Salkantay Trekking Machu Picchu 2024

SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU + LLACTAPATA TREK RETURN BY CAR 5D – 4N

FROM: $205.00

SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU + LLACTAPATA TREK RETURN BY CAR 5D – 4N

FROM: $205.00

OVERVIEW

Embark on the 5-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu and experience one of the most scenic and thrilling routes in Peru. This trek takes you through breathtaking glacier mountains, picturesque lakes like Humantay and Salkantay, and the enchanting Amazon jungle.

 

By choosing our tour, you can enjoy exceptional services at affordable prices. Our exclusive campsites feature newly-built Mountain Sky Huts and glass igloos, accompanied by knowledgeable guides and dedicated staff. We offer comprehensive itineraries, ensuring you won’t miss any highlights. Prepare to pass by stunning lakes, reach heights of up to 4,630 meters, and trek alongside waterfalls, rivers, and hot springs.

 

The trek includes a portion of the original Inca Trail, leading to the Llactapata ruins, providing a unique perspective of Machu Picchu. The 5-Day Salkantay Trek is recognized as one of the “World’s Best Treks” by National Geographic, making it an unforgettable adventure. Choose a reputable and experienced company for your Salkantay Trek and create lifelong memories.

 

The trek highlights include the majestic Salkantay Mountain, the turquoise Humantay Lake, high altitude passes offering incredible views, the Llactapata ruins, and the grand finale of exploring Machu Picchu. Experience the beauty of the Quiswarniyoc camp and the richness of the Amazon region. Indulge in the relaxing hot springs of Santa Teresa and spend the night in Lucmabamba.

Duration

5 Day

Destination

Machu Picchu

ITINERARY

From Cusco to Quiswarniyoc Private Camp: Unveiling Soraypampa and the Enchanting Humantay Lake
  • Pick up in Cusco.

    • 5:00 am - Pick up from respective hotels or locations in Cusco.
    • Drive for two hours to the village of Mollepata.
    • Enjoy a delicious breakfast upon arrival in Mollepata.
    • Pay the 20 soles entrance fee to the local municipality (not included in the tour cost).
    • Continue by car for another hour to Soraypampa.
    • Meet the muleteers and horses in Soraypampa.

  • Begin to Humantay Lake.

    • Begin a two-hour uphill hike to Humantay Lake.
    • Spend a couple of hours at Humantay Lake exploring, taking photos, and listening to the guide's insights.
    • Start a two-hour downhill hike from Humantay Lake.
    • Arrive at the exclusive Quiswarniyoc campsite.

  • Camping Quiswarniyoc.

    • Enjoy a scrumptious lunch at the campsite.
    • Take advantage of free time to explore the surroundings or hike to the Salkantay Mirador for panoramic views.
    • Relax in the Mountain Sky Huts or glass igloos at the campsite.
    • Engage in additional short hikes, visit breathtaking mountain viewpoints, and explore cascading waterfalls at the Quiswarniyoc campsite.

IMPORTAND INFORMATION:
  • Walking Distance: 13 km, approximately 6 hours of hiking
  • Campsite Altitude: 4,100 meters above sea level
  • Difficulty: Moderate day (acclimatizing to the Salkantay Trail)
  • Weather: Warm and windy during the day, with very cold nights
  • Accommodations: Mountain Sky Huts or Crystal Domes
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, tea time, and dinner
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Quiswarniyoc to Chaullay Private Camp: Journey through the Salkantay Pass
  • Morning Activities

    • Wake-up call at 5:00 am.
    • Enjoy a cup of hot coca tea and pack your belongings.
    • Have a hearty breakfast at around 5:45 am.

  • Hike to the highest point

    • Start a 3 to 4-hour uphill hike at a steady pace towards the trek's highest point at 4,630 meters.
  • photographic moment

    • Marvel at the breathtaking mountain vistas and capture photographs.
    • Learn about the revered mountain gods and participate in a traditional Andean ritual.

  • Hike downhill chaullay

    • Begin a 2-hour downhill hike.
    • Pause for a mouthwatering lunch.
    • Continue the descent for another 3 hours to reach the second camp, Chaullay, at an altitude of 2,900 meters.

  • Chaullay

    • Receive camping equipment, hot tea, and a delicious dinner at Chaullay.
    • Take an optional hot shower for 10 soles offered by locals.
    • Purchase refreshing drinks such as beer, soda, and water at Chaullay.

