Salkantay The Ultimate Lodge-to-Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu

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Salkantay The Ultimate Lodge-to-Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu

Experience The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in style. This 7-day lodge to lodge trekking adventure will take you on a historic section of Inca trail through 15 different eco-systems, while you traverse a mountain pass over 15,000 feet, explore villages where locals still maintain age-old traditions and re-discover the mystical beauty of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of the Inca Empire.

Each day’s trek ends with a hot shower in a cozy lodge, complemented by a massage or a dip in an outdoor jacuzzi, followed by a gourmet meal with select wines and all provided with highly personalized service by local staff.

The Salkantay adventure goes beyond deluxe lodges and a great trek… it is a unique opportunity to experience ancient history in the Land of the Incas, as well as the most interesting and exotic variety of flora and fauna, all in the company of new friends and like-minded souls.

Overview

Day 1Evening briefing in Cusco
Day 2Cusco to Salkantay Lodge
Day 2Hike to Lake Humantay
Day 2Crossing the Salkantay Pass
Day 2Descending into the Cloud Forest
Day 3Following the Santa Teresa River Valley
Day 4Machu Picchu from Llactapata Pass
Day 5Machu Picchu The Santuary

Itinerary

Day 1: EVENING BRIEFING IN CUSCO

Meet & greet with other guests where you receive important information for a great trekking experience.

NOTE: Transfer & Overnight in Cusco not included.

Day 2: CUSCO ON THE WAY TO SORAYPAMPA

After an early breakfast, your Mountain Lodges of Peru tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco. The first stop will be a visit to the Inca ruins of Tarawasi. Next, you will stop in the mountain village of Mollepata. There you will visit El Pedregal, a beautiful farmhouse where you can
learn about local agriculture and livestock.

Then, the transfer will take you through a winding mountain road to a site called Challacancha. Here you will begin your hike to Soraypampa along a picturesque path called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path), which is also a good opportunity to acclimate to the higher altitude. As you round the final
turn of the Camino Real, the Salkantay Lodge will come into view.

Optional: Guests who do not wish to trek may be transported to the lodge by vehicle.
Overnight: Salkantay Lodge (3,869 m/12,690 ft).
Trekking Time: Approximately 3 hours (including box lunch en route).
Hiking Level: Easy to Moderate.

Day 3: SORAYPAMPA – HIKE TO LAKE HUMANTAY

Day two presents another opportunity to gauge your altitude-acclimatization with a halfday hike to Lake Humantay. After breakfast, you begin an ascent up the slopes that border the plateau behind the Salkantay Lodge. An hour and a half later, you will be stunned to see the turquoise water of the lake. Here you will have a chance to relax, enjoy a snack, meditate in the tranquility of this magical spot and be part of a traditional offering to “Pachamama” (Mother Earth). After your descent back to the lodge, the staff will be waiting with a hot lunch. The second half of your day is spent at leisure. You may opt to soak in our outdoor jacuzzi, indulge in a relaxing massage or even take a long nap.

Overnight: Salkantay Lodge (3,869 m/12,690 ft).
Trekking Time: Approximately 4 hours.
Hiking Level: Easy to Moderate.

Day 4: SORAYPAMPA – CROSSING THE SALKANTAY PASS

After an early start, you hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak. As you gradually make your way up these mountain trails, you will encounter expansive plateaus dotted with boulders of varying sizes, the remnants of a valley that was once bisected by a fast-flowing river. The final and most challenging part of your ascent is conquering the mountain switchbacks that take you to the Salkantay Pass, the highest point on the trek (4,636 m/15,213 ft).

What follows is a dramatic descent through fields of giant boulders, often shrouded in fog. After a very welcome hot picnic lunch, you will continue down through bucolic rolling hills and marsh-like plateaus as you take your final steps to the Wayra Lodge at Wayraccmachay.

Overnight: Wayra Lodge (3,906 m/12,812 ft).
Trekking Time: 7–8 hours (including lunch).
Hiking Level: Challenging, crossing a 4,640m/15,200 ft mountain pass.

Day 5: WAYRACCMACHAY – DESCENDING INTO THE CLOUD FOREST

After a leisurely breakfast at the Wayra Lodge, you continue the descent along the banks of the Salkantay River through increasingly verdant scenery. Today you will see more of the local people as the trail takes you past their simple homes and makeshift fences.

