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THE MOLLEPATA REGION
The Vilcanota mountain range is a spectacular chain, and is located between two great rivers of the region, the Urubamba and Apurimac Rivers.
Snow-capped Salkantay Mountain is located on the Eastern end of the Vilcanota chain and reaches an elevation of 6.270 meters over sea level.
This part of the Trail is different from the other days. Whereas MOLLEPATA is quite warm, hikers should be ready for an ascent and the higher altitude and colder climate when getting to the mountain pass. Hikers should have spent at least 2 to 3 days acclimatizing to the higher altitudes in the Cusco region prior to embarking on this Trail.
Leaving the Cusco hotel at 5:30 AM we will travel by bus to MOLLEPATA (2,100m altittude), stopping on way in the archaeological complex of Tarawasi, an Inca Temple. MOLLEPATA is an attractive small town constructed on the slopes of the upper part of the Apurimac River. From Molllepata we will continue by bus to Soraypampa, where we will begin our trek. Here we need to check our luggage, pack the mules, and begin the long ascent to our campsite next to Huayracpampa Lake. The ascent is approximately 5 hours long, and on our way we will be able to appreciate typical Andean flora and fauna. The impressive Salkantay Mountain will be above us during this stretch, and we will be camping just below the Salkantay glacier. For this reason it is recommended passengers bring a down sleeping bag, good for sub-zero temperatures.
We will begin this day by climbing for one hour to the Huayracpampa pass (4.460m). After a brief break and picture-taking session we will begin a long descent towards Santa Teresa. We will lunch in Qelqemachay. During this long descent we will be able to literally see the changes in vegetation as we go from high mountain areas down to tropical jungle with its dense forest. We will camp in Colcapampa close to the thermal baths.
The trail this day is very beautiful. The vegetation is very dense and we will see a variety of orchids and impressive water falls approximately 80 meters high. We will camp in Sahuayaco.
We will begin walking very early to Lucmabamba, a small village from where we will be taken to Santa Teresa. Santa Teresa boasts telephone service.
From here we will walk again, to the Hydroelectric train station of MACHU PICCHU, and from there take a train to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hotel.
We take the first bus (6:00am) from Aguas Calientes to the MACHU PICCHU ruins. Our guide will thoroughly guide you through the ruins, and in the afternoon we will take the train to Cusco.
A representative of our agency will meet you at the Cusco train station and take you to your hotel.
SERVICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
WE RECOMMEND BRINGING ON THE TRIP:
|Trip Cancellation||UP TO US$500 PER PERSON (additional coverage available at low cost)|
|Trip Interruption||UP TO US$500 PER PERSON (additional coverage available at low cost)|
|Emergency Medical/Dental Coverage||$10,000|
|Emergency Medical Transportation||$50,000|
|24-Hour Hotline Assistance||Included|
(*) Courtesy trip cancellation or trip interruption insurance up to US$500 per person unless additional coverage requested and purchased by client, Additional coverage is available at additional cost. Insurance provided by Access America under their rules and regulations. Valid for US citizens only. International flights, individual tours and treks are excluded. Insurance not available for residents of Washington State. Peru Travel and Tours, LLC is not obligated to purchase an insurance policy nor liable if a policy is declined by client. Peru Travel and Tours, LLC is not obligated to compensate in any way if a policy is not purchased or can not be purchased.