- Train tour
- Natural landmarks sightseeing
- duration 5 days
- tour type Small group
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 5+ years old
- max group size 8
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- Conquer the Salkantay Pass
- Explore Machu Picchu
- Take a ride on an Expedition train
- Travel to the ruins of Llactapata
Start your trek on the very first day of this trip. Conclude your journey with a visit to the iconic monument of Machu Picchu, which you will also get to glimpse on the fourth day of the tour. Avoid the regulations that have been imposed on the Inca Trail. We have designed this itinerary in such a way that it includes many of the highlights of the popular routes in the Salkantay Trek but avoids most of the areas that are fast becoming crowded with tourists.
Day 1: Cusco - Soraypampa - Soyroccocha
Day 2: Soyroccocha - Unuyuq
Day 3: Unuyuq - Sahauayaco
Day 4: La Playa - Aguas Calientes
Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
- Licensed guide fluent in English, Spanish, and Quechua, plus an assistant guide for large groups
- Support staff including professional cooks and wranglers for the mules and horses
- Horses and mules to carry group gear as well as large duffel bags, provided during the briefing, for personal items (no weight limit)
- Drinking water and snacks as well as all meals throughout the duration of the trek. We take care of special dietary needs
- Sleeping tents, and a Therm-a-rest. Three-person tents are provided for single occupancy and four-person tents for double occupancy to allow plenty of room for personal gear
- 1 horse for emergencies. Additional horses can be arranged at an additional charge
- A first aid kit, including oxygen cylinders
- All group entrance fees, including that to Machu Picchu
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes (3 star hotel)
- Train (Expedition Train Service)
- All transfers
- Optional climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (extra charge)
- Dinner on the 4th day in Aguas Calientes. Lunch and dinner on the 5th day
- Tips for guides, cooks, and wranglers
- Entrance to hot springs or other entertainments in Aguas Calientes
- A personal riding horse. Additional horses may be hired according to the needs of an individual or a group
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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.