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Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983, Cusco has undergone a fascinating, transformative history.
We will meet at 1:00 pm at the cathedral in the Plaza de Armas (if you are staying at a hotel far from the plaza, we will come to pick you up from your hotel). After touring the cathedral we will walk along the streets of the Incas from Plaza de Armas to Q’oricancha (Temple of the Sun) where we will observe the construction methods of the Incan culture and Catholicism. Inside Q’oricancha you will visit four enclosures that were dedicated to different deities (sun, moon, stars and lightning). After we will take a bus to the majestic archaeological site of Sacsayhaman where we will participate in a guided tour.
From here we will take a 10-minute bus ride to the archaeological site of Q’enqo, which offers great views of Cusco.
Continuing from here we will take another bus to the archaeological site of Puca Pucara, a small Inca fort.
Finally we will visit the archaeological site of Tambomachay; a temple dedicated to water that has impressive Inca canals. We will then take a bus back to Cusco to Plaza de Armas where the tour will end.
The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the best alternatives to the Inca Trail and is a great option for the adventurers who want to experience the drastic changes in landscape from mountain to jungle, as well as for those who are able to handle the high altitude and long distances. Ascending the Salkantay Pass of 4650 m (approx. 15,300 ft) is challenging, but with the right preparation we know you’ll find this trek to be incredibly rewarding too. Read through our Frequently Asked Questions before your trek to make sure you feel as prepared as possible before your departure.
We recommend that you spend at least 2 to 3 days in the city of Cusco to help acclimate yourself and to avoid possible problems associated with altitude sickness during your trip. If you have already been to another destination with a high altitude before arriving to Cusco, we still recommend that you spend a full day in Cusco to rest, recuperate from your trip, and to enjoy the beautiful views of the city before departing for your trek.
In general Salkantay in known for its unpredictable weather, so no matter what time of year please come prepared for both warm and cold temperatures, and rainy and dry conditions. It helps to know what season you’re traveling in though and Salkantay experiences two main seasons, 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 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 and these humid temperatures are consistent throughout the year.
What clothes do I need?
We recommend two long-sleeve trekking shirts, two short-sleeve shirts, leggings or trekking pants, shorts, four pairs of underwear, sweatpants for the night, three pairs of hiking socks, a rain poncho, an insulated jacket for the Salkantay Pass, gloves, beanie, a hat with a brim, hiking boots, a bathing suit (if you plan to visit the hot springs), and slip on sandals to rest your feet at the campsites.
On the Salkantay Trek you will be permitted one personal daypack (a 30 to 50 L backpack is sufficient) and before your trek we will give you and one extra duffle bag from our office which can be used to carry your extra clothes and personal items.
Your weight limit for the duffle bag is 6 kg/14 pounds. Our horsemen will carry your duffle for you along with the food and the camping equipment. It’s important to keep in mind that you will not have access to your articles of clothing in this bag until the end of each day, since the horsemen and the horses will always be ahead of the group. Therefore, store the items you need immediate access to in your backpack and store the items you won’t need until the evening in your duffle bag.
The Salkantay 4D/3N Trek includes 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners. The only meals not included are breakfast on the first day and lunch/dinner on the last day after the tour of Machu Picchu.
The Salkantay 5D/3N Trek includes 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners.
The only meals not included are breakfast on the first day and lunch/dinner on the last day after Machu Picchu.
We serve a variety of traditional Peruvian dishes including various natural teas with rice, chicken, beef, fish, pasta, salad, potatoes, eggs, pancakes, bread, and for lunch and dinner each meal begins with a soup.
Yes, vegetarian/vegan options are available. Let us know before your trek so we can accommodate and inform your chef.
Yes, you can rent sleeping bags from our office for 15 USD. They are down feather sleeping bags that work in temperatures as low as -10°C.
Yes, you can rent a pair of walking sticks from our office for 15 USD.
Yes, you can leave extra luggage in our office free of charge.
If you have booked directly through KB Adventures, we partner with Hotel (10 minutes from the main plaza) in Aguas Calientes and you will be staying there.
The minimum group size is 4 people and the maximum group size is 10 people. In the case of 10 people the group will have two guides.
Chew coca leaves, drink coca tea or manzanilla tea (for stomach aches) at your campsites, and ask your guide for assistance. They are trained professionals equipped with the necessary aids to alleviate any discomfort associated with the altitude. They carry Sorochin pills, coca leaves, agua florida, and extra oxygen bottles.
