Apu Salkantay (6,264 masl / 20551 ft) sacred mountain of the incas located in the Vilcabamba range, to the south of the Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu.
This mountain together with the constellation of the Southern Cross were related to astrological observation developed by the Incas in this way knew exactly the winter and summer solstices (June and December). Much importance to religion and agriculture that were the basis for the development of this civilization,The best time of year to visit the Apu Salkantay is during the winter, from April to October. Temperatures range from -5º C / 41 ºF to 23º C / 73 ºF; with a scarce chance of rain. The maximum altitude we will reach is 4643 masl / 15233 ft at the Salkantay pass, with the minimum altitude being 2000 masl / 6562 ft in the town of Aguas Calientes.
The minimum to open the departure is two people and our maximum is eight so if you guys are two we can do it!
We leave Cuzco early in the morning towards the town of Mollepata by private transport; the trip will take approximately 4 hours. We will be to the north west of Cusco city and then we continue to the town of Limatambo, where we can visit the archaeological site of Tarawasi.
Upon arrival at Mollepata, we will have a short break, and then continue our journey for approximately another 2 hours to Soraypampa (3268 masl / 10722 ft) where we will have lunch.
Our walk begins with a moderate climb to SALKANTAYPAMPA (4153 masl / 13625 ft), where we will have a spectacular view of the mountain Salkantay. We begin our steep climb with a wonderful view of the snow-capped peak, and arrive at our campsite at Soyroqocha (4485 masl / 14715 ft). At this campsite we can expect a very cold night (0º C / 32 ºF or below). The gradient of the climb is moderate. Overnight.
Maximum Altitude: 4485 masl / 14715 ft
Minimum Altitude: 3268 masl / 10722 ft
Distance Travelled: 6km / 3.10 ml
Approximate Walking Time: 4 hrs
We wake up early in the morning to have the option to see the mountain of Salkantay at its best form and after breakfast we will begin approximately 01 hour up to the Salkantay pass, later to start the descent to Wayrajmachay (3932 meters / 12900 feet). Then continue to the Humantay valley and arrived at our campsite in Colpapampa about 5 hours later.
Day 3: Colpapampa – Playa – Santa Teresa
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Maximum Altitude: 4650 masl / 15340 ft
Minimum Altitude: 2840 masl / 9372 ft
Distance Travelled: 12 km / 6.83 ml
Approximate Walking Time: 8 hrs
Easy trek of about 4 hours. We walk along the Banks of the Santa Teresa River crossing a forest of native trees. We will pass a beautiful water fall and coffee and fruit tree plantations. Our campsite at La Playa has some facilities and we can refresh ourselves in the river. The gradient is moderate.
Maximum Altitude: 2840 masl / 9372 ft
Minimum Altitude: 2088 masl / 6850 ft
Distance Travelled: 10 km / 6.21 ml
Approximate Walking Time: 6 hrs
Leaving early, we walk along the road for about 45 minutes and then turn off onto the footpath leading to the Aobamba valley. The climb will take approximately 2 hours, through a forest of native trees to the archaeological site of Llactapata, where we will have views of Machu Picchu and of the Apu Salkantay. We continue downhill to cross the Aobamba river and arrive to the train station at the Hidroélectica (hydro-electric plant).
Here we have to take a train to Aguas Calientes, the last place of this adventure.
Maximum Altitude: 2800 masl / 9240 ft
Minimum Altitude: 1900 masl / 6233 ft
Distance Travelled: 9 km / 5.59 ml
Approximate Walking Time: 9 hrs
Early in the morning we take the bus from the town of Aguas Calientes to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. We have the opportunity to climb the difficult path to the top of the Huayna Picchu mountain, which offers spectacular and different views, it is even possible to see the Apu Salkantay.
The tour of Machu Picchu allows us to appreciate the high level of development achieved by Andean civilization through the Incas.
Maximum Altitude: 2437 masl / 7995 ft
Minimum Altitude: 2070 masl / 6791 ft
Distance Travelled: 1.50 km / 0.93 ml
Approximate Walking Time: 3 hrs
The night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office or in your hotel (exact time will be confirmed on arrival to Cusco).
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To reserve your spot on the trail with travel one expeditions, each person must pay a deposit of $200.00 and then pay the rest at our office in Cusco two days before your trek beings. To get the student discount, please send us a scan of both sides of your student card through email at the time you wish to reserve your spot. The only one Accepted by Peruvian Government is the International ISIC card.
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Huaynapicchu Climbing. – You need to book in advance too as the Inca trail because it has a limit capacity of 400 people per day which is divided in to 2 shifts. The first shift is at 7 am, and the second one at 10 am, each shift allows 200 people.
The climb is 50 minutes to an hour, it is a bit narrow but safe, the view of Machu picchu is breathtaking,The sun gate, Urubamaba valley and river.The Price is $70 us dollars.