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MOLLEPATA - SANTA TERESA - MACHUPICCHU TREK 5D/4N

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No space on the inca trail, entering machupicchu via sun gate, came with us to the less touristy trek rout including machupicchu. We offer you an alternative trek. Our treks don't enter machupicchu through the famous sun gate, but we offer to enjoy your trek through the quiet valleys rich in nature, culture and isolated peaks.

*THIS TREK HAS BECAME IN LAST YEARS A LITTLE MORE TOURISTY.

Located on the Vilcabamba Mountain range, this five days trek is a perfect alternative for those unable to book the traditional Inca Trail. The Vilcabamba area was the holdout for the crumbling Inca rebellion. The trail traverses the high land mountains, crossing pass over 4,750 m.a.s.l. / 15,600 ft. for an up close view of the sacred Inca peak, apu Salcantay 6,280m.a.s.l. 20,650 ft. The route then descends into the beautiful huayracmacchay valley with its tropical climate and vegetation. All along the way there are native Andean villages that time seems to have passed by. After a marvelous train ride, the last portion of our trip will be by a spectacular train ride, arrive to Machu Picchu town (aguas calientes), next day visit early morning the Machu Picchu Inca City for a never to be forgotten guided tour of this architectural marvel. Hidden under the dense foliage of a highland jungle, forgotten by the Incas themselves, Machu Picchu escaped the conquistadors and eluded treasure hunters until Hiram Bingham brought the lost city of the world's attention in 1911. The Incan stonework of this enigmatic city is one of the finest examples of Inca masonry. To this day, scholars are in disagreement as to its function and why it was eventually abandoned. Be that as it may, it remains the crown jewel of Inca architecture.

THIS TREK HAS BECAME IN LAST YEARS A LITTLE MORE TOURISTY.

LOCATION:
  South-America, Cusco - Perú,Vilcabamba Mountain Range
DURATION:
  5days and 4Nights
PRICE:
 USD. ON REQUEST
SEASON:
  All Year
ACTIVITIES:
 Nature, Cultural, Archeology, Adventure.
GROUP SIZE:
  Minimum 4, maximum 16
DIFFICULTY:
  CHALLENGING

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SORAYPAMPA - HUAYRACMACHAY.

We leave Cusco by bus or Van towards the Anta plateau. This is the spot where the legendary Inca Pachacutec defeated the Chanca tribe thus starting the expansion of the Inca Empire. We continue up to Huillque pass with its panoramic view of the east side of the Vilcabamba Mountain range. Then we will continue our way down towards the warm Limatambo valley with a rich agricultural farming fields, along the way also we will see local villagers at work possibly interact with them. The route continues towards the highlands with its very interesting and colorful surroundings, until we finally glimpse glacier mountain Soray with 5,950m.a.s.l. / 19,420 ft. After crossing several streams and passing through some dense bush areas, we reach immense Pampa Soray the trailhead 3,800m.a.s.l. / 12,460 ft, after lunch our hike will go to the base of the south face of Salcantay Mountain one of the Incas sacred mountain, then we climb up on the southwest side of the sacred mountain moraine to the high pass called portachuelo, campsite very close to the high pass with a beautiful view of Apu Salcantay

DAY 2: HUAYRACMACHAY - QOLLPAPAMPA.

Our first campsite is located near to the rocky area and we may see a glimpse of a lively vizcacha, a unique type of gray Andean rabbit and perhaps see the Andean Condor, the world's largest flying bird. Very important one, for the high pass 4,750m.a.s.l./15,580 ft. don't forget to carry a small rock all the way from Soraypampa Valley, since according to the Inca tradition, travelers must deposit one on an "apacheta" (a pyramid of rocks) at the pass as an offering to the "apus" (mountain spirits). Now the route descends towards the Amazon basin and the Andean valley of Huayracmacchay, the trail continues along the left bank of the Sunchuccata River. On the way down toward Rayanpata we'll observe how the landscape changes from arid highlands to tropical jungle. Further down, we see where the streams meet to form the Santa Teresa River. We continue along the valley through the Collpapampa Community 2,900m.a.s.l. / 9,530 ft. camp site.

DAY 3: QOLLPAPAMPA - PLAYA.

