SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 8 DAYS

The Salkantay Trek takes you to hike through the Andes and the Peruvian cloud forest: Consider the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu if permits to access the Inca Trail are sold out. Contact us or book online and secure a space on this wonderful Trek. The Salkantay Trek  (or “Salcantay Trek”), named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, is a trek opened to everybody, with no limitation on spaces or permits (at least for now).

This trek connects the village of Mollepata with Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trek, is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snow-capped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests.

The Salkantay Trek with the Cusco region’s highest peaks is loaded with spectacular mountains vistas. Salkantay Trek in justifiably famous, not only for its proximity to Machu Picchu but also for its friendly people, picturesque villages great variety of cultures and traditions, Colorful festivals and ancient Inca temples.

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

TIMING: 8 days and 7 nights.
STARTING & ENDING POINT: Cusco Airport
DEPARTURE DATES: Daily Departure group service and private service.
TYPE OF TOUR: Trekking, Cultural and History.
TRANSPORT: Bus, trekking and train
DIFFICULTY: Does involve some narrow trails amongst archaeological site like: Pisac, Ollantaytambo and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, so sturdy footwear is required to help you enjoy it fully.

SALKANTAY TREK DESCRIPTION

Eight-day Salkantay Trek gives you two days in the city of Cusco before we start the lifetime trek (acclimatization to the altitude); you will visit the surrounds of the city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas; the Salkantay Trek will take you around Salkantay Mountain, considered as the second biggest mountain in the region of Cusco (6,271 masl/20,568ft).

The first day of the trek, you will hike through the high Andean Valley and the camp will be within clear sight of the snow-capped peak of Salkantay Mountain;  The second day will be the longest day of the of the trek and while you work a bit harder to get there, the views at the top are even more rewarding.

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The walk to reach the Salkantay Pass at 4,600 masl/15,088ft (the Inca Trail’s ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ is only at 4,200 masl/13,776 ft); it is not strenuous neither very steep, afterward it is mainly a descent into a more tropical area passing Inca terraces at Chaullay on the far side of the mountain.

The last day very early, we will take 25 minutes bus up to the Inca Sanctuary of Machu Picchu to see the sunrise, and then we will explore for two hours after that you will have free time to explore by yourself; in the afternoon, we will take the train to return to Cusco.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Explore the city of Cusco
  • Full-day tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Hhike the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu tour

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:

  • Cusco city
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • 4-day Salkantay trek
  • Machu Picchu guided tour.

BRIEF ITINERARY

DAY 1: Arrival to Cusco

Arrival to Cusco at any time, we will meet you at the airport to transfer you to the designated hotel; optional city tour in the afternoon.

DAY 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Today, we will travel through the Sacred Valley, we will visit the local market at the town of Pisac and we will explore the Inca ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

DAYS 3-6: Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

4-day trek toward stunning Machu Picchu surrounded with splendid views especially of the Salkantay and Umantay Mountain.

DAY 7: Machu Picchu Tour – Cusco

Very early, we will take the bus up to Machu Picchu to see the sunrise and explore every important site with your guide. In the afternoon, we will return to Cusco by train.

DAY 8: Departure from Cusco

Departure from Cusco at any time.

FULL TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1: Arrival to Cusco

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Cusco city – Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The Adventure begins once you arrive to Cusco at any time. However, we must know your flight details to transfer you to your hotel; today there are no planned activities so enjoy the city; you can optionally dothe guided city tour and enjoy the enchanting sites of this colonial town.

The city of Cusco attracts travellers who come not just to visit a unique destination but also to experience an ancient culture very different from their 20th century way of life; the city of Cusco was the Capital of the Tahuantinsuyo and this was the entire territory of the Incas between the XII and XVI century. Cusco means female navel, because the Incas thought that Cusco was the Center of the Universe.

Our Recommendations:

  • Stroll through the Plaza de Armas and surrounding areas, where you can appreciate the work of the Cusqueñian artisan craft stores
  • Grab a bite at the famous Peruvian cuisine restaurants nearby or relax on the park benches of Plaza de Armas and then take a photo there for memories to last during the warm weather in the afternoon, despite the cold nights of Cusco
  • If you like the night around the square you will find many nightclubs and bars filled with tourists and locals who expect to have fun with good music and drinks.

