The Cordillera Vilcanota is an impressive range of mountains which include the massive SALKANTAY snow capped mountain (6,264m) 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 it 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 to the others, it’s not dirty, not popular, so therefore it’s not full of tourists on this trek you will 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 high jungle. The ecosystem is changes rapidly.
PRICE: US$270.00 per person
EXTRA TRANSPORT LA PLAYA TOWN – HIDROELECTRICA (OPTIONAL):
US$25 per person (based on 1 people)
US$15 per person (based on 2 people)
US$10 per person (based on 3 or more people)
** Extra transport and Train ticket Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes are not included.
Once you will arrive to Aguas Calientes, the itinerary still the same as the original 5 days 4 nights but this time you will have a new guide and a new group of people.
Optional Wayna Picchu entrance fee: 70 USD if you want it, ask about availability and pay at the booking time.
US$10 Early 18:20 (22:45pm cusco) return train
Day 1 Cusco - Soraypampa
Day 2 Soraypampa - Chaullay
Day 3 Chaullay- Colpabamba – “La Playa” – Hidrolectrica – Aguas Calientes.
Day 4 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu-Cusco
Day 1: Cusco - Soraypampa
We will start picking up passengers from their hotels at 03:30 a.m. We’ll use a tourist bus. We’ll have breakfast in Chivay after you visit the viewpoint “Cruz del Condor” (approximately 01 hour), we’ll arrive to the place where the Colca Canyon is located in “Cabanaconde”, here we are going to have lunch and after this, we’ll prepare ourselves for the trek into the Colca Canyon. We’ll do the Colca hike that is going to take about 4 hours. We’ll descend approximately 1,200 meters into the canyon. The 1st night, we’ll sleep in the village of San Juan de Chuccho in rustic cabins; from this village we will have a really nice view of this deep Colca Canyon. Then, we will have dinner, prepared by our guide and at last, we are going to sleep.
Day 2: Soraypampa - Chaullay
After an early breakfast we start trekking from Soraypampa approx at 6:30 a.m we continue our hike the Peruvian highland. From this point we can appreciate the spectacular views of the Salkantay snow Mountain (6,264 m) the second highest peak in Cusco, white river, small lakes and moraines. Four hours up to the Salkantay pass (4650 m.a.s.l) and then 2 hours downhill to the lunch spot and 4 hours to the second campsite chaullay 2900 masl approximately.
Walking distance approximately 21 Km.
Day 3: Chaullay- Colpabamba – “La Playa” – Hidrolectrica – Aguas Calientes.
After breakfast, you will start the trek for 7 hours untill La Playa. Here after lunch in the place named “Playa” whole group for 4 days, takes a bus to Hidroelectrica and here you will be separate from the group of 5 days, continuing the trip, the bus will ride you until Hidroelectrica.
* Here you will have 2 options:
a) Take the train which price is US $ 31. ** Since hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes (optional).
b) Or walk from hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes (Without guide)
** Train ticket from Hidroelectrica to Aguas calientes is not included as well.
Once you reach Aguas Calientes town, your itinerary continues, but this time with a new guide and a new group of friends.
Day 4:Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu-Cusco
We are going up to Machu Picchu Archaeological site and we will explore the city and enjoy the ancient place where we begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. After the tour you will have time for exploring Machu Picchu by yourself and In the afternoon, , if you like, you can visit and relax at the hot springs in aguas calientes. From here we take the train back Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
- 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners.
- Mules to carry up to 5 kg of personal equipment
- Horses (only for the equipment).
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu and guided tour of ruins (approx 2 hours).
- Return train to Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo and from there return bus to Cusco (times dependent on Peru Rail availability).
- Hostal in Aguas Calientes with a 8 beds standard room.
- Bus (Cusco-Mollepata).
- English-Spanish professional guide.
- Dining tent/ kitchen.
- First breakfast.
- Last Lunch and dinner in Aguas Calientes town
- Bus ticket Aguas Calientes-MP-Aguas Calientes. ($12,5 each way)
- Sleeping bag (you can rent it from us for $15).
- Duffel bags (rent $10)
- Train tickets Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes (optional). $28
- Tips for staff (optional)
- Optional tkt to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. $15.
- Entrance fee for thermal baths (Aguas Calientes 10 soles)
We recommend that you take
- A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
- Rain gear (jacket and trousers if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
- Sandals or jogging shoes for comfort while at camp
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
- Sleeping bag
- Flashlight/headlamp 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
- Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etcSmall towel
- Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
- Cash 150 soles for snacks, water, souveniers etc.
- Original passport
- Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)