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Cusco & Salkantay Trek 7 Days

3 Days from $ USD 100.00

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Duration
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2,800 to 4,650 masl
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Cusco & Salkantay Trek 7 Days

Cusco & Salkantay Trek 7 Days

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3 Days from $ USD 100.00

Overview

This adventure includes two nights of acclimatization in Cusco before the Trek, the complete 4 days Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu, an overnight by Machu Picchu in the town of Aguas Calientes and back to Cusco for a last night.

The Cordillera Vilcabamba is an impressive range of mountains which include the massive Salkantay snowcapped mountain (6,264m) and three others over 6000m. Salkantay is an outstanding snow peak, located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cuzco in south central Peru. It is the highest mountain of the Cordillera. Because of its proximity to the city, it is easily accessible and is climbed frequently.

In order to complete the Salkantay Trail, you need to have a reasonable level of fitness, age shouldn’t be a barrier. The most important thing is to be well acclimatized to the altitude. The maximum height above sea level along the way is 4600 m (15092 ft), that is why we include 2 days in Cusco before the trek. This period is ideal for visiting the city of Cusco, the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas..

Trip Details

  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Hiking distance: 50 km – 31 miles
  • Departure: Cusco
  • Difficulty level: moderate to challenging
  • Season: March to December
  • Destination: Machu Picchu
  • Type: Adventure – Camping – Hotela

Highlights

  • Salkantay is definitely one of the best hikes you will find in Cusco and in our country Peru.
  • If you did not choose the Inca Trail, the Salkantay trek is the second most popular trek to Machu Picchu, as well as being the least requested but the most recommended.
  • Walking on the Apu Salkantay side and taking this route to the wonder of the world “Machu Picchu” will be one of the best experiences you will have in our country.
  • You will find the most beautiful snow-capped mountain in the region, beautiful valleys, incredible waterfalls, an amazing aecosystem.
  • The Salkantay trek was named as the best alternative route to Machu Picchu. Looking for a different route to the typical route to Machu Picchu? Don’t miss this list of the six best alternative routes to the Inca Trail.

Day 1

Transfer Airport - Cusco Hotel, City Tour (Afternoon)

See and hear about the 6 archaeological sites of Cusco – the Cathedral, Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay.

Day 2

Sacred Valley Tour (Full Day)

Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas on this full-day monumental tour.
Sacred Valley Itinerary:

  • Visit Pisac Market & Ruins
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Chinchero
  • Chinchero Market
Day 3

Cusco - Mollepata – Challacancha - Soraypampa

We start to pick up you on the hotel around 05:00 am, the bus driving taking 4 hours to Anta – Mollepata through the bus is clearly to see the white snowcapped mountain like Salkantay and Huamantay the holy Gods of the Incas, the spectacular scenic on the upper part and lower valleys with colorful landscape.

Two hours driving at head the first stop in Mollepata town there are toilet facilities, souvenirs and optional short breakfast, to soon continue at Challacancha the trail head. There we will meet with our support staff. There we will organize all the equipment, horses and mules. Around 9:30 a.m. we will star our trek to Soraypampa (3900 m.a.s.l) the first section of the path are paved rock trail there are the old water channel still supply to new habitants, the begin is 9 km in 3 hours to Soraypampa the lunch place as well base camp, after lunch and nap to continued hiking up to the Humantay lake (4200masl) 5 km in 3 hours round trip, bottom the glacier the most spectacular views to the back ground valley and sunset, Soraypampa is located on the middle of the glaciers valleys at night clear appreciate the constellation on the sky.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 3850 masl
  • Minimum Altitude: 2850 masl
  • Distance Travelled: 14km approx
Day 4

Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Huayramachay - Chaullay

Early wake up with the first daylight at 05:30 am to packing the staff, breakfast and soon to start hiking up to the highest point of the trail Salkantay Pass (4650 masl – 15,255 ft) the distance is 7 km in 3 hours, on the ascent through the between the rocky valley bottom the magnificent Salkantay Mountay (6200 masl – 20,341 ft). We reach the top of the trek. We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay, humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo, Salkantay is considerate the second highest mountain of the Cusco region and one of the Incas God called “Apu”. Get the top is the most ancient time on the trek, 2 hours downhill on the serpent trail and gravel rocky path to get Huayracmachay lunch spot, on the afternoon entrance to the upper part of the amazone jungle as well called “cloud forest” 9 km in 3 hours on the wide trail in the thick forest are decorate the hills with colorful sceneries and the wild life and native plant, mostly of the year weather is warmed and temperate to finally arrived to Chaullay Village (2900 masl – 9,514 ft) the base camp into the jungle.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 4650 masl
  • Minimum Altitude: 2900 masl
  • Distance Travelled: 22km to Chaullay
Day 5

