Itinerary of the trek from Salkantay to Machu Picchu:
Cusco – Soraypampa – Humantay
Our adventure starts at 4:00, when a professional guide passes by your hotel for the transfer to Mollepata, where we will make a brief stop to buy some last-minute supplies, such as snacks, sunscreen, water, among others need items.
You continue the journey for another hour towards Soraypampa; Here you taste a delicious breakfast, preparing for a 1.5 hour walk to the Humantay Lagoon, which shows the panoramic views of the Humantay and Salkantay Snowy Mountains.
After this day in contact with nature, you return to Soraypampa to have lunch and spend the night.
Soraypampa – Abra Salkantay – Wayraqmachay – Chawllay
On the second day, after tasting breakfast, start the ascent to the highest point (4,650 m / 15,367 feet) in the Salkantay pass, from where you appreciate the second highest mountain in Cusco (6,217 m / 20,717 feet). In this imposing place there will be time to enjoy the majestic landscape of the glaciers.
We will descend for approximately 1 hour, until we reach Wayraqmachay for lunch and continue to Chawllay, our second camp.
Chayllay – Lucmabamba – Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes
This day begins with a delicious breakfast and a downhill walk to Lucmabamba, where you meet local families about their culture and taste crops such as passion fruit, oranges, bananas, and other crops in the area.
At this point, lunch also corresponds and you have the opportunity to buy local products such as coffee, chocolates, among other items from the Andean region. You can also enjoy the thermal baths of Santa Teresa or Cocalmayo, an optimal place to rest among rock formations and bushes, after this walk.
Once you have reached the Llactapata pass, the descent to the Hydroelectric station begins, where you have lunch. From this point we continue by train to Aguas Calientes, for rest in a comfortable hotel in the tourist town and dinner in a local restaurant.
Machu Picchu – Cusco
Once you have had breakfast, start the tourist bus transfer to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, the experience will be gratifying before a guided tour that allows you to know the most important places of the Inca Citadel, including the main temples, stairways, squares, roads, among other amazing spaces of this architectural complex, such as the Intiwatana.
After the guided tour, you have free time to explore this extraordinary World Heritage Site on your own. Our guide will indicate where and at what time they will meet again for the return.
After connecting with the majesty of the Inca Historical Sanctuary, you will have free time to have lunch in Aguas Calientes and explore the town, and then take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where private transportation will wait for you to Cusco with arrival around 9:00 p.m. .
There will be no experience like this; The best of all is to be advised by Guru Explorers aware that, as Ibn Battuta said: “Traveling leaves you speechless and later turns you into a storyteller.”