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US$ 610Per person, group departures for Salkantay Trek are every day from March to January, minimum 2 people. See Pricing below for group service or private service. Airfares not included.
Duration:5 Days
Destination:Cusco – Salkantay – Machu Picchu (CAMPING)

SALKANTAY TREK OVERVIEW

Salkantay Trek is a thrilling and challenging hike that has it all! Trekking along the skirts of the majestic mountain peak of Salkantay (6.271m/20569ft) surrounded by the awe inspiring Southern Andes range, continuing through a striking contrasting jungle landscape and let’s not forget the diverse flora and fauna you will find during the trek. It is an excellent alternative trek to the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

You’ll be able to closely observe Andean villages and explore less known Inca remains. On your last day you will arrive at the citadel of Machu Picchu.

 

SALKANTAY TREK ITINERARY

DIFFICULTY: CHALLENGING

DAY 1

Cusco to Soyroccocha:
Leave Cusco at 06.00 am in a private transportation on your way to the trek starting point at Challacancha for the next 4hours. During the trip, you’ll be passing through the town of Limatambo (2100m/6888ft), one of the main checkpoints to access the city of Cusco back in Inca times.

Following, the bus will go through a bumpy road on the right side of the soothing Apurimac River, reaching Mollepata (2800m/9184ft), Cruzpata (3100m/10168ft) and finally Challacancha, where you will meet your wranglers and horses. You’ll start off slowly until you pick up your right pace towards the base of Mt. Salkantay (6271m/20569ft).

Lunch stop in Salkantaypampa, continuing your way up (2hrs) to the camp site Soyroccocha, touching the imposing glacier of Salkantay (4200m/13776ft). This will be a cold night so make sure to wear very warm clothes.

Overnight at Campsite.

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DAY 2

Soyroccocha to Collpapampa:
Early breakfast and off to climb for the next hour and half to the Salkantay Mountain Pass (4525m/14842ft). Surrounded by the glaciers and the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range with the south face of Salkantay towering above you. It is a view worth the climb! Chinchillas and Condors may surprise you. From this point, you’ll start descending into the magically contrasting Cloud Forest, along the Salkantay River. Arriving at your second camp Collpapampa (2890m/9479ft), in the afternoon. A beautiful spot with some natural hot springs to relax in. On the way you’ll admire a starlting 6 meter wide ancient Inca path.

Overnight at Campsite.

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DAY 3

Collpapampa to Playa/Lucmabamba:
Continue trekking at a lighter pace by the Santa Teresa River, delight on the exuberant vegetation, refreshing waterfalls, and extensive coffee plantations. Passing through the waterfalls at Coripacchi, the settlement at Wiñaypoko, the bustling small town of La Playa and finally arriving at the third campsite Lucmabamba (2,100m/6888ft). You will be entering the spectacled-bear territory and you might get company from flocks of parrots as you descend. At dinner you can enjoy a glass of wine by the light of the camp-fire.

Overnight at Campsite.

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DAY 4

La Playa/Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes:
After breakfast, you’ll begin your last 2 to 3 hour climb to El Mirador or Abra Q’elloqasa (2860m/9381ft) from where you can admire the enigmatic Machu Picchu.

Lunch stop at the viewpoint Llaqtapata (2650m/8692ft) this time you’ll admire Machu Picchu and the Salkantay Mountain, and appreciate the Llactapata remains, recently restored. A 2-hour descent towards the Aobamba River crossing splendid bamboo forests towards the hydroelectric plant of Machu Picchu from where you’ll board a train that will take you to Aguas Calientes (a short, scenic 40-minute train ride). Accommodation at your chosen hotel.

Overnight at Aguas Calientes

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DAY 5

Aguas Calientes / Machupicchu to Cusco:
Right after breakfast, you’ll take a bus up to the archeological site of Machu Picchu and begin your guided tour of the marvelous citadel for approximately two hours.  Afterwards enjoy free time to walk around.

If you are not too tired, you can climb up the Huayna Picchu Mountain for some more spectacular views of Machu Picchu, and the surrounding valley (please note that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day). Alternatively you may visit the Temple of the Moon or the ancient Inca Bridge.

Later in the afternoon, we’ll meet back in the town of Aguas Calientes and relax at the town’s hot springs (optional). Take the train back to the city of Cusco, arriving at nightfall. Transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

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B Breakfast.

S Snack.

L Lunch.

D Dinner.

BL Boxed Lunch.

TOUR NOTES:

  • Best period of the year: March to January.
  • Minimum number of people: 2 people per group.
  • Items not included: sleeping bag, walking poles, inflatable sleeping pad.

SALKANTAY TREK PRICES

Trek Price per Person

Group Service (minimum 2 people) US$ 610
Private Service: 2 travelers US$ 1,240
Private Service: 3 travelers US$ 940
Private Service: 4 travelers US$ 835
Private Service: 5 travelers US$ 725
Private Service: 6 travelers US$ 640
Private Service: 7 travelers US$ 595
Private Service: 8 travelers US$ 560
Single Supplement (additional to stay in a single tent)US$ 45

INCLUDED IN SALKANTAY TREK

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Included in Tour Price

Pre-departure briefing
Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to Soraypampa (starting point of the trek)
English speaking adventure guide
Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent (4 seasons)
Duffel bag to place your belongings
One foamy sleeping pad per person
Dining tent with tables and chairs
Kitchen tent
Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities
Cook and cooking equipment and your belongings
Pack animals to carry camping equipment
One emergency horse for every 6 people (days 1 to 4)
Wranglers (days 1 to 4)
Meals (3 breakfasts, 1 boxed lunch, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, daily morning snack, daily tea service except last day) – vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost –
Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Train ticket from the Hydroelectric power plant to Puente Ruinas (day 4)
Bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Expedition Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
Transfer train station – hotel in Cusco
Sales taxes and payment transaction fees

Not included in Tour Price

International and domestic flights
Airport taxes
Tips
Lunch on Day 5
Dinner on Day 5
Sleeping bag
Inflatable sleeping pad
Walking poles

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