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Andean Ceremony at Humantay lake
Andean Marriage Ceremony Andean Ceremony at Humantay lake
Salkantay Trek Classic Tour Duration 05 Days

Salkantay Honeymoon Trek

DESCRIPTION

salkantay trek classic map and itinerary
TREKKING MAP
The SaKantay trek to Machupicchu, it is the best alternative hike to the Inca Trail, designed for those who still wish to hike to Machu Picchu. The ecosystem has a wide-range biodiversity. Come and see yourself an outstanding mountain scenery, biodiversity, and an old-living culture off the beaten path.
Especial and unique experience on your life to get married with your couple bottom the holy God called Salkantay, us well adventure Rating, Salkantay is the second most popular hike in the region and some of the campsites are less remote than on other trails.

WHY TAKE THE SALKANTAY TRAIL?

  • The Salkantay Trek is listed as one of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.
  • The Salkantay Trek is definitely one of the very best trekking adventures that you will find in Peru and in the continent of South America.
  • After the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is the 2nd most popular trek to Machu Picchu (and a lot less crowded).
  • Hiking alongside the magnificent Apu Salkantay and arriving at the ruins of the majestic Machu Picchu is one of the best experiences known to mankind.
  • Trekkers can see natural bridges, snowcapped mountains, colorful valleys, waterfalls, wildlife, unique plants, and cloud forest.
  • Camping with less people allows you to control your own trip and have the best views of these incredible mountains!

Itinerary

DAY 1: Cusco – Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa(Humantay Lake).

Trailhead Elevation: 3850 meters / 12477 feet
Walking Distance: 4km return hike  
Highest Elevation: 3850 meters / 12,477feet
Campsite Elevation: 3850 meters / 12,477 feet
Hiking difficulty level: Moderate
Accommodation: sleeping tents 
Meals: Lunch, Dinner (Snack and afternoon tea)
Accommodation: Camping
Adventure: Absolutely, completely satisfactory

Today’s Highlights: Walking from Soraypampa to Humantay Lake and views of the enigmatic ‘Apu’ Salkantay. The campsite is exclusively just for our group (Click Here to see our SORAYPAMPA CAMPSITE)

Early in the morning, we pick you up from your hotel, and you are transported to Soraypampa (3850mt) (campsite), after an energetic breakfast, we set out on our journey towards a lake located at the bottom of Mountain Humantay, astonishing views of the glaciers come into sight. Back at the campsite your long-awaited Andean wedding ceremony is already set up in an amazing natural environment, having the towering Mountain Salkantay high up ahead the valley. The ceremony is in charge of an Andean priest, which conducts the ceremony according to the Andean rituals, and laws. After the ceremony the couple, and guests sit a table to enjoy lunch, this lunch meal is called Pachamanca (roasted beef, alpaca, sheep, and potatoes, in an underground stone-built oven). Free afternoon. Afterwards we enjoy dinner sitting by a campfire.

DAY 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Wayracpunku - Chaullay

Walking Distance – 22 km / 13.7 miles
Starting Elevation – 3800 meters / 12467 feet
Campsite Elevation – 2750 meters / 9022 feet
Maximum Altitude: 4650 meters / 15255 feet
Difficulty: Challenging - Moderate.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Snack and afternoon tea)
Accommodation: Camping
Adventure: Absolutely

Highlights of today: Hiking along the Salkantay trail with the top view of the biggest peak. Views of the Salkantay Mountain and incredible views of the cloud forest and tropical jungle in Chaullay. Around midday we stand on the middle of the South America Andes mountain range.  (Click Here to see our CHAULLAY CAMPSITE)

