This trekking is the best alternative route to reach Machu Picchu! It can be done in 4 days, but also 5 if you prefer to go slower.
We leave early in the morning from Cuzco in order to get to the beginning of our trek : Mollepata (2850m). From there, we can already see some snowy peaks of the Salkantay chain. After breakfast, we start for about 7 hours hiking up to Soraypampa village (3850m) where we’ll spend the night.
Today we also have to walk around 7 hours. We first climb to the Salkantay Pass (4600m), highest point of our itinerary, and offering a wonderful panorama on the Salkantay Mountain (6271m), before going down to Chaullay (2900m) where we’ll camp.
The landscapes and temperatures today will change more and more as we go down. Indeed, we enter a region where the climate is really similar to the one in the jungle. It will also be a long walking day but worth the effort since we’ll arrive to Aguas Calientes, more known as “Machu Picchu village”.
Most probably, today is one of the most expected days for you. Firstly, we will take a famous train to the village of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes). After our arrival to Aguas Calientes, we will take a bus that will take us to Machu Picch. We will have a chance to visit this wonderful place during three hours with our guide. Later on, you can stay in Machu Picchu as much time as you need it. Finally, if you want to you can go to the hot springs to have a warm bath after such a long day! Night in Aguas Calientes.
– Official guide
– Transport from Cusco to Mollepata (starting point of the trekking)
– Tent (double or triple)
– Train ticket from and to Ollantaytambo
– Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cuzco
– Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
– All the food during the trekking
– 2 nights in camping, 1 night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes
– Personal purchases
– Sleeping bag
– Passeport (original, not photocopy)
– Small backpack
– Trekking shoes
– Waterproof jacket
– Water, headlamp, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
– Trekking clothes
– Mosquito repellent