At lunch time you will arrive at Colpa Lodge, located on a high promontory at the confluence of three rivers. You are greeted by the staff with a Pachamanca lunch, a traditional Peruvian meal cooked in the earth by hot stones that create a natural underground oven. After lunch, spend the afternoon lounging in the sun or relaxing in the outdoor jacuzzi while you take in the panoramic views of the lush green mountains that surround you.

Overnight: Colpa Lodge (2,870 m/9,414 ft).
Trekking Time: 4 hours.
Hiking Level: Easy to Moderate.
Optional Activity: Afternoon bike from Manchayhuaycco to Collpapampa. You will descend through a beautiful valley in which you will admire the diverse cloud forest vegetation through the slopes of the valley. Duration: 3 hrs approximately / Level: Easy. This activity has an additional cost.

Day 6: COLLPAPAMPA – FOLLOWING THE SANTA TERESA RIVER VALLEY

Today you will hike in the Santa Teresa River valley where you will hop over small streams fed by waterfalls descending from the glaciers and cross through fruit orchards. After breaking for a hot picnic lunch by the river, you will walk for one hour before we meet an MLP vehicle for a short drive to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail” that leads us to Lucma Lodge.

On the way you will visit an organic coffee plantation, one of many in that area that produces some of the best organic coffee in the world. In Lucmabamba, the hot air and increased humidity signal that you are even closer to the edge of the Amazon Jungle.

Overnight: Lucma Lodge (2,135 m/7,003 ft)
Trekking Time: 6 hours (including lunch)
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging (because of distance, not terrain)

Optional Activities (It has an additional cost)
Zip Line in Santa Teresa: This is a full day activity which replaces the trek. Operated by Cola de Mono. It has an additional cost.
Biking: Option a) Yanama pass – Hornopampa – Lluskamayo. Duration: 5 hrs. approximately. Level:  Easy to moderate. It has an additional cost.
Option b) Descent from Hornopampa to Lluskamayo. Duration: 3.5 hrs. approximately. Level: Easy. It has an additional cost.

Day 7: LUCMABAMBA – EXPLORING LLACTAPATA PASS

During a 2-3 hour climb up a path mostly comprised of original Inca steps, you will get a sense of whathiking through the rainforest would be like. Your first milestone today will be the top of the peak, the last one before you reach the Aobamaba River valley that connects you to Machu Picchu. When you arrive at the ruins of Llactapata at the Llactapata Pass (2,736 m/8,974 ft), you will be delighted to see a southeast view of the “back” of the Machu Picchu ruins.

Enjoy your lunch a bit farther down the trail in a meadow with panoramic views. The final descent takes you through lush bamboo forests, until you end the day’s hike at the Hidroelectrica train station. A one-hour scenic train ride delivers you to your final stop, the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu.

Overnight: Aguas Calientes Lodge (1,900 m/6,332 ft)
Trekking Time: 5 hours
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging

Day 8: MACHU PICCHU THE SANTUARY

At dawn, you begin your journey to Machu Picchu with a short and rollicking uphill bus ride. Prepare to be awed by the imposing and skillful architecture of the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among many others. Your imagination will soar as you contemplate the history of Machu Picchu and its mysterious origins.

Some may even choose a hike to Huayna Picchu, the iconic towering mountain often seen in photographs. After the visit you will have lunch in Aguas Calientes before your train/ transfer back to Cusco. As night falls and you arrive at your hotel amidst and hustle and bustle of Cusco, you will be touched by a feeling of peace and rejuvenation which will linger even as you journey back home.

Return to Cusco (3,360 m/11,021 ft).

Note: Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets are subject to availability.

Inclusions

Inclusions

  • Accommodations.
  • All meals (except breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day).
  • Transfer services.
  • Guided tours during the whole trip.
  • Daily à-la-carte activities (except those that specify an additional cost).
  • Entrance fees and permits to touristic and archeological sites.
  • Tips for staff at the Lodges and staff in the field are included (except Guide tips, it is suggested US$ 5 – 10 per day).

Not Included

  • Transfer in and out from Cuzco.
  • Accomodation in Cuzco.
  • International and internal flights.
  • Items of personal nature.
  • Transfers in and out from the pier.
  • Tips to Drivers, guides and Porters.

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