Cyber Machu Picchu

Salkantay Trek Tour 5 days

Excursiones of several days Memorable walks

About this tour

  • Start: Between 5 and 5.30 in the morning at the door of your hotel.
  • Duration: 5 days.
  • Tickets included (no queues): Machu Picchu Classic entrance ticket (circuit 2).
  • Type of transport: Large fully equipped minivan, Expedition tourist train (return), bus (round trip).
  • Feeding. Team of professional cooks (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners).
  • Porters: Team of horse muleteers until day 3 (they can carry up to 5 kilos of tourist luggage).
  • Lodging: Camp 3 days (in tourist lodges) and 1 night in a standard hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town).
  • Tour guide: In English and Spanish (shared service).
  • Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, PayPal.
  • Tourist attractions: Machupicchu, Humantay lagoon, Llactapata Inca site, Cocalmayo thermal baths.
  • immediate confirmation.
  • Cancellation option up to 3 days before (under penalty).

Description

  • Meet Machu Picchu touring one of the best hiking trails in Peru. This is the 5-day, 4-night trek known as the Salkantay Trek. It crosses incredible landscapes until reaching Machu Picchu via the town of Aguas Calientes. On this route you will walk a total of 70 kilometers where you will appreciate places of high altitude such as the ‘Abra Salkantay, located at 4,650 meters (15,255 feet) above sea level as well as jungle landscapes such as Machu Picchu located at 2,430 meters from the sea (7,972 feet). On the route, in addition to Machu Picchu, you will visit the famous Humantay lagoon and the thermal baths of Cocalmayo (the best in Cusco).

This is the experience

  • The Salkantay Trek experience will reveal to you the beautiful mountain landscapes of Cusco until you reach Machu Picchu. The tour includes everything you need for the adventure: transportation, entrance to the Inca City, tour guide service, camping equipment (in tourist lodges), luggage transfer on horseback until day 3 of the route (tourists can leave 5 kilos of their luggage), cooking staff (in tourist restaurants on occasion), 1 night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, return by train, bus and emergency kit. The tour is organized by a team of tourism specialists. You will benefit from personalized tourist assistance, well-equipped camps with views of the stars, first aid equipment, trekking, security as well as easy payment and immediate confirmation.

Prices

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SINGLE ROOM
Foreign
Andean Community (Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador)
Adult
Student
Child
Adult
Student
Child
Hotel 2 stars460 USD435 USD430 USD430 USD415 USD415 USD
Hotel 3 stars500 USD475 USD470 USD470 USD455 USD455 USD
Hotel 4 stars690 USD665 USD660 USD660 USD645 USD645 USD
HABITACIÓN DOBLE
Foreign
Andean Community (Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador)
Adult
Student
Child
Adult
Student
Child
Hotel 2 stars430 USD405 USD400 USD400 USD385 USD385 USD
Hotel 3 stars445 USD420 USD415 USD415 USD400 USD400 USD
Hotel 4 stars550 USD525 USD520 USD520 USD505 USD505 USD
*Upgrade train to “Vistadome” for an additional cost of 35 USD.

Map

Map Salkantay trek

Itinerary

Day 1:

  • It all starts with the pick up of the tourist at the door of his hotel in the city of Cusco (between 5 and 5.30 in the morning). The minivan will take you to the town of Mollepata where we will get ready to start the walk.
  • Together with the team of cooks, muleteers and horses, we will travel for a few hours until we arrive at the Soraypampa camp. There the camp will be ready with lunch made by our cooks.
  • Then we will take a short but intense walk to the Humantay lagoon, one of the most famous tourist attractions in Cusco.
  • It is a high mountain geography, close to lagoons and snow-capped peaks (average night temperature of 4ºC.). There we will have dinner and have a well-deserved rest in the camp (tourist lodge).

Day 2:

  • Very early in the morning we will enjoy a nutritious breakfast made by our cooks. Then we will get ready for the walk.
  • That morning we will walk through high altitude landscapes. We will cross the ‘Paso’ or ‘Abra Salkantay’ from where you can appreciate the imposing snow-capped Salkantay (at 4,650 masl).
  • After the arduous walk uphill, a section will begin downhill through magical landscapes full of mist. Little by little the environment will become greener. On the route we will make a stop to taste a ready lunch in the campsite.
  • After a total of 8 hours of walking we will arrive at the Chawllay camp. There we will have dinner and spend the second night in camp.

Day 3:

  • On the third day we will enjoy a delicious breakfast in the early hours of the day. Then we will get ready to continue with the walk that will not be as arduous as the previous days (walking route of approximately 10 kilometers).
  • We will appreciate landscapes of abundant vegetation where coffee, fruits and other plants grow. We will visit local towns such as Lucmabamba and La Playa.
  • At La Playa we will stop for lunch. Then we will have the afternoon free with the option of visiting the thermal baths of Cocalmayo.
  • In the camp we will enjoy a delicious dinner. There we will spend the night under the stars.

