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Exclusive Walk From Salkantay to Machu Picchu 4 Days

GENERAL INFORMATION

Duration: 4 days/3 nights.
Point of departure: Cuzco (first day-5:00 am)
Point of Return: Cuzco (4th day-9:00 pm)
Size of Group: Small Group (Average 5, Maximum 10 hikers).
Travel style: Hiking, Trekking, is also an Archaeological and Cultural trip.
Value of the route: The Salkantay is considered one of the 25 best treks in the world.
Level of difficulty: Moderate to Difficult.
Minimum height: 1900 m.s.n.m. (Santa Teresa Village).
Maximum Height: 4630 m.s.n.m. or 15,190 ft (Salkantay Pass).
Distance of the route: 75 km. or 46 miles.
Departure Dates: Daily Departures throughout the year according to availability. Except for the months of December, January, February and March without availability due to rainy season.

Price Exclusive Walk From Salkantay to Machu Picchu 4 Days
Price 500.00 USD Per Person
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TOUR DETAILS

Information

INTRODUCTION

The SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU is the most used hiking route by travelers to reach Machu Picchu, only second to the Inca Trail. On this route you will tour the Humantay Lagoon, it is a marvelous natural landscape at the foot of the Humantay snowy.

After the tour we will have our first camp in the Soraypampa area, where you can rest and sleep in our exclusive rustic eco-cabins. The next day there is a path where nature will allow us to cross the slopes of the Salkantay snowy, we will reach and pass through the highest point of the route, which is the Salkantay Pass (4,630 meters above sea level), throughout the hike we will enjoy the flora and fauna of the area and the change of the climate, until arriving at our second camp located in the area of Playa Sahuayaco, to spend the night in our Luxury Panoramic Sky Domes made of Wood (the best domes in Peru). In addition, we will take advantage of this night and the starry sky to conduct Astronomical Observations with our astronomical telescope. On the third day we will do the experiential coffee tour in a local farm where you will learn the entire production process from harvesting, peeling, drying, grinding, roasting and have the great opportunity to prepare and taste your own coffee; then we hike through the splendid mountain jungle, enjoying its charming landscapes and appreciating its exuberant vegetation, seeing many orchids, bromeliads, begonias among others. Then we will arrive at the Village of Aguas Calientes to spend the night in an exclusive and comfortable hotel. On the fourth day we tour  the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Book the Salkantay Trek as soon as possible because permits to Machu Picchu Citadel run out quickly.
  • Arrive at least 1 day before the Excursion as it will serve as acclimatization prior to your Trek. Remember that Cusco City is at 3,400 meters above sea level.
  • Check the Personal Items that you will take on the trek.
  • Visit us at our Main Office located in Cusco City’s Historic Downtown, 1 day before the Trek at 7:00 pm. to receive an Informative Talk about the hike led by the Tour Guide. This will help you to be much more Informed, Safe and Ready for the Trek.
  • Leave the luggage you will not take to the Excursion for free in the Luggage Storage of our Main Office.
  • Do not forget to carry your Valid Passport as it will be requested by Peruvian officials at the Control Posts and in Machu Picchu.
  • ⇒ If you have any questions or want more information about this Tour, do not hesitate to contact us: Cell: +51 984 525 006 / WhatsApp: +51 984 683 047 or write to: info@incredibleperutours.com

HIGHLIGHTS

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  • The SALKANTAY Trek to MACHU PICCHU is considered one of the 25 best trekking routes in the World by National Geographic Adventure Magazine.
  •   Explore mysterious Lagoons, including the famous Humantay Lagoon.
  •   Walk along beautiful landscapes and admire the beauty of Andean valleys, snow-capped mountains and the cloud forest.
  •   Ideal for couples, group of friends, nature lovers and for the whole family.
  •   Trek explained and conducted by an expert and friendly local Guide.
  •   All entrance fees and permits are included.
  •   Visit the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, considered one of the Seven New Wonders of the Modern World.
  •   Pick up and drop off from all accommodations located in Cusco City and in the Sacred Valley.
  •   Free luggage storage while you hike.
  • Travel by train back to Cusco City through beautiful landscapes enjoying  beautiful natural settings such as Andean valleys, canyons, mountains and the amazing high jungle (mountain jungle).
  • Enjoy our different accommodations that we have for each night (cabin, dome, hotel)
  •   It is a once in a lifetime experience.

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO-MOLLEPATA-CHALLACANCHA-SORAYPAMPA (HUMANTAY LAGOON)

Highlights of the day: Hike from Challacancha to Soraypampa… In the afternoon tour of the beautiful Humantay Lagoon and enjoy spectacular views of the Salkantay Mountain… and if there is good weather at night take the opportunity to scan the constellations in the clear sky…

