Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days: It is a route Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu; It is a wonderful alternative route the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, on the way you can enjoy spectacular views to the original Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It is an alternative route for tourists who have failed to get a place for Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and also for nature lovers, in his way of walking will appreciate the snowy mountains of Salcantay trek, rivers, waterfalls and traditional villages and picturesque and you can also empathize with the inhabitants of these areas who survive on livestock and agriculture in Salkantay trek (Salcantay).
- DURATION TOURS: 5 days / 4 nights
- TYPE OF TOURS: Trekking
- ACTIVITY TOURS: Cusco tour, Salkantay trek, Machu Picchu tours, Inca Trail Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu
- PERIOD OF TRAVEL: All the time
- Frequency Travel: Every day of the year
Travel itinerary with Tours Peru MachuPicchu:
Inca Trail Salkantay Trek 5 days / 4 nights:
Tours 1st day:
tours Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypamapa – Inca Trail Salkantay Trek
Night before we brief tour guide talk about hiking the Inca Trail Salkantay trek.
It will be picked up from the hotel at 4:30 am and then board our transport to take us to Mollepata travel through three hours in the beautiful scenery and ride descry mountains and snow in Mollepata we expect the carrier and arrange everything and start walking for 4 Cruzpata hours arriving first. And then Soraypampa to spend the night.
Tours 2nd day:
Inca Trail trek – Soraypampa – Colpapampa – Salkantay Trek
Early breakfast start trekking in the Salkantay trek at 7 am through plateaus and valleys and stunning scenery of the jungle and the friendliness and hospitality of the inhabitants of these areas is spectacular with whom you can interact and share their daily routine and then a long walk we arrived at our second camp Colpapampa.
3rd day tours:
Salkantay Trek – Colpapampa – Santa Teresa
Early breakfast this day depart earlier than usual then arrive at Playa (town center) for lunch this day is very cute appreciate Falls and spend one oroya then take mobility to get to Santa Teresa should not miss the opportunity to visit the baths termomedicinales of Cocalmayo and relax in the bathroom taking a cold beer Cuzco, or if you want in the evening can go dancing and meet the small town of Santa Teresa.
Tours 4th day:
Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes “pueblo of Machu Picchu”
We begin our walk early beautiful landscape across bridges and walking along the river hydroelectric arrive to Machu Picchu, from here you can take a train to Aguas Calientes or walk a total of 5 hours arriving to Aguas Calientes “Machu Picchu pueblo” we have hotel with private bathroom and hot water, we will have a dinner will be a celebration for having reached the goal.
Tours 5th day:
Aguas Calientes “town Machu Picchu” – tours Machu Picchu – Cusco Tour
This long-awaited day arrived early at 4:30 am we start with a hike of 1:30 minutes arriving at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu at 6am; where we will have a guided tour of two hours in the Incan city of Machu Picchu tour and then free time until 5 pm in Machu Picchu to continue visiting the most beautiful of the Inca city of Machu Picchu places.
A time indicated by the guide must be at the train station to board the train that will bring us back to the village of Ollantaytambo and from there return bus to Cusco; Arriving in the city in approximately 4 hours.
INCLUDED IN INCA TRAIL SALKANTAY TREK MACHU PICCHU:
- Transfer Hotel – Cusco
- Private tourist transportation to Mollepata
- 04 breakfasts, 04 lunches, 04 dinners for travel
- Horses to trek luggage salkantay (5 kilos per person)
- Camping equipment for the Inca Trail Salkantay trek (tents and flask)
- 01 nights bed. With private bathroom and hot water
- Professional bilingual guide for the Inca Trail – Salkantay trek – Machu Picchu
- Entrance to the ruins of Machu Picchu
- 02 hours guided tour of Machu Picchu – Inca Trail Salkantay trek
- Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Bus to Cusco
NOT INCLUDED IN SALKANTAY INCA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU TREK:
- First breakfast / lunch last
- Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes “town of Machu Picchu”
- Sleeping bag for Inca Trail trek salkantay
- Bus up and down to Machu Picchu
- Tips for the journey
- Extra expenses for travel
Recommendations for the Inca Trail Machu Picchu Salkantay trek:
- Carry a small backpack for the trip to Salkantay trek – Machu Picchu
- Flashlight for travel trek salkantau
- Mosquito repellent for trips
- Sunscreen for travel
- Sunglasses to travel to Machu Picchu
- Passport and student card if available
- Extra money for travel
Important for tours.- note At the appointed time, the night before the tour the Inca Trail Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days and 4 nights, will speak at your hotel with our professional guide of tours peru machupicchu.
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The “Other” Inca Trail – Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu:
Fancy a rare look at the sacred city of the Incas tours Machu Picchu? Take the road less traveled to the southwest entrance of Machu Picchu.
“In the Andean cultural tradition, “spirit” (or energy) is found in all natural forms – the trees, plants, rivers, rocks and high mountain peaks. It is also found in our bodies and our breath, which I’m struggling to catch after climbing a 15,250-foot mountain pass on the way to Machu Picchu. I have come to Peru to reach the sacred
site of Machu Picchu via the footpaths that the Inca traversed more than 500 years ago.
Until recently, that meant backpacking and camping with the thousands of other travelers who come every year to visit one of the world’s wonders. Fortunately, it’s now possible to experience the spectacular landscape by day while savoring fresh Andean cuisine and curling up under goose-down comforters by night. In 2007, Peruvian businessman and philanthropist Enrique Umbert fulfilled his vision of creating an environmentally responsible, lodge-to-lodge trek to Machu Picchu via El Camino Salkantay, also known as the “other” Inca Trail. The all-inclusive, seven day adventure entails moderate to strenuous hiking on trails that cross nine different microclimates. Participants overnight in four of Umbert’s Mountain Lodges of Peru. The route offers a chance to experience authentic cultural traditions that seem to be disappearing in today’s world of homogenized travel.
