08 Days Salkantay Trekking to Machu Picchu

  • Duration

    08 / 07

  • Price per person

    $1790USD

MAX. ALTITUDE 13779 ft

GROUP SIZE 10

hotel & tent

ACCOMMODATION hotel & tent

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LEVEL Mild ACTIVITY LEVEL

  • Qoricancha
  • Humantay Lake
  • Salkantay Pass
  • Machu Picchu

 

There is only one place in the world that has it all, magic, history, nature, and culture; four elements that forge the spirit of the earth of the sun. Certainly, a land where gods are hidden in mountains and stones, the Salkantay trek will show you the best of the Andes and the visit to the magical Cusco too

Highlights

8 Day Salkantay Trekking Machu Picchu

We have created Salkantay Trekking Machu Picchu  – Qoricancha Cusco Tour Package an adventure in which you will be able to experience Peru at its best and like never before. Certainly, Salcantay Trail is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests.

In this journey you will trek from 3,900m/12,800ft to 2,100m/6,900ft, traversing across magnificent mountain passes, enjoying enormous and mystical snow-capped peaks, seeing nature in its purest form. Above all, you’ll explore more than 15 different ecosystems that we have in this area from beginning to end. Moreover, the chances for ethnic and cultural exchange are ever-present with local natives who still remain closely attached to their heritage and are very willing to share it.

DAILY DEPARTURES GUARANTEED!!

Itinerary

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DAY 1: CUSCO NAVEL OF THE WORLD – MUSEO INKA Y QORICANCHA

  • This morning will be reserved for resting or free time. So, in the afternoon we will visit the Inka Museum, home of thousands of years of Andean culture.
  • Continuing, we will move onto the temple of Qoricancha Cusco, the famous Sun Temple of Qosqo, which was and still remains the pinnacle of organization, architecture, and religion of Inka civilization.
  • During, its construction they had already achieved the greatest advances of their time,
  • Also, this temple may have been the exact representation of the center, or “Navel of the World” and therefore the center of the world, as dictated by the pre-hispanic Andean cosmovision.

LODGING: Accommodation in Cusco Jungle Hotel*** or similar

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DAY 2: FREE DAY (OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES)

OPTION 1. – HALF DAY CITY TOUR (EXTRA US$25)

We will pick you up around 2:00 pm at the start of the tour.

The places to visit are:

  • Qoricancha Cusco.
  • Sacsayhuaman.
  • Qenqo.
  • Pukapukara.
  • Tambomachay.

OPTION 2. – FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY  (EXTRA US$50)

We will pick you up around 8:00 am

The places we will visit are:

  • Pisaq
  • Pisaq Market.
  • Ollantaytambo.
  • Chinchero.

LODGING: Accommodation in Cusco Jungle Hotel*** or similar

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DAY 3: FIRST DAY TREK: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA (L)(D)

  • Firstly, we will leave from Cusco approximately between 4:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.
  • So, a bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level) where we will arrive approximately at 8:00.
  • Then, we will stop for last-minute supplies, leg-stretching or to use the restrooms. We will continue to our trek starting point, Sayapata.
  • We will meet with our support staff, and they will load the equipment on horses and mules.
  • Later, around 9:00 a.m., we will begin our walk toward Soraypampa (3850 meters above sea level).
  • During the trip, we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salcantay trail, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River.
  • About 1:00 p.m., we will have a Peruvian lunch. After that, we will continue hiking toward Humantay Lake for 3 hours approximately, this is a beautiful lake in the mountains.
  • Finally, we will come back to our camp where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.

Lodging: Campside at Soraypampa

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DAY 4: SECOND DAY TREK: SORAYPAMPA – CHALLWAY (B)(L)(D)

  • Today, nature will change drastically from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas.
  • So, after a nutritious breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek. We will start the hike around 7:00 in the morning.
  • Later, we will hike to a place called the Pampa Salcantay trail. Then, go toward the left side of the snowy peaks of Umantay located next to the Apu Salkantay. At midday, we will be on the highest point ( 4600 meters above sea level).
  • Consequently, we will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level) which is known as the second-highest point of the Cusco region.
  • Around 1:00 p.m., we will have our lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay.
  • As a result, after a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive to our camp in Challway (2920 meters above sea level). Finally, around 7:00 p.m., we will recuperate from the trek and eat dinner.