After an early wake up with the first daylight at 05:30 am. and a quick breakfast we soon start hiking up to the highest point of the trail: the Salkantay Pass (4650 MASL – 15,255 ft). The distance is a 7km (4.34miles) tough ascent in 3 hours, between the rocky valley bottom and the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6200 MASL– 20,341 ft). When we finally reach the top we can and definitely will appreciate the spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo. The Salkantay Mountain is the second highest mountain in the Cusco region and one of the Inca Gods called “Apu”. After reaching the top of the pass there is a 5km (3.1miles) and 2 hours downhill hike towards the camp for our lunch. The walk downwards is on a serpent shape trail and a rocky gravel path to get to the Huayracmachay lunch spot. In the afternoon we will enter the upper part of the amazon jungle, which is also called “the cloud forest”. This is a 10 km (6.2miles) hike in 3 hours on a wide trail in the thick forests. This hike is truly beautiful, there are decorated the hills with colorful sceneries and a lot of wildlife and native plants. The forests are most times of the year warm or have a temperate temperature. When finishing this magnificent hike we finally arrive at Chaullay Village (2900 MASL – 9,514 ft), our base camp in the jungle.

DAY 3: Chaullay - Collpapampa - La Playa - Lucmabamba

Walking Distance – 18km / 11.2 miles
Starting Elevation – 2750 meters / 9022 feet
Campsite Elevation – 2400 meters / 7874 feet
Difficulty: Easy 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Adventure: Absolutely

Highlights of today: We leave as early as possible to enjoy an empty trail and appreciate the landscape, scenery and wildlife. While trekking through the jungle you can find loads of different wild fruits like: banana, avocado, passion fruit, etc. There are also waterfalls and water streams where you can refresh your feet in. Lunch in La Playa, afterwards we will have a short hike to our base camp Lucmabamba where we will visit an organic coffee plantation.

At 6:00 am. we will start our trek to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley. We will be hiking for approximately 6 hours. During the hike we’ll see waterfalls, wild orchids, but also coffee, banana and avocado plantations. Here you can taste the famous passion fruit and granadilla fruit. We will see a village called Colpapampa, also called the “forest cloudy brow” where waterfalls, thermal hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to see the famous bird called “the Cock of the Rocks” this bird is the national bird of Peru. After lunch at La playa, we will hike for approximately 1 hour to our base camp called Lucmabamba (2400 MASL – 7874 ft). We will explore the tropical forest for a little while and have a lovely visit at an organic coffee farm. Here you can taste the coffee prepared by the local people. Coffee is the main farming industry of the local people here in the jungle and they farm many hectares of coffee to export to the USA, Asia and Europe. Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia, but it wasn’t until the Spanish invaded Cusco that it was brought to this region. We will also explore an orange and an avocado plantation.

DAY 4: Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

Walking Distance – 18 km / 11.2 miles
Starting Elevation – 2450 meters / 8038 feet
Campsite Elevation – 2000 meters / 6561 feet (Aguas Calientes hostel)
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hostel
Adventure: Absolutely

Highlights of today: The best day of the trek! We will try to get as early as possible to Llactapata. We hike up through a part of the original Inca trail and get some experience of the native people who live here in the area. Have a chance to harvest several fruits and have one of the best views of the Urubamba valley. See The Salkantay Mountain in the background and have your first glance on Machu Picchu!

The chef of the trek will wake you up early with a hot cup of coca tea served in your bed. You will get ready for today’s activity while enjoying your last prepared breakfast by the trek chef. We will begin the hike early and you will get the opportunity to enjoy a small part of the famous Inka trail! After a climb of 2 hours with amazing views of the Santa Teresa valley we will arrive at the Llactapata Inca site right in front of Machu Picchu. This will be the first archaeological site we will see of the Lost City of the Incas and a very special place to enjoy and spend time. We will be able to see not only the Machu Picchu ruins from this spot, but also the Huaynapicchu and the Machu Picchu Mountain. We will explore this Inca site with the guide and he will continue the history lessons about the Incas of this beautiful country and of course you will have plenty of time to take as many photos as you want.