The trail continues along the left bank of the Santa Teresa River. As we lose altitude, the weather warms but remains at a comfortable temperature, along the valley we'll see another rich agricultural valley with typical crops of the area and still surviving the Incan social organization system in the same manner, the "ayni" system which one is a cooperative system designed to share construction and farming work, finally we arrive to the town called Playa where we can interact with locals and there is a good opportunity as a interaction with locals to play soccer or volleyball. Camp site.

DAY 4: PLAYA - MACHUPICCHU.

After to say good-bye to our arrieros. We start our last gradually climb toward the Llactapata pass, where just on the other side of the pass is a spectacular Inca remains in a middle of the dense forest with a spectacular panoramic view of the outline of MachuPicchu. Then we descend into the rich tropical Aobamba valley with its fields of oranges, paltas (avocados), bananas, granadillas (passion fruit), coffee and sugar cane. We just arrive on time to catch the train for a 30-minute ride to Machu Picchu. We'll overnight at comfortable lodgings in Machu Picchu town which one is just below of the Inca city, if you like, a late afternoon dip in the outdoor hot spring baths a few meters of the town is a real treat.

DAY 5: MACHUPICCHU - CUSCO.

Early in the morning, we'll catch the bus up to the Inca city of Machu Picchu to enjoy a guided tour or this enigmatic site. After the tour there will be time to wander around and appreciate the beauty and mystery of Machu Picchu. Later on, you may choose to climb Wayna Picchu 2,700 m.a.s.l. / 8,850 ft. the peak overlooking the area. Around mid-afternoon we'll catch the bus back to the train station for the return trip to Cusco. The tracks run along the Urubamba river valley, the route taken by Hiram Bingham in 1911 when he re-discovered Machu Picchu. On the arrival to Cusco we transfer to the hotel.

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WHAT TO BRING

  • ORIGINAL PASSPORT
  • A backpack (20 or 25 liters).
  • A sleeping bag.
  • Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
  • Long pants and shorts.
  • Long sleeved shirts and T-shirts.
  • Warm clothes sweaters, jacket and fleece.
  • Rain gear.
  • Camera, films, batteries.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Insect repellent and sun block.
  • Personal toilet items and first aid kit.
  • A pocketknife.
  • A water bottle and purified pills.
  • A change of underwear.
  • Hat or cap to protect from the sun, rain or cold.
  • A pack towel.
  • Snacks: Energy bars, chocolate, biscuits, dry fruits etc.
  • Cash USD and local currency (option for ATM machine Machu Picchu town)
  • Swimsuit (optional Machu Picchu hot springs visit)
  • Walking sticks with rubber covers (optional).

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INCLUDED DURING THE TREK

  • Pre-departure briefing at you hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • Pick up from hotels all the members, and then transfer by Bus or Van to Soraypampa Village (trailhead).
  • Entrance Fee, Machu Picchu
  • A large igloo tents, for each 2 persons.
  • Mattress, one per person.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Dining tent.
  • Enough tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent (in case campsite don't have toilets).
  • English speaking professional tour guide.
  • Expert cooks.
  • Wranglers and horses
  • Full meals during the trek.
  • Daily snack bag.
  • Daily afternoon tea service.
  • Daily wake up call tea, and hot water for washing.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Comfortable lodging in Machu Picchu town.
  • Round trip bus ticket to visit Machu Picchu.
  • Train ticket hydroelectric to machupicchu town.
  • Train ticket, Backpacker Service Departure: 17:03 Arrival: 21:19 way back to Cusco.
  • Transfer station / hotel.

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NOT INCLUDED

  • Day 1 Breakfast (you can order an early breakfast at your hotel)
  • Day 4 Machu Picchu town Dinner (on your own)
  • Day 5 Machu Picchu town Lunch, Dinner (on your own)
  • Tips to the crew (guides, cooks, wranglers)
  • Hot springs visit (on your own)

ADDITIONAL EXPENSES:

  • Sleeping bag, rental sleeping bag should be requested in advance charge is USD 35.
  • First Class trail instead backpaker.Vistadome Departure: 15:25, Arrive 19:41 extra charge USD 40.
  • Single tent, if you prefer to have guaranteed single tent the charge is USD 40.

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Participants in this trek should plan at least two or three days acclimation at around 3,400m.a.s.l / 11,100 ft. Cusco altitude.
  • To be in good health and shape to be part of this adventure.
  • We can arrange for accommodations and Pre or Post tours.

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