Salkantay Mountain Trek and Machupicchu 5 days - 4 nights

Salkantay Mountain Trek and Machupicchu
5 days 4 nights

LANGUAGES

English, Spanish

DURATION

5 days 4 nights

PHYSICAL CONDITION

Moderate

MEETING POINT

Calle Santa Teresa

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This trek is a remote and ancient footpath in the same region as the Inca trail to Machupicchu, but less crowded and offering more spectacular views. This route provides a magnificent wilderness alternative for those who want to escape the more congested trekking routes.
On the trail, we pass through an amazing secuence of ecological zones, from sparsely vegetated alpine meadows flanking two spectacular snow peaks, down through a subtropical cloud forest, we arrive to Machupicchu.

DAY1: CUSCO-MOLLEPATA-SORAYPAMPA

We pick you up from your hotel and travel by private Bus to Mollepata town where we will stop to but some snacks and to have our breakfast, From Mollepata we have 40 more minutes by bus to Sayllapata where we start our hike and meet our arrieros “horsemen” and cook who help us to make easy our hike. we will walk enjoying the diversity of the flora and fauna at this altitude. Then we stop to enjoy our delicious lunch at Chuñuna which is a quiet spot. In the afternoon after 3 hours hike we arrive to our first campsite Soraypampa (3,800 m). Optional trek to the humantay lake. Overnight.

DAY 2.- SORAYPAMPA-CCOLLPAPAMPA

After a good breakfast, we leave Soraypampa, this is the hardest day because we have to climb to the Salkantay pass (4,600 m.) the highest point of our trip to Machupicchu, from where we will enjoy an spectacular view of the high snow capped mopuntains called Salkantay (6,271 m) and great views of Humantay and Huayanay mountains and small lakes. Later we hike downhill to the second camp site at ccollpapampa. Overnight
Along the way we’ll see full of Highland grass and a great variety of wildlife from the small finches, hummingbirds and toucans in the cloud forest, there is also a chance to see Andean Fox, White Tailed Deer and Viscacha (rabbit-like Chinchillas).

Our campsite for tonight is at Collpapampa (2900m, it is recommended to use insect repellent because the mosquitoes in this place have a nasty bite.

DAY 3.- CCOLPAPAMPA- LA PLAYA

After an amazing breakfast we will continue our trekking to la playa, this will be about 12 km walking from Colpapampa. The trail takes us along the Lluskamayo river, on the way we will enjoy full of plantations of coffee and local fruits.
Tonight we will stay at the village of La Playa (2400m  which is really beautifull place and there are plenty of places where you can buy snacks and drinks, you can also try some of the locally grown coffee. If you are interested there is the option to visit some hot springs that are close by, let your guide know in advance so that he can organise this for you.

DAY 4.- LA PLAYA – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES

Today is the last day of the trek before we reach Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu. The main focus of today is a visit to the Inca site of Llactapata located on the mountainside high above. Following an original Inca Trail we’ll arrive to Llactapata by early to mid morning and can enjoy the fantastic views of Machu Picchu from that place.

After a tour of Llactapata in which we’ll learn about the Inca people and their culture we’ll head back down the mountainside to the Hydroelectric Station from where we’ll walk to Aguas Calientes town. Overnight in the hotel.

DAY 5.- MACHUPICCHU -CUSCO

Today is the most important day of the whole trek that is why we will satrat early. we’ll take the first bus to Machu Picchu to enjoy first the sunrise and then we will have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will take the bus back to Cusco.

Included

  • Hotel collection and private bus to the village of Mollepata.
  • Professional bilingual tour guide.
  • High-quality camping equipment (4 person tents used just for 2 persons, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent)
  • cooking equipment.
  • Plentiful meals
  • vegetarian option (morning tea, breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner every day).
  • Food includes: pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking and hot drinks.
  • Boiled water is also provided to fill up your water bottles. Horsemen
  • pack animals (horses and mules to carry your personal items and camping equipment
  • saddled horses just for the first 2 days).
  • Great cook.
  • First aid kit
  • oxygen bottle.
  • Accomodation in Aguas Calientes.
  • Round trip bus ticket to Machupicchu.
  • Entrance fee to Machupicchu.
  • Train ticket back to Cusco.
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel.