After the Llactapata ruins, we will continue our trek with a 2 hours downhill hike. At this hike you’re always able to have views of Machu Picchu until we arrive at the Hidroelectrica train station which is our lunch place. The most impressive part of this area is the natural waterfall of 300 meters high which generates the electricity for the region of Cusco. We will then arrive at the famous Intiwatana. Intiwatana is an ancient rock used as a sundial in the ancient Inca times. According to history, this old Inca stone used to work with the famous sundial stone in Machu Picchu. These could measure and read the winter solstice which was the beginning of the new farming season for the Incas. After we pass this small Inca site we will reach the train rails. Next to the rails there is a nice path to walk on; this path will take us approximately 3 hours. After the 3 hours we will arrive at Aguas Calientes, which is located at the foot of Machu Picchu. This section is very interesting because it is the trail that was used by the American Professor Hiram Bingham who rediscovered Machu Picchu after centuries of it being lost. 

DAY 5: The Most Important Day – Machu Picchu!

Highlights of today: Early morning arrival at Machu Picchu so you will have more time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder with not as many tourists. You will even be there before The Inka Trail trekkers arrive! Enjoy the beautiful sunrise. Two hours guided tour of the mystical Machu Picchu ruins. Plus an optional climb to Huayna Picchu or the Machupicchu Mountain (if you have pre-booked tickets.)

The highlight of the trek, Machu Picchu! We will wake up early at the hotel. This is better for visiting Machupicchu, before the mass of people arrive. The Machu Picchu entrance check point is open from 6:00 am. until 17:00 pm. We will hike up to Machupicchu (a bus ride is optional for $12.00) and enter the city really early with a lot fewer tourists than during the midday. Here we will have a 2 hours guided tour through this incredible ancient city. We will visit temples, palaces, priest houses, a sundial, the industrial sector and the farming fields. After this guided tour you are free to climb up to Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain (book in advance to get your tickets!). Both mountains take approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Or for the less adventurous you can trek to the sun gate, which is the main entrance of the Inka Trail. You’ll stay and enjoy the city for more than 7 hours in the afternoon. We will organize the train ride at 18:20 pm. back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then a bus ride to Cusco to arrive at approx. 22:00 pm. The bus will drop you off at your hotel/hostel in Cusco.

Included

What is Included?

  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office, for an orientation trek and provide you the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. meeting at 7:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.
  • Transport: Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Challacancha (starting point of the trek).
  • Experienced Guide: English speaking professional and official tour guide.
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. Kailas, Pro aconcagua and Rei 4 Outfitter tents are employed when double accommodation is requested.
  • We offer private campsites: that are just for our customers. Like our ancestors we are very considerate with the Pachamama (mother earth). Therefore our campsites (CHOZAS) are adapted to the environment without generating visual impacts. 
    Our campsite consists of several huts which are made of a material (Ichu and wood) that will guarantee protection during cold nights and a pleasant rest. (Click Here to see photo).
  • Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs.
  • Foam mats or sleeping pads: to put under your sleeping bag (carried by horses)
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in tent and 1 night accommodation in selected hotel in Aguas Calientes with Breakfast.
  • Andean wedding ceremony: is already set up in an amazing natural environment, having the towering Mountain Salkantay high up ahead the valley. The ceremony is in charge of an Andean priest, which conducts the ceremony according to the Andean rituals, and laws.
  • Paqo or Alto Misayoc: In the Andean tradition an alto mesayoq is a very high level paqo. They are usually described as paqos with incredible abilities.
  • Pachamanca: Is a traditional Peruvian dish based on the baking, with the aid of hot stones (the earthen oven is known as a huatia), of lamb, mutton, pork, chicken or guinea pig, marinated in spices. Other Andean produce, such as potato, green lima beans or "habas", sweet potato, occasionally cassava or yuca, and humitas (sweet treat) as well as ears of corn, tamale and chili, is included in the baking.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes: double or triple rooms, private bathrooms, hot showers, wifi, and storage while you visit Machu Picchu.
  • 1 Duffle Bag: Where you can put your personal belongings (7 kilograms = 15 lbs) which includes your sleeping bag.
  • Cargo Mules: From day 1 to 2 to carry the all camping equipment and your personal baggage (7 kilos).
  • Trekking Cook: In charge to prepared all the meals along the journey, over 6 people cook assistant
  • Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 dinners and Snacks (Vegetarian, vegan or special menus are available at no extra cost)
  • Wake up tea: Every morning at the campsite we will wake you up with a cup of coca tea our support staff will bring the coca tea to your tent in order to wake you up.
  • Tea time = Happy Hour: Every afternoon 1 hour before dinner the cooks will let on the dining table pop-corn, biscuits, coffee, chocolate, different type of teas, hot water, etc. this is because after a day of hiking many are hungry and it is a bit annoying to wait till dinner that why we provide tea time.
  • Daily snacks - Days 1, 2 and 3: Our Snacks consist of local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, Caramels we will give this snack at the beginning of each day trek in a cloth bag to avoid environmental contamination.
  • One textile snack bag per person: to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
  • Water grooming: Each morning warm water with towel
  • 1 Blanket or Liner
  • 1 Pillow per person
  • Medical kit: Our crew bring the First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train tickets: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition service at 18:20 hrs)
  • Transport: Transfer from Ollantaytambo Train Station to hotel in Cusco(Day 4)
  • 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit
  • Light-Weight plastic rain poncho
  • We will create a the trip of a Memorable Lifetime Experience for you.
  • We are Direct operators & local owners with the best trekking team on the hike.


