Day 1: Cusco - Challa Cancha – Humantay Lake - Soraypampa
Start hiking at Challa Cancha following a wide Inca Trail trek, we will gently make our way up the side of the valley covering a distance of about 16 km / 9.9 miles.
The landscapes throughout the day is amazing, along the walk you get to see a wide variety of native plants, birds and towards the end of the day, we will see the Laguna Humantay and snow-capped peaks of Salkantay Cusco (The Savage) looming high above us. The base campsite for tonight is at Soraypampa (4000 m / 12750 ft.), the night can get pretty chilly, it's the coldest night
Day 2: Soraypampa - Huayracmachay - Collpapampa
The longest, highest and amazing day of the tour. Therefore, the most beautiful day, the sceneries throughout the day goes from one extreme to another; starting from the high Puna covered in Andean grass, then we walk up and over Salkantay peak, where everything is rocky, after descending the far side to the warm and lush cloud forest below, along the walk you see a variety of wildlife.
Campsite for tonight is at Collpapampa (2900 m / 9514 ft), it is recommended you to put on mosquitos repellent from this point, the insects in the area have a nasty bite.
Day 3: Collpapampa - La Playa (Sahuayaco)
..→ After breakfast, you will have the shortest day of the expedition to the village La Playa 12 km down the valley from Collpapampa campsite. The trail takes you along the Lluskamayo River through an area that is teeming with green life and has various coffee plants and native fruit plantations.
▬ The campsite of tonight will be at the village of La Playa (2400m / 7874 ft.) that is populated, in this village you can try some of the locally grown coffee. If you are interested, you have the chance to go the hot springs that is close by, let your guide know in advance so that can organise this for you or you just stay at the village of Sahuayaco for free afternoon.
☺Note: The hot springs of Cocalmayo is not included in the package, therefore you would go on your own or relax in your campsite.
Day 4: La Playa - Hidroeléctrica - Machu Picchu Pueblo
Early wake up for breakfast, today is the final stretch of the trek before we reach Aguas Calientes town which is at the base of Machu Picchu Citadel. The main goal of today is a visit to the Inca site of Llactapata. Following an original Inca Trail Peru to Llactapata ruins by early to mid morning and can enjoy the fantastic views of Machu Picchu that we enjoy from here.
→ After the tour of Llactapata, we will head back down the mountainside to the Hydroelectric Station, where we'll have the last lunch and where you say thanks your team showing your gratitude. Then we'll continue hiking to Machu Picchu Pueblo or (Optional to catch the train to the town not included), where we spend the night in a Hotel.
Day 5: Machu Picchu ♥ - Cusco
After breakfast in the hotel and then catch the first bus back up to Machu Picchu citadel to visit the site, in order to explore the amazing city and the sunrise. We'll have a 2 hour guided tour in The last capital of the Incas, where you'll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the archaeological site. After the walking tour, you'll have free time to explore the site by yourself. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.