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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days
Salkantay Trek 5 Days.- At 5:30am you will be picked up from your hotel in our private transport to take you to the beginning of your alternative Inca Trail trek. You will pass the village of Mollepata (2803 masl) before heading towards Challacancha (3600m) where we will meet with the horses and horse man in order to start the trek. From here our trek begins winding through an amazing valley while surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of Humantay (5473masl) and Salkantay (6271masl). In the afternoon we will reach to our first campsite called Soraypampa (3912masl).
Here you will enjoy a buffet dinner prepared by our professional chefs in a spacious dining tent. With dinner you will receive hot wine to help you unwind from your strenuous day. Enjoy your first night sleeping under the tranquility of the Andes’ sky in your cozy homey tents.
Salkantay Trek 5 Days.- Early, after a delicious breakfast with Andean products, you will start your second day of trekking towards Machu Picchu. This is a challenging day as you will hike towards the Humantay Lagoon and then to the Salkantay pass (4600masl). All-day you will have spectacular views of the towering snow covered peak of Salkantay (6271masl). As we continue on the trail you will notice the abundant and exuberant diversity of endemic vegetation of the area. After crossing the Salkantay Pass, we will enjoy a delicious lunch and then continue with the descent towards our second camp site called Challway (3000m), where you will be enjoying the warm climate of the tropical forest.
This night you will enjoy a gourmet dinner, wine, surrounded by colorful flowers, It is important to mention the presence of mosquitoes, so it is recommended to use repellent! Likewise you can enjoy a hot shower offered by local people.
Salkantay Trek 5 Days.- Early following, nourishing breakfast, you will begin the most beautiful day of the trek where you will see the region’s magnificent flora and banana plantations. Our trek descends into a thick cloud forest that will surround you with orchids, bromelains, and other amazing local flora.
After, we will come upon a secluded valley filled with expansive coffee, cacao and fruit plantations. Our path takes us through the farming villages of Wiñaypoco (2650m) and La Playa (2100m) where you will find local families and get a chance to speak to them and learn about their lifestyle.
Tonight we will camp in the warm village of La Playa where you will enjoy your last dinner of our chef.
Salkantay Trek 5 Days.- In the morning after breakfast we will follow an uphill trail towards the Llactapata archeological place (2700masl). From this site you will have a great view of the distant Machu Picchu Mountain and will be surrounded by lush greenery and variety of flora.
After enjoying the archeological site and the breathtaking views, we will start descending towards the hydroelectric of Machu picchu(1950masl) where we will have the last lunch with our magnificent chef, say goodbye and will continue with the trek to Aguas Calientes town (At the Hydroelectric train station you have the option of taking the train the rest of the way for an additional cost) 2000masl. Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes in the afternoon, your guide will drop you off at your hotel, where you will spend the last night of your tour.
Salkantay Trek 5 Days.- Today very early you will leave your hotel with your guide in order to aboard the bus that will transport you up to Machu Picchu (2,400masl) citadel. Upon arriving at the archeological site you will get an approximately 2 hour private tour of this amazing Lost City of the Incas. Your guide will explain you all about the history of Machu picchu and culture of the ancient Incas.
After the tour you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes to catch your train in order to return to Cusco. Upon arrival back in Cusco you will be picked up from the train station (Ollantaytambo 2 hours from the city or Poroy 30 minutes from the city) and transferred back to your hotel for the night.
The day of your departure transfer out to the airport or bus station.
End of our services.
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.- The name of this mountain is a contraction coming from Salqa, which means unsociable or wild, that is why sometimes produces avalanches; this is an alternative route of the Inca Trail for those who could not reserve the other due to its availability.
We considered this route as one of the best alternatives due to the beautiful flora and fauna that you will be able to appreciate along the way and the tranquility of the place that will make you enjoy, meditate and be in contact with the nature that surrounds you. The mountain of Salkantay has an altitude of 6271 masl compared to Machu Picchu which is at 2400 masl.
The legendary route from Salkantay to Machu Picchu has been nominated by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine as one of the top 25 routes in the world. The city of Mollepata, Cusco with Machu Picchu, and Salkantay Trek are beautiful ancient treasures that are outside the traditional route but in the same area, like the Inca Trail, where you can see the great snow-capped mountains that combine with the beautiful rainforest.
Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Distance trekked: about 74km/46 miles
Elevation: 4600 masl/16.000feet
Group size: 2 person minimum – 12 person max- we focus on the experience, and do not run with large groups to keep the trek intimate and enjoyable. (Private options available upon request).
Prices in Shared Service (With other travelers)
Price per person: US $ 460.00
Prices in Private Service
Number of people Price per person
2 People US $640.00
3 People US $554.00
4 People US $530.00
5 People US $505.00
We need a minimum of 2 people to run the tour in private service.
Students:$ 20.00 (Students require a valid International Student Identity Card – ISIC).
Teenagers: $ 20.00 (up to 17 years of age, a copy of the passport is required for all reservations).
Children: $ 20.00(up to 7 years old, passport copy required for all reservations).
If you want a better category hotel, better category train (Vistadome or Hiram Bingham), national and international air flights or other tours, please let us know.
At your arrival to Cusco, pick up from the airport to your hotel (Company courtesy).
Briefing a day before the trek.
Pick up at your hotel in Cusco.
Experienced tour guide fluent in English, Spanish and Quechua. Our guides are equipped and trained to practice First-Aid, administer oxygen if needed, and conduct radio communication.
Camping equipment (tents for 2 people, sleeping mat, cooking equipment, cooking tent).
Professional Chef, horseman and horses (they carry camping equipment and 4kg of personal equipment per person).
4 x breakfasts, 4 x lunches, 4 x dinners (meals including hot drinks, vegetarian options available upon request).
Transport Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha
1 Hotel night in Aguas Calientes.
Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
Bus tickets Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu– Aguas Calientes
Guided tour in Machu Picchu (2 hours approximately).
Train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.
Transfer Ollantaytambo – Cusco.
Transfer from your Hotel the day of your departure (Company courtesy).
Permanent assistance to our passengers
ISIC card (students).
Extra money for emergencies and optional activities.
A good size daypack or backpack
Comfortable shoes / hiking boots
Sandals or Flip Flops (for the hot springs and to wear at the campsites).
Comfortable long trousers, Shorts, T-shirts
Warm clothes for the night
Wind and waterproof jacket
Hat and gloves
A small towel
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Camera and batteries
Flashlight (there is no light at the camp sites)
A water bottle
Water purification pills (if desired)
1 Person = 220.00 dolares
2 People= 115 .00 Dolares
3 People = 100.00 Dolares
4 to 5 People = 85.00 Dolares
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We recommend that you bring a sweater for the cold, a hat or cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, rain jacket or poncho, water, extra money (S/.50 soles), small backpack, toilet paper.
This tour is very easy to do, but we will provide you with the necessary information.
Any material loss or accident is the responsibility of the client.
This service may vary according to weather conditions or natural disasters; strikes or demonstrations that may prevent arrival at our destination
In case of cancellation for the above reasons, it is not a reason for a refund.
The itinerary may vary at the discretion of the operator, always to ensure the safety of the traveler and the best development of our tour
If you decide to withdraw from the tour before it ends, there will be no refund for this.
If you bring or buy snacks, preferably light ones (dry fruits, cookies, and water).
If you do not attend the tour, no refunds or rescheduling apply.