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SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 3 DAYS

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  • Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
  • Max. People: 15
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Availability: Every Day
  • Destination: Machu Picchu
  • Depart: Soraypampa
OVERVIEW

El 3 Days Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most spectacular treks you can do in Peru. This trekking route is located in the north of Cusco and is an incredible adventure that allows you to enjoy spectacular views and pass through a number of different climate zones. 

  • Recommended For: Moderate to Advanced Hikers
  • Altitud inicial: 3,200m / 10,500ft
  • Altitud más alta: 4,650m / 15,200ft
  • Hiking Distance: 60 km / 37 miles
  • Altitude Acclimatization is Recommended
ITINERARY

DAY 1CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA – COLPAPAMPA

Our guide will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco at 2:30 am. We will drive together with the group for 4 hours, passing through Anta and Mollepata, until we reach our starting point in Soraypampa (3,900 m/12,795 ft). The beginning of the trail will take us through some beautiful valleys. We will then enjoy a wonderful hike towards our lunch spot in Huayrac-Pampa, where we will have some time to rest before we begin our 3 hour descent. This part of the trail is surrounded by jungle. Upon arrival at the campsite of Colpapampa we will have tea and a delicious dinner prepared by our cook. Tonight we will sleep in our comfortable domes at the campsite.

Hiking Distance: 22 km/13.5 miles

DAY 2COLPAPAMPA – PLAYA SAHUAYACO – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES

We will have breakfast at 6:00 am and shortly after begin hiking for approximately 5 and a half hours through jungle. This part of the trek marks the cloud forest, where we will discover several coffee plantations, orchids and many natural plants used for medicines. We will arrive at our lunch point Playa Sahuayaca to rest a little, and then take our transportation towards Hidroelectrica. There, we will walk for 3 more hours towards Aguas Calientes. In Augas Calientes we will spend the night in a hotel and have our final dinner together at a local restaurant.

Hiking Distance: 16 km/10 miles, after lunch: 11 km/7 miles

DAY 3AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO

Last day! We will wake up very early this morning for our visit to famous Machu Picchu, where we will have a guided tour of the citadel to see and learn more about the temples, terraces, and all of the incredible stone structures that make Machu Picchu a Wonder of the World. After the guided tour you will have free time to explore the site by yourself and to take more photos.

For those who have booked the add-on of Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, your visit will be at your designated time (1st group: 6am to 8am, 2nd group: 9am to 11am).

In the afternoon, we will return to Aguas Calientes. We will have some time for lunch (not included), which is the perfect opportunity to explore the local restaurants. We then take the train to Ollantaytambo, leaving at 14:55 pm. On the way back, we can enjoy the incredible landscape of the Sacred Valley. Upon arrival at the train station, we will be picked up by our transfer staff and dropped off at Plaza Regocijo in Cusco.

INCLUSIONS

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

ALOJAMIENTO:

  • Instead of sleeping in small tents, we set up our spectacular and comfortable campsites just for you. On night 1 (Colpapampa) you stay in one of our private 2 people sleeping domes.
  • Second night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a Standard Hotel. This will be a nice, clean and safe hotel with Wi-Fi, take-away breakfast, and a private bathroom with hot water included. You can also upgrade to a higher quality hotel.

MEALS

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (3x Breakfast, 2x Lunch, 2x Dinner).
  • Professional cook and cooking equipment. Dining tent and kitchen tent for the cook to freshly prepare your meals.
  • Our meals can be accommodated for any dietary requirements such as vegetarian or vegan. Please let us know in advance if you have certain preferences, so we can plan ahead.
  • A hot cup of Coca Tea every morning.
  • Boiled water provided for drinking water at the campsites (which you can carry in your own reusable water bottle).

TRANSPORTE:

  • Private transportation from your hotel in Cusco to the starting point of your trek.
  • Transportation from Playa Sahuayaco to Hidroeléctrica.
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco (Plaza Regocijo).

LOCAL GUIDES & TEAM

  • English/Spanish speaking professional guide, plus an assistant guide for groups over 12.
  • Horse and horsemen, who carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. 
  • All our trekking guides have a minimum of 3 years of guiding experience and are certified. They carry a first aid kit with them, as well as an extra oxygen bottle in case of emergencies. 
  • We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 5kg per person).