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch on the last day in aguas calientes
  • sleeping bag (you can rent this in our office US$ 25 for the whole trek).
  • walking sticks (you can rent this in our office US$ 15 for the whole trek
  • Inflatable mattress. ( you can rent it in our office for US$ 20 for the whole trk
  • Flight tickets
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips to tour guides and staff
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses

Optional extras not included (need to book in advance)

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 60 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 70 (Need to book in advance)
  • Vistadome/Panoramic 360° Train Aguas Calientes-Ollanataymbo: USD75.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance).
GROUP SIZE: Private Group.

DEPARTURES:  From March to January, it depends on your request.

PRICE PER PERSON 2024:

Private Service

A private service trek is organized just for you with private transport and your own personal tour guide. We do not add other people to your group, in order to provide you the best service possible with personal attention and added comfort.

2 persons $ 890 per persons
3 persons $ 840
4 persons $ 780
5 persons $ 750
6 persons $ 720
7 persons $ 700
8 persons $ 660

IMPORTANT: Price is based on a double room accomodation

An aditional USD 35.00 will be charged for a single room if there’s no one else to share a double room with or if you are travelling alone.

Discounts:

Students: US$ 20 (with valid university student card under 25 years old)
Teenagers: US$ 20 under 15 )

BOOKING INFORMATION

Choose in the Calendar the date of when you would like to start this Trek -select the month, year and the day, (Starting Date). Fill in your details as requested, and details of the people traveling with you, once you have finished and sent us your reservation, you are registered to pay a booking deposit of US$ 300 + 5% . Once we receive your payment, we will confirm your tour in your email and send you more details.

BOOKING DEPOSIT REQUIRED.- Online payments.

1.- Pay a booking deposit of US$ 300+5% card fee per person.
2.- Pay a booking deposit of US$ 300+6% per person through Paypal.

US$55 Aditional  per person for Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu climbing.
You have to confirm in advance if you want to climb Wayna Picchu mountain (the 45 minute climb ) or Machu Picchu mountain as they need to be booked in advance too;  there are 2 time sessions: 07 – 08 am or 10 – 11 am
3.- For group bookings, transfer to our bank in Peru, US$ 300 per person, or pay with the methods mentioned above.

FINAL PAYMENT: We require the remaining balance payment of your tour 1 month before of your tour start, paying online with your reservation code in our website in How to pay OR pay in US$ cash or with a card in our office in Cusco at your arrival.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

