Salkantay Trek

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5 Based on 1 Review
  • duration 5 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 12-75 yrs
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-23710
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  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explore Machu Picchu, the hidden citadel of the Incas
  • See panoramic views of Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo mountains
  • Roam the ancient ruins of Llactapata
  • Visit the spectacular bluegreen Humantay Lake
The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an alternative to the Inca Trail and considered by most to be the best alternative route (or maybe even better!). This magnificent trail is perfect for adventurers who wish to experience changing ecosystems from one day to the next.

You will walk through sweeping, magical landscapes of a snowy mountain paradise to a tropical jungle with a wide range of animals and medicinal plants and flowers. Witness first-hand a living, but ancient, culture in remote villages hardly ever seen by foreigners!

Along the way hike up to the unforgettable Humantay Lake (4,200 m) with its unbelievable blue-green water reflecting the mountain glaciers of Apu Humantay.

At the end of the trek, reach Machu Picchu, and explore the numerous temples, palaces houses and sundials of the hidden royal citadel of the Incas.

ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Cusco - Challancha - Soraypampa (Humantay Lake)
  • Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Wayracpunku - Chaullay
  • Day 3: Chaullay - Collpapamba - La Playa - Lucmabamba
  • Day 4: Lucmabamba - Llactapata - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5: Machu Picchu
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Transport
  • Experienced bilingual guide
  • Personal accommodation in private campsites
  • Camping equipment
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Accomodation in Aguas Calientes
  • 1 duffle bag
  • Cargo mules
  • Trekking cook
  • Train tickets
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Entrance fee to Salkantay Trail (USD 4 per person)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Walking sticks
  • Personal clothing
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Anything not mentioned in the 'What's Included' section of the itinerary
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 1 review
  • Michael Reyford-Thorne
  • From England
  • On May 17 2022
5 - Excellent
Great trip great guide
We had a Great trip and had a great guide with us, Id recommend this trek to everyone
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GOOD TO KNOW
CANCELLATION

20% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.

Payment

A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

Travel Insurance

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Other Practical InformationPrices are per person based and requires a minimum of two people to do the trip
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • What is the best month to visit Peru? Can I visit Peru during the off-season?

    The best time to visit Peru is between the months of May and September. Corresponding with the dry season, temperatures in the country at this time hover between 16°C to 22°C. But more importantly, traveling to Peru during this time means that there is little fear of getting caught in the country’s torrential monsoon. Another less popular but still good time to visit Peru is between October and December. A shoulder period between dry and monsoon seasons, the climate during this time of year is generally fine, although skies are cloudier and you might have to dodge the odd shower. The wettest months are January and February. It is still possible to visit destinations such as Lake Titicaca during the rainy season, but the Inca Trail is closed for travelers. Find more information here.

  • What is an ideal time to visit Peru? Is travel possible during the off-season?

    The best time to visit Peru is between the months of May and September. Corresponding with the dry season, temperatures in the country at this time hover between 16°C to 22°C. But more importantly, traveling to Peru during this time means that there is little fear of getting caught in the country’s torrential monsoon. Another less popular but still good time to visit Peru is between October and December. A shoulder period between dry and monsoon seasons, the climate during this time of year is generally fine, although skies are cloudier and you might have to dodge the odd shower. The wettest months are January and February. It is still possible to visit destinations such as Lake Titicaca during the rainy season, but the Inca Trail is closed to travelers. You can find more information here.

  • Is Peru expensive to visit? How do the ATMs work?

    Peru is not expensive for travelers and we recommend it as a top pick for visitors on a budget. Most travelers can get by on USD 30 to USD 40 per day, including transport, accommodation, and food. Tackling the Inca Trail and exploring Machu Picchu are must-do attractions but also relatively costly. ATMs are the quickest way to withdraw neuvos soles, as the country’s currency is called, on the road and visa cards are easily accepted. Many ATMs have an English language option, too. They can be found in some airports, inside banks, and as stand-alone units in major towns and cities. If you are looking for other destinations to visit on a budget, find more information here.

  • How long would I need to visit Peru?

    Given its wealth of attractions, there are many reasons why you should consider Peru trips that last between ten days and two weeks. This will give you enough time to see top-rated sites, such as Manu National Park, while also discovering the country’s history and culture in more far-flung and as-yet-unknown destinations. You can still take in a number of attractions even if you can only spare one week in Peru, however, the time constraint would mean that you will have to limit your exploration to a destination or two. For a more detailed rundown, check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Peru.

  • How many days do you need in Peru?

    Given its wealth of attractions, there are many reasons why you should consider Peru trips that last between ten days and two weeks. This will give you enough time to see top-rated sites, such as Manu National Park, while also discovering the country’s history and culture in more far-flung and as-yet-unknown destinations. You can still take in a number of attractions even if you can only spare one week in Peru, however, the time constraint would mean that you will have to limit your exploration to a destination or two. For a more detailed rundown, check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Peru.

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