The four-day Salkantay Trail
Day one of the Salkantay Trail
Breakfast at your hotel. In the morning you will be picked up at your hotel (the day before you have a Briefing with the guide and during the Briefing we will let you know what time exactly you will be picked up). Then we drive in about 2 and a half to 3 hours to the town of Mollepata located at an altitude of 2803 meters. From this point it is already possible to see the mountain Salkantay far in the background as well as one of the deepest canyons in the world called the Apurimac Canyon. In Mollepata it is possible to buy water and snacks and it is possible to have breakfast if desired (exclusive). In Mollepata we meet the other participants for our five-day trek as well as the cook and our staff who will accompany the pack mules. After this we start with the trek and we walk at a leisurely pace to Sayllapata. The route to Sayllapata is over rocky terrain and along rivers and streams. From Mollepata it is a climb of about 4 hours until we reach Sayllapata (3200 m.). Upon arrival in Sayllapata, our cook is already waiting for lunch. After lunch we walk for about two to two and a half hours until we arrive in Soraypampa (3875 m.). Here we briefly visit the town and then we walk on briefly until we arrive at the camping site of the first day.
Included: Lunch, dinner
Day two of the Salkantay Trail
Today we get up early (05:30) and start with the most difficult part of the five-day Salkantay Trek, where we walk to the highest point of the trek, namely the Salkantay Pass. It is about 3 hours of walking until we reach the top. This pass is located is located at 4600 meters altitude and here we have a spectacular view on the right the mountain Salkantay (6271 m.) and on the left the mountain Humantay (5473 m.) and which we will both see up close. The mountains are literally towering above us and it is a spectacular sight. After this we descend to a lower place to have lunch called Huayracmachay which is located at an altitude of 3600 meters. It is a zigzagging descent over rocky terrain, however, with a beautiful view of the green valley that one can already see below. After lunch in Huayracmachay we walk on for about 3 hours on wider paths and we see the vegetation and landscape change drastically as we gradually transition from Andes with its mountains to the green mountains in the transition area from mountains to rainforest. In this green valley, the climate is much warmer and more pleasant than the cold and thin air of the Andes. After the beautiful descent we finally arrive in Chaullay where we will set up our camp and spend the night.
Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day three of the Salkantay Trail
Today we get up at about 06:00 and walk in about five to six hours to La Playa, through the Santa Teresa Valley. The landscape is completely different from the first two days and the vegetation, flora and fauna is increasingly characteristic of a subtropical rainforest climate. During today's walk we see, for example, rivers, waterfalls, wild orchids and plantations with coffee beans, bananas and avocados. With a bit of luck we also see the National Peruvian bird, namely the Cock of the Rock ('Rupicola / 'red rock cock') with its striking red head and bright colors. We also visit a coffee plantation and it is possible to drink fresh coffee at the local farmers. After this we walk on to Playa where we will have lunch. From La Playa we then continue with a van to Hidroelectrica, From Hidroelectrica it is then another three hours of walking to Aguas Calientes. For those who are too tired there is the possibility to go from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes by train (not included - extra $39). Arrival in Aguas Calientes in the afternoon. Here we will spend the night in a very simple hostel (an upgrade is possible for those who want a little more comfort after 3 nights)
Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day four of the Salkantay Trail - Machu Picchu
Today we get up early and after breakfast we hike in about an hour and a half on an old Inca Trail to the entrance gates of Machu Picchu. Here you have a tour of about two hours with a guide and then you are free to walk around yourself. Then you walk back down and take the train back to Ollantaytambo and from Ollantaytambo by van back to Cusco. You will be dropped off in Cusco on the main square Regocijo. From there on foot or by taxi (not included) back to your hotel.
It is believed that the construction of the city of Machu Picchu was started around 1440, under the leadership of Pachacuteq. Until the Spanish conquest of the area in 1532, the city was inhabited. Scientists do not agree on the function of the city. Because the city is so inaccessible, it is believed that the city had no average function. It is often believed that Machu Picchu was a country retreat for kings and other high-ranking people. The city has many residences for nobles, and a few homes for their servants. Around 750 people could stay in the city. During the rainy season, if there were no kings present, there would have been far fewer people in Machu Picchu. When the Spaniards defeated the empire of the Inca, the regular migration to and from Machu Picchu by nobles stopped and the city became deserted.
According to some, the city would have been a fortress in defense of the Inca Empire. After the Spanish conquest, there was no longer any need for the Incas to keep coming. Not everyone agrees with this statement, because the location of the city does not make it plausible that the Inca Empire was defended from there. Moreover, there were too few homes for pedestrians.
According to a third theory, Machu Picchu would have been mainly intended for collecting coca leaves, because it is located at a point from which many plantations were accessible. But even after the Spanish conquest, the coca continued to play an important role in the area, so that this theory does not explain that the city was abandoned.
Recently, it was established that in 1867 the German prospector and timber merchant Augusto Berns found and plundered the mountain city, with the permission of the Peruvian government. Berns sold the historical treasures to European museums. In 1911, the historian Hiram Bingham conducted a study of the Inca trails in the vicinity of the city. During this study trip he rediscovered Machu Picchu. The city gained wide notoriety in 1913 when the National Geographic dedicated an entire song to Machu Picchu. In 1983, the city was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Hotel pickup in Cusco on Day 1
Bus Cusco - Mollepata & Bus Ollantaytambo - Cusco
Entrée Trail and Machu Picchu
Two-hour guided tour in Machu Picchu
Camping equipment (tent and insulating mat)
Donkeys for the camping equipment
Meals (4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner)
Official English-speaking guide and cook
First aid kit and oxygen (only for emergencies)
Train tickets Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo
Boiled water during meals and snacks
Briefing before the start of the trek
Breakfast on day 1 & lunch and dinner on day 5
Entrance to Huayna Picchu (extra $15)
Sleeping bag (can be rented through us)
Walking sticks (can be rented through us)
Extra mat for more comfort
Personal gear Carriers
Tour in Llaqtapata (not included as standard)
Taxi between Santa Teresa and Hidroeléctrica
Train ticket between Hidroeléctrica and Aguas Calientes
The buses between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu