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MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS

 

Day 1:

06.00 am. Departure by our private transport to Mollepata town at 3,850 mts. A beautiful 3 hour scenic journey through Izcuchaca and Limatambo, with a stop for breakfast and panoramic views of the “Mountain of Salkantay” in the Cordillera of Vilcanota. We can see spectacular views of the chains of snow capped Vilcabamba, the colorful village of Mollepata and the lush Apurimac River Valley. At this point due to the dirty and rocky road conditions we transfer into another truck or minibus. After passing Cruzpata 3200 mts, then Challacancha, we arrive to our trailhead in Sayllapata at 3,600 masl where we meet our Arrieros “horsemen“ and trekking staff (Cook and Assistants). We commence treking with a gradual climb of 250 meters for about 2 and a half hours through a pristine Andean valley landscape before arriving to Soraypampa. There after visiting a spectacular glacial lake we have lunch. We continue after lunch with a gentle climb for approximately 2 and a half to 3 hours through more unspoiled Andean valley to Salkantaypampa. This first Camp is located at 3,950 masl.

 

Day 2:

After an early breakfast we start trekking a moderate climb from approx 07:00am for 3 hours to reach the Apacheta Pass at 4,590 masl. From this point we can appreciate spectacular views of Cusco's second highest peak, the stunning snow capped Mount Salkantay (6,264 mts) and also the snow capped mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small lakes and moraines. In the Apacheta Pass you can leave a piece of rock carried from the bottom as a present from you to the Apacheta. (In Inca times the walkers used to leave at the top their shoes, clothes, jewels or simply a piece of rock as an offering.) There is an option to take a nice walk from the Pass for 40 minutes to see an amazing lake of Soraycocha located just off the trail.

We continue 2 hrs downhill to lunch in Huayracmachay, and then, depending on the group ability, weather and walking conditions, the guide will decide whether to camp 2-3 hrs downhill walk in Rayan-niyoc at 3100 mts or travel a further 2km to camp at Collpapampa 2920 mts for experienced trekkers.

 

Day 3:

After Breakfast, we say goodbye and thanks to our arrieros, horse/donkey herders. They will get to La Playa way before us, leaving the equipment for the other staff and make their return back to Soraypampa. We start the trek 07:00am with 3 hours easy hiking from Collpapampa, where we will be introduced to a high Jungle zone called Ceja de Selva. Here we will see different kinds of plants, fruits, flowers, birds ectetera plus coca and banana crops can be observed. You will have time to shower in a waterfall, take amazing pictures, and with luck we can observe the famous Peruvian National Bird "Gallito de las Rocas". We stop at Lluscamayo 2,400m for lunch and free time to rest before the 3 hour walk to our last campsite in La Playa 2,350 masl. A small village is located here with electricity and a shop. Early arrive to camp and there is an option to take a car to Santa Teresa to enjoy the hot springs and return for Dinner at Camp at Playa.

 

Day 4:

Approx 07:30 am we begin our trek to the village Lucmabamba where we see the remains of an Inka trail. We follow this rising trail, from which we will see coffee, banana and passion fruit plantations and a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley. After climbing for 4 hrs to reach Llaqtapata 2,700 masl we can enjoy some free time to rest and observe the mountain of Machupicchu (Inca city) and some of this arqueological site from afar. Then 2 hours continuous downhill to the Hydroelectric Plant at 1,870m where we have the last lunch with our staff. The cook and staff will leave us after lunch and we only continue on to Aguas Calientes town with our guides. So here is our chance to say goodbye and express our appreciation.

At 16:30pm we will take a 45 minute train journey to Aguas Calientes town 2,000 masl where a Special Dinner and finally a comfy bed in the "Hostal Viajeros" await us.

Walking poles recommended for the 2 final hours downhill. Optional evening bathe in the hotsprings 10 minutes walk from the town.

 

Day 5:

Early walk (approximately 1.5 hours uphill from Aquas Calientes) or bus for 25 minutes to the Citadel of Machupicchu, guided tour for 3 hours and plenty of free time for further exploring, photos and optional climb of the mountain Huayna Picchu, Temple of the Moon, or the Gate of the Sun. Generally around 1pm people walk down the steps back to Aguas Calientes for the Buffet lunch and at approx 16:00 hrs we take our return train to Ollantaytambo with bus connection arriving to Cusco city around 9:00 pm. (End of our service at Plaza Regocijo at centre of Cusco).

 

What is Included:

  • Collection from your hotel from 05:45 am.
  • Private SAS Travel bus to Mollepata-Cruzpata (starting of our trek.)
  • 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and a roll pad mattress.
  • English speaking experienced professional mountain guide.
  • (1-8 ppl with1 guide) 2 Guides for a group of 9-17 participants.
  • 6 kilos porterage service for your personal items ie extra clothes, sleeping bag to be carried by mules, (so you just need to carry your small daypack with bottle of water and everything you will need during the day).
  • Full board meals 5 Breakfast, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners. (Buffet Style Peruvian Gourmet Cuisine).(Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request)
  • Dining tent and cooking tents with tables and chairs. Experienced Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent. First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Mules to carry tents, mattress, food, cooking equipment Hot water for washing purposes.
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles each morning.
  • PeruRail train ride from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes.
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes (Private rooms).Double or Triple Accommodation.
  • PeruRail 1st Class train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or (train to Ollanta and private transport to Cusco).
  • Admission Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex. Complete guided tour in Machu Picchu, time to explore on your own,
  • Ticket to Huaynapicchu mountain (walk to the top without a guide, trail is well marked) If Huaynapicchu tickets are sold out we offer Machupicchu montaña walk instead.
  • Free storage in Cusco for your belongings at Hotel Marqueses near SAS Travel office.

 

What is not Included:

  • Sleeping bag (minus 8 ºC)
  • The bus down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes US$ 12
  • (45 minutes down-hill walk to Aguas Calientes) to Hostel Viajeros.
  • Dinner on the 5 th day,
  • Tips for your guide,cook and staff are optional.not mandatory.
  • Water to drink on Day 1

 

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