Salkantay Trek 5 Days To Machu Picchu By Llactapata
The Salkantay Trek 5 Days To Machu Picchu by Llactapata, offers places of Andean valleys with beautiful landscapes and abundant flora and fauna. We have 2 different routes to Machu Picchu which are Santa Teresa and Llactapata, both offer a journey full of mysteries and beautiful landscapes.
The Llactapata route is most appreciated for combining snow-capped mountains, lagoons and trails with part of the ancient Inca Trail to the sacred city of the Incas. Llactapata offers travelers who like hiking an alternative option to reach Machu Picchu.
- Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa.
- Day 2: Soraypampa – Chaullay.
- Day 3: Chaullay – Lucmabamba – Llactapata.
- Day 4: Llactapata – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes.
- Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco.
- Vacation Style: Camping, Culture, Guided Tours, Trekking.
- Activity Level: Extreme 7/8.
- Group Size: Small Group 4.
- Cost: 00 dollar.
This hike has spectacular views, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, turquoise lakes, andean plateaus, waterfalls and high jungle. It even includes an original Inca trail to a small Inca ruin and a distant view of Machu Picchu, before reaching the famous city.
This hike is approximately 60 km/37 miles and climbs to 4,600 m/15,092 ft. It is the second most popular hike in the Cusco region (after the Inca Trail), so it is quite crowded.
Day 1: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SORAYPAMPA
We start the Salkantay trek 5 days at 4:00 to 4:30 a.m. with the pick up from your respective hotel, and then head towards Mollepata, that is located 90 km from Cusco. In Mollepata we will have time to have breakfast (Additional cost).
We will continue the trip by car to “Challacancha”, where we prepare the trekking equipment to start the trek. We start with a 3 hours walk until we arrive to our campsite in Soraypampa, on the way we will know the “canaletas inkas” that were used to irrigate the fields. In Soraypampa we will taste a traditional lunch to recover energy.
In the afternoon we will hike for 3 hours to visit the Humantay Lagoon, after the visit we will return to our campsite, where we will have dinner, and our tour guide will give us some recommendations for the next day.
Day 2: SORAYPAMPA – CHAULLAY
Early in the morning we will wake up to enjoy a nutritious breakfast and prepare to continue our hike.
We will start with a 4-hour hike to the top of the Abra Salkantay pass at 4,620 meters above sea level, this will be the most difficult part of our hike. From here you will be able to appreciate the beautiful landscapes of the Vilcabamba mountain range.
Here we will observe the constructions of “apachetas” which are stone towers that have a symbolic value of fortune and success for the traveler, then we will descend for 2 hours to reach “Arayanniyoq”, at 3,600 meters above sea level and where we will rest and have a traditional lunch.
After the rest we will continue for 3 hours of trekking until we arrive to “Chaullay” where we will camp and you can have dinner and spend the night.
Day 3: CHAULLAY - LUCMABAMBA - LLACTAPATA
At 6:00 am we will have our Andean breakfast and then start with the third day of trekking.
We will start our 4-hour hike to “Collcapampa” by a straight trail and abundant flora. We will arrive to the “Sahuayacco beach” located near the Salkantay basin, where we will have our Andean lunch.
Then we will continue to the traditional Inca trail, which in Inca times was used to reach Machu Picchu, we will have an uphill hike for 3 hours to Llactapata, archaeological center surrounded by platforms and Qolqas.
Day 4: LLACTAPATA - HIDROELÉCTRICA - AGUAS CALIENTES
Different from the other days, we will have a pleasant weather, after breakfast we will prepare our trekking implements to continue our trip.
We will descend for 2 hours and a half to Hydroelectric, on the way we will appreciate abundant vegetation, flora and fauna.
Arriving at Hydroelectric we will have lunch, and take a short rest, then continuing our route by the railways that accompany us and tropical valleys to reach Machu Picchu town. (Optional to take the train cost US$45.00 dollars).
Arriving at Machu Picchu Pueblo we will meet in the main square and from here we will go to our hotel, where we will have dinner and our guide will give us the information for the next day’s tour.
Day 5: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
Very early at 4:00 a.m., we will have breakfast at the hotel and start a 2 hour walk to the archaeological park of Machu Picchu, we will have a tour of 2 hours and a half inside Machu Picchu, where from the Guardian’s house we will observe the archeological Inca citadel, we will visit temples, streets, terraces and other archaeological remains of the Inca culture.
At the end of the tour we will return to the town of Machu Picchu, where you will have free time for additional activities such as; the Museum of Machu Picchu, the butterfly farm, visit the hot springs and the waterfall of Machu Picchu, the market, which can be done 30 minutes before the departure of the train.
Our return to Ollantaytambo is 1 hour and 40 minutes. When you get off the train our private transportation will be waiting to take you back to the city. We will finish our services leaving our travelers in their hotels or near theMain Square.
- Transportation Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha.
- Horses and Porters (only carry camping equipment).
- Meals: 4 breakfasts / 4 lunches / 4 dinners.
- Professional tour Guide (English – Spanish).
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Posada de Olger – Dennys house).
- Entrance to Machu Picchu.
- Tents and camping equipment.
- First aid kit.
- Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo train.
- Transportation Ollantaytambo – Cusco.
- Oxygen balloon.
- The first breakfast (first day).
- The last lunch (Five day).
- Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu-Mountain Entrance.
- Sleeping bag.
- Entrance to Salkantay ( S/10.00 ).
- CONSETTUR Bus Tickets In Machu Picchu.
- Food not mentioned in the program.
- Expenses not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Carry a small backpack for the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu.
- Flashlight for the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu.
- Thermal clothing, raincoat, sunscreen.
- Mosquito repellent, lipstick.
- Bottle of water.
- Jacket or Poncho.
- Camera, external battery, camera memory stick.
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As all the routes can be done on your own or with an agency (except the Inca Trail, which by regulation can only be done with authorized agencies), the departure is from the city of Cusco and you have to go to Arcopata Avenue from where daily buses depart to Mollepata.
Arcopata from where daily buses leave to Mollepata, you must go early because the buses leave only until 07:00 am, the trip takes approximately 2 to 3 hours and you will pass through important towns such as Poroy, Anta, Limatambo and Mollepata where you can take another mobility that takes you to the Soraypampa sector which is 1 hour and a half away.
In case you cannot find a bus to Soraypampa you will have to walk from Mollepata, this hike takes approximately 8 hours. This first day you can stay camping in Soraypampa or make the ascent to the Abra del Salkantay (4600 masl) and camp on the other side of the mountain and in the jungle area.
Arriving at the Abra del Salkantay you will see unique rock agglomerations called “Apachetas” that are made by hikers who pass through this place as a symbol of respect for the mountain and as a request for any wish they have, this is a custom that comes from the Inca period and even earlier cultures.
The descent route to pass the Abra de Salkantay is jungle and passes through villages such as Chaullay, Colquepampa, La Playa and others.
The options to spend this day are to stay in La Playa or Santa Teresa and the next day leave for Hidroeléctrica by bus or walking to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) and finally visit the citadel of Machu Picchu.
The return can be done by train to Ollantaytambo or Hidroeléctrica, everything will depend on your time and budget.