ADDITIONAL

  • Briefing: Prior to departure you will have a meeting with your guide in our office to go over all the details regarding your tour. The orientation will be at 6:00 pm at our office in Cusco the day before the departure date.
  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu and Salkantay trek included.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

MEALS

  • Dinner and lunch on the last day.

EQUIPMENT

  • Sleeping bags. Available for rent if you don’t have one with you ($15.00 per person).
  • Trekking poles. Available for rent for $15.00 per person.
  • Additional horses to carry luggage exceeding the allowed 5kg per person.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. You can choose to add one of them to your trekking itinerary for $60.00 per person. Please let us know in advance, so we can check the availability.
  • Entrance to the Aguas Calientes hot springs.

OTHER

  • Tips for your guide, cook and porters.
  • Shuttle bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  • National or international flights.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Other activities not mentioned in this itinerary.

EXTRAS & UPGRADES

  • Aguas Calientes Hotel Upgrade: Please let us know in advance, so we can arrange everything for you.
  • Optional visit of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain: $60.00 per person. Let us know at the time of booking as it requires a separate permit.
  • Sleeping bags: Available for rent if you don’t have one with you ($15.00 per person).
  • Trekking poles: Available for rent for $15.00 per person.
FAQ

What should I pack for the Salkantay Trek?

  • One personal daypack (a 30 to 50 L backpack is sufficient). Before your trek we will give you one extra duffle bag from our office to carry your extra clothes and personal items (max. 5kg).
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Small coins in Peruvian Soles (Bathrooms are free at the campsites but cost 1 Sol along the route. Keep small change on hand too for water bottles, snacks, and toilet paper.)
  • Rain jacket or rain poncho
  • Strong footwear (Waterproof trekking boots recommended.)
  • Sleeping bag (also available for rent)
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Enough clothes for the whole period of the trek (long-sleeve trekking shirts, short-sleeve shirts, leggings or trekking pants, shorts, pairs of underwear, sweatpants for the night, some pairs of hiking socks, a rain poncho, an insulated jacket, gloves, beanie, a hat with a brim, hiking boots, bathing suit and small towel (if you plan to visit the hot springs), and sandals to rest your feet at the campsites.
  • Protector solar.
  • Insect repellent
  • Additional snacks (remember that we supply you with plenty of food already.)
  • Original passport (mandatory for entrance to Machu Picchu.)

How can I prepare for the hike and prevent altitude sickness?

The best way to prepare yourself for this trekking experiencee is easy: spend at least 2 to 3 days at a high-altitude place like Cusco, so your body gets used to the high altitude. If you have already been to a high altitude destination before arriving to Cusco, we still recommend you spend at least one full day in Cusco to rest, recuperate from your trip, and enjoy the beautiful views of the city before your trek.

Additionally, taking good care of your body helps deal with the extra pressures that altitude creates. We recommend you to eat healthy food, drink lots of water and stay away from alcohol. Chewing coca leaves, drinking coca tea helps to alleviate any discomfort associated with the altitude.

More Details about the Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain Add-On

The entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain are additional add-ons that you can choose to purchase besides the Machu Picchu visit that is already included in this trek. You can visit one of these mountains after your Machu Picchu visit to see the Inca Citadel from the top.

Please send us an email asking about availability. Then, if available, you can select which mountain you would like to climb when you make your reservation online. Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain are an additional 60 USD.

¿Qué es la Montaña Huayna Picchu?

Huayna Picchu Mountain is home to the Temple of the Moon and is the famous mountain peak seen behind the ruins in all the classic photos of Machu Picchu. Huayna Picchu is an approximately 45 minute climb with more ruins at the top and offers an incredible view of the Machu Picchu ruins. The visit to Huayna Picchu takes approximately 2 hours. Huayna Picchu Mountain is an additional 60 USD.

What is Machu Picchu Mountain?

Machu Picchu Mountain is an additional hike within Machu Picchu that offers a much higher view of the ruins and overlooks the entire valley. Machu Picchu Mountain is an additional 60 USD.

What are the differences between the Salkantay Trek and the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is more crowded than the Salkantay Trek because it is an original trail of the Incas and one of the most famous hikes in the world, attracting thousands of trekkers every year. It is the only trek that leads directly to Machu Picchu, but is therefore a lot more expensive than the Salkantay Trek.