Not Included:

  • Entrance fee to Salkantay Trail (S/.10 per person)
  • Sleeping Bags: (you can hire from our company), our sleeping bags are -18ºC-comfort (0ºF), mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.
  • Walking Sticks: you can hire from our company
  • Last Day: Lunch and Dinner in Aguas Calientes.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips for our staff: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape,  bad weather condition,  in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness,  change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.

Thank you for choosing Salkantay Trekking! We will do everything within our means to take care of you and ensure an enjoyable trip of a lifetime in Peru!

 

Important Info


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE SALKANTAY TREK


Please read carefully the following information – it will help you with any questions you may have about our services and the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu!

IS IT FOR ME?

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a great alternative for the Inca Trail trek and better suited for more adventurous trekkers who are able to handle higher altitude and longer distances. Ascending to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4650 MASL - 15088 FASL is not too strenuous since it is at the beginning of the trek, neither is it very steep, but it does require stamina and a little time in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude before beginning the trek.

THE BRIEFING

This meeting will take place the night before the trek’s departure at 7 PM (in 2017) or at 6 PM (starting in 2018) at our office which is located at Triunfo Street 392, Office 212 (second floor). We are 1 block from the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) of Cusco.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of ventas@salkantaytrekking.com

DUFFEL BAG FOR SALKANTAY TREK

The evening before you start your Salkantay trek Machu Picchu, you will be given a SMALL DUFFLE BAG to pack your clothes for the next four days. Your weight allowance is up to 7 kg/15.4 lbs. Our horseman will carry your duffle bag for you together with the food and camping gear. It is important to be aware that you will not have access to your items in the duffle bag until the end of each day as the horsemen and horses will always be ahead of the group. During the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, you need a day backpack big enough to carry your personal belongings such as a warm jacket, raincoat, camera, sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. Usually, a 30 to 50 litre backpack is sufficient.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

Of course! During the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both free of charge.

HOW TO BOOK THE SALKANTAY TREK MACHU PICCHU 4 DAY

FIRST To make a booking, please email us to check availability and receive customized booking forms. You can also download a generic form from: All clients will need to fill out a Passenger Details form.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase any Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu permits or entrance tickets without the following information:
  • Personal information (Full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • Date of birth (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of US$200.00 per person in order to purchase a permit for the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL.

