Salkantay Trek 5 Day Hiking Tour

Embark on an extraordinary journey to the renowned Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, via the Best Salkantay Trek Route. With the guidance of expert tour leaders.

Hike The Classic Salkantay Trekking To Machu Picchu

Discover the famous Salkantay Trek, recognized as one of the top 25 treks worldwide by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. This incredible journey is accessible to all, with no limitations on spaces or permits (for now).

Venturing from Mollepata, Cusco to Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trek unveils an ancient and remote footpath amidst the awe-inspiring region where towering snowcapped mountains meet lush tropical rainforests.

Less than fifty miles northwest of Cusco, in south-central Peru, stands the magnificent Mount Salkantay, reaching an impressive height of 6,271 meters (20,574 ft) above sea level. This glacier-capped summit has been revered by locals for millennia, with “Savage Mountain” being its Quechua name.

Our classic Salkantay Trek is a carefully crafted alternative to the traditional Inca Trail, offering an off-the-beaten-path experience for adventure seekers. Get ready for an exceptional journey filled with stunning vistas, privacy, and the peaceful contemplation that this sacred path deserves.

NOTE: Kindly inform us promptly if you are interested in booking the Inca Trail. The Inca hike allows only 500 people per day, including Tour guides and porters, as regulated by the local authorities. For optimal availability, during the peak season of June/July/August, we suggest securing your Inca Trail permit at least 8 months in advance. During the remaining months, we recommend securing your Machu Picchu entrance and Huaynapicchu Ticket at least four months ahead.

Salkantay Tour 5 Days Hike

Price $650.00 USD 8+pp

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Tour highlights

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Exploring the colonial city of Cusco, Discover Hidden Places with our experts tour Leaders in Peru

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Get ready to Explore in the mesmerizing Sacred Valley of the Incas and level up your hiking skills!

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Hike the world-famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu at a pace that is out of sync with the crowds
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Stay at less crowded, quieter campsites; visit Inca ruins that others skip; and see Machu Picchu twice!

What’s included

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Private guide, leading you to the awe-inspiring wonder of Machu Picchu.

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Hotel accommodations in Cusco & Sacred Valley, for every budget.

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Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge
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Door to Door service
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Meet and greet airport service

Highlights

Salkantay Pre-trek Information

How To Get To Cusco City?

Currently, the airport in Cusco serves exclusively domestic flights. As a result, all international travelers arriving by plane must disembark in Lima and proceed through Customs.

Even if your flight to Cusco is scheduled on the same day with the same airline carrier, it is necessary to retrieve your luggage in Lima and check it in again.

The best way to reach Cusco is by air, and luckily there are several options from different airlines. Start Peru or LAN are highly recommended, although they can be a bit pricey. They offer the most flights and flexibility.

Just keep in mind that delays or cancellations may occur. The high altitude of Cusco makes landing a bit challenging, especially in bad weather conditions. If you’re up for an adventure, bus travel is always an option.

Although it can be a long journey, the buses in Peru are well-maintained and quite comfortable. This option is particularly encouraged if you’re coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Arequipa, Puno. If you’re traveling from Lima, be prepared for a 21-hour bus ride. Safe travels!

How To Treat The Elevation In Cusco Peru

Treating elevation (altitude) sickness in a place like Cusco, Peru, which sits at a high elevation of about 3,400 meters (11,150 feet), requires some precautions and strategies to help your body acclimate to the thin air.

Altitude sickness can range from mild discomfort to severe symptoms, so it’s important to take it seriously. Here’s how you can treat elevation sickness:

1. Acclimatization:

Gradual Ascent: If possible, try to gradually ascend to higher altitudes over a few days rather than going directly from sea level to Cusco’s altitude.
Take Breaks: Plan for rest days or shorter activities upon arrival to allow your body to adjust.

2. Hydration:

Drink Plenty of Water: Staying well-hydrated helps your body cope with altitude. Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption, as they can contribute to dehydration.

3. Rest:

Allow for Rest: Listen to your body and get plenty of sleep during the first few days at high altitude. Avoid overexertion.

4. Diet:

– Eat Lightly: Consume easily digestible foods and avoid heavy, greasy meals that can stress your digestive system.

5. Medications:

Diamox (Acetazolamide): This prescription medication can help prevent and alleviate altitude sickness Please consult a doctor before using it and discuss potential side effects.

6. Supplemental Oxygen:

– In severe cases, supplemental oxygen might be necessary. Some hotels in high-altitude areas offer oxygen tanks for guests.

7. Avoid Alcohol and Smoking:

– Alcohol and smoking can worsen the effects of altitude sickness. It’s best to avoid them while acclimating.

8. Listen to Your Body:

– Pay attention to any symptoms like headache, shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue, or dizziness. If symptoms worsen, it’s crucial to descend to a lower altitude.

9. Natural Remedies:

– Some people find relief from altitude sickness by drinking coca tea, a traditional remedy in the Andes. However, it’s important not to overdo it, as excessive consumption could have negative effects.

10. Consult a Doctor:

– If you have a history of heart or lung problems, or if you’re concerned about altitude sickness, consult a doctor before traveling to high altitudes.

Remember that everyone’s body reacts differently to altitude, and there’s no way to completely avoid altitude sickness. It’s essential to be prepared, give your body time to acclimate, and seek medical attention if symptoms become severe.

