Salkantay Trekking Machu Picchu 2024

BUS OLLANTAYTAMBO HIDROELECTRICA ONE WAY

BUS OLLANTAYTAMBO HIDROELECTRICA ONE WAY

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OVERVIEW

The hydroelectric route is a path that follows the Urubamba River from Cusco to the town of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Along the way, visitors can enjoy stunning panoramic views of nature, such as mountains, waterfalls, rivers, and jungles.

 

One of the main advantages of the hydroelectric route is that it is one of the most economical options to get to Machu Picchu, as it does not require the use of expensive trains or private transportation. Instead, visitors can walk the path for about 3 hours, or take public transportation such as a bus or taxi from Cusco to the hydroelectric plant and then walk for 2 hours.

 

However, it is important to note that the hydroelectric route is a more challenging option in terms of walking, especially if you are not used to walking long distances. It can also be more tiring than taking the train directly from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, which is the most comfortable but also the most expensive option.

 

In summary, the hydroelectric route is a popular and economical option for those who want to explore Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Although it is not necessarily the best option for everyone, it offers a unique and beautiful experience in nature and can be an attractive option for those looking for a more economical adventure.

 

 

ITINERARY

CUSCO - HIDROELECTRICA
  • 08:45 - 09:15 I Ollantaytambo Pick up

    The pick up is from the Ollantaytambo square near the police station

  • 12:50 I Santa Maria

    We passed through the town of Santa Maria.

  • 13:30 I Santa Teresa

    We passed through the town of Santa Teresa.

  • 13:50 I Hidroelectrica

    Start of the hike, 11 km to get to the Aguas Calientes Town.

  • 17:00 I Aguas Calientes

    Arrival to the Aguas Calientes town, continue your visit plan to Machu Picchu (on next day).

INCLUSIONS

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PRICES

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FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS:

  1. First select the best tour for you.
  2. Fill in “Book Online” FORM, select the date, and complete the booking information. Have one person fill it out for the entire group to ensure you’re booked together.
  3. Make a payment online using any debit or credit card, Our system will charge you 100% in advance of the total number of passengers.
  4. When you complete your payment, you will receive an email from our reservations staff, who will ask you for the following information.
  • Name of the hotel/hostal/apartament
  • Exact address of your accommodation

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What to Pack

Get your backpack ready with the following recommendations!

  • Hiking boots or shoes

  • Hiking socks (wool or synthetic)

  • Long pants (hiking pants or leggings)

  • T-shirts or breathable shirts

  • Fleece jacket or sweater

  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho

  • Swimwear (for hot springs or swimming)

  • Sandals / Flip flops

  • Headlamp or flashlight (with extra batteries)

  • Sunglasses

  • Sun hat or cap

  • Water bottle or hydration system (at least 1.5 liters capacity)

  • Personal medication (if necessary)

  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.)

Frequent questions

We help you solve any doubts you may have!

The Salkantay trek is an alternative route to the Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu. It is a multi-day hike that goes through stunning landscapes, including snow-capped mountains, high-altitude passes, cloud forests, and Inca ruins.

The Salkantay trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek. It involves hiking at high altitudes, with the highest point being Salkantay Pass at 4,630 meters (15,190 feet) above sea level. However, the trek is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and previous hiking experience.

The Salkantay trek typically takes 4 to 5 days to complete. Some tour operators offer longer or shorter itineraries, depending on your preferences and fitness level.

You should pack comfortable and waterproof hiking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, a backpack, warm clothes, rain gear, a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent. It’s also essential to bring a sleeping bag, a water bottle, and snacks or energy bars.

While you don’t need to be an experienced hiker, it’s important to have a reasonable level of fitness to complete the Salkantay trek. You’ll be hiking for several hours each day, often at high altitudes, so it’s a good idea to prepare your body with cardio and strength training before your trip.

While it’s possible to do the Salkantay trek independently, it’s recommended to hire a guide for safety reasons and to learn more about the history and culture of the area. Most tour operators offer guided tours, which also include transportation, meals, and accommodation.

The best time to do the Salkantay trek is from April to October, which is the dry season in the region. During these months, you can expect clear skies, warm days, and cool nights. However, it’s also possible to do the trek during the wet season (November to March), although the trails can be muddy and slippery, and you may encounter more rain and clouds.

The Inca Trail is a famous trekking route in Peru that leads to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. It’s a 4-day hike that follows an original Inca stone path through the Andes mountains, passing through several Inca ruins and offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.

The Inca Trail is considered a challenging trek, with steep ascents and descents, high-altitude passes, and rugged terrain. It’s important to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience to complete the trek.

The best time to do the Inca Trail is during the dry season, which runs from April to October. During these months, you can expect clear skies, warm days, and cool nights. The wet season, from November to March, can be more challenging due to the rain and mud on the trails.

The Inca Trail is a 4-day hike, covering a distance of approximately 42 kilometers (26 miles). However, there are shorter and longer itineraries available, depending on your preferences and fitness level.

You should pack comfortable and waterproof hiking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, a backpack, warm clothes, rain gear, a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent. It’s also essential to bring a sleeping bag, a water bottle, and snacks or energy bars.

You need to book the Inca Trail through a licensed tour operator, as independent hiking is not allowed. The government limits the number of permits for the trail each day, so it’s essential to book well in advance, especially during the peak season (June to August).

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HIDROELECTRICA

Immerse yourself in an unforgettable odyssey when you travel the Amazon Route by hydroelectric car to Machu Picchu, where the exuberant jungle and the force of the water invite you to discover the secrets and wonders of a world full of life and energy.

Meeting point

Cusco

06:00 – 06:30 am in the middle in the pool of the regocijos square

Ollantaytambo

08:45 – 09:15 am in the ollantaytambo square (near to the police station)

Hidroelectrica

13:00 – 13:40 am in the central hidroelectrica (entry control point) 

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