Price

TRIP LENGTH 5 DAYS
2017 LAND COST FROM $1000.00 PER PERSON
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Pre payment per person:
$500
Balance:
$500
Terms and Conditions

NOTE:

Our Salkantay Honeymoon Trek 5D, includes extra horse to carry up to 7kg/16lbs of your belongings. The last night of this trek is spent in a hotel in Aguas Calientes and we do include a 2 star hotel called KANTU Inn or Vista Machu Picchu depends of the availabiltity.

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We are the only Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu that works exclusively with specialists and experts.
The Salkantay Trek is our passion and customer satisfaction our success!

FAQs


Frequent questions


HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

  • According to Peruvian Law you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need ISIC cards). For example, if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
  • For all students from 12 to 17 years, the discount is USD $20.
  • For children from the age of 2 to 12 the discount is USD $40.
  • All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.
  • Send us a copy at info@salkantaytrekking.com

HOW DO I GET THE STUDENT ISIC CARD DISCOUNT?

  • The ISIC Student Discount is USD $25.
  • You must have a valid current internationally accepted ISIC card in your name.
  • You can apply for the ISIC Card at https://www.isic.org/
  • You must provide a copy of your ISIC card at the time of your booking.
  • Send us a copy at info@salkantaytrekking.com

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Unfortunately the answer is generally “No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure dates. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable. With alternative treks we may be able to change dates for a fee depending on what has been already purchased. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you need to change your date.
*** If you cancel your Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, the deposit is not refundable at all!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 5 DAYS

Yes, definitely! You must bring your original passport, and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu and other entrances and reservations. The rangers will check your passport when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before allowing you to board the train. In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or your updated name for a fee of $25 per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.
If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, or the train. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter Machu Picchu or to board the train. They are very strict about this here!

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON THE SALKANTAY TREK?

The weather is very unpredictable, and it’s difficult to foresee. BUT you will have many different seasons as you pass through the numerous microclimates depending on the location. We highly recommend you bring both warm clothes and breathable outfits and, during the rainy season of November to May, good rain gear in your day pack. Be ready for any season throughout each day.

HOW MANY DAYS DO I NEED TO ACCLIMATE in cusco BEFORE THE TREK?

It is very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek.

ACCLIMATIZATION
We do recommend that you arrive to Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you become acclimatized and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek. All treks from Cusco gain altitude quickly on the first day(s) with some treks gaining more than 2000 meters/6561 feet in altitude in a single day. Because of this, it is vital that you are partly adapted to the altitude before commencing the trek.
It is advisable to have two full days in Cusco to recover from your travel from your home country and to do at least one day hike to higher altitudes help with acclimatization. We can organize day hikes & other tours around Cusco for you if you would like.
If you have already been in another area of Peru at high altitude before arriving in Cusco, we still recommend you have a complete day in Cusco to rest, recover from your travel, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before departing for the trek.
To avoid altitude sickness on the trek, we recommend that you spend time in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley. If you have never been in high altitude, we recommend that you spend a day in the Sacred Valley because it is at lower altitude than Cusco city.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN EACH TREK GROUP?

The maximum group size on any of our treks is 12 people. Usually our groups are between 2 – 8 people.
Salkantay Trekking specializes in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provides a personalized service.
Our small groups of 12 people or below allow for better communication and attention from the trekking guide.

WHAT HAPPENS IF SALKANTAY TREKKING DOES NOT MEET THE MINIMUM GROUP SIZE?

We require a minimum of 2 people to depart. We have always managed to meet the minimum group size for all of our departure dates and have never canceled a trip.

IS THE TREK DIFFICULT? DO I NEED TO BE FIT?

The Salkantay Trek  to Machu Picchu is a fairly difficult trek, and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to departure. You have to be moderately fit and should exercise regularly before your trek. Some preparation recommendations: try walking 15 km/9.3 miles per day or going to a fitness club regularly in the months leading up to the trek. It is also important to be well acclimatized to the altitude. Try to spend at least 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3350 MASL – 11047 FASL) prior to starting the trek.