Day 4:

  • On the penultimate day we will enjoy a very early breakfast. At this point the tour with our friends the horses, muleteers and cooks ends. Optionally, and recommended, we leave our luggage in a tourist transport to the Hydroelectric station. We will continue with the uphill walk until we reach the Inca archaeological site of Llactapata.
  • After touring the Inca site, it is time to descend until you arrive at the Hydroelectric station. At this point we will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
  • From Hidroeléctrica there is a famous walk to the town of Aguas Calientes. On the route there will be other tourists who want to reach Machu Picchu through this adventurous route. After 2 hours of walking, we will arrive at Machu Picchu town where, after a delicious dinner, we will spend the night in a standard tourist hotel.

Day 5:

  • The final day has arrived. Very early we will have breakfast in the hotel dining room. Then we will go to the bus station that will take us from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. This section takes 30 minutes on average (optional not including the bus ticket and ascending on foot – route of 2 hours on average).
  • Together with our tour guide, we will visit Machu Picchu. Optionally, the visitors who decided to add the hike to Huayna Picchu, will be able to ascend this mountain. At the end of the visit, we will descend on foot (or by bus for an extra cost) to Machu Picchu town. Once there we will have free time to have lunch (own expense), buy souvenirs or simply learn more about this famous town.
  • Finally we will take the ‘Expedition’ train (with Vistadome option) that will take us to the town of Ollantaytambo and from there our tourist transport will wait for us that will take us back to the city of Cusco.
  • The tour ends with the transfer to the door of the tourist’s hotel in the city of Cusco.

Includes

  • Pick up from the hotel.
  • Transportation to the beginning of the walk in Mollepata.
  • Hiking equipment.
  • Camping equipment (tents, thin mat).
  • Team of muleteers with horses (each tourist can leave up to 5 kilos of weight for the horses). They accompany the visitor on day 1, 2 and 3.
  • Food with a team of cooks and in tourist restaurants (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners).
  • Tour guide service in English and Spanish.
  • ‘Expedition’ train Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (with Vistadome option).
  • 1 night in a standard hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town).
  • First aid kit.
  • ‘Classic Machu Picchu’ entrance (circuit 2).
  • Bus to go up from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes (optional).
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Trekking poles.
  • Breakfast on day 1. Lunch and dinner on day 5.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu (optional).
  • Entrance to the Humantay lagoon (recommended).
  • Entrance to Cocalmayo (recommended).
  • Tips.

What to bring?

  • Passport (or identity document).
  • Trekking poles.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Hat or cap.
  • Bathing clothes (optional visit to the thermal baths of Machu Picchu town).
  • Comfortable clothes for walks.
  • A coat.
  • Raincoat.
  • Snacks and extra drinks.
  • Comfortable shoes for trekking.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Mosquito repellent.

Where does the tour start and end?

  • The tour begins with the tourist’s pick-up at the door of their hotel -valid only for hotels in the historic center of the city- (most tourist hotels are there). If your hotel is not there, the transport will pick you up at some central place in the city, such as a square.
  • The tour ends with the final transfer of the tourist to the door of his hotel in the historic center of Cusco.

How to prevent altitude sickness?

  • Altitude sickness or soroche can cause you some discomfort during your visit such as dizziness, fatigue or nausea. Try to avoid alcoholic beverages and fatty foods before your visit.
  • To reduce the symptoms, try to acclimatize one day before to the altitude of the city of Cusco. Drinking coca leaf infusions (a natural plant used by the Incas) is an excellent option.

Group or private services

  • The information described applies to shared services (for a varied group of tourists). If you want a private service (for your own group of family or friends) contact us at info@machupicchuterra.com.

Gallery Tour Salkantay trek 5 days


Frequent questions

Can children do the Salkantay Trek?

All adventure lovers can do the Salkantay Trek. It is recommended that children be over 8 years old and like walks or sports.

It is dangerous?

No. The Salkantay Trek is difficult but not dangerous. The paths are well signposted and far from cliffs. In addition, the tours have an extra horse to evacuate the tourist in case of any emergency. Tour guides have first aid equipment and knowledge.

When is the best time to go?

The dry season months are the best time to do this hike. During those days there is very little chance of rain, so the roads are not swampy and you can enjoy the landscapes better. On the other hand, the rainiest months are January, February and March.

Can I hire more muleteers and horses than what the tour offers?

Yes. The tour already includes the service of muleteers and horses to help carry the tourist’s luggage (maximum weight allowed of approximately 7 kilos). If you want to carry more weight than allowed, you can hire the service of a horse and muleteer for an extra cost.

How are the bathrooms during the walk?

During the days of trekking and camping, the tourist can use the bathrooms in the assigned camps. These are basic but clean. In addition, during the tour of the local towns, such as Aguas Calientes, the tourist will be able to use the bathrooms available there.



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