DAY 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Inca terraces of Pisaq – Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The Sacred Valley is a full-day tour that starts at 08:30 a.m when we’ll pick you up from your hotel and head toward the productive valley; the Sacred Valley was an important cradle of food for the Incas, the Sacred Valley is a lush of agricultural area that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its produce, specially corn and vegetables.

We will visit the impressive ruins of Pisac and the colourful artisan market where you could purchase handcrafts directly from producers. Then, we will continue toward the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, a site of another large Inca ruin.

This major ruin site is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. It is admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the Inca Fortress and for being one of the few places where the Spaniards lost a major battle during the conquest.

After that, we’ll return to Cusco and stop at Chichero another Inca temple located on top of the Chinchero Mountain that today the ruin forms the base of the colonial church of virgin Montserrat.

Our Recommendation:

  • We suggest suitable footwear, you will climb stairs with many steps. Bring a small backpack, camera; wear a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a water bottle.
  • In village of Pisac, do not forget to try the delicious empanadas, and purchase an artisan souvenir/memorabilia.
  • When you arrive to the town of Urubamba, Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch where we invite you to try the corn of Sacred Valley.

DAYS 3-6: Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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The mountain of Salkantay – Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Early in the morning, we’ll depart from Cusco towards the village of Mollepata, here we’ll begin the trek accompanied by our support staff; the trek will takes us by spectacular views of the majestic Salkantay Peak as well as towards other snow mountains and down into Apurimac Canyon. The first day.

We will cam at Soraypampa; on the second day, we will see the scenery change from dry mountain landscapes to more tropical surroundings.

After an early start, we will ascend past snowy peaks to the highest point of the trek, at a pass reaching 4,600 meters above sea level (Salkantay pass). From here the views are spectacular towards the mountains of Umantay, Chullunco and Salkantay.

Descending from the pass, we will camp at Chullay. The next day, we will continue through tropical forest and camp at “Playa Sawayaco”. The final day of the trek takes us down further into the tropical surroundings and to the town of “Hidroeléctrica” from where we’ll continue the trek by the railway to the town of “Aguas Calientes” and have accommodation in the hotel and be ready for the visit to Machu Picchu the next day.

Distances of Salkantay trek:

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Sayllapata – Salkantaypampa Camp

Accommodation: Camping
Maximum altitude: 3,950 masl
Minimum altitude: 2,850 masl
Distance travelled: 12km approx

Day 2: Salkantaypampa – Collpapampa

Accommodation: Camping
Maximum altitude: 4,590 masl
Minimum altitude: 2,920 masl
Distance travelled: 16km

Day 3: Dollpapampa – Lluscamayo – “La Playa”

Accommodation: Camping
Maximum altitude: 2,920 masl
minimum altitude: 2,350 masl
Distance travelled: 16km

Day 4: “La Playa” – Lucmabamba – Llaqtapata – “Hidroeléctrica” – “Aguas Calientes”

Accommodation:  Hotel Accommodation
Maximum Altitude: 2,350 masl
Minimum Altitude: 2,000 masl
Distance Travelled: 12km approx

Machu Picchu Tour – Cusco

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Machu Picchu – Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

After an early breakfast, we will take the first bus and take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the early morning light. This is the best time to view the “Lost City of the Incas”. You will have a 2-hour tour and visit the Agricultural site, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Mother Earth, the quarry of Machu Picchu, and the Temple of the Andean Cosmology, the sundial and other interesting places.

Later in the afternoon, we will return by train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and will then be transferred by van to Cusco, arriving in the evening. Machu Picchu was discovered by Mr. Hiram Bingham at 1911 and he assured that he found the famous Vilcabamba.

DAY 8: Departure from Cusco

Departure from Cusco at any time.

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Transportation: All scheduled transportation in bus and train
  • Camping equipment: We provide four people capacity tent for two persons, brand new four season tents, Therm-a-rest, dining room tent, kitchen tent, toiled tent, seats, tables, tent for guides and helpers, kitchen gears.
  • Accommodation: 04 hotel’s nights as accommodation in Cusco and 3 nights of camping
  • Entrance fees to: Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts ;3 hot lunches; 3 hot dinners and delicious meals prepared by professional chef, food includes: pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), we offer vegetarian option if you request; we provide available boil water each morning for your water bottles.
  • Guides: English speaking professional guides, 2 guides over 8 people
  • Cooking: Professional Chef and Chef Assistants.
  • Horses: For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears as well to carry your personal items (6kg per person) in duffel bags that we provide; muleteers.
  • Others: First-aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Sleeping bag: can be rented in our office for US$ 20 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
  • Breakfast: on the first morning. Some hotels offer early morning breakfast service. If not, we stop at Mollepata for your breakfast and also you can buy some items for the trek.
  • Meals: Lunch in the town of “Aguas Calientes” on the final day you must consider a bugged of $15 to 20 USD in average restaurant.
  • Entrance to the thermal baths in “Aguas Calientes” (optional) $3 USD.
  • Tips for the staff.