We will pick you up from the hotel at 5.00 am. To start the trip, you will be picked up by Guide and Cook, then ride on transportation for about 2 hours in our private van, during the trip we can marvel at the spectacular snow-capped peaks and valleys with colorful landscapes until our first stop in the village of Mollepata, to have our first breakfast. After breakfast we board our transportation to continue the trip for about 30 minutes to Challacancha, located at 3,500 meters above sea level -beginning of our hike-. In Challacancha we will meet our muleteer who is waiting with the horses and mules, then prepare and pack all the equipment on the horses for our trek. Around 9:30 in the morning we will start the march towards Soraypampa. We are going to walk this section of the route on stone ballast, besides, clean and cold water runs along the path in an old water channel that supplies to the people of the area. This first morning we will hike around 10 km. for about 3 hours to Soraypampa (3,900 m.a.s.l.), area where we will have our first lunch, prepared by the cook. At this point there will be enough time to enjoy and take photos of the impressive views of the canyon that extends into the area. In the afternoon, after a well-deserved rest, we leave the campsite for a short walk up to see the beautiful Humantay Lagoon, located at 4,200 meters above sea level, the hike takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, where you will enjoy the beauty and charm of the place and the best chance to take fantastic photos. After all this we walk back to our Soraypampa base cabins, to see a beautiful sunset in the middle of the glaciers, then have our delicious dinner. Here there is the possibility of taking advantage of the clear night to appreciate the constellations in the sky.

Walking time: approximately 4 hours.

Distance to travel: 14 km / 8.69 miles.

Climate: Cool with presence of wind.

Altitude: From 3,500 m.a.s.l. climbing up to 3,900 m.a.s.l.

Accommodation: Night in cabins in the Soraypampa area.

DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA-SALKANTAY PASS-HUAYRACMACHAY-CHAULLAY-LORETA LA PLAYA

Highlights of the day: Conquer the Salkantay pass located at 4,630 m.a.s.l. (the highest point of the trek)… Enjoy magnificent views of the Salkantay Mountain (6,271 m.), the Humantay Mountain (5,400 m.) and other beautiful snow-capped peaks… Arrive at our exclusive Private Lodge.

This day our cook will wake us up with a coca leaves tea at 05:00 a.m., and after a delicious breakfast, we will start our hike in order to reach the highest point of the route that is 7 km away. We will do this in approximately 3 hours. This second day will be the hardest of the entire trek. We start our walk uphill with a gradual slope for 1 hour along the Salkantay Valley until we reach the area known as Pampa Salkantay, located at 4,200 meters above sea level, where we take a short rest accompanied by beautiful views. After this break we continue for 2 more hours up the rocky valley to the highest point of the route called the Salkantay Pass, located at 4,630 m.a.s.l. – 15,190 feet. From there we will have spectacular views of the mountains and imposing snow-capped peaks such as the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6,271 m.a.s.l. – 20,574 feet) the Humantay Mountain (5,400 m.a.s.l. – 17,716 feet) and other snow-capped peaks. The Salkantay mountain is the second highest one in the Cusco region. From the Salkantay pass, you will enjoy the back of the mountain, which always has snow on its summit, and a cloud forest in the lower part of the valley. Let’s hope the weather allows you to see the sunset over this magical place and have the opportunity to see condors flying over the peaks. From the heights we will continue our excursion about 9 km downhill along a zigzag rocky gravel path, until reaching Huayracmachay, to have lunch. In the afternoon, continuing with the descent, we arrive at the High Forest, also called the Cloud Forest, where you can see some wonderful native plants. Weather conditions in this area during the year are warm and temperate, thus reaching the village of Chaullay (2,900 m.a.s.l. – 9,514 feet) around 4 p.m. where our vehicle will be waiting for us to go to our private campsite of Geodesic Domes, located in the Loreta La Playa area, arriving at approximately 5:00 pm. Afterwards there is the tea time where we will enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, cookies and popcorn. Finally our cook will serve an amazing dinner.

Walking time: Approximately 8 to 9 hours.

Distance to travel: 19 km. / 12.42 miles.

Climate: Cool with winds.

Altitude: From 3,900 m.a.s.l. climbing up to 4,600 m.a.s.l. and the 4,600 m.a.s.l. going down to 2,900 m.a.s.l.

Accommodation: Geodesic Domes in our Loreta La Playa Lodge.

DAY 3: LORETA LA PLAYA-HYDROELECTRIC-AGUAS CALIENTES VILLAGE

Highlights of the day: Enjoy the incredible Cloud Forest or High Jungle… Find a great variety of local crops (coffee, tea, bananas, avocados, oranges, passion fruit, papayas, medicinal plants and others)… Relax in our exclusive lodge… Then arrive hiking to Aguas Calientes after an easy day enjoying beautiful and charming landscapes…

