The Sacred Mountain Salkantay is located in the northwest of Cusco, Salkantay snow, and highest peak in the Andes, is at the eastern end of the chain and rises to 6270 m.a.s.l, the name Salkantay means Wild Mountain, “Which may refer to the swirling clouds that rise from the jungle lowlands. In our journey we crossed beautiful Andean landscapes; we pass the highest point of the route (5000 m.a.l.s). And we will have the chance to see Condors, Lamas and Alpacas in their natural habitat. The Salkantay circuit is a new alternative of trekking for adventure lovers.
This alternative leads to Machupicchu landscapes between lagoons, Snowy Mountains as Humantay and Salkantay, a route of our ancestors Quechuas where we can see a progression of many ecological zones, crossing rivers, mountains in the chain of natural hot springs, entering the region of the cloud forest of tropical vegetation, appreciating orchids, hummingbirds and parrots from the rainforest. The Vilcabamba Mountain ranges where lies the Salkantay massif, which is beautiful and lonely. Dominated by the same Apu Salkantay has many high snow capped mountains like Tucarhuay (5.910 ft.), Veronica (5.682 m) and Huacayhuilca (5.361 meters), among others. The geography is difficult and capricious all around this attractive mountain resort. The Salkantay is surrounded by deep valleys and gorges, which makes their journey interesting and impressive. The last day of trekking very early visit The Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu and the same day by the afternoon return to Cusco.
|TYPE:||Culture, Nature, Adventure|
|DURATION:||5 Days / 4 Nights|
|TYPE OF TRIP:||Standard and Private|
|RECOMMENDED DEPARTURES:||April to December|
DAY 1: CUSCO - SAYLLAPATA - SOYROCOCHA
At 6:00 am we`ll pick you up from your selected hotel. We’ll leave by our private transport through the small town of Izcuchaca, Limatambo and Mollepata town located at an altitude of 2.850 meters, temperate jungle vegetation and the contours of the village we can see some mountains that belong to the Salkantay chain are at an approximate height of 4000 and 5000 meters During the trip we will have panoramic views of the sacred mountain Salkantay and magnificent views of the Apurimac River Valley.
Then we arrive to our trailhead in Sayllapata at 3,600 masl where we meet our Arrieros “horsemen” and cook, after a light breakfast we started the expedition a gradual climb for about 2.5 hrs pass through traditional Andean communities Cruzpata 3200 mals, Challacancha, before arriving to Soraypampa (3750 m.a.l.s), after visiting a spectacular glacial lake we have lunch. Then we continue, after lunch with a gentle climb for approximately 4 hours we reach our first camp, Soyrococha is located at 4200 m.a.l.s.
DAY 2: SOYROCOCHA - HUAYRAQMACHAY - COLLAPAPAMPA
At 7:00 am we will have an energetic breakfast This day we will go down through an impressive path and the first thing we will see is the majestic Salkantay, then begin the hike on a trail of spectacular scenery to reach the highest point our walk where we cross a step of 4600. m.a.l.s From this point we can appreciate the Andes mountain range, The Salkantay Snow Capped (6270 masl), which clearly contemplated the system and latitudinal difference between the floors, enter into a kind of cannon that will take us through valleys where we see different types of birds, insects and other animals, we will have the opportunity to observe the lifestyle of local people and enjoy the spectacular mountain views like Huayanay Humantay, small lakes, where we make a brief stop to have lunch, Huayraqmachay (3700meters), and then go down for 3.5 hours contemplating the beauty descend path to the jungle and camping in Collpapampa (2900 meters). Our camping equipment and food will be transported by pack horses.
DAY 3: COLLAPAPAMPA - PLAYA - LUCMABAMBA
The third day, after breakfast we leave our camp (2900mals) at 7:00 am. The route for this day will be impressive and easy, because along our way we will see a wide variety of flora and fauna. The environment will be covered by abundant typical vegetation of high and lowland forest, and different types of ferns, begonias, orchids, grasses, Sobralia, etc. And birds of several sizes and colors, insects, butterflies, if we are lucky we will see the famous National Bird of Peru “Cock of the Rocks.”, The geography is another important attraction of the area, with its high mountains (6.270 m) and with flat valleys with many rivers descending from the farther heights to form most important rivers such as Santa Teresa, Willcamayu or Vilcanota. After 5 or 6 hours walking finally we arrive at Lucmabamba (1700 m.a.l.s) where we camp.
DAY 4: LUCMABAMBA - LLACTAPATA - HIDROELECTRICA - AGUAS CALIENTES
After a delicious breakfast, we will walk through the Inca Trail Network until we reach the archaeological center of Llactapata and then descend to the Hidroeléctrica train station (Km 116), where we will enjoy our last lunch. Then we will continue with the walk for approximately 3 hours until arriving at Aguas Calientes (2000 meters), then we will go to the hotel booked by the company after we will have dinner in the restaurant reserved by the company.
DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
We will start the most awaited day of our trip taking the bus to the citadel of Machu Picchu, where we will have a guided tour of 3 hours and enough free time to explore the archeological Park of Machu Picchu, known as Wonder of the World or “Llakta Inka Machu Picchu “.
Optionally you can make the ascent to Huaynapicchu, where you can see the Temple of the Moon, or the Puerta del Sol, an option that is scheduled at least two months in advance. Afterwards we will return to the village of Aguas Calientes to board our train back to Cusco where a representative of our Agency will wait to take you to your hotel.