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Salkantay to Machu Picchu 05 Days / 04 Nights

Overview

Salkantay to Machu Picchu is an old and remote alternative path to the Inca Trail, it has much more spectacular views and with different ecological levels we will walk among lagoons, impressive snow-capped mountains such as Salkantay and Humantay, crossing rivers and subtropical areas of abundant vegetation and fauna. This road is an excellent option for those who want to escape from the most congested routes and in a faster way, or for those who are looking for an alternative when the spaces of the traditional Inca Trail are occupied.

This impressive Salkantay trekking to Machu Picchu passes under the magnificent mountain Salkantay (6,710 m / 22,014 ft), one of the highest and most impressive of the Peruvian Andes. Its first two days will be dominated by the impressive snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Humantay, as it travels through the high Andean landscape. The third day will descend to the warm cloud forest, to reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day. The impressive sacred citadel of the Incas Machu Picchu is visited during the last day of the program. This excursion is an interesting alternative for those who have not found space on the route from the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The excursion to Salkantay was recently named by the National Geographic Adventure Travel magazine among the 25 best excursions in the world.

Day 1

Day 01: Cusco – Soraypampa – Humantay lake – Quiswarniyoc Private camp.

Salkantay trekking stars with the pick up from your respective hotels an then we  leave Cusco around 6:00 am to reach the town of Mollepata where it will necessary a car rides for about 2 hours, once in Mollepata we stop to have a delicious breakfast and also pay an entrance fee of 10 soles to the local municipality, then we continue by car 1 hour more to Soraypampa where we will meet with the muleteers and horse who will take all the luggage, food and the 7 kilos of personal belongings of each hiker which is going give to them in the duffle bags then we start the uphill hike to Humantay lake for 1:30 hours, When you arrive at the lagoon you will have enough time to explore, photograph the place and the guide will explain all the meaning of the Humantay lagoon. After of one hour roughly in the lagoon, we start going down to Quiswarniyoc private camp for 1:30 hours to have a nutritive lunch. After lunch you have free time to explore the beautiful area and also if you like to can hike up to Mirador of Salkantay for the panoramic view of the entire area, if you are tired you can just rest in our MOUNTAIN ANDEAN HUTS which are the andean huts with glass door, inside there is pillows, sleeping pad and the illumination for the night.

Next day we will enjoy the Salkantay Mountain.

QUISWARNIYOC PRIVATE CAMP: It is an exclusive camp that is located at 4000 m, it is a unique camp that has places for short hiking, overlooking the mountains and has waterfalls. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains.

Distance: 13 km / 6 hrs.

Day 2

Day 02: Quiswarniyoc – Salkantay Pass – Huayracmachay – Chaullay Camp.

The second day of the trek is the most difficult because it takes you up to 4630 m and 20 km of trekking. The cooks will wake you up around 5:00 am with a cup of hot coca tea then you have time to repack and get ready for the nutritive breakfast which serves around 5:45 am. After breakfast is time to start hiking up to the highest point of the Salkantay trail which 4630 m that takes from 3 to 4 hours all uphill hike with a regular and slow pace. Once you are at the highest point you have time to enjoy the mountains, to take pictures and the guide will teach you about the mountain gods also you will be part of the small Andean ritual for the Apus the mountain gods. Then you start hiking down for 2 hours to the lunch place to rest and enjoy a delicious lunch and after lunch you continue hiking down for 3 more hours to the second camp which is Chaullay, where we provide you with the camping equipment, as our camping tents, matrees, sleeping bags and more, afterwards once set up, tea time and dinner, also if you like for 10 soles you can rent hot shower from the locals also you can buy some drinks.

The camp is called Chaullay is located al 2900m right at the beginning of the Peruvian Amazon area.

Distance: 22 km / 9 hrs.

Day 3

Day 03: Chaullay – La playa Sahuayaco – Santa Teresa – Cocalmayo Hot Springs.

On the third day, you will already be in the jungle area, we wake you up around 6:00 am with a cup of coca tea, then we provide you with a delicious breakfast, after breakfast around 7:00 am you start the hike to la playa Sahuayaco for 5 hours approximately along the Santa Teresa Valley which is formed by the Salkantay River Along the valley you have the chance to see plantation such a coffee, bananas, avocados, Coca, passion fruit, orchids and much more, after 5 hours of hiking, you will arrive at La Playa Sahuayaco, from where you will take local transportation for one hour to Santa Teresa, which is the third campsite. Once in the camp, you will have a delicious lunch then there is enough time to get ready for those who want to go to the nice hot springs of Colcamayo, which is located 15 minutes car ride from the camp. At the hot springs, you may spend a couple hours or whatever you like or what the group may decide. The hot springs are outdoor, natural and clean water which makes a great place for relaxing then you go back to the campsite where you will have the tea time and a warm dinner then if you like you may be part of the small celebrations with a bonfire.

(Optional Cocalmayo hot spring, local transportation S/30.00 PEN)

Distance: 16 km / 5 hrs.

Day 4

Day 04: Santa Teresa – Lucmabamba – Llactapata Ruins – Hidrolectrica – Aguas Calientes.

Llactapata is the only Inca ruins along the Salkantay trail that you have the chance to visit on the fourth day and from Llactapata you can see Machu Picchu, there is a nice view of Machu Picchu from a different angle. for this beautiful trek, you start very early in Santa Teresa with the breakfast around 5:30 am then you take local transportation for 45 minutes to Lucmabamba to start the uphill hike for 3 hours on the original Inca trail that takes you to the Inca ruins of Llactapata. You will have enough time to enjoy the views of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu mountain and you can see one more time the Salkantay mountain if you are lucky with the weather. Afterwards, you start hiking downhill to Hidroelectrica for 2 hours to have a nutritive lunch and resting for a while then you start the last part of the hike to Aguas Calientes for 3 hours more along the train track, once you arrive in the small town we take you to the hostel (Sharing rooms service / or optional you may upgrade the room service), where you have time to rest and hot shower, around 6:30 pm the guide will organize the last supper in the restaurant in Aguas Calientes after we go to sleep because the next day you need to start very early to go to Machu Picchu.

Distance: 19 km / 6 hrs.

Day 5

Day 05: Machu Picchu – Cusco.

The last day of the tour you are going visit Machu Picchu. You need to wake up around 4:00 am to get ready for the hike to Machu Picchu main entrance. after you grab your pack breakfast you start the hike to Puente Ruinas for 30 minutes where there is checkpoint which is open at 5:00 am where you have to show your passport and your Machu Picchu tickets after you pass the first checkpoint you will hike uphill for one hour to Machu Picchu which is all up stairs to be at the main gate of Machu Picchu around 6:00 am. Once everybody meets at the gate you go into Machu Picchu with the guide for a guided tour for 2.0 hours to learn everything about the lost city of the Incas, After the guided tour you have free time to explore on your own the Inca city of Machu Picchu, and then 11.00 am roughly we start to come back to Hydroelectric train station to get for our mini van to Cusco.

Important: The time that you will spend in Machu Picchu will depend on how you like to go back to Cusco and also will depend if you like to climb the Machu Picchu montaña or Huayna Picchu mountain which must book it in advance.

If you want to stay and spend more time in Machu Picchu or to climb up to Wuayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you have two options:

You may stay one more extra night in Aguas Calientes town (Additional sharing room price $20.00 USD for one night accomodation), otherwise you will not arrive in time to take our mini van from hydroelectric station to return to Cusco, since climbing any of the mountains takes almost three hours, round trip, and our transportation departs at 15:00 pm in the afternoon from hydroelectric to Cusco, in this case, we will pick you up on the fifth day from hydroelectric station to Cusco at 15:00 pm.

The other option would be to return by train one way from Aguas Calientes town to Ollantaytambo village, (Additional price $80.00 USD. Inca Rail or Perú Rail company, likewise you can buy here in Cusco once you arrive), in this case you will return the same day to Cusco (the day 05), where insted of pick you up from Hydroelectric station, we will pick you up from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Distance: 4 km / 1.5 hrs.

Included

Group Service Included:

  • Pick up from the airport to the hotel/ airport (Last day)
  • Transportation and pick up from your hotel/hostel for the tour
  • Visit to the archaeological complex of Llactapata
  • Profesional english guide for all trip
  • Small cabins and kitchen tent where we used them for eating and for our kitchen
  • 05 breakfasts, 04 Lunches, 04 Dinners.
  • Cooks with an extensive experience
  • 02 Liters water (The first day only)
  • 07 Kgs extra to carry the horse
  • 01 roll mattress
  • 01 duffle bag
  • 01 Night Camping in andean huts
  • 02 Nights in very spacious tents for two people
  • 01 Night hostel  in Aguas Calientes town (Sharing room)
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • We carry first aid kit and oxigen bottle for all the group
  • Return transportation from Hydroelectric to Cusco, leaving at 15:00 pm

