8 Days / 7 Nights
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Archaeological, Cultural, Camping, Ecological, Hiking
2 People are required to book this tour package
Meals Provided (Noted at the beginning of each day)
Cusco covers a total area of 70,015.30 Km2. In this beautiful land, it is possible to find colorful Andean valleys, snowy peaks, small and big lakes, rivers, waterfalls, coffee plantations, the beautiful Andean jungle, hundreds of Inca and pre-Inca sites, and several Andean communities. These Andean communities are connected by thousands of paths. Some of these paths have been used before the Spaniards arrived to Peru. One of these paths is the one connecting the Andean valley of Mollepata with the Santa Teresa town located in the Andean Jungle. This path in tourism is well-known as the Salkantay Trek. After the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is the most beautiful and popular one. Indeed, the magazine National Geographic Adventure rated the Salkantay Trek as one of the best 25 treks all over the world.
There are two different ways to hike the Salkantay Trek. The first one is by staying at beautiful lodges along the way and the second one is by staying at tents and the last night at a lodge or hotel. The most popular one is the second one. Whatever you choose, the Salkantay Trek will challenge you and astonish you.
Our company offers two Salkantay Treks: The Short Salkantay Trek (4 Days / 3 Nights) and the Long Salkantay Trek (5 Days / 4 Nights). In our opinion, the second one is the most beautiful one because the hot springs of Cocalmayo, located in Santa Teresa, and the ruins of Llactapata can be visited. From Llactapata, Machu Picchu can be observed from far. Both hikes include one night at a hotel in Machu Picchu town, also known as Aguas Calientes, and a guided visit to Machu Picchu.
The Long Salkantay Trek can be considered as a moderate to difficult trek because the distances to be walked in total are in average 89 kilometers or 55.5 miles. Also, the highest point reaches about 4,600.00 m.a.s.l. or 15,000.00 f.a.s.l. Our company is prepared to provide the necessary equipment, nutritional meals, bilingual guides, and staff to make of your experience, the best one.
The Salkantay Trail connects Cusco to the Citadel of Machu Picchu and runs approximately 89 km/55 miles through high Andean peaks, cloud forest, and steamy jungle. The hike starts at the village of Mollepata, a few miles from Cusco. The Salkantay Peak - Savage Mountain - is located within the Vilcabamba mountain range, to the northwest of Cusco. Salkantay is one of the highest and most spectacular mountains in the Andes (6,271m/20,574ft). National Geographic’s Adventure Travel Magazine named the Salkantay trek among the 25 Best Treks in the World.
1- How difficult is the hike?
The entire hike is approximately 72 km/45 miles for the 4d/3n and 89 km/55 miles for the 5d/4n trek. The distances traveled each day are long. In order to hike the Salkantay you need to be used to hiking or exercise. Also, acclimatization is needed for this hike.
2- What's the most difficult section?
The Salkantay Pass, at 14,760123 feet above sea level, is the most difficult section in the trail. Expect wind and cold temperatures. Some hikers might experience symptoms of altitude sickness. Symptoms will disappear as soon as you start your descent. Oxygen will be provided if needed.
3- Can I hike the Salkantay at any time?
Yes and no. There are not legal constrains against hiking the Salkantay Trek at any time during the year. The only requirement to start the trek is to purchase your entrance fee, which we will take off. However, during the rainy season (from the end of November to the end of March) it is not safe to hike the trek due to the abundant rain.
4- Can I make the trek by myself?
Yes, you are able to hike the trek by yourself, but the route is not clearly set at some points and there is a high possibility of getting lost. It is recommended that you hire a company and a tour guide who is familiar with the area.
5- Can I bring children?
Children under 12 years old should not be at this trek. Also, children should be used to hiking long distances.
6- When is the best time to hike the Salkantay?
The dry season is the best time to do the trek. The dry season runs from April to November, while the wet season runs from December to March. Even during rainy season it doesn’t usually rain all day long. However, temperatures can fall below freezing at night near Salkantay Pass.
June to September are the most popular months for treks. May and October offer the nicest weather.
7- What is the weather like?
Weather is not a major concern except on the Salkantay Pass area. At Soraypampa camp, temperatures can fall below freezing at night. The annual maximum temperature varies from 20° to 27° Celsius (68º to 81º Fahrenheit) and minimum temperatures range between -5° to 11° Celsius (20º to 52º Fahrenheit). The other camps are much warmer.
8- What should I bring to the trek?
Mainly comfortable waterproof hiking shoes, long sleeve shirts, t-shirts, a good waterproof jacket, scarf, gloves, raincoat, hat, thermal pants and socks for the cold nights, sunglasses, a good sleeping bag for cold weather (We can rent you one.), mosquito repellent, sunscreen, water purification pills, toilet paper, flashlight, hand sanitizer, a small first aid kit, some coca leaf candies, and off course a camera.
9- Can I hike the Salkantay the next day that I arrive at Cusco?
We do not recommend it. The main effects of altitude sickness show the first or second day. For that reason, we highly recommend that you hike the Salkantay a couple of days after arriving in Cusco.
