Salkantay to Machu Picchu Sky Camp

An alternative to the Inca Trail

ABOUT TRIP

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an alternative to the Inca Trail and considered by most to be the best alternative route (and maybe even better!). This magnificent trail is perfect for adventurers who wish to become personally integrated in changing ecosystems from one day to the next. You will walk through sweeping, magical landscapes of a snowy mountain paradise to a tropical jungle where you will find a wide range of animals and medicinal plants and flower varieties. Witness with your own eyes a living, but ancient, culture in remote villages hardly ever seen by foreigners!
The Cordillera Vilcabamba is an impressive mountain range extending over 260 km,. The snow-capped mountain Salkantay rises to 6271 MASL– 20574 FASL in height. It is an outstanding snowy peak, located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south-central Peru. Because of its proximity to the city, it is easily accessible by car and it has been climbed by professional mountaineers since 1952.
In order to complete the Salcantay Trek, you need to have a reasonable level of fitness, but age shouldn’t be a barrier. The most important thing is to be well-acclimatized to the altitude. The highest you will trek the entire time is (4, 650 MASL – 15092 FASL). Two days of acclimatization before the trek is ideal for visiting the city of Cusco, its nearby Inca ruins, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

INTERACTIVE MAP WITH DESTINATIONS

DAY 1 - CUSCO | MOLLEPATA – CHALLACANCHA – SORAYPAMPA

Today’s Highlights: Walk from Challacancha to Soraypampa with very few tourists. Relish in an afternoon visit to the absolutely whimsical Humantay Lake nestled at the base of Apu Humantay mountain. Take in your first views of the enigmatic Apu Salkantay. Spend the night in our glass-topped Sky Camp, and stargaze from your bed in our exclusive campsite!

DAY 2- SORAYPAMPA | SALKANTAY PASS - HUAYRACMACHAY - CHAULLAY

Today’s Highlights: Hike along the winding Salkantay trail with the mountain’s tallest peak in front of your eyes all morning! Challenge yourself as we make our way up some steep slopes while looking out on the valley far below until we reach the base of Apu Salkantay. Around midday, you will be standing in the middle of the Andes mountain range! In the afternoon, we make our way into the incredible cloud forest and tropical jungle around Chaullay. This is your most challenging day but also your most rewarding!

DAY 3 - CHAULLAY | COLLPAPAMPA - LA PLAYA - LUCMABAMBA

Early Breakfast at the hotel. Start your day at the Pisac market, which has stands that exhibit and sell product from the residents of the area. Continue to the Pisac archeological site, which has the largest complex of terraces in the area and is and agricultural masterpiece of the Inca Empire. Next, we have lunch at a local restaurant, followed by visit Ollantaytambo archeological complex a masterpiece of Incan monumental architecture. Ollantaytambo was an impregnable fort and ceremonial site, yet maybe its most eye-catching aspect is the terraced hillsides. A battle was fought here between Spanish and Incan armies, one of the few that the Conquistadors actually lost. Afterwards, the tour moves to the town of Ollantaytambo, known as a “living Inca city” and the finest surviving example of Inca city planning.

Overnight accommodation in Sacred Valley hotel

DAY 4 - LUCMABAMBA | LLACTAPATA – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES

Today’s Highlights: Today something particularly special happens – we get to travel along part of the famous Inca Trail! On this path, we will come to the impressive archeological site of Llactapata right in front of its more well-known big brother, Machu Picchu. You will meet some of the native people who live their day-to-day lives in the area. Along the path you will have the opportunity to harvest several fruits while relishing in one of the best views of the Urubamba valley! Don’t forget to turn around and see Apu Salkantay again in the background before you look forward to have your first glance at the glorious Machu Picchu!

DAY 5 - THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY – MACHU PICCHU!

Today’s Highlights: Your excitement for our rendezvous at Machu Picchu will rise as we are hiking early in the morning through the forest to reach the site before most other tourists – even the Inca Trail trekkers!! You will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint. Your group will learn about this mystical place in a two-hour guided tour of the ruins. Afterwards, you can opt to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain (if you have pre-booked tickets) or walk to the Sun Gate (without extra tickets).

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