- duration 4 days
- tour type Group
- age requirement 18+ years old
- max group size 18
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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- Hike among 6,000m Andean peaks
- Cross snowy high passes with incredible views
- Reach the comfort of Aguas Calientes town
- See the Machu Picchu site as it opens with a guide
Forget the Inca Trail and hike to Machu Picchu along the higher and more beautiful Salkantay Trail! Discover a different side of the great Andes mountain range and get the most amazing views of the mountains by taking this alternative route.
Day 1: Cuzco-Soraypampa Camp, Peru
Day 2: Soraypampa Camp-Challhuay, Peru
Day 3: Challhuay-Aguas Calientes, Peru
Day 4: Aguas Calientes-Cuzco, Peru
- 2 Nights camping and 1 night at a 3-star hotel
- 3 Breakfast(s)
- 3 Lunch(es)
- 3 Dinner(s) plus 2 snacks
- Pick-up, various transfers
- Cuzco accommodation pick-up
- Van Cuzco to Mollepata to Challacancha (starting point of trek)
- Car transfer La Playa to Santa Teresa to hydroelectric station
- Round trip tourist bus Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu
- Tourist train Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Bus Ollantaytambo to Cuzco
- Active adventure
- Professional bilingual guide on trek tour
- Briefing, equipment, snacks, fees
- Pre-departure briefing
- Machu Picchu entrance fee
- Foam sleeping mat
- Tent for 2 people
- 2 snacks with typical menus
- First aid kit
- Emergency oxygen bottle
- Horseman and mules to carry cooking and camping equipment plus a total of 5 kilos for each trekker. (this includes 2.5 kilos for your sleeping bag & mattress plus 2.5 kilos of personal items.)
- Airport pick-up and drop-off (please make your own way)
- Day 1 breakfast, day 4 lunch and dinner, bottled water
- Sleeping bag (rental $15 USD for the trek)
- Guide for bus and train transfers (these portions are on your own)
- Accommodation in Cuzco
- Optional services
- Train transfer from hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes (30 USD)
- Huayna Picchu Trek (48 soles) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance
- Machu Picchu Mountain Hike (48 soles) must be booked at least 1 week in advance
- Trekking Permit
- Guide: 40-60 soles per trekker
- Assistant guide: 30-40 soles per trekker
- Horsemen: 60-80 soles for each horseman from the whole group
- Cook: 150-200 soles for the cook from the whole group
- The Peruvian government may require a trekking permit for Salkantay. If this is approved, the rates will be around: 133 soles