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Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu

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  • duration 5 days
  • tour type Small group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 5-79 yrs
  • max group size 15
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Maximum altitude 4615 meters
  • Tour Code BM-491
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru
HIGHLIGHTS
  • One of "the best 25 new treks in the world" by National Geographic
  • Salkantay is a majestic peak of over 6300 meters (20,000 feet!)
  • The trek combines hiking in the Andes with the cloud forest
  • Great views of Salkantay and other snowcapped mountains of the Vilcabamba Range
This 5-day 4-night Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an excellent substitute for the Inca Trail — considered by most to be the best alternative route, and maybe even better!

This magnificent trail is perfect for adventurers who wish to become personally integrated in changing ecosystems from one day to the next. You will walk through sweeping, magical landscapes of a snowy mountain paradise to a tropical jungle where you will find a wide range of animals, medicinal plants and flower varieties. Witness with your own eyes a living but ancient culture in remote villages hardly ever seen by foreigners. End your trek at the famed Machu Picchu for an experience of a lifetime.

Let’s start exploring the mountains!
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Markokasa - Soraypampa
  • Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Huayracmachay - Collpampa
  • Day 3: Collpapampa - Playa Sawayaco - Santa teresa
  • Day 4: Santa teresa - Hydroelectrica - Machu Picchu town
  • Day 5: Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Hotel pickup
  • Transfer to trek starting point
  • 1 night hostel accommodation in Aguas Calientes on the last night
  • Group porters (to carry tents and food) and cook
  • Group horses (to carry 5 kg of personal gear)
  • Waterproof tents
  • Equipment - safety gear for zip lines provided when booking optional excursion.
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners)
  • Guided Machu Picchu tour
  • Machu Picchu general admission
  • Return expedition train and bus transport to Cusco
  • First aid & oxygen
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Sleeping Bag - can be rented at additional cost
  • Private horses - can be hired at additional cost to either carry backpacks or to ride
  • Zip lines - not included in base price, available at additional cost
  • Santa Teresa Hot Springs admission
  • Optional bottled water - can be purchased on the trail
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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.

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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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