Andean Wedding Ceremony in Soraypampa surrounded by the Sacred Mountains of Salkantay and Humantay

Salkantay Honeymoon Trek

5 Days & 4 Nights
Starting from US$1200 per person
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Private Camps & Hotel Accommodation
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Andean Wedding Ceremony
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4,630 m / 15,190 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

The Love in the Andes Romantic Trek to Machu Picchu

Humantay Lake - Salkantay Pass - Llactapata - Machu Picchu
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Private Camps & Hotel Accommodation
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Andean Wedding Ceremony
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4,630 m / 15,190 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

Hey there love birds! They say that your honeymoon should be an experience you’ll never forget, so why not pair it with the most unforgettable adventure in the world?

The Salkantay Trek is listed as one of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine and is the best alternative route to the New Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu.

We guarantee that you and the person you love most in the world will have a life-changing experience as you hike amongst the mountains and celebrate with some of our beloved Andean wedding traditions. We’ll do everything we can to accommodate you to ensure you receive all the comfort and privacy you desire!

Salkantay Honeymoon Trek Map to Machu Picchu 5 Days Map Day by Day Salkantay Honeymoon Trek to Machu Picchu Map
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  • Before You Go
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  Overview

The Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is one of the best ways to reach the Inca Citadel and takes you through a range of incredible landscapes. The ecosystem offers a wide range of biodiversity, and you’ll get to witness some outstanding mountain scenery, unique flora and fauna, and rural communities that reside in this region.

On this incredible journey, you’ll pass through the snowy mountain tops and then descend through the fascinating and unique cloud forest to the Peruvian jungle. With each step, you’ll be making your way closer and closer to the New Wonder of the World and Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

Along the way, you’ll stop at some amazing destinations, including Humantay Lake, the Salkantay Pass, Llactapata archaeological site, and, of course, Machu Picchu. Your knowledgeable guide will give you the ultimate tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site before you and your love get to explore by yourself or embark on one last hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime, unique experience for you to remarry the love of your life below the sacred mountain god of Salkantay surrounded by the magic of the mountains and the stunning Lake Humantay.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 01

    Cusco | Mollepata - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Sky Camp

    Set off on your adventure and hike up to the stunning Humantay Lake in the morning. Remarry the love of your life in Soraypampa in a traditional ceremony before spending the night in our Sky Lodge.

  • Day 02

    Soraypampa | Salkantaypampa - Salkantay Pass - Huayracmachay - Chaullay - Andean Huts

    Walk the challenging route up to Salkantay Pass before descending through the cloud forest. Spend the night in our Andean Huts in Chaullay.

  • Day 03

    Chaullay | Colpapampa - La Playa - Lucmabamba - Jungle Domes

    This morning you’ll hike through the luscious jungle and witness some incredible wildlife. In the afternoon, visit an organic coffee farm before sleeping in our Jungle Domes surrounded by nature.

  • Day 04

    Lucmabamba | Llactapata - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

    We’ll start with a trek up to Llactapata archaeological site before going to Hidroelecrica. Walk or take the train to Aguas Calientes, where we’ll spend the night in a comfy hotel.

  • Day 05

    Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

    Tour the majestic Machu Picchu all morning and learn its secrets before getting the train back to Ollantaytambo. From there, we’ll take you back to Cusco.

What's it like

Highlights

  • 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 one of the very best hiking adventures you’ll find in Peru and the continent of South America.
  • The Salkantay Trek is the second most popular trek to Machu Picchu after the Inca Trail (and a lot less crowded).
  • Hiking beside the magnificent Salkantay Glacier and arriving at the magical, mystical Machu Picchu citadel is one of the best experiences known to mankind.
  • Trekkers get to observe incredible scenery like cascades, waterfalls, glaciers, mountains, colorful valleys, unique plants and wildlife, and the cloud forest.
  • You camp with fewer people, which allows you to have more control over your trip and have more time to enjoy the stunning views of the mountains.
  • You get to remarry the love of your life in the most incredible setting imaginable in an authentic ceremony with an Andean priest.

Why Travel with us

  Itinerary
Day 01

Cusco | Mollepata - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Sky Camp

Highlight of the day: Remarry the love of your life and witness the incredibly beautiful Humantay Lake in the company of the mountain Apus Salkantay and Humantay.

