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This trek is the equivalent of the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, although the distance is longer and more challenging, there are less people, therefore creating a more authentic experience. You will travel with a small group, exploring the remote path and climbing up the Salkantay peak, the highest point in the region, to then descend through the cloudy forest near the jungle. The walk will take us through barren mountains, lush vegetation, streams and rivers and some hot springs. You will feel the difference in temperature during the various heights, the highest point being 4,650 meters above sea level, we may even see some snow! The walk will end in Machu Picchu.
Morning pick up from your hotel to go to Mollepata (3 hour journey). From there, it will be another 3 hour walk until we reach Cruzpata for lunch surrounded by the view of the beautiful Andean mountains (Humantay 4,120mts and Salkantay 6,271mts). We continue our trek to Soraypampa, our first campsite (3,800mts / 11,750 feet), the coldest place of the trip, very close to the second highest snow-capped peak, Salkantay.
We start at 6am after breakfast, this is the longest day of the trek. The first 4.5 hours are uphill to the highest point of the route (4,650mts) located between 2 large mountains, Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. The view of the 2 peaks from this pass is impressive, here we may see snow. After a break, we continue (downhill) along the misty forest towards Huayracmachay to have lunch. In the afternoon the walk takes us through the jungle to our second campsite, Chaullay Colcapampa (3,000mts)..
Trek begins at 4.30am along the high jungle, crossing the Lluskamayo river and a variety of small streams. We arrive at Sahuayaco beach after approximately 6 hours. On this day we walk through through valleys with tropical fruits, plants and wonderful views of waterfalls. Upon reaching the place called La Playa (the beach), the mules will return to Mollepata and we take a local bus to Hidroelectrica. From there we travel to Aguas Calientes or the Town of Machu Picchu, arriving at approximately 5:00 pm. Here we have time to relax, eat a delicious dinner and enjoy the hot springs.
The day starts very early, with breakfast at 4:30am, so we can admire the sanctuary as it gets illuminated by the rising sun and to have as many hours as possible to explore the place. To get to the entrance you can walk around 1h30m uphill or take the bus that leaves at 5:30am (25 min. journey). If weather permits you may observe how the citadel beauty radiates with the morning sunlight. After a guided walking tour (approx 2 hours), you will have time to explore the mysterious city at your leisure. If you have energy, you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2,720mts) a steep 45 minute hike to the summit (tickets need to be booked beforehand as spaces are limited). We return to Aguas Calientes (you can return by bus or by foot) and board the train back to Ollantaytambo, where we will take you back to your hotel in Cusco.
The prices of this package is based on 2 People. The more people in your group, the lower the cost.
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