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Salkantay Trek 5 Days

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is perfectly combines cultural and natural beauty; we will enjoy the challenge of the ecosystem and the magnificent view of the snow-capped Salkantay (6264m/20551f), considered as the most representative mountain of the mountain range of Vilcabamba. The trek takes us back to the time of the Incas and makes us aware

of the spirits of mountains such as the Tucarhuay or the Humantay which peak higher than 5000 meters (16404 feet).

Salkantay and Machu Picchu Itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata (Marcoccasa) – Soraypampa

Salkantay Trek - SoraypampaWe will leave Cusco at 5:00am and head towards Marcoccasa (3400m/11154f), passing the village Mollepata (3000m/9843f). In Marcoccasa we will meet the horsemen and the rest of the group and start our trek. We start hiking within a magnificent valley, surrounded by the most important snow-capped mountains such as the Humantay (5217m/17116f) and the Salkantay (6264m/20551f). Our campsite will be at Soraypampa (3900m/12795f).

Climate: cold
Transport time: 3hrs 00 hours   
Hiking time: 6 hours


Optional: After having lunch in Soraypampa, we strongly recommend hiking to Laguna de Humantay where you are able to discover the beautiful view of Humantay Lake and Humantay snow-covered.

Hiking time from Soraypampa (3900m/12795ft) to Humantay lake (4220m/13845ft). Hiking Time 2 hours.

Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay pass – Rayanpata (Andenes)

After breakfast we will set off towards the Salkantay PassSalkantay Trek - Pass (4600m/15092f) which offers an exceptional view of the Salkantay snow-capped (6264m). Thereafter we will descend again and will have time to enjoy the increasing vegetation of the ecosystem. Our campsite will be in Rayanpata (3350m/10990ft), amidst the tropical forest.

Climate: cold and warm with mosquitoes
hiking time: 7-8 hours

Day 3: Rayanpata (Andenes) – Chaullay - Wiñaypoco - Lucmabamba

Salkatay Trek - LucmabambaThe third day is dedicated to the region’s flora and its plantations. After descending to a dimmed forest and enjoying the diversity of species of orchids, bromeliads and many other plants, we will see coffee-, cacao- and fruit-plantations. Moreover, we will have the pleasure to meet local families of Chaullay (2950m/9678ft) Wiñaypoco (2650m/8694f), La Playa (2100m/6890f) and Lucmabamba (2000m/6561ft). Our campsite will be in Lucmabamba.

This afternoon you stay in contact with a local rural family from the forest in which you will have the opportunity to witness the cultivation and processing of coffee.
Depending on the variety, it takes approximately 3 to 4 years for newly planted coffee trees to begin to bear fruit.  The fruit, called the coffee cherry, turns a bright, deep red when it is ripe and ready to be harvested. Due to the botanical characteristics of the coffee tree and the fact that coffee is often grown in mountainous areas, widespread use of mechanical harvesters is not possible and the ripe coffee cherries are usually picked by hand, a labour-intensive and difficult process. We will show and explain to you the complete process from the tree to the cup of coffee. You will also have the opportunity to ask the locals your own questions about the process of cultivation.

Climate: warm during the day with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 7 hours

Optional: After arduous hiking days we suggest to be relaxed at the hot mineral spring of Santa Teresa then it must be coordinated with your tour guide to be arranged a vehicle from Lucmabamba to Santa Teresa.

Day 4: Lucmabamba - Llactapata Inca site – Machu Picchu town

After breakfast, we will hike up on the Inca trail to the archaeological site of Llactapata at 2650m/8694f (Beautiful scenery for discovering flora and evidence of Inca culture). From here we will have an outstanding view over Machu Picchu Mountain and Vilcanota Canyon). Afterwards we will continue down to Hydroelectric train station (1950m/6398f), where we stop for a while to be relaxed before we continue by train to Machupicchu town (2050m/6726f). Overnight in Machu Picchu town.

Climate: warm with some insects
Hiking time: 6 hours

Day 5: Machu Picchu town - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Machu Picchu by Salkantay TrekWe will leave our hotel after breakfast at 5:30am and head for Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f) by tourist bus. We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00am. After a guided tour around the archaeological site, including information about life and culture of the Incas, you will have enough time to enjoy Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (2750m/9022f) on your own. We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either around 18hrs 20. Until then you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants. Moreover you can visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax a bit.
Hiking time: 3 hours

What do I need to bring?

Backpack with rain shelter, sleeping back, clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket, rain trousers and lightweight trousers, trekking shoes, slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs), woolen or synthetic socks, a sweater, long- and short-sleeved polo’s/t-shirts, a rain poncho, a hat, bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes), sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper, photo camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries, some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit, original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.

