Salkantay and Inca Traill trek to Machu Picchu takes 6 days combine the highest snow-peaks trek with the classical Inca Trail and visit the Machu Picchu, this alternative trek combine hiking and camping in the cordillera Vilcabamba….Salkantay is a Quechua name (Incan language) and means savage mountain, this region of the Andes keep magnificent scenery and rarely flora and remote village of farmers living over 4000m. Salkantay and Inka trail trek to Machu Picchu is designed for fit trekkers and demand good acclimatize before to begin the amazing trek.
South Adventure Peru Tours:
Strongly recommend book this amazing trek as far in advance as possible, prior you arrive to Peru. The permits are required 5 or 4 months to make sure your permit to hike in the classical Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. South Adventure Peru Tours recommend spending two nights in Cusco before to begin the Salkantay and Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu; two spending at 3400m (Cusco) will be great to aclimatize to the altitude.
Concern about overuse leading to erosion has led the Peruvian government to place a limit on the number of people who may hike this trail per season, and to sharply limit the companies that can provide guides. As a result, advance booking is mandatory. A maximum of 500 people per day, including guides and porters, are permitted to begin the Trail every day. As a result, the high season books out very quickly. NOTE: The INCA TRAIL is closed every February for cleaning.
We take small groups, Why?
The principal reason to take small groups in the inca trail to machu picchu, is to provide personalized service, in a small group is easy to keep walking together and enjoy the nature of the inca trail, there is a possibility to make friend and share experiences, interacting more closely with each other. Whereas, in larger groups from (10 – 16) people it trend to split into factions. Moreover, in larger groups tends to be a sizeable difference often over onehour in a section of the trail between the fastest andslowest member, what makes more difficult for the guides, cooks and porters to make their effective labors. In small groups, people are more likely to arrive at roughly the same time to hear the guide’s explanations. Also our porters are given the same food as the tourists. In larger groups agencies often provide inferior food for the porters. Smallgroups require less space in campsites and this enables the guide to select better locations. In small groups the guide, cook and porters have a more intimate relationship with the tourists and are better able to meet individual needs and attend to environmental issues such as waste disposal, contamination, etc. as the group will be together more of the time. Because of these reason in our standard service we take small groups, only in a group of friends and delegations we manage larger group. So choose small group.
What are the benefits of doing a private tour?
One of the main reasons why the private option is sought after is because you do not need to worry about which dates we have departures set for or if our departures have enough space…Your only concern is whether or not there are permits available…You can choose almost any date that you want if permits are available… In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel….The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the foods that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask at South Adventure Peru Tours how you can arrange your own private tour.
Inca Trail and Salkantay Weather:
Dry season (April – November) Day temperature 20ºC/25ºC / Night temperature -1ºC/7ºC
Wet season (December – March) Day temperature 17ºC/22ºC / Night temperature 4ºC/10ºC
Stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes town:
Stay an extra night at Aguas Calientes? Yes, if you want to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes after the trek this can easily be arranged. We will purchase your train ticket to return to Cusco the following day. You need to let us know at the time of making the trek reservation so we can reserve your train tickets in advance. Obviously if you stay an extra night then you will have to pay for your accommodation which is US$75 per person at HOTEL LA CABAÑA .
After breakfast we climb up for one hour to the ruins of Runkuracay. These small circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking the Paqaymayo valley. Another hour hiking we will be at the top of the second pass, called Abra de Runkuracay at 4000m. The descent down the steps from the pass is steep. This section of the trail is particularly beautiful as the path crosses high stone embankments and skirts deep precipices. After about one hour walking we will arrive at the pass called Sayaqmarca = “Inaccessible Town”. This describes the position of the ruins perfectly, protected on three sides by sheer cliffs. No one knows the exact purpose of these ruins. After lunch, we level out into cloud forest full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns and flowers, passing through an impressive Inca tunnel..We then climb up to the 3rd pass called Puyupatamarca = “Town in the Clouds” (3700m). Here excellent views are offered of several snow-capped peaks, Salkantay Mountain (6180m) and Veronica Mountain (5750m). Access to the ruins is down a steep flight of stairs passing six Inca Baths, probably used for the water ritual…Leaving the site via an impressive Inca staircase leading from the west side of the ruins, you will descend a thousand steps. Take care with your knees. After three hours walking through cloud forests you will arrive to Wyñay Wayna. This is our last campsite before Machu Picchu. There is a restaurant, a patio bar to buy drinks and well deserved hot showers…That afternoon we go to the ruins of Wyñay Wayna “Forever Young”. The ruins located on a nice slope comprise magnificent agricultural terraces. There are many buildings of quality stonework, suggesting that the site was probably a religious center associated with the worship of water (Breakfast – Lunch – Tee time – Dinner).
