The amazing Salkantay trek 4 days to Machu Picchu is one of the famous treks in Cusco and the best alternative route to get to Machu Picchu. It is takes you through different types of landscapes from the typical Andean landscape up to the snowcapped mountains and down to the tropical forests and finally it gets you into the jungle. If you are thinking to do a hiking trip to Machupicchu and you want to be off of the beaten path and be in touch with the nature; Salkantay trek 4 days is the best option. This option is excellent for those adventurers who want to do the trek of Salcantay and Machu Picchu in 4 days. you will enjoy the mountains, lagoons, glaciars jungle are and much more the only difference that there is between the program of 5 days is that you do not have time to do the thermal baths of Santa Teresa and there is not the option of the zipline. You can start the Salcantay trek 4 days the day you want as tour operators we get daily departures guaranteed but we recommend booking in advance to prevent the shortage of entrance tickets to Machu Picchu and to pre-purchase train tickets especially for the high season. For this Salkantay trek 5 days we pick you au form your hotel at 5:00 am and also at the end of the tour we drop you at your hotel – Our Door to door service guaranty you a safe journey. Since we pick you up all the way to the end.
Note: On the evening before this day there will be a briefing with your guide in Cusco. After an early breakfast, we are picked up starting at 5:00 am at your Cusco hotel by a ITEP guide and vehicle. En route we take a short trail to Killarumiyoc, This place was a religious construction in representation of the “Mama Killa” , killarumiyoc means “The Stone of the Moon” where there is also an andean system, Hornacinas, is an ancient temple of the divinity of femininity. We continue our Excursion and later a short break to visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo (approx. 1.5 hrs from Cusco). After leaving Limatambo, we pass through the mountain village of Mollepata where we stop for a short break before ascending to Soraypampa.
After Lunch time , Our excursion takes us to Humantay Lake, fed by glaciers far above on the slopes of the impressive Mt. Humantay. Our 1-hour walk there is followed by another short 20-minute, which is necessary in order to reach the lake, but the view is well worth it and those brave enough can go for a swim!, performed by our local Tour Guide, in full view of the awe-inspiring Mt. Salkantay, tops off this unique experience. Return to the Lodge
Walking Time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch en route)
Walk and Terrain: Walk, canter, on open roads, some steep ascending trails
Non- activities: Direct transfer or hiking to the lodge.
Today we continue our journey towards Machu Picchu, walking up the Rio Blanco valley and circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay Peak. The highest point of the ride is the Salkantay Pass at 4,638 meters (15,213 ft). At the pass we stop to take in views of snow-capped peaks of the Vilca- bamba Range in every direction, with the glaciated south face of Salkantay towering above us. We will keep our eyes out for Andean condors, often visible in this area. From the pass we de- scend towards the Wayra, (“Wayra”: wind; from the name of the location “Wayrac- machay”: ‘the cave where the wind lives’) where we going to enjoy a delicious lunch, later we continue a 03 hours trek downhill until we reach our Campsite en route; dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Trekking Time: Approximately 10 hours (including picnic lunch en route)
Approximately 10 hours
Walk and Terrain: Walk, on mostly steep trails, and some open slopes.
A LITTLE OF HISTORY:
The name Salkantay or Salcantay is coming from the Ink´as word Sallqa, a Quechua word meaning wild, uncivilized, savage, or invincible, and was recorded as early as 1583.The name is thus often translated as "Savage Mountain".
Directly to the north of Salkantay lies Machu Picchu, which is at the end of a ridge that extends down from this mountain. Viewed from Machu Picchu's main sundial, the Southern Cross is above Salkantay's summit when at its highest point in the sky during the rainy season. The Incas associated this alignment with concepts of rain and fertility, and considered Salkantay to be one of the principal deities controlling weather and fertility in the region west of Cuzco.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes at 1,900 m/6,232 ft
This day we walk along the Santa Teresa river valley, through more populated rural areas. We pass through banana, passion fruit, avocado orchards and coffee plantations. The coffee grown here is said to be one of the best organic coffees in the world. Our ride takes us to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail”, which is where we say goodbye to our horses and equestrian staff.
We then board a car and a train for a scenic ride (approx. 2 hours) to Aguas Calientes, the town of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, we check into an hotel for a celebration dinner with our guide and one last briefing!
Note - Those who prefer not to hike can go to the train station by van after a leisurely morning including breakfast at the lodge. They will meet the rest of the group at the train station for the ride to Aguas Calientes together. (The guide confirms your preferences the night before.)
Trekking Time: Approximately 5 hours
Car and Train: Approximately 2 hours
Walk and Terrain: Walk on narrow trails
After a very early buffet breakfast at the hotel, we make our way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary (30 min). Our trip leader will give an introductory 2 hour guided tour of the ruins, after which we have the option of climbing the steep staircase of Huayna Picchu, a steep and vertically quite challenging hike that takes about 2 hours which affords great views of Machu Picchu. You will also have time to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own if you choose (not included in the price)
Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there. Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or bathe in the hot springs.
Back to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes by bus (included) and later board the Expedition train by 4:22pm to the Ollantaytambo Train Station where you will meet our private van and be transferred to your hotel in Cusco arriving around 8:30pm.
*** Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains hike depends on availability; please let us know if you want to add one of these extra hikes at the time of your booking.
*** We only take ITEP EcoTravel clients in our vans / cars – We do not use public transport.
Transportation Cusco - Mollepata. (Start to walk)
Tour guide assistant (for groups of 8 or more people).
Entrance to Machu Picchu.
4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 snacks, 4 dinners. Vegetarian (vegan) lunch on request at no additional cost!
Drinking water along the Salkantay trail, only at meals.
Dining tent with tables and chairs.
First aid box
01 oxygen ball
Horses (to carry tents, food and kitchen equipment).
03 nights in Andean Sky camp lodge "02 people only"
01 Sleeping mattress per person "Therma Rest".
01 night accommodation in tourist hotel in Aguas Calientes "Machupicchu Village".
Return tickets to the expedition service (Machupicchu - Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco) are transferred to the hotel.
1st breakfast, last lunch
Extra porters or horses for carry personal belongies
Others not mentioned
You must bring your original passport
Waterproof jacket / waterproof
Warm jacket, hat and gloves.
Sunscreen cream (factor 35 recommended)
Reusable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
Water for the first day, but on the way it is possible to buy bottles of water from local families.
Camera and movies.
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