Top Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu Tour is a pristine hike to the lost city of the Incas – Machu Picchu. This trek takes you through the shadows of Salkantay and Umantay snow-capped mountains; where you can observe glacier valleys, wildlife and mysterious Inca Ruins. The Top Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu Tour is an exceptional trekking route situated in the same region as the traditional Inca Trail, but less trodden and offering more spectacular views. Our Top Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu Tour is not just walk; it is an adventure and cultural experience in ther egion of Cuscn in Peru.
The Salkantay is the region’s highest mountain located to the south of Machu Picchu; is one of the best hills for hiking in Peru. the trail makes way through the high Andean valleys until 3,800m; then change abruptly to high Rocky Mountains and later; in the other site of the pass it change to jungle trail. Most of the walk is along the ridge; offers spectacular mountain views with a bird’s eye view of the Santa Teresa river/valley.
This great Top Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu Tour in the Machu Picchu National park is one of the most diverse treks in the world. In this trek you’ll walk the distance of 56 km linking the two deepest canyons of the Vilcabamba mountain range: The Apurimac and Urubamba canyon. the hike offer several ecological zones which allow you to enjoy the peculiar natural highlights.
However, Top Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu Tour isn’t just perfect for the dramatic views of lofty mountains but is also the best in terms of the diversity in climate altitude (deepest gorge to the high pass – 4,600m), landscape (tropical forest featuring rare species of plants and animals, terminal moraine), trail (steep, narrow, windy and dusty). Some of the major highlights of Top Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu Tour are two deep canyons (Aprurimac & Urubamba), Salkantay pass (4,600m), The natural hot springs in the town of Santa Teresa, optional zip line, and one of the most popular Inca building known as the lost city of the Inca – Machu Picchu.
ABOUT TOP SALKANTAY TREK & MACHU PICCHU TOUR
One of the most popular treks in Peru is the Top Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu Tour that allures adventurists across the world. It is a trek that passes through places with different landscapes. The Top Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu Tour when winds onto the Machu Picchu National Park and “Santa Teresa” Valley, will give the opportunity to witness rare species of animals of the Vilcabamba Mountain range and if you are fortunate enough you might encounter spectacled bear and Pumas. However the region is the home of several species of flora and fauna. Moreover this trail also offers birding opportunity.
The Top Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu Tour some remote human settlements like Saraypampa, Collpapampa and Playa Sawayaku that leave the explorers mull over the rich indigenous culture of the Incas. The trekking winds and trails up to the Salkantay Pass at 4.600 meter, wherefrom one can capture the spectacular view of the Salkantay and Umantay.
Five-day Top Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu Tour is a wonderful trek through the remote area of Peru. The Top Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu Tour border the northern part of the National Park of Machu Picchu which offers unique experiences for trekkers to feed their eyes and soul. From the panorama of Salkantay Mountain, Umantay lagoon, the iconic Machu Picchu and other marvelous range towards the south. Top Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu Tour is a newly developed trekking route; that offers a very different experience than that of other trekking routes to Machu Picchu. Taking you to some of the most popular Tourist destination in Peru; the trek presents the most beautiful rural culture in the shadow of the stunning Salkantay peak.
Top Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu Tour begins in the zone of Markukasa one hour beyond Mollepata village; from where the trail climbs up gentle to Soraypamapa zone and then continue to Salkantaypampa; the trail continue steeply zigzag up toward the small lagoons of Suyruccocha camp; from here, the trail continue 45 minutes of gentle up to the highest pass (4,600 masl). From the pass, the trail descends through the left side of the valley; it becoming indistinct in swampy areas and later to the wonderful cloud forest. The last day, very early we’ll take the bus for 25 minutes and explore Machu Picchu before the crowds arrive from Cusco. then we’ll retur to Cusco.
Day 1: Drive from Cusco to Markukasa and trek to Suyroccocha camp
Early pick-up from you hotel in the city of Csuco; and 3:30 hours travel in our private bus to Markukasa zone; the starting point of the trek. Then, we’ll start the hike until Suyroccocha camp.
Included meals: L-D.
Day 2: Trek from Suyroccocha camp to Chaullay
Continue the ascent toward the Salkantay pass (4,600m); The highest of the trek. Then we decent through the moraine until our private camp at chaullay. Here is where the cloud forest starts.
Included meals: B -L-D.
Day 3:Trek from Chaullay – Playa Sawayaco camp
We’ll hike through Santa Teresa River/Valley; with the presence of dense vegetation and sub-tropical plantations; great quantity of wildlife in their natural habitat; enjoy the waterfalls along the trail.
Included meals: B -L-D.
Day 4: Trek from Playa Sawayaco to Aguas Calientes town
The trek continues with 3 hours climbing up toward the “Llacatapata Pass”; from where you can observe Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountains. Then, we’ll descend to hydroelectric zone and in the afternoon; we’ll walk following the railway for two hours until the town of “Aguas Calientes”.
Included meals: B -L-D.
Accommodation: Hotel accommodations
Day 5: Exeplore Machu Picchu
Full-day will be dedicated to explore the stunning Machu Picchu; in the afternoon we’ll return by train to Ollantaytambo train station, from here you’ll be transferred by bus to Cusco.
Included meals: B / in the hotel
While you are in your acclimatization days in Cusco we suggest that you can do optional activities. Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to do; and leave out the things you don’t. Below are the main optional activities for this trip; which can be arranged once you are on tour; via your tour consultant or your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour; prices are subject to change.
- Sacred valley tour 1 day US$ 25 pp (No entrance fees Included)
- City tour in Cusco US$ 15 pp (No entrance fees Included)
- Mountain bike
- Zip line at Santa Teresa town