Salkantay Trek is the best alternative to the renowned Inca Trail (with the real and old fashioned camping!). With lowland jungle high snow-capped mountains and a visit to the Inca site of Llactapata, the trek offers a perfect blend of trekking, nature and culture.

Salkantay Trek lets you immerse in the blissful beauty of Andes with no distractions that you could find whilst on Inca Trail.

  • Hike through the Vilcabamba Mountain Range and see the incredible landscape

  • A 5-day trip where you will experience camping in a private ecological campsite

  • Enjoy the spectacular sunset and sunrise over the Machu Picchu mountain

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Cusco Hotel Transfer
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Professional bilingual tour guide
Entrance fees to The Salkantay Trek
Briefing time about the Salkantay Trek One day before
Liners for your sleeping bags
Second day Andean ceremony, offering to the mother earth
Minimum number of pax 02 maximum 10 pax
Collection from your hotel (we pick you up from where you are staying)
Private transport to Soraypampa ( trailhead)
Private transport back to Cusco
Entrance fee Machu Picchu
Food: *3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 3 dinners
3-people tents capacity jus for two paxs only to have more space to store your luggage( 4season tent)
Camping equipment (tent, cooking and eating tent. Chairs and tables)
Thermarest(air mat) sleeping mat
Horseman, mules or porters (they just carry cooking stuff and camping equipment) and 7 kilos from your personal things
7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carry by the horses
1 night accommodation in our 3 stars Hotel at  Aguas Calientes(private-room, cable tv, wi fi)
Bio-degradable personal hand soaps and Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
First Aid kit
*Vegetarian/special diet options available
NOT INCLUDED
Entrance  fees to Waynapicchu.( if you take this entrance it will be charge 30 dollars to the original price)
Extra horse to ride or for any extra backpack
Sleeping Bags
Tips for the guide and crew

Note: if you need something to hire from us, we will for you, without any deposit (because most of the rent camping shops use to ask like 50 or 60 dollars for anything you want to take.

Day1

Challacancha - Sorayapmpa

We pick you up from your hotel and then we go the bus station and travel by bus for about 3 hours to Mollepata where we will have breakfast this firs breakfast need to be order in a local restaurant in Mollepata after that we take again the private transport until Challacancha where is going to start our trek. A 3 hour walk will take us to Soraypampa  where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay; 4120m/13500ft and Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft) – just the start! We will begin our trek towards Soraypamapa, our first campsite (3800 m/11750ft; the highest and coldest campsite of the trip) taking in the beautiful landscape along the way  as optional visit we will go to Humantay lake  which is 1 hour walking from Soraypampa our first Campsite.
Day2

Sorayapampa - Chaullay or Collpampa (Mighty Salkantay)

We will have breakfast at around 5.30am and begin our walk to the highest pass on this trek (4650m/15200ft) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible. There is a possibility of snow here. After a rest, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud  forest towards Huayracpunku, where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach our second campsite, Chaullay or Colcapampa (3000m/9800ft).
Day3

Chaullay - La Playa (The Coffee Plantation)

 After breakfast, at 6.30am, we start trekking for the day through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of little brooks to reach La Playa walking about 6 hours where we will Camp at a coffee plantation where we will learn about the process  of the coffee so we will harvest, toast and ground the coffee as part of this trek  . Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits ,plants and as soon as we are at la playa place where we are going to camp at a coffee plantation, on the other hand the  horses will go back to Mollepata. from here there are an optional thing to do so we  can take a local bus to drive one hour to get to Santa Teresa where we can enjoy the natural hot spring ( bus fares and entrance fees to the the natural hot spring is not included in this tour).
Day4

La Playa Coffee Plantation to Llactapata or Santa Teresa - Hidroeletrica - Aguas Calientes

Highlights of today: The best day of the trek! We will try to get as early as possible to Llactapata. We hike up through a part of the original Inca trail and get some experience of the native people who live here in the area. Have a chance to harvest several fruits and have one of the best views of the Urubamba valley. See The Salkantay Mountain in the background and have your first glance on Machu Picchu! We will have breakfast at 8am and leave our campsite at la Playa we will walk for about 20 minutes to get to Lucmabamba so will do the original Inca Trail trail of Lacctapata from this place we can see Machupicchu  and Huaynapicchu from far, after we arrive to Hydrolectric where we are going to have our lunch  then we continue walking, passing a variety of crop plantations, coca, banana  we will be walking about two and half hours along the train road till reaching Aguas Calientes town where we will spend the night in a hostel. In Aguas Calientes, you can take advantage of the thermal springs in the town (entrance 10 soles) a real treat after finishing the trek. 
Day5

Machu Picchu

We wake up early morning about 4 am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and leave to walk up to Machu Picchu which takes one and half hours up to Machu Picchu but there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30 to Machu Picchu (25-minutes long ) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top. Then you  will walk back from Aguas Calientes to Hidro Electrica where a private transport will wait for you and will take you  back to Cusco to your Hotel.

A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the program
Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
Sun block
After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
Handkerchiefs
Toilet paper
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into the Inca Trail. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
Optionally: water- sterilising tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
Small towel
Swimsuit (if you wish to take a bath in the hot springs)
Cash in soles and/or US$
Original passport
Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)

Salkantay Trek, Kinty Travel Cusco
Laguna Humantay, Humantay Lake
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek, Kinty Travel Cusco
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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