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    Lima & Salkantay Trek Machu Picchu

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    Lima & Salkantay Trek Machu PicchuLima, the City of Kings, the City three times Crowned, was founded by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, on the banks of the Rímac River, over a valley inhabited by local cultures.

    Enjoy the best experience in Peru and start your trip with the most beautiful and historical city in Peru.Today this great city, is the capital of the Republic of Peru and it is a great metropolis with more than 8 million inhabitants, in permanent transformation of modernity thanks to the economic boom of the country, being one of the fastest growing economies in the country world.

    Its historic center houses treasures of colonial and republican architecture and has been declared a World Heritage Site by the beauty and richness of many of its buildings, adorned with Moorish style balconies, temples and beautifully decorated churches and colonial mansions.

    After your visit in the city of kings, explore the natural beauty of Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, one of the most incredible ways to visit Machu Picchu. This hiking route crosses the imposing snowy Salkantay and then reaches the Wonder of the World. Would you like to know Machu Picchu with this adventure surrounded by amazing landscapes? Know everything you need to know about the Salkantay trek. Ready for your next incredible adventure?


    Quick Itinerary

    • Day 01: Lima
    • Day 02: Cusco
    • Day 03 – 06: Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu
    • Day 07: Visit Machu Picchu
    • Day 08: Departure day

    Highlights of Lima & Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu

    • Hiking the Salkantay Trek only for 5 days enjoying explanations of a professional Tour Guide,
    • Visit  Humantay Lagoon,
    • Exploration of the mystical Machu Picchu.

    Departure Point: We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco.

    Departure Time: 05:00

    Briefing Point: Our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek

    Briefing Time: Between 17:00 – 18:00

    Return Point: Our driver will drop-off in your hotel or Airbnb department of Cusco

    Day 01: Lima

    On this day our representative staff wil be waiting for you at the airport to transport you to your Hotel. Then you will have the day free to explore Lima by your own

    Day 02: Cusco

    On this day our staff will be waiting for you at the airport to transport you to your Hotel. Also you will have the day free to acclimate for the next day. We suggest you to visit some interesting atractions around Cusco as Sacsayhuaman, Qoricancha, the Cathedral. You can take for this trips a city tour in Cusco (extra service).


    Day 03 – 06: Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu

    The Salkantay trek is a hiking trail that takes you to the Inca City of Machu Picchu. The total distance of the walk is approximately 70 kilometers (5 days of route). Also known as Salkantay, snow capped peak of Peru located in the department of Cusco; It constitutes one of the main elevations of the Cordillera de Vilcabamba, an extension of the Eastern Cordillera, a mountain branch of the Peruvian Andes. It reaches an altitude of 6,271 meters. It presents two summits covered by snow, known as China Salkantay and Salkantay female, separated by a port that opens to the Santa Ana Valley in the province of Urubamba. Both the mountain pass and the fluvial course that is born there are called Salkantay. This river pours its waters into the Urubamba on its left bank.

    • DAY 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA: Pick up from the hotel (5:00 am approx.) We board the car to the town of Mollepata about 2.5 hours, upon arrival at the town breakfast then continue by car until you reach CHALLACANCHA to start our walk 2 3 hours approximately BY A ROAD AND INKA CHANNEL, TO ARRIVE TO SORAYPAMPA where we will have our lunch. In the afternoon you can take the opportunity to visit the Humantay Lagoon (4200 masl), it is 2 hours uphill and 1 hour down to the Soraypampa camp (3850 meters above sea level) and there we will spend the night after our dinner.
    • DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA – CHAULLAY: Very early in the morning we will leave our camp, after a fortifying breakfast with direction to the snowy Salkantay (4,620 masl) which is the highest point of the whole route for approximately 4 hours we will ascend this first step where we will have a short break to be able Take the breathtaking views that will be appreciated from this point. During the journey we will find several mounds of stones called Apachetas. Then we will descend for approximately 2 hours to Wayracmachay where we will have lunch and then continue walking for 3 hours approx. until we reach Chaullay where our second camp is located. Dinner and overnight.
    • DAY 3: CHAULLAY – THE BEACH (Sawayaco) – SANTA TERESA: After our breakfast we leave from chaullay at 7:00 am. approx. to continue with our walk towards Collcapampa where we will pass through narrow paths with abundant flora typical of the area such as the different types of orchids and waterfalls that will be seen during the whole journey. After 5 hours of walking we will finally arrive at Sawayaco, also known as the beach where we will have lunch and then we will take a car to Santa Teresa, located at 1,645 meters above sea level, for approximately 45 minutes we will be in Santa Teresa around 3.00 pm where we will settle. After a short rest we will go to the medicinal baths (not included) which is located at 4.5 km approx. of Santa Teresa. Dinner and overnight.
    • DAY 4: SANTA TERESA – HYDROELECTRIC – AGUAS CALIENTES: At 8:00 am. Approx. In the morning after having our breakfast, we will go by car for approximately 30 minutes until arriving at Hidroeléctrica, after arriving at Hidroeléctrica we will continue walking approximately 3 hours until we reach Aguas Calientes. Arriving at hot waters where we will have lunch and we will settle in the lodging and we will coordinate the ascent of the following day to the city of Machu Picchu.