Lodging: Campside at Challway

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DAY 5: THIRD DAY TREK: CHALLWAY – LA PLAYA – LUCMABAMBA (B)(L)(D)

  • Likewise, around 7:00 a.m., we will start our trek and we will enjoy the beautiful sunrise.
  • So, we will walk for about 5 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco and during this period; we will observe a town called Collpabamba.
  • Certainly, if we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks‘.the national bird of Peru Once at Playa Sahuayaco lunch.
  • After that, we are going to hike couple of hours more to get to Lucmabamba which is our last campsite also the beginning of the Inca trail of Llactapata.

Lodging: Campsite at lucmabamba

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DAY 6: FOURTH DAY TREK: LUCMABAMBA – LLACTAPATA -HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES (17KM , HOURS 9)

  • Around 8.00 am. we will gradually hike up for about 2 hours to finally get to LlactaPata a beautiful archeological site that has connections to the Inca sites Machupicchu and Sayacmarka.
  • Then, we will have plenty of time to explore this nice Inca site and will then start our descent to Hydro-Electrica (power plant) which will take us about 1 ½ hour.
  • So, a pleasant 3 hours walk will bring us to Aguas Calientes where we will stay in a hostel for the night.
  • After having stored our baggage we will go out and have dinner together in one of the many restaurants.

LODGING: Accommodation in Golden Sunrise Hotel*** or similar

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DAY 7: FIFTH DAY TREK: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (B)

  • Firstly, we will wake you up at around 5:00 am have to breakfast, and then take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu.
  • So, our guide will give you a tour around Machu Picchu telling you about the history of Machu Picchu and the most important temples and altars.
  • After that, you will have free time to explore the site on your own again or if you still have plenty of energy you should climb Huayna Picchu Mountain.
  • Once you feel that you have seen every corner of Machupicchu you will take a bus down to the village of Aguas Calientes to have lunch.
  • Usually, we take the bus at around 1:00 pm. The bus ride takes around 25 minutes and your guides will give you the ticket.
  • Finally, you will get your train and bus tickets back to Cusco in the restaurant in Aguas Calientes.

LODGING: Accommodation in Cusco Jungle Hotel*** or similar

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DAY 8: FREE WALKING TOUR -FLY TO LIMA

Free morning to relax or free walking tour. The walking tour will visit the following places:

  • Plaza de Armas / Main Plaza, which is home to the main cathedral and colonial houses
  • Plaza Nazarenas
  • San Blas neighborhood
  • The twelve angle stone
  • San Pedro local market

This afternoon transfer to the airport for your departure to Lima

What's Included

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INCLUDES THE SALKANTAY TREKKING MACHU PICCHU PACKAGE

  • All transfers.
  • Transportation.
  • All tours.
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Entrances
  • 03 night’s accommodations in 3 stars hotels.
  • All breakfast included in the accommodations
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INCLUDES FOR THE SALCANTAY TRAIL:

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Chef.
  • Mules to carry cooking,camping equipment and 6 kg of your personal items.
  • Pick-up and transportation from your hotel to the start of the trail.
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 4 Dinners.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes, Day 4.
  • Inflatable mattress .
  • Oxygen bottle.
  • First aid kit.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)
  • Train ticket Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo
  • transportation Ollantaytambo-Cusco.
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NOT INCLUDED:

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us).
  • Single Supplement US$250 (solo travelers)
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
  • International and intra flights.
  • Meals where are not stated
  • Gratitudes
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee
  • Entrance ticket to the hot springs
  • First breakfast and last lunch at Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals where not otherwise stated as included.
  • Gratitude or tips for your crew (cooks, horse herders, guides)
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PACKING LIST (Salkantay Trekking Machu Picchu):

  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • A waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film widgetkit id=15
  • Torch with spare batteries

Extra Services?

SERVICE PRICE
Hire of sleeping bag 5 season $30.00
Walking stick highly recommended! $15.00
Single supplement $70.00
Additional night at 3 star hotel $85.00

Availability

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FAQS?

