I recently embarked on a breathtaking 5-day, 4-night Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, a journey filled with awe-inspiring scenery, challenging hikes, and a glimpse into the rich cultural tapestry of Peru. This expedition promised an unforgettable experience, promising to immerse us in the natural beauty of the Andes.
Day 1: Soraypampa Camp, Peru
The adventure kicked off early in the morning as we were picked up between 5:00 – 5:15 am, and set out for Mollepata. Our journey continued to Challacancha, where we made final preparations and embarked on a 3-hour walk to Soraypampa (3,920m). After lunch, we hiked to Laguna de Humantay, marveling at the snow-capped mountains and the sheer beauty of the Andes. The first night at 3,920m, the highest campsite of the trip, was an enchanting introduction to the trek.
Day 2: Colcapampa Camp
An early start and a hearty breakfast prepared us for the challenging day ahead. We trekked for 4 hours to reach the highest pass (4,650m) nestled between the towering Salkantay and Humantay mountains. The views were simply breathtaking. After a descent and a well-deserved lunch, we continued to our campsite at Challhuay or Colcapampa, surrounded by the burgeoning high jungle region.
Day 3: Santa Teresa Town
Our third day began with a delicious breakfast and a trek through the upper jungle, crossing rivers and admiring waterfalls and tropical flora. Lunch awaited us at La Playa, followed by a car journey to Santa Teresa town. The relaxing hot springs were a soothing respite after days of trekking.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes, Peru
Following breakfast, we embarked on our last day of trekking, making our way to the hydroelectric station and onwards to Aguas Calientes. With the mesmerizing views of the Andes as a backdrop, we looked forward to the culminating visit to Machu Picchu. An evening in Aguas Calientes allowed us to recharge and prepare for the much-anticipated exploration of this ancient wonder.
Day 5: Machu Picchu, Peru
The highlight of our adventure was the visit to the spectacular Machu Picchu, an awe-inspiring city steeped in history and mystery. We arrived early to witness the sunrise over this ancient marvel and embarked on a guided tour. The day allowed us to immerse ourselves in the ancient Incan culture and explore the archaeological site, leaving us with memories to last a lifetime.
The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu was an incredible journey through diverse landscapes, from high mountain passes to lush jungles. The trek provided an opportunity to connect with nature, delve into history, and challenge ourselves physically and mentally. It was a truly transformative experience, leaving me with a deep appreciation for the Andean beauty and the ancient civilization of the Incas.
Check out the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N itinerary from Bamba Travel.
Guest post written by Rick Mays
Rick’s love for traveling fuels his writing, allowing readers to vicariously journey alongside him as he discovers the wonders of the world.