrs we take our return train to Ollantaytambo with bus connection arriving to Cusco city around 9:00 pm. (End of our service at Plaza Regocijo at centre of Cusco).