Classic Salkantay Trek Peru | Alternative Treks to Inca Trail Cusco
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Classic Salkantay Trek Peru

Classic Salkantay Trek Peru

This tour travel package is one of the best alternative trek to Machu Picchu and some of the most magical places in all of Peru in a short space of time. There is enough time to relax and enjoy the scenery, culture, and some great shopping for unique and colorful Peruvian handmade crafts and art. The highlight of the tour was a physically moderate and sometimes challenging trek to Machu Picchu - One of the Seven Wonders of the World. Hiking 5 days Salkantay Trek through various microclimates, from high mountain passes to subtropical cloud forest will be an unforgettable memory for you. Both of which have incredible biodiversity of flora and fauna and natural beauty rarely seen anywhere on the planet.


The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu offers breathtaking scenery and is less traveled than the Inca Trail. It is the second most popular trek to Machu Picchu. Enjoy now this incredible adventure!!




Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Lima

Day 2: Cusco

Day 3: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Day 4 - 8: Salkantay Trek

Day 9: Departure Day


Highlights of Classic Salkantay Trek Peru:

  • The tour starts in Lima so that you can comfortably enjoy the visits of Lima, Cusco + Salkantay Trek!
  • Get to know the Cusco City
  • 5 days Salkantay trek Package with a professional Tour Guide, a Cook and Muleteers
  • Hiking to Machu Picchu
  • Rest in Cusco after the hike

Crew: Salkantay Trek Machu Representatives in Lima and Cusco as well as professional bilingual Tour Guides, a Cook, Muleteer, and Horses on the Salkantay Trek.
Accommodation: 3* hotels (4 nights), campsites (3 nights) Hotel in Machu Picchu (1 night).
Meals: 8x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner, 4x afternoon tea during the Salkantay Trek (Please allow USD 50-100 for meals not included).
Transportation: 1x domestic flight, transportation by private van, 1x train (Expedition Class).
Camping equipment: You can view our camping equipment here!



Day 1: Lima

Transfer service from the airport to your hotel in Lima. At your time of arrival one of our staff will be waiting for you, holding a sign with your name. They will collect you and deliver you to your hotel. The rest of the day you are free to do as you wish maybe you can take a city tour in Lima (optional and not included).

Day 2: Cusco

In the morning you will be driven to the airport to take your flight to Cusco. From there you will be driven to your hotel in Cusco. You have the rest of the day free to relax and adjust to the altitude before your trek to Machu Picchu or explore Cusco city. There are many monuments to see in Cusco city including the Cathedral in the Main Square, the Temple of Qoricancha, and the Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.

Day 3: Sacred Valley of the Incas

In the morning you will go by bus to the Sacred Valley of the Incas for the Sacred Valley day tour where you will see some astonishing scenery. The first stop is in Pisac where you can admire ruins and visit the traditional marketplace. Then the attractive mountain town of Chinchero, next lunch is in Urubamba and on to Ollantaytambo where you can see some marvelous ruins, then back to Cusco.

Day 4 - 8: Salkantay Trek 5 Days

These days follow the same itinerary as the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 5 days, which involves about 6 hours of trekking daily. The main point of the first day is reaching the mighty Salkantay and Huamantay mountains. On the second and third day you go deeper and deeper in to the forest where you will see the most beautiful flora and fauna as well as exquisite birds, fruits, bamboo groves and soaring trees and the Santa Teresa River. On the fourth day of the trek you will reach "El Mirador" from where you can admire Machu Picchu. From there you have the opportunity to see the "Lost City of the Incas". You will end your day at Puente Ruinas (Ruins Bridge), at the foothills of Machu Picchu. On the last day of the trek you go up Machu Picchu, where you have your tour and are free to explore! In the afternoon you will be taken back to Ollantaytambo by train, from where you will be driven back to Cusco.

Day 9: Departure Day

This is the end of our service.Hope you enjoy all your trip, thanks for choose Salkantay Trek Machu!

What is included in this tour?