ARE THERE TOILETS ON THE SALKANTAY TREK?

It has been highlighted by most of our clients, especially females who want a private and sanitary toilet, that these are available in the wilderness for our clients! Salkantay Trekking offers you hygenic facilities in every one of our private campsites. This can make a lot of difference in comfort on a long trek like this. During the day while we are hiking, we often pass by other campsites or lunch camps in which you can use the toilets for 1 sole.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE SALKANTAY TREK?

In the event that you are unable to finish the trek due to a health issue, Salkantay Trekking will accompany you to the nearest town and help you find transportation back to Cusco if necessary. We always carry oxygen on the trek for any respiratory problems. There are no refunds in the unlikely situation that you are unable to finish the trek.
Generally, those who have to be assisted off the trail are taken to Ollantaytambo. If they recover quickly, they then continue the journey to Aguas Calientes (cost incurred by trekker) and visit Machu Picchu according to original plan.

ARE WE GOING TO BE DROPPED AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE SALKANTAY TREK?

Absolutely!! Included in the package is the drop-off at your hotel when we return from the trek! If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley, such as Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you off there, too! If you spend the night in the Sacred Valley before the trek, we will, of course, pick you up there for your trek!

WHAT TIME IS THE TRAIN DEPARTURE?

It will depend on the train availability (high season often sells out – book your trek early!). The idea is to give you as much time as possible in Machu Picchu and also a chance to enjoy the amazing views on the way back to Cusco from the train. Therefore, we usually book the train at 6:20 PM. With this train schedule, you will have more than 6 hours to enjoy Machu Picchu.

VISTADOME TRAIN UPGRADE; HOW MUCH IS IT?

You may upgrade to the Vistadome train which has slightly nicer seats and panoramic windows and ceiling. You will be offered some snacks and a dance show will take place on board. The price is USD $57 extra per person including the transfer from the Poroy (Cusco) train station to your hotel in Cusco. It is 2 hours by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then another 2 hours from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by bus. If you upgrade to Vistadome, the train will take you all the way back to Poroy (Cusco). This trip lasts 3.5 hours plus 25 minutes by taxi to your hotel (if it is in Cusco). Usually, our clients are back at their hotels by 8 PM. If you plan to take the bus to Puno on the same night, that is totally possible.

TIPPING

If you are happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during the trek. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an embedded feature of the tourism industry in Peru and across many Salkantay Trekking destinations. Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you wish depending on your perception of the quality of service and length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

ARE WE SUSTAINABLE?

Every year, our company organizes cleaning campaigns with all of our staff (guides, chefs, porters, drivers, horsemen, office staff, management, hotel staff, etc.)
We believe responsible tourism is a better way to see the world.

WHAT TYPE OF HOTEL DOES SALKANTAY TREKKING USE FOR THEIR TREK?

At Salkantay Trekking, we always offer the Wayra Classic or Kantu Inn Hotel. These hotels offer comfortable beds, hot water for showering, wi-fi, and a buffet breakfast.

NOTE: We guarantee these hotels if you book your trek at least 2 months in advance. Otherwise, we may be forced to offer substitutes. If you want to book luxury hotel, you get the Salkantay Trekking company discount for the hotel.
  • Can I upgrade the hotel in Aguas Calientes?
    There are two ways to upgrade your accommodation in Aguas Calientes:
    • 1) Tell us what type hotel are interested in booking and we can work it out for you.
    • 2) Book your own accommodation.
Important: In both of the alternatives, we will give a $20 discount per person, and you can use this money to upgrade your accommodation.

