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Salkantay trek – Santa Teresa Path

This spectacular trekking route takes walkers through picturesque high Andean scenery and cloud forest ecosystems. After passing through a range of ecological niches, the reward on the final day is a guided visit to Machu Picchu, the greatest surviving legacy of the Inca empire.

The trail is dominated by the presence of soaring Mount Salkantay (6247 meters / 20,600 feet), which dominates the skyline as hikers skirt highland lakes, cross high passes and descend into fauna-rich cloud forest habitat and plantations where tropical crops are grown.

1

Cusco / Soraypampa / Soyrococha

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco for the drive to the trailhead in the Apurimac Valley. Here we will meet up with the horsemen and hike of the southern face of the Salkantay Massive (6271 meters / 20,568 feet). From there you will ascend for an hour to Lake Soyrococha (4485 meters / 14,714 feet). There we will make camp and have a lakeshore vantage point at Soyrococha.

Meals: Lunch, dinner

2

Soyrococha / Collpapampa

After breakfast we will head up towards the next pass (1km /0.62m.) at the base of Mount Salkantay, where we will be met by even more dramatic views as we stop for a while to rest and take photos. From the pass we will head down to our next campsite (14km /8.69m.). Leaving the high pass, we will follow a winding trail that will take us down into a broad Andean plain, from where we will continue our descent all the way down to an altitude of just 2831 meters (9288 feet), before arriving at Collpapampa, further down the valley, where we will make our next camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

3

Collpapampa / Lucmabamba

After an early breakfast we will begin the descent to Lucmabamba. We will hike down through the left hand side of the valley. After around five hours of walking, we will arrive at Playa Sahuayacu, from where it is a further 45 minutes to our next campsite at Lucmabamba.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

4

Lucmabamba / Llactapata / Aguas calientes

We set-off early today to Llactapata after a quick breakfast. Today we hike along the route taken by the Inca’s in the past. From Llactapata you will have your first view of Machu Picchu. Your guide will escort the group on a tour of the extensive Llactapata archaeological site, explaining its relevance as one of the series of settlements built by the Incas in this part of their territory.

We will descend further into the valley to the hydroelectric station, venturing deeper into the cloud forest environment that is home to abundant wildlife, and passing through the plantations and smallholdings of local farmers. From here we will take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes located below the ruins of Machu Picchu

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

5

Machu Picchu / Cusco

Today we will get up early in order to spend as much time as possible visiting this Inca city, which was only rediscovered in 1911. Standing at the top of a steep, forested hill overlooking the Urubamba River, Machu Picchu was hidden by dense vegetation for centuries until the American historian Hiram Bingham began to clear the site.

Our guided tour includes the temples, plazas, palaces, watercourses and residential areas of the city. After the tour, you will also have plenty of time to explore the ruins independently. In the afternoon we will return to Aguas Calientes for the train to Cusco, where upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Return to Cusco:

55 km / 34.17 miles to Ollantaytambo by train; 85km/ 52.81miles to Cusco by bus.

Included:

All necessary land transport (private vehicle)
English speaking guide
Camp cook, pack animals and mule drivers, camp assistant(s). Mules carry up to 8 kg participants’ personal gear.
Camping equipment: Two-person tents, kitchen and/or dining tent, and toilet tent
Inflatable mattress
Food: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner as mentioned in the itinerary
Snacks in the morning, including fruit, chocolate, candy, etc
Hot drinks in the afternoon (tea or coffee)
Duffle bags for packing personal gear
First-aid kit
Round trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu
Train ticket Hydroelectric station – Aguas Calientes
Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Train ticket Aguas Calientes – Cusco (Expedition Class, we can provide an upgrade to Vistadome upon request)
Transfer from the train station in Cusco to the hotel

Not Included:

Sleeping bag (available for hire at an additional cost)
Travel insurance
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Tips

What to bring on the trip?

  • Passport
  • A daypack
  • Warm clothes (suitable for the Andean region)
  • Rain jacket
  • Long sleeved shirts (cotton)
  • Shorts for walking (optional)
  • Hiking boots
  • Cap and sunglasses
  • Walking poles (optional)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block
  • Water for the first day (we will refill your bottle with boiled water)
  • Binoculars for bird watching enthusiasts
  • Flashlight
  • Digital camera

Please note: Participants must be in good physical condition for this adventure (try to train by walking every day for at least two weeks before departure).

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