This day around 7:00 am we wake up with a coca leaves tea; then we will have breakfast at 8:00 am. After we take a walk through the area and visit the local plantations of bananas, avocados, oranges, passion fruit, papaya, medicinal plants and others. These plantations are the livelihood of local population, especially the coffee plantations, production that is exported to the United States and to many countries in Europe and Asia, which is why coffee is the main agricultural industry in the area. Here we will have the opportunity to visit a local organic coffee farm, where you can savor the freshly prepared coffee with that exquisite scent of freshly roasted and ground coffee… you will really enjoy this experience. After and around 11:00 am we return to our lodge where you can relax. Then, at noon there is the delicious lunch served in the dining room of our lodge. After enjoying the facilities there, we board our vehicle around 1:00 pm. to take us for 1 hour and 30 min. to the Hydroelectric Power Plant, where we will arrive at 2:30 pm. To start with our hike, here the route follows the train tracks and near the banks of the Urubamba River. On the way we will tour the archaeological site known as Intihuatana that has an ancient sundial from the Inca period, which was carved out of a large natural rock. From there, the Sacred Mountains such as Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu can already be appreciated. The walk continues and goes through the Cloud Forest with a very exuberant landscape and presents a great variety of plants and a large number of orchids. After 3 hours of walking and around 5:30 pm we will arrive at the village of Aguas Calientes (2,000 meters above sea level), to spend the night in a comfortable hotel, dinner will be served in a touristic restaurant and is included. During dinner our guide will brief you with very important information about the next day (the most important day of the route – visit to the Wonder Citadel), so you will be fully prepared for your tour of Machu Picchu. Afterwards, it is advisable going to sleep at a reasonable hour in order to leave early in the morning and arrive ahead of time to visit Machu Picchu.

Distance to travel: 11 km.

Estimated walking time: 3 hours

Altitude: 2,000 m.a.s.l. (approx.)

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes village

DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES VILLAGE-MACHU PICCHU-OLLANTAYTAMBO-CUSCO

Daytime Highlights: Arrive at Machu Picchu very early – even before Inca Trail hikers and train travelers… Enjoy a magnificent Sunrise on a clear morning at Machu Picchu… Optionally with a pre-booked ticket you can climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain or the Machu Picchu Mountain…

This is the most important day of the excursion. We will start our last and amazing journey very early in order to reach Machu Picchu, before the people who are doing the Inca Trail and even before the hikers who travel on touristic trains, having the chance to enjoy Sunrise in Machu Picchu. After breakfast we will leave our hotel at 5:30 am and walk to the bus station (2,000 m.a.s..), from there we ascend by touristic bus for 30 minutes along a zig zag path to reach the Inca Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (2,400 m.a.s.l.). So we will see this incredible place and begin with the guided tour that will last approximately 2 hours with the Professional Guide, who will explain about the site’s history, visiting magical and interesting places that have made Machu Picchu one of the Wonders of the Modern World. After the tour you have enough free time to take photos, walk or explore the site by yourself and there is the option of climbing the Huayna Picchu Mountain according to availability. In the afternoon, after enjoying Machu Picchu, we are going to take the tourist bus down for about 25 minutes to Aguas Calientes, where you will have time to have lunch in one of the village’s good restaurants. Around 6:00 p.m. we board the return train to the village of Ollantaytambo, arriving at 7:50 p.m. There our staff will be waiting for you, to take the Touristic Bus back to the Cusco City, arriving at 9:30p.m. approximately. Finally we will leave you at the hotel.

Included services

ALL INCLUSIVE SERVICE

⇒ Enjoy the Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu in a 4 Days / 3 Nights Tour with our All Inclusive Service.

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Meeting and informative preparation talk with the Guide 1 or 2 days before the trek, at our Central Office located in Cusco City.
  • Secure luggage storage for your belongings at our Central Office in Cusco City while you hike.
  •  Pick up from your hotel located in the Cusco City or in the Sacred Valley on the  first day of the excursion.
  •  One-way Touristic Transportation from Cusco City to the Challacancha area (Starting Point of the Trek).
  •   Professional Tour Guide.
  •   Cook to prepare all meals.
  •   Muleteers and Horses that will carry all the camping equipment such as: food, kitchenware, articles for your personal use and others.
  •   We will carry up to 7 kg. / 15 pounds of your luggage. To carry this load, we provide canvas bags (where you will place personal items) which will be given at the information meeting, 1 day before the trek. So you will only carry a small backpack with water.
  •   Entrance tickets to the Humantay Lagoon and Machu Picchu.
  •   All Food is included: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 lunches and 3 dinners.
  •   We can prepare vegetarian meals or special diets according to your requirements at no extra cost.
  •   Boiled water to refill your bottle.
  •   First Aid Kit and Emergency Oxygen Tank that will be carried by the Guide.
  •   Transportation from Chaullay to La Playa Sahuayacu (Eco-Lodge Majestic Sky Domes)
  •   Astronomical observation of stars with our digital telescope.
  •   Experiential Coffee Tour.
  •  Vehicular transportation from the Eco-Lodge Majestic Sky Domes to the Hydroelectric Power Plant.
  •   Campfire Night at Eco-Lodge Sky Domes.
  •   Hike from the Hydroelectric Power Plant to Aguas Calientes.
  •   Bus ticket up and down between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  •   Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
  •   Guided tour of the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu.
  •   Train ticket in EXPEDITION Touristic Service back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  •  Transportation by bus from the Ollantaytambo Train Station to your hotel in Cusco City.
  •   03 Nights of Accommodation:

⇒ 1st night: Rustic wooden cabin in our Private Campsite in the Soraypampa area.

⇒ 2nd night: Luxury Geodesic Dome with private bathroom in our Exclusive Majestic Eco-Lodge in the Sahuayaco area.