IMPORTAND INFORMATION:
  • Walking Distance: 22 km, approximately 9 hours of hiking
  • Campsite Altitude: 2,900 meters above sea level
  • Difficulty: Challenging day (conquering the highest point at 4,650 meters above sea level)
  • Weather: Warm and windy during the day, with cold nights
  • Accommodations: Mountain Sky Huts
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, tea time, and dinner
Chaullay to Santa Teresa: Journey through Playa Sahuayaco and Indulge in Hot Springs
  • Morning Activities

    • Wake up at 6:00 am. meter. in the lush jungle setting and enjoy a cup of coca tea.
    • Have a delicious breakfast.

  • Hike to Lucmabamba

    • Start the hike at 7:30 am.
    • Duration: Approximately 5 hours.
    • Traverse the pictures Santa Teresa Valley.
    • Explore plantations including coffee, bananas, avocados, coca, passion fruit, and more.

  • Lucmabamba

    • Reach Lucmabamba, the third campsite, after 5 hours of trekking and enjoy a delightful lunch.
    • After lunch, you have the option to visit the Cocalmayo hot springs in Santa Teresa.

  • Cocalmayo

    • Take a 01:30-hour car ride to the hot springs and spend a few hours relaxing in the pristine, natural waters.
    • Return to the campsite for tea time, a delicious warm dinner, and a cozy group bonfire.
    • Note: The hot springs activity is optional; you can choose to relax at the campsite if you prefer.
IMPORTAND INFORMATION:
  • Walking Distance: 16 km, approximately 5 hours of hiking
  • Campsite Altitude: 2,100 meters above sea level
  • Difficulty: Easy and relaxing day
  • Weather: Warm, hot, and tropical
  • Accommodations: Sleeping in tents
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, tea time, and dinner
Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes: Llactapata Trek, Hidroelectrica, and Aguas Calientes Adventure
  • Lucmabamba

    • Early morning breakfast around 5:30 am to start the day.

  • Llactapata

    • Depart from Lucmabamba for a 3-hour uphill trek along the original Inca trail to the captivating ruins of Llactapata.
    • Take your time to explore and appreciate the awe-inspiring views of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu Mountain, and possibly Salkantay Mountain, if weather permits.

  • descend Hidroelectrica

    • Descend for 2 hours from Llactapata towards Hidroelectrica.
    • Enjoy a delicious lunch and some well-deserved downtime at Hidroelectrica.

  • Hike Aguas Calientes

    • Begin a 3-hour walk along the train tracks, leading you to the charming town of Aguas Calientes.

  • Arrival in Aguas Calientes

    • Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, proceed to your hotel to freshen up and unwind.

  • Evening Activities

    • Gather around 7:00 pm for a delightful dinner at a local restaurant.
    • Return to your hotel for a good night's sleep, preparing for the next day's adventure.

IMPORTAND INFORMATION:
  • Walking Distance: 22 KM – Approximately 8 hours of hiking
  • Lodging Altitude: 2,000 meters (high) above sea level
  • Difficulty: Challenging and long day
  • Weather: Hot, very humid, and tropical
  • Accommodations: Overnight stay at a hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Machu Picchu - Cusco
  • Arriving at Machu Picchu's Main Gate from Aguas Calientes

    • Choose between a 1.5-hour hike or a bus ride ($12).
    • Depart from Aguas Calientes at 4 am after breakfast.

  • Machu Picchu Guided Tour

    • Explore with a pre-arranged ticket (circuit 01 or 02).
    • Experienced guide leads a 2.5-hour tour, visiting iconic locations.

  • Leisure Time and Optional Hikes

    • Enjoy free time to explore and relax.
    • Optional hike: Huayna Picchu (2-hour round-trip, pre-booking required, $30) or Machu Picchu Mountain (3-hour round-trip, $30).

Return by bus:
Then from 11:00 to 11:30 am we have to leave the city of Machu Picchu to begin our walk for 3 more hours to the Hidroelectrica
where we will board our bus to return to the city of Cusco. The bus departure is at 14:00 p.m and arriving in Cusco between 21:30 p.m and 22:00 p.m (Approximately 6 hours of travel).

INCLUSIONS

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PRICES

Adult

$ 225 Book with $90
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  • Real local operator (cusco)
  • English, Spanish
30% off

Student

$ 205 Book with $82
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  • Real local operator (cusco)
  • English, Spanish
30% off
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HOW TO BOOK

FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS:

  1. First select the best package 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 40% 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 for each passengers (by email and photo).
  • Name and surname
  • Passport Nro
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Sex
  • Phone
 

Optional: You can pay the full tour amount upfront to avoid any future payment concerns. Ask for the total payment link.


The remaining BALANCE is due 48 hours before the tour begins. You can pay in CASH (soles or dollars) or CREDIT CARD (+ 4 %) at the office in Cusco or in your hotel/hostal/apartament.


Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment. Obtain insurance before departing and consider working with a reputable agency for affordable coverage.


