The Salkantay Trek is a famous trekking in cusco and is a great alternative to the Inca Trail. Going this hike, you’ll be able to see some of the most beautiful places in Cusco - Peru and see the snow covered Mountain (Salkantay altitude is 6372 m). You will have the opportunity to see beautiful landscapes with a variety of endemic flora and fauna, and camping at night in the middle of the sacred mountain.
The Salkantay trek is a hiking in south America and an alternative to the traditional Inca Trail for reaching Machu Picchu. It presents a unique combination of culture, with preserved proudly by the Peruvian people, and is an amazing adventure and extraordinary natural beauty. Salkantay trekking is set at the highest peaks of Humantay Mountain, where the cold ice of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Andes. The hike is surrounded by the historic Machu Picchu (National Park and is considered one of the 25 best hikes in the world). Salkantay trek is very diverse and rich geography hike, Andean culture and history. The Cordillera Vilcanota contains two twenty highest mountains in the Americas.
The hike along this route offers an amazing diversity of attractions and adventure opportunities found nowhere else on earth. Imagine a walk with a breathtaking view of the most beautiful mountains in the world or a dip in the hot springs of Cocalmayuc in the forest, all within a distance of only 50 kilometers.
Many travelers going this route by the promise of adventure, and are equally pleased with the friendliness and openness of the Peruvian people. The Inca's land is an incredibly diverse country that offers something for everyone. A trip through this rare earth once is enough. The first thing many people do after a visit to this country, is to start planning the next trip (travel)!
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Salkantay hike to Machu picchu, this alternative inca trail was recently named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. Hiking the Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley Andes to Machu Picchu is both arduous and awe-inspiring. Four days of cold, pain and exhaustion dissapear as the mist lifts to reveal the emerald peaks.
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At 4:30 am we Pick up from hotel, by our touristic transportation, We´ll travel through the Andes, reaching the village of Mollepata; Here we start our Salkantay trek, the day will finish in Soraypampa “we will visit the Humantay Lake” : time of trail: 4 hours aprox.
The second day is by far the hardest day of the trail. It’s long, it’s cold, and you have to make your way over the 4,650 mts – 15,256 fts Salkantay Pass. Nonetheless, waking up at sunrise amidst the sprawling grasslands of Soraypampa, the sun illuminating the 6264 mts or 20551.18 fts Andean peaks springing up from behind you makes for an energizing and mesmerizing start to the day; the 2nd day of our tour will finish in Challway “we´ll appreciate the grandeus Salkantay Mountain” time of trail: 8 hours aprox.
The 3rd day Salkantay trekking is from the village of Challway to La Playa and later transfer by car to Hidroelectrica and finaly our last 02 our inca trek to Aguas Calientes, On our 3r Salcantay hike is when you make the noticeable change from the mountains down into the jungle. Trickling streams amongst the sub-alpine plains give way to raging waterfalls and streams, you will have free time to walk at night in the small village “on this 3rd day of trail you can relax in the natural hotspring of Aguas Calientes”; time of trail: 7 hours aprox.
The last day of our Salkantay trek is arriving to Machu picchu Inca City. We catch a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu, the buses start running from 5:30-6am. What does this mean? This means that all the people who took the 1st bus are most likely going to get to Macchu Picchu before others and be the first enjoying the Sunrise, also well rested and relaxed and with full of energy for climb Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu picchu mountain if you decide it “The Highlight of our Salkantay trek Last day is the Machu Picchu Inca City”, by the afternoon train back and transfer to Cusco - Peru; time of walking: 2 hours aprox. Altitude 2.430 m
At 4:30 am Pick up from you hotel, We´ll travel through the Andes reaching the village of Mollepata; Here we start our Salkantay trek until Soraypampa 1st day, we will be accompanied by the vegetation of the jungle, on the way we will have lunch, and then will continue until we reach to Soraypampa place of our first campsite. “Highligth on this day we´ll visit the Humantay Lake” : time of hiking: 4 hours aprox.
Our 2nd day will be the longest trek. We will start trekking by a moderate ascent for two hours until get to Salkantay Mountain Pass (4,600 m. / 9800ft ) After to leave a small gift to the Apus “Andean mountain gods” and some photos of the snowed mount of Salkantay. We will begin our descend until Huayracmachay. After the lunch, we will continue our walk downhill to the Amazon jungle in Chaullay place where we will spend the 2nd night. “Highlight of the day we´ll appreciate the grandeus Salkantay Mountain” time of hiking: 8 hours aprox.
On our 3rd day Salkantay Trek We will start walking through the high jungle, crossing the river Lluskamayo and a variety of small streams later transfer by car to Santa Teresa Village, on this Salkantay hike day, is when you make the noticeable change from the mountains down into the jungle. Trickling streams amongst the sub-alpine plains give way to raging waterfalls and streams, you will have free time to walk at night in the small village “on this 3rd day of our Salkantay Adventure can relax in the natural hotspring of Cocalmayuc”; time of hiking: 7 hours aprox.
Walking along the train line is much more enjoyable than we anticipated as a wide path undulates beside the tracks. On our 4th day of our Salkantay tour almost the entire distance is shaded by jungle foliage, trees and flowers, the incline is very gradual. This is the perfect cool down after 4 days of trekking./p>
We can tell that we are getting close to our destination of Aguas Calientes:
Tomorrow is Machu picchu! dream with it! , time of hiking: 5 hours aprox.
The last day of our Salkantay hike is dedicated for Machu picchu Inca City. We catch a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu, the buses start running from 5:30-6am. What does this mean? This means that all the people who took the 1st bus are most likely going to get to Macchu Picchu before others and be the first enjoying the Sunrise, also well rested and relaxed and with full of energy for climb Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu picchu mountain if you decide it “The Highlight of our Salkantay Last day is the Machupicchu Inca City”, by the afternoon train back and transfer to Cusco; time of walking: 2 hours aprox. Altitude 2.430 m