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2 to 8 people
15,367 ft / 4,684 m
Start / Finish
Cusco / Cusco
This is the perfect adventure for those outdoors lovers who want a challenging hike and amazing views before the Lost City of the Incas. Our Salkantay trek offers a diversity of Peruvian ecosystems like jungles, snow-capped mountain passes, glaciers, and stunning turquoise lagoons; and, the most amazing views of the night sky overflowing with thousands of stars.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS (LESS THAN 4 WEEKS BEFORE THE TOUR DATE):
If you reserve a Machu Picchu tour within 4 weeks of the departure date - there is likely some adjustments we must make to the itinerary so we can help you to secure an entrance to the ruins. We strongly recommended for all travellers to book a Machu Picchu tour well in advance (3+ months) to avoid these requirements.
As Machu Picchu tickets sell out in advance, the authorities are currently releasing a very limited number of entrance tickets at the Aguas Calientes ticket office for the next day. To acquire one of these last minute tickets there is a queue system in Aguas Calientes. We will assist all last minute reservations with this process.
The circuit you can usually expect to do at Machu Picchu is Circuit 1 or 2. However, this is not a guarantee, there is a small risk Circuit 1 & 2 are sold out even at the Machu Picchu ticket office in which case the traveller would need to pay an additional 48 soles to purchase a Circuit 3 or 4 entrance ticket. We have no way of impacting on that in advance and it will depend on the availability and queue on the day.
This 5-day tour starts with you getting picked up from your hotel/hostel in Cusco and transferred to the small town of Mollepata, arriving at approximately 7:30am. We’ll have a quick stop to stretch our legs, use the restroom and stock up on last minute supplies. Then we continue our journey to our starting point for the trek, Soraypampa, where we’ll meet with our team, who will load the equipment on horses and mules.
Around 10:00am, we will begin our hike toward the Humantay Lake. This beautiful blue lagoon is hidden between two mountains and is one of the most spectacular destinations of the trek. During the hike we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay Mountain, Humantay Mountain, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. Around 1:00pm, we’ll have lunch, rest and finish the day with 2-hour hike to our first campsite at Salkantaypampa.
The longest and hardest day of the trek, but also the most beautiful. The scenery and terrains will change drastically from dry climate to snowy peaks to tropical areas.
We start off the day with a nutritious breakfast to get energy for the day that lies ahead. The hike toward Soyrococha begins at 7:00am which takes roughly 3 hours to get to. The walk upwards can be difficult, but the breath-taking views of Salkantay on the route are definitely worth it. Once we reach Soyrococha, we have one last hike up towards Salkantay Pass, the highest point of the whole trek. The feeling of satisfaction mixed with the views of massive snow-capped mountains, Salkantay, Humantay, Huayanay and the view of white rivers, and picturesque lakes is like no other.
Around 1:00pm. we will have our lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive to our campsite in Colpapampa (2,920 m). Around 7:00p.m. we will rest, recharge energies from the trek and eat dinner.
At 07:00am we start a 6-hour trek towards Playa Sahuayaco passing by small communities, waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds. On arrival to ‘La Playa’, we will have lunch. At 2:00pm a local bus will take us to the Santa Teresa Hot Springs, where you will enjoy and relax at the hot pools. Here we’ll have dinner and also spend the night.
We start our day at 7:00am again, this time making our way to Hidroelectrica. We’ll hike through the valley and the Vilcanota river for about 3 hours until we reach the station. Once there, it’s a 10 km walk to Aguas Calientes. We walk along the train tracks close to the bank of Urubamba river where we’ll appreciate the holy mountains of Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain, and finally arrive to Aguas calientes, for an overnight stay at a hotel and dinner at one of it’s restaurant.
Zip lining is availabile on this day before heading to Aguas Calientes. Speak to your guide if you’re interested (optional).
After 4 days of hiking, we finally visit one of the 7 Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu!
We wake up early, have breakfast and take the first bus up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. Once we arrive our 2-hour guided tour of the Inca citadel begins. You learn all about the Incas while you visit all the important areas of the ruins.
After your tour, you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain if you had requested previously. In the afternoon, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where we’ll take you back to Plaza San Francisco in Cusco on our private van.
Altitude sickness can catch many travelers a little bit off guard. It’s impossible to know who will get affected by it. Some don’t even feel it at all! For most, it’s nothing more than a headache and a dizzy sensation that goes away over a short period of time.
If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. The most important thing to do is acclimatize in Cusco. Take it easy on the first day or two, eat small meals, get plenty of rest and drink water. Other alternatives are Soroche (Diamox) pills and coca leaves.
It’s also important to speak to your physician to make sure you don’t have any underlying conditions.
The Salkantay Trek requires a good level of physical fitness. All should be well acclimatized before starting the hike. Be ready to trek through steep, rugged, and cold terrain and reach a maximum altitude of 4,600 meters (15,090 feet).
Our tour departs with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 8 people.
If looking to book a private group tour or solo tour, contact us and we’ll organize one for you.
There’s nothing like that feeling of discovering a new place all by yourself and we can help you with that. Whether looking to travel alone part of a journey or the whole trip, simply contact us and we’ll create the perfect plan.
We take the stress out of booking a group trip of 4 or more people to Machu Picchu, plus the added bonus of including great benefits! Contact our team through our email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending a Whatsapp to our number: +51 956 723 295 (09:00am to 6:00pm – Peruvian time) for more information.
An experienced cook accompanies every group on the trail. The cook provides us with delicious food made of local ingredients that will have you asking for more! Vegeterian, vegan and other special dietary requests can be accommodated as well with sufficient notice.
There is no limit on the amount of people the can hike through Salkantay so availability doesn’t tend to be a problem. We still suggest to book a few months in advance to start getting everything ready. 2 to 3 months is suggested.
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