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Chaullay is a populated place located in Cusco, Perú. Chaullay Perú is located in the Convention province of the department of Cusco in Peru at about 2900 meters above sea level in the middle of the jungle.

It is 19.8 kilometers from Soraypampa, and from this town to Machu Picchu there is a distance of 133 kilometers.

This is a camping area used depending on the itinerary, on the second or third day of the trek from the Salkantay route to Machu Picchu, after the Salkantay pass located at 4600 masl, inhabited by a few families who live from agriculture and the small economic movement generated by tourists who come to this place, on this site it is possible to buy a few products that the locals offer to re-supply visitors who constantly come to this place.


Geographic Information

It is exactly located at -12.95 degrees latitude and -72.65 degrees longitude.

  • Latitude: -12.95
  • Longitude: -72.65

Weather in Chaullay Perú

Since it is located on a closed slope of the Salkantay river, it has a temperate and variant climate that, depending on the seasons to which Cusco is governed, is found in the rainy period between the months of November – April and in the dry period between the months of May – October in the dry period, however it is necessary to emphasize that due to its location it receives abundant rains.


Best trails in Chaullay Perú


Inka Jungle Trail

  • Distance: 21.49 kilometers
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Santa María Cusco – Chaullay – Quillabamba

  • Distance: 24.57 kilometers
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chaullay – Sacsayhuamán

  • Distance: 174.54 kilometers
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Walk to Salkantay through Chaullay

It is an old and remote alternative trail to the Inca Trail 4 days / 3 nights, it has much more spectacular views and with various ecological floors we will walk between lagoons, impressive snow-capped mountains such as Nevado Salkantay and Nevado Humantay, crossing rivers and subtropical areas with abundant vegetation and wildlife. This path is an excellent option for those who want to escape the most congested routes and in a faster way, or for those who are looking for an alternative when the spaces of the traditional Inca Trail are occupied.


This impressive excursion passes under the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6,710 m / 22,014 ft), one of the highest and most impressive in the Peruvian Andes. Your first two days will be dominated by the impressive snowcapped mountains of Salkantay and Humantay, as you tour the high Andean landscape. The third day you will descend into the warm cloud forest, to reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day.


The impressive sacred citadel of the Incas Machu Picchu is visited on the last day of the program. This excursion is an interesting alternative for those who have not found space on the route of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The Salkantay Trek 5 days / 4 nights excursion was recently named by National Geographic Adventure Travel magazine among the best 25 excursions in the world.


The trek to Salkantay by Chaullay Perú used to take four days of hiking. Adding to this a day to visit Machu Picchu, the agencies of Cusco developed packages of 5 days / 4 nights.


Today, however, the vehicular road has advanced along both ends of the old route. To the south, he advanced from Mollepata to Soraypampa, which used to be a full day of walking. From the north, it advanced to Chaullay, cutting two good days from Chaullay to Santa Teresa or from Chaullay to the hydroelectric.


Some attractions within the Salkantay trek:


The Humantay lagoon

A beautiful lagoon located within the Salkantay trek, to be able to start the trek up to the lagoon you must take all possible precautions such as carrying a flashlight, walking sticks, warm clothing, sunglasses … etc, the path is the same to go to the snowy Salkantay taking a detour halfway to reach the lagoon after approximately hours of walking.


Snowy Salkantay

It is the highest peak of the Vilcabamba mountain range, part of the Peruvian Andes. It is located in the Cusco region 60 km (40 mi) West – Northwest of the city of Cusco. It is the 38th highest peak in the Andes and the 12th highest in Peru. However, it is the second highest in topographic prominence in the country, after Huascarán.


The snowy “Salkantay” is the tutelary Apu of Cusco with 6271 meters altitude. On this tour you see beautiful Andean landscapes, you pass a pass of 5000 meters and you have the possibility to observe Condors and Alpacas in their natural habitat.


Cocalmayo hot springs

The Cocalmayo Hot Springs are also known as the Baths of Santa Teresa, this tourist resource is located in the Santa Teresa district, in the province of La Convencion, in Cusco. The Cocalmayo Hot Springs have three pools which have a maximum temperature of 44ºC.


Taking a bath in the Cocalmayo Thermal Baths is a great experience, it is located between a huge river and a small mountain. Visitors to Cocalmayo can enjoy outdoor pools fed by natural hot springs, built between a small mountain full of vegetation and the Urubamba River.


Macchu Picchu

Machu Picchu means old mountain in Quechua, it is a stone city, built by the Incas around the 15th century and located at 2,360 meters above sea level. The Inca city is surrounded by temples, platforms and water channels, built on top of a mountain and its construction was built with large stone blocks joined together, without the use of amalgam. It is located 130 km from the city of Cusco and since the explorer Hiram Bingham made it known to the world in 1911, it has received many titles and recognitions.


Machu Picchu, is considered at the same time a masterpiece of architecture and engineering. Its peculiar architectural and landscape characteristics, and the veil of mystery that has woven around it much of the literature published on the site, have made it one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet.


Machu Picchu, has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1983, as part of a whole cultural and ecological complex known under the name “Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu”. On July 7, 2007 Machu Picchu was declared one of the new seven wonders of the modern world in a ceremony held in Lisbon (Portugal), which counted with the participation of one hundred million voters around the world.



Although the difficulty of this Trek is slightly higher than that of the Inca Trail, it is not a high level Trek either. Indeed, it is longer (5 days instead of 4), higher, wilder but it is there where we find the hypnotizing charm of this place. The Salkantay excursion was recently named by National Geographic Adventure Travel magazine among the top 25 excursions in the world.



The climate in Salkantay is very varied, as it winds through very different terrain at different altitudes. The only place where the weather is a serious concern is Salkantay Pass and nearby areas. Temperatures here and in the nearby Soraypampa camp may drop below freezing. The other camps are much warmer, due to their proximity to the cloud forest.


Ideal time for travel

The best time to do routes in this part of Peru is from May to December, the dry season. Especially between June and August, as can be seen in the image on the right. The period from January to March should be avoided at all costs, as it is quite rainy: not only is it unpleasant to walk on a path that becomes slippery muddy, it also increases the danger of slipping or falling stones. Also, this is the best time to hike the 4 day Inca Trail Tour2 day Inca TrailMachu Picchu 3 day hike2 day Inca Trail with campingone day Inca Trail.


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