How Is The Weather In Cusco Peru?

Cusco, Peru, has a temperate and relatively mild climate due to its elevation in the Andes Mountains. The city’s high altitude of around 3,400 meters (11,150 feet) influences its weather patterns. The climate is characterized by distinct wet and dry seasons. Here’s an overview of the weather in Cusco:

1. Dry Season (May to September):

– This is considered the best time to visit Cusco, as it experiences less rainfall and generally clearer skies.
– Daytime temperatures are mild, ranging from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F).
– Nights can be chilly, with temperatures dropping to around 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F).
– It’s the peak tourist season, so expect larger crowds, especially around popular attractions like Machu Picchu.

2. Wet Season (October to April):
  1. The wet season in Cusco coincides with the Southern Hemisphere’s summer and is characterized by more frequent rainfall.
    – Daytime temperatures during this period are similar to the dry season, but nights might be slightly warmer.
  2. Rainfall is heaviest from November to March, with January and February being the rainiest months.
  3. Rain showers can be intense but are often followed by periods of sunshine.
  4. This season is considered the low tourist season, so there might be fewer crowds and lower prices on accommodations and tours.

Keep in mind that weather can be unpredictable, even during the dry season, due to the city’s high elevation. It’s a good idea to pack layers, including warm clothing for the nights, as well as waterproof gear for potential rain showers. Additionally, the weather in Cusco can vary based on the specific month and even week, so checking a reliable weather forecast before your trip is recommended.

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Health Concert Along the Inca Trail

Open communication with your Tour Leader regarding any health conditions or concerns is vital. Although our guides are not medical professionals, they are equipped with first-aid training. Additionally, we collaborate with a clinic in Cusco to provide support to our team when needed.

Please that you assess whether a Tour is suitable for you. Consulting your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in planned activities is recommended. It’s also important to seek your physician’s advice regarding vaccinations and medical precautions.

Please note that One Travel Destinations does not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level, and medical needs.

Severe Altitude Sickness

If you experience severe altitude sickness or any other condition that prevents you from hiking, but you still want to visit Machu Picchu, we will gladly assist you in coordinating a train trip. Please note that since this will be a new itinerary, additional fees may apply. However, we will make every effort to utilize as much of the original plan as possible to keep costs to a minimum.

If you encounter difficulties during your hike and are unable to proceed, a dedicated porter will accompany you to the nearest road. They will wait while a car is arranged to pick you up and transport you to the closest health clinic for assistance.

Comparison Between Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain

  • Machu Picchu Mountain: Price $80.00
    Time: The hike to the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain usually takes about 3 to 4 hours round trip, depending on your pace.
  • Distance: The trail is approximately 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) one way, making it a total hike of about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).
  • Location: Machu Picchu Mountain is located to the northwest of the Machu Picchu archaeological site itself. It offers panoramic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding area.

Huayna Picchu Mountain:

Price $80.00
– Time: The hike to the top of Huayna Picchu generally takes around 2 to 3 hours round trip.
– Distance: The trail is shorter but steeper, with a distance of about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) each way, making it a total hike of around 2 kilometers (1.2 miles).
– Location: Huayna Picchu is the iconic mountain that rises directly behind Machu Picchu. It offers breathtaking views of Machu Picchu and the Urubamba River valley.

Both mountains require a separate entrance ticket and have limited daily slots due to conservation efforts and the preservation of the sites. The hikes are considered moderately challenging and involve steep ascents, uneven terrain, and sections with stairs and narrow pathways. It’s important to consider your fitness level and any altitude-related factors before attempting either hike.

Machu Picchu entrance Times and Circuits

As of our last update in September 2023, Machu Picchu has specific entrance time slots to manage the flow of visitors and preserve the site. These times may vary, so it’s important to confirm the current entrance times with our office before your visit. Here’s a general idea of the entrance times:

There are typically two entrance time slots for Machu Picchu:

1. Morning Entrance:

– The morning entrance allows you to enter Machu Picchu early in the day.
– It often starts around 6:00 AM and lasts until around noon.
– This entrance time is popular for visitors who want to experience Machu Picchu in the cooler morning hours and have more time to explore the site.

2. Afternoon Entrance:

– The afternoon entrance is usually from around 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM.
– This time slot is often less crowded than the morning entrance and can be a good option if you prefer a quieter experience.

It’s also important to book your tickets well in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to secure your preferred entrance time.

Pre Departure Briefing

We kindly request you to join us at our office for the pre-trek briefing, which takes place at 7:00 PM on the evening before your trek. If you are unable to attend at this time, we would be more than happy to arrange an alternative time that suits you. The briefing session typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes, during which you will also be provided with your duffel bags for the Inca Trail, spanning 4 days.

The 2D/1N Short Inca Trail Trek with HOTEL package does not include a briefing session. However, our friendly office staff will be more than happy to assist you and review all the necessary details during your check-in time at the hotel. Rest assured, we are dedicated to providing you with a seamless and enjoyable experience throughout your trek.

Duffel Bags For Each Hiker

During your Meeting, duffel bags will be waiting for you at the briefing. Our dedicated porters will take care of carrying them, ensuring they are returned to you at each campsite, so you can focus on enjoying your adventure. The duffel bags measure 65 cm long X 30 cm wide (equivalent to 2ft long X 1ft wide) to accommodate your essentials.

