The Salkantay Plus Trek is the upgraded version of the Salkantay Backpacker Trek that follows the ancient and remote footpath to the Inca Citadel Machu Picchu. If the backpacker Salkantay trail is too "back to basics’" for you, and you're looking for a nice alternative to the Classic Inca Trail with a bit more comfort the Salkantay Plus Trek might be your ideal choice!.
Instead of spending the night in a normal tent, our campsites are very comfortable. After the first day of hiking, you’ll find beautiful igloos with a glass roof to stargaze from your bed at our first campsite, while the second night you will sleep in a tent protected by an Andean hut. The third night you will sleep in a beautiful jungle dome. The last night you will stay in a hostel in Aguas Calientes.
On the Salkantay Trail, we explore the same region of the Inca Trail, with spectacular views of the snowcapped "Apu" Salkantay. The Salkantay Trek is the most popular alternative for adventurers who wish to escape the more crowded train- and bus routes and to enjoy some beautiful and relaxing nights under the stars. The route crosses the breathtaking Andes mountain area and then descends to the high jungle.
You will be surrounded with magnificent scenery while we witness the changes in ecological zones from one day to the next. You will be able to observe a wide range of animals as well as plant- and flower varieties. The visit to Machu Picchu on day five is your reward after having trekked across wild terrain. An experience you will never forget!.
The Salkantay Hike is known to be more difficult than the Inca Trail. Horses can be used to carry food and equipment.Other options:
The first day starts early with a pick-up from your hotel around 4 am. We will drive about two hours to Mollepata, where we will make a short stop for breakfast. Then, we drive another two hours to Challacancha where we start the hike. After three hours, we stop for lunch. After lunch, you can choose to hike to the amazing Humantay Lake. At Soraypamapa (3500m) we will have dinner and camp our first night in the amazing igloos of the Sky Camp.
Today we will be climbing from 3,800m up to a pass at 4,600m close to Nevado Salkantay - the highest part of the trek. Today is also known as the hardest day of the trek, but it is also a day with spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and the Salkantay snow peak! After taking a nice group picture, we descend into the upper cloud forest where the climate changes towards semi-tropical, and we stop for lunch. Our second camp is in Chaullay (2,900m) where we arrive after having walked for about 7 hours in total. Our two-person tents enter in individual huts.
We will walk along rivers, waterfalls, wild orchids and coffee plantations, and then stop for lunch in La Playa. In La Playa, we can find some small shops to buy snacks. In this area, we can see coffee and banana plantations. If time allows we might even visit an organic coffee farm. Optional today is a visit to the hot springs of Ccocalmayo for a small extra cost. Our base camp today is in Lucmabamba.
On the fourth day, we will climb for two hours until the Santa Teresa Valley. We will even see the Llaqtapata Inca Ruins (subject to change in rainy season)! We will continue the trek for two more hours until we reach Hidroelectrica where we will have lunch. Afterward, we continue to Aguas Calientes. You can choose to do the last two hours on foot, or take the train (train ticket not included). Once we arrive in Aguas Calientes, we enjoy a group dinner and spend the night in a hostel.
On this last day, we wake up very early in the morning to take the bus or to walk up to Machu Picchu (breakfast in the hotel before departure). We will have a guided tour of about 2.5 hours in Machu Picchu, and you have the rest of the morning off to explore the ruins by yourself. In the evening, we take the train back to the Sacred Valley. A private bus brings you to your hotel to rest after this amazing experience.