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Days: 5
Location: Cusco – Peru
Activities: Trekking, Zip Line and visit Machu Picchu
Activity Level: Moderate
Season: All year around (except February)

Salcantay Trekking tour

In the Andean culture, the “Apus” (Gods) are the spirits that protect life, many are represented by mountains and one of the most important is Nevado Salkantay (6.271m/20569ft), one of the most impressive Nevado of the Peruvian Andes and fundamental inspiration for this trek, named as one of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. Over four days, we will cross landscapes of more than 4600 meters, with a spectacular view of the snow-capped Salkantay and other nearby nevados. Then, before our eyes, the landscape changes abruptly to descend into a cloud forest, and leave the arid highlands to introduce among coffee plantations and tropical species. This hike is the perfect alternative to the Inca Trail, as our last camp is located one hour away from the town of Machu Picchu.

Day 1. Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Salcantaypampa

We depart from Cusco, driving for four hours, passing through the villages of Izcuchaca and Limatambo, then continue along the right bank of the Apurimac River up to Mollepata and later to Soraypampa community, here the first view of the spectacular Salkantay welcomes us and marks the starting point of the trek. We continue for a period of two hours by a large high-Andean valley at the foot of Mount Humantay (5910 meters / 19390 feet) to reach Salcantaypampa, where we camp at the foot of Salkantay. (6264 m / 20551 ft). Meals: L+D

Day 2. Salcantaypampa – Huayracmachay

Today walk for five hours around the bases of Mount Salkantay. From Salcantaypampa (4100m) we ascend 500 meters towards the open of Salcantaycasa (4650 m), where we enjoy a spectacular view of the snowy peaks of the great mountain Sacsarayoq (5900m). Afterwards we descend about 750 meters towards Huayramachay, from where we have an incredible view of the Salkantay and Humantay Nevados. From here you can admire in the distance, the Salkantay River Valley cloud forest. We take this beautiful place to camp and enjoy nature around us. Meals: B+L+D

Day 3. Huayracmachay – Wiñaypoko

We continue walking parallel to the Salkantay River, dropping a total of 1400 meters, leaving the arid landscape of the highlands to introduce ourselves into the cloud forest full of vegetation. After five hours we reached the village of Colpapampa (2800m), where we have lunch and enjoy the relaxing hot springs of Colpachaca. After a short break, we continue down for two hours until the Wiñaypoko Pampa, where we camp. (2500m). Meals: B+L+D

Day 4. Wiñaypoko – Santa Teresa

Today we combine the adventure of walking through rainforests and flying over the Sacsara river. First we descend for three hours to Sahuayaco hamlet, known as “Playa”. On our way we will pass through plantations of bananas, passion fruit, coffee and avocado and we can see flocks of parrot “red heads”. Here our transportation will meet us to take us to Camp Cola de Mono, in the town of Santa Teresa (1,500 masl / 4921 ft), where we experience zip lining, at one of the highest Canopy in South America. We will go from side to side of the mountain over 150 feet above the river Sacsara, an unforgettable adventure! Here we spend the night. Meals: B+L+D

Day 5: Machu Picchu:

Today we drive for 30 minutes to the station and take the train to Aguas Calientes. Upon our arrival, we took a bus to Machu Picchu to visit the Inca citadel with our guide for two hours and a half and afterwards some free time to explore by ourselves. In the afternoon, we return by train to Cusco. Meals: B



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“The Salkantay pass and surrounding mountains are breathtaking. Our guide Jairo was very knowledgeable, their camping and all equipment was top-quality. The food that their amazing chef cooked for us was excellent, including baked bread!

Thank you Patty, Piero and Jairo!”.

Jerry Topitzer