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 3-day trip where you will experience camping in a private ecological campsite

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

  • Check out our post on travelling from Lima to Cusco.
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 from Hidroeletrica 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

Cusco - Sorayapampa - Chaullay

 We pick you up at 3:00 am from your hotel and travel by bus to mollepata and then soraypampa. A 3 hour walk will take us to soyroqocha where we will have the lunch with the beautiful ca pped mountain Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft) We will begin our climb to the highest point on this trek which is on 4 650 m.a.s.l15200 ft.taking in the beautiful landscape along the way and once we get to the top the pass we go down to the campsite of Arrayanniyoq  or Chaullay depends how you walk the first day
Day2

Arrayanniyoq - Chaullay - Collpampa - La Playa

COLLPAPAMPA-LA PLAYA”]After the breakfast we go down (downhill) through a dramatic cloud, where we will have lunch. After the lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo or luch stopvariety of little brooks to reach La Playa late in the Afternoon we can go to the Natural Hot spring of Santa Tersa ( this service is optional and you need to pay for the round trip bus from La Playa to The Hot-spring),. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants and also we very warm area (optional visit the Natural Hot-spring) to Hydrolectric where we are going to have 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.
Day3

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 Eletrica after 2 hours travelling 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)

Laguna Humantay, Humantay Lake
Salkantay Trek, Kinty Travel Cusco
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
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

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
May 12, 2019

I embarked on Salkantay Trek with Kinty Travel and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.The tour was organised perfectly and cannot imagine a better way this could have been done. The food was amazing, I am still wondering how did they manage to offer all these options.Thank you Kinty Travel for this incredible experience.

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