This alternative Salkantay to Machu Picchu is the most scenic route to Machu picchu, treating you to spectacular views of crystal clear lakes, amazing snow peaks and lush green vegetation. This scenic Salkantay travel peru has been used for many years by ancient people and nowadays local Quechua people from the area still hike this trail to Machu picchu and into the Amazon rainforest. Salkantay or Sallqantay is the highest peak of the Vilcabamba mountain range in the Peruvian Andes and is the twelfth highest peak in Peru overall. This “Savage mountain” (the name as translated from the Quechua language) is located in the Cusco region about 60km northwest of the city of Cusco.
this trekking pass through the best glorious views of the sacred andean peaks such salkantay and humantay and even recently ranked by national geography as ultimate adventure in cusco Peru.
Overall distance hiked: 48 km / 30 miles
Maximum altitude reached: 4,650 m / 15,252 ft
You will have a thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your trek. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.
We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and have a beautiful scenic drive of 3 hours duration to Mollepata. At Mollepata we will have breakfast at one of the local houses.
After breakfast we will get back on the road for 1 hour and 45 minutes until we reach Soraypampa, the beginning of the Salkantay Trekking peru + Zip Line. During this portion of the drive we will see our first views of the magnificent Salkantay and Humantay Mountains, as well as observe lush vegetation and fields of local families growing potatoes, quinoa, lima beans, etc.
At Soraypampa the altitude(3,800 m/12,467 ft) we will meet our support staff, who will pack everything for the trek and load the equipment onto horses. We begin our hike with a visit to the remarkable, high altitude lake, Humantay. It is directly below the Humantay glacier, and remarkably blue… actually we should probably call it turquoise. This is a remarkable 2 adventure .
After that adventure, we return to the trail startand begin the travel to Salkantaypampa. We begin with a gentle 2 hour trekking to Salkantaypampa, our lunch spot for the day. During this portion of the trek we will follow a little stream whose source is the Salkantay glacier. We will also enjoy the view of moraines and the glaciers of Apu Salkantay and Humantay mountains.
After lunch we ascend for two hours to Soyrococha (4,400 m /14,332 ft), our camp for the evening. Humantay Mountain is prominent during this entire segment from Salkantaypampa to Soyrococha.
Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner
Distance Covered: 8 km (5 miles)
Time: 6 – 8 hours
Lowest elevation: 3,800 m/ 2,467 ft
Highest elevation: 4,400m /14,332 ft
Sights: Mount Salkantay, Mount Humantay, Moraines
will wake up with hot cup of coca tea to begin this challenging day. After breakfast we are going to hike for 1 hour uphill to the highest point of the Salkantay Travel peru , the Salkantay pass altitude (4,650 m / 15,252 ft). At the top we are going to make an offering to Apu Salkantay and talk about the significance of the mountain in Inca culture and why this spot is special. From here we will hike 30 minutes to a fantastic lake that is right beneath the Salkantay pass. This the perfect place to take pictures of Pumasillo Mts, the gorgeous lake, and Humantay Mts in the distance.
Our next task is a 2 hour downhill hike to Huayraqmachay (3,800 m/12,464 ft), where we will have lunch. After lunch we will hike downhill for an additional 4 hours until we reach our camp for the night, chaullay (3,100 m/ 10,170 ft). During this section we are going to pass from the highlands to the cloud forest and finally into the rain forest.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner + snacks
Distance covered: 16 km/ 9.9 miles
Time: 8 to 9 hours
Lowest elevation: 3,100 m/ 10,170 ft
Highest elevation: 4,650 m / 15,252 ft
Area: Highlands -> Cloud Forest -> Rain Forest
Sights: Mount Salkantay, Mount Humantay
our lovely wake up of day will be again with nice hot coca tea, we are rewarded with a more gentle hike today. We will have a yummy breakfast and then hike 5 to 6 hours on gentle up and down segments. We will be hiking through the rain forest, following the trip of the Santa Teresa river. We will have the opportunity to visit multiple coffee plantations, banana plantations, and fields of passion fruit. Along this trip you will also see the most beautiful waterfall along the Salkantay Trekking
We will reach Lucmabamba around noon. Here we will relax and enjoy a delicious lunch!
After lunch, we will do an incredible coffee tour at the plantation adjacent to the campsite. We will begin by browsing the fields, learning about the different types of coffee beans, and picking our own beans. There are also several fields of tomatoes and avocados. We will pick vegetables that the chef will use for dinner that night.
After picking our beans, we will roast them and grind them. Finally, we will brew and drink our own coffee! It is a fantastic unique experience of the adventures .
After lunch we will drive to Santa Teresa for 1 hour. Our camp for the night is in the village of Santa Teresa. We will have dinner in Santa Teresa. This is our campsite for the night. We will also have the opportunity to visit the nicest hot springs in all of Peru, the Santa Teresa Hot springs..
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Distance Covered: 14 km (8 miles)
Time: 5 to 6 hours
Lowest elevation: 2,050m (6,725 feet)
Highest elevation: 2,800m (9,184 feet)
Area: Rain Forest
Sights: Santa Teresa River, Colpapampa village, Lucmabamba
We are going to experience the highest zipline in South America today. After breakfast we will walk 20 minutes uphill until we arrive at the first cable. The lines in total are 2,500 m divided into 7 segments.
After this incredible experience we will drive 45 minutes to Hydroelectrica. We will have our last luncho of the adventure them we hike along the railroad tracks for 3 hours to reach Aguas Calientes. You can see Machu Picchu along this hike. part of the inca site .
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Distance covered: 10km (6.2 miles) walking from the Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes
Time: 6 to 7 hours (including zip line)
Lowest elevation: 1,600 m (5,905 feet)
Highest elevation: 2,040 m (10,170 feet)
Sights: Zipline, Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes
You will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a very early bus (5:30am) along the way to Machu Picchu you will see the magnificent sunrise. Once there you hace chance to explore and visit adn them given a 2 hour walking tour of the site.
If you have elected to climb Huayna Picchu mountain you will begin the hike at 10 AM. The ticket price for Huayna Picchu is included in the price of your Salkantay hike to Machu Picchu. If you are not climbing the mountain you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus.
When you arrive in Aguas Calientes you will board the train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket.
Lowest Elevation: 2,040 m/ 6,691 ft
Highest Elevation: 2,440 m/ 8,052 ft
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