Private Salkantay Trek To Machupicchu 8 days/7 night
Locations Visited: Private Salkantay Trek
Trip Style: Tours, Trekking, Adventure
Length: Eight Days
Frequency: Every day
Group: 2 pax min,
Peru Cultural Connection customizes this journey for people who wants to enjoy the highlights of Cusco city and The Private Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu that is an alternative to the Inca Trail and considered by most to be the best alternative route (and maybe even better!). This magnificent Private Salkantay Trek is perfect for adventurers who wish to become personally integrated into changing ecosystems from one day to the next. You will walk through sweeping, magical landscapes of a snowy mountain paradise to a tropical jungle where you will find a wide range of animals and medicinal plants and flower varieties. Witness with your own eyes a living, but ancient, culture in remote villages hardly ever seen by foreigners!
DAY 1: ACCLIMATIZATION BEFORE PRIVATE SALKANTAY TREK:
Welcome to Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire, one of the most beautiful cities on Earth, and a natural starting point for any Peru itinerary. We’ll meet you at 1 pm for a traditional Peruvian meal at a local favorite restaurant. After lunch your guide will lead a relaxed walking tour around Cusco’s stunning historic center – it’s important to take it easy if you’ve arrived from sea level today, as you need to adjust to Cusco’s (11,200 feet) altitude.
Meals: lunch included.
Accommodation: comfortable hotel Cusco.
DAY 2: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SACRED VALLEY:
A tour guide from Peru cultural connection will pick you up from your hotel in a private van to show you The incredible scenic floodplain between Pisaq and Ollantaytambo in the sacred valley Pisaq is cobbled Inca village which is home to the largest handicraft market in the region and a huge Inca fortress, we will visit both. Urubamba River that is the main river in this valley also is affluent to the Amazon River. Our destination is Ollantaytambo probably the most perfectly preserved of all Inca towns, a maze of cobbled alleyways and sun-drenched plazas presided over by a spectacular, llama-shaped ruin.
Meals: breakfast – lunch included
Accommodation: comfortable hotel Cusco
DAY 3: START THE ADVENTURE PRIVATE SALKANTAY TREK:
We start to pick you up from the hotel at 05:00 am, by private transportation lasts 3 hours to Mollepata, on the way is possible to see the white snowcapped mountain like Salkantay and Humantay the Gods of the Incas, there is spectacular scenic on the upper part and lower valleys with the colorful landscape. Two hours driving to the first stop in Mollepata town there are toilet facilities, souvenirs, and optional short breakfast, to soon continue at Challacancha the trailhead. There we will meet with our support staff. There we will organize all the equipment, horses and mules. Around 9:30 a.m. we will start our trek to Soraypampa (3900 m.a.s.l) the first section of the path are paved rock trail there is the old water channel still supply to new habitats, the begin is 9 km in 3 hours to Soraypampa the lunch place as well base camp, after lunch and nap to continued hiking up to the Humantay lake (4200masl) 5 km in 3 hours round trip, bottom the glacier the most spectacular views to the background valley and sunset, the camp is located on the middle of the glaciers valleys at night clear appreciate the constellation on the sky.
Meals: all meals.
DAY 4: SORAYPAMPA – SALKANTAY PASS – CHAULLAY:
Early wake up with the first daylight at 05:00 am to packing the staff, breakfast and soon to start hiking up to the highest point of the trail Salkantay Pass (4650 masl – 15,255 ft) the distance is 7 km in 3 hours, on the ascent through the between the rocky valley bottom the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6200 masl – 20,341 ft). We reach the top of the trek. Salkantay is considered the second highest mountain of the Cusco region and one of the Incas God called “Apu”. Get the top is the most ancient time on the trek, 2 hours downhill on the serpent trail and gravel rocky path to get Huayracmachay lunch spot, on the afternoon entrance to the upper part of the Amazone jungle as well called “cloud forest” 9 km in 3 hours on the wide trail in the thick forest are decorate the hills with colorful sceneries and the wildlife and native plant, most of the year weather is warmed and temperate to finally arrived at Chaullay Village (2900 masl – 9,514 ft) the base camp into the jungle.