On the Salkantay Trek you will spend the last night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes before visiting Machu Picchu the next day. During the Inca Trail you will discover ancient Inca ruins, whereas the Salkantay offers more wildlife and high mountain sceneries. Many trekkers consider the Salkantay Trek to be a bit more strenuous than the Inca Trail because the general altitude is higher.

The Salkantay Trek offers the best alternative to the Inca Trail for everybody who doesn’t like crowded paths and enjoys different landscapes during the trek.

¿Que hacer luego de realizar mi reserva?

Congratulations, adventure awaits you! We sent you a confirmation e-mail with more details about your trekking adventure. The day before your departuer at 6:00 pm, please stop by our office at

392 Triunfo St. Office 218, Cusco

to receive a briefing. Our professional guide will tell you everything about your trek and clarify last questions you may have.

What is the weather like during the Salkantay Trek?

In general, Salkantay is known for its unpredictable weather, so please come prepared for both warm and cold temperatures, and rainy and dry conditions. We have two main seasons in the Andes Moutnains, the rainy season (November-March) and the dry season (April-October).

During the rainy, warmer season temperatures average around 15°C / 60°F during the day and 5°C / 40°F at night. However, with a high chance of rain and wind at the Salkantay Pass, these temperatures may feel a lot colder to you.

During the dry season the weather is sunny and clear, and on average 20° C / 70 °F during the day but much colder at night, around -3 °C / 26 °F.

Also, after the second day, as we descend into the Peruvian Amazon basin, the weather changes to a more humid and warmer climate – these humid temperatures are consistent throughout the year.

¿Qué tipo de comida se sirve en la caminata?

We serve a variety of local superfoods and traditional Peruvian dishes with rice, chicken, beef, salad, potatoes, vegetables, delicious soups and fruits. Everything will be freshly prepared by our local chef.

We have a lot of vegetarian travellers and our cooks have some great options for them to enjoy their meals. We can cater for or all other types of dietary requests with adequate preparation and clear communication.

¿Necesito experiencia en caminatas para completar esta caminata?

Se recomienda experiencia previa en senderismo, pero no es obligatorio. Nuestros guías están capacitados para ayudar a los excursionistas de todos los niveles de condición física y todos los niveles de experiencia de trekking para que nunca se quede atrás. Lo más importante de todo es aclimatarse a la altitud antes de la caminata.

¿Puedo dejar equipaje extra en su oficina?

Sí, puede dejar equipaje adicional en nuestra oficina de forma gratuita.

¿Cuáles son los tamaños mínimos y máximos de los grupos a Salkantay?

The minimum group size is 4 people and the maximum group size is 15 people. There will be an assistant guide for groups over 12.

¿Cuáles son sus políticas de cancelación y reembolso?

Please feel free to read our Terms & Conditions and let us know in case you have any questions regarding our cancellation policy. 

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Shaina G

Solo Traveller

Thank you Carlos and Jesus! I had a wonderful experience on the Salkantay Trek with the AMAZING guides Carlos and Jesus. They were knowledgeable, kind, encouraging, and created a really fun environment for our group. I recommend this tour operator to anyone looking to do a trek experience from Cusco!

enero 6, 2022

Tobias U

Group Traveller

Do it! I did the Salkantay Trek with K.B. Adventures. The organization was just perfect. Our guide Willy was just amazing. The hiking can be challenging sometimes, but it is definitely doable and you get rewarded with a beautiful nature. Really worth doing it! 🤩

diciembre 30, 2021

Caelyn H

Group Traveller

Best Guide! We had Honorato as our guide and he was the best! We had some rainy weather but we were still able to do everything safely and had a very fun time! Our cook was also amazing! 😊

diciembre 10, 2021

VCO

Family Traveller

Go Waikis! We had an amazing experience doing the Salkantay Trek with K.B. Adventures! Carlos’ expertise and positive attitude really made this tour a complete success.

noviembre 19, 2021

Lea F

Solo Traveller

Perfect trekking experience! I did the Salkantay Trek and can really recommend K.B. Adventures! Our guide Honorato and our cook Amancio did everything so that we had an awesome experience! The food was fresh, filling and delicious, and Honorato always had a smile to motivate us – even when it was snowing. If you take warm enough and waterproof clothing, you’ll have an awesome time, even during the rainy season!

noviembre 1, 2021
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