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu FAQ’s

  Does your company pick up from airport on arrival? Is that included pick up and drop?

Yes, our staff will be waiting in the airport and will pick you up. We will be displaying our name card of “Sunrise Peru Trek” with your name on it, and when you finished you trip we will drop you to airport. Pick up and drop is Included in the bugged of the tour.

When is the best time to visit Peru?

Travelling at Peru will be best during the seasons from Mach to November. But according to the will of the travellers, the trekking and visiting Peru can be managed. The trekking at the high altitude should be done during the autumn and winter time or April to October but the trekking at the low lands can be done at throughout the year.

How difficult is trekking in Peru?

The trekking in Peru is one of the most interesting things that the visitors in Peru want to do. The trekking will take the visitors of Peru to different parts of Peru. Generally, trekking in Peruwill goes for about 5 to 7 hours per day in every trekking but the toughness of the trekking will differ from its grade. There are different types of trekking grading from the easy, medium, challenging and demanding. Normally in Trekking covers 2000 meters to 5,200 meters which has categories in various stage of grade the most popular treks are the Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

How fit do need to be for trekking? Will I be able to do it?

It depends on you; if you’re reasonably fit and enjoy walking then trekking is certainly for you. Choose the trekking route suites your fitness level. Obviously shorter treks are easier then longer ones, longer and bigger treks require a better standard of fitness. If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should try some longer day hikes.

Does your company organize domestic flights, hotel booking and other services?

Yes. Since we are Cusco – Peru based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home. But domestic flight ticket, Cusco city tour, and you accommodation will be included in our package; if you like to organize individually tour, can be organized according to your interest.

Do I really need guide?

While visiting to Peru, guides is almost mandatory to visit the archaeological sites in Peru for everyone; when you hired one your trip will lot more informative and memorable. You get lots of knowledge about country. But if the trekkers is well experienced and have visited at different places of Peru many times then s/he may not need guide. But the guide can play big role to make your tour. They will provide information about the tour destination along with its surroundings. Similarly, if any problems will arise during the tour, then the guides will solve it easily and it will be rather difficult for the travellers themselves to solve them.

 Is trekking and travel safe in Peru?

Yes Peru is safe to Travel. Safety during traveling in Peru is one of the prime concerns that every tourist or traveler want to know. In the past, Peru has experienced problems with terrorist; but now there is the situation of peace and tranquility in the field of trekking and tour as well as in whole Peru.

 Do I need insurance for travel and trek in Peru? Can I get it there?

You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up 5000m. We suggest you buy insurance policy in your country. We don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Peru.

 What in case of altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you will travel in high altitudes like Cusco. But there are certain measures that can be applied while traveling at the high altitudes which help the travellers to avoid the altitude sickness. Besides, if it will affect to any trekkers/ traveller then there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets worst, then he will immediately transfer to the nearby hospitals.

 Do I need to bring First Aid Kit?

Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek /tour. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhea treatment, re-hydration salts eg Dioralite, Lemsip.

 What currency should I bring to Peru?

We advise you to bring US dollars; it is always better to travel with US dollars.

 Does Peru have good quality banking facilities?

Peru has reasonable banking facilities having branches of some international local commercial banks almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as Visa and Master card are broadly accepted. ATM is widely available through Peru. There is some ATM in bigger town on treks; when you go remote area idea to carry enough cash. Some trekking area has bank and ATM, they might not be reliable.

How early should I book my trip?

We recommend you to book your trip in few month advances. Even you arrive and want to organize your trip we accommodate LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS. However, for Trekking like Inca Trail to Machu Picchu we need to reserve the permits so we highly recommend earliest is best for us.

What are your payment terms?

You need to pay 40% of total price as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arriving to Cusco – Peru and remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you arrive to Cusco.

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