5 Days Salkantay Trekking: Is the best Trek alternative?- (All Trek)

USD: 420
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Additional Info
  • Price: USD: 420
  • Location: Cusco
  • Duration: 05 Days
  • Tour Type: Adventure
  • Difficulty: Moderately
  • Open Date: All Year
  • Starting Point: Cusco
  • Departures: Every Day
Salcantay+MachuPicchu Trek (05 Days) Overview
⇒  Salcantay Trekking + Machu Picchu:(05 Days)

We do have this great 5 days hike Option, ending at Machu Picchu, having on the last day a full day time between 7a.m. till 2 p.m. to enjoy well the great Inka City, that’s means you will get Machu Picchu before the crowded trains arrive, good for empty Pictures and enough time for those looking to climb the holy mountain of Huayna Picchu (1:40 min.round trip aprox.), or a quiet hike to the temple of the Moon which is located behind Huayna Picchu (1:50 min.round trip aprox).


⇒  Trek Sumary:
- 1st DAY: Cusco / Soraypamapa
- 2nd DAY: Soraypampa / Rayaniyoc
- 3rd DAY: Rayanniyoc or Chaullay / La Playa
- 4th DAY: La Playa / Aguas Calientes
- 5th DAY  Machu Picchu / Cusco


⇒  Trekking Itinerary

06:00 AM. Departure by our private transport to Mollepata 2,900 m. A beautiful scenic journey through Mollepata, with stops for panoramic views of the “ Salkantay Mountain” where we have breakfast. One can see awesome chains of magnificent snow capped mountains and the lush Apurimac River Valley.
After we arrive to our trailhead, called Cruzpata 3,200 m. we meet our arrieros "horsemen" and trekking staff, (Cook, and Assistants). We trek for about 3 hours before lunch through traditional Andean communities like Cruzpata, Challacancha where we stop for lunch. We continue walking for approx 2 hours through unspoiled Andean villages to Soraypampa 3,850 m. our first campsite.

* Lunch, Dinner

After an early breakfast we start trekking from approx 07:00 AM for 3 hours to start our ascent of the Apacheta pass 4,590 m. From this point we can appreciate the spectacular views of the Mountain Salkantay ,a stunning snow capped mountain (6,264 m) the second highest peak in Cuzco’s region, and also the mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small lakes and moraines.
2 hours dowhill to lunch in Huayracpunku, and then a further 2-3 hours downhill walk to Camp in Rayan-niyoc at 2,890 m. or Camp at Chaullay 2,920 m. for experienced trekkers. To be decided by the guide depending on the groups abilities and weather and walking conditions.

*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We start the trek 07:00 AM. 3 hours easy hiking to Uscamayuc, where we will be introduced to a high Jungle niche called "Ceja de Selva", we will see different kind of plants, fruits, flowers, birds ect. here coca and banana crops can be observed, time to shower in a waterfall, take amazing pictures, with luck we can observe the famous Peruvian National Bird "Gallito de las Rocas" stop at Wiñaypoq’o for lunch and free time to rest.
3 hour walk to our last campsite in La Playa 2,350 m. A small village is located here with electricity and a shop!

*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Approx 07:30 AM we begin our trek to the village Lucmabamba, here we see the remains of an Inka trail, we follow this rising trail, from which we will see plantations of coffee, banana, passion fruit and a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley. We follow the Inka trail climbing up for 4 hours to Llactapata 2,700 m. From here, we can see Machu Picchu (Inca city) and enjoy some free time to rest, 2 hours. Downhill to the hydroelectric plant 1,870 m. where we have the last lunch with all staff.  At 15:20 PM. we will take 45 minute train journey to Aguas Calientes town 2,000 m. Special Dinner and great beds in the "small village, optional hot spring baths. USD$3