    Remember that you can choose visit Santa Teresa or continue with the classic path through Llactapata.


    Day 07: Visit Machu Picchu

    Very early in the morning (5:30 am) we will take our breakfast to transport us in the first bus that will take us to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu for approximately 30 minutes. Then we will have our guided tour for about 2 hours where the guide will take us to the most important places of the citadel, after our visit we will have the rest of the hours free to take pictures and tour by our account in Machu Picchu (time It depends a lot on the train schedule given since it has to be half an hour before the departure of your train in the station), the other option is to go up Huayna Picchu or Mountain (not included) to appreciate the impressive view of the whole citadel. Finally we will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes to then go to the station and wait for our train that will take us back to the town of Ollantaytambo and then by bus to Cusco.


    Day 08: Departure Day

    Hope you have the best experience with us, this is the end of our service. Thanks for choosing Tierras Vivas.



    • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing);
    • Domestic flight from Lima – Cusco – Lima (23 kg luggage per person)
    • Early morning transfer by private bus to Challacancha – the initial point of the trek;
    • Accommodation: Campsites (3 nights), Hotel in Machu Picchu (1 night), Hotel in Lima (1 night), Hotel in Cusco (2 nights);
    • Entrance fee to Salkantay and Machu Picchu;
    • Meals: 4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner and 4x afternoon hot beverages (please advise us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost);
    • Snack every morning;
    • Professional bilingual Tour Guide (a group of up to 8 participants receives 1 Guide, a group over 8 persons receives 2 Guides);
    • Professional Cook; Horseman;
    • Horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 7 kg of each passenger’s stuff;
    • An emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower;
    • Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own);
    • Camping equipment: Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
    • Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress);
    • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
    • A pair Hiking poles
    • A blanket per person
    • An inflatable pillow;
    • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
    • Plastic Rain Ponchos;
    • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings 5kg);
    • A T-shirt of Machu Picchu;
    • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town;
    • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
    • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco;
    • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

    Not Included:

    • Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day;
    • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ( U$80);
    • A shuttle bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu (U$12 – one way);
    • Travel insurance;
    • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);

    Single room & Tent: Please note that if you have booked the “Single room & tent” option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights.

    What to Pack

    • Trekking shoes/hiking boots to walk on trails, Inca trails, mountains, glaciers, it is very important to wear hiking shoes that offer support, anti-slide, grid and shock absorption so that you can focus on a beautiful scenery of your trek and not on your feet. The shoes also should be waterproof and have got a cartage tongue and ankle cuffs that provide comfort and protection. Rubber sole as an impact protection is also recommended.
    • Small rucksack to carry your personal items during daily travels when all your baggage is not necessary.
    • Travel insurance (+ copies in a case of lost).
    • Jacket needs to be light, waterproof, windproog, especially designed for adventure and preferably made of bright colours to make you visible from far.
    • Trekking trousers should be convertible (trousers – shorts), should have pockets of a big capacity as well as satisfy your comfort during weather changes. It is suitable to be made of resistant and waterproof fabrics.
    • Walking sticks/poles enable you to walk with ease providing you with support on each step. They should be light, compact, preferably made of aluminum alloy and have an antishock system that absorb impacts before they reach your hand wrists.
    • Sandals for a better comfort whilst at a campsite.
    • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping).
    • Hat or a cap as a protection against the Sun, rain as well as cold).
    • Sun cream or sun block
    • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
    • Insect repellent when in area with insect occurrence.
    • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions).
    • Flashlight/headlamp + batteries
    • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper
    • Small towel and toiletries
    • Sufficient reserve of underwear and extra socks
    • Swimsuits when you pass through warm areas with lagoons, rivers, hot springs in Agua Calientes and Lares or other water sources.
    • Snacks such as biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
    • Bottled water and a water bottle to be refilled. Metallic (alternatively Nalgene) bottles are ideal.
    • Water-purifying tablets if you like to use water from streams along a trail.
    • Cash in a local currency
    • Passport
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