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Cusco - Salkantaypampa (6 hour trek)

Day 1

Cusco - Salkantaypampa (6 hour trek)

Today you’ll take the bus to the Soraypampa, the starting point of the Salkantay Trek, passing small villages and beautiful scenery along the way. You’ll start by hiking past several mountain settlements to a viewpoint with panoramas across Tucarway Lake to the glacier beyond.

After lunch, you’ll climb for another two hours to your campsite at Salkantaypampa, overlooking the valley at 4,100 metres. When you arrive, the kettle will be boiling, the camp will be set up and you can watch the sunset with a steaming cup of coca tea before crawling into your sleeping bag.

Customers on their trekking tour on Machu Picchu

Day 2

Soraypampa - Colpachacha (9 hour trek)

This is a challenging day, so be sure to grab a hearty breakfast. You’ll spend the morning climbing steeply uphill to 4,700 metres, the highest point of your trek. From the pass, you’ll begin to descend through lush countryside. After lunch, the trail will begin zig-zagging up hill again to your next camp at 2,930 metres. It’s a wonderful place to lie back and gaze into starry mountain skies.

Colpapampa - Aguas Calientes (5 hour trek)

Day 3

Colpapampa - Aguas Calientes (5 hour trek)

Today you’ll be relieved to hear is a far easier day. After breakfast you’ll set off on a scenic 5 hour descent through coca fields and forests thick with ferns and wild orchids. At the end of the trail, you’ll stroll the final couple of hours alongside the train tracks to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. It’s a small and touristy town, but there’s an excitement in the air and lots of lively bars.

Blue train going through the mountains

Day 4

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Today you’ll be up before dawn and head to Machu Picchu in the twilight. At the viewpoint, settle on a rock and watch as the Lost City of the Incas suddenly appears from the mist when sunlight floods the valley. Wandering past temples and between houses, you’ll be swallowed up by a sense of wonder. You’ll explore the Lost City as part of a group, along with an official guide, in keeping with Peruvian Law introduced to protect the site.  At the end of the day, you’ll hop on the bus back to Aguas Calientes to connect with the train to Cusco.

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