Salkantay 4 Days/3 Nights: Another alternative to arrive at Machu Picchu enjoying diverse landscapes, full of unique experiences and wonderful experiences. where you will be able to observe the different flora and fauna of the place. gotoCusco.com. Salkantay 4 Days/3 Nights.
DAY 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA
At around 4:30 am you will be picked up from your hotel and leave Cusco at around 5:00 am (after all clients have been picked up). From Cusco you will pass through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo, arriving to your destination of Mollepata around 8.00 am. In Mollepata we will have breakfast and prepare our bags/duffels of 5 kilos, which will be given to the horsemen.
From Mollepata we will take a bus to Challacancha (45 minutes) and in Challacancha we will start our hike. We will walk for 3 hours to Soraypampa, passing the view point of Hornada Pata where the valley splits into two (Valley of Mollepata and Challacancha). Soraypampa is also our lunch stop and campsite for the night.
After lunch in Soraypampa you have the option to hike up to Lake Humantay located at 4220 m. which will take about 1 hour. The return descent will take around 45 minutes.
Tea will be served at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:30 pm and finally we will head to our tents for a good night sleep.
DAY 2: SORAYMAPA – SALKANTAY PASS – CHAULLAY
We will wake up at 5:00 am and eat breakfast from 5:30 am to 6.20 am then continue our hike for 4 hours until the Salkantay Pass located at 4650 m. At the Salkantay Pass we will visit two important historical points (Salkantay-Pampa and Soyroq’ocha). Here we will make a small offering of coca leaves to Pachamama and Apu Salkantay. We will also talk about the history and religion of the Incas.
We will then descend for 2 and a half hours towards our lunch spot in Huayrac-Pampa where we will have 1 and a half hours to eat and rest before descending from 3900 m. to 2900 m. This will take around 3 and a half hours. This part of the trail is surrounded by jungle and we will arrive at the campsite of Chaullay where we will have tea and dinner.
DAY 3: CHAULLAY – PLAYA SAHUAYACO – SANTA TERESA
We will have breakfast at 6:00 am and shortly after begin hiking for approximately 5 and a half hours through jungle. In this part of the trek we will see and appreciate many coffee, orchid and cloud forest plantations as well as many natural plants used for medicines. We will arrive at our lunch point, Playa Sahuayaca, where we will have lunch and shortly after take transportation towards Hidro-Electrica where we will walk for 3 hours towards Aguas Calientes. In Augas Calientes we will spend the night in a hostel and have our final dinner together in a restaurant.
DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
The grand finale! We will wake up very early this morning for our visit to Machu Picchu, where we will have a guided tour of the citadel to see and learn about temples, terraces, and all of the incredible stone structures that make Machu Picchu a Wonder of the World. After the guided tour you will have free time for more photos and to continue exploring on your own. For those who have previously selected to climb *Huayna Picchu Mountain or *Machu Picchu Mountain, you will do so at your designated time (1st group: 6am to 8am, 2nd group: 9am to 11am).
After your tour in the park you will return to Aguas Calientes where you will wait for your return train to Ollantaytambo at 6:20pm. From Ollantaytambo we will take our final return bus back to Cusco.
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