Group Service Not Include:

  • Optional: Sky Domes (First night only) $ 25.00 USD
  • Optional: Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, $20.00 USD, depending on availability
  • Optional: Train ticket back from Aguas Calientes town to Ollantaytambo $80.00 USD – Inca Rail or Perú Rail Company
  • Optional: Bus to Machu Picchu ($24.00 USD round trip / $12.00 USD bus up or down)
  • Entrance fee to the Sanctuary of Salkantay and Humantay Lagoon
  • Entrance to Cocalmayo hot spring and local transportation
  • Last lunch (last day)
  • Sleeping bag (can be hire from us $20.00 USD)
  • Beverages
  • Travel and health insurance. (Bring copies with you please)

Our Recommendations to bring:

  • Original Passport
  • Student card with current expiration date printed on the card
  • Travel Insurance
  • hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors )
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Sun hat and gloves
  • T-shirts / shirts
  • Hiking poles
  • Comfortable hiking zip off trousers
  • Rain pants
  • Bathing suit (for hot springs in Cocalmayo)
  • Sun protection cream ( factor 25 recommended )
  • Insect Repellent ( for mosquitos )15 % of deet at least
  • 01 Water bottle to refill water or you just can buy water on the tour
  • Water purifying tablets (Micropur recommended)
  • Toiletries (towel, soap, brush, toothpaste, toilet paper …)
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries (flashlight) we recommend headlights
  • Extra contribution suggested in soles money for tipping porters, cook and guide. In addition, for any emergency.
  • Previous acclimatization in Cuzco city, for at least 1 or 2 days. We offers easy one day and half day routes which can be completed before the main trek.

Prices

Offer price 01 person!! $ 290.00 USD, (Group Service between 15 to 20 people)

Discount:

The student will get a discount of $ 20.00 USD only for Machu Picchu ticket:

It must have the next requirements: The original student ID gives from the university in PVC material, university information, personal student information, student picture, and expiration date valid only for one year, it year must coincide with the year that student visit Machu Picchu, the discount until 25 years old.

Private Service Tour:

Private Service Prices:

  • 01 person!!   $ 749.00 USD (Per person)
  • 02 persons!! $ 639.00 USD (Per person)
  • 03 persons to more!! $ 549.00 USD (Per person)
  • 04 persons to more!! $ 479.00 USD (Per person)

Private Service Included:

  • Pick up from the airport to the hotel/hostal
  • Pick up in our private Mini Van from your hotel
  • Professional Private Guide for all the trek
  • 01 night by Sky Domes (First night only)
  • 02 Nights in camping tents
  • Sleeping bag -15º degrees Celsius
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu archaeological site.
  • Entrance fee to the Sanctuary of Salkantay and Humantay Lagoon
  • Entrance to Cocalmayo hot spring and local transportation
  • Visit to Lactapata archaeological site
  • 01 Night HOSTEL in Aguas Calientes (Last night)
  • 05 breakfasts, 04 Lunches, 04 Dinners
  • 02 Liters water (The first day only)
  • 07 Kgs extra to carry our horses
  • 01 roll mattress
  • 01 duffle bag
  • Hiking poles (a pair)
  • Return transportation from Hydroelectric train station to Cusco, leaving at 15:00 pm
  • Cooks with an extensive experience
  • Small cabins and kitchen tent where we used it for eating and for our kitchen
  • First aid kit and oxigen bottle

Private Service Not Included:

  • (Optional): Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, $20.00 USD, depending on availability
  • (Optional): Train ticket back from Aguas Calientes town to Ollantaytambo $80.00 USD (Inca Rail or Perú Rail Company)
  • (Optional): Bus to Machu Picchu ($24.00 USD round trip / $12.00 USD  one way or return only)
  • Last lunch in Hydroelectric train station ($5.00 USD – last day)
  • Beverages
  • Travel and health insurance. (Bring copies with you please)

Optional:

03 star hotel upgrade in Machu Picchu Town (Addicional Price).

– Retama Machu Picchu:

  • Single Room $ 85.00 USD
  • Matrimonial / Double Room $ 95.00 USD
  • Triple Room $ 145.00 USD
  • Additional Bed $ 50.00 USD

Hotel service is very comfortable and spacious rooms, located in very safe areas, private bathroom, hot shower 24 hours, buffet breakfast and much more…

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