Hiking Team


OUR HIKING TEAM


Our Tour Guides

tour guides Your tour will be led by a trained and highly experienced professional with a very solid guiding background, years of hiking and wilderness experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into unforgettable adventures.
They never stop learning so that they can be the best possible guides. They all speak English and of course they also speak Spanish and even Quechua, the Incan Language. They are all able to communicate with natives from around the area and will have lots of history to share with you. Check out the Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Our Cooks

our cooks After a challenging trek we know how important a good hot meal can be to prepare your body and warm you up. That’s why on every trek with Salkantay Trekking we employ chefs with years of experience cooking on the trails so that they provide filling and nutritious meals using fresh ingredients and a variety of flavors.
Every chef prepares different meals depending on what food is available. ...More info.

Meals: What to Expect

Meals on the hike All of our hiking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.
For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.
We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee. ...More info.

Our Horseman and Horses

Our Horseman and Horses Our Horseman and his horses are in charge of all our gear and will always await us within the safe and comfortable camp sites. 
Our horsemen are hired from the areas where the trekking route goes and therefore have extensive knowledge of the area. 
Besides trekking and camping gear every horse carries a total of 40 kg of guest's belongings.
You will have a personal allowance of 7kg/165lb for your gear....More info.

Campsite


SALKANTAY SKY LODGE - Under the deep blue sky

Feel in your every cell the perfect union of heaven and earth. Sleep peacefully under the deep, blue, starry sky, under the watchful eye of Apus Humantay and Salkantay Mountains. At the same time, enjoy all the carefree comforts and services of a high-class holiday home.

Salkantay Campsites


CHOZAS SALKANTAY - Authentic Andean Campsites

In providing the best service out there, we have built our authentic Andean campsites to offer private camping grounds for our customers only. But that’s not all – besides offering private camping, these tents have been designed with respect to the Pachamama (Mother Earth). Our tents (chozas) used on the second night are made only of natural materials, such as ichu (Peruvian feather grass) and wood, and were built in such manner as to not disturb the surrounding environment in any major way. They also guarantee protection during cold nights and a pleasant rest for anyone staying in them.

Andean Huts - CHOZAS SALKANTAY


JUNGLE DOMES

Brand new this year, our jungle domes offer the comforts of home in personal lodges in the beautiful cloud forest. Sleep in style in the valleys of the Incas! These domes have been ecologically designed not to interrupt the beautiful landscape and wildlife around them.

We have implemented a variety of services to set us apart from any other company offering the Salkantay route. Our domes and campsites were built not only to provide the very best to our customers, but also as a clear example of our commitment to responsible and sustainable tourism. Simply put:

Jungle Domes - Jungle Campsite



"WE BELIEVE RESPONSIBLE TOURISM IS A BETTER WAY TO SEE THE WORLD."

Salkantay Campsites

SALKANTAY CAMPING


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WHY BOOK TRIP WITH US?

Salkantay Trekking pioneered ship-based adventures over 10 years ago and we remain committed to small, low-impact groups keen to not just see, but experience our range of remote destinations.


Expert Guides
Expert Guides
Our expedition staff are experienced, enthusiastic and among the best in the industry – they are our secret to success. More info...
Our Experience
Our Experience
With 10 years’ experience and over 25 Packages to Machu Picchu alone, our team knows how to deliver a successful expedition.
Spirit of Adventure
Spirit of Adventure
We’ve pioneered new routes, offered exclusive firsts and offer a range of optional activities for the ultimate adventure.
Environmental Sensitivity
Environmental Sensitivity
Education and conservation are our passion. Our aim is to create lifelong ambassadors for the protection of all wilderness areas.
Small Groups & Big Adventures
Small Groups & Big Adventures
Travelling with us will always feel like travelling among friends and not with a group of strangers in an organized tour. More info
Fixed Departures
Fixed Departures
If you are considering joining us for a group tour, please note that our groups are small (typically 12 people or fewer) and frequently sell out More info...
Fantastic meals
Fantastic meals
The food is one of the most important things on the trek, we bring balance and nutritive food along the trail, more than of our meals are buffet with More info...
Camping Equipment
Camping Equipment
When renting a camping tent or renting a backpack from Salkantay Trekking Company, you are renting camping gear and backpacking More info...

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