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Decidi fazer o mochilão há 15 dias e consequentemente não tinha mais vaga na Classic Inca Trail 4D3N.

A enigma peru oferece a trilha Salkantay trek como alternativa, como mesmo tempo de viagem.

Alguém já fez e sabe se vale a pena? Vou gaster o mesmo tanto da outra trilha.

 

 

 

SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 4D/3N – Group Service

 

(SKPO4-PR)

 

This amazing trek runs beneath the sacred Salkantay mountain (6.271m/20569ft), one of the

 

highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes, passing through Quechua communities and

 

lesser-known Inca ruins, to finally reach Aguas Calientes on the third day. The impressive Sacred

 

Inca city of Machupicchu is visited on the last day of the program. This itinerary is an interesting

 

alternative for those not having found spaces on the Inca Trail trek to Machupicchu.

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Cusco to Andenes

 

We leave Cusco at 04.00 am in a private transport and start a scenic morning bus-ride to our trek

 

starting point at Soraypampa. Along the four-hour drive, we drive through the town of Limatambo

 

(2100m/6888ft), an important point of access to the city of Cusco during the time of the Inca Empire,

 

where the archaeological remains of Tarawasi are located. The road continues up a beaten track

 

along the right shore of the Apurimac River and crosses the town of Mollepata (2800m/9184ft) and

 

the small community of Cruzpata (2750m/9020ft) to finally reach Soraypampa (3800m/12464ft), the

 

starting point of the trek, where we meet our wranglers and horses. After a short introduction and

 

a quick breakfast, we start our hike towards the base of Mt. Salkantay (6271m/20569ft), crossing

 

Salkantaypampa, and then starting a 2 hrs steep ascent to Soyroccocha, just next to the impressive

 

glacier of Salkantay (4200m/13776ft). Continuing uphill, we reach the Abra Huayracmachay

 

(4600m/15088ft), the highest mountain pass in the program where, besides enjoying stunning

 

views of the surrounding glaciers and the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range with the

 

south face of Salkantay towering above us, we may also observe chinchillas and condors in their

 

natural habitat. From this point, we start descending towards a more tropical climate and into the

 

so-called cloud forest. Along the route, we can see the remains of an ancient Inca path, which

 

is approximately 6 meters wide. A long though easy descent brings us late afternoon to our first

 

campsite at Andenes (3,500m/11480ft).

 

Meals: B, L, D

 

Total distance: 18 km (11,25 miles)

 

Estimated walking time: 8-9 hours

 

Maximum altitude point: 4,600 m (15,088 ft)

 

Campsite altitude: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)

 

Day 2 – Andenes to Lucmabamba

 

Today we continue our hike with an easy downhill walk along the Salkantay River, enjoying the

 

increasingly lush vegetation, passing waterfalls, passion fruit and coffee plantations. The arid

 

highland landscape begins to transform into a cloud forest filled with trees and bromeliads. After

 

1,5-2 hours we arrive at the settlement of Chaullay, and after another 45 minutes to the town of

 

Collpapampa. From Colpapampa, the Salkantay River becomes the Santa Teresa River. After

 

a rest, we continue our descent to the banks of the Totora River, then passing the waterfalls at

 

Coripacchi, the settlement at Wiñaypoko, the bustling small town of La Playa and finally our second

 

camp at Lucmabamba (2,100m/6888ft). On the way we can see plantations of banana, coffee, and

 

avocado, as well as exuberant local flora. We enter spectacled-bear territory and we will probably

 

be accompanied by flocks of parrots as we descend. At dinner we can enjoy a glass of wine by the

 

light of the camp-fire.

 

Meals: B, L, D

 

Total distance: 20 km (12,50 miles)

 

Estimated walking time: 8-9 hours

 

Maximum altitude point: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)

 

Campsite altitude: 2,100 m (6,888 ft)

 

Day 3 – Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes

 

After breakfast, we start climbing for 2-3 hours up to El Mirador or Abra Q’elloqasa (2860m/9381ft)

 

from where we have an exceptional view of the Lost City of the Incas, the legendary Machupicchu,

 

from a different angle. We enjoy a last lunch in nature at the lookout point of Llaqtapata (2650m/

 

8692ft) from where we can view both Machupicchu and the Salkantay Mountain and take a good

 

rest, enjoying the added value of the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. A 2-hour

 

descent towards the Aobamba River crossing lush bamboo forests and more orchards and coffee

 

plantations brings us to the hydroelectric plant of Machupicchu from where we board a train that

 

takes us to Aguas Calientes (short, scenic 40-minutes train ride). Accommodation at the selected

 

hotel in Aguas Calientes.

 

Meals: B, L

 

Total distance: 12 km (7,50 miles)

 

Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours

 

Maximum altitude point: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)

 

Aguas Calientes altitude: 2,000 m (6,560 ft)

 

Day 4 – Aguas Calientes / Machupicchu to Cusco

 

We wake up early and board a bus to Machupicchu where we begin a complete guided tour of the

 

Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around,

 

climb up the Huaynapicchu Mountain***, where one can experience spectacular views of all of

 

Machupicchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it (please note that there are only 400

 

visitors allowed per day), or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. In the

 

afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in its

 

hot springs. From here we take the train back to the city of Cusco, where we arrive after nightfall.

 

Meals: ----

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