It’s important to note that each duffel bag has a maximum weight allowance of 7kg. Out of this, 4kg is allocated for your clothes and other personal items, leaving you with a remaining 3kg specifically designated for your cozy sleeping bag and comfortable pad. We want to make sure you have all you need to have a restful night’s sleep amidst the breathtaking surroundings of your journey.

Pick-Up Time For The Inca Trail Trek

ONE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS stands out as one of the few companies that offers hotel pick-up services. If your accommodation is located within Cusco City’s central area, your Tour Guide will arrange the pick-up time during the briefing session. Please note that pick-up times may vary by 30 – 45 minutes due to traffic conditions and previous pickups.

Cusco, a city steeped in history, boasts charming cobblestoned streets and narrow passageways. However, it’s important to note that smaller hotels and Airbnb options are often nestled in car-inaccessible streets, sometimes located on hilly terrains. As a result, hauling luggage could pose a challenge. For a more convenient stay, we highly recommend selecting accommodations with improved accessibility. We have curated a list of comfortable hotels that are easily reachable for both pick-up and drop-off purposes.

Certain treks offer the convenience of pickups in the mesmerizing Sacred Valley, as described in detail below.

The List below outlines potential pickup locations for the start of our tour.

Trek Possible Starting Locations
  1. Inca Trails Cusco, Urubamba, Yunahuara & Ollantaytambo
  2. Salkantay Treks – Only Cusco
  3. Lares Trek – Only Cusco
  4. Huchuy Qosqo Trek – Only Cusco
  5. Ausangate and Rainbow Trek – Only Cusco
  6. Day Tours Cusco, Urubamba & Ollantaytambo

Return To Cusco After Your Hike

Returning From Machu Picchu requires a lot of logistics, which are all included in your tour.

From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, you will take a 25-minute bus down to the village. Buses are first come first serve and run all day.
You will take a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. Your guide will give you your train tickets with train time. Make sure you get to the platform 30 minutes ahead of time.

* Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo is 2 hours

* Train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy is 3.5 hours

Once you arrive at the train station, look for a gentleman wearing our Logo sign. He will then drive you to San Francisco Square, Cusco

* Van ride from Ollantaytambo to nearby San Francisco Square is 2 hours Aprox.

* Van ride from Poroy to nearby San Francisco Square is 30 minutes

Once you arrive near San Francisco Square, you will separate into separate pre-paid taxis and be driven back to your hotel.

Salkantay Trek Information

The hike along the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu is an awe-inspiring adventure that ranks as one of the most breathtaking Destinations in Peru!

How Beutiful is the Salkantay Trek?

Embark on an extraordinary journey as you traverse the rugged Andes, marvel at undulating terrain, and discover the lush hillsides along the Unique Salkantay Trail.
For those planning to conquer this memorable trek, here are some key points to keep in mind. Get ready to experience the historical and cultural beauty of the Inca with an adventure like no other!

Why you should Hike the Salkantay Trail?

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a beautiful experience that attracts people with diverse motivations. It’s a journey to one of the most mysterious places on Earth, making it the trip of a lifetime for many.

While some opt for the Salkantay Trail due to the unavailability of Inca Trail Permits, others are enticed by the opportunity for self-discovery and a sense of accomplishment that accompanies this scenic hike.
But what truly sets the Salkantay Trek apart is the combination of incredible food, breathtaking landscapes, intense emotions, expert support, and a strong sense of camaraderie. It’s no wonder that this legendary hike is cherished by adventurers worldwide.

Regardless of your skill level, gender, or travel experience, the Salkantay Trek welcomes hikers from all walks of life. And with an awe-inspiring grand finale waiting at the end of the road, this adventure promises an unforgettable journey. Get ready to embark on an extraordinary experience!

Salkantay Pass Elevation

Embark on the incredible Salkantay hike, spanning 37 miles and traversing the majestic Vilcabamba Mountain Range. While it may not be as renowned as Everest or Annapurna, this adventure guarantees exhilarating hill climbing amid unpredictable weather and challenging terrain—even during the so-called dry season.

Prepare to cross the awe-inspiring Abra Salkantay Pass, boasting an elevation of 4630 meters (15190 feet) above sea level. Descend into the enchanting cloud forest, ascend to the mesmerizing Inca ruins of Llactapata for a breathtaking view of Machu Picchu, and unwind at the rejuvenating hot springs of Cocalmayo before reaching Machu Picchu Pueblo.

Join us for an unforgettable journey, filled with exploration, wonder, and an extraordinary connection with nature. Let the Salkantay Route be your gateway to unforgettable memories and awe-inspiring moments.

How long does it take to Hike to Machu Picchu?

Did you know that the Salkantay Trail offers an incredible 5-day hiking journey to reach the picturesque Machu Picchu? On the final day, you’ll enjoy a delightful 2-hour hike from Aguas Calientes town up to the majestic entrance of the citadel. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

Salkantay Trek Distance

The incredible Salkantay Trek spans approximately 60 kilometers (or 37 miles), offering a rewarding challenge for adventurers. Depending on your fitness level, you can expect to trek for about 6 to 7 hours per day during the first three days and around 3 hours for the final leg from Santa Teresa to Machu Picchu Pueblo.