*Breakfast, Lunch. Dinner

Early wake Up (by 05: 30 a.m.), Breakfast and after to leave our Luggage at the
Hotel, we will take the early Tourist bus Up to Machu Picchu, of Course with a guide English speaking, Usually we use to get Machu Picchu by 6: 50 a.m., so from this time we will be able to visit Machu Picchu of course at this time Machu Picchu is pretty empty and we will have the best chance to enjoy the beauty and the magic of Machu Picchu, because at this time is quiet.
A guided tour of about 2: 30 hours, and then you will have "happy hour time", to explore by yourself the whole site for about 3 hours and there is time as well to climb Huayna Picchu mountain and get the best view over Machu Picchu it takes 1: 40 minutes round trip time, or option to go to the temple of the moon which is located behind Huayna Picchu Mountain.
Then We suggest that after visiting Machu Picchu that you take the bus down to Aguas Calientes by 14:00 at the latest (assuming train departs at 5:55). Buses depart every 15 minutes. Check with the guide for actual times.
Getting Cusco city by 8:00 p.m aprox, there we will provide transport.
End of the services.


- Lunch can be taked at Aguas Calientes town before to take the tourist train back to Cusco
- Optional stay 01 extra night in Aguas Calientes. Cost of Hotel : USD$30 - 80. per person.


Inca Trail Walking Distances

⇒  Daily  Salcantay Walking Distances....

⇒ DAY 01-Total distance: 10 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,850 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude: 3,850 m (aprox.)

⇒ DAY 02.-Total distance: 16 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours (aprox.)
Maximum altitude point: 4,5900 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude: 2,8900 m (aprox.)

⇒ DAY 03.-Total distance: 15 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours (aprox.)
Maximum altitude point: 2700 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude: 2,000 m (aprox.)

⇒ DAY 04.-Total distance: 12 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours (aprox.)
Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude: 2,000 m (aprox.)

Aguas Calientes village

                         ⇒ DAY 05.- Machu Picchu (Glory)

* Departure and arrival times are approximated.

** Campsites are subject to change according to the designation of the guide Salkantay Trail, as well as to our guide’s criteria and the group progress.

PERU, all things considered, offers the best andean hiking in the world
The main reason we like Salcantay is that it is not the crowded Inca Trail: More remote, difficult & rugged than the Inca Trail, climb high on sacred Salcantay, the highest mountain in the region, then descend through cloud forest to near jungle, more elevation change, greater variety of habitat, more contact with the indigenous Quechua people, hotsprings midway & at end of the trek, cheaper than the famous Inca Trail Trek..

Trekking Inclusions and Options
⇒  Trekking Inclusions:
 → Pre-departure Salcantay Trek briefing, presented by your tour guides at our downtown       Cusco  office
→ Collection from your hotel in the morning (we can recommend a hotel that provides breakfast early)
→ Transport to the start trek (Mollepata) –
→ Salcantay & Machu Picchu entrence fee (US$95)
→ English speaking professional guide (two guides for groups over 8 persons)
→ Igloo tents - 2 persons in each 4-person capacity tent with plenty of space for your backpacks
→ Double thickness foam mattress
→ Cook and Cooking equipment
→ Meals (04B,04L,04D) - food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and uitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the  altitude.
→ Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
→ Horses for equipment (to carry the tents, food, and cooking equipment)
→ Bus from Machu Picchu Citadel down to the village of Aguas Calientes (USD:12)
→ Train ticket (Turism service) from *Aguas Calientes village to Cusco. (The price depends on train service)
→ Salcantay Survivor Certificate

*Aguas Calientes: is the nearest town to Machu Picchu, where trains arrive.
25 minutes by bus, 1: 30 minutes walk.

⇒  Excluded in Tour Cost: -

→ Breakfast on the first morning.
→ Meal in restaurant in Aguas Calientes on day 5 of the trek.
→ Sleeping bags can be hired in our office for US$20 for the 5 day trek.

⇒   Option Services:

1- Additional Horse service : USD 80.00 (per load)
2- Vistadome train upgrade : USD 30.00
3- Huayna Picchu entrance ticket : USD 50.00 + view details
4- Single tent supplement : USD 25.00
5- Sleeping bag : USD 20.00 (per unit / 5 nights)
6- Walking pole : USD 20.00 (per unit / 5 days)
7- Aguas Calientes overnight
8- Entrance to the thermal springs (Santa Teresa) US$5
9- Vegetarian Meals  (Optional Free)

  (1) About of the aditional Horse:
-   Aditional Horses  can be hired to help carry your personal items such as clothes, sleeping bag etc. They can be hired for $160 for all 5 days and will carry up to a maximum of 25kg (usually 1 horse between 2 persons is more than sufficient). You can hire the services of a half a orse to carry up to 12kg for US$80. However, even with a personal horse, you will still need to bring a day small pack for essential items.

