“Salkantay Trek – The Route of the Gods in Peru” is an incredible tour proposal to visit and discover some of the main tourist attractions of the Andean country.
The interesting thing about this travel package is that you can get to know one of the most beautiful places in the world on a trekking tour in Machu Picchu that will take you through amazing natural scenery.
Imagine long walks in the mountains until you reach those hidden corners that nature treasures, sleeping in a dome in a camp, waking up every day with a warm coca tea, is something of the uniqueness of this experience.
You will only have to prepare your legs, you will need them to cover long stretches, but from time to time, the stops will be your gift and an incentive to continue…
An unconventional way in which each day will be more exciting than the previous one and you will be one step closer to the final goal, the majestic Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Arrival in Cusco
The first day is always good to dedicate to settling down quietly in the hotel, discovering something nearby, eating and resting after the trip.
Acclimatizing to the place and recovering energy will be essential to fully enjoy the days of the tour of the Route of the Gods in Peru, keep in mind that it is a high-altitude city and your body will need to adapt.
Surely you will have the opportunity to meet the guides that will accompany you on such a fantastic adventure; It will be time to advise you on the agenda for the next few days and also on how to get around the city.
If you are restless or restless take a look at the Plaza de Armas and you can take a walk around to get your first impressions of this incredible destination.
Remember to sleep early because the next day you will have to get up early…
Day 2: Cusco – Moonstone- Mollepata- SorayPampa
Start the day very early to fully enjoy it.
The tour begins its journey, after a beautiful panoramic view of picturesque Andean towns, the first destination you will meet will be Killarumiyoq, identified as the Temple of the Moon, the birthplace of Inca astronomy and where the agricultural calendar stands out.
The place is magical, located in a unique natural environment and with exciting views; but this is just beginning.
Continue on your way to a next short stop in Mollepata, a nice town where you have time to do some shopping like snacks, rain ponchos, fruit and whatever you think you will need.
Already with supplies, the course continues to Soraypampa at 3900 meters above sea level; That’s when it’s time to have a good meal and prepare your lungs for what will be the great challenge, an hour and a half hike up to the impressive Laguna Humantay.
Once up there, the turquoise color of the lagoon and the incredible views of the Apu Humantay mountain will be the great reward for your effort.
To end the day in the best way in a fascinating setting, it will be time to spend the night at the camp in Soraypampa, in incredible luxury domes and the icing on the cake will be a beautiful night full of stars.
Day 3: Soraypampa – Abra Salkantay- Huayracmachay- Fishing
Surely when you wake up you will wonder how it will be possible to overcome what you experienced the day before. To answer that, you have to start the day with all the attitude, the adventure continues and requires a powerful breakfast as a first step.
The experience of this third day will consist of a walk to the Abra Salkantay, the highest point with 4650 meters above sea level; the distance is 7 km uphill, about 3 hours are what separate the base of the rocky valley from the top of the mountain.
The Salkantay is a gigantic snow-capped mountain in Peru considered in the Andean world as a sacred icon, as such, the reverence for the Apus or sacred mountains is still in force.
Upon reaching the goal you will feel once again that the effort was completely worth it, you will be able to appreciate the spectacular views of the high Andean valleys, the imposing Apu Salkantay, the majestic Nevado de Humantay (5,473 m) and the peaks of Tucarhuay and Pumasillo.
Having recovered your breath, you will start the 5 km downhill path to Huayracmachay, at about 3,900 meters above sea level, where you will enjoy your well-deserved lunch.
And we go for more…
We resume the walk, about 10 km, about 3 hours approx. crossing a tropical forest until reaching the next camp in the town of Chaullay at 2900 meters above sea level, the perfect place to take a shower followed by a delicious dinner before going to rest.
Day 4: Chaullay – The Beach- Lucmabamba
One more day to enjoy hiking in an invaluable natural setting.
The new destination will be the small town called Sahuayaco, a 6-hour drive through the Santa Teresa Valley.
The natural environment that will accompany your journey will give you unforgettable views with crystal clear rivers, beautiful waterfalls, beautiful wild orchids and the rich aroma of coffee, banana and avocado plantations. In addition, during the tour you can take the opportunity to taste fruits such as passion fruit and passion fruit.
An intermediate destination will be Colpapampa, called the “front of the cloud forest”, where you can also appreciate various birds, hot springs, flora and fauna typical of the area.
One more effort, until you reach the lunch point in La Playa (Sahuayaco), where you will delight yourself with a tasty menu and you will be able to rest your legs a bit.
But do not get lazy, there is still a nice walk of approximately 1 hour to the base camp in Lucmabamba at 2400 meters above sea level, it serves to lower the food.
There you find a charming tropical forest to enjoy and you can visit the farm of one of the best coffees in the world.
At night, a delicious dinner and another pleasant rest in a luxury dome, a time to relax and regain strength.
Day 5: Lucmabamba – Llactapata- Hydroelectric Power Plant- Hot Water
Another great day begins on this impressive journey; After breakfast it is time to put your little feet into action for a 2-hour ascent along an intact trail of the “Inka Trail”, a unique opportunity to discover amazing views of the entire Santa Teresa valley.
Something you will be able to appreciate is the Inca archaeological complex of Llactapata, a citadel located right in front of Machu Picchu.
From that location, in addition to the ruins of Machu Picchu, you can see the Huayna Picchu mountain and the Machu Picchu mountain; You will receive a brief explanation of the site and then use your free time to take the most impressive photos.
To learn a little more, take a downhill path on a 2-hour walk to the Hydroelectric train station where you can take a break for lunch at a tourist restaurant. Take the opportunity to admire the 300-meter-high natural waterfall located there, responsible for generating electricity for the entire Cusco region.
The next step involves deciding between two options that will depend on your fatigue and budget…
1) Take the train to Aguas Calientes (extra cost)
2) Continue the walk from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes, about 3 hours along the train track.
Once in Aguas Calientes, it was time to celebrate your farewell trek with a delicious dinner and then go to rest at the hotel.
Day 6: Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes
The finishing touch of this incredible adventure along the Route of the Gods in Peru Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is about to arrive, only 25 minutes by bus separate you from the entrance to the imposing Machu Pichu.
With a 2-hour guided tour you will discover the corners of the ancient city; You will visit the temples, terraces, palaces, priests’ houses, the sundial, the industrial sector and the fields.
When you think it necessary, take time to sit down and enjoy a minute of tranquility and feel the energy of the place, breathe and contemplate its peace, that will be an image that you will never forget…
After the circuit you can choose to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain or the Machu Picchu Mountain in a walk of about 3 hours approx. in going up and down.
You can even walk to Puerta del Sol (no ticket needed), the main entrance from the Inca Trail (3 hours round trip) or you can walk to the Inca Bridge, you decide how to make your trip more special.
And although it is difficult to say it is time to leave, that is how it should be, the return to Aguas Calientes must be on time for the train trip to Ollantaytambo and from that point take the private transport that will take you to your hotel in Cusco.
Day 7: Farewell to Cusco
After so many amazing places, saying goodbye is hard, but depending on the time of your flight, you have the option to walk around Cusco and enjoy other postcards of the city.
Do not forget to check the check out time and you can ask them to take care of your bags, that way you take advantage of the ride until the last minute.
If you resist going back, there is one more alternative for you, see how to add one more day of excursion on this Route of the Gods in Peru and visit the beautiful Mountain of 7 colors, a good choice to make your trip even more worthwhile…