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5-Day Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek

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Day 1 : Drive from Cusco to trailhead at Soraypampa by way of Mollepata, hike to Salkantaypampa, camp overnight

Visiting: Cusco, Salkantaypampa

Pick up at your hotel in Cusco, drive over Tika-Tika Pass with the first view of Mt. Salkantay and Humantay, cross the plateau of Antapampa, reach Limatambo Pass with amazing views of the mountains and lush agricultural valley below, visit the ruins of Tarawasi with its long asymmetric Inca stone wall, continue to the trailhead and hike to the pampa below Mt. Salkantay, overnight at a campsite (4145m/13599ft/trekking 4 hrs/distance 5-6k)

  • Meals: LD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite

Day 2 : Hike to Collpapamapa

Visiting: Salkantaypampa, Apacheta, Collpapamapa

Depart from the campsite toward a terminal moraine, where the trail begins to ascend to Apacheta Pass (4636m/15210ft), from the pass the trail winds downhill to Wayrahmachay pampa(3919m/12858ft), descent to the Saint Teresa River and the campsite (2950m/9678ft/trekking 8hrs/distance 12k)

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite

Day 3 : Hike to Lucamabamba, camp overnight

Visiting: Lucamabamba

Descend from the campsite to Raynapata Pass with astounding view of Mt. Quiswaq and Tortora Valley, descent to Wiaypoqo, Unuyoc and to the road where a vehicle transfer you to the campsite at Lucmabamba (2048m/6719ft/trekking 4 hrs/distance 7k)

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite

Day 4 : Hike to Hidroelectra Station, train to Aguas Calientes

Visiting: Lucmabamba, Hidroelectrica, Machu Picchu

Ascent to Q'elloqasa Pass (2875m/9430ft), traversing through a dense cloud forest, from there are magnificent views of Machu Picchu's southern face, continue to the junction of the Aobamba and Urubamba Valleys, at the hydroelectric station take a short train ride to Aguas Calientes, dinner on your own, overnight at a hotel (trekking 7 hrs/distance 10 k/train 1 hr)

  • Meals: BL
  • Budget Lodging: Hatun Samay in Aguas Calientes

Day 5 : Shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu, train return to Cusco

Visiting: Machu Picchu, Cusco

Take the morning shuttle up to Machu Picchu for a guided tour, optional hike up Huayna Picchu requires an additional ticket for the regulated hike (7am or 10am), return to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon for lunch and catch the mid-afternoon Expedition train to Cusco or Ollanta, transfer to your hotel. End trek services.

  • Meals: BL

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