An early rise at around 5am! We drive from Cusco by bus for approximately 4 hours to Mollepata – we can stop here for a short while and have breakfast in a restaurant if you desire (not included in cost). We drive a further 30 minutes to Markocasa from where our trek begins. Here we meet up with our wranglers and their horses. We commence walking for approximately 1 hour before reaching Cruzpata, from where we get our first view of the magnificent snow mountain of Humantay (5,917m). We pass many rivers continuing on our trek for about another 3 hours before reaching the small community and picturesque spot of Checchicancha. We stop here to take a break and have our lunch. In the afternoon we continue walking for about 3-4 hours to reach Soraypampa, which is nestled in-between the snow mountains. We camp here overnight. (L / D)
An early start to the day as we have a steep climb ahead of us. Our ascent takes around 3 hours until we reach the high pass at 4,800m near the magnificent glacier peaks of Salkantay (6,271m) and Humantay (6,100m). After admiring the beautiful landscape, we begin our descent to Wayracmachay (3,800m) where we have our lunch and a good rest. After lunch we continue walking for around 3-4 hours until we arrive at our campsite at Chaullay. (B / L / D)
We leave from Chaullay early as well, after our breakfast, and pass through Collcapampa. In this part of the trek we will walk on a narrow trail on the mountainside, finding some species of orchids and other kinds of native plants, and some cornfields and fruit fields. We have the opportunity to see the most beautiful waterfall on the trail. After walking for 5 hours we will reach La Playa. In the evening we have dinner at our campsite and rest up for the night. (B / L / D)
We will have breakfast at 6:30 am and leave our campsite to head for Llactapata (3 hours of steady climbing). Llactapata is an incredible Inca fort from which we will see Machu Picchu! After taking some photos and having a rest we will continue walking downhill for a further 2 hours, passing a variety of crop plantations such as coffee, coca, banana etc. until we reach the hydroelectric station. At about 4 pm, we will go by train to Puentes Ruinas (near Aguas Calientes) where we will spend the night. In Aguas Calientes, you can take advantage of the hot springs in the town (entrance not included).
Alternative for Day 4 - please discuss with your guide
Early in the morning a taxi will take us to the Cola de Mono zip line. For those who do not want to take on the challenge of the zip line you have the option of taking a forest walk at Cola de Mono. After lunch in Santa Teresa, we will drive to the Hydroelectric Station. Here you have the chance to see a small but interesting Inca ruin before arriving at Aguas Calientes. En route you can look up and see Machu Picchu above you.
We will stay the night in Aguas Calientes and enjoy a celebratory dinner in a local restaurant. (B / L / D).
It is an early start to get to Machu Picchu to see the sun rise over this magnificent ancient city! We take the first bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu and have a fully guided tour of around 2 hours. After the tour you have plenty of time to explore the citadel on your own and climb Huayna Picchu or the Inca Bridge. Afterwards, it is optional as to whether you walk down to the town of Aguas Calientes or take the bus back. In the afternoon, we take the train back to Cusco/Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo we transfer you back to Cusco in private transportation, dropping you at your hotel. (B)