INCA TRAIL SALKANTAY TO MACHU PICCHU: 5D4N
INCA TRAIL SALKANTAY TO MACHU PICCHU: 5D4N
Inka trail five days around the slopes of Salkantay and its’ snowy cordillera, through altitudes, landscapes and ecosytems from Alpine to Cloud Forest. Backcountry trekking, visiting isolated farmers villages and quechua speaking peoples, recovered Inca Trails and Archaeology, dramatic scenery and extra Explorations of Machu Picchu
We Provide and Include: Itinerary transport roundtrip from Cusco-Licensed, Bilingual, history and naturalist Tour Guides-All Itinerary Meals, including vegetarian & snacks, Safety orientation and Equipment for optional activities-First Aid kit and Oxygen-Tour specific Sleeping bags, air mattresses and Expedition grade tents-Dining tent, Cook & Services-Horses,Mules,Llamas, wrangler staff, and emergency or back-up horse-Ecological, portable toilets-All Entrance Tickets-Bus up and down for Machu Picchu-Pre-purchased Return Train connections to Cusco.optional hikes in Machu picchu and Huayna picchu mountains and the Intipunku Inca trail.
Difficulty of the trek: easy to moderate , good physical conditions.
Day 1: Distance: 7km, Altitude: 3553 to 4000 mts, hours 5, camping 4000mts
Day 2: Distance: 15km, Altitude: 4000 to 4600 mts, hours 8 camping 3000mts
Day 3: Distance: 14km, Altitude: 3000 to 2100 mts, hours 7, camping 2100mts
Day 4: Distance: 11km, Altitude: 2100 to 2950 hours 6.hotel 2060mts
Day 5: Distance: 7km, Altitude: 2060 to 2450 mts, hours 7, Hotel Cusco 3300mts
Ecosystems: Scrub bush vegetation, Andean semi dry forest, cloud forest, inter Andean valleys. Grass land, alpine, glaciers.
Highlights: Some Inca remains. High biodiversity, flora, fauna. Ancient Inca road, sacred mountains, amazing landscape.
Climate: The temperature varies in between below ºC to 2ºC,morning ,night to 20ºC,middle day to 25ºC day.mountain weather sunny to cloudy,windy.
Note: For adjusting to tour altitude, we suggest one day tours like the Sacred Valley, River Rafting and the City Tour of Cusco. As Guides we offer 100% Gauranteed Information, for your sensibilities – about the best specific hotel rooms and services around Peru, like extra windows and other amenities.
We begin in the city of Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire. After we pick you up, we drive northeast out of Cusco into the town of Limatambo and to the beginning of the trail, Challacancha, at 11,000 feets where we have lunch. After a break we hike to Salcantay Pampa, at 12 500 feet, the site of our first camp. We will cross Interandean Valleys and go up trough a beautiful trail along the Sakantay river on dirt and gravel conditons with the views of the Salkantay peak ,Humantay peak and the moraine to our camp. While walking this trail we have the chance to see wildlife in the scrub bush vegetation and grassland ecosystems with some bushes like Chillca(bacharis peruviana)Ichu grass(stipa ichu).As well if the time is right the Andean Condor(vulture gryphus) and the black chested buzzard eagle(geranoaetus melanoleucus).We will camp with spectacular views of the Salcantay Mountain. (B, L, D)
Today we start off hiking up the Salcantay pass for about two hours, which has an altitude of 4600 meters (15500 ft) and straddles the east ridge of Salcantay Mountain in the Vilcabamba Mountain range at 6271 meters, affording an unbelievable view of the glacial mass. We celebrate our achievement in the pass and then descend through two different ecosystems. First we descend through the grassland area and then scrub bush Andean vegetation, great variety of flora and fauna. After about 2 hours, we arrive to Huayrac Machay for lunch. In the afternoon, we continue the trail and go in to the cloud forest for bird watching and enjoying nature’s bounty, arriving in camp late afternoon, after 3 hours of hiking. There are hot springs near our camp in a place called Collpapampa at 10,000 feet, dinner is at camp. (B, L, D)
After sunrise we go down into the cloud forest, passing through different ecosystems such as Andean semi-dry forest and some cloud forest. There are numerous opportunities to see flora and fauna. We can bathe in the creek when we stop for lunch along the Santa Teresa River. We will arrive in the afternoon at Lucmabamba camp.
Today we climb up to the city of Patacllacta, another religious retreat of the Incas. After the tour and a rare view of Machu Picchu from this nearby valley, we begin descending the little-known and seldom-explored Aobamba river valley. Near the point of confluence of the Aobamba and the Urubamba Rivers, we encounter the hydroelectric power plant. Here, after a well-deserved break we will climb aboard the train to Aguas Calientes, rewarded with even more fantastic views of Machu Picchu from the bottom of the canyon. The train slowly makes its way following the gorge of the Vilcanota “Urubamba River”. Upon arrival in the town, we go to our hotel and then we will enjoy hot springs and a nice dinner. (B, L,)
We get an early start to see Machu Picchu before the crowds arrive. If it is a clear dawn, we may try to go up to the site for the sunrise. Our wonderful tour of the entire Inca city will take about 3 hours. After that we go to relax and wander the site or we can climb one of the mountains, Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu (requires an extra ticket) or hike part of the original trail to the spot known as Intipunku “Sun Gate”. Today also we will see some orchids and some bird life around our trail and the citadel. We will take the late afternoon train back to Cusco.
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