But here’s an exciting twist: you have the option to customize your trekking experience! By taking a car ride from Sahuayaco to Santa Teresa and hopping on a train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes, you can modify the total distance while still embracing the awe-inspiring beauty of this remarkable journey. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to create your own unforgettable Salkantay adventure!

This Is Our Service Along Salkantay Trek 5 Days

LOCALLY OWNED COMPANY.

Founded by former Inca Trail Tour Leaders founder of Blissful Travel Escapes. One Travel Destinations is a locally-owned company in Cusco, Peru. It proudly stands as the sole tour operator and agency with deep roots in the region, offering unparalleled expertise and insider knowledge.

OUR CAMPING EQUIPMENT.

With its dedication to utilizing top-of-the-line equipment like REI tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags, One Travel Destinations has established itself as a trailblazer in the industry, driving impactful change.

FOOD.

On this remarkable Salkantay Trail 5 Days Trail hike with One Travel Destinations, where indulging in culinary delights is almost guaranteed. Our talented chefs undergo specialized training annually to craft exquisite meals throughout the journey.

Prepared with fresh ingredients, our buffet-style food selection includes delectable options spanning breakfast, snacks, and lunches complete with soup, main courses, and hot beverages.

To welcome you at each campsite, we’ll treat you to a delightful hot drink during our happy hours. For dinner, be prepared for a culinary journey featuring soup, main courses, and desserts. As an added convenience, we ensure all hikers have access to potable drinking water while on the trails.

PORTABLE TOILETS.

At One Travel Destinations, we prioritize the comfort and convenience of our valued clients. That’s why we offer exclusive access to portable ecological toilets at all of our campsites.

Rest assured, these facilities are available solely for the private use of our esteemed clientele, ensuring a seamless and eco-friendly experience for everyone involved.

PERSONAL PORTER.

Our hiking services encompass Horses and Staff assistance, allowing travelers to bring along 7 kg (16 pounds) of personal belongings while on the trail. Our dedicated Staff will shoulder the responsibility of carrying all your belongings, ensuring your trek is hassle-free and enjoyable.

HOTEL TO HOTEL SERVICE.

One Travel Destinations provides convenient hotel-to-hotel service for all our travelers. Our comprehensive services start by offering direct pick-up from your Cusco hotel accommodation and conclude with a seamless drop-off in Cusco. Experience seamless and hassle-free transportation throughout your journey with us.

FREE LUGGAGE STORAGE.

At One Travel Destinations, we go the extra mile to provide exceptional service. That’s why we offer complimentary luggage storage for all your extra bags and personal belongings.

So, whether you’re exploring the city or catching a flight, you can trust us to keep your belongings safe and secure while you enjoy your journey worry-free. Experience hassle-free travel with One Travel Destinations!

TOP QUALITY SERVICE.

We are the only company that prides itself on consistently receiving excellent reviews on TRIPADVISOR. Our satisfied customers have raved about our exceptional services, describing the unforgettable experiences they’ve had on our tours.

With us, you can expect nothing less than a remarkable journey filled with immersive adventures, knowledgeable guides, and delightful discoveries. Join us for a tour that will leave you with cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Itinerary

Salkantay Hike 5 Days Highlight

Inca Trail - KM-82

Fig.1 – Km 82 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Trekking with One Travel Destinations

The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group, and the guide may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.

The Salkantay trail is not open in February

Campsites or itineraries are subject to change, depending on the time of booking and availability of campsites.
The Ministry of Culture, the government institution responsible for operating the salkantay Ptrek, allocates campsites to authorized trekking companies on a first-come, first-served basis, so we cannot guarantee that all campsites described in this itinerary will be available when you book.

Booking Your Salkantay Hike to Machu Picchu

A scanned copy of your passport and a non-refundable deposit must be provided upon booking a Salkantay Trail hike. This is due to government regulations that require complete passport details and full payment of the Machu Picchu entrance fee in order to issue a permit.

Your reservation will only be confirmed when we have your entrance ticket in our hands.
NOTE: If your passport number changes after you book, you must tell us immediately or you may lose your booking!

If the name or number on your passport is different from the name or number on your permit, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.

You must carry your original passport with you on the trail.

If you booked a Salkantay Trail as a student rate, you must bring the required documentation on the trail with you. If you do not present this documentation, you will not be allowed to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund, nor given an opportunity to pay the full rate.

Extras & Upgrades fro Machu Picchu Tour

If you’d like to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, let us know at the time of booking as it requires a separate permit.
This trek includes transportation by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo followed by private vehicle transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Hike In Private Team!

Experience the Salkantay Trekking Tour to Machu Picchu, thoughtfully crafted for personalized hiking at your own pace. A dedicated team of porters, chefs, and guides will accompany you, ensuring a seamless journey. Take in the enchanting vistas, indulge in well-deserved breaks, and immerse yourself in the rich Inca culture.

If you would like a Group Tour: We can offer you the Classic Salkantay Trail group tour.
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Day ONE Cusco - Salkantay Campsite

Inca Trail - KM-82

Fig.1 -Piscacucho – Km 82 – Inca Trail.

Get ready for an incredible journey! We’ll pick you up around 5:15 from your respective hotels or locations in Cusco. Our destination: the charming village of Mollepata, just a two-hour drive away. Fuel up with a delicious breakfast and pay the 20-sole entrance fee to the local municipality ( included in the tour cost).

