Salkantay trek (or Salcantay trek) is one of the best alternatives to the classic Inca Trail.
Our adventure, starting from the ‘Imperial City’ of Cusco, and will take us to the town of Mollepata (next to the beautiful Apurímac River) to continue an incredible trail that ends in the city of Aguas Calientes and the citadel of Machu Picchu.
In order to do this trek is essential to be in a good physical condition, as it demands the ascent for 4 days at great altitudes through steep and cold roads. During the tour, we can see Salkantay mountain, the twelfth highest snow peak in Peru.
Throughout the trek through an old Inca trail we will see the characteristic flora and fauna of the Andes, native inhabitants and incredible views from the snowy mountains we cross.
This trek and adventure tours to Machu Picchu is considered among the 25 best treks in the world by the National Geopraphic Adventure Magazine.
At dawn we will take a private transport from our company that will transfer us to the village of Mollepata (2,800 masl).
From here we will begin our trek accompanied by the team of porters, starting a gradual ascent that will take us along an Inca path that crosses the canyon of the Apurimac river.
Along the way, we will cross some traditional houses, see flora and fauna typical of the highlands and have spectacular views of the snow-capped Humantay.
We will camp in Soraypampa (3,900 masl), from where we will have views of the impressive Apu (mountain gods for the Inca culture) of Salkantay (6,270 masl).
Time from Cusco to Mollepata: 4h 30m
Approximate trekking time:7 hours
Walking distance: 10 Kms
We will get up early for breakfast and leave for Paso Apacheta (4,650 masl) about 3 hours away.
From here we can admire the beauty of Salkantay and other nearby snow-capped mountains.
After this point we will descend to Wayrachmachay for lunch and continue along the left bank of the Salkantay River.
We will observe how the landscape in this area changes from a mountainous system to a rainforest.
We will continue with a small descent to our meeting point in Andenes (2.889 masl).
Approximate trekking time:8 hours
Walking distance: 20 Kms
The first hike on the third day of trekking will take us to Valle del Río Santa Teresa. It is a journey without so many ups and downs, so it will be easier to make.
After about three hours we will reach an area of cloud forest, a beautiful place to admire the richness of the high Peruvian jungle: banana plantations, granadilla, avocado and coffee.
We will also be able to observe flora species such as orchids and fauna, such as the spectacled bear (Tremarctos Ornatus).
Afterwards we will continue our journey to reach the camp in Lucmabamba. In the evening we will have a coffee and tasting demonstration thanks to a local family.
Approximate trekking time: 8-9 hours
Walking distance: 15 Kms
From Lucmabamba we will ascend towards Llactapata Pass (2,735 masl) to start a 3 hour descent from there to Llactapatathe Inca archaeological site of Llactapata.
From these ruins we can have the first views of the sacred city of Machu Picchu.
We’ll take a break to rest, recharge our batteries and have lunch.
Afterwards we will descend to Central Hidroeléctrica and take the local train for another 45 minutes to reach the city of Aguas Calientes, where we will relax in its famous thermal waters.
After the bath, we will go to our hotel where we will spend the night before getting up very early to go to our main destination and one of the 7 wonders of the world: the awasome Machu Picchu.
Approximate trekking time: 5-6 hours
Walking distance: 10 Kms
Very early in the morning we will take a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (6 Km).
Inside the great Inca citadel we will have a guided visit of 2-3 hours in which we will know some of its hidden secrets like the ‘Intihuatana’ (ceremonial solar clock), Temple of the Sun, Temple of Water, Temple of the Condor or The Three Windows Room.
In the afternoon we will depart to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco and end our adventure.
The arrival time to Cusco will be approximately between 8.00 pm.