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Luxury Trekking Salkantay

Luxury Trekking Salkantay

This is the best luxury trekking tour package for the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.

 

Focuse on the adventure, enjoy the comfort, be safe and take the time to enjoy outstanding moments in awe-inspiring natural areas, such as alpine, cloud forest, tropical jungle,and inca towns. You will complete the adventure on arriving Completion at the lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu. This challenging of this trek is rewarded by exploring inca sites, stone-paved trails. One of the Seven Wonders of the World is a once in a lifetime experience never forgotten!

Salkantay is the name of the snowy mountain which stands at 6270 m, and is situated southwest Machu Picchu. Hiking close to this striking mountain, and down through the valley,  you will admire different ecosystems along the way. This memorable trip ends in the lost city of the Incas - MACHU PICCHU.

Our Salkantay Trek luxury includes all the best services for you and at a good price. Salkantay trek to Machupicchu is one of the most picturesque trips offered in Cusco region, which will take you near the snowy mountain of Sankantay (6,271 meters), considered by Andean Peruvians as the "spiritual protector". It is the best alternative trek offered to visitors because the famous Classic Inca Trail is usually crowded and spots are limited. The ancient Inca trail that forms a vast network of Inca roads. It leads through alpine area in the highlands of the Peruvian Andes, past snowy mountain,  and deep into the forest that engulfs the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. The Salkantay trek is a perfect choice for travelers seeking alternative hikes to Machu Picchu and for those who love adventure and nature.

 

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco

Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas tour

Day 3: start of the hiking-Soraypampa  to Wayracmachay

Day 4: Wayracmachay-Collpapampa

Day 5: Collpapampa-La Playa

Day 6: end of the hiking-La Playa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

Day 7: Machu Picchu - Cusco

Day 8: Departure from Cusco


Why Salkantay Trek Luxury?

When choosing a trail to arrive to the Inca sanctuary of Machu Picchu, you  have some options, each with a scenic beauty. Discover the most amazing route to Machupicchu, the lost city of the Incas.


Discover the sacred snowy Salkantay:

Both the trekking fanatics and the adventurers who hike for the first time will recognize the mystical sacred snowy Salkantay soaring to 6271mt. The snow-topped mountains and the Andean scenery are worth them hiking.


Get to know the Inca culture up close - The Apachetas:

When you reach the Salkantay pass, you will notice an atmosphere of mysticism and you will see piles of stones (apachetas) each traveller adds a stone on top as an offering to the mountain and mother earth(pachamama).
 

Visit the Humantay Lake:

On the first day, there is a hidden place reserved for the most intrepid adventurers. After an extra hour walking, you will enjoy the  beautiful blue-coloured glacial lake of Humantay. 

 

Salkantay Trail Tours

Salkantay Trek Advisor

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco

You will be warmly welcomed at Cusco city airport and transferred to your hotel. The archaeological capital of  south america  is a fascinating historic city with a number of megalithic structures from Incas' days, baroque style colonial buildings, mortared pre-inca structures,  etc. It is recommended to take it easy for the first two days so after getting setttled in your hotel, you can stroll through the city of Cusco and sightsee the temple of the sun (Qoricancha), and Cathedral of Cusco in town, and the four nearby inca sites of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca Pucara , and Tambomachay located on the outskirts before your luxury hike to Salkantay

Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas

The sacred valley of the incas is located north of the capital of Cusco at an average altitude of 2,800mt. The valley was  predominantely inhabited by the incas who constructed astronomical observatries, religious enclosures, farming terraces, living structures, etc. The river of Urubamba crosses the valley and is flanked with picturesque villages and extensive farming lands of maize, potatoes, vegetables,fruits, etc. Due to its mild weather, fertile soil, and abundant water, different food crops have been growing since Incas' days, and they also constructed towns which main ones are Pisac, and  OLlantaytambo, the latter still uses the original inca town plan.

Day 3: The Trek Cusco - Soraypampa - Wayracmachay

You will get picked up in your hotel and transferred to Mollepata for breakfast and last minute supply purchase.Then, you will rejoin the bus journey to Soraypampa (trailhead). Get ready for the hike by stretching, and then meet the rest of the crew. You will head up to Salkantay pass from the head of the valley. The trail gently ascends the summit offering amazing scenic views of snowy Salkantay. Arriving at the top, you will stop to admire the scenic beauty and learn about honoring the mountains by using coca leaves. Afterwards,  the trail leads down the valley through a paramo ecosystem with rocky slopes and  chinchillas jumping across the area. As you approach Wayraccmachay campsite the trail flattens out to a nice  river valley located at 3,850mt inhabited by potato farmers and sheep famers.

 

Day 4: Wayracmachay � Collpapampa

After a nutritious breakfast, the trail continues down through a ecosystem of lush vegetation of huge variety of flora and warmer temperature. the trail keeps gently descending with amazing scenic views of forested hills and snowy Mt Pumasillo (5,991mt/19,656ft, but do not miss to look back Mt Salkantay that still towers behind.The trail continues narrowing through a ecosystem of lush vegetation of huge variety of flora and warmer temperature. After a four hour descent you will reach Collpapampa where we set up our next campsite.

Day 5: Collpapampa � La Playa

Following breakfast, you will head to the town of La Playa .Hike leisurely the trail adorned with a huge variety of flowers and endemic trees.There are also excellent views of the surrounding scenery as you descend through the forest of  increasingly tall trees and bamboo groves providing bird watching opportunities, and enjoy views of the  chaotic river of Santa Teresa. Campsite at la Playa.