The Perfect Wedding Ceremony Beside the Jewel in the Mountains

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Lunch and Dinner Meals
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Glass-Topped Sky Camp Accommodation
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Moderate Difficulty
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3 km / 1.86 mi Walking Distance
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3,900 m / 12,795 ft Starting Elevation
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4,200 m / 13,780 ft Highest Elevation
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3,900 m / 12,795 ft Campsite Elevation

Your romantic journey begins today when we get you from your accommodation and take you to Soraypampa to hike up to Humantay Lake. You’ll be astounded by the gorgeous scenery and have time to relax and take some amazing photos. When you make your way back down, you’ll see that your Andean wedding ceremony is all ready. An Andean priest will conduct the ritual according to traditions.

Once you’ve remarried, it’ll be time for a delicious lunch followed by an afternoon of relaxing in the mountains. Spend the evening gazing up at the Andean constellations and enjoying a romantic dinner before settling into your igloo for the night.

Today, you’ll be picked up early from your accommodation, from where we’ll transport you to Soraypampa (3,900 masl/12,795 fasl). After enjoying an energetic breakfast to fuel you for the hike, we’ll begin our journey up to a gorgeous lake at the bottom of Humantay Mountain.

You’ll witness some stunning views of glaciers come into view as you get closer. Once you reach Humantay Lake (4,200 masl/13,780 fasl), you’ll be overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the turquoise jewel-like water against the snowy mountain backdrop. You’ll spend some time taking in the astonishing scenery before you head back down to our campsite.

Ready and waiting for you back at camp is your Andean wedding ceremony, which will be set up while you’re away. It’ll take place in the middle of the natural environment with Salkantay Mountain towering above you. An Andean priest is in charge of the ceremony and he’ll conduct the service according to Andean traditions and rituals.

Once the ceremony is complete, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch before spending a relaxing afternoon doing whatever you like in this amazing place and having dinner. You’ll be able to cuddle up together and watch the sun go down as the clear, starry Andean sky at night appears. Enjoy staring at the constellations from the comfort of your Sky Camp igloo as you drift off to sleep.

Day 02

Soraypampa | Salkantaypampa - Salkantay Pass - Huayracmachay - Chaullay - Andean Huts

Highlight of the day: Get up close and personal to the towering Salkantay glacier and descend through the intriguing cloud forest.

The Stunning Salkantay Pass and Descent through the Cloud Forest to Amazonia

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Wooden Camping Chozas - Andean Huts Accommodation
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Challenging Difficulty
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22 km / 13.67 mi Walking Distance
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3,900 m / 12,795 ft Starting Elevation
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4,630 m / 15,190 ft Highest Elevation
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2,900 m / 9,514 ft Campsite Elevation

Today is the most challenging day of the entire trek. You’ll enjoy an energizing breakfast before you start on your hike up to the Salkantay Pass. Once you get to the top, you’ll be rewarded with incredible views and have some time to rest. After, you’ll begin your descent through the cloud forest.

You’ll stop for lunch on your way down and then continue as you notice your surroundings turn into luscious jungle and the climate get warmer. You’ll reach your night’s camp at Chaullay for a delicious dinner and well-deserved rest in our Andean Huts.

After an early wake-up call at 5:30 am and another fueling breakfast, we’ll begin the ascent to the highest point of our trek, the Salkantay Pass (4,630 masl/ 15,190 fasl). The distance is only 7km (4.34 mi) but it’s a difficult hike that takes around 4 hours to complete on a winding path from the rocky valley up to the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6,271 masl/20,574 fasl).

Once we’re at the top, we’ll get to take in the spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and imposing peaks and glaciers of Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay, and Pumasillo mountains. Salkantay Mountain is the second-highest mountain in the Cusco region and one of the Inca gods known as “Apu”. After enjoying the views, we’ll start the 7km walk downhill to the lunch spot.

This part of the hike is along a serpent-shaped, rocky, gravel path that takes us to Huayracmachay for lunch. We can rest on the way down at a perfect lookout across the absolutely stunning valley below.

After our meal, we’ll be entering the upper part of the tropical jungle valley known as the ‘cloud forest.’ This is an 8km (4.97 miles) hike over 3 hours on a wide trail through the thick and magical tropical forest. Along this section, you’ll notice the landscape change dramatically as well as the energy of the earth as we move from the Andes to the Amazon.

This hike is truly beautiful; the hills are decorated with colorful scenery, unique wildlife, and native plants. The forests are warm and tropical most of the year with temperate climates. At the end of this outstanding hike, we arrive at a small village called Chaullay (2,900 masl/9,514 fasl) for a well-deserved rest from our long day of trekking. This is our camp for the night surrounded by valleys, rushing rivers, and lots of vegetation.