After breakfast, following the left bank of the Lluyuchayoc river for about 1 hour we climb up to three stones and cross a small bridge over the Wayruro river. There is a toilet facility. The stream is named after the Wayruro, an ornamental tree.Hiking up 4½ hours; you will see spectacular views of Lluyucha Pampa (3680m). Continuing up you will get to the first and highest pass of the Inca trail, called Abra Huarmy Wañusca meaning “Dead Woman’s Pass” (4200m). At the top hikers can celebrate having completed the most difficult section of the trail with a warm and delicious lunch. We then do a steady decent following the trail on the left side of the Paqaymayo valley. Our dinner and second campsite is at 3600 meters over sea level (Breakfast – Lunch – Tee time – Dinner).
At 7am breakfast with best view of the mountains and downhill towards the Incan canals and some ancient path in order to enter Huayllabamba (3000m). The trek will quiet easy and warmest of the day before. During our trek, we’ll be able to fully appreciate and take in the imposing Andean topography. After 6 hours of trek we will connect to classic Inka Trail hike till our 3rd camping in Huayllabamba (Breakfast – Lunch – Tee time – Dinner)
After country breakfast prepared by our professional cook will start to climb to the highest pass of this amazing trek. After 3 hours of uphill we will reach the pass of Salkantay (5200m), during this ascend we have an emergency horse to ride. At the top will one of the best viewing of the surrounded snow-peaks as Soray Hill (5420m), Tucarhuay (5455m), Humantay (5215m) and other smaller peaks through the mountainous range. 3 hours of downhill on nice and serpentine trail to Sisaypampa (3750m). On the way down you will feel the change of the climate and flora of the high Andes and valleys into the canyons…Set up our camping in the middle of the nature and surrounded by peaceful atmosphere (Breakfast – Lunch – Tee time – Dinner).
At 5am we’ll pick you up at your hotel and take our private transportation to the town of Mollepata (3000m), On the way, we’ll pass through the picturesque towns of Pampa de Anta, Izcuchaca, Zurite, and Ancahuasi. Our trip will take us into the Limatambo Valley, where we will see the archaeological sites of Tarawasi. Mollepata meet the second part of our camp staff (cook, horsemen and horses), also here we will begin our hike. We’ll pass through the small village of Cruz Pata (3400m) where we’ll have the most spectacular sights of Mollepata Valley. Our campsite we wil set up in Salkantaypampa (3800m), the night will be in the most majestic and spectacular mountainous range of Salkantay snow-capped (6264m) and Humantay (5217m) and under starry sky (Breakfast – Lunch – Tee time – Dinner )
Early morning wake up at 4:30 a.m. for breakfast and to begin the trek to be the first at the archaeological site of Machu Picchu for the sunrise. We will descend rapidly from cloud forest into high jungle habitat. Orchids and hummingbirds are commonly seen along this spectacular section of the trail high above the river. We will arrive at Intipunko “Gate of the Sun” to observe the sunrise over Machu Picchu from an elevated vantage point. We continue down to the royal road and at last the “Lost City of the Incas”. A guided tour of the marvelous citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the Circular Tower and the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the guided tour, you can enjoy an afternoon of self-exploration and discovery. … According with the time and your feeling you can coordinating with the tour guide climb to Huaynapicchu (Young Mountain) this climbing take around 1 hour to get the summit from where you can have the best panoramic view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca City (If you want to climb to this mountain, you should book in advance and pay extra $25). Afternoon return to Cusco.
Cuzco is a city in southeastern Peru, near