  • Welcome by our Representative at arrival;
  • Domestic flights: Lima – Cusco;
  • All airport arrival and departure transfers
  • Accommodation: Hotel*** (4 nights), Campsites (3 nights), Hotel in Machu Picchu (1 night);
  • Entrance fee for the Sacred Valley, Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu citadel;
  • Meals: 7x breakfast, 5x lunch, 4x dinner and 3x afternoon hot beverages;
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide;
  • Professional Cook;
  • Horseman;
  • Horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 5 kg of each passenger's stuff;
  • Camping equipment: personal double tents, Therma-a-rest mattress;
  • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • Tourist bus on the Sacred Valley, Salkantay and transfers.

Not Included

  • Pre & post tour accommodation,
  • Last flight Cusco - Lima,
  • International flights and airport departure taxes,
  • Meals not mentioned,
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ($80) or Machu Picchu Mountain ($80);
  • Extra Horses to help you carrying up to 10 kg of your personal belonging (USD 130; the Extra Horses can be shared between 2 persons);
  • Travel insurance,
  • Tips and baggage portage to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory),
  • Other extras not specified.

Meal budget: Please allow USD 100-150 for meals not included.

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you receive your own single room for all overnights and a single tent for the Salkantay Trek.

Local flights: There are two local flights included in the cost of your tour. It is very important that we have got your passport details at the time of booking in order to process all air tickets! Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to each flight departure!

Inca Trail Vs Alternative Treks

Many people include the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in their “Things to do” list before they depart the planet, although what most people don’t know is that there are various Inca Trails Trips to Machu Picchu to pick from in the Cusco region. The difference lies in what kind of an experience you want, hiking the Inca trail and how challenging you like your treks.


You have to take into account that usually you will need to book in advance the Inca Trail, and in case it is fully booked, we recommend other best alternatives:

Extra Information Salkantay Trek


  • Walking sticks or trekking poles USD 20 for both
  • You need to take 5 kilos of personal belonging included in the tour price carried by horses ...If you would like to request more porterage for personal items each extra 3 kilos requested is USD 20 additional charge but you can just request this in the office at your checking.
  • Maybe you have to doubt to walk in this trek, you can hire the extra emergency horses, the price is USD 80.




Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. The horses carry your luggage from Soraypampa (1st day) to Playa camping (3th day). 4 day hike, our chef takes your luggage by bus to Hidrolectrica. From there to Aguas Calientes, you are expected to carry your own luggage (max 3 hrs), in case, the local train running, our chef take your luggage to the town. We recommend keeping the weight under 5 kg/10lb. You will need to carry clothes, sleeping bag.


If very important your take best cover backpacker, because the weather in Salkantay trek is change every date, we can’t predict it raining or no. If you don’t have, we recommended to put your clothes, sleeping bag and other personal equipment inside the plastic bag.




Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machu Picchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.



  • Original passport (+ copies for a case of lost),
  • Original ISIC (an international student card if applicable)
  • Travel insurance (+ copies for a case of lost),
  • Pocket money in Nuevos Soles,
  • A backpack
  • A small rucksack,
  • Rain gear (a rain-jacket and a waterproof trousers or a rain poncho - this can be purchased in Cusco),
  • Resistible footwear, waterproof trekking shoes are recommended,
  • Sandals (for a higher comfort while at a campsite),
  • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping),
  • Hat or a cap (to protect you against the Sun, rain as well as cold),
  • Sun cream or sun block,
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body,
  • Insect repellent – recommended minimum is 20% DEET (please note that no malaria cases have been reported during this trip!),
  • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions),
  • Flashlight/headlamp + batteries,
  • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper,
  • Small towel and toiletries,
  • Sufficient reserve of underwear,
  • Swimsuit (to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes),
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.)
    Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu.
  • Bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle to be refill.
  • Optional: walking sticks; you can also rent it from us,
  • Please note: we provide with filtered boiled water during the entire trek, but if you like to use water from streams along the trail, you need to take some water-purifying tablets with you.

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