Salkantay means "Savage Mountain". At an altitude of 6271m (20573 feet) is the highest peak in the Cordillera de Vilcabamba and one of the highest in the City of Cusco. It is located northeast of the city of Cusco.
During our walk, we climb as high as 5,228 meters above sea level, with views of beautiful landscapes and have the opportunity to observe the chain of mountains of Vilcabamba, as well Andean animals in their natural habitat. This walk connects with the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for the past four days. The total length of this trip is 7 days and 6 nights.
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Our Inca Trail is ideal for group of friends, families, honeymooners. We are operators of small groups, this service you get the full attention of our professional guides and have a personal porter to carry your team 7kg and can enjoy most of the way. Availability Inca Trail.
*We offer daily departures in the inca trail and alternative routes: check availability here.
It is recommended to book the Inca Trail at least 4 months in advance, because this is the most famous road in South America and many people want to do.Useful information
We pick you up from your hotel at 6:00 am to begin our journey to 'Tarawasi' (2600 m) an important Inca archaeological complex, 2 hours from Cusco. Here we will have our breakfast and then toward Mollepata - this is where we meet our horseman and mules to begin our trek. We walked about 3 hours to reach the place of our lunch and camping (Challacancha 3500m). From here, we have magnificent mountain views Huamantay, which is over 5750 meters Overnight here.Meals: Lunch - tea - dinner
We have breakfast and then start walking towards Soraypampa by 03.00 hours (3800m). This point has stunning views of the snow-capped Humantay (5917msnm) and Salkantay (6271m). Here we have lunch and a rest. Then we go up the mountain for about an hour to visit the lagoon Humantay and then continue until you reach Salkantaypampa located at a height of 4100.msnm Our camp.Meals: Breakfast-lunch - tea - dinner
Very early to have breakfast and then begin our trek to the pass which is Incachiriaska height. 5228 m. This is the highest point in our hike and from here; We have a magnificent view of Salkantay mountain dela or 'wild' mountain (6271 m) and small lakes that are located at the base of the imposing Nevado. There is also the chance to see wild rabbits and other typical animals native to the Peruvian Andes - llamas, guanacos and vicunas. After reaching the pass, we descend to Sisaypampa lunch spot and then continue along a quiet country road to reach the community Pampacawana (4000m) where we camp. I spent the night.Meals: Breakfast - lunch - tea - dinner
After breakfast we start walking through a beautiful valley where we can observe Andean flora and fauna up to the archaeological site 'Paucarcancha' where we have a guided tour and lunch, here we say goodbye to our horseman, and this part of the way we use porters ( law of the carrier and Inca Trail) follow the road until you reach Llulluchapampa (3850 12631 meters) campsite. OvernightMeals: Breakfast - lunch - tea - dinner
After breakfast, we begin a climb to the pass of wuarmihuañusca (called 'Dead Woman's Pass' because of its image from a distance) which is 4200 m. From here, we will have a breathtaking view of the stunning Inca Trail. Then we descend to Pacamayu for lunch. After a break, we climbed over the mountain to visit the archaeological site of 'Runcuracay' and get to Runkurakay pass (4000m). Where we will have beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and from here we start a descent with a beautiful landscape to the Inca site 'Sayacmarca'. Where we will have a short break here before continuing to Chaquicocha (3660 m) where we will camp. I spent the nightMeals: Breakfast - lunch - tea - dinner
Here we have a beautiful sunrise, after breakfast start to walk towards Wiñaywayna. On the way we pass the archaeological sites of 'Phuyupatamarca' ('Cloud City') and 'Intipata'. To reach wiñaywayna (2680m. Place the camp here after lunch and a short rest visit the Inca site of the same name 'Wiñaywayna' ('Forever Young'). Overnight.Accommodation: Camping facilities
This last day we will have breakfast very early (4.00 am). And then to go to the control which opens at 5.30am, from this point, start walking by 01.30 .Hrs towards the 'Inti Punku' (Gate of the Sun ') (2730 m) .from this place you will have the first view of Machu Picchu (2400m) and the sunrise over it! After a while there, we walked the last part of the journey to the place where you can take the classic photo (picture postcard) Finally, we visited Machu Picchu.
The guide will offer a visit (about 2 hours) and after that, you have free time to explore the city and if you still have energy, you can also climb Huayna Picchu mountain (2720m). It takes 45 minutes to reach the top.
To return to Aguas Calientes have 2 options, walking or bus (optional) where you will meet your guide back for lunch and receive his train ticket to return to the city of Cusco.Meals: Breakfast and drinking water.
Note: The level of difficulty depends a lot on your fitness and acclimatization
We operate our own programs, we have a highly qualified for the job, offer a private and personalized service. Our tours are designed for the most demanding tourists have a proper camping equipment for each zone, as the Andes, offer a variety of climates and microclimates.
Our Guides: They are educated professionals at the National University of Cusco and institutes are native language, Quechua and Spanish and the specialists working languages: English, French, Italian, German, Portugués... etc.
Our Cooks: They are professionals with research institutes cuisine in the city and are trained annually in Peru and Andean cuisine of Novo, which is revolutionizing the world.
Our food: it is varied and rich in quantity and quality, we use products from our region, and often the places where we work to support local people. During our travels we offer, varied breakfasts, lunches or dinners with nutrition that the Pacha Mama gives us, for our tourists enjoy the local cuisine. The support staff. Are people in the areas, where Pacha Expeditions works. And we provide work and employment opportunities to the local community, provide support for school children and adults
Our camping equipment: we have a proper camping equipment for all the different geographical areas of our Andes, sleeping bags feather and synthetic, inflables.etc mattresses.
We develop a responsible and sustainable work: in each of the locations and routes where it operates Pacha Adventure Expeditions, protect nature and the environment in general for future generations.
The concept of responsible tourism refers to a specific niche market comprising various forms of tourism characterized by sustainability principles consciously raise and / or aim at generating profits for local societies and ecosystems. Responsible tourism is to generate and promote tourist offers small format (unlike mass tourism) This concept of responsible tourism has generated the interest of the business sector.
Seven years ago I undertook this adventure, to launch a different travel agency. Convinced that tourism is a means of unity and understanding between different peoples and cultures, Salkantay Expeditions. We are committed to the principles of Responsible Tourism as the best way to travel.