⇒ 3rd night: Hotel La Retama in the village of Aguas Calientes. www.retamamachupicchu.com

What should you bring

LIST OF PERSONAL ITEMS YOU SHOULD BRING TO THE SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS

We give you the complete list of things to take on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Pichu 4 days / 3 nights, to organize the backpack from now on. This way, if not having some of them, you can buy it in advance and if you can’t get it… Don’t worry! Because in Cusco City there are many stores that have all these kinds of items, for rent or buy what you need.

Please, carefully review the following list of items and remember that everything is very important for the Success of your Trek.

Documents

  • Original passport.
  • Valid student card, only if you are a student.
  • Travel Insurance (some copies).
  • Coupon or Travel Voucher issued by us.

Essentials

  • Small backpack.
  • Some snacks such as: cookies, candies, chocolates, cereals, dehydrated fruit, among others.
  • Extra money, if you want to buy some souvenirs of the tour

Clothes and shoes

  • Jacket for the cold.
  • Waterproof clothing: rain jacket and/or rain poncho.
  • Cotton or synthetic clothing: pants, polo shirt, t-shirt, socks and underwear.
  • Hat to cover from the Sun.
  • Walking shoes and sandals.
  • Bathing suit and sandals, if you wish to visit the Cocalmayo Thermal Baths

Pharmaceutical products

  • Personal medications.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Lip cream

Personal hygiene items

  • Wet wipes.
  • Small towel.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush.

Other articles

  • Sunglasses.
  • Photo camera.
  • Rubber-tipped walking poles (optional).
  • Good sense of humor, and
  • We recommend a previous acclimatization, at least arrive in Cusco City 1 day before the trek, and good health in general…

* If you have any questions or queries about the items you must take on this route, please contact us at WhatsApp: +51 984 525 006 / +51 984 683 047 or write to: info@incredibleperutours.com

Frequent questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 Here you will find the most Frequently Asked Questions from our Clients. Before asking anything, we invite you to carefully read these questions and answers, as well as all our links about this Tour. This will help you to clarify in a simple, fast and practical way.

1. IS WATER INCLUDED IN THE TOUR?

Yes, we know that hydration during the hike is very important, so you should not worry about this. Please only bring your own water for the first morning of the Tour. After this, our staff will provide water throughout the trek. It is taken from the tap at each campsite and is then boiled and cooled. Your bottle can be refilled at breakfast, lunch and dinner. So don’t worry, water will always be clean and safe to drink.

2. WHAT MEALS WILL I HAVE DURING THE TOUR?

We understand how curious you are about the quality of food during the trek. For your peace of mind we include all meals and snacks throughout the hike, even the last lunch is included (after your tour to Machu Picchu). For this last lunch you will have the option of eating in a good restaurant in the village of Aguas Calientes. All the testimonials and comments made by our clients guarantee and prove that our meals are excellent.

All food is prepared with fresh ingredients, which are bought at the local market in Cusco City the day before the trip. Everything is transported by the porters, and then prepared by our cook. We do not use any canned or rehydrated food. Everything is fresh, healthy and delicious!

Each cook is professionally trained to prepare the best breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. The food is served daily starting in the morning with a great breakfast, then we will give you some snacks to enjoy along the way, at noon you will have a good lunch, when arriving at the camp you will enjoy tea time, and finally at night there is a delicious dinner. Without a doubt, this will exceed all your expectations about food on the Inca Trail.

On the last day, in the afternoon, after visiting Machu Picchu, you will have a delicious lunch that will be served in a good restaurant in the village of Aguas Calientes, where you can choose what you want to eat. Here you can select between: Cream of corn, Cream of Mushrooms, Cream of Asparagus, Pastas, Pizzas, Fried trout, Meat, Chicken, Boiled Vegetables, Salads, Omelets, etc.

Here are some examples of what our Chefs can prepare and serve at meals:

  • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, breads, pancakes, omelets, cereals, fruit salad, toast, orange juice, milk, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, butter, jam.
  • Snacks for the Hike: Fruits, Cookies, Cereals, Chocolate, Candies.
  • Lunch: Corn soup, Cream of Mushrooms, Cream of Asparagus, Rice with chicken, sausages, Fried trout, ceviche, meat, beans, fried rice, French fries, boiled vegetables, Salads, Omelets, etc.
  • Tea Time: popcorn, fried wontons, tea, coffee.
  • Dinners: Stuffed Chicken, vegetable tortillas, pizza, spaghetti, pork chop, fried vegetables, salads.

If you have special dietary needs, no problem! We can serve vegetarians, vegans, celiacs and any type of food allergy at no additional cost, so you will always be well fed throughout the trip.

3. HOW DO I BOOK MY TOUR?

Booking this Tour with us will really be very safe, easy and practical, you will also have Payment Facilities such as Paying the Excursion up to 1 day before the Tour and in 2 Installments:

  • The First Installment can be paid online from the comfort of your home by making a Pre-Payment with any Credit or Debit Card from any Bank, using our safe and reliable money transfer system. The Pre-Payment will be made through a deposit of USD $200 per person (Click on the Reserve link)
  • The Second Fee will be paid upon arrival in Cusco City, personally at our Main Office located in our Historic Downtown up to 1 day before the Tour.