ADVENTURE SALKANTAY TREK – TOURS MACHU PICCHU:
My adventure begins at the breathtaking altitude of 11,150 feet, in the well-preserved Inca capital of Cusco. The original inhabitants of the city considered it “the navel of the Earth, and Cusco’s historical prominence is evident in the massive, Inca-built walls that form the foundations of modern buildings and the steep, cobblestone streets that have remained unchanged for centuries. To acclimate to the altitude, I spend a few days exploring Cusco and the nearby Sacred Valley. In the folk-art markets of Pisac and Chinchero, the vibrant, ever-changing colors of the surroundings delight the senses. The sky morphs from royal blue to ominous gray – and back again – in a matter of minutes.
Local villagers wear traditional clothing in deep hues of red, dressing for themselves, not for camera-toting tourists. The inhabitants of this area do not possess much in the way of material wealth, but it is clear that they are rich in culture and spirit. The Machu Picchu trek officially begins a few days later, when I join a guided group for a five-hour drive to the Soraypampa Valley. Our destination is the luxurious Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort, which serves as our base camp for the next two nights. Tucked between the snowy peaks of Humantay and Salkantay, the lodge lies at 12,470 feet and offers several half-day hiking options for visitors to become accustomed to high-mountain trekking.
Umbert is also staying at the lodge, and I join him for an afternoon of horseback riding through the rugged pampas. Wearing a handwoven poncho and chullo, the traditional knitted hat of Peru, Umbert explains his mission to bring socially responsible tourism to this beautiful yet remote area of Peru. His lodges employ guides, porters, cooks and housekeepers from the surrounding communities. A separate, non-governmental organization, Yanapana Peru, provides support through educational projects, environmental awareness and tourism training for the local population. The crisp mountain air fuels my appetite, and I return to the lodge for a meal of pumpkin soup, fresh trout and organic quinoa. A post-dinner pisco sour makes it difficult to choose between settling in front of the cozy fireplace or soaking in an outdoor whirlpool under a starry night sky. I hate to leave the Salkantay Lodge, but the innkeeper assures me that the other lodges on the way to Machu Picchu are equally special. Of course, there is the small matter of crossing the Salkantay Pass, the highest point of the trek at 15,250 feet – not exactly easy for someone who spends most of the year at sea level. So I am especially grateful to the two Andean priests who present a ceremonial despacho (offering) to the spirit apus who reside in the surrounding mountain peaks.
The priests offer prayers and material gifts of food, communicating directly with the mountain spirits to ensure our safe and healthy passage.
The next morning I awake feeling energized, and I quickly work into a steady hiking pace. Four hours later, I reach the summit. From this lofty perch, I can imagine what it might be like to be a condor, soaring over the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. It is beautiful – but cold. Fortunately, lunch is only minutes away. The arrieros (muleteers) had sped downhill to greet us with warm coca tea and fortify us with hearty corn soup and causa, a deliciously simple mashedpotato terrine stuffed with tuna and avocado.
With the mountain pass behind us, the remainder of the trek seems easy. From the cold, dry climate of the High Andes, we descend 6,900 feet through the increasingly verdant scenery of a cloud forest punctuated with colorful orchids and buzzing with hummingbirds and parrots.
We pass through coffee, banana and passionfruit orchards and chat with curious children along the trail. We spend one night each in three lodges located at strategic points along the route.
Each lodge is a hidden gem, smaller than the first but offering gourmet meals, private bathrooms and 400-thread-count sheets. The staff place chocolates and hot water bottles in our rooms at night and clean and dry our hiking boots while we sleep. This is adventure at its finest.
By the last day of the trek, the beauty and diversity of El Camino Salkantay have convinced me that the journey is more important than the destination.
Then, suddenly, it appears: magical, mystical Machu Picchu, balancing like a crown atop a jagged and lush hilltop. I have two days ahead of me to visit the site and marvel at its mystery. It will be everything that I had ever imagined. But for now, I stop to savor this distant yet special view from the southwest. It is a view that few tourists ever glimpse – save for those who venture on the path less traveled.
The Other Inca Trail – Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu:
What to See – Inca Trail – Salkantay Trek – Tours Machu Picchu:
In Cusco, visit the masterful stonework of Qorikancha. This was once the richest temple in the Inca Empire and its ruins form the base of the Iglesia De Santo Domingo – an interesting juxtaposition of religious traditions that is still evident throughout the High Andes.
At the archaeological sites of Saqsaywamán (near Cusco) and Ollantaytambo (in the Sacred Valley), massive stones carved with laser-like precision indicate that the Inca perceived themselves as people of power and purpose.
The colonial city of Pisac in the Sacred Valley has Inca ruins and is famous for its large Sunday market. There is also a smaller folk-art market on Thursday.
USEFUL INFORMATION OF TOURS PERU MACHU PICCHU:
Many sights in and around Cusco require a boleto turístico (tourist pass), which is valid for ten days. These passes are often included in tour packages or they can be purchased from a travel agent. Tickets to enter Machu Picchu can no longer be bought at the entrance itself. Instead, they must be purchased from a travel agency or tour operator in Cusco or at the Machu Picchu Ticket Office in Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu pueblo).