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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

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Day 01: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa - Visit the Humantay Lake

We start to pick up you from the hotel around 05:00 am, the bus driving taking 2 hours to ANTA – MOLLEPATA through the car is clearly to see the white snowcapped mountain like Salkantay and Humantay the holy Gods of the Incas, the spectacular scenic on the upper part and lower valleys with colorful landscape. Two hours driving at head the first stop in Mollepata town there are toilet facilities, souvenirs and optional short breakfast (not Included), to soon continue at Challacancha the Salkantay trail head. There we will meet with our support staff. There we will organize all the equipment, horses and mules. Around 9:30 a.m. we will star our trek to Soraypampa (3900 m.a.s.l), the first section of the path are paved rock trail. there are the old water channel still supply to new habitants, the begin is 9 km in 3 hours to Soraypampa the lunch place as well base camp, after lunch and nap to continued hiking up to the Humantay lake (4200masl) 5 km in 3 hours round trip, bottom the glacier the most spectacular views to the back ground valley and sunset, Soraypampa is located on the middle of the glaciers valleys at night clear appreciate the constellation on the sky.

Day 02: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Colpapampa

Early wake up with the first daylight at 05:00 am to packing the staff, breakfast and soon to start hiking up to the highest point of the trail Salkantay Pass (4650 masl – 15,255 ft) the distance is 7 km in 3 hours, on the ascent through the between the rocky valley bottom the magnificent Salkantay Mountay (6200 masl – 20,341 ft). We reach the top of the trek. We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay, humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo, Salkantay is considerate the second highest mountain of the Cusco region and one of the Incas God called “Apu” (If we have time, we will go to visit the Salkantay lale). Get the top is the most ancient time on the trek, 2 hours downhill on the serpent trail and gravel rocky path to get Huayracmachay lunch spot, on the afternoon entrance to the upper part of the amazon jungle as well called “cloud forest” 9 km in 3 hours on the wide trail in the thick forest are decorate the hills with colorful sceneries and the wild life and native plant, mostly of the year weather is warmed and temperate to finally arrived to Colpapampa Village (2600 masl – 9,514 ft) the base camp into the jungle.

Day 03: Colpapampa - Coffe Plantations - Santa Teresa Hot Spring

Around 6:00 am the wake up with coca tea, breakfast and hiking straight to la Playa, crossing on the thick jungle and following on the bank of the Santa Teresa river on the gradual trail there are stopping in several family hamlet to enjoy the local fruit and vegetables (passion fruit, banana, coffee, avocado, mango, orange and papaya) If we are lucky, we will be able to see the famous bird called “the Cock of the Rocks”, the trail distance is 16 km the hiking time is 5 hours on the down valleys is clearly to see the cedar tree very useful for the local people on the economic, La playa is small Town with the basic facilities (toilet, electricity, shopping and souvenir) as well the lunch point, following the plan We will driving the collective bus to the Coffee Plantations place to see the process and kinds of coffee, after that we will continue to Santa Teresa Town our camp site, to get early at this base camp. On the afternoon driving 15 minutes to the hot spring highly recommended after the hard journey on the mountain, then back at the campsite for happy hours and dinner.

Day 04: Santa Teresa - Llactapata - Aguas Calientes

After an early breakfast, we will take a local transportation to Lucmabamba (40 minutes ride) to our start hiking point. Once at the Llactapata entrance, you will start an ascent hike towards the ruins of Llactapata. On the way, you will observe coffee plantations, beautiful landscapes as well as diverse flora and fauna. After three hours, you will arrive at Llactapata where you will have an amazing view of Machu Picchu. Here you will have time to rest and enjoy the scenery. A descending trail will take you to the Hydroelectric where you will eat lunch. The last park of the trek, an approximately 2 hour’s walk, takes us to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, will be accommodated at the hotel (included on this package). You will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant at about 7:00p.m.
Note: if we the trekkers does not has more legs to walk more in the mountains, we will catch the traditional route form Santa Teresa to Hydroelectric and then to Aguas Caleintes town (without Llactapata.