Additional Enhancements:
Huayna Picchu Mountain: $30 USD (subject to availability). Check availability at https://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio
Machu Picchu Mountain: $30 USD (subject to availability). Check availability at https://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio
Sleeping Bag Rental: (for the entire trek): $15 USD
Trekking Poles Rental: (one pair for the entire trek): $10 USD
Upgrade Train: Vistadome – Panoramic Train (if you choose the train return option): $35 USD.
Extra night: $20 USD (per person “based 2 people”) $40 USD (Single accommodation)


Important: Book the normal tour with a deposit and pay the remaining balance and any additional upgrades you choose upon arrival in Cusco.

STUDENT DISCOUNT

Student Discount: If your student card meets Peruvian government requirements, reserve the tour with a deposit and pay the remaining balance upon arrival in Cusco. The student discount will be applied at that time.

 

All university cards must be laminated and clearly show the following information:

  1. The name of the university or institute
  2. The student’s first and last names
  3. The current date of the university card
  4. You have to be under 25 years old
 
student-discount-card

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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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Aino Rajantie
Aino Rajantie
2023-12-12
Trustworthy company. Made my trip to visit Machu Picchu very easy.
Marcelo Vivas
Marcelo Vivas
2023-12-03
El servicio que brinda la empresa es excelente y a un costo bajo. Están a disposición del pasajero las 24hs para ayudarte en lo que necesites. El traslado en Bus de Cusco a Hidroeléctrica para ir a Machu Picchu fue muy bueno, con un conductor amable y responsable. Abonamos un almuerzo para la llegada a Hidroeléctrica que fue muy rico y abundante. Se respetaron los horarios pactados, nos guardaron el equipaje para que no carguemos con tanto peso y al regreso lo devolvieron en las mismas condiciones. Son muy profesionales. Recomiendo.
Paola Celis
Paola Celis
2023-12-03
Recomiendo 100% esta agencia para ir a Hidroeléctrica desde Cusco. Mi experiencia fue excelente! Nos contactaron por WhatsApp desde el momento uno para confirmar que se había efectuado el pago, responder nuestras consultas y brindarnos información. Tuvimos una reprogramación del vuelo que nos impedía llegar al punto de encuentro a horario y muy amablemente buscaron la solución, enviándonos una persona de su agencia al aeropuerto para buscarnos y alcanzar el bus que ya había salido. Realmente nos sentimos muy aliviados y cuidados porque nos escucharon y nos ofrecieron la solución. También nos guardaron una mochila (para no hacer el camino con la mochila más pesada) y nos la acercaron después a nuestro hotel en Cusco. El servicio es realmente muy profesional y la atención muy cordial. Hicieron que todo sea fácil! Gracias por cuidar tanto al turista!
Yoshira Yukico Huari Cutipa
Yoshira Yukico Huari Cutipa
2023-11-16
Muy recomendable muy profesionales sobre todo cuenta unidades modernas.
Maria Fernanda Guzman Paz
Maria Fernanda Guzman Paz
2023-11-16
Excelente servicio, muy recomendable
Jair Ccoya Apaza
Jair Ccoya Apaza
2023-11-16
Mi experiencia ha sido realmente sobresaliente. Desde el momento en que reservé mi viaje desde Cusco a Santa Teresa y Machu Picchu, todo fue excepcionalmente claro y fácil. El proceso de reserva fue rápido y eficiente, y el soporte que recibí fue inmediato y amigable. Lo que más me impresionó fue la modernidad de las unidades. Viajar en un autobús tan cómodo y equipado con la última tecnología hizo que el viaje fuera aún más placentero. El servicio fue impecable, y la atención al cliente durante todo el trayecto fue ejemplar. Recomendaría Hidroeléctrica Bus a cualquier persona que esté planeando un viaje a Machu Picchu. Son muy profesionales, las unidades son modernas y la atención al cliente es excepcional. Definitivamente, esta será mi opción preferida para futuros viajes a la región.
NESTOR ISAAC HUILLCA QUISPE
NESTOR ISAAC HUILLCA QUISPE
2023-11-16
Muy buen servicio 👍 muy profesionales
Maye Aragon
Maye Aragon
2023-11-16
excelente servicio soporte es inmediato y las unidad modernas, muy recomendable
Josselin Jennifer Arias Yanarico
Josselin Jennifer Arias Yanarico
2023-11-16
Excelente servicio, muy recomendable. 👍🏼
Carolina Contreras Muñoz
Carolina Contreras Muñoz
2023-11-16
Excelente servicio de transporte a Hidroeléctrica para vivir una experiencia maravillosa en Machupicchu! Agradecida de la atención de Fredy! Entrega toda la información necesaria y rápidamente! Recomendable 100%!!!
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