Note: Since the weather can be very cold and misty, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.

What do I need to bring?

· Backpack with rain shelter.
· Sleeping bag.
· Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
· Rain pants and lightweight pants.
· Trekking shoes.
· Slippers or sandals (for showers and Hot Springs).
· Woollen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
· Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
· Rain poncho and a hat.
· Bathing suit (for the Hot Springs in Machu Picchu town).
· Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
· Camera (wrapped in plastic bag).
· Flash light and batteries.
· Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
· Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
· Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night. So take some clothes   to change.

Included:

· Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to Mollepata (Marcoccasa).
· Transport from Lucmabamba to the Hydroelectric station (just for the equipment and everyone’s bag).
· Tourist Train from the Hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes.
· Tourist Bus from Machu Picchu town to Machu Picchu.
· Tourist train from Machu Picchu town to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
· Hostel with Private Room and Bathroom in Aguas Calientes town or Machu Picchu town (Machu Picchu, Continental or       similar).
· Entrance fee to the National Park of Salkantay and Machu Picchu.
· Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
· High quality camping equipment (Professional tent, Doite Cima 4, for 2 persons) Mattresses, eating tent with table and       chairs, bathroom tent).
· Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and tea time/Optional vegetarian)
· Cook and assistant.
· Horseman and mules for up to 7kg of a customer's personal equipment.
· Emergency horse.
· First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.

Not included:

· Breakfast on day first and lunch on the last day in Machu Picchu town
· Tourist Bus from Machu Picchu to Machu Picchu town (After Machu Picchu guiding you can discover more about Machu     Picchu park then on the way back to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town you can do it hiking otherwise you can take a   bus at an extra cost $ 10.00 per person)
· Sleeping bag (If you don't have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting a good quality – 10° for $ 6.00 per         day).

Notes:

(1) From the first to the third day (from Marcoccasa to La Playa) we are accompanied by horsemen and mules that will carry all camping equipment and the customer’s private luggage (up to 7 kg). On the fourth day all luggage will be transferred to the hydroelectric station by car.

(2) Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional US $ 20.00 and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well (This new State law  began since the 18th of February, 2018).

(3) Tips for Hoseman, cooks and guides are always welcome. The Horseman are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.

Conditions & Terms:

1) We require an immediate deposit of US $ 150 for all bookings

2) For all tours and treks the balance can be paid up to 48 hours prior to the start of the program. In case of paying the balance in the office of XTreme Tourbulencia we only accept cash payment. Failure to pay the trek balance will result in tour cancellation.

3) If a participant decides to cancel during the breefing 2 days prior to departure, he or she has to pay the full amount of the trek. XTreme Tourbulencia however, will cover the expenses (hotel and train ticket) made by that participant to visit Machu Picchu. This offer of ours must be confirmed at the breefing itself.

4) The Client may cancel the Package booking at any time provided that the cancellation is communicated to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in writing. Cancellation charges will be applied as shown below calculated from the day written notification is received by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All reservations cancelled less than 15 days prior to the departure date of the tour are subject to a cancellation fee: Period before departure written notification is received   

5) The Salkantay Trek is non-transferable, non-reimbursable and the participant cannot change the date of departure

6) If during the length of the program the traveler abandons the excursion as a decision made by him- or herself, no reimbursement will be made and no claim will be accepted. XTreme Tourbulencia does not cover the expenses made by the traveler for a hotel and the transport back to Cusco or to Aguas Calientes, as well as a hotel in Aguas Calientes. Also, the traveler will be accompanied by a co-worker of XTreme Tourbulencia back to the train station.

7) Certain Services might be interrupted or even cancelled due to weather conditions, natural disasters or other disturbances. These are out of the control of hotels, Service suppliers, XTreme Tourbulencia or its partners and therefore, no refund will be given.

8) For the student discount of $ 20 UDS we require a copy of a university student card with valid expiration date and picture on it. It is very important bring with you your original student card to valid the discount. In the event that we don't receive the scanned copy of the card along with your reservation form, we will process your reservation with adult price.

9) If XTreme Tourbulencia doesn't confirm the reservation, the deposit will be refunded

10) In case of force majeur, when a trek cannot start or completed, XTreme Tourbulencia will find an alternative to go to Machu Picchu. If this alternative is of lower value than the originally booked excursion, XTreme Tourbulencia will refund the difference.

11) It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accidents, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. XTreme Tourbulencia cannot be considered responsible for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her acts

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