Is the trek difficult? Do I need to be in good physical condition?

All our treks (Inka Trail, Salkantay, Ausangate, Lares, etc) are moderately difficult, lengthy and traverse rough mountain terrain. We kindly recommend that if you plan to conquer any of these routes machu picchu travel to be in relatively good physical condition, plus acclimatization.

How far in advance should I acclimatize for the salkantay trekking machu picchu?

This means arriving to Cusco at least 02 days prior to salcantay trail  – qoricancha cusco departure to adjust to the altitude. During the last two months leading up to your Salkantay trail we suggest a regular and moderate exercise routine to improve endurance and stamina. We wish for you to have the best experience possible!

Also, find our travelers’ recommendations on TripAdvisor

Likewise, you can check our other tour packages Multi days

Are vegetarian, vegan, and/or other special diet needs available?

Of course! Without any additional costs! When you make your reservation of salkantay hike, Salcantay trail – qoricancha cusco, please inform us of any dietary needs or requirements, including allergies.

That is to say, Vegetarian foods will be absent of all meats, chicken, or fish. We will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.

What will the meals be like during the Salkantay trekking machu Picchu – qoricancha cusco?

Most of our main meals are buffet-style, leaving you the option to avoid anything undesirable to you.

If there are any food items or veggies that you cannot stomach, perhaps onions, tomatoes, mushrooms.. etc, upon your request we will ask our chef to leave them out or separate this item.

We can also attend lactose-intolerant or gluten-intolerant diets. We cannot accept individuals with serious allergic or life-threatening reactions.

I have a food allergy. May I still participate?

Certainly, Every day we receive many clients with food allergies to nuts, wheat, etc. Please inform us in detail of your condition upon making your reservation.

Therefore, We kindly ask that you declare the severity of your reaction and any medication that you take in case of emergency.

However, If your allergy is severe, we ask that you be accompanied by a friend or individual conscious and fully responsible of your situation and ready with any medication.

WE CAN NOT ACCEPT CLIENTS WITH LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

When must I arrive in cusco or arrive to your office?

We require that all clients arrive to Cusco at least 48 hours before the start of your Salcantay trail – qoricancha cusco, although 03 nights before is ideal. Certainly, You must pay your remaining balance two days before your departure for your trek. This will assure that all individuals are acclimatized and adjusted to the high altitude conditions to begin your trek comfortably. Please note that your remaining balance must be paid in cash in our office and cannot be paid before your arrival.

What are the office hours – salkantay trekking machu picchu?

Certainly, our office hours are Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. (Please aim to arrive 7:30 pm at the latest!)

Are hiking sticks or poles necessary?

For this trek more than any other, we do recommend hiking sticks, especially for those with any known knee problems. The poles will assist your balance and reduce the impact on your knees.

In addition, Waman Adventures will rent hiking sticks for $15

Where can I store my baggage that I dont need for the trail?

Any baggage that is not necessary for salcantay trail tour may be stored in your hotel in Cusco (most hotels offer this service free of charge). In the case that your hotel may not provide this service, we will store your baggage safely in our office free of charge.

What is the weather like during the trek?

Most importantly, The best time for making the salkantay trekking machu picchu with good weather is between the months of April – October when there is minimal rainfall and clear skies. Therefore, The driest months are June – August, which is winter in the Andes.

When is the rainy season in Cusco?

In the same vein, January to March is summer in Peru, which means the rainy season for Cusco and especially the salcantay trail – qoricancha cusco, which is located mostly in the tropical cloud forest.

Where do I have to be the morning of the start of my trek and where will I finish at the end?

Certainly, We will pick you up from your hotel to begin your trek and upon finishing, we will also leave you at your hotel.

I wish to have a train company or train option different to that which Waman Adventures offers, is this possible?

If you wish to change your train company or option (such as Vistadome de Peru Rail, to Ollantaytambo or the whole route to Poroy), or your departure time, additional fees may apply. That is to say, you must speak with one of our sales agents to inquire about availability and the additional costs for salkantay trekking machu picchu.

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