10- Do all the tour operators provide the same service?
No. Make sure you are hiring a professionally run tour operator that will take proper care of you and the environment. If you see prices that are too low, be careful! Some companies have hidden extra charges or fees. Many companies won’t provide all the services they advertise!
11- Why do I have to make a deposit?
To secure your reservation, we need to purchase in advance many of the services that will be offered, such as the entrance fee to Salkantay, Machu Picchu and train/bus tickets. If you only complete the booking form, without making the deposit, we won’t be able to make your reservations. However, we will contact you when we receive your booking form.
The security deposit is non-refundable once the entrance fee to Salkantay, Machu Picchu and train/bus tickets have been purchased.
12- What happens after I make the security deposit?
First, you will receive an e-mail confirming the payment. Second, you will receive an e-mail or call from an Advice Peru representative. That person will be in charge of your account. In addition, we will offer you different hotel/hostel options in Cusco.
Two weeks before your departure date, you will receive an e-mail including a link to our secure server for your final payment, and we will ask you for your hotel/hostel information in Cusco so that we are able to arrange your briefing (night before the hike) and transfers to head of the trail head.
After the final payment is received, we will e-mail you a voucher with important contact information and details of all services that will be provided to you in Peru.
13- Does Advice Peru give refunds for cancellations?
It depends. Please refer to our Terms and conditions.
14- Can I change my starting date for the Salkantay?
Once we have acquired your entrance to Machu Picchu and train tickets, you cannot change the starting date without incurring an additional cost (50% of your security deposit). The entrance tickets and transportation tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
15- What should I do to avoid altitude sickness?
To avoid altitude sickness, give yourself time to acclimatize to the change in altitude. (Two days minimum is recommended). Try to avoid alcohol, and make sure you eat lightly and drink plenty of water. Make sure to stay hydrated, walk slowly and take frequent breaks. Drinking coca leaf tea always helps. It is widely available, and your hotel in Cusco will probably offer it as well.
16- What should I do if I get altitude sickness?
Drink plenty of liquids, (coca leaf tea will definitely help), take a nap and try to rest. If you are in the middle of the trail and start feeling dizzy, extremely tired, nauseated, and have a headache, ask for advice from your guide. Guides have plenty of experience in this matter.
17- Do you provide water during the trek?
Yes. We provide treated water every morning and at every meal. At meal times, we will also provide tea or coffee. During the trek, you will be able to refill your bottle in small streams or mountain springs. Water should be safe to drink, but we recommend using water purification pills. The purification tablets can be bought in most pharmacies in Cusco. Water can also be bought in Mollepata or Santa Teresa.
Please give your trash to you porters at the end of the day. Help us keep the trail and the ecosystem as clean as possible.
18- Are there bathrooms during the trek?
The first night you will be able to use our portable toilets only. The rest of the nights you will find basic toilets. Once at your hotel you will have a good room with a private bathroom and hot water all day long.
19- What is the food like on the Salkantay?
A cook accompanies every group on the Salkantay. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and hearty snacks are provided for your hike. Meals are a mix of local specialties and international favorites. Vegetarian meals are also available upon request.
20- What are the guides like?
Advice Peru guides are among the very best and most experienced guides anywhere. They are from the surrounding Cusco - Sacred Valley area and speak fluent English. Most have plenty of years of experience leading hikes and all have training in the history, culture, ecology and spirituality of the area.
Day 1: Cusco
• Upon your arrival in Cusco.
• We will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel located in downtown Cusco.
• You will have the remainder of the day to relax or walk around downtown. At 6:30p.m., there will be a briefing about the Inca Trail in your Hotel reception.
• Overnight in Cusco.
Day 2: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Cusco (B), (L)
• At 9:00a.m. You will start your guided group Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour, which will take you through the amazing Urubamba Valley to the marketplace and ruins of Pisac.
• Afterwards, you will stop at a local restaurant to enjoy lunch (included in the package) and will then visit the native town of Ollantaytambo and its ruins.
• You will be back in Cusco at about 7:00 p.m.
• Overnight in Cusco
Day 3: Cusco - Mollepata - Sallaypata - Soraypampa (About 7 hrs - 14 Km) (B), (L), (D)
• At about 4:30a.m. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and at this time you will meet the rest of your group.
• A three-hour ride will take you through beautiful landscape until you arrive at the Andean town of Mollepata, about 9180 feet above sea level, where you will enjoy breakfast.
• After receiving a snack, you will start your trek, observing the Salkantay Nevado. From Mollepata, your transportation will take you to Cruzpata where you will start your journey.
• An hour and a half of hiking will take you to your lunch camp, Sallaypata, about 11152 feet above sea level. After an hour, you will leave Sallaypata to continue your hike. When you continue your hike, you will need to wear a good jacket because it will start getting windy and cold.
• After about three hours, you will arrive at your camp, Soraypampa, at 12464 feet above sea level, from which you will get a spectacular view of the snowy peaks of the Salkantay.
• After tea and dinner you will be able to observe a sky completely full of stars. This will be the coldest night with temperatures as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit during dry season.