Day 05: Visit Machu piicchu - Return to Cusco

Today is the most important day of the adventure. To get the most of the day, we encourage every group to have a very early breakfast before catching one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu (starts at 5:30AM). Do not worry about your bags; the hotel will keep for you until you return from your tour. The bus will take 35 minutes to the top and once you arrive, your guide will introduce you to Machu Picchu. Your guide will walk you around the citadel for about 2.5 hours teaching you more of the history and culture of the Incas and the importance. At the end of the tour you can roam a bit on your own, of if you arranged to hike Huaynapicchu * (must be done in advance as it sells out and costs $20 per person), your guide will show you where to line up to begin this hike, which will take no more than 2 hours roundtrip. You should start heading to the bus line to head back to Aguas Calientes around 3PM, as your train will typically leave at 16:20 or 18:30 (your guide will explain if the train time is earlier – based on availability and time of the groups leaving Aguas Calientes that day). You will head by train to Ollantaytambo, which will take 2 hours, and then a 2-hour car ride back to Cusco.



• Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office, for an orientation meeting at 7:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.
• Transport: Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Challacancha (starting point of the trek).
• English speaking professional and official tourist guide 
• Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Kailas, Pro aconcagua and REI 4 Outfitter tents are employed when double accommodation is requested. 
• Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs. 
• Inside the tents: Sleeping pad or matrasses, pillow and extra blanket
• Entrance fee: Ticket to Machupicchu
• Accommodation: 3 nights in tent and 1 night in hostel Aguas Calientes
• Cargo Mules: to carry the all camping equipment and your personal baggage (7 kilos).
• Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
• person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag)
• Cook: In charge to prepared all the meals along the journey, over 6 people cook assistant
• Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 dinners and Snacks
• Meals description: Pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude
• Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite we will wake you up with a cup of coca tea our support staff will bring the coca tea to your tent in order to wake you up.
• Tea time: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the cooks will let on the dining table pop-corn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
• Daily snacks - Days 1, 2 and 3: Our Snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, Caramels we will give this snack at the beginning of each day trek in a cloth bag to avoid environmental contamination.
• One sleeping pad per person
• Hotel: 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
• Safety staff: Our crew bring the First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
• Train tickets: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (expedition service)
• Transport: Transfer from Ollantaytambo Train Station to hotel in Cusco (Day 5)
• Transport: Collective Bus from la playa to Santa Teresa or Hydroelectric
• 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit


• Personal trekking gear.
• Lunch and dinner on the last day after the guided tour at Machu Picchu
• Walking Sticks
• Sleeping bags (you can hire from our company), our sleeping bags are -18ºC- comfort (0ºF), mummy form They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips


• One sleeping bag per person: our sleeping bags are -18ºC-comfort (0ºF), mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips, can also be hired in our office for US$20.
• One pillow per person
• Well worn-in waterproof walking boots: Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential. Whatever you wear on your feet the most important thing is comfort. It is vital to ensure your boots are well worn in and lightweight.
• Waterproof clothing: A plastic poncho is recommended and can be purchased easily for approximately USD 2.
• A plastic bag to keep clean and dry your staff in your bag pack and duffle bag.
• A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
• Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
• Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
• Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
• Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
• Light wear (t-shirt, short pants) to hike on the jungle
• Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
• Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions) near please to charge the battery with electricity is the 3er day afternoon on the camp site.
• Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
• Sun block
• Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
• Toilet paper
• Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
• Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers or metal ones are recommended
• Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
• Small towel
• Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in AGUAS CALIENTES)
• Cash in soles
• Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)


• Original Passports
• Salkantay Trek Map(Will be provide in the briefing day)
• Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)


We can hire the following to you:
• Extra mule to carry YOUR things IF you are considering to bring more than 7 kilos of personal belongings such as (photography equipment; or YOU just want to walk without anything) for 3 days PRICE: S/. 120 SOLES
• Extra riding mule and muleteer to lead it for 3 days. PRICE: USD S/. 150 SOLES
• Sleeping Bag suitable for – 10deg PRICE: USD 20 DOLLARS
• Walking stick lightweight aluminum - Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes. PRICE: USD 15 DOLLARS
• Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share a tent) PRICE: USD 20 DOLLARS


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USD $ 430

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Students $20, Under 18 Discount $20, Under 7 Discount $50. Student Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trip or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to info@doadventures.com.


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