Prior hiking experience is recommended but not required. Our guides are trained to assist hikers of all fitness levels and all trekking experience levels so you will never be left behind. Most important of all is to acclimate yourself to the altitude before your trek.
If I need a break from walking during the trek, is there an option to take a horse?
Yes, on the second day during the assent from the Soraypampa campsite to the Salkantay Pass there is an option to rent a horse for 100 soles for the three-hour assent. Ask your guide for assistance, the horse can be rented at the Soraypampa property.
For additional expenses along the route, we recommend bringing 300 soles (though you most likely won’t spend it all) and in small bills too to be used at the campsites and along the trek.
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 along the route.
Other additional expenses include:
Hot shower at the Colpapampa campsite (10 soles)
Cocalmayo hot springs in Santa Teresa (25 soles) include in Salkatay 5 days
Zipline include in Salkantay 5 days (20 USD in our office, 30 USD to book at the campsite)
Optional bus that runs between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu entrance (12 USD one way, 24 USD there and back)
Food/souvenirs in Aguas Calientes. Note: Aguas Calientes is an expensive town, expect to pay ~30 soles per meal.
Tips for guide, horsemen, and cooks.
Both treks follow the same route up until day 3. After lunch on the 3rd day in Playa Sahuayaco, The 5-Day Salkantay trekkers take a 45 min bus to Santa Teresa where they will spend the night, with the option to go to the Cocalmayo Hot Springs in the evening and the Zip line the next day (day 4).
After lunch on the 3rd day in Playa Sahuayaco, the 4-Day Salkantay trekkers take a bus from the lunch spot to Hidroeléctrica. In Hidroeléctrica they will walk three hours to Aguas Calientes where they will spend the night in a hotel.
Also, the Salkantay 4D/3N trek covers a total distance of 60 km/ 37 miles and the Salkantay 5D/4N trek covers 72 km/ 45 miles.
The Salkantay Private trek includes a personal guide, chef, and horsemen for private groups of 2 to 5 people (snacks, water, and sleeping bags also included). The bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is included in this tour too.
Yes, the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is included in all of our Salkantay tour packages.
In total you are permitted 3 hours in the park. The guided tour of Machu Picchu is approximately 1 hour and after the tour you have 2 hours of free time to further explore the ruins on your own. KEEP IN MIND that regulations have changed and the tour in Machu Picchu is all a one-way path. That is, you cannot backtrack and revisit sites once you have passed them. In addition, once you exit the park you cannot re-enter. Therefore, take your time completing the route in Machu Picchu.
Yes there the option to take the bus that runs between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes. It is 12 USD one-way and 24 USD for there and back. Tickets can be purchased in Aguas Calientes, ask your guide for further assistance when you arrive.
First, send us an email asking about availability. Then, if available, select which mountain you would like to climb when you make your reservation online. Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are an additional 60 USD each.
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 an incredible view of the Machu Picchu ruins down below. In total the visit to Huayna Picchu is approximately 2 hours. Huayna Picchu Mountain is an additional 60 USD.
Machu Picchu refers to the ruins, which you will already have an entrance ticket to and will visit on a guided tour. 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.
If at any point you need to return to Cusco during your trek, KB Tours is not responsible for any refund and/or extra expenses for your return to Cusco. There are plenty of transportation options available at each campsite should a return be necessary. Ask your guide for further assistance.
Once you have made your reservation and initial deposit, you can cancel your trip at any time however we cannot refund your 50% deposit. One month before your trek, if you have already made your full payment and you decide to cancel, we can only refund 50% of your payment as your tickets to Machu Picchu and transportation tickets back to Cusco have already been purchased by this time and cannot be returned.
Go to our website kbtourstravel.com, select the trek you would like to do, and click BOOK NOW. When you make your reservation, you are also required to make a 50% deposit via PayPal. Your reservation will not be complete until this deposit has been made.
Congratulations, adventure awaits you! Before your trek, please stop by our office in Cusco at 351 Procuradores Street Interior 120 to complete the second half of your payment in cash (can be paid in dollars or soles) and to receive a briefing on your trek with your guide.
We are open Mondays – Saturdays from 9:00 to 20:00 hours.
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