   (2) About Vistadome train upgrade:
-   The most comfortable option of return, also has the most flexible schedules and have food service on board.


Huayna Picchu Top mountain

(3) Do you want to get at the Huayna Picchu mountain?  (300 Mts):
-   According to the MACHU PICCHU permit, If you are interested to climb Wayna Picchu (the mountain at the back),  along your visit to Machu picchu, take into account that the regulations have changed  from August  the past year (2015) and so, all permission ought to be bouht in advance.  The Price to be paid for this trek is :  ($50 USD  approximately).

The permissions are limeted to 400 to get at the Huayna picchu mountain.  There are two shifts for entrance:

First shift:         7 a.m    (200 persons)
Second shift:   10 a.m  (200 persons)

Important notice: The this year 2016 we have get 95% of spaces for to climb for the Wayna Picchu mountain for our trekkers.
All trekker must adjoin his name and passport number in the reservation request. ¡¡Good Luck!!

   (5) About Sleeping Bag:
-  Sleeping bag hire . If you haven't got a sleeping bag or you don't want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you then we have sleeping bags in our office for rent. The price is US$5 per person per day.

    (7) About Extra night in Aguas calientes:
-  An extra night in Aguas Calientes. can easily be arranged for you if required. Hotels costs and costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. It is best to make your hotel reservation directly.

  (9) About Vegetarian Meals:
-  Vegetarian Meals. We can provide vegetarian meals or cater for special diets with no extra cost. Just let us know at least 2 days prior to trek departure.

⇒  Other Information:
(*) Luggage storage. When you go on the trek it is best to leave any luggage that you are not going to need behind in Cusco. Nearly all the hotels in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit. Put any valuables in their safe. Very rarely do hotels charge for this service especially if you are returning to the same hotel after the trek. If there are any problems with your hotel we can arrange to store your luggage at our office.

(*) Time of arrival in Cusco after returning from the trek. Unless you plan to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes, you will return to your hotel in Cusco for approximately 6:30pm on the 5th day of the trek.

(*) Group Size:
Standar group size 14, Maximum 16 persons: Adventure to the maximum because the groups are divided if exceed 09 people, we divided them in two groups, each one with a guide.

Small Group size 2 maximun 4 persons: (we are small group specialist) The best manner for you doing the Salcantayis to be included in a little group, since when you are part of a big group, you are in various stretches along the route, pressed to keep the walking rythm from many people. This is the reason because the small groups are more expensive. We do not handle big groups, and so we can guarantee you that you`ll be part,  along with your partners, of a little group...

Salcantay Trek Rates and Permits
Salcantay Trek Rates: (January to December)
Want you make the Salcantay Trek+ Machu Picchu?
It’s never too early to book your trek – permits go fast and sell out months in advance.(Machu Picchu Tickets)
Plus, by booking now you secure our 2017 rate for your trek next year.
(1) First Option:
⇔  Inside of the  Standard Group Service:-  Standard service is characterized by the service most used by travelers. You will be included in a group of passengers (14 and 16 people) depending on the day. Among the benefits is that the payments are lower and you can meet many people from different countries.

*Prices per person in this options service:
      With Return Train Serv.

   Salcantay Price

   Optional Huayna Picchu..

     With Expedition Train Return-

        USA: 420.oo

      -Additional Pay with:  USA:50

      With Vistadome Train Return-

        USA: 439.oo

        -Additional Pay with:  USA:50

 Note: (The difference in the Price is only for the train service used)
(2) Second Option:
⇔  Inside in  a Small Group Tour Service:-  You will be included in a small group that does not exceed 4 people. The private transportation service and personal guide. . This allows us to offer the best service with personalized attention and convenience. This trek to Machu Picchu is highly recommended for people who like small and leisurely walks. recommended for families, groups of friends, couples and honeymooners (and others who love the adventure without pressure). Everything is done so that the trip does not have setbacks and a unique experience.

