Know the 2 alternative routes to Machu Picchu:

Salkantay Trek: 

Itinerary:

Day 1: It starts with a trip by car from the city of Cusco to Mollepata (2,803 m.a.s.l). From there, you start the hike through jungle-browed climates but with views of the snow-capped mountains of the Salkantay chain. After 7 or 8 hours of trekking, you will arrive at the town of Soraypampa (3,900 m.a.s.l). The first day will cover approximately 16 kilometers.

Day 2: It is the most arduous. It starts with a 2-hour walk to the so-called ‘Salkantay Pass’, the highest point of the trip at 4,572 m.a.s.l. The place is located on the slopes of the snow, which gives a perfect landscape to take the best pictures. After a rest, it descends for several hours going into the eastern part of the Andes or jungle edge to the town of Chaullay (2,800 m.a.s.l). In total 22 kilometers are covered.

Day 3: Beautiful landscapes of the high jungle are crossed like waterfalls, tropical fruit plantations, rivers, and abundant vegetation. On the way, the so-called Sahuayaco Beach is crossed. That day you descend approximately 16 kilometers of greenish landscapes until arriving at the town of Santa Teresa (1,800 m.a.s.l)

Day 4: That day, the journey is parallel to the Vilcanota River. It starts arriving at the Hydroelectric station in the area. From there you follow the railway lines of the train, which is the route by which most tourists arrive at the Wonder of the World. Finally, after a walk surrounded by nature you reach Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town, at the foot of the Inca Citadel. It runs an approximate of 16 kilometers.

Day 5: That day is destined to know Machu Picchu. One ascends very early until the door of entrance to the Wonder of the World. It is the most exciting time of the 5 day trip. After appreciating the beauty of the Inca City, it returns to the city of Cusco. The return is usually by train.

    Salkantay Hike:

    This hike is the shorter version of Salkantay trek, that takes only 4 days of an amazing trekking through different ecological floors. 

    Itinerary:

    Day 1: It starts with a trip by car from the city of Cusco to Mollepata (2,803 m.a.s.l). From there, you start the hike through jungle-browed climates but with views of the snow-capped mountains of the Salkantay chain. After 7 or 8 hours of trekking, you will arrive at the town of Soraypampa (3,900 m.s.). The first day will cover approximately 16 kilometers.

    Day 2: It is the most arduous. It starts with a 2-hour walk to the so-called ‘Abra Salkantay’, the highest point of the trip at 4,572 m.s.n.m. The place is located on the slopes of the snow, which gives a perfect landscape to take the best pictures. After a rest, it descends for several hours going into the eastern part of the Andes or jungle edge to the town of Chaullay (2,800 m.a.s.l). In total 22 kilometers are covered.

    Day 3: This day is the principal difference between this 2 routes. Because on this day you will not visit Colcalmayo in Santa María, on this day you will go directly to Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night. 

    Day 4: Ready for this incredible day? On this day you will visit Machu Picchu wonder!!!.

     

    Advantages and disadvantages:

    Salkantay Trek ( 5 Day / 4 nights)

    Advantages:

    • Walk through different ecological floors.

    • Walk accompanied by the extension of the Eastern mountain range of the Andeds

    • You can be at the foot of one of the highest snow-capped mountains in Cusco, the Salkantay.

    • Visit the thermal baths of Colcalmayo

    • Allows you to walk towards Machu Picchu, by a less congested route.

    • You are guaranteed an adequate organization of your trip.

    • You will have an unforgettable experience.

    Disadvantages:

    • You need to acclimatize in the City of Cusco, for one or two days before starting the walk.
    • Can give you soroche or altitude sicknes 

    Salkantay Hike (4 Days / 3 nights)

    Advantages:

    • Walk through different ecological floors.

    • Walk accompanied by the extension of the Eastern mountain range of the Andean zone.

    • You can be at the foot of one of the highest snow-capped mountains in Cusco, the Salkantay.

    • Allows you to walk towards Machu Picchu, by a less congested route.

    • You are guaranteed an adequate organization of your trip. 

    • You will have an unforgettable experience.

    Disadvantages:

    • We take a bus from the beach to hydroelectric that means we will not enjoy the thermal baths of Colcalmayo.