Next stop: Soraypampa! Buckle up as we continue by car for another hour, where our trusty muleteers and horses await. They’ll carry our gear, food, and 7 kilos of personal belongings per hiker during the trek. Our adventure kicks off with a two-hour uphill hike to the breathtaking Humantay Lake.

Time to immerse ourselves in the beauty of the lake. Capture stunning photos, explore, and listen to our knowledgeable guide as they share insights about the significance of this enchanting lagoon. Afterward, we’ll embark on a two-hour downhill hike to our exclusive Quiswarniyoc campsite, where a mouthwatering lunch awaits.

With a satisfied appetite, you’ll have free time to discover the awe-inspiring surroundings. Consider an optional hike to the Salkantay Mirador for panoramic views that will leave you in awe. Or simply unwind in our Mountain Sky Huts or glass igloos, featuring glass doors and comfortable amenities. As night falls, gaze at the mesmerizing illuminated sky that will surely captivate you.

Located at an altitude of 4,100 meters, the Quiswarniyoc private campsite offers an unforgettable experience. Prepare for short hikes, breathtaking mountain viewpoints, cascading waterfalls, and an adventure you’ll cherish forever. Let’s create memories together!

Day 01 trekking Details:

  1. Walking Distance: 13 km, approximately 6 hours of hiking
  2. Campsite Altitude: 4,100 meters above sea level
  3. Difficulty: Moderate day (acclimatizing to the Salkantay Trail)
  4. Weather: Warm and windy during the day, with very cold nights
  5. Accommodations: REI Tends
  6. Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, tea time, and dinner.

Experience the thrill of a mesmerizing 13 km hike on the breathtaking Salkantay Trail. Marvel at the captivating landscapes as you traverse diverse terrain and conquer ever-changing weather conditions. Take your time to acclimate to the 4,100-meter altitude at our campsite, ensuring a moderate day of trekking. This unforgettable adventure offers lasting memories that will stay with you for years to come.

Day 2: Salkantaypampa - Chaullay

Dead Woman Pass 4200m

Fig.2 – Dead Woman Pass Most Elevated Point Along the Inca Trail 4200m/13000f.

Get ready for an exhilarating day on the second leg of the Salkantay trek! Brace yourself as you tackle the most challenging segment, covering 20 kilometers and reaching the trek’s highest point at an awe-inspiring altitude of 4,630 meters above sea level.

Your adventure begins with a gentle wake-up call at 5:00 a.m. But don’t worry, our fantastic cooks will be there to serve you a comforting cup of hot coca tea. Start your day right with a hearty breakfast around 5:45 a.m.

Embrace a steady and manageable pace as you embark on a 3 to 4-hour uphill hike toward the trek’s pinnacle. Reaching 4,630 meters, you’ll be rewarded with unparalleled mountain vistas that will leave you breathless. Take a moment to capture stunning photographs and learn about the mythical mountain gods. Participate in a traditional Andean ritual to honor the revered Apus mountain god.

After this incredible experience, prepare for a 2-hour downhill hike before stopping for a well-deserved, mouthwatering lunch. Descend for another 3 hours, passing through captivating landscapes, until you reach the second camp—Chaullay. Nestled at an altitude of 2,900 meters, Chaullay marks the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon. Here, we provide you with top-notch camping equipment, hot tea to refresh you, and a delicious dinner to satisfy your appetite.

At Chaullay, take advantage of the opportunity for a rejuvenating hot shower for just 10 soles, provided by the friendly locals. And if you’re craving a refreshing drink, indulge yourself with ice-cold beer, soda, or water to enhance your camping experience.

Get ready for an unforgettable day full of adventure, breathtaking landscapes, and cultural immersion on the renowned Salkantay trek.

Day 02 trekking Details:

  1. Walking Distance: 22 km, approximately 9 hours of hiking
  2. Campsite Altitude: 2,900 meters above sea level
  3. Difficulty: Challenging day (conquering the highest point at 4,650 meters above sea level)
  4. Weather: Warm and windy during the day, with cold nights
  5. Accommodations: Camping Tents
  6. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, tea time, and dinner

Get ready for an exhilarating 22 km hike through the breathtaking landscapes of the Peruvian highlands! This challenging day will take you to the trek’s highest point an impressive 4,650 meters above sea level, with the campsite situated at 2,900 meters above sea level.

During the day, expect warm and windy conditions, but be prepared for significant temperature drops at nightfall. At the end of this demanding day, unwind and recharge at the comfortable Mountain Sky Huts, perfectly nestled in the stunning Andean backdrop.

Fuel up throughout the day with a selection of nourishing meals, including breakfast, lunch, tea time, and dinner, to keep your energy levels high as you embark on this unforgettable and thrilling trekking experience. Let’s make every step count!

Day 3: Chaullay - Hot Springs - Santa Teresa Camp
Winayhuayna Inca terraces

Fig.3 -Phuyu Patamarka third Campsiye avobe

Experience the magic of the lush jungle as you wake up on the third day of the trek. At around 5:30 am, our cooks will treat you to a cup of invigorating coca tea, followed by a delicious breakfast to fuel your adventure.

Get ready to embark on an exciting 5-hour hike through the enchanting Santa Teresa Valley, carved by the meandering Salkantay River. Along the way, be captivated by the thriving plantations of coffee, bananas, avocados, coca, passion fruit, and more. After a rewarding trek, you’ll reach Lucmabamba, the third campsite, and your lunch spot.

