One of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. This trek is open to everybody meaning that there are no permit limitations. Here we will have horses and mules to carry the gear and cooking equipment. It’s a beautiful trek that takes us along the highlands of the Andes into the cloud forest connecting the village of Mollepata with Machu Picchu.
This trek is located less than sixty miles northwest of Cusco in the Vilcabamba mountain range, south central Peru. Rising to 20,574 feet, Mount Salkantay is an outstanding glacier-capped summit worshipped for thousands of years by local Peruvians. Our classic Salkantay Trek is a custom-designed alternative to the traditional Inca Trail. Off the beaten path, this is a cutting edge experience for adventure travelers looking for a little more privacy and authenticity.
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Detailed Travel Itinerary with Amazing Andean Adventures
The adventure begins by picking you up early in the morning from your hotel in Cusco. After a 2 hours bus ride to Mollepata we will stop for a quick breakfast, here we will meet our horsemen that will be in charge of taking our gear the following days. we’ll continue for a 1 hour drive until we arrive at Challacancha, where the trek begins. After 2 hour hike towards we will arrive to our campsite in Soraypampa (12630 ft.), where we will experience a stunning view of the Vilcabamba mountain ranges and the first view of the Salkantay peak. Then, afternoon option to either stay at the camp or go on a spectacular 3 hour (round-trip) hike to Lake Soraycocha to admire the stunning waters and its surrounding scenery.
Physically, this is the hardest day of the trek, Our hike will take approximately 4 hours, as the trail ascends steeply toward Salkantay pass (15252 ft.).
where we will get the best views of the Salkantay mountain after little rest our hike will continue with a 2 hours downhill, arriving to Wayraqmachay here we will stop for our lunch prepared by our Chef, after which we will have a 3 more hours of downhill to reach the village of Colcapampa (9514 ft.) where our campsite will be set up.
Today, begin by the passing the town of Colcapampa, and follow the trail that winds sh
arply down into the cloud forest following the Lluskcamayo river and winding through the beautiful waterfalls with tropical flora and fauna, in the afternoon we will go for a relaxing thermal baths at the hot springs of Colpani, we will camp at Santa Teresa town ( 5576 ft.).
Our last day on the trail we will take us from Santa Teresa along a relaxing path for 4 hours to reach the hydroelectric stations where we will have lunch, from here we will continue our hike along the train tracks with the exuberant vegetation and colorful births after 3 hours we will arrive Aguas Calientes town.
Overnight at El Mapi Hotel or similar.
This Day we will take a half hour bus ride that will bring you to the mountain citadel of Machu Picchu (8,040 ft.). Once here, your Guide will give you an early morning guided tour at the Citadel, Lunch at the town of Aguas Calientes before the train ride back to the Sacred Valley and Cusco. End of this Amazing Andean Adventure.
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We were recommended this company by our neighbor. Ruben/Juan was great with questions and provided a lot of valuable information as I was planning parts on my own instead using a set tour, partially due to wanting to climb one of the optional peaks which you need to book months in advance. We then hit a snag with my wife’s passport and Ruben happily rearranged the tour for us even though we gave last minute notice.
Our tour guide Wagner met us where the bus dropped us of (can be arranged to pick up from your hotel as well), and we spent the next two hours learning a lot about the history of the site and he took us away from the crowds, and accommodated our photos requests. After we hung around and explored on our own until it was time to leave….
FANTASTIC!!! From start to finish! Amazing Andean Adventures was in charge for our entire 8 day trip to Peru. Every detail and pick up was perfect. Every driver and guide was great! Thank you Kivin and Joaquin for finding my camera!
There was one special guide that we will never forget. Dany met us at our hotel in Agnes Calientes and was very patient as our train was late arriving. His knowledge of the history and culture of the Incans made the tour of Machu Picchu come alive! We were fortunate to have Dany for two days, always upbeat, helpful, fun, and competent. The Cusco City Tour was also amazing with the continuing history making us feel like we were actually there in the time of the Inca rule. Magical…
We traveled to Cusco this December with a three day private tour planned with Danny. My mom had done a similar tour with Danny and recommended him/amazing andean adventures to us! Our three day adventure was pretty much perfect; danny was always early to meet us, super friendly, with great english and tons of knowledge to share about the ruins and inca historical sites we visited. He even made the rain clear up so we could get a perfect view of machu picchu after our hike. On day one we went from our hotel to various destinations in sacred valley, which I worked with the company to plan so that we would hit all the spots I wanted to. They were helpful and accommodating in building a highly individualized itinerary…
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