An alternate route to reaching mythical Machu Picchu, Sacred City of the Incas, along a trail that crosses the realm of the great Mount Salkantay, southern Peru's holy mountain. Delight in the beauty of this world filled with emerald colored lakes, snow covered peaks, and tropical forests as you take part in the daily routine of shepherds who still live as their ancestors did before them.
|Operating Seasons||:||Fixed departures on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. For other dates, please contact us. Not recommended from December to March.|
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A DOUBLE ROOM
DAY 1: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SOROY COCHA We will be picked up early from the hotel, at 5:30 A.M., and taken to the traditional village of Mollepata (2950 m) along a paved road. Along the way, we will stop at the Tarawasi archeological complex, an Incan temple whose foundations were used for a ranch house. Also, we will be able to see Mount Humantay (5917 m). Then, we will continue to Soraypampa, our departure point for the trek that begins in prairies and is always accompanied by views of towering Mount Salkantay (6270 m). The first section is an ascent to Salkantaypampa, where we will stop, eat lunch, and take a short break. Afterwards, it's back to the trail for another ascent to Lake Soroy Cocha, our first campsite. This place provides us a fantastic sight of the immensity of Mount Salkantay, not to mention diverse and typical Andean plants and animals. DAY 2: SORAY COCHA - KELKAMACHAY - COLCAPAMPA After breakfast, we begin the trek, ascending once again for an hour until we reach the Huayrapampa Pass, just above 4800 meters. Once across, we will descend to the community of Huayraqmachay (and lunch), whose inhabitants await us to share with them some of their daily activities. Our next stop will be the night's campground at Colcapampa. During the day, we will be trekking around the mountain tops as we make our way to the village of Salkataypampa, where we will watch as the villagers work in the fields and observe herds of llamas and typical plants of the Andes. One option is a stopover at the Colcapampa hot springs. Second campsite. DAY 03: COLCAPAMPA - PLAYA Unlike the other days, today's trail is completely downhill. The weather will become increasingly more pleasant since we will be crossing over into the region known as the eyebrow of the jungle. Thick vegetation, large waterfalls, and a large variety of birds and orchids are the stars of this section. We will also have an opportunity to share in the daily routines of the locals. Our camp will be set up at a place called the Playa; as you walk along the trail, keep your eyes open for banana, sweet granadilla, and avocado trees as well as coffee plants for they grow in abundance in this region. DAY 04: PLAYA - LLACTAPATA - AGUAS CALIENTES Today, we start our ascent very early in the morning on an Incan trail that is in a very good state of preservation. Our destination is the Patallacta archeological complex, where we can see the lost city of Machu Picchu and the mountains in the eyebrow of the jungle. After this, we will descend to the hydroelectric power plant, which has a train station along the Cusco-Machu Picchu railroad, and board the train for the one-hour trip to Aguas Calientes. Once there, our guide will conduct us to the hotel and to a well deserved rest. DAY 05: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO Today, we will breakfast at the hotel and then catch the bus to Machu Picchu (2400 m). At the archeological site, we will enjoy a guided tour of the most interesting sections of this Incan outpost, one of the most famous places in the entire world. We will see the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Three Windows, Temple of the Moon, the terraces, ceremonial fountains, the Gateway of the Sun, and other sectors of this impressive site. In the afternoon, a bus awaits us to take us back down to Aguas Calientes, where we will board the train headed for Cusco; once we reach the end of the line, we will be transferred to the hotel.