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DAY 1: SALKANTAY TREK (DAY 1)
The first day of your journey starts after your first night in your Cusco hotel. You will be picked up from your hotel at approximately 5:00 a.m. and will subsequently travel by bus to the town of Mollepata. Though you may be tempted to sleep en route to your destination, the beautiful sights of the Anta plains will keep you more than busy, full of panoramic views and some of the most eye-popping colors you have ever seen. You literally cannot miss the large Salkantay mountains and their snow-covered peaks. At around 7:30, you will have a delicious regional breakfast during your stop in Mollepata, while also doing some last-minute shopping and leg-stretching for the trip to come.
After breakfast, you begin to realize just how traditional this journey is. No more buses; no more modern amenities. The staff will begin to load the supplies onto mules and horses, and at approximately 9:30 a.m., the real fun finally begins.
Enjoy riding (or walking alongside) your mule train as you inch closer to the gorgeous Soraypampa – the initial campsite on the journey where lunch will be served. If time permits, you will then journey to Umantay Lake (and back again), which is a unique glacier lake that stands as an impressive reminder of what time is capable of creating.
Hiking times and destinations all depend on the pace of the party. There is no rush; day one will introduce you to many great sights of the area, and the end destination for the first day of the trip is ultimately the Soraypampa campsite, where you will definitely want to rest well before the days ahead.
DAY 3: SALKANTAY TREK (DAY 3)
You should be well-rested by now, but get ready to explore some more come 7:30 a.m.; after waking up and eating, you will start walking up to La Playa, which is accessible through the scenic and historic Santa Teresa valley. This is about a six-hour journey, but the incline isn’t much to deal with, and the footing is very solid. This means you’ll get to appreciate all the outside beauty, such as waterfalls, avocado plantations, fields of gorgeous orchids, and much more. You’ll even get to stop along the way and have a taste of local nature, via bananas, passion fruit and granadilla en route to the village of Colpapampa, which translates to the “forest cloudy brow.
This is where you will get to see true natural hot sprints, a massive waterfall, many fruit trees, and even some rare, indigenous wildlife. After you have lunch in this beautiful locale, you can rest those feet and actually ride local transport to Santa Teresa for an overnight stay at the campsite. This is a GOTOPERU official site, so you won’t have to worry about outside traffic. You can simply enjoy the hot sprints and the rest of the scenery, eat a lovely dinner, and get a good night’s sleep.
DAY 4: SALKANTAY TREK (DAY 4)
Today begins anew with a tasty regional breakfast featuring many of the fruits that grow locally. After you’ve had your fill, a seven-hour journey thus begins at approximately 8:30 a.m. – a trek to Colpani village. Once you arrive at the village, you will get a taste of how the Incans lived many years ago. You will see the cocoa farms, the mandarin and orange groves, and the yucca fields. Not to even mention a breathtaking view of the entire Santa Teresa Valley from above. From here, it’s all about following the bend and flow of the river until you arrive at the cable bridge, Oroya. This is a great scenic destination en route to Hidroelectrica, where lunch will be had before the excursion follows the train tracks alongside Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountain. The destination in mind: Aguas Calientes, home of the world famous Machu Picchu.
Once in the village, you will check into the hotel and enjoy a great dinner and a restful night’s sleep.
DAY 5: SALKANTAY TREK (DAY 5)
Upon waking and eating breakfast, you can choose how to reach Machu Picchu: Grab a bus or walk the scenic route. No matter which route you take, you will arrive with the party at the Sun Gate, where you will witness the most gorgeous sunrise you have ever seen. View the area how the ancients viewed it by watching the sun caress the city before completely immersing it in an orange glow.
After this, you’re free to explore the city, hike nearby ranges, or view any location you wish. Just wrap it up before the afternoon, because the train to Ollantaytambo is on a fixed schedule. From here, you will get a bus back to your Cusco hotel.
DAY 6: RIVER RAFTING AND CHECKOUT TIMA
Choosing the river rafting adventure gives you all the fun with none of the legwork. You will be picked up at your hotel by a GOTOPERU representative and taken the few mile journey to the shores of the Upper Urubamba River via Cusipata River Camp – a private campground of ours. Thereafter, you will meet up with professional rating guides who will give you a quick safety course, supply you with the right equipment, and get you started on your adventure. The goal is to float down the river for two and a half hours, going over some serious rapids (class II and III) along the way. (However, note that rapids can reach class IV and above during the winter season.)
After reaching your campsite destination, you will be treated to a hot sauna or showers, a huge lunch, and plenty of mountain scenery to keep your mind occupied. If you’re so inclined, you can keep your adventure going by using the zip-line across the river!
At around 5:00 p.m. you will be taken back to Cusco, where you’ll undoubtedly be busy sorting through your trip pictures.
When your vacation is all said and done, regardless of the package you have chosen, you will still be seen off like royalty. After you eat a hearty regional breakfast, we will deliver you in style to the airport, where your flight awaits.
We’ll offer assistance with whatever you need: Check-ins, tickets, luggage, etc.
Just remember to come back and vacation with us again. You can never see too much of Perú.
DAY 2: SALKANTAY TREK (DAY 2)
Rise and shine! It’s time for day two to get underway, starting out with a great cup of hot tea around 6:00, a filling breakfast an hour later, and then a day’s trek up the Salkantay trail. You’ll be walking roughly four miles during the day, reaching one of the highest points of this Andes range. Once there, take a while to soak up these heavenly views, snap your photos, and appreciate a location that few people have been to. Then it’s back downhill in the opposite direction, heading back toward Huayracmachay where you will have a needed rest for lunch. After which, it’s time to hike the three hours to Chaullay, where you’ll find tents ready to go. Dinner is around 7, which gives you plenty of time to tell stories around the fire and appreciate your journey.
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