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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Bamba Experience

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The most well-known trail to the ancient Inca citadel, Machu Picchu, is the Inca Trail but that doesn't mean it's the only option for you to take! Opt for a path less travelled and hike along the higher and more beautiful Salkantay Trail! Our tour will guide you through the challenging four day trek, crossing over a 4,650-metre high pass where you can marvel at the Salkantay and Humantay peaks towering 6,000 metres high! This trail is unspoiled and passes through indigenous mountain communities before bringing you to the 'Lost City of the Incas'.


Day 1: Cuzco to Mollepata to Challacancha, Trek to Soraypampa Camp (3,920m)
Today we pick you up between 5:00 - 6:00 am and travel by tourist-class bus to Mollepata (2,900m) where you can stretch your legs and buy snacks. Continue by car to Challacancha where we will make final preparations and double-check our equipment. Embark on a 3-hour walk that will take us to Soraypampa (3,920m) where we stop for lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains. Hike up to Laguna de Humantay (approx. 1.5 hours each way) for more incredible views of the Andes mountains and then return to camp for the night. Our first campsite is located at 3,920m and is the highest and coldest campsite of the trip. Take some time to rest up, and enjoy your first night immersed in nature. Have dinner and go to sleep early.
(14km, 6hrs)
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Trek to Challhuay or Colcapampa Camp via High Pass (4,650m)
We will have breakfast at around 6:00 am and begin our 4-hour walk to the highest pass on this trek (4,650m) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Humantay on the left. (Optional horse rental available to reach high pass for 100 - 120 soles). From the pass, the views of the two snow-capped mountains are incredible with the possibility of snow here. After a 2-hour downhill hike, a well-deserved lunch will be served at Huayracpampa, followed by another 3-hour trek to our campsite at Challhuay or Colcapampa as we near the beginning of the high jungle region at 2,900 metres.
(22km, 9-10hrs)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Trek to La Playa, Transfer to Hydroelectric Station, Trek to Aguas Calientes
After breakfast at 6:30 am, we start trekking for the day through the upper jungle crossing the Santa Teresa River and a variety of little brooks. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits, and plants. We will have lunch at La Playa (2,200m) and continue by car to Santa Teresa town (1,700 meters) with a warmer climate. From here we will take another car to Hydroelectric Station (40 minutes) and then walk 3 hours to Aguas Calientes. There are internet cafes, cafes with board games and cards, plenty of shops and places to relax in the town.
(24km, 9hrs)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cuzco
Catch one of the first buses (5:30 am) to Machu Picchu (25-minute ride) in order to appreciate the magnificent city in the early morning light as the mist dissipates. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this, you can explore the mysterious city on your own. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (to be booked in advance at an extra cost). Return to Aguas Calientes by bus. Take the train back to Ollantaytambo and a bus to Cuzco. You will be dropped off late in the day at the Plaza San Francisco. Upon arrival, you will need to make your own way to your accommodation.

Description of Machu Picchu Guided Site Visit:
The one and only, the most spectacular (and not to mention most popular) archaeological site in all of South America. Your guide will take you on a 2-hour tour of Machu Picchu walking you through the most important sites and covering the history of the place. Then you will have free time to explore on your own and take pictures at your leisure. When you decide to head back down to Aguas Calientes, there are buses departing every 15 minutes from the entrance or you can take the walking trail down if you feel like another 1-hour stair stepping downhill to Aguas Calientes town. Take an OPTIONAL hike up the steep peak named Huayna Picchu, which is located inside the Machu Picchu archaeological site. This sometimes muddy peak takes about 45 - 60 minutes to hike up and awards you with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu from a coveted perspective. Keep in mind that if you want to take this optional hike, you must now purchase your ticket at least two weeks in advance for an additional cost in order to get one of the 400 passes (200 people are allowed up at 7:00 am and 200 more at 10:00 am).
Meals: Breakfast

Your Adventure Includes

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Cuzco Accommodation Pick-Up
  • Van Cuzco to Mollepata to Challacancha (starting point of trek)
  • Car Transfer La Playa to Santa Teresa to Hydroelectric Station
  • Round Trip Tourist Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
  • Tourist Train Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus Ollantaytambo to Cuzco
  • Professional Bilingual Guide on trek & Machu Picchu tour
  • Camping Accommodation during trek (including basic sleeping pad & tent for 2 people)
  • 1-night 3* Hotel Accommodation at Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu Entrance Fee
  • Horseman and mules to carry cooking and camping equipment plus a total of 7kg for each trekker
  • Foam sleeping mat 
  • First Aid kit
  • Emergency oxygen bottle
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 2 snacks with typical menus

The Specifics

Additional Costs:

  • Day 1 breakfast, day 4 lunch and dinner, bottled water - not included 
  • Sleeping bags can be rented for $15 (USD) for the trek 
  • Guide for bus and train transfers 
  • Optional services: Train transfer from Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes (30 USD), Huayna Picchu Trek (48 soles) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance, Machu Picchu Mountain Hike (48 soles) must be booked at least 1 week in advance

Extra Information:

  • Departures: Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday at 5:00-5:15 am
  • Accommodation pick up in Cuzco 
  • There is a mandatory pre-departure briefing at our Cuzco Headquarters one day prior to departure at 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm depending on your trek. You will receive detailed information on your excursion, a list of what to bring and confirm your departure details
  • Arrival point is Plaza San Francisco at Cuzco City Centre 
  • Check and arrange visa requirements prior to booking
  • Travel insurance recommended for this trip
  • This hike is demanding, it is important to be in good physical condition. There are important temperature changes associated with altitude changes (from 4000 metres to 2000 metres)
  • Important hiking clothing and equipment required for this trek - contact us for a full list of things to bring or rent
  • Contact us for more information on inclusions, extras and essential info to know before you go!


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Tommy 31 May 2019
5 stars from my side.I was little skeptical in my mind whether i would be able to pull off this trek but Bamba experience made it extremely comfortable. We had all our questions timely answered and requirement timely fulfilled. The tour guide Percy Gonza was generous enough to share local stories and made us really comfortable.
Samuel C 13 Apr 2019
Beautiful is the word. We were travelling to this part of the world for the first time and we have experienced the best of this part of the world. Our travelling partner Bamba experience was hands on and gave us what we had subscribed for, the tour guide gave us various insights of the region as well as the culture.
Ida A 06 Apr 2019
Our trip started in beautiful Cuzco and then we were on the adventurous trek of Salkantay to Machu Picchu. It was one of the best experience of my life. The trip covers 4 more destinations in Peru. It was guided tour and the tour guide was very helpful. Other arrangements like camping, stay, food, travelling was also very nice.
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