Salkantay alternative Inca Trail
It is an alternative, remote and old trail with the great advantage of being less busy and with greater views than the traditional Inca Trail. This represents a great alternative for those who wish to escape the busy, full of tourists roads, or for those who did not find availability at the traditional Inca Trail.
You will be picked up at your hotel around 4:30 to 5am. The bus will leave Cusco at 5am, heading to Mollepata, which is a small town at 2850 mts above the sea level. It has a mild, boarder of the jungle climate. You will be able to watch a few mountains, belonging to the Salkantay mountain range, from 4000 to 5000 meters above the sea level. We will arrive to Mollepata around 7 am and will start walking from here for about 7 or 8 hours, heading to Sorayapampa, our first camp.
An impressive panorama over the Salkantay mountain (6200 meters above the sea level) will be waiting for you at your wake up call, at 7 am. We will take breakfast and start of the walk for 7 to 8 hours, through several altitudes and vegetations type, cross a canon which will lead us to the Salkantay surroundings. After 3 hours, we will stop for lunch and then continue until the high pass, from which we will descend to Challuay, where we will overnight.
From here the landscape will change together with the temperature, as we are leaving the Andes, and entering the Jungle border. We will walk through several valleys, watching different animals, insects and vegetation types. We will observe the life of the local settler. If we have time, we will enjoy the Thermal Baths of Collpampa and the Waynapoco cataracts. We will walk for about 4 to 6 hours before stopping for lunch at Sahuaycu o beach. Then we will take the bus to Santa Teresa where we will spend the night.
After breakfast we will walk for about 40 minutes to the Urubamba river . From here we will head to the Hidroelectrical central, about 3 hours. We will witness the huge cataract that falls from the Machu Picchu mountain. We will take our lunch on the north-west side of Machu Picchu and then visit the Intihuatana, located at the 121 km of the railroad. After it we will take the train to Aguas Calientes where we will overnight for the last time.
At 6 am we will head to Machu Picchu for a guided visit. This walk will take us about an hour and a half. In Machu Picchu we will be accompanied by the guide for about 3 hours. In the afternoon, we will return to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco.
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