Day 03

Chaullay | Colpapampa - La Playa - Lucmabamba - Jungle Domes

Highlight of the day: Enjoy the luscious tropical landscape and the unique flora and fauna from the zone while you tour coffee plantations and soak up the fantastic aroma.

Rainforest Adventure and Coffee Experience

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Jungle Domes Accommodation
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Moderate Difficulty
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18 km / 11.18 mi Walking Distance
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2,900 m / 9,514 ft Starting Elevation
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2,900 m / 9,514 ft Highest Elevation
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2,000 m / 6,562 ft Campsite Elevation

Leave bright and early this morning to enjoy a quieter trail and appreciate the sprawling landscape, beautiful scenery, and unique wildlife. While trekking through the rainforest, you’ll see various fruits, like banana, avocado, passion fruit, etc. There are also waterfalls and streams where you can dip your feet in to cool down. In La Playa, we'll have time to rest before a short hike to our lunch spot and base camp in Lucmabamba.

This afternoon, we’ll visit an organic coffee plantation where you can learn all about the main farming industry in the region and smell the incredible coffee aromas in the air before trying a freshly prepared cup. We’ll head back to our Jungle Domes camp in Lucmabamba for another great meal and sleep among nature.

Today, we’ll begin walking at around 6:00 am after a nourishing breakfast. We’ll pass through the small town of La Playa and head on to the Santa Teresa Valley. You’ll get to enjoy this lush forest landscape over 5 hours of walking today. Along the route, we’ll spot rivers, waterfalls, wild orchids, and plantations of coffee, banana, and avocado. You can also try passion fruit and granadilla while you walk.

Once we get to a village called Colpapampa, we’ll have reached the bottom of the mountains and will pass through the valley that follows where we see waterfalls, birds, fruit-bearing trees, and some flora and fauna from the zone. We might get lucky and catch a glimpse of the national bird of Peru, the Cock of the Rocks.

Once we reach La Playa, we’ll rest for 30 minutes before heading on to Lucmabamba (2,000 masl/6562 fasl), which is where we’ll have lunch and camp for the night.

You’ll have the afternoon free here to explore the tropical forest and visit an organic coffee farm, which you’ll really appreciate if you’re a coffee-lover. You get to try the coffee that’s been freshly prepared by the local people and enjoy the glorious aromas of freshly roasted and ground coffee in the air.

Coffee is the main farming industry of the local people here in the jungle, and they farm many acres of coffee to export to the USA, Asia, and Europe. Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia, and it wasn’t until the Spanish invaded Cusco that it was brought to this region. You’ll also get the opportunity to explore orange and avocado plantations this afternoon before enjoying dinner and an excellent night’s rest with the sounds of nature to send you off to sleep.

Day 04

Lucmabamba | Llactapata - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

Highlight of the day: Visit the interesting archaeological site of Llactapata from where you get your first glimpse of the mystical Machu Picchu.

The Day of Your First Glance at Machu Picchu

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Comfortable Hotel Accommodation
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Challenging Difficulty
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25 km / 15.53 mi Walking Distance
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2,000 m / 6,562 ft Starting Elevation
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2,800 m / 9,186 ft Highest Elevation
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2,040 m / 6,693 ft Accommodation Elevation

We’ll be up early again as we aim to get to Llactapata as early as possible. We’ll hike up through a part of the original Inca trail and get to experience how the native people who live in the area go about their lives. Get a chance to harvest several fruits and enjoy one of the best views of the Santa Teresa Valley. Say goodbye to The Salkantay Mountain behind you and have your first glance at Machu Picchu!

We’ll then head for some lunch and make our way to Hidroeléctrica, from where you can catch the train to Aguas Calientes or walk for 2-3 hours along the train tracks surrounded by lush jungle. Once we’re in the town, you’ll check into your hotel and enjoy some rest before having dinner at a great restaurant. Spend this night sleeping comfortably in your cozy hotel room.

This morning, you’ll be woken up with a hot cup of coca tea served to your Jungle Dome. While you enjoy your last delicious breakfast made by the cooks, you’ll get ready to head off for the day. We’ll set off early again and start walking on a piece of the original Inca Trail; exciting stuff! After climbing for 3 hours and overlooking some stunning landscapes of the Santa Teresa Valley, we’ll arrive at the Llactapata Inca archaeological site that sits right in front of Machu Picchu.

