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Located northwest of Cuzco, Nevado de Salkantay, the cordillera’s tallest peak rises to 6,271 metres above sea level. The name Salkantay means ‘Savage Mountain’ and it is a strikingly beautiful single peak providing a great focal point for this route. The trek normally takes 5 days and is popular with trekkers wanting to combine a quieter, less trodden route with a visit to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. However, we have designed this personalised trek of 3 days for those who are having a short time but want to get the most of their visit.
One of the reasons the Salkantay trail is so popular is the incredible diversity of the views and ecosystems. Voted among the top 25 best treks in the world the walk is dominated by the 20,500-feet-high Mount Salkantay and cuts through the beautiful Mollepata Valley and passes Salkantay at an altitude above 15,000 feet before traversing around the mountains to arrive at Aguas Calientes. The trek is only a little more difficult than the Inca Trail, and horses are used to carry food and equipment.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will pick you up at 3:00 am from your hotel and travel by bus to mollepata and then Soraypampa. A 3 hour walk will take us to soyroqocha where we will have the lunch with the beautiful capped mountain Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft) We will begin our climb to the highest point on this trek which is on 4 650 m.a.s.l15200 ft.taking in the beautiful landscape along the way and once we get to the top the pass we go down to the campsite of Arrayanniyoq or Chaullay depends how you walk the first day
After the breakfast we go down (downhill) through a dramatic cloud, where we will have lunch. After the lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo or luch stopvariety of little brooks to reach La Playa late in the Afternoon we can go to the Natural Hot spring of Santa Tersa ( this service is optional and you need to pay for the round trip bus from La Playa to The Hot-spring),. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants and also we very warm area (optional visit the Natural Hot-spring) to Hydrolectric where we are going to have lunch then we continue walking, passing a variety of crop plantations, coca, banana we will be walking about two and half hours along the train road till reaching Aguas Calientes town where we will spend the night in a hostel in Aguas Calientes, you can take advantage of the thermal springs in the town (entrance 10 soles) a real treat after finishing the trek.
We wake up early morning about 4 am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and leave to walk up to Machu Picchu which takes one and half hours up to Machu Picchu but there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30 to Machu Picchu (25-minutes long ) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top. Then you will take the train around 2:00pm, 4:00pm or 6:20pm according to the train Availability so you will arrive to Ollantaytamabo after 2 hours travelling so A private transport will wait for you and will take you back to Cusco to your Hotel.
A fantastic experience, this trip was a nice short trek to Machu Picchu with a lot of sights enroute. Jose Luis is a very good guide and his knowledge and interest is impressive.