Meals: all meals.
Accommodation: camp (tents).
DAY 5: CHAULLAY – LA PLAYA – SANTA TERESA – COLCAMAYO HOT SPRINGS:
Around 6:00 am the wake up with coca tea; breakfast and hiking straight to la Playa crossing on the thick jungle and following on the bank of the Santa Teresa river on the gradual trail there are stopping in several family hamlets to enjoy the local fruit and vegetables (passion fruit, banana, coffee, avocado, mango, orange, and papaya) If we are lucky, we will be able to see the famous bird called “the Cock of the Rocks”, the trail distance is 16 km the hiking time is 5 hours on the down valleys is clearly to see the cedar tree very useful for the local people on the economic, La playa is small Town with the basic facilities (toilet, electricity, shopping, and souvenir) as well the lunch point, following the plan We will drive to Santa Teresa Town around 1 hour. In the afternoon a deserved bath at the hot springs
Meals: all meals
Accommodation: comfortable hotel
DAY 6: SANTA TERESA – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES:
Today is a flexible day; we have different options to do:
RELAX OPTION 01: we will take motorized transport from SANTA TERESA to HYDROELECTRIC for 45 minutes after this, we will walk for 3 hours more along the train tracks to arrive in AGUAS CALIENTES town.
THE CRAZIEST OPTION 02: you have the chance to do the highest and longest ZIPLINE in South America. After doing the ZIPLINE in the morning we will take transport to the Hydroelectric Station. After this, we will walk for 3 hours more along the train tracks to arrive in AGUAS CALIENTES town. (The zip line is not included)
Any options that you may take you can decide in SANTA TERESA
Meals: all meals
Accommodation: comfortable hotel Aguas Calientes
DAY 7: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO:
the long-awaited day of the trek, early wake up on the hotel is better for visit Machupicchu, We suggestion start early visit Machupicchu the checkpoint is open from (6:00 am until 17:00) optional going up by bus or foot, on the morning look empty the city with less tourist the first 2 hours guiding tour in the City, (temples, palaces, priest house, sundial, industrial sector, and farming fields) after that is start your free time to climbing up to Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu mountain (book in advance to get your ticket) both mountains hiking time taking 3 hours approx. or trekking to the sun gate the main entrance of the Inka Trail, in the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo then van to Cusco, the van drops you off at your hotel in Cusco.
Accommodation: comfortable hotel Cusco
DAY 8: FREE MORNING AND THEN TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT:
after the transfer to the airport, we finish whit the Private Salkantay Trek. You can book your flight out of Cusco for any time today. If you’re staying on in Peru, we’re delighted to help out with suggestions and assistance for the rest of your time here
Meals: Breakfast included
Private Salkantay Trek INCLUDED
✔ Professional local tour guide
✔ All accommodations (based on twin share. Sigle supplement available for US$300)
✔ All ground transport whit a professional driver
✔ All activities specified in itinerary
✔ Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
✔ Bus round trip to Machu Picchu
✔ Train tickets Aguas Calientes -ollantay
✔ Entrance fee to all attractions specified in itinerary
✔ Meals as specified in itinerary
✔ Horses for the Equiptment and muleteer
✔ Camping equipment
✘ International / domestic flights
✘ Gratuities for the crow
✘ Meals that are not mentioned
✘ Optional Activity Zip Line
✘ Huayna picchu ticket
WHAT TO BRING to Private Salkantay Trek
❗ A good (and small) daypack
❗ Comfortable shoes
❗ Hat and sunglasses to protect you from the sun
❗ At least one bottle of water
❗ Rainwear or poncho for the rainy season (December to April)
❗ Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
❗ Windbreaker Jacket
❗ Camera with extra batteries
❗ Extra money for drinks and tipping, souvenirs
PERU CULTURAL CONNECTION requires at least 2 people for this tour, but you can leave any day you would like. The departure is 100% guaranteed once booked.
The price is based on the group size. If you are with a larger group, please contact us for a discounted rate.
NOTE: PERU CULTURAL CONNECTION will never pass you onto another operator or share service with other companies as most agencies do here.