This site is the first spot from where we can catch a glimpse of the Lost City of the Incas and it’s a really special place to spend some time. You can also see Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain, two dominant parts of the Inca citadel. We’ll explore Llactapata with our guide to listen to a history lesson about the ancient civilization and this beautiful country. You can also take all the photos you want.

After the visit, we’ll continue our hike with a one-and-a-half-hour walk downhill until we reach our lunch spot at Aobamba, enjoying the views of Machu Picchu all the way. After eating, we’ll continue to our next stop at Hidroelectrica. A few minutes later we get to Intihuatana, which is an ancient rock that was used for ceremonial purposes in Inca times and that worked with the famous Intihuatana at Machu Picchu. They were used for understanding the winter solstice, which meant the beginning of a new farming season for the Incas.

Along the last stretch of the trek today, we’ll be walking along the train tracks, surrounded by lush vegetation and in the company of the rushing Urubamba River. It takes around 3 hours until you get to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. You’ll enjoy dinner in a restaurant and head to bed early at your hotel for your early start to see Machu Picchu, Wonder of the World, in the morning.

Day 05

Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Seeing a New Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the incredible, magical Machu Picchu.

Tour of the Incredible Incan Metropolis: Machu Picchu

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Breakfast Meals
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Easy Difficulty
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2-5 hours exploring Activity Duration
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2,430 m / 7,972 ft Machu Picchu Site Elevation
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2,720 m / 8,924 ft Huayna Picchu Mountain Elevation
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3,000 m / 9,843 ft Machu Picchu Mountain Elevation
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Moderate to Challenging / 2-4 hours Optional Activities (Difficulty - Duration)

Wake up nice and early to be at Machu Picchu when it first opens to enjoy more time to explore this magnificent World Wonder with fewer tourists. You’ll arrive before the Inca Trail trekkers even get there to enjoy the beautiful sunrise. Enjoy a two-hour guided tour of mystical Machu Picchu and then an optional climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (if you have pre-booked tickets). You’ll have some time to explore for yourself before heading down to Aguas Calientes.

You can grab a quick bite to eat before catching the train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private transport will drive you back to where you’re staying in Cusco.

Today’s the day you’ve been waiting for since you left Cusco; you’re visiting Machu Picchu! You’ll wake up very early to beat the crowds and enjoy the site with fewer tourists around. The entrance to the Inca citadel is between 6 am – 5 pm, so we like to get there first thing in the morning.

We’ll hike up to the site (there’s an optional bus ride for $12) and enter Machu Picchu as one of the first people in the morning. First, you’ll enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of all the important sites in this incredible ancient metropolis and see temples, palaces, priest houses, the Intihuatana, industrial sector, and farming fields.

You’ll then have time to yourself to explore the site as much as you like or hike up either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (book tickets in advance). Both extra mountains take around 3 hours to climb up and down. You can also opt to hike up to the Sun Gate, which is the main entrance to the Inca Trail.

Once it’s time to come down from Machu Picchu, you’ll have a couple of hours to grab some lunch before heading back on a train between 13:37 and 18:20 (subject to availability) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. There, a minivan will take you back to Cusco for around 20:00 and drop you off at your accommodation.

  Inclusions

At Salkantay Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details, so you don’t miss anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

What Is Included?

High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure briefing

    You will meet your trekking guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags, which our horses will carry. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.

  • Experienced Guide

    All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. We choose them for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploring, and sincere desire to share in our culture and history proudly. He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!

  • Medical Kit - First Aid Kit

    All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers' diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

  • Private Camping Equipment

    We have dining rooms and a kitchen on each campsite. In addition, all our equipment, like tables, chairs, cooking equipment, etc., will be carried by our horses.

  • One duffle bag

    There, you can carry your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15 lbs (this weight includes your sleeping bag).

  • Extras included in our service

    We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a cover to protect your backpack on the road and a rain poncho.

  • Customer Service 24/7

    We have telephone service available 24 hours a day for ease of communication and preparation with the agency leading up to your trek.

  • Satellite phones

    Our main priority will always be the tranquillity of our clients. All of our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains; however, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps you feel more secure. For this reason, each Salkantay Trekking guide has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to call anywhere in the world.

Accommodation

  • Personal Accommodation in Private Campsites

    Like our ancestors, we are very considerate of the Pachamama (Mother Earth). Therefore, our campsites and lodges are adapted to the environment to avoid generating negative impacts.

  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes

    The last night of this trek is spent in a hotel in Aguas Calientes with a matrimonial room, private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, breakfast, and luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu.