Indulge in a delightful lunch before venturing to Santa Teresa for the optional Colcampayo hot springs. Relax and rejuvenate in the pristine natural waters for a few hours, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. If relaxation is more your style, feel free to unwind at the campsite instead.

Afterward, a 1.5-hour car ride will bring you back to the campsite, where you can enjoy tea time, a delicious warm dinner, and gather around a cozy bonfire with your fellow trekkers. Please note that the hot springs activity is optional, ensuring that you have the flexibility to tailor your experience to your preferences.

Day 03 trekking Details:

  1. Walking Distance: 16 km, approximately 5 hours of hiking
  2. Campsite Altitude: 2,100 meters above sea level
  3. Difficulty: Easy and relaxing day
  4. Weather: Warm, hot, and tropical
  5. Accommodations: Sleeping in tents
  6. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, tea time, and dinner

Embark on an exciting 16 km hike, taking approximately 5 hours, as you venture through captivating landscapes and immerse yourself in the delightful, tropical climate. With the campsite nestled at an elevation of 2,100 meters, this day offers a more leisurely pace, allowing you to fully appreciate the breathtaking surroundings.

Anticipate warm and balmy temperatures throughout the day as you traverse this tropical paradise. After a rewarding day of hiking, take the opportunity to unwind and revitalize in the comfort of our provided tents, perfectly positioned against the backdrop of lush jungle foliage.

To keep your energy levels high and your taste buds satisfied, our team will delight you with a variety of nourishing meals, including a hearty breakfast, a delicious lunch, refreshing tea-time treats, and a satisfying dinner. Indulge in this unforgettable trekking experience, where each culinary offering adds to the overall enjoyment of your adventure.

Day 4: Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes Hotel
Machu Pichcu Lost Inca City

Fig.3 – Winayhuana Inca Site.

Get ready for an extraordinary and unforgettable adventure on the fourth day! We’ll take you to the stunning Inca site of Llactapata, offering a stunning view of Machu Picchu from a unique angle. It’s a true highlight of your journey, so start your day with an early breakfast around 5:30 am.

From Lucmabamba, get ready for a 3-hour uphill hike along the original Inca trail. This will lead you to the enchanting ruins of Llactapata, where you can soak in the breathtaking views of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountain. If Mother Nature is on our side, we might even catch a glimpse of the majestic Salkantay Mountain.

After exploring Llactapata, we’ll head downhill for 2 hours to Hidroelectrica, where you can recharge with a delicious lunch and some well-deserved relaxation. The final stretch of the day involves a 3-hour walk along the train tracks, which will lead us to the picturesque town of Aguas Calientes.

Once in Aguas Calientes, we’ll guide you to your hotel where you can freshen up and unwind. Then, at 7:00 p.m., we’ll all gather for a fantastic group dinner at a local restaurant. With excitement building up for the ultimate reward of visiting Machu Picchu the next day, you can rest peacefully at your hotel.

Get ready for an amazing day ahead!

Day 04 trekking details:

  1. Walking Distance: 22 KM – Approximately 8 hours of hiking
  2. Lodging Altitude: 2,000 meters (high) above sea level
  3. Difficulty: Challenging and long day
  4. Weather: Hot, very humid, and tropical
  5. Accommodations: Overnight stay at a hotel
  6. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Get ready for an intense yet incredibly rewarding day! You’ll conquer approximately 22 kilometers of hiking over 8 hours. This challenging trek is known for its varied terrain and distance, but it’s totally worth it. After all the adventure, you’ll find yourself at a comfortable lodging altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level in Aguas Calientes. It’s the perfect place to relax and cool off after an active day.

As you journey through lush landscapes, expect tropical weather that’s hot and humid. But worry not, because we’ve got you covered with cozy accommodations at the end of the day. Recharge your batteries in a comfortable hotel and relish the opportunity to unwind.

And let’s not forget about the food! Throughout the day, you’ll be treated to a variety of nutritious and delicious meals. From a hearty breakfast to a scrumptious lunch and a satisfying dinner, we’ll make sure your energy levels are high and your spirits are lifted. Get ready for an incredible experience!

DAY 5: Machu Picchu Tour - Back to Cusco
Machu Pichcu Lost Inca City

Fig.3 – Winayhuana Inca Site.

Unforgetable experince in Machu Picchu

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure! We’ll rise with the sun to catch one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. Once we arrive, we’ll embark on an enchanting 3-hour tour of this awe-inspiring Incan site. Let’s make memories that will last a lifetime!

Get ready for an extraordinary journey! Our knowledgeable guides will unveil the intriguing history of this site, piece by piece. Once the tour wraps up, get ready for your own unique adventure towards the spectacular Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains. In the afternoon, we’ll hop aboard our train as we bid farewell to this magical place and head back to Cusco. Prepare for an unforgettable experience!

Machu Pichcu Circuits

Our program includes a Machu Picchu ticket, with the primary circuit options being either circuit 01 or 02. CHECK DETAILS: https://www

Looking for the perfect circuit but it’s already booked? No worries! We’ve got your back. If your first choice is unavailable, we’ve got circuits 03 or 04 as fantastic alternatives. To secure your preferred circuit, we recommend booking well in advance, as ticket availability depends on the time of booking. Want more details about each circuit and tickets? Check out our website or contact us directly.

