SALKANTAY TREK – MACHU PICCHU & RAINBOW MOUNTAIN

Duración

10D / 9N

Tipo de tour

Trekking

Altitud del tour

4650 m

Tamaño de grupo

2 a 10 personas.

The salkantay trek to machu picchu shows changing landscapes. it is under sunrise code decentralization of trekking tours, it is attractive hike for those who loves adventure. Since other tourist circuits have gotten famous in the last few years, by far, salkantay trek is considered the second best trail to reach machu picchiu, consequently the is becoming famous and its getting crowded; the salkantay hike is totally different than others, it’s not dirty, nor so popular. Therefore it’s not full of tourists going on this trek, you will see disferent ecosystems spreading across its different zones of altitude and climate. The salkantay trek to machu picchu, runs from high valley up to the mountains and descends into a lush high jungle. So we advise you to take part in it.
Trip Information
Grade: Moderate
Length: 10 Days
Maximum Altitude: 4650m
Best season: April – November

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Tour Program

Itinerary

Day 01
Arrive – Cuzco – Transfer Hotel
Arrive in Cusco Peru (elev. 10,000’) transfer to the hotel. After you settle in, relax at the hotel or take a tour of the ruins around the city. Before dinner we will have a welcome briefing and gear check to make sure everyone is prepared for our adventure. That evening we will have a guided walk through Cusco on the way to dinner and enjoy the evening lights and energy of this amazing city.
Day 02
Tours to Sacred Valley
Sacred Valley Tour: Today we will load our tour bus and head out for the day. Our local tour guide will tell us about the sacred valley along the way. We will spend the day exploring the towns, markets and ruins scattered about the valley. This is a very colorful way to start to learn about the history and local culture of the Incas and Peruvian lifestyle.
Day 03
Maras Moray Salineras
The tour begins with a visit to the textile center of Chinchero and then to the colonial town of Maras. From Maras, we continue to the nearby Inca site of Moray, a magnificent series of terraced circles set into the ground that were once used by the Incas to experiment with crops. Our final destination is the salt mines that have been in use since pre-Inca times. Water from an underground stream is channeled through pools where it evaporates, leaving crystals of pure salt. With thousands of deep white pools stretching across the valley, the views are incredible. We will finish the tour at approximately 03:00 pm.
Day 04
Cuzco – Mollepata – Soraypampa
The Salkantay trek, salkantay machu picchu trek program starts with the transfer from your hotel in cusco. It starts at 05:00 by bus, and drive to Mollepata (only town in salkantay hike) approximately 2 hours and a half drive, site where salkantay trek starts. After breakfast the trek starts by ascending walking towards Cruzpata (3200 masl) along a slight climb there is appreciated various plants, native birds, and a communitarian irrigation canal. Sayllapata is the place for lunch a nice look out im this salkantay trek, after lunch we depart around 2:00 p.m in the direction to Soraypampa by a climbing trail with many level variations the salkantay trek, shows little settlements, flora, small wild birds and spectacular views of the Humantay snow peak (5902 masl), the salkantay trek in this part takes about 4 hours where Salkantay mount is possible to see. Notice this is the only cold camp site of the salkantay trek, salkantay to machu picchu.
Day 05
Soraypampa – Abra Salkantay 4,650m.- Andenes
Today we will trek over a 15,000’ mountain pass. This is the highest point of our journey. After an early start we hike up the Rio Blanco Valley. At the pass we stop to take in the views of the snow-capped peaks of the Valcabamba Range in every direction, the south face of the Salkantay towering above us. This day the views are stunning. We will work our way up and take a break on the pass. Afterwards we will enjoy a hot lunch the descend down to our camp at 12,600’ Hiking time 4 – 6 hours. Total excursion time 5 -7 hours. Hiking level moderate to challenging: 15,000’ mountain pass. Horseback support available for anyone who needs assistance.
Day 06
Andenes – Santa Teresa or Hot Spring
Following our long day we enjoy a leisurely breakfast. We then begin our hike downhill above the Salkantay River. * Hiking time 3-4 hours. Hiking level moderate
Day 07
Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes
After breakfast, we re-start our salkantay hike at early morning at around 06.00 hrs if we decide the panoramic walking option means we will have our salkantay hike hard section, about 3.5 hrs of extreme trek takes us to summit llactapata, an inca site, in this part the salkantay hike gives opportunity to see from a far way the view of machu picchu, then a large switch-back trail takes down to river bank, in about 7 hours total walking we get hydroelectric, place for lunch and take local trail to arrive in aguas calientes at around 8.00 pm, the other option of the salkantay hike in this day is to take a minivan and drive to hydro electric, place to start walking by a trail next to train tracks, it is an easy and nice walk for about 3 hours, still possibility to see machu picchu form the back site, early arrival to aguas calientes and take shower and relax for the last final day. It can be full day walk or half day walk of the salkantay.
Day 08
Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cuzco
Wake up at around 4.30 am and bus ride to machu picchu (no more salkantay hike). For a tranquil morning hours in machu pichu, where a complete guided tour is waiting for, the visit to the Inca citadel will take approximately 2 hours. Note that we are the only one of the few companies who uses the same tour guide for machu micchu, while other companies for the salkantay hike – salkantay machu picchu they contact different tour guide coz their hiking guides are not authorized professional salkantay hike guides. After guiding, if you got the ticket for huayna picchu Mountain you can climb up, to experience an spectacular view of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surrounds it, visit the temple of the moon, or the fabulous Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes from where we take the train back to Cusco. Where finally our salkantay hike ends.
Day 09
Cusco day off
Day 10
Cusco – full day Rainbow mountain
From Cusco we will travel for 3 hours approx. In tourist transport, we will pass through the towns of Oropesa, Andahuaylillas, Urcos and then continue to Cusipata in this town we will have breakfast, then we will continue traveling until we reach Phulawasipata, where we will begin our 1 hour and 30 minute walk until we reach the highest point. top of the Mountain of 7 Colors, during this journey we will have the opportunity to see the different varieties of South American camelids, birds and beautiful landscapes. Arrived at the Mountain of 7 Colors we will have free time to take pictures of this enigmatic place. Afterwards, we will continue with our walk back to the starting point, then we will go by tourist transport to Cusipata, where we will enjoy a delicious lunch, then we will return to Cusco arriving at 5:00 p.m. approx.

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