Ceremony

  • Andean Wedding Ceremony

    Your wedding ceremony will be set up in a marvelous natural environment with the towering Mountain Salkantay high up above the valley. An Andean priest is in charge of the ceremony who conducts the service according to the Andean rituals and traditions.

  • Paqo or Alto Misayoc

    In the Andean tradition, an Alto Misayoq is a very high-level shaman, and they are usually described as Paqos with incredible abilities.

Meals

  • Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 4 Dinners

    Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets: vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost, so let us know if you have any particular restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks.

  • Water

    We will provide you boiled, filtered, and cooled water during your hike, from your lunch in Soraypampa to your breakfast in Lucmabamba. For it, you need to bring a camel bag or an empty bottle (we recommend a capacity of 2 liters).

  • Wake up tea

    Every morning at the campsite, you’ll be woken up with a cup of coca tea. Our staff will bring the tea to your bed so that you’re warmed from the inside out before you start your day.

  • Tea Time or Happy Hour

    Every afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide you popcorn, biscuits, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won’t have to wait until dinner to relax, warm-up, and enjoy a bite to eat.

  • Snacks on the trail daily

    Every morning we’ll give you snacks so you can enjoy them during the walk. Your tour leader will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, caramels, etc., at the beginning of each day.

  • One cloth snack bag per person

    To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we will give you a cloth bag for your snacks.

  • Products for hygiene

    You’ll be provided with a small towel and soap before each meal to clean your hands.

Transportation

  • Private Transport
    • Day 1: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel by private transportation to Soraypampa.
    • Day 5: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Day 5)
  • One Way Consettur Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Day 5)
  • Personal Belongings Transportation
    • On day 1, 2 and 3, cargo mules carry all the camping equipment and your baggage allowance (7 kg / 15.4 lb).
    • On day 4, your duffle bag will be transported by car and train.

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entrance Ticket to Salkantay Trek
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site

What Is Not Included?

  • Sleeping Bag

    You can rent one from our company if you don’t have your own. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect you from temperatures as low as -18ºC (0ºF). They are mummy-form and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.

    US$ 25.00 per person

  • Walking Sticks

    Walking Sticks (with rubber tips) can be very useful on rough terrain and for ascending and descending. You can rent a set from our company if you’d like.

    US$ 25.00 per person

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain

    You can climb the famous mountain always seen in the photos behind the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It’s 45 minutes uphill. Going down can be scary if you fear heights. You can take this excursion once your guided tour to Machu Picchu ends. The permit must be issued at least one month in advance due to high demand. Consider that there could be changes to protect your integrity, this, mainly due to weather conditions.

    The ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain costs US$ 30.00 per person.

  • Machu Picchu Mountain

    Machu Picchu Mountain is another of the mountains that surround the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It offers less steep, wider, and visually less frightening roads than Huayna Picchu, and it takes 1.5 hours to reach the top. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can assure you if we have time in advance.

    The ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain costs US$ 30.00 per person.

  • Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes (Day 4)

    In case you feel exhausted or in bad condition after the trek from Lucmabamba to Hidroelectrica, you can take the train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes.

    US$ 34.00 per person

  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes and Dinner in Cusco (Day 5)
  • Personal Clothing and Gear
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff

    Tipping is usual on any excursion to Machu Picchu. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering their hard work. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the horsemen and chefs together.

  • Additional costs or delays beyond our control

    Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemia, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.

  Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you'll find speedy answers to all those questions you had about hiking in Peru with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services. Please read carefully the following information – it will help you with any questions you may have about our services.

Have another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap!

Is it for me?

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an excellent alternative for the Inca Trail trek and better suited for more adventurous trekkers who can handle higher altitudes and longer distances. Ascending to reach the famous Apacheta Pass (4,630 m / 15,190 ft) is not too strenuous nor very steep since it is at the beginning of the trek. Still, it does require stamina and a little time in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude before beginning the trek.

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. We do recommend that you arrive in 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.

Suppose you have already been in another area of Peru at a high altitude before arriving in Cusco. In that case, we still recommend you have a whole day in Cusco to rest, recover from your travel, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before departing for the trek.

Here some suggestions for activities to do in the Cusco vicinity before starting your adventure trek:

The Briefing

This meeting will take place the night before the trek’s departure at 5:00 pm at your hotel or in our main office in Cusco at Triunfo Street 346. We are one block from the Main Square of Cusco (Plaza de Armas).

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 and emit your payment using our email address ventas@salkantaytrekking.com.