Chaullay - Collpapampa - La Playa - Santa Teresa

Around 6:00 am the wake up with coca tea; breakfast and hiking straight to la Playa crossing on the thick jungle and following on the bank of the Santa Teresa river on the gradual trail there are stopping in several family hamlet to enjoy the local fruit and vegetables (passion fruit, banana, coffee, avocado, mango, orange and papaya) If we are lucky, we will be able to see the famous bird called “the Cock of the Rocks”, the trail distance is 16 km the hiking time is 5 hours on the down valleys is clearly to see the cedar tree very useful for the local people on the economic, La playa is small Town with the basic facilities (toilet, electricity, shopping and souvenir) as well the lunch point, following the plan We will driving the collective bus to Santa Teresa Town around 1 hour camp site, to get early at this base camp on the afternoon optional driving 15 minutes to the hot spring highly recommended after the hard journey on the mountain, Then back at the campsite for happy hours and dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Maximum Altitude: 2900 masl
  • Minimum Altitude: 1600 masl
  • Distance Travelled: Approx 16km
Day 6

Santa Teresa - Hidroelectryc - Aguas Calientes

At 7:00 am time to stand up to start a new day, in over all the distance hiking is 18 km, in 6 hours straight to Aguas calientes crossing by Hydroelectric station.

We follow along the riverside of Vilcanota River, there are the second plant of hydroelectric underground witch are supply to coast cities in Peru and mines companies, the weather day is warm and temperate on the begin, the last 10 km is more dense vegetation bottom Machupicchu city, we going to walk along the train track close to the bank of Urubamba river from there is appreciate the holy mountains as Waynapicchu and Machupicchu Mountains, to finally arrived to Aguas calientes town of Machupicchu for overnight in the hotel and dinner at the tourist restaurant. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight: in Aguas Calientes at the hotel which included in the package.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2000 masl
  • Minimum Altitude: 1600 masl
  • Distance Travelled: 18km aprox.
Day 7

Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

The ancient day on the Trek, early wake up on the hotel is better for visit Machupicchu, We suggestion start early visit Machupicchu the check point is open from (6:00 am until 17:00 pm) optional going up by bus or foot, on the morning look empty the city with less tourist the first 2 hours guiding tour in the City, (temples, palaces, priest house, sundial, industrial sector and farming fields) after that is start your free time to climbing up to Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu mountain (book in advance to get your ticket) both mountains hiking time taking 3 hours approx. or trekking to the sun gate the main entrance of the Inka Trail, therefore you’ll stay and enjoy the city for more than 7 hours on the afternoon We organized the train (18:30 pm) back form Aguas calientes to Ollantaytambo and then bus driving to Cusco to arrive at 20:00 pm approx. the bus drops you off at your hotel in Cusco.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Tour: Visit to Machu Picchu

Prices Private Service

Number of persons Price per person

Prices Group Service

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Recommendations

1.- In the case of students with a Student card (ask in advance if you get the discount) and Children up to 07 years old, the rates are reduced in the following amounts: Students: US$20.00, and Children: US$60.00.

2.- To climb Cerro Huaynapicchu the entrance fee is US$20.00 and must be purchased in advance. Spaces are limited, at different times from 06:00, 07:00 to 08:00 am and 10:00 to 11:00.

3.- Fares are subject to any increase or readjustment determined by the Ministry of Culture of Peru, Peru Rail SA or Inca Rail and are subject to change depending on the schedule and availability of Peru Rail. The local train is only for Peruvians and the purchase of this is in person and with a copy of your ID.

4.- In the pool system, the group is made up of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 16 passengers.

5.- The camps can vary according to the weather and the health status of the travelers.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING FOR THE HIKE

IMPORTANT:

  • Original passport
  • Valid STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Immigration card (given to you on the plane when entering Peru)
  • Good backpack (the smaller, the better)
  • Camel Back or water bottle because the Peruvian government will no longer allow disposable plastic
  • bottles on the Inca Trail and in Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu.

