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Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu

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  • duration 5 days
  • tour type Private
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 5+ years old
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Maximum altitude 4480 meters
  • Tour Code BM-15429
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru
  • Trek to Abra Huayracmachay, located at an altitude of 4,600m
  • Enjoy a sunrise view from Machu Picchu
  • Cross the Salkantay Pass (4600m)
Join us on a Peruvian adventure along the less trodden trail. Go trekking to the Salkantay Pass, which is a less-crowded alternative to the Inca Trail and also the only trekking route that affords views of Machu Picchu. This trek involves crossing the Salkantay Pass (4600m) on the second day.

Make a steep ascent to Abra Huayracmachay (15,100 feet/4,600m), the highest point in the hike, where you will get the chance to enjoy magnificent views of the high glacier of Salkantay. Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, including that of Salkantay Mountain itself, before you start descending through cloud forests rich in wildlife. Walk downhill following the trail along the Salkantay River.

Walk through a winding rainforest gorge around the base of Huayna Picchu and enjoy watching sunrise from Machu Picchu. The Salkantay Trek will take you from high passes between snow-capped mountains and glaciers to lowland jungles with hot springs and coffee plantations. So strap on your trekking boots, you've got an adventure coming your way!
  • Day 1: Cusco – Soyrococha
  • Day 2: Hike over to the Salkantay Pass
  • Day 3: Salkantay River trail
  • Day 4: Cocalmayo - Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5: Explore Machu Picchu
  • Dedicated Aspiring Adventures trekking guides
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu, including extra permit to climb Huayna Picchu (if permits are available at the time of booking)
  • Accommodation – three nights in tents, one in hotel (based on twin-share accommodation)
  • All ground transport (private vehicle and train) including pickup and drop off at your hotel in Cusco
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Drinking water while on the trail
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Single supplement
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Mule
  • Tip for your guide(s), cook, and horsemen
  • Sleeping bags and mats
  • Optional: mule to carry your personal gear
5 - Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
  • Tariq Esmail
  • From Canada
  • On Jul 10 2019
5 - Excellent
Perfect trip, Excellent guide!
This is certainly the trip of a lifetime, made even better by Victor! 10/10 would go again.
  • Anonymous
  • From Canada
  • On Jul 07 2019
5 - Excellent
Phenomenal Experience
We had an excellent experience on the Salkantay trek. I would highly recommend this company - they go above and beyond. Thank you to Katy, Steve, Victor, Zacarias, and the whole team for an unforgettable trek. Highly recommend -... Read more
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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.


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.

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COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Hygiene protocols have been adopted on this trip. Wearing a mask, hand washing and general sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are furthermore regularly disinfected.
  • Distancing measures have been implemented to safeguard against COVID-19.
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.

  • 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 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.

  • Do they speak English in Peru?

    Spanish is the most-spoken European language in Peru, alongside several local languages like Quechan and Aymara. Those involved in the tourism industry and those in popular destinations such as Lima and Cusco will speak some English, while guides leading tours for English-speaking travelers will have a good hold of the language. However, knowing a few words of Spanish is always useful.

  • What is considered rude in Peru? What cultural notions should I be aware of?

    Personal contact is an important part of Peruvian culture. Not only do Peruvians tend to stand closer to each other than you might at home, but physical contact (especially on one’s arms and back) is also common. You should avoid the desire to step away, as this is considered offensive. Greetings are important, with handshakes along with a few words of greeting being common. Give the elderly your respect if you are young and leave your seat on public transportation for them. 

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