*Prices per person in this options service:
      With Return Train Serv.
     Salcantay Price    Optional Huayna Picchu..

     With Expedition Train Return-

        USA: 599.oo

      -Additional Pay with:  USA:50

      With Vistadome Train Return-

        USA: 619.oo

        -Additional Pay with:  USA:50

Note: (The difference in the Price is only for the train service used)

⇒  Salcantay and Machu Picchu Permits 2018: 

The Government to enable the entry of 2,000 people per day  (to Machu Picchu) Although this seems like a large number the popularity of the tmeans that permits are sold out very quickly. Permits cannot be reserved in advance. They are issued on a strictly first come first allocated basis. Each permit must be issued to a designated named trekker for a given start date. We can only obtain a tickets  for a confirmed booking. Therefore, bookings will need to be made early to ensure a spot on this program. To be certain of a spot we believe that bookings should be finalized before 1 or 4 months (according to the season) but clearly the permits for our tour dates could sell out earlier or later depending on demand from other groups. Once all permits are sold we will not be able to take any more registrations.

05 Simple Steps to Book an Salcantay Trek + Machu Picchu (05 Days)
⇒ Salcantay Trek 05 Days: Booking:

If you do want to confirm your reservation, please do the following  Five simple Steps to Book Online...

»  Step One:

⇒  All reservations must be made well in advance (1 and 4 month) is recommended especially during the months June, July and August). Earlier is better due to restrictions on the numbers of trekkers permitted on the Machu Picchu Citadel.

»  Step Two:

⇒ To process your Booking the following information is needed: .... Your personal data is used only for government permits.

.....Please cut and paste the following section into your email to us and just fill in any missing blanks:

Dear: All Trek Tour Operator(A.T & Jungle SAC) :
We would like to make the following trek reservation:
Salcantay Trek to Machu picchu 5 days code-A2

    Standar group Service: YES/NO..
    Small  group Service: YES/NO..
    Train Service: Expedition/Vistadome..

1. Confirm your preferred departure dates:

    Date that we would like to start the trek: ..........................................
    Alternative departure  date...............................................................
    Our arrival date in Cusco is: ............................................................
    We require a free transfer from the airport to our hotel: Yes/No
    Our flight arrival details are (only required for persons wanting an airport transfer):Yes/No
    We will be staying at the following hotel in Cusco: ............................
    Do you wish that we recommend you a hotel: Yes/No

» Details of our group:

Person 01:

    Name: .........................................................................................................
    Nationality and Age:................................................................................
    Passport Number: .....................................................................................
    Do you have student card (ISIC): Yes/No
    Extra half Horse (US$80 per person 12kg maximum): Yes / No
    Sleeping bag hire (US$20): Yes / No
    Vegetarian meals: Yes / No

Person 02:

    Name: ..........................................................................................................
    Nationality and Age: ..............................................................................
    Female/male and Passport Number :  ...............................................
    Do you have student card (ISIC): Yes/No
    Extra half porter(US$80 per person 12kg maximum): Yes / No
    Sleeping bag hire (US$20): Yes / No
    Vegetarian meals: Yes / No

Any other information:..........................................................................

Please send the email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Ask Our Expert..... Contac Us

»  Step Three:

⇒ You will be sent an email informing you about enabling permissions (within 24 hrs)
»  Step Four:

⇒ After, we will require a non-refundable trek deposit of US$250 per person payable within one day, (only) if you received our confirmation booking).(this payment in advance is destined to buy the permissions, for the turists and also for the supporting staff. therefore, this payment cannot be refunded). 
»  Step Five:

⇒ Now sit back and relax. An email will be sent to you immediately confirming your tour booking.

The remaining balance is to be paid in our office at least two days prior to your trek departure date. Payment can be made in cash US$, local currency (Peruvian Soles), American Express (6%) or by VISA (5% surcharge - VISA's cost not ours) Good luck!!
Importam Note: This Trekking Tour can easily be incorporated into a round trip itinerary in Peru or mixed with other Cultural or Adventure programs such as the Nazca Lines, Manu Jungle, Colca Canyon or Titi Caca Lake - just add us to Peru Whatsaap to discuss this!   +51 983 749 490  -  +51 931 364 834  or or write us to the following address:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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