⇒ To Reserve your 4 Days / 3 Nights Salkantay Trek, just follow these 3 simple steps:

      1. Fill out the Reservation Form: It is in the Reserve link.

     2. Pay the First Installment (Pre-Payment): We accept all cards. You can use a Credit or Debit Card from any Bank and of any company: VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, DINERS CLUB, DISCOVER, JCB, UNION PAY, ETC.

        3. Print your Travel Coupon (Voucher): We will send it immediately after you have made the Pre-Payment.

OTHER PAYMENT METHODS: If you wish to make the Pre-Payment by other means such as: Western Union, Bank Deposit, Bank Transfer or some other methods, let us know so we can send you all the required information to make the Pre-Payment.

4. ARE THERE DISCOUNTS FOR CHILDREN AND STUDENTS?

Yes, for this Tour we offer discounts and special rates for infants, children and students.

  • Infants under 2 years of age in the company of their parents travel free.
  • Children between 3 and 8 years of age have a discount of USD $100.00 only by sending a scanned copy of the Passport at the time of Reservation.
  • Students also have a discount of USD $40.00 in the following cases:

→ School and College Students – For young people between 9 and 17 years old, only by sending a scanned copy of the Passport at the time of Reservation.
→ University Students – For young people up to 25 years old, only send a scanned copy of the Current University Card to validate. We accept all University Cards from all Universities in the World (Students aged 26 and over are considered Adults).

5. WHY ARE PERMITS SOLD OUT SO FAST?

Unfortunately, many travelers are unaware of the 500 permits daily limit for this route. Furthermore, most hikers are unaware that this limit applies not only to travelers who enter the famous route every day, but also to all service personnel required by authorized agencies such as: guides, cooks, and porters.

These service personnel are of vital importance for the excursion since thanks to them, you will be supplied with everything needed such as: food, accommodation, tents, etc. The guide will keep you safe and informed during the hike.

So, due to this regulation, the tickets required for a group of travelers will need to be always Double (Travelers + Agency Service Personnel).

Now that you know the reason behind the great demand, it is clear the need to reserve your permits as soon as possible, so for this you will need a Tourism Agency Authorized by the Peruvian Government to operate the Inca Trail, like ours Incredible Peru Tours – IPT.

6. HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDE, COOK AND PORTERS?

Tips are not mandatory, there is no exact amount. Only if you wish, at the end of the tour you can give tips for the tour guides, cooks and porters. This is something additional and totally voluntary, really what you consider fair will be highly appreciated by the Service Personnel.

7. WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE ON THE INCA TRAIL AND MACHU PICCHU?

Weather is very unpredictable along the Inca Trail, it is impossible to say exactly what type of climate you will encounter during the Trek. No matter what month you travel to the Inca Trail, make sure to have waterproof clothing on hand such as a rainproof jacket or a good rain poncho.

At night temperature tends to drop especially the second night, since the Campsite is located at more than 3,600 meters above sea level.

During the day, many people are surprised to learn that on the 3rd and 4th day the Inca Trail has a subtropical climate. The area extends within the High Forest, known as the Cloud Forest or Mountain Forest, which is full of exuberant vegetation with the presence of orchids, ferns, bromeliads and some mosquitoes.

Machu Picchu is located at 2,400 meters above sea level, it is a considerably lower altitude (hotter and more humid) than Cusco City and many other places. In Machu Picchu the temperature could reach 25 degrees Celsius. It is surrounded by high mountain peaks, often shrouded in mist. This is perhaps one of the reasons why the Spanish never discovered it.

During dry season (April to November), early mornings are cloudy and can be cold. As the morning hours pass the clouds clear and the sun rises, so it can get quite hot. Sun protection, insect repellent and a good hat are essential. However, keep in mind that sometimes it can be rainy in June and sunny in December.

During rainy season (mid-November to mid-April), rainfall is very constant. However, don’t be surprised if in this season some days are sunny. February is the month with the most pourings, so during this month the Inca Trail is closed.

Remember a rain poncho is highly recommended, no matter what season you decide to travel. Also consider that when it rains the old stones on the path become slippery, so it is very important to wear shoes with a good tread and perhaps a rubber-tipped cane.

8. WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET ILL FROM ALTITUDE SICKNESS?

Don’t worry! All our Guides are trained in case you get sick with this condition. All our Guides carry an oxygen tank and a First Aid Kit, this ensures that you are very well evaluated and cared for, which will allow you to continue with the hike. In addition, all our staff are prepared in case of Emergency. If after being treated, you still feel very bad and cannot continue with the trek, the Guide will make the best decision whether to continue or return. For us your Safety and Health come first.

If you have to go back, don’t worry, there is still the option to meet up with your group, go to the village of Aguas Calientes and from there up to Machu Picchu very early on the 2nd day, to meet again with your group at the Entrance Zone for Machu Picchu and not miss the opportunity to tour this site. There will be some additional charges.

