DAY 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – CHALLACANCHA – SORAYPAMPA
We will leave from Cusco approximately between 4:30a.m. and 5:00a.m. A local bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level), where we will arrive approximately at 8:15 in the morning to have breakfast. During the trip we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow and the Valley of Apurimac-River. We will meet with our support staff and they will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 9:00 a.m., we will begin our walk towardSayllapata (3200 meters above sea level). About 1:00p.m., we will have a peruvian lunch. After lunch we will continue hiking toward the Soraypampa villages (3850 meters above sea level). Around 5:30 in the afternoon we will arrive to our camp, where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.
DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA – SALKANTAY PASS – CHAULLAY
After an early breakfast we start trekking from Soraypampa approx 7:30 am, we continue our hiking the peruvian highland. From this point we can appreciate the spectacular views of the mountain Salkantay, a stunning snow capped mountain (6,264 m), the second highest peak in Cusco’s region and also the mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small lakes and moraines. At our lunch spot after a five-hour walk, pass downhill to lunch in Huayracpunku and then a further 2-3 hours downhill walk to Camp at Collpapampa 2,920 m.
DAY 3: CHAULLAY – COLLPAPAMPA – LA PLAYA – SANTA TERESA (COCALMAYO HOT SPRING)
Around 7:00a.m. we will start our trek. We will walk for about 6 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco and during this period we will observe a town called Collpabamba, also called the “Forest Cloudy Brow”, where waterfalls, thermal hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks”. From Playa Sahuayaco, we will head to the campsite located at the hot springs of Santa Teresa (it is recommended to bring a bath suit). Here you will have dinner.
DAY 4: SANTA TERESA – HIDROELECTRYC – AGUAS CALIENTES
After our delicious breakfast we are starting our walk around 8:30 am. We begin our trek to the village Colpani, following this rising trail, from which we will see plantations of coffee, banana, passion fruit and a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley. We follow along the riverside of Vilcanota-River until arrive to the Oroya (canopy brich). From here we have an option to hike to hidroelectrica or to catch a small car, that will take us to Hidroelectrica (25 minutes). From this place we can observe the back of Machu Picchu Sanctuary. We have the last lunch with all staff. then we will continue walking until Aguas Calientesaround 4:30 pm. Here we will stay in a hostal the last night.
DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO
Today you will be able to choose between waking up at 4:30 am. and walk up to Machu Picchu or taking a bus to Machu Picchu at 5:25a.m. In Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for about two hours and after that, you will be free to explore the citadel and take pictures. Or if you desire, ascent toward theHuaynapicchu mountain. At 18:45 pm. you will take a train to Ollantaytambo and from there a bus will bring you to your hotel in Cusco.