SALKANTAY TREK  TO MACHUPICCHU 5 DAYS

Snow Cappeted mountain is the highest peak of the Willkapampa mountain range, part of the Peruvian Andes. It is located in the Cusco Region, about 60 km (40 mi) west-northwest of the city of Cusco. It is the 38th highest peak in the Andes, and the twelfth highest in Peru. However, as a range highpoint in deeply incised terrain, it is the second most topographically prominent peak in the country, after Huascarán.

Salcantay's proximity to Machu Picchu makes trekking around it an attractive alternative to the oversubscribed Inca Trail. There are three possible routes starting from Mollepata. All three begin with a day of approach, heading north along a dirt road. Then they diverge.

TREK DESCRIPTION

DURATION: 5 days / 4 nights.
SEASON: From January / to December - Except February
DIFFICULTY: Moderate
DEPARTURE: Daily


Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Sayllpata - Soraypampa
Early in the morning we leave the city of the Cusco and passing by the localities of Izcuchaca and Limatambo we arrive at Mollepata (9am. approximately). We stop there for having a light breakfast in order to start  our long walk of the first day along with the supporting personnel. About 12m. we get ready to have the lunch in the denominated sector Silca Field. Later, after three hours of long walk we will arrive at our first camping: Soraypampa.

Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Chaullay
After a good breakfast we prepare ourselves to undertake the long and hardest stretch of the trip, leaving at 7am. We cross all the denominated  Salkantay Pampas site from where we`ll go towards the left side of the  snow-capped mountain Umantay which is next to the snowed one  Salkantay. About 12pm we will be in the highest point  (step Salkantay Umanata to 4500 a.s.l.). From this place we observe the snowed ones and glaciers of the Salkantay. Besides we`ll appreciate the stunning view of the falling snow ( avalancha). After one hour of having reduced the trek rythm, we have the lunch. Later we restart the trek until the place denominated Huayrac we`ll set up our second campsite.

Day 3: Chaullay - Collpapampa - La Playa (Sahuayaco)
This day will be unforgettable because throughout the way we will see a great variety of flora and fauna. Setting off from Huayrac we`ll go through  the Arraniyuc community and getting along downwards to the forest eyebrow, where we`ll appreciate the thermal water phenomenon in a small valley. Now we are closer to follow the course of the river Santa Teresa, observing in this section diverse varieties of orchids and cataracts of great magnitude. Finally, we arrive at our camping in the place called La Playa(5pm. approx.). Supper. We spend the night there.

Day 4: La Playa - Hidroelectric - Aguas Calientes
The exit is programmed for the 7,30 a.m. We`ll have a long walk until the noon by forest eyebrow appreciating a great variety of coffee cultivating fields, fruit trees, bananas, avocado, fragmentation hand grenade and the most interesting  is to see some cultivating fields of cocaine leaf, sacred gras in Inca times. This herb is still cultivated only in tropical zones like this. Soon we`ll be arriving at Sahuayaco where we`ll start dirt road trail. Reduction in the trekking rythm until the lunching point. After 3 hours of reduction we got to descry citadel of Machu Picchu from a little usual angle and we will stop by one hour. Now we are about  to descend until the hydroelectrical centre where we will take the train going towards the station of Bridge Ruins in the Aguas Calientes town,  where we will check in our hotel. Suppe.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Just after  the breakfast we spend the day visiting the historical sanctuary of MACHU PICCHU, nowadays, regarded as the new wonder of the world. In the evening, about the lunching time return to the city of the Cusco in train (back paker).  Transfer to your hotel.

Included:
Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Mollepata, starting point of the trek.
Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
Professional, English-speaking guide and camp staff
Meals: 4 breakfast,   4 lunch, 4 dinner (Vegetarian option available).
Double-occupancy tents and camping equipment (includes dining tent, kitchen tent,  and latrine tent)
Pack animals to carry personal gear and equipment
Bus to and from Machu Picchu
1 Night Accomodation in Aguas Calientes
Train ticket back to Cusco
Transfer train station to hotel.

Doesn't Included:
Breakfast on the first morning.
Lunch in Aguas Calientes on day 2
Entrance to the hot Springs.
Tips and extra spends

What you need to bring and carry:

Your original passport must be shown at the entrance of Machu Picchu and if you wish you can have it stamped at the end of the trek)
Water bottle and sterilizing tablets.
A backpack with a change of clothes for 5 days.
Rain jacket (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
Flashlight and batteries. / Camera, films and batteries. / Strong footwear.
Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece and sweaters.
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
Swimsuit (if you wish to visit the hot springs)
Cash in soles and US.
Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required)
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain or cold.
Insect repellent, toilet paper, small towel & sun block.






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