SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 4 DAYS
SALKANTAY IS THE BEST SECOND OPTION
Salkantay is the second best option for those travelers who want to go to MachuPicchu, offering a totally full of natural scenes tour, passing through the foothills of the majestic Salkantay snow mountain, colorful villages where Spanish is the second language, and where the Andean people still maintains traditions that date back to ancient times. Unlike the Classic Inca Trail, Salkantay tour will take less visited places and with very little presence of tourists, allowing truly come into contact with the Andean world and interact with people.
DAY 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA
Depart from Cusco at 04:30am-05:00 am by car to the village of Mollepata, here you will take the first breakfast, doesn’t include in the program, but there are many restaurants that offer it. After the breakfast we continue the tour in a local transport to the place of Cruzpata, where we start our trekking during 7 hours, this dya we will have our lunch on the way, from the lunch spot is plus 3 hours more until the camping place of Soraypampa ( 3900 masl); when you arive there is waiting for you the tents , and in the afternoon you can also explore the glacial lagune of Umantay, after it we will have the dinner.
DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA – WAYRA PUNKO – CHAULLAY
Early in the morning, our guide will wake up with a hot coca tea and then invited them to eat a good breakfast. After eating our food, we will begin our trek with a steep climb of 3 hours to take us to the highest point of our whole walk, “Abra”, located at 4650 meters above sea level. During the trip you can observe the majestic snowy Salkantay, which has a height of 6271 meters over sea level. After passing the Open Apacheta begin a decline of 3 hours to reach Wayra Machay, where we stop for our lunch respectively. After lunch, we continue descending for about 3 hours to our camp, located in the Chaullay village, the altitude is 2890 meters. In this sector, and finally camp overnight.
DAY 3: LA PLAYA – AGUAS CALIENTES
After breakfast, we begin this day with an unforgettable walk that we will see how we will completely change the nature of inter-mountain snow to places with a variety of flora and fauna of this area and begin to descend to the place called La Playa, where lunch and rest, then we take the transportation towards Hidroeléctrica. Later we continue our trek and reach the modern town of Aguas Calientes around 16:30 hrs. In Aguas Calientes, our walkers will be staying at a hostel, and then will be able to get out and explore this picturesque town, which offers apart from its hot springs, many bars, cafes, Internet kiosks, etc. Overnight in the hostel in Aguas Calientes.
DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
To go to MachuPicchu we have two options, the first is to walk for it we get up early at 4:00 am, after a half hour reach the citadel of Machu Picchu, or the first bus leaves the bus 5:30 a.m., but has an extra cost of 12 dollars only if you buy up and down to and go up is 24 dollars, and finally arrive at Machu Picchu where the Inca citadel guide for two hours to visit, then you have free to easily reach on their own, and if you have booked a mountain weather is good choice too; around 13:00 pm, you will return to Aguas Calientes. Where surely have lunch and wait for the train at 18:20 p.m., if you want to return as it is earliest but more an extra cost of 25 dollars, the train back is to the point of Ollantaytambo, once the train stops our transfer it will gather to bring to the city of Cusco.
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