Comfortable shoes for the trek (light with good soles).

WHAT TO PUT IN THE PORTER’S BAGS:

Porters will carry up to 6 kg of their personal items. This should include your sleeping bag and matras or floor insulator (if you bring/rent one). Of us these two items weigh 3 kg.

2-3 wicking shirts
2-3 hiking pants
4 sets of underwear.
4 sets of socks suitable for hiking.
1 thick, soft cloth
1 warm jacket: it gets very cold at night.
1 rain jacket and rain pants
1 sun hat
1 woolen hat
Headlamp: essential
Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, the better)
Comfortable camping shoes
Comfortable walking shoes
Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
Quick-drying towel. We offer small, you may enjoy something a little bigger.
Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water every day to clean; it could make you feel fresh if you take some soap.
Battery charger: no place to plug it in while trekking!
Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean and dirty.

TOILETRIES:

  • Sunscreen
  • Facial moisturizer
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Moist towelettes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

WHAT YOU SHOULD PUT INSIDE YOUR SMALL BACKPACK:

Backpacks can be of any size for trekking, but we always recommend that the smaller the better. Inside Machu Picchu, backpacks larger than 25 liters will not be allowed inside. If it is larger, it should be stored outside the gates of the citadel. Water starting from your first lunch until your last breakfast will provide you with all the water you need. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distribution. You must supply your own water bottles or Camel Back. We recommend bringing about 2L worth. We will refill our water at each meal.

  • Sun hat
  • Rain poncho
  • Wool hat
  • Camera
  • Music on any device
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and a small plastic bag for waste.
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks and tips
  • Ear plugs

What to Bring

  • A backpack
  • A beanie hat or ear warmer
  • Sun hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • A mid weight sweater
  • A longsleeve t-shirt
  • 1 – 2 t-shirts
  • A lightweight suater or vest
  • A pair of long pants
  • Hiking shoes
  • An extra pair of shoe
  • 2 – 3 pairs wool socks
  • A jacket
  • A small towel
  • Rain gear
  • 1 – 2 pair shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • A small headlamp
  • Waterbottle
  • A toothbrust and other personal toiletries
  • Toilet paiper
  • Sun cream
  • Insect repelent

Travel Guide

Visa for Peru: Generally if you are Latin American, North American or European you will not need it. If you are a Mercosur citizen, all members can enter Peru with only a valid passport or identity card. If you are from a non-Mercosur country, you will need a valid passport and in some exceptional cases, depending on your country of origin, a visa. Here is the complete list.

If you are a minor, you must be accompanied by your parents. If you are a parent traveling with your child(ren), you will need the child’s marriage certificate and birth certificate.

Vaccinations: No vaccinations are mandatory but the Peruvian Ministry of Health “recommends” vaccination against Yellow Fever to go to certain jungle regions. Normally no one does, so it is up to you whether it is worth the risk or not. In many countries this vaccine is free and when it costs, it is not expensive.

Climate and environment in Cusco: If you are Argentinean, Ecuadorian, Chilean, Colombian or come from a place where it is hot in summer, it is likely to be the opposite in Cusco. Do not think that your summer is replicated in this region. The periods of intense rain and cold are between December and April, while in the capital it is very hot. Whether it is summer or winter, it gets cold in Cusco at some point during the day. Always carry a coat. It is typical to feel hot in sunny places and cold in shady places. The sun is radiant, and with the climate of the place it can damage your skin. Bring sunscreen and/or buy in pharmacies cocoa paste tablets that are very cheap and useful.

Machu Picchu, unlike the city of Cusco, is located in the jungle, that is, in a hybrid point where the highlands meet the jungle and the vegetation changes at times showing characteristics of both regions. The best time to visit is usually between July and October (high season), when it does not rain so much and there are always blue skies, however this place is visited all year round and never disappoints.

Altitude sickness: Perhaps you have never experienced the lack of oxygen. This is commonly felt in Cusco due to the altitude and makes everything cost you triple the effort so don’t count on your usual physical stamina which will be diminished. Your digestion will be a little slower and your sleep dense and deep. The ideal is to be calm the first day to acclimatize. It is very common that all pharmacies sell pills for altitude sickness. Coca tea also helps, as well as candies.