When you arrive at Machu Picchu, get ready for an unforgettable experience! Our experienced tour guide will take you on a 2.5-hour exploration of the incredible Inca city, following the circuit outlined in your ticket. Along the way, our guide will provide fascinating insights into the history and significance of Machu Picchu. Don’t forget to capture stunning photos and soak in the breathtaking views. We’ll make sure you visit all the iconic locations within the site during this tour. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Free Time in Machu Picchu

You’ll have a chance to unwind and discover on your own during some well-deserved relaxation time. If you’ve planned to hike Huayna Picchu (remember to book ahead, as it’s a highly sought-after option that fills up fast and costs $70 per person), your guide will lead you to the starting point. The hike takes no more than 2 hours to complete, guaranteeing an enjoyable round-trip adventure.

Other Alternative Hiking Tours

Looking for an exciting alternative to Huayna Picchu? Conquer Machu Picchu Mountain instead! This hike is a bit more challenging but totally worth the effort. Plan for at least three hours round-trip (additional cost: $60 per person).

For those considering either mountain climb, here’s a pro tip: take the train back to Cusco. It’ll give you more time to soak in the mesmerizing beauty of the mountains. If you prefer to return by car, stay an additional night in Aguas Calientes and depart on the sixth day from the Hydroelectric station. That way, you’ll have all the time you need to fully embrace the mountains and make the most of your incredible journey. Get ready for an unforgettable experience!

Regroup in Aguas Calientes – Keep in Mind!

We’ll regroup in the Small town of Aguas Calientes for a delightful afternoon lunch. Afterward, we’ll embark on a scenic train journey back to Cusco City.

PACKING LIST

Documents

  1. Passport: Unexpirered validated for 6 month
  2. Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  3. Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)

Inside Day Pack

When it comes to daypacks for hiking, we always say the smaller, the better! Inside Machu Picchu, they won’t allow bags larger than 25L. If yours is bigger, don’t worry! You can store it outside the citadel gates in their secure storage facility.

  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoirs like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
    Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)
  • Water: We provide clean water with every meal. Please note that you will need to arrange for your own water on the first morning, as we won’t have enough time to filter it until lunchtime.
  • Sunhat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks &; Tips

The Item for the Hold Inca Trip

Our amazing porters are ready to help you carry up to 7 kg of your belongings, including your sleeping bag and air mattress (if you bring/rent one). Please note that these two items from us weigh 3.5 kg. Thank you!

  • 2-3 Convertible hiking pants
  • 2-3 wicking t-shirts
  • 4 sets of undergarments. ( girls )
  • 4 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 Fleece
  • 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • 1 Rain jacket
  • 1 rain pants
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
  • Comfortable sandals for camp
  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
  • Waterproof rain poncho
  • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might enjoy something a little larger.
  • Small bottle of soap: We provide warm water each day to clean – might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap.

Electronics

  • Headlamp: essential
  • Power Bank: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
  • Solar Charger
  • Go-pro

Toiletries

  • Earplugs
  • Earplugs
  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band-aids, moleskin, etc.

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MEET OUR TEAM

Founded in 2016, One Travel Destinations offers the finest boutique tour packages. Our travel advisors are trusted by over-satisfied travelers every year.

Cesar Conde

CESAR is originally from Cusco, currently living in San Jose, CA. With a background in tourism ( TOUR GUIDE ) and business, he has over 15 years of experience in the industry. Cesar has extensive knowledge of Peru and has traveled to Europe, the South Pacific, the Bahamas, Hawaii, and more. He is passionate about research as a Digital Nomad and photographer. Cesar is a dedicated professional in the business field.

Natalie Conde

California USA
R.N San Jose University
Owner of Blissful Travel Escapes
Her first experience of South America was when she traveled through Argentina and then to Peru… but she liked it so much she stayed! She realizes that traveling is always going to be an important part of her life but for the time being.

Hiking Map

This illustrated 4-day Inca trail will give you an accurate idea of how long you will hike every day and where you will camp each day.
map of Inca Trail 4 days

Price Per Person From:

Adult

2 People

$980 Per Person
Deposit: %25

Include:

  • Hiking Poles
  • Air Sleeping Mress
3 People
$925 Per Person
Deposit: %25

Include:

  • Hiking Poles
  • Air Sleeping Mress
4-6 PEOPLE
$870
Deposit: %25
Include:

  • Hiking Poles
  • Air Sleeping Mress

People 7 or More

7 Trekkers $705 Per person:
Deposit: %25
8 or more Trekkers: $650 per person

Include:

  • Hiking Poles
  • Air Sleeping Mress

*Kindly take note that the prices indicated above are solely valid for the year 2024. The rates may differ based on the scheduled departure dates. We suggest that you reach out to one of our Travel Advisors for a complimentary quotation and additional details. Best Regards One Travel Destinations.

