The mountains of the Cordillera Vilcabamba rise to form a ragged chain between the regions’ two great rivers; the Urubamba and the Apurimac. Along the cordillera’s northern side, massive snow peaks collide with lush tropical rain forests.
Located northwest of Cusco, Salkantay Mountain(salkantay trek), the cordillera’s tallest peak, is at the eastern end of the chain and rises to 6271 meters above sea level. The name Salkantay means ‘Savage Mountain’ which may refer to the swirling clouds that rise up from the jungle lowlands and engulf the peak.
We pick you up from the hotel in Cusco at 5:30 to go by private bus to Mollepata which takes 2.5 hours. We stop in Mollepata to have breakfast in one of the restaurants that there is in Mollepata town. After breakfast we go 1 more hour bye car to the beginning of the hike. Around 9:30 we start our hike to Soraypampa campsite about 3 hours hike to get there. Once at the campsite we have lunch and then we go up to Umantay Lake 3 hours round-trip hiking to get to see the beautiful lake of Umantay. Back at the campsite we have the happy hour which means that we have on the dining table different type of teas, coffee, biscuits, popcorn, etc. this is going be like one hour before to have dinner while we are talking about anything that you would like to talk and then we have dinner. And then the guide will give a small briefing about the next day. Buenas noches amigos.
Today we start very early in order to make on time to the second campsite. After a nutritious breakfast we start hiking by 6:30 up to the highest point of the whole Salkantay trek which takes about 3.5 uphill hiking. Once at the top we enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding and the time to take pictures. Afterwards we start the downhill hike to the lunch spot about 2 hours hiking. After lunch we hike 3 more hours downhill to the campsite which is Chaullay.
Today is the nature day we hike through the Santa Teresa valley. This is a very interesting valley full of local flora and some of fauna and we will taste some of the local fruit that we have in the valley such as passion fruit, bananas, avocado, etc. the hike takes about 5.5 hours towards to la playa where we stop to have our lunch after lunch we catch a local transportation to Hidroelectrica power plant. From Hidroelectrica we have to options. We may hike 3 hours to Aguas Calientes along the train track or we may go by train to Aguas Calientes. Anyway once in Aguas Calientes we go to the hotel to take shower and relaxing. In the evening we have dinner in the local restaurant in Aguas Calientes town.
The most important day for most of the hikers after an early breakfast in the hotel you desist to take a bus up to Machupicchu complex or walking up. We recommend you to be in Machupicchu by 6:00 in order to see Machupicchu with fewer tourists. You will have 2.5 hours guided tour in complex after the guided tour you have free time to explore Machupicchu by yourselves or you can climb Huaynapicchu Mountain or Machupicchu Montaña but you have to book the tickets in advance. Afterwards you have to go back to Aguas Calientes town in order to catch the trail to Ollantaytambo town and then transfer by private bus to the hotel in Cusco.