9. IF I ALREADY PAID MY FIRST INSTALLMENT AND DECIDE TO CANCEL, WILL I BE REFUNDED?

Unfortunately we will not be able to make any type of refund or date changes for Tours that are paid in Installments. All Pre-Payments of USD $200.00 are non-refundable, nor transferable, since this money will be invested immediately in all the Procedures and Reservations required for the Tour, as well as in the purchase of Permits and Tickets for the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. These procedures will be carried out at the Ministry of Culture of Peru (Branch of the Peruvian Government Managing the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu).

We understand that unexpected things happen that are out of your control, but we cannot make exceptions. You can read more about our Change and Cancellation Policies on our website: http://inca-trail.tours/es/terminos-y-condiciones/

10. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF MACHU PICCHU AND THE MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN?

Our Tour includes the Entrance Ticket to the Archaeological Site of Machu Picchu. This means a guided tour of about 2 hours through the most interesting places of Machu Picchu, which will be led by our Professional Guide.

Machu Picchu Mountain is a large mountain that is next to the Archaeological Site of Machu Picchu (2,400 m.a.s.l.). This Mountain has an old Inca Trail to reach its top, which is 3,000 meters above sea level. You can do this walk on your own in an average of 3 hours between going up and down. From its top you will have an impressive 360° panoramic view of the entire place.

As you can see this is an optional path; you can do it after visiting Machu Picchu on the 2nd day, since visitors only enter it in the morning; so we will give you an additional Entrance Ticket for this Mountain.

The Entrance price to this Mountain is $60 dollars, and we recommend to reserve it at the time of reservation to the Inca Trail, since permits are very limited (only 400 people per day can climb this Mountain).

11. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE HUAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN AND THE MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN?

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: The hike to the top takes approximately 45 minutes, along the narrow and steep Inca stairs. Once there, you can see the Machu Picchu citadel and its surroundings. This is the famous peak in the background of every iconic photo of Machu Picchu. At the summit, Huayna Picchu is always a top item on most Machu Picchu visitor lists, which means you usually need to book months in advance. Only a limited number of people can hike this mountain each day. Throughout this hike, you will have stunning views of the Machu Picchu ruins. The limited number of tickets is set by the Culture Ministry in Cusco, not by us. This is completely out of our hands unfortunately. Tickets for this mountain are not transferable.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain: The walk to its top takes approximately 1.5 hours. Once there, you get a much higher vantage point, enjoying an amazing view of the Machu Picchu Citadel and its surroundings. This hike is a great alternative to Huayna Picchu. Ideal for those who don’t want the hassle of fighting for a ticket, or were unable to obtain one. Technically, permits for Machu Picchu Mountain are also limited to 400 per day, but they rarely sell out. We simply need to reserve a when we purchase your entrance tickets. This hike is great because it will also take you high up like Huayna Picchu, which offers great views. This trek has an easier incline (also making it accessible for those who fear the heights of Huayna Picchu), but the path is much longer, making it just as challenging in its own way.

12. DO I NEED TO BRING ADDITIONAL MONEY TO MY TOUR?

Yes, only if you want to buy snacks such as cookies, dehydrated fruit, chocolates, etc. or additional drinks such as sodas, beers or an energy beverage, because it is possible to buy these products in small stores in the area for the first 2 days.

In addition, there is the option of taking a hot shower the first day for 10 soles. Also, if you want to buy a souvenir or memories from the trek, there is the Craft Market in Aguas Calientes village. There is also the additional option of enjoying the Thermo-medicinal Baths of the Village on the 4th day, the Entrance Price is 20 soles. For all this we recommend that you have between 150 and 300 Peruvian soles. You may not need to spend any of this money, but in case of an Emergency, make sure to have enough cash.

13. WILL I HAVE THE CHANCE TO TAKE SHOWERS DURING THE ROUTE? WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO BATHROOM SERVICES?

Yes, you will be able to take showers in the Camping Areas:

  • 1st Camp (Wayllabamba) – Hot showers available. These are provided on the premises of a local family, who charge 10 Peruvian soles per person.
  • 2nd Camp (Pacaymayo) – Very cold showers. We do not recommend taking a shower here, as it could be dangerous, the place generally has a cold climate and also with a high elevation (3,600 m.a.s.l.).
  • 3rd Camp (Winay Wayna) – Cold water showers. Despite this situation, some tourists who arrive here usually take a shower, especially when the day is hot and sunny.

Regarding Bathroom Services, there will be access to them. At the beginning of the hike, in the places where you will have lunch, when you arrive at Machu Picchu and in the Camping area we find these facilities.

14. WHAT TIME WILL WE RETURN TO CUSCO?

On the last day, after visiting Machu Picchu, we will take a bus for 25 minutes to the village of Aguas Calientes. Then have lunch at a local restaurant and after a train ride of 1 hour and 45 minutes until the Ollantaytambo Train Station. There a tourist bus will be waiting for a two-hour trip back to Cusco City. We have two train schedules: from 4:20 p.m. or 6:20 p.m. (time to be confirmed depending on Peru Rail availability)

15. IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, CAN I CONTACT INCREDIBLE PERU TOURS?

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

You can contact us anytime, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will be very happy to help you, call us at Cell phone: +51 984525006 / WhatsApp: +51 984683047 or send an email to: info@inca-trail.tours, or also consult the Contact us link on this website.

