Be surrounded by the pure magic of the Andes and it’s people
Day 1 Cusco to Soraypampa
We’ll get started nice and early with our private transportation collecting us from our hotel at 6:00 in the morning from Cusco to Mollepata, where we will have our breakfast stop in a local, safe, clean restaurant. Once we’ve eaten we will then transfer from Mollepata to Soraypampa. Please note this is a private car transfer to Soraypampa, thus decreasing walking time on day one.
After a 3 hour drive to Soraypampa, we will have lunch here while enjoying our first magnificent views of the mountain, Huamantay. After lunch we will start our hike up hill for 2 to 3 hours, making sure to go at our own pace to our first campsite of Soyrococha, (4100 msnm). A babbling stream runs by the campsite, making a very tranquil first night.
Nevado Salkantay is an incredible sight in the background and on a good morning the glaciers are visible, a great way to begin our second day!
Meals: L, D.
Day 2 Salkantay Pampa to Colcapampa or Chaullay
After our first days hike, introduction to high altitude and a good nights rest, we begin our second day hiking to Nevado Salkantay Pass which is around c.4800 m high. On reaching the summit and the highest point of the trek, we will find a stack of rocks (a cairn) signifying the top of the pass. We will be surrounded by glaciers at this point, Salcantay (6271 msnm) and Humantay (5850 msnm), it’s a great photograph opportunity and a chance to take a moment to really appreciate where you are
Reaching this pass takes around 1 hour, our route then follows a downhill path to either Colcapampa or Chaullay campsites. (c.2820m). We will experience a dramatic change in the vegetation from the High Puna grassland where an Andean grass, known as Ichu mainly grows, to find ourselves in the high Cloud Forest and bamboos
There are good camping facilities (Colcapampa or Chaullay) at both sites with awesome views of the Santa Teresa River and the surrounding valley.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 3 Colcapampa or Chaullay to Playa or Santa Teresa Hot Springs
Day three brings a welcome break from our ascending previous days as we will be trekking mostly downhill. The temperature becomes warmer as we are at lower altitude and the environment becomes more subtropical and the fauna more exotic. There are many places to stop and enjoy the cascading river that follows the trail. In a particularly beautiful section of the route we can appreciate orchids, bromelids a wide variety of different insects and even snakes.
The Playa campsite is a welcome sight, aiming to reach here in perfect time for lunch. We will have descended to c.2085m and after lunch we continue walking to Lucmabamba campsite or we have the option to take a car for 45 minutes to the Canopy Cola de Mono where we camp. The adrenalin junkies amongst us can choose to do the zipline this afternoon or tomorrow in the morning in Cola de Mono.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 4 Cola de Mono to Aguas Calientes
In the morning a car will transfer us to Lucmabamba (if we don’t camp in Cola de Mono) where the hike to Llactapata starts. This is a tough 3 hours up hill, from the top we will have our first glimpse of Machu Picchu and a delicious box lunch will be waiting for us at the top before the next 2 hours descent to the hydroelectric station.
Depending on the time, we can take an easy walk along the train lines (around 2 hours) walking into the town of Aguas Calientes or we can take the train. On arrival at Aguas Calientes, we will check in to our hotel and freshen up. Meeting up again to enjoy our well deserved celebratory dinner then ready for an early nights rest for our next expedition and final trek day, visiting Machu Picchu!!
Meals: B, L.
More info about the Zipline: http://canopyperu.com/en/
Day 5 Day tour to Machu Picchu
After our comfortable nights sleep and an early breakfast, we take a bus up early in the morning to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary so we can appreciate this famous city at dawn and before the crowds arrive. We will have 2 to 3 hours with our guide and then enjoy free time to explore the mysteries and magnificence of Machu Picchu.
We return to Ollantaytambo train station by train from Aguas Calientes, late in the afternoon and from this small village our car we will be waiting to transfer us to Cusco. Other companies offer a train back to Poroy in Cusco, but we try to save time. The train service slow and the best way to get back to Cusco is to transfer to a private car service.
Hotel collection and transport to trailhead
Return train to Cusco
While camping, 3 good and nutritious meals per day made by experienced cook. Optional meals for vegetarians.
Camping equipment includes tents, mattresses, and kitchen equipment.
Muleteer and mules for camping, kitchen equipment and passengers luggage.
Emergency horse(s) for riding in case of illness or injury
Drinking water provided throughout trek
Entrance to Machu Picchu, Round trip Bus Tickets, Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
Services Not Included:
Breakfast Day 1
Dinner Day 5
Lunch at Machu Picchu
Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes