Visit the Condor Canyon Cusco and hike the popular Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu in 5 day. This wonderful itinerary allows travelers to combine the extraordinary Condor Canyon Cusco on the way to the trail-head of Salkantay trek, we will be able to visit the look out of Chonta canyon and observe the Majestic flight of the Andean Condor soaring from its natural habitat above the Apurimac Canyon.
Top Peru Trips has designed this wonderful itinerary to combine the Condor sighting activity with the popular Salkantay trek as a new option of trekking in the Peruvian Andes. But also we offer another options of Chonta Canyon tour as: Chonta Condor sighting 2 day tour and Condor sighting Cusco day tour which are shorter options, so after to visit the Chonta Condor canyon you drive back to Cusco.
To start this new Condor canyon Cusco tour, travelers will be picked up from the hotels in a private van. We then start traveling through a picturesque paved road, after 2 hours of drive we will arrive to Limatambo valley from where we will continue our trip driving uphill on the dirt road towards the Chonta community (3,400 m). Approx 1 ½ hours of walking (moderate difficulty) on the gentle path will lead us to the lookout of Hahuacco, with it is breathtaking views of the Apurimac canyon.
This is our opportunity to enjoy the Majestic flight of the Andean Condors; here it is usual to spot the sacred condors soaring in their natural habitat and overflying the Chonta canyon. In the afternoon we walk back down to Chonta the same way we came for 1 ½ hours. We will have lunch at Chonta and then we drive for 3 hours until we reach Soraypampa for the night.
We will depart from Soraypampa on the second day of Salkantay trek after breakfast, following a small valley along the lovely stream, there will be sections with switchback uphills to the mountain; is possible to see some Vizcachas (Andean chinchilla). After approximately 3 hours of hiking, we finally arrive to the Salkantay pass, the highest point in the entire trail (4,650 meters/13451 feet). althought is not easy to walk there, but feels good to be so high between the two great mountains – Salkantay (6271m) and Humantay (5850m).
Salkantay is the second tallest mountain in the region of Cusco. so is a unique experience having Mt Salkantay very close to you. There is also a great views of the other mountains around as: Humantay and Pumasillo (5850m) opposite side. We then descend for approx. 2 hours until Huayracmachay for lunch. In the afternoon we will walk down-hill to the beautiful campsite at Chaullay (Approximately 4 hours) this portion of the trail is in the cloud forest.
After breakfast, we will continue with the Salkantay trekking, passing by the beautiful Collpapampa village the trail enters in the small canyon, you will walk through the beautiful landscapes of the cloud forest, following the course of the River “Alto Salkantay”. We will be able to find some species of palms, orchids, ferns and typical flora of the cloud forest, at this section of Salkantay trail, is also possible to observe different species of birds, insects and butterflies. In comparison to the earlier days of our trek, this part is easier as we descend along the Valley to La Playa village (2050m) which has sub-tropical climate, so is very usual to see citrus fruit trees, avocados, bananas, and coffee plants along the way. (6 hours hike)
Camping options: Remember that Salkantay trail is the second most popular route that sometimes is very crowded, because is un-regulated. The third night´s camping offers some options, which you should talk to your guide about. These options are linked to your interest and wishes, and also what you plan to do the next day: La Playa is NOT a remote campsite – for those that want to get away from the crowds you should talk to your guide about finding an accouter place depending on your activities for the next day.
To continue with Salkantay trek to Hydroelectric station you can take one of the following options:
After breakfast at the hotel, our guide will pick you up and you will board one of the first buses that will take you to the citadel of Machu Picchu. A complete guided tour is included as part of the program you will visit: visiting the Main Plaza, the Sun Temple, the Sacred Sun Dial (Intihuatana), and the Royal Palace, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Main Temple, Sacred Rock, and all the most importtant places. After the guided tour, you can explore the area on your own or you can take the hike options:
After the Machupicchu exploration at the scheduled time we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, later after lunch we will take the Train back to Cusco, the journey by train takes approximately 4 hours.
In the evening, upon arrival to the Train station of Cusco, you will be received and transported to the hotel.
**** Airfare is not included. You need to arrange your own flight.