Salkantay - Santa Teresa -
5 Days / 4 Nights
The Cordillera Vilcanota is an
impressive range of mountains which include the massive
SALKANTAY snow capped mountain (6,271m)
and three others over 6000m. SALKANTAY
is an outstanding snow peak, located less than fifty
miles northwest of the city of Cuzco in south central
Peru. It is the highest mountain of the Cordillera
Vilcabamba. Because of its proximity to the city, it is
easily accessible and is climbed frequently.
Attractive trek; made for trekkers
has a changeable landscape; it is under sunrise code
decentralization of trekking tours, since other tourist
circuits have gotten famous in the last few years it's
getting crowded, this trek is totally different than the
others, it's not dirty, nor popular, so therefore it's
not full of tourists going on this trek you may see
distinct ecosystems spread across its different zones of
altitude and climate. This trail runs from high valley
up to the mountains and descends into a lush valley. The
ecosystem is transformed rapidly.
Day 01: Cusco - Soraypampa
We will leave Cusco at 05:00 by bus,
and drive to Mollepata. By approximately 2 hours and a
half hours drive. After breakfast we will start the
ascent on foot towards Cruzpata (3100 masl) along a
slight climb where we will appreciate various plants,
native birds, the Apurimac river canyon (which is one of
the deepest in Peru), and a communitarian irrigation
canal. In Cruzpata we will have our lunch, we will
depart at around 1:30 p.m in the direction of Soraypampa
along a climbing trail with many level variations and
along which we will see little groups of houses, flora,
small wild birds and spectacular views of the Humantay
snow peak (5902 masl). After approximately 4 hours of
walking, we will arrive at our campsite in Soraypampa
(3900 masl). From here we can appreciate the majestic
Apu Salcantay (6271 masl).
Day 02: Soraypampa - Collpapampa.
After an early breakfast we start
trekking from Soraypampa approx 7:30 a.m we continue our
hiking the Peruvian highland. From this point we can
appreciate the spectacular views of the Mountain
Salkantay, a stunning snow capped mountain (6,264 m) the
second highest peak in Cusco’s region, and also the
mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small
lakes and moraines. At our lunch spot after a five-hour
walk, Pass dowhill to lunch in Huayracpunku, and then a
further 2-3 hours downhill walk to Camp at Collpapampa
2,920 m. (B+L+D).
Day 03: Collpapampa - Santa Teresa.
Wake up with lovely mountain scenery
and a good morning tea. We will start the trek 07:00
A.M. 3 hours easy hiking to Lluscamayu, where we will be
introduced to a high Jungle niche called "Ceja de Selva",
we will see different kind of plants, fruits, flowers,
birds ect. here banana trees coffee and others can be
observed, take amazing pictures, with luck we can
observe the famous Peruvian National Bird "Gallito de
las Rocas" stop at Wiñaypoq’o for lunch and free time to
rest. At the end of the day we will see passion fruit
fields. The hike will last approximately 9 hours; the
campsite is at the community named "La Playa "(2400 masl).
from here we will take a small car by approximately 45
minutes to Santa Teresa village where is the hot spring
(optional hot spring bath) and also we will spend a
night here. (B+L+D).
Day 04: Santa Teresa - Aguas
After of our delicious breakfast we
are going to walk for approximately around 8:30 a.m we
begin our trek to the village Colpani, we follow this
rising trail, from which we will see plantations of
coffee, banana, passion fruit and a lovely view of the
Santa Teresa Valley. We follow along the riverside of
Vilcanota River until arrive to the Oroya (canopy brich)
From here we have an option to hike to hidroelectrica or
to catch a small car where will take us until
Hidroelectrica (25 minutes), from this place we can
observe the back of Machupicchu Sanctuary, where we have
the last lunch with all staff. from here we will
continuo walking until arrive to Aguas Calientes around
4:30 p.m then we will stay in a hostal the last night. (B+L+D).
Day 05: Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu.
We are going up to the Archaeological
site of Machupicchu and we will explore the city and
enjoy the ancient place in the tranquil morning hours,
where we begin a complete guided tour of the Inca
citadel that will take approximately two hours. After
the explanation of the guide you can climb up the
Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience
spectacular views of all of Machupicchu, the valleys and
mountains that surround it, or we can visit the Temple
of the Moon or the fabulous Inca Bridge. In the
afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where,
if you like, you can visit and relax in its hot springs.
From here we take the train back to the city of Cusco,
where we arrive about 8:30 p.m. (B).
B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
Our Service Includes:
Transfer from your hotel to bus
stop, busfrom Cusco to Mollepata. (Trail head).
Personal tents: 2 people in each
4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and
a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season,
new, highly maintained to ensure an excellent
performance in field.
Dining tent with tables and chairs
English speaking professional guide
(2 guides for groups over 8 people)
Cook and cooking equipment
Horsemen and horses (to carry tents,
food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 3.
1 emergency horse.
Accommodation for our guides, cook
and porters / horsemen
Meals (04B, 04L, 04D + wake – up tea)
First-aid kit including emergency
Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to
Cusco (economic tourism class).
Not included is:
Lunch on the last day: after the
guided tour at Machupicchu, you can enjoy free time.to
further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either
in Machupicchu or in Aguas Calientes.
optional train from agues
Hidroelectrica to Machupicchu town.
Tips: please beware that our agency
staff are paid, so please feel free to tip or not
according to your wish.
YOU SHOULD BRING:
A backpack with a change of clothes
for the whole period of the trek
Rain gear (jacket and pants if
available) or rain poncho.
Strong footwear, waterproof trekking
Warm clothes, including jacket,
fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended,
especially for sleeping.
Sleeping bag (it can be hired at our
agency for US$ 4.00 / day)
Mattress: will be provided by the
agency but is to be carried by you
Flashlight and batteries
Camera, films and batteries
(batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
Hat or cap to protect you from the
sun, rain and cold
Sun block cream, mosquitoes
After-sun cream or hydrating cream
for face and body
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars,
chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type)
and water for the first morning. Optionally: water
sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from
streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide
filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has
not reported any health problem so far.
Swimming suit (if you intend to go to
the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
Cash in soles and/or US$ (no ATM
machines in Aguas Calientes)
Optional: walking sticks or poles
(rubber covers required in order not to damage the
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manner we require a deposit of 50% of the cost of the
chosen program at the time of booking.
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