Being one of the most trendy hikes of Inca Trail alternatives, our hike about Salkantay to Inca Trek for 5 days is a stylish tour where travelers can enjoy the landscapes and panoramic views on a peaceful road. In this way, you'll take an extra reward because we'll see the beautiful animals and variety of plants while exploring the ecosystems due to Inca Trail, and the magnificent snowy Salkantay Mountain owing about Trek to Salkantay.
Scout around Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna ruins then arriving at the Sun Gate which is the last archaeological monument to visit before reaching Aguas Calientes located in the base from the lost citadel of Incas "Machu Picchu". This hike obtains alike details as well as Lares trek because has a quiet track, and also to Choquequirao to Machu Picchu because the road is challenging and the weather is varied on different days.
Every elapsed moment will be saved due to the wonder and beauty observed on the road, the landscapes and mountains you'll see are so amazing but all latest will worth up when we can visit the lost city.
If you already don't know what excursion will take about Trail to Machu Picchu this hike would be a good alternative to accomplish.
Day 01: Cusco - Soraypampa - Wayracmachay.
Day 02: Wayracmachay - Los Andenes - Luscamayo - La Playa
Day 03: La Playa - Llactapata - Hidroeléctrica - Puente Ruinas
Day 04: Puente Ruinas - Km 104 (Inca Trail) - Wiñaywayna - Aguas Calientes (hotel)
Day 05: Hking to Machu Picchu - Cusco.
Departure Point: Cusco - We pick you up from your hotel.
Departure Time: 05:30
Briefing Point: Our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek
Briefing Time: Between 17:00 - 18:00
Return Point: Cusco - Our driver will drop-off in your hotel or Airbnb department
Service Level: Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character, extra porters, and private transport.
Physical Rating: 3 - Demanding - Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travelers
Age requirement: 12+ / All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Salkantay to Inca Trail Tour Operator: Salkantay Trek Machu
Crew: A Salkantay Trek Machu representative in Cusco and a professional Tour Guige, a Cook, and Horseman for the Salkantay to Inca Trek.
Accommodation: Campsites (3 nights) and Hotel in Machu Picchu (1 night).
Meals: 4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner, 3x afternoon tea.
Transportation: Transportation by private van, 1x train
Group Available: Mix: 2 Max: 8 Trekkers
Wake up very early in the morning for the driving until Mollepata in about 3hours, there we can stop for a moment to breakfast or other some necessities you have. Continue the road and arrive to Soraypampa where wil be the first checkpoint and meet the agency staff to start our hike. Begining the excursion we have to up for the trail when we'll arrive to the highest point called Apacheta path (4590 m).
The rest of the trek is easier due to the fact that we'll descend to Wayracmachay (2890 m) our first campsite.
Starting the day with a good breakfast and continue the hike through the cloud forest while the views of landscapes and mountains are incredibles but also will be possible see the variety of animlas and orchids around the pass of Lluscamayo River. Then hiking for 5hours we can arrive to the Lluscamayo settlement and take our lunch of the day.
Again hiking about 3hours for see a wonder waterfall which we might take the panoramic photos. The amazing views will continue passing the waterfall observed, the valleys, mountains and variety of birds especially the well known "Gallito de las Rocas" is one of the most majestic animals we can see along the excursion. A the end we'll be arriving to our campsite of the day for tomorrow see the archaeological ruins from Llactapata.
In this day we have to be ready and go walking to Llactapata ruins, before the ruins we'll be passing among coffee and coca plantations, more kind of orchids and a amazing view from the rainforest where then we can estimate the fantastic and wonder ruins from Llactapata.
Now we continue to the "Hidroelectrica" descending approximately in one hour and complete the hike until Aguas calientes where will be our lunch. Ending up the tour we'll going to our accomodation where pass the night in Aguas Calientes town. No doubt will be a great day because have to mix the Salkantay trekking with Inca Trail.
Begining on the sunrise and start walking with our team to Km 104 (Inca Trail checkpoinrt). We have to hike between 2-3hours to reach the archaeological site from Chachabamba where a lunch will be waiting us.
Before to reach Wiñaywayna we have the hapiness to see a beatiful waterfall where we'll be passing through the cloud forest for then arrive to the Sun Gate, the last archaeological site in our tour before visit Machu Picchu the lost citadel. The Sun Gate is in other words the pass to the citadel with a panoramic view from the mountain.
This day we don't hike to Machu Picchu yet, because the better is at final day and for the moment we'll have to descend until Aguas Calientes where will sleep after a good dinner.
Wake up too early and be ready for the magnificent day, a hike of 2hours to the city of Machu Picchu for purchase some interesting articles of the area and then have a guided tour from the city. Is a good alternative hiking to Huayna Picchu mountain because from there you can take the most fantastic pictures of Machu Picchu.
At final of the day a train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy will be waiting us, then a bus until Cusco will be the course. No doubt this excursion will be the most interesting of all we can do. The landscaps and mountains are the best of the excursion while passing among varied weathers on the road.
Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing. Our guide will provided the duffel bag for your personal belonging,
Note: It is very important let us know, where you will be staying in Cusco;
Experienced bilingual Tour Guide. They all grew up in this region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional, and will ensure you are safe and happy.
Note: A group up to 8 participants has 1 Tour Guide, a groups over 8 participants receives 2 Tour Guides
Camping (3 Nights) and Hotel in Machu Picchu (1 Night)
Our tents are of the brand Eureka Mountain double designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent.
Hotel in Machu Picchu: with private bathroom and hot water (Single, Double or matrimonial room)
We provide with inflatable mattresses of the brand Therm-A-Rest. The mattresses are 3 cm heigh that will ensure you a sufficient isolation from the cold earth!
This inflatable mattress for more comfort to sleep in the trail
We use only feather sleeping bags that are suitable up to minus 16°C. This means you do not need to be worry about cold as temperature at night at each trek reaches just up to 0°C (maximum -5°C)!!
Included fee to the Salkantay Mountain, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
4x breakfast, 4x lunch, 4x dinner, 3x afternoon´s hot beverages and Snack every morning
The Salkantay Trek Machu chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have raved about. If you are a vegetarian or have any restrictions, our chef will prepare special food, please advise us in advance. A vegetarian meal option is for NO extra cost. Food is typically served and buffet.
Excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own, Salkantay Trek Machu will supply all the water needed. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distributing. You must supply your own water bottles or camel back. We recommend carrying about 3L worth. We will refill our waters at each meal.
Our horses will carry the all camping equipement for your trek and 7 kg for your personal beloging + Sleeping bag;
An emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower;
Muleteer is responsible to take the horses;
Salkantay Trek Machu DOES NOT permit this exploitation!! We guarantee that our horses carry only an amount given by the Peruvian law!!
From Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo, there are two companies train (Incarail and Perurail),you can choose two time of your train return to Cusco
If you take the train return at 14:55, you will be in Cusco at 18:00
If you take the train return at 19:00, you will be in Cusco at 22:00
On the high season, it is very important let us know in advance, because it is very difficult find spaces available.
Tables and chairs, cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas
A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town
Early morning transfer by private bus to Challacancha - the initial point of the trek;
The train service is finishing in Ollantaytambo Train station, then our driver is waiting for you and he will take to Cusco;
Our guide has received training in first aid from a physician. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen.
Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single room" option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights.
Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price!