 

 

Day 6: La Playa � Llactapampa � Hidroelectrica � Aguas Calientes

Wake up early today to ascend Qellocqasa pass. as you climb, there are excellent views  of  lush valley cultivated with coffee , avocado, maize, pineapple, etc. The trail slopes up gently offering amazing view of scenic beauty. After a 3 hour hike you  will arrive to  Q'elloqasa pass (vantage point) which overlooks Machu Picchu. You will enjoy exploring the inca site of Llactapata, discovered by american Hiram bingham which exact location got lost covered in vegetation until 2003 when refound . . Then you will hike down to Ahobamba river for 3 hours through bamboo groves, orchards and coffee plantations. After crossing a suspension bridge, you will head to hydroelectric village for lunch. Then, you will walk alongside the railway to puente ruinas campsite near Aguas Calientes town located at the foot of Machu Picchu Inca site.

Day 7: Machu Picchu � Cusco

After an early breakfast, you will go up to Machu Picchu inca site either by bus or foot and enter the site for the best photo opportunities and guided tour. Then, you can explore the site by yourself or climb Mt Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu, in case you have booked them. Afterwards, bus down tyo Machupicchu town to rest and enjoy lunch. Finally, you will board the train to Ollantaytambo and then change for a bus back to Cusco. 

Day 08: Departure Day

Today, we will say goodbye to you and thank you for choosing our tour company, hoping that you have the most unforgettable memories and you will come back for another adventure with us

What is included in this trek?

  • You will be warmly welcomed by our Representative upon your arrival;
  • All airport arrival and departure transfers
  • Accommodation: Hotel Hilton Garden Inn Cusco (3 nights), Campsites (3 nights), Hotel Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu (1 night);
  • Entrance fee to the Sacred Valley, Salkantay Trek, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu citadel;
  • Meals: 6x breakfast, 5x lunch, 4x dinner and 3x afternoon hot beverages;
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide;
  • Professional chef 
  • Horse drikver
  • Horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 10 kg of each passenger's stuff;
  • Camping equipment: personal double tents, Therma-a-rest mattress;
  • Tables and chairs, cooking tent &cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and propane gas bottle.
  • Down Sleeping bag (-5°C);
  • Tourist bus up and down to Machu Picchu;
  • VISTADOME train from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • Private transportation for the Sacred Valley, Salkantay and all transfers.

Not Included

  • Pre & post tour accommodation,
  • Domestic flights, International flights and airport departure taxes,
  • Meals not mentioned,
  • Travel insurance,
  • Tips and baggage portage to local staff (please note: it is a custom to tip the trekking staff 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 get a single room for all overnights and a single tent for the Salkantay Trek.

Local flights: It not included in the cost of your tour.

Alternative Trek to Inca Trail

Many people include Peru in their “Things to do” list before they depart the planet, the main reason being to Trek the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, 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.

If you want to say that you’ve hiked the famous hike to Machu Picchu, then the Classic Inca Trail is for you. but usually you will need to book in advance, in case it is fully booked, we recommend other best alternatives:

Tips & extra information

OPTIONAL SERVICES TO BE HIRED

  • Walking sticks or hiking poles USD 20 for one pair
  • Shared porter: Salkantay Trek Machu provides a personal porter plus duffle bag for your belongings/extraequipment at the briefing time the night before of your tour. Foam pad roll mattress, Therma- rest mattress, blanket, pillow and rain poncho is provided to each trekker and need to be carried by your porter. it is more comfortable. *Equipment as sleeping bags, backpacks, duffle bag, pillow, blanket, rain ponchos,water bottles must be organised in advance at the time of your booking or send us an e-mail.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

-The camping equipment returns to Cusco on day 4, please give back  the sleeping bag, and inflatable mattress to the chef or head porter

-Sleeping tent: double occupancy for one person provided for first, second and third night

-Our porters carry your personal belongings up to 5 kilograms per person and you will only be carrying a daypack with camera, water bottle, snacks, wallet, rain poncho (weather is unpredictable). May-October is dry season and November- April is wet season

 

TIPPING & EXTRA MONEY

It is very important to take EXTRA MONEY around 300-400 soles:

  • Tipping your trekking staff is customary at the end of your trek, if you think your tour guide , and rest of the crew did a great job, tipping them is much appreciated, however as a suggestion each hiker can contribute USD 50 per person as collective tip.
  • Local people have small shops on the trail so you ca buy more supplies such as water, snack, chocolate, cola etc.
  • First breakfast and last lunch are not included
  • Emergency money

INCA TRAIL WEATHER

Climate in Cusco: The highland region of Cusco has well defined winter and summer seasons. Winter months (June -July) are very sunny and warm at daytime, but the temperature drops to near freezing at night. Wet months (January-March). December and January are less wet for trekking with only occasional shower, and loads of blooming flowers.

 

APPROPRIATE CLOTHING FOR THIS HIKE

Hiking trousers, long-sleeve T-shirt, sun hat, etc are recommended for daytime, and warm jacket, jumper, fleece jacket, waterproof jackets , etc are recommended for nightime . It is  recomended to have rain gear in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain trousers) since the weather changes radically. At nighttime, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece jacket. During the third day (if sunny) in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking trousers are useful, as they can switch into shorts if necessary. Machu picchu has a warm weather, getting only cold at nighttime. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring your Inca Trail” list.
 
 

RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO BRING

  • Original passport 
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Soles and USD Cash 
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or tennis shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended.
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent minimum recommended 20% DEET no malaria risk has been reported
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail)
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