On the first day you will leave your hotel in Cusco early in the morning. The driver will pick you up at 4:30 am to transfer you to Mollepata town where you have the chance to enjoy a delicious Andean breakfast and you will also have time to explore Mollepata. After spending approx. an hour in Mollepata, you will continue in the same car to the start of the trail in Challacancha. We will start our trek at this point, hiking up hill to the Inca Canal, a zigzag trail takes you to the spot to appreciate the magnificent Humantay Mountain. After a short break we will continue hiking for 3 more hours using a flat trail which goes along the beautiful water aqueduct that takes water to Mollepata town for irrigations. Once at the campsite we will rest, have lunch and you can take a nap or siesta. In the afternoon you will climb to the Humantay lake which is located at the base of Humantay Mountain. It will take about 1 hour hiking to get to the beautiful lake. Time to enjoy and relax then you hike back to the campsite to enjoy tea and the dinner. This night we will sleep at a lodge.
The second day of the Salkantay trek is considered the hardest day. This is because the hiking distance is 22km/ 14 ft and this day you will reach the highest point of the Salkantay trail which is 4630 m / 15225 ft. In order to make it on time to the second campsite. We will wake up with coca tea at 5:00am and after about 20 min we will have a delicious breakfast. Around 6:30am in the morning we start hiking to the highest point of the whole Salkantay trail. After 4 hours hiking aprox you will reach the top to celebrate and enjoy the beautiful views of the Salkantay Mountain. Once we had some rest, we will start hiking downhill to get to an altitude of 2900m. We will do this in two sections. The first section will be from the top to the lunch point which takes 2 hours approximately and then after lunch 3 more hours to the campsite called Chaullay. On the way you can appreciate different types of landscapes, including glacier mountains, lagoons, rocky mountains and grassy hills. Once at the campsite it is time to relax and if you like you can enjoy a cold beer while the cooks prepare our delicious dinner. Tonight we will sleep in chozas, huts.
This day is called the “Nature day”. We will hike through the jungle of Santa Teresa. The valley is formed by the Salkantay river that run from the white mountains. In this valley you have the opportunity to see waterfalls, rivers, plantations like cocoa, coffee, avocado, passion fruit, bananas and much more, In this tropical valley, the weather is quite warm. After a delicious breakfast we start the trek to the town of Sahuayaco. After 5 hours crossing through the dense vegetation we will arrive at the lunch spot. After lunch we go to Santa Teresa town to visit the thermal hot springs of Santa Teresa. After three days hiking it is relaxing to spend some time at the pools and in the thermal baths. After we will return to the campsite to take tea and dinner. Tonight we will sleep in tents.
Today you will hike 3 hours from Santa Teresa to Hidroelectrica. The hike is along the car road. If you do not want to take this option you can go by car to Hidroelectrica. You can take a car from Santa Teresa to Hidroelectrica for 45 minutes. Next to that it is optional to do ziplining with one of the companies that offer this activity in one of the valleys of Santa Teresa. After ziplining you will go by car to Hidroelectrica. The tour guide always walks with the travellers who want to walk to Hidroelectrica. At Hidroelectrica you will have lunch and after lunch we will walk 3 more hours to Aguas Calientes town on a flat trail. Once arrived, we take you to the hotel where you can take a shower and relax. In the evening around 7:00 pm we organize a dinner in a nice restaurant in Aguas Calientes town and after dinner we go back to our hotel because the next day we will climb Machu Picchu very early.
This is the most important day because we will visit Machu Picchu and you can decide between walking and taking the bus towards Machu Picchu. If you decide to walk, you will start the hike at 4:15 am towards Puente Inca for 25 minutes. Once we get to the Puente Inca we will start to climb the stairs for about an hour and a half until the main entrance of Machu Picchu. If you decide to go by bus you have to buy a bus ticket and then take the bus for about 25 minutes approximately to the main entrance of Machu Picchu. After 20 to 30 minutes you will have a guided tour service for about 2.30 hours in Machu Picchu, after which you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu. If you wish you can go to the sun gate or to the Inca bridge. If you booked in advance the tickets for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, you can climb these during your free time. After completing all the activities an finishing exploring in Machu Picchu, we will return to Aguas Calientes town by bus or walking, to have a delicious lunch. In the afternoon you will take a train back to Ollantaytambo and after a bus to Cusco and we will leave you in your hotel.