Salkantay & Inca trail to Machu Picchu
Day 01: Cusco - Mollepata - Sayllapata -
We will pick up from your hotel in Cusco at 4.30 am in a private bus and drive to Mollepata. Along the four-and-a-half hour drive, we will stop in the town of Limatambo (2100 m.s.n.m.), an important point of access to the city of Cusco during the time of the Inca Empire. Here we will visit the archaeological remains of Tarawasi, where we can appreciate an Inca Usno, or place where ceremonies for mother earth were conducted. We will leave Limatambo and drive up a beaten track along the right shore of the Apurimac River, to reach Mollepata (2800 m.s.n.m.), where we will meet our horsemen and horses. From this point we will start the ascent on foot towards Sayllapata (3300 m.s.n.m.) along a slight climb where we will appreciate various plants, native birds, the Apurimac River canyon (which is one of the deepest in Peru), and a communitarian irrigation canal. In Soraypampa we will set up our first camp.
Day 02: Soraypampa - Pass of the Incas -
We will get up at 6.30 am , after the breakfast we continue the trek to Pass of Incas , we can see the differents weathers and small houses the people who live in this places , wildbirds and th espectacular view of Huamantay (5902 m.s.n.m). them aproximatly six hours more of trek We arrive to the second campamento Pass of the Inkas , in this point We can see the mountain of Salcantay (6271 m.s.n.m) .On the afternoon we are descending to Sisaypampa (3,790 mt/12,431 ft)
Day 3: Sisaypampa - PaucarcanchaFrom our campsite after breakfast we start our walk descending in a beautiful valley with native flowers and impresive views for 3 hour to Pampacahuana community near the Incan canals repaired few years ago by Ann Kendall Project to help local farmers and shepherds. Tranquil day to relax and rest for the next leg of our trek, stop for our lunch then final 3 hour to Paucarcancha an old Inca ruins where we will stop for some explanations and pictures, also this is where we will set a camp for tonight.
Day 04: Paucancha - Wayllabamba
After the breakfast We continue to Wayllabamba (conect to the inka trail) the Firts four hours arrive to Chiriasca (4850 m.s.n.m.) the point more high this day , We will have incredibles view of the mountain of Salkantay (if We have a lucky We see the Condor) , after the lunch We are going to go to Pampacahuana its a interesting place . them We continue to Wayllabamba (3000 m.s.n.m.), four hours only trek We arrive to Wayllabamba , Our third night , in this point We will have to say bye our horseman and horses because in the INCA TRAIL dont enter horses , the porters will carry the equipement all the Inca trail .
Day 04: Huayllabamba - Dead Woman´s Pass -
We wake up at around 6:00 am, and after breakfast we leave Wayllabamba behind to begin the most difficult part of the trek, which consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for 9 km. Along this climb, the landscape changes from sierra to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). On the way to the first mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuausca (Dead Womans Pass), we see domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at that altitude. We also cross an area of the so called cloud forest, which is the habitat for many different kinds of birds like hummingbirds and sparrows and the Andean bear, which is also called the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus). We advise that on this day specially, your day pack is well stocked with candies, chocolates and coca leaves that will keep your sugar level high, and help with altitude sickness. Immediately after the pass, we descend into the Pacaymayo valley (3600 masl), where we camp after approximately 6h of hiking
Day 05: - Pacaymayo - Wiñaywayna
This day is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting, due the number of archaeological sites that we visit and learn about from our guide. From Pacaymayo we climb to the second pass, the Abra de Runkurakay (3970 m.s.n.m). Half way up, we visit the archaeological complex with the same name. This site, located at 3800 masl, consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower. After going over the pass, we descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud-forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3624 m.s.n.m). This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Continuing up an easy climb, we arrive at the third pass, the Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3700 masl). Along this climb we can appreciate the magnitude of the Incas ancient craft, by walking along paths semi-detached from the mountain, and seeing rocks that fill up ravines in perfect order, saving the trail from the multileveled Andean geography. We go through an Inca tunnel to later arrive at the aforementioned pass and down to the complex of the same name. This is one of the most complete and best-preserved archaeological complexes along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and is located on the highest point of a mountain. Curiously, Phuyupatamarca means town over the clouds. From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River valley and the long descending stone steps along which we will continue on to Wiiñaywayna (2700 m.s.n.m). At this campsite we find a lodge with a restaurant, bar and bathrooms with hot showers. The campsite has the same name as the complex located only five minutes away from the lodge. Wiaywayna is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector.
Day 06: Wiñaywayna - Machu Picchu
On this day and we get up at 6.30 am to leave Wiñaywayna an hour later and climb to Intipunku, or The Sun Gate. This point will take an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. Them one hour and a half more We arrive to MACHU PICCHU this day We only see it and down to Aguas Calientes town . We leave our personal tems in the Hostal in Aguas Calientes and going to the Hot Springs our six night . dinner and lunch .
Day 07: Machu Picchu - Cusco
On this day we get up at 5.30 am. We start to walk until Machupicchu and 40 minutes later we enter the citadel from the highest point through the House of the Guardians. We then descend to the control point where we register ourselves and leave our backpacks. We immediately begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around, climb the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon and the fabulous Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in the thermal baths other time . From here we take the train to the city of Cusco, where we will arrive after nightfall.