16. WHY SHOULD I BOOK MY TOUR WITH INCREDIBLE PERU TOURS?

There are very good reasons to book your excursion with us, let’s see some:

  • Excellent location of Our Travel Office that allows better coordination at any time. We are located in Cusco City’s Historic Downtown.
  • Excursion organized by an Authorized Peruvian Tourism Agency. We are 100% local workers. We are very proud to be Peruvian and have the great opportunity to share our culture with you, with more than 15 years of experience organizing the best tours to the most incredible tourist destinations in our region. We have all our documentation updated and valid, complying with all the procedures and regulations before the Local Government, thus being a Travel Agency recognized as an Authorized Operator of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – 2020, this provides support and trust. It also guarantees our seriousness and commitment to your satisfaction, which will be met with great responsibility and enormous pleasure.
  • The Best Price for your trip and without hidden charges. Getting the best price is great and getting the best value is even better. We provide an All Inclusive Service trip at an affordable price, giving you the best Offers. We save you the search time with our Low Price Guarantee. How did we achieve this?… Simply because we are the Direct Tour Operator managing business costs locally and employing local people to conduct your trip and without any intermediary.
  • Travel with Experts: The best Tourist Guides, Cooks and Porters in the region. Our Care Staff, locally known as “The Steel Team” are highly trained to serve all types of groups, families, friends, couples and all those who love outdoor activities.
  • High Quality Equipment for your Trip. From a simple trekking pillow to the most sophisticated hiking stick, going through the most comfortable sleeping tents and the best quality feather sleeping bags that guarantee a good rest. We buy new equipment every year, with a 2-year rotation, constantly looking for the best brands that are the most comfortable and safe for your trek.
  • Excellent meals – All included. You don’t have to worry about food, because we include all meals during the whole Trek. Our cook will impress you with the quality of the food prepared in a small tent and small kitchen. Everything is prepared with fresh ingredients, we do not use canned or dehydrated food. In addition, we can prepare vegetarian or special diets according to your needs free of any extra charge.
  • Confirmed and guaranteed departures. We are the only Tour Operator that guarantees all the departures, since we Operate 100% of our Treks. Other agencies hope and wait to have enough clients to start with a Tour. Even if we only have a single traveler for a Travel Date, this trip will be operated by us at the prices listed on this website and without surcharge. Normally our groups are small and with an average of 4 to 8 people.
  • We treat our travel staff in the best way and are committed to the social projects of our region. We practice good treatment mainly for our workers. That is why we provide Inca Trail tickets, accommodation, transportation, uniforms and good food for all our staff. The cooks and porters have paid Health Insurance and all of them have reasonable salaries according to the work they do. We are also committed to social projects that sponsor benefits for children in local communities in Health and Education, helping to improve their living conditions.
  • We practice Sustainable and Responsible Tourism. We are an ecological company, committed to the environment and to the sustainable use of ecological resources, Tourism must have a minimal impact. One important contribution is that our kitchen staff use biodegradable dishwasher detergents. In addition, we constantly participate in Cleaning Campaigns of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
  • Personalized Service and Support. When you ask a question, we will always reply. We are here to help provide personalized care and support. Call or email our contact center from anywhere, anytime.

Availability and prices

IMPORTANT

  • The available permits shown on our website are always Updated and in Real Time.
  • The permits available at any moment are being purchased, so their number will decrease as the hours and days go, until they are finished.
  • Please note the permits available are not only for our Company, but for all Authorized Tour Operators to work on this route.
  • We recommend to book your excursion as soon as possible, to avoid missing out on this great experience.
  • If you are interested in doing this route and want to reserve permits, or want more information, please contact us: Cell: +51 984525006 / WhatsApp: +51 984683047 or write to: info@incredibleperutours.com

PRICES FOR THE EXCLUSIVE SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS IN PRIVATE SERVICE – 2023 / 2024

We are committed to providing you with Safety and the Best Service at the Best Price, which is why throughout 2023 we are maintaining all our prices from the year 2022.

⇒For this incredible route, we are currently operating in Private Service, so you will enjoy and travel alone with your friends and/or family, according to the number of people that make up your group. Remember this is an All Inclusive Service.

Nº OF TRAVELLERSPRICE FOR EACH PERSON
From 2 to 3 people:$650 per person
From 4 to 5 people:$620 per person
From 6 to 7 people:$580 per person
From 8 to 9 people:$540 per person
From 10 to more:$500 per person

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS

For this Tour we have discounts and special rates for infants, children and students:

  • FOR INFANTS (Between 0 and 2 years old): THEY DO NOT PAY, Free of charge traveling with their parents, you just have to send us online a passport photo of the infant.
  • FOR CHILDREN (Between 3 and 8 years old): US$ 100 DISCOUNT. To access this Discount, you just have to send us online a photo of the child’s passport.
  • FOR STUDENTS (Between 9 and 25 years old): US$ 40 DISCOUNT. To access this Discount, apply in the following cases:

⇒ STUDENTS OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES (For young people between 9 and 17 years of age): you only have to send us online a photo of the student’s Passport.

