This trek perfectly combines cultural and natural beauty; we will enjoy the challenge of the ecosystem and the magnificent view of the snow-capped Salkantay (6264m/20551f), considered as the most representative mountain of the mountain range of Vilcabamba. The trek takes us back to the time of the Incas and makes us aware of the spirits
of mountains such as the Tucarhuay or the Humantay which peak higher than 5000 meters (16404 feet).
Salkantay and Machu Picchu Itinerary:
1st Day: Cusco - Mollepata (Marcoccasa) – Salkantay Pampa
We will leave Cusco at 5:00 am and head forwards Marcoccasa (3400m/11154f), passing the village Mollepata (3000m/9843f). In Marcoccasa we will meet the horsemen and the rest of the group and start our trek. From Marcoccasa we start hiking into a magnificent valley surrounded by impressive snow-capped mountains, such as the Humantay (5217m/17116f) and the Salkantay snow-covered (6264m/20551f). Our campsite will be at Salkantay pampa (3900m/12795f).
Transporting time: 3hrs 30
Climate: moderate and cold during the night
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours
2nd Day: Salkantay Pampa – Salkantay Pass – Challway
After breakfast, we will set off towards the Salkantay pass (4600m/15092f) which offers an exceptional view of the snow-capped Salkantay (6264m). Thereafter, we will descend again and will have time to enjoy the increasing vegetation of the ecosystem. Our camp site for this day will be in Challway, in the middle of the tropical forest.
Hiking time: 7 hours
Transport time: 1hour 30
Optional: The hot springs nearby Collpapampa community is optional and it can be arranged with an extra cost.
3rd Day: Challway – Wiñaypoco – La Playa - Lucmabamba
This day is a perfect day to stay in contact with the local flora and its plantations. We will descent further to see the marvelous plantations of coffee, cacao and fruit. The way to this plantations lies in a beautiful forest, dominated by orchids, bromelias and other plants. Here we will also meet the local families, in Wiñaypoco (2650m/8694f) and La Playa (2100m/6890f).
Even more interaction with the local people we will have in Lucmabamba, where we will learn how the local people harvest their crops such as coffee and cacao.
This afternoon you stay in contact with a local rural family from the forest in which you will have the opportunity to witness the cultivation and processing of coffee.
Depending on the variety, it takes approximately 3 to 4 years for newly planted coffee trees to begin to bear fruit. The fruit, called the coffee cherry, turns a bright, deep red when it is ripe and ready to be harvested. Due to the botanical characteristics of the coffee tree and the fact that coffee is often grown in mountainous areas, widespread use of mechanical harvesters is not possible and the ripe coffee cherries are usually picked by hand, a labour-intensive and difficult process. We will show and explain to you the complete process from the tree to the cup of coffee. You will also have the opportunity to ask the locals your own questions about the process of cultivation.
4th Day: Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes Town
Early in the morning we will visit the archaeological complex of Llactapata (2650m/8694f) which is located in the midst of a marvelous forest. Here we have the time to enjoy the magnificent view over Machu Picchu and take a lot of pictures. Hereafter we head towards the hydroelectrical station (1950m/6398f) where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes Town. In this town we will enjoy our lunch and have a good rest because tomorrow we have to get up early.
5th Day: Aguas Calientes Town – Machu Picchu – Cusco
We will leave our hotel early in the morning to go to Machu Picchu by tourist bus. In Machu Picchu, we will have a guided visit of aprox. 2 hours whereafter you will have the time to visit the site at your own pace, as well as Wayna Picchu (additionial). After the visit of Machu Picchu, you can go back to Aguas Calientes, where you can rest in the hot springs (additional cost of s./ 10). From here we have a train at 2pm and at 6pm to Cusco.
What do I need to bring?
Backpack with rain shelter, sleeping back, clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket, rain trousers and lightweight trousers, trekking shoes, slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs), woolen or synthetic socks, a sweater, long- and short-sleeved polo’s/t-shirts, a rain poncho, a hat, bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes), sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper, photo camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries, some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit, original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
Note: Since the weather can be very cold and misty, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.