DEPARTURE FROM

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DEPARTURE TIME

4: am Pick Up time from Cusco Hotels

RETURN TIME

Usually, we are going to return to Cusco by 8: 30 PM Approximately & drop you up to your respective hotels

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Pick Up From Airport Cusco City

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All tours are stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides.
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Ground transportation and entrance fees
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Breakfast at all hotels
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All meals on Inca Trip

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Budget tours are designed to offer the best value and comfort possible, and have some variations compared to our 3, 4, and 5-star packages. Speak with your Travel Advisor to learn more about our Budget tours.
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Train Machu Picchu – Cusco (Vistadome Train for 4-star and 5-star packages / Expedition Train for 3-star packages)

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Transportation:

  • Private transport from your Cusco hotel to the start of the trek KM 82
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train Machu Picchu – Cusco (Vistadome Train for 5-star and 4-star packages / Expedition Train for 3-star packages)
  • Transfer from Cusco train station back to your Cusco hotel

Camping Equipment:

  • We use four-season REI tents with two entrances and a capacity for four people (for comfort, only two people per tent)
  • Infable REI mattresses.
  • Hiking Poles for each Hiker
  • Tables, and seats for each Hiker
  • Food and drink utensils
  • Dinner tent and kitchen tent
  • First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle

Our Team:

  • Professional, knowledgeable bilingual Tour Guide
  • A Cheff to prepare your meals
  • Porters to carry provided equipment and food (additional porters are available for rent to carry your personal belongings) such as your Duffle bags or Any other Staff. 7 Kilos Per 40 Dollars Per Day.

Food On The Inca Trail:

  • High-quality meals to provide the necessary energy for this challenging trek
  • In addition to three meals daily, you will be given revitalizing snacks
  • Hot drinks such as tea and coffee, as well as enough water for your canteens (collected from local streams and boiled while on the trek)
  • For more information about the trek, please see our Inca Trail FAQs.

NOT INCLUDED:

Airfare – In case you need help with your flight ticket to Peru Contact us at (408) 898 – 8724
Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
Airport taxes
Tips

Sleeping Bag, You must Bring your own or You can rent one from our office

Inca Trail 2 Days

Travel Guide

If you are planning to embark on the Salkantay Trek, here is a travel guide to help you prepare for your adventure:

Best Time to Go: The best time to go on the Salkantay Trek is during the dry season from April to October, when the weather is more stable, and there is less chance of rain or snow. However, the shoulder season of March and November can also be a good option with fewer crowds.

Physical Preparation: The Salkantay Trek is a challenging and physically demanding trek, so it is essential to prepare yourself adequately. It is recommended that you do some regular exercise before the trek, including cardio and strength training to help prepare your body for the altitude and the steep terrain.

Altitude Sickness: The Salkantay Trek reaches high altitudes, which can cause altitude sickness in some trekkers. It is important to acclimatize slowly by spending a few days in Cusco or other high-altitude destinations before starting the trek.

Equipment: You will need appropriate clothing and equipment for the trek, including waterproof and warm layers, sturdy hiking boots, and a comfortable backpack. It is also recommended to bring a sleeping bag, a headlamp, and trekking poles.

Permits and Guides: The Salkantay Trek requires a permit, which can be obtained through a licensed tour operator. It is also mandatory to have a licensed guide accompany you on the trek.

Responsible Tourism: As a responsible tourist, it is essential to respect the local communities, their customs, and the environment. It is important to choose a licensed tour operator that follows sustainable tourism practices, including proper waste disposal and supporting local communities.

Machu Picchu: The Salkantay Trek ends at Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most iconic archaeological sites. It is recommended to spend at least a full day exploring the ruins and learning about their history and significance.

Overall, the Salkantay Trek is a rewarding and challenging adventure that requires proper preparation, respect for local communities, and responsible tourism practices.

Frequently Asked Questions

Inca Trail Trek & Tours FAQs: Usually before booking the Inca Trail, you will have questions, such as the best time to visit Inca Trail Trek and Machu Picchu.

How long is the Salkantay Trek?

The Salkantay Trek is approximately 89 km/55 miles and takes about 5 days to complete.

What is the difficulty level of the Salkantay Trek?

For the average traveler or tourist, the Salkantay Trek is considered challenging but achievable. Physical fitness is required, and all trekkers should spend at least 2 days in Cusco to acclimatize. Altitude sickness can occur, even for those who are extremely fit.

What is the most challenging part of the Salkantay Trek?

The Salkantay Pass, located at an altitude of 4,650 meters above sea level, is considered the most difficult part of the trek. Hikers may experience wind, cold temperatures, and symptoms of altitude sickness. Oxygen will be provided if necessary.

What is the minimum age for the Salkantay Trek?

While there is no strict age limit, children under 12 years old may not enjoy the trek and should be able to walk for 90 minutes without needing to be carried.

What is the best time to hike the Salkantay Trek?

The best time to hike the Salkantay Trek is during the dry season, which lasts from April to November in Cusco. May and October offer the best weather conditions.

Can I hike the Salkantay Trek on my own?

Yes, it is possible to hike the Salkantay Trek independently, but it can be risky as the trail is not well-marked at all points. Hiring a tour agency like Mystic Salkantay offers the advantage of experienced guides who know the route well.

Can I hike the Salkantay Trek with children?

Children over 12 years old who are in good physical shape and used to hiking long distances are allowed to hike the Salkantay Trek.

Is the Salkantay Trek closed during certain times of the year?

The Salkantay Trek is closed in February every year due to weather conditions. The trek is open and has the best conditions from March 1 to January.

What is the difference between the Salkantay Trek and the Inca Trail?

The Salkantay Trek is more strenuous and famous for its mountain scenery, while the Inca Trail is a classic trek that offers diverse scenery. Salkantay is considered slightly harder than the Inca Trail, but less challenging than other trails like Choquequirao.