⇒ UNIVERSITY STUDENTS (For young people from 18 to 25 years of age): you only have to send us online a photo of your current Student Card. We accept all Student Cards of all Universities of the World. Students aged 26 and over are considered Adults.

OPTIONAL SERVICES:

If you wish, for an additional cost you have the option of adding to this tour, up to one day before the trip, at our Main Office located in Cusco City’s Historic Downtown, some extra services such as:

  • Rental of a Pair of Hiking Poles for the entire route for $15.00
  • Entrance Ticket to Huayna Picchu Mountain (request it when booking this Excursion because it is subject to availability, only 400 permits per day + $75.00).
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu Mountain (request it when booking this Excursion because it is subject to availability, only 400 permits per day + $75.00).
  • Pick up from Cusco City Airport and transfer to your hotel $10.00 per person.
  • Pick up from your Hotel and transfer to Cusco City Airport $10.00 per person.
  • Return train on VISTADOME category to Ollantaytambo $40.00 per person.

PLEASE CONSIDER:

Consider the following points:

  • Prices are shown in US dollars (USD $) and are per person.
  • Please note that a minimum of 2 people is required to book this trek.
  • Our passion is group travel, so if you are traveling with friends, family or children, get in touch to offer you our promotions.
  • Our company also has promotions and discounts for student groups. Contact us to receive our offers.
  • For your peace of mind and comfort, our tours do not have any hidden charges or expenses.
  • If you are interested in doing this route and want to book, or want more information, please contact us:
  • Cell: +51 984 525 006
  • WhatsApp: +51 984 683 047
  • E-mail: info@incredibleperutours.com
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Enzo A
Enzo A
29/11/2023
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Camino Salkantay Todo excelente, partiendo desde la agencia y su personal que en todo momento ha estado atento, asi como guia, cocinero, etc que se portaron 10 puntos. Muy rica la comida y alta la variedad dado que hablamos fe cocina de montaña, nos sorprendió. El guia en todo momento respeto nuestros tiempos y silencio en aquellos momentos en los que solamente queríamos apreciar la naturaleza.
Mercedes S
Mercedes S
29/11/2023
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Excelente el camino del inca Excelente experiencia vivida durante los 4 dias. Nos trataron muy buen cuidando cada detalle del camino. El guio nos explicaba todos los detalles del recorrido. Excelente el personal q nos acompaño
Stella M B
Stella M B
27/11/2023
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Excelente experiencia en Camino del Inca El servicio de todo el equipo es impecable. Súper organizados: desde el momento de la reserva, el briefing y todo el recorrido. Gilbert, nuestro guía, nos acompaño estos 4 días brindándonos toda la información de este camino y cultura, con muy buena onda y saca las mejores fotos! El servicio de todo el equipo de apoyo, porteadores, cocineros, es excelente, servicial y de calidad. Fue una gran experiencia, inolvidable. 100% recomendado para hacer el camino del inca con ellos.
Tommaso Zucchetti
Tommaso Zucchetti
30/09/2023
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Strongly recommended for the Inca Trail Great tour operator for the Inca Trail. Very organized and reliable. Hector, our guide, was always helpful and very clear in the explanations. The porter team is incredible and our chef javier a fantastic cook, making every day full meals for us. Organized transport with a private van on the way to km 82 and train + bus back to Cusco. Everything was perfect, allowing us to enjoy the trail in the best way possible.
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Jet53388266827
21/09/2023
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TREKKING SALKANTAY INOLVIDABLE Organización excelente, excursión única y maravillosa, nuestro guía Héctor y el cocinero Elias grandísimos profesionales y mejores personas. Gracias por haber hecho de esta aventura una experiencia extraordinaria.
Andrea R
Andrea R
20/09/2023
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Experiencia auténtica con el mejor equipo Una experiencia inolvidable, muchos sitios arqueológicos que ver y un cambio de paisaje espectacular. El equipo de Vidal, el cocinero Luis y nuestros 6 porteadores estuvieron de lo más atentos con nosotros. Nunca imaginé comer tan bien en alta montaña ni recibir una atención tal. Gracias a ellos!
Gabriel P
Gabriel P
20/09/2023
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Muy buena experiencia, excelentes vistas muy buena organización y excelente comida el guía muy amable y experimentado Muy buena experiencia, bonito paisajes y una excelente organización, todo muy cordinado y la comida muy buena. El guía tiene mucha experiencia. Llevar ropa adecuada, chamarras e impermeable
Alvaro E
Alvaro E
20/09/2023
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Excelente servicio y Guía Excelente experiencia, nos atendieron muy bien, la comida riquísima , el guía (Brayan) con la mejor actitud, mucha experiencia y la mejor disposición. Las acomodaciones muy bien. El viaje superó todas las expectativas
guillaume F
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Más que me lo esperaba Compartimos una experiencia inolvidable con nuestro guía Vidal, el cocinero Luis y su equipo. Todo fue genial, tanto el camino mismo cómo todas las personas que nos atendieron, desde Paul por WhatsApp que contestaba al minuto cuando teníamos cualquier duda hasta todos los detalles del equipo.
Elena M
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