What do I need to bring?
· Backpack with rain shelter.
· Sleeping bag.
· Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
· Rain pants and lightweight pants.
· Trekking shoes.
· Slippers or sandals (for showers and Hot Springs).
· Woollen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
· Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
· Rain poncho and a hat.
· Bathing suit (for the Hot Springs in Machu Picchu town).
· Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
· Camera (wrapped in plastic bag).
· Flash light and batteries.
· Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
· Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
· Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.
· Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to Mollepata (Marcoccasa).
· Transport from Lucmabamba to the Hydroelectric station (just for the equipment and everyone’s bag).
· Tourist Train from the Hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes.
· Tourist Bus from Machu Picchu town to Machu Picchu.
· Tourist train from Machu Picchu town to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
· Hostel with Private Room and Bathroom in Aguas Calientes town or Machu Picchu town (Machu Picchu, Continental or similar).
· Entrance fee to the National Park of Salkantay and Machu Picchu.
· Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
· High quality camping equipment (Professional tent, Doite Cima 4, for 2 persons) Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent).
· Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and tea time/Optional vegetarian)
· Cook and assistant.
· Horseman and mules for up to 7kg of a customer's personal equipment.
· Emergency horse.
· First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.
· Breakfast on day first and lunch on the last day in Machu Picchu town
· Tourist Bus from Machu Picchu to Machu Picchu town (After Machu Picchu guiding you can discover more about Machu Picchu park then on the way back to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town you can do it hiking otherwise you can take a bus at an extra cost $ 10.00 per person)
· Sleeping bag (If you don't have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting a good quality – 10° for $ 6.00 per day).
(1) From the first to the third day (from Marcoccasa to La Playa) we are accompanied by horsemen and mules that will carry all camping equipment and the customer’s private luggage (up to 7 kg). On the fourth day all luggage will be transferred to the hydroelectric station by car.
(2) Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional US $ 15.00 and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well (This new State law began since the 18th of July, 2011).
(3) Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.
Conditions & Terms:
1) We require an immediate deposit of US $ 150 for all bookings
2) For all tours and treks the balance can be paid up to 48 hours prior to the start of the program. In case of paying the balance in the office of XTreme Tourbulencia we only accept cash payment. Failure to pay the trek balance will result in tour cancellation.
3) If a participant decides to cancel during the breefing 2 days prior to departure, he or she has to pay the full amount of the trek. XTreme Tourbulencia however, will cover the expenses (hotel and train ticket) made by that participant to visit Machu Picchu. This offer of ours must be confirmed at the breefing itself.
Period before departure written notification is received
5) The Salkantay Trek is non-transferable, non-reimbursable and the participant cannot change the date of departure
6) If during the length of the program the traveler abandons the excursion as a decision made by him- or herself, no reimbursement will be made and no claim will be accepted. XTreme Tourbulencia does not cover the expenses made by the traveler for a hotel and the transport back to Cusco or to Aguas Calientes, as well as a hotel in Aguas Calientes. Also, the traveler will be accompanied by a co-worker of XTreme Tourbulencia back to the train station.
7) Certain Services might be interrupted or even cancelled due to weather conditions, natural disasters or other disturbances. These are out of the control of hotels, Service suppliers, XTreme Tourbulencia or its partners and therefore, no refund will be given.
8) For the student discount of 5% we require a copy of a valid ISIC student card. In the event that we don't receive the scanned copy of the card along with your reservation form, we will process your reservation with adult price.
9) If XTreme Tourbulencia doesn't confirm the reservation, the deposit will be refunded
10) In case of force majeur, when a trek cannot start or completed, XTreme Tourbulencia will find an alternative to go to Machu Picchu. If this alternative is of lower value than the originally booked excursion, XTreme Tourbulencia will refund the difference.
11) It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accidents, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. XTreme Tourbulencia cannot be considered responsible for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her acts
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