Health and safety: The city of Cusco is safe in the places where you will be surrounded by tourists, the center, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu. Avoid walking alone in the markets at night or too far from the center with valuables and looking like a tourist. Be mindful of your pockets at fairs or areas where you are in close proximity to people. In one of the most touristy cities in the world, petty theft and scams are to be expected. To avoid them, simply don’t leave your valuables unattended and don’t rely on free stuff. Don’t rely on unwarranted excesses of kindness from strangers, who will usually always want something from you.

Hygiene is very important to maintain your health. Try, whenever possible, to see how the food you are served is treated. It is common for tourists to get sick to their stomachs from tasting everything. To avoid this, be cautious and avoid things sold on buses and by street vendors, especially fried foods and artisanal cheeses that can carry dangerous bacteria. Boiled, freshly made or well-washed foods will almost always be fine. Long hikes over rocky terrain can make you easy prey for dislocations or similar injuries. Wear good footwear. Cuzco has good restrooms that cater specifically to tourists. To access them do not forget to have traveler’s insurance. Compare them all here so you can choose the cheapest travel insurance.

Discounts: If you are a student it is convenient to get the ISIC card (International Student Identity Card) that allows you to have discounts in hostels, besides getting the ticket to climb Machu Picchu (costs 128 soles) at half price as well as the tourist ticket in Cusco and other advantages (costs about $18).

Accommodation: Peru is one of the cheapest countries in South America, so you can get rooms at ridiculous prices. However, what you get is in direct relation to what you pay. You can check the accommodations, see photos and compare all accommodations at http://hospedaje.mochileros.org to get a clearer idea.

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Recommendations

1.- In the case of students with a Student card (ask in advance if you get the discount) and Children up to 07 years old, the rates are reduced in the following amounts: Students: US$20.00, and Children: US$60.00.

2.- To climb Cerro Huaynapicchu the entrance fee is US$20.00 and must be purchased in advance. Spaces are limited, at different times from 06:00, 07:00 to 08:00 am and 10:00 to 11:00.

3.- Fares are subject to any increase or readjustment determined by the Ministry of Culture of Peru, Peru Rail SA or Inca Rail and are subject to change depending on the schedule and availability of Peru Rail. The local train is only for Peruvians and the purchase of this is in person and with a copy of your ID.

4.- In the pool system, the group is made up of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 16 passengers.

5.- The camps can vary according to the weather and the health status of the travelers.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING FOR THE HIKE

IMPORTANT:

  • Original passport
  • Valid STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Immigration card (given to you on the plane when entering Peru)
  • Good backpack (the smaller, the better)
  • Camel Back or water bottle because the Peruvian government will no longer allow disposable plastic
  • bottles on the Inca Trail and in Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu.

Comfortable shoes for the trek (light with good soles).

WHAT TO PUT IN THE PORTER’S BAGS:

Porters will carry up to 6 kg of their personal items. This should include your sleeping bag and matras or floor insulator (if you bring/rent one). Of us these two items weigh 3 kg.

2-3 wicking shirts
2-3 hiking pants
4 sets of underwear.
4 sets of socks suitable for hiking.
1 thick, soft cloth
1 warm jacket: it gets very cold at night.
1 rain jacket and rain pants
1 sun hat
1 woolen hat
Headlamp: essential
Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, the better)
Comfortable camping shoes
Comfortable walking shoes
Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
Quick-drying towel. We offer small, you may enjoy something a little bigger.
Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water every day to clean; it could make you feel fresh if you take some soap.
Battery charger: no place to plug it in while trekking!
Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean and dirty.

TOILETRIES:

  • Sunscreen
  • Facial moisturizer
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Moist towelettes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

WHAT YOU SHOULD PUT INSIDE YOUR SMALL BACKPACK:

Backpacks can be of any size for trekking, but we always recommend that the smaller the better. Inside Machu Picchu, backpacks larger than 25 liters will not be allowed inside. If it is larger, it should be stored outside the gates of the citadel. Water starting from your first lunch until your last breakfast will provide you with all the water you need. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distribution. You must supply your own water bottles or Camel Back. We recommend bringing about 2L worth. We will refill our water at each meal.

  • Sun hat
  • Rain poncho
  • Wool hat
  • Camera
  • Music on any device
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and a small plastic bag for waste.
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks and tips
  • Ear plugs
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