DAY 1 CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA – HUMANTAY LAGOON
Today, your trekking adventure to Machu Picchu finally starts! Our guide will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco at 4:30 am. We will drive together with the group to Mollepata (approx. 3 hours), where we will have a nutricious breakfast. We will then drive one more hour to Challacancha (3,380 meters/ 11,090 feet), the starting point of our hike, passing the view point of Hornada Pata where the valley splits into two (Valley of Mollepata and Challacancha). The beginning of the trail will take us through some beautiful valleys. After a three hour hike, we arrive at our campsite in Soraypampa (3,900 meters/12,800 feet) at approximately 13:30 pm. We will have time to relax and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our cook.
Later, we will finally visit the famous Humantay Lagoon! After 1.5 hours of hiking, we will arrive at the lagoon (4,220 meters/ 13,850 feet) with incredibly blue-green water and the snowy Humantay Mountain peak behind it, making it one of the most impressive places in the Andes Mountains. We will take some time to admire the breathtaking views and then descent to our campsite in Soraypampa. Arriving at approximately 6:00 pm, we will have tea and dinner, and spend the night in our beautiful cabañas de vidrio.
Hiking Distance: 12 km/7.4 miles
DAY 2 SORAYMAPA – SALKANTAY PASS – LUCMABAMBA
At 5:00 am we will enjoy a large breakfast so that we have a lot of energy for our hike today. Starting our trek from Soraypampa, we will ascent for 4 hours to the highest point of the Salkantay Pass (4,650 meters/ 15,250 feet), where we enjoy breathtaking views of the snow capped high Andes Mountains of Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay, and Pumasillo. We will visit two important historical points (Salkantay-Pampa and Soyroq’ocha). Here we will make a ceremonial offering with coca leaves, which is beautiful Andean tradition with the purpose of showing gratitude towards Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus (Mountains). Besides, we will learn a lot about the history and beliefs of the Inca culture.
Passing through the high Andes Mountains, we will discover a beautiful small lake and then begin our descent towards Huayrac-Pampa for 2 and a half hours (3,800 meters / 12,470 feet). There, we will have lunch and continue our descent for 3 more hours until we reach our campsite (2,900 meters / 9,500 feet). We will have tea and a delicious dinner prepared by our cook. Tonight we will sleep in our comfortable domes at the campsite.Hiking Distance: 22 km/13.47 miles
DAY 3 LUCMABAMBA – PLAYA SAHUAYACO – HIDROELÉCTRICA - AGUAS CALIENTES
After a rejuvenating night’s sleep and a nourishing breakfast, we start day 3 of our Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu with a delicious breakfast. We begin our 5 ½ hours hike through the Peruvian jungle, passing over many ascents and descents. This part of the trek marks the cloud forest, where we will discover several coffee, banana and avocado plantations, orchids and many natural plants used for medicines. We will arrive at our lunch point to rest a little, and shortly after take our transportation towards Hidroeléctrica. We will walk for around 3 hours towards Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, we will enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant in the village on the bottom of the magnificent Wonder of the World. Tonight, we will be staying at a hotel overnight.
Hiking Distance: 16 km/10 miles. After lunch: 11 km/7 miles.
Dia 4 AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
We will wake up very early this morning for our visit to famous Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. This complex is considered a jewel of the Inca architecture. It is a complete town with different quarters, squares, alleys, buildings, astronomical observatories and terraces. The city was rediscovered on July 24, 1911 by the US researcher Hiram Bingham. We will have a guided tour to see and learn about the Machu Picchu site, a Wonder of the World. After the guided tour, you will have free time to take photos and discover this magical place by yourself.
For those who have previously selected to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will do so at your designated time (1st group: 6am to 8am, 2nd group: 9am to 11am).
In the afternoon, we will return to Aguas Calientes. We will have some time for lunch (not included), which is the perfect opportunity to explore the local restaurants. We then take the train to Ollantaytambo, leaving at 14:55 pm. On the way back, we can enjoy the incredible landscape of the Sacred Valley. Upon arrival at the train station, we will be picked up by our transfer staff and dropped off at Plaza Regocijo in Cusco.
Pick up from your hotel.
Pick up from your hotels.
Transportation to Mollepata .
Meals (3B, 3L, 3D).
Camping equipment: Tents and mattress.
Horses or mules that carry our camping equipment, meals and part of your backpack.
Professional English speaking guide.
Vegetarian food option.
Dining tent with tables and chairs, Kitchen tent.
Cooker and cooking equipment.
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
Accommodation on Aguas Calientes.
Entrance fee to Machupicchu Sanctuary.
Transportation from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (by train or train+bus ).
First breakfast and Lunch at Aguas Calientes.
YOU SHOULD BRING:
Rain coat or rain poncho.
Good trekking shoes.
Warm clothes: jacket ,Thermal clothing .
Camera, films and batteries .
Hat or cap .
Sun block and sun glasses.
Insect repellent .
Snacks: energy bars, chocolate, candies etc.
Water sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route.
Swimsuit (if you intend to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
Cash in soles and/or US Dollars.
Original passport .
Optional: walking sticks.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR YOUR FREE PICK UP
Please send us your flight arrival details (TIME / AIRLINE / FLIGHT #:/ DATE) once you book the flights,that is for your free pick up from the airport, you should send this information at least 5 days in advance.
We need all this information in order to provide you a free pick up service and with guarantee, the transfer will be waiting holding your names at the Airport with big sign of LIZ`S EXPLORER.
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