1.- You must inform us of any medical problems or allergies. You need to be in good physical health and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70, then you will need to present us with a current medical certificate as Salkantay trek  goes to 4600 masl. (it is highly recommended that you have to be in cusco 2 or 3 days in advance to acclimatize or to use to the altitude).
2.- You must tell to your tour guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks. If you are having any problems with the service you have to inform to the tour guide in that moment so he can solve any problems as soon as possible.
3.- If you have vertigo you do not want to climb Huayna Picchu for any reason then indicate NO in the reservation format and write this in the comments section. (If you want to climb up to machupicchu mountain or waynapicchu mountain you have to book 4 or 5 mouths in advance because the passes are sold out, this is alternative walk.
4.- You must carry your original passport and valid student card on the trail.
5.- The student US$20 discount for use of student cards is regulated by the park itself, not our company. All student cards are validated by the control of the park.
6.- We include in this trek 8 kilos from each passenger for the horses, we will provide you a duffle bag to put your sleeping bag and personal clothes and mattress.
7.- Please hotel in Aguas Calientes town is 3 star hotel. If you are wanting alternative accommodation this can be organised, these are some upgrade options and the corresponding supplemental cost based on double occupancy see Recommendations. Please let us know of this request at the time of booking.
8.- However if you are unable to participate on this tour we can organize an alternative tour to visit Machu Picchu joining your group and utilising your train tickets and entrance, completing the tour as normal from Aguas Calientes (Day 3 and 4, Train to Aguas Calientes, Night in a Hostal, bus to Machu Picchu, Guided tour, Lunch at Aguas Calientes and Train return to Cusco.
9.- Change of dates is only possible if the group is still left with more than a minimum and the train tickets and Machu Picchu entrance have not been finalised. US$ 25.00 is charged.
Change of dates when train tickets have been finalised incurs a further fee as Peru rail also charges for changes of dates. This administration charge of US$20.00 per ticket in this case is incurred. At times a change of date may only be possible in an upgrade to a higher standard carriage and so the difference in price would need to be paid additionally.
10- If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter and mule will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter air lifts and medical assistance are paid at the expense of the passenger. If you fail to complete the tour due to illness we will assist you to meet with your group at Machupicchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund from the original payment, however we will prepare a document to certify illness which can be used to present to your travel insurance company.
11- Our company will take all reasonable care in providing service to our clients to avoid accident, illness, loss of personal property and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. we cannot however be responsible for any action or event that was  unavoidable. We also cannot be responsible for improper acts by clients or other third party. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
12.-Our travel agency does not take responsibility for additional costs due to unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal items, etc. It is the clients responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.

CANCELATION MADE BY CLIENT

A.- Cancelation of the tour once you have paid a deposit and received a confirmation incurs in the loss of the booking deposit. (US$ 300.00) per person. Non-refundable booking deposit.
B.- Cancelation of tour within 45 days to 31 days before departure incurs a loss of 70% of total tour cost…
C.- Cancelation of tour within 30 days to 8 days before departure incurs a loss of 80% of total tour cost…
D.- Cancelation of tour within 7 days – 48 hours of departure incurs a loss of 90% of total tour cost…
E.- Cancelation of tour within 48 hours of departure incurs a loss of total tour cost…

YOU SHOULD BRING

Backpack, sleeping bag (you can rent it in our office), warm clothes, fleece, sweater, rain jacket or rain poncho, hiking boots and sandals, trousers and shorts, wool socks, wool hat, gloves, baseball cap, flashlight and extra batteries, sun glasses, water bottle and purification tablets, sun block, insect repellent, toiletries, bathing suit, towel and your passport.

We rate this Salkantay trek to Machupicchu as moderate.
There are no to many stone steps, as there are on the Inca Trail to Machupicchu, which can be very hard on the knees for many trekkers.
The main challenge on this trek is again the altitude. The hike will take you over the Salkantay pass (4,600 m.) that is why we recommend you to be well-acclimatized before this trek.

The best time of year to plan this expedition is the dry season from April to October when there is little rain, this time is considered as winter, during the day is really sunny and hot and really cold at night, the temperature is normally below freezing point
November to March is the wet season in Peru and trekking around Salkantay mountain is not recommended. the rain at this altitude can actually turn into snow.

The average walking time per day on this trekking is 6 to 8 hours

Our camping equipment is top quality (4 season tents that our staff will sets up for you at each campside and you will be gratefull for this quality tents, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent and cooking equipment). Excellent cooking staff, plentiful meals (morning tea room service, breakfast, snacks, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner every day), vegetarian option. Food includes: pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, hot drinks (including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude). Food is rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking. Boiled water is also provided to fill up your water bottles.
we have a lot of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free travellers and our cooks know how to cater to their needs. With adequate preparation and clear communication, we can accommodate all other types of dietary requests.

What you need to carry with you each day on the tour is a light day pack. In your day pack, you should carry bottle of water; some extra warm layers, scarf; a camera; a sun hat; and sunscreen.
Water is extremely important while hiking. You should start each day with 2L, knowing you fill up your water bottles at meal times.
The rest of your belongings – up to 8kg – are carried in a duffel bag that we provide you, by mules. All of the camping equipment needed on the trek is also carried by mules.

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