Duffle Bag for Salkantay Honeymoon Trek 5 Days

The evening before you start your trek, we will provide you with a duffle bag to pack your clothes for the 5 days of your Salkantay Trek. Your weight allowance is up to 7 kg / 15.4 lb. Our horses 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 duffel bag until the end of each day, as the horsemen and horses will always be ahead of the group.

During the trip, 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-liter backpack is sufficient.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the hike, you can store your main luggage at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you will not need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick-ups

Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.

Cusco is an old city; therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Return to Cusco

Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!

  • In Machu Picchu, you’ll board a bus that will take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to your arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes, you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 1:45 hours.
  • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Salkantay Trekking clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Cusco or directly to your hotel. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Cusco takes 1:30 hours.
  • In Cusco, depending on your hotel’s location, we will take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date.

In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our buses, tents, or restaurants. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.

  Accommodation

Private & Exclusive Campsites

Sky Camp

Our incredible Sky Camp is located in front of the impressive mountains Humantay and Salkantay. This campsite allows for the perfect union of sky and earth. It allows you to sleep calmly under a deep, blue sky starred with an exceptional view of the constellations. At the same time, you can enjoy all the comforts of a first-class vacation home.

  • Location: Soraypampa
  • Altitude: 3900 mts.
  • Igloos: 26
  • Capacity: 2 people per Igloo
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Andean Huts

Like in the times of our ancestors, our commitment is to our Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus (Mountains). Our campsite ANDEAN HUTS is adapted to the natural environment without generating any audiovisual impact, constructed of the elements, surrounded by the mountains and rivers, and under the shine of the stars.

  • Location: Chaullay
  • Altitude: 2900 mts.
  • Andean Huts: 20
  • Capacity: 2 people per Andean Hut
  • Meals: Breakfast, and Dinner

Jungle Domes

From the comfort of our domes, you can be in intimate contact with the surrounding nature, hearing the wind or the rain or gazing at the stars through the central dome from your comfortable bed. The conceptual design of our domes invites you to see one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world from your window.

  • Location: Lucmabamba
  • Altitude: 2000 mts.
  • Igloos: 16
  • Capacity: 2 people per Jungle Dome
  • Meals: Breakfast, and Dinner

Accommodation in Aguas Calientes

Selected Hostels & Hotels

We offer a set of well located hostels & hotels with very comfortable and tasteful decorated rooms. You will find them impecable, clean rooms and beds, adequate toilets and showers. A perfect place to rest before the great day!

  • Location: Aguas Calientes
  • Altitude: 2040 mts.
  • Type: Single, Double, Matrimonial
  • Meals: Breakfast
  Pricing

The "Salkantay Honeymoon Trek" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.

2021 Land Cost

Group Price: US$ 1200.00 per person

Required Pre-payment: US$ 400.00 per person

Balance (Cusco): US$ 800.00 (Commonly paid in Cusco after the briefing).

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 8%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of its service. This tax is just for online deposits so that you will pay the remaining in cash (the briefing day in Cusco) without charges.

Please, after your deposit, send us the transfer number to sales@salkantaytrekking.com; only after that, we'll be able to confirm your deposit and reservation.

Hotel

All the related treks to Machu Picchu end in or before Aguas Calientes, so you’ll spend the last night in a hotel in the village rather than camping. This 3-star hotel is included in the trek cost and consists of a matrimonial room. If you would like to upgrade your hotel, please consider that there will be an additional cost.

Extras & Upgrades

There are complementary services and upgrades you can include in this trip.

  • Huayna Picchu:  US$ 30.00
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:  US$ 30.00

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Salkantay Adventure:

  • Rainbow Mountain:  US$ 100.00  US$ 80.00
  • Sacred Valley:  US$ 60.00  US$ 50.00
  • City Tour:  US$ 30.00 US$ 20.00

Additional Items

There are additional items you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices.

  • Sleeping bag::  US$ 25.00
  • Walking poles (pair):  US$ 25.00

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information

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Salkantay Trek Honeymoon 5D
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Remember |  One of our Travel Experts will contact you soon to confirm the availability of the trip you chose, give you more information, and/or provide you alternative options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 958 191 179 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.

Note |  Due to the rainy season and trail maintenance, we don't offer this trek during the whole month of february. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service!

Feel free to reach us via email at sales@salkantaytrekking.com or by calling us directly at (+51) 958 191 179

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Triunfo Street 392, office 212, 2nd floor - Main Square of Cusco, Peru

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