Day 4: Soraypampa – Challway- (About 8:00 hrs - 25 km) (B), (L), (D)
• After breakfast at about 6:30a.m. You will start the longest day of the trek. A four hour and a half hour hike will take you to the highest point, Abra Salkantay, about 14760 feet above sea level.
• It will be cold and windy, and the landscape will take you to a surreal world. Another hour and a half trek will take you to your lunch camp located at about 12530 feet above sea level.
• During the hike after lunch you will have one grand view after another of the majestic mountains, the towering forests, and the creeks that are the origin of the White River.
• After two and a half hours of hiking you will arrive at your camp, Challway, at about 9512 feet above sea level. (Insect repellant will be needed here.) Tea will be served upon your arrival and dinner will be served at about 7:30p.m.
Day 5: Challway – La Playa – Santa Teresa (About 4:30hrs - 12Km) (B), (L), (D)
• After breakfast at about 6:30a.m. You will start your amazingly colorful hike along the White and Santa Teresa Rivers, coming to a resting point, Qiñaypoco, 8036 feet above sea level.
• Here you will be able to try passion straight from the trees. Another two and a half hours of hiking through a few coffee plantations will take you to the small native community of La Playa, where lunch will be served.
• From this point you will be driven to Santa Teresa where you will have the opportunity of enjoying of the hot springs. Dinner will be served at your campsite.
Day 6: Santa Teresa – Llactapata – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes (About 6 hrs. – 15 Kms) (B), (L), (D)
• Today, breakfast will be served at 5:30a.m. A private transfer will take you to the Llactapata entrance in about an hour.
• A raincoat should be brought for today’s hike. You will be hiking Inca stairs in a few sections through coffee plantations. On the way, you might try fresh coffee at a local house.
• In about three hours filled with amazing views you will arrive at the ruins of Llactapata, 8890 feet above sea level, from which you will enjoy a beautiful view of Machu Picchu.
• In about three hours a descending trail will take you to the Santa Teresa River and then to the hydroelectric, where you will eat lunch at a local restaurant. At 4:20p.m., you will take a local train to Aguas Calientes, where you will be staying in your hotel. At about 7:00p.m. Your guide will pick you up from there in order for you to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
•Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Day 7: Aguas Calientes – Machu picchu – Aguas Calientes (B)
• Today you will tour Machu Picchu (7875 feet above sea level), either hiking there beginning at 4:30a.m. Or taking a bus at about 6:30a.m.
• If you chose to hike, we will provide a snack. Your guided tour of Machu Picchu will last about two hours. After that you will have time to hike the Huayna Picchu Mountain or just wander around.
• In the afternoon, one or two hours before your train departure, you should take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, where you will take the Expedition train. Upon arrival to the train station, you will be driven to your hotel in Cusco.
• Overnight In Cusco
Day 8: Cusco (B)
• Today you will be picked up from your hostel or hotel and taken to Cusco’s airport.
• Flight to Lima.
Transfer from the airport
In and out transfers to and from Cusco (Please provide us your flight information.)
3 Nights in Cusco
1 Night in Aguas Calientes
Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour – Group Service
Brief presentation of the Salkantay trek at your hotel in Cusco the day before your departure date
Bilingual and professional tour guides
Transportation from Cusco to Mollepata, where the treks begins
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (7B, 5L, 4D)
Trained local cooks and cooking equipment
Personal pad (double foam)
Four season tents (Pro-Aconcagua Doite) - 2 people per tent
Horses to carry up to 17 pounds of your personal belongings as well as food and camping equipment. If you would like to hire a private horse, please select the box on the booking form.
Dining and cooking tents, including portable chairs and table
Train ticket from the Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes
Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu and all attractions stated in the itinerary
Two-hour guided tour upon your arrival in Machu Picchu
Bus ticket up from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
Bus ticket down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
Expedition train ticket departing between 15:00 - 17:30 hours
Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco (Private transportation)
Vegetarian food available upon request for no extra charge
Emergency oxygen bottle
First aid equipment
Airfare and hotel advice upon request as well as booking
International and domestic airfare to and from Peru
Tips and gratuities
Travel insurance (Highly recommended)
Breakfasts are included at all hotels. All other meals are not included unless specified in the itinerary
Personal trekking gear
Sleeping Bag suitable for -5deg. ($5.00 per day)
Deluxe Sleeping Bag suitable for -10deg. ($7.00 per day)
Walking stick lightweight aluminum ($1.00 per day)
Inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest) ($5.00 per day)
Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
Mule - $25.00 per day for carry your backpack 5-10kg of their things
Destination / Acomodation
Eco Inn - San Agustin Plaza
Casa Andina Clasic – Aranwa hotel
Monasterio – Casa Andina Private Collection – Novo Hotel
La Casa del Abuelo
Single Accommodation Price
Double Accommodation Price
Advice Peru Travel Agency & Tour Operator
Address: Constructores Villa La Capullana A 9
San Jeronimo, Postal Code: 08000, Cusco - Perú
Phone: +51 84-274206
Mobile: +51 984-796-722