Grading: Moderate to challenge trekking -
Need good shape
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Season: April to November
Departures: Upon request.
Day 01: Cusco – Mollepata – Marcocasa -
06:00 a.m. starts the tour with private
transport from the city of Cusco. We will pass
the localities of Izcuchaca and Limatambo and
after 02 hours drive we will arrive to Mollepata
(2950m/9676ft) where we stop for a short rest
and have a coffee. Afterwards we continue our
drive (1 hour) towards the small settlement of
Marcocasa at 3300m/10824ft. From here we start
our first day trek (5 hours) towards our camp at
Soraypampa (3850m/12628ft) an Andean valley
located at the foothills of the beautiful Mount
Humantay (5910m/19385ft). On the way on you will
enjoy fine views of the surrounding valleys of
Curahuasi and Apurimac. Camp. (BL,D).
Day 02: Soraypampa – Huayracmachay
This morning our mules will be prepared and
ready to transport our heavy equipment along the
entire route. From Soraypampa we start our 4
hours trek towards Soyrococha at 4400m/14432
where we will have our first lunch while
enjoying great views of the impressive west face
of Mount Salcantay (6264m/20546ft). After lunch
a 3 hours hike will take us down to our camp at
Huayracmachay. On the way on we first reach the
Salcantay pass at 4750m/15580ft and then we trek
down to our camp at Huayracmachay settlement.
During our hike we will have the permanent view
of the amazing Mount Salcantay. With luck we can
also observe the flight of the amazing Condor
bird known as the “King of the Andes”. During
our descend from Salcantay pass we will also
have the opportunity to observe the remains of
an ancient Inca Trail, a road of approximately 6
meters wide. Camp at 3800m / 12464ft. (B,L,D).
Day 03: Huayracmachay Camp – Winaypoko Camp
After a hearty breakfast, at 08:00 a.m. we will
be ready to continue our 7 hours trek heading
northeast down to the Colpapampa“s Valley
(3200m/10496ft). Leaving the Huaracmachay plain
very soon we will start an impressive descend
into the deep canyon of the Salcantay river. The
highland landscape suddenly turns into an
amazing cloud forest with the typical grass,
bushes and trees covered with beautiful
bromelias. After 3 hours we will reach the small
settlement of Challway and from here another 40
minutes-1 hour hike will take us to Colpapampa
village where we will enjoy a hot lunch. From
Colpapampa the Salcantay River turns into the
Santa Teresa River. After a rest we will
continue our descend to the shores of the Totora
River where we can enjoy a soak in the nearby
hot water springs. Then following along the
north side of the Santa Teresa River we will
continue (3 hours) until we reach our next camp
at Winaypoko settlement (2800m/5904ft). Just 30
minutes before Winaypoko we will have the
opportunity to observe the beautiful Coripacchi
the evening at our camp we will enjoy a good
meal with some wine around a camp fire. (B,BL,D).
Day 04: Winaypoko - La Playa (Cochapampa)
Village - Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes
our last trekking day at we will hike for 3
hours down to the place known as La Playa. This
trek takes us along the north side of Santa
Teresa River. On the way down we will observe
plantations of banana, coffee, granadillas (a
typical fruit from the area), avocado trees,
etc. The sound of flock of parrots will
accompany us during the hike and on the river
perhaps we can observe the fast fly of king
fishers. After our arrival at La Playa, we cross
the river to finally reach Cochapampa village
from where a truck will transport us to the town
of Santa Teresa. The truck ride is really very
impressive. Finally we reach the low plains of
Santa Teresa Village (1500m/4920ft) where some
porters will help us to carry our bags to the
place known as La Oroya, from where using a
cable basket we will cross the turbulent
Urubamba River . Once passed "La Oroya", we will
board another local truck transport service (30
minutes) which will take us towards the place
known La Hidroelectrica (operation area of the
hydroelectric power plant). Here we will board
the local train to the town of Aguas Calientes
where we will arrive after a 1 hour train ride.
Then our guide will take you to your hotel for a
well deserved rest. (B, L).
Day 05: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
our last day an early morning awake up will be
followed by breakfast in the hotel and then a
public bus transport will take you up to the
main entrance of the Machu Picchu City
(2400m/7872ft). A guided tour will show you this
beautiful Inca City, one of the most famous in
the world. You will visit the Intihuatana, the
temple of the 3 windows, temple of the moon, the
terraces, the ceremonial fountains, the sun gate
and other sectors of the impressive citadel. In
the afternoon we take the public bus down to
Aguas Calientes and by train you will return to
Ollantaytambo (or Cusco) from where our
transport will take you back to Cusco. Transfer
to your hotel. End of our program. (B).
Private Service. Upon Request
Entrance fee to Machupicchu: : $ 57.00
Entrance fee to Mollepata: : $ 50.00
Single supplement: USD $ 50.00 per person.
Orientation meeting in Cusco (previous to
Transfer put in and put off.
All balance meals during the trekking (4
days/3 nights), including snacks.
All common camping gear: Two men mountain
tent, mattress, kitchen dishes, kitchen tent,
dinner tent, toilet tent , table, chairs.
Horse and mules for the whole equipment.
First aid kit with Oxygen.
Professional bilingual guide, 01 assistant
per each 09 clients.
Short wave radios.
Bus up and down to Machu Picchu (5th day).
Sanitation care (disinfect dishes, filtered
Environment care (all the garbage is going
back to Cusco, portable toilet treatment).
Transport from La Playa to Hidroelectrica.
Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes
Backpacker train from Machu Picchu to Cusco.
Entrance fee to Machupicchu $ 57.00
Entrance fee to Mollepata $ 50.00
Meals in Aguas Calientes.
Hotels in Cusco and Aguas Calientes.
Extra services not mentioned in the program.
Dinner 4th day
Lunch 5th day.
Tips and extra spends.