Day 1: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SORAYPAMPA: After hotel pickup, you will travel by bus to
Mollepata. From there, you'll hike for 3 hours to Cruzpata, where you have
lunch with panoramic views of the beautiful snow-capped mountains of Humantay
(4,120m/13500feet) and Salkantay (6,271m/20,575feet). Then continue heading
towards the first campsite, Soraypampa, admiring the views on the way. Walking distance: 14 Km.
Day 2: SORAYPAMPA – CHAULLAY: After breakfast, begin hiking to the highest pass
of the trek. It is located at 4,650 meters (15,200 feet) and halfway between
two huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From
here, take in views of the two snow-capped mountains. Then, continue downhill
through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunku, also known as
Huayracmachay. Have lunch and then hike for about 3 hours towards the jungle to
reach the second campsite, Chaullay (2,920meters/9,800feet). Walking distance: 21 Km
Day 3: CHAULLAY – LA PLAYA – SANTA TERESA: After breakfast, start hiking through the upper
jungle and cross the Lluskamayo River through small brooks and creeks. Lunch in
the warm climate of La Playa (2,500meters/8,202feet). Rest and then we’ll start
to walk to Santa Teresa, where our campsite is located. Walking distance: 20 Km
Day 4: SANTA TERESA – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES: After breakfast, hike up for 3 hours to Llactapata.
Take photos and rest and continue for 2 hours downhill passing coca and banana
plantations. Reach the Hydroelectric dam for lunch and hike for 2 hours more to
reach Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night. Optional: In Aguas
Calientes, you can take advantage of the hot springs in the town.
Day 5: MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO: Enjoy breakfast and then take a bus to Machu
Picchu at approximately 5:30am. See the magnificent city as the sun rises.
Then, enjoy a 3-hour guided, walking tour and spend time exploring the city on
your own. If you wish, you can climb Huayna Picchu mountain which takes 45
minutes to reach the top. This is an extra walk; so please talk to your guide
for arrangements to climb this mountain. Afterwards, meet your guide in Aguas
Calientes (which can be reached by bus or on foot) to have lunch and get your
train tickets back to Cusco. Train included is the Expedition Train (to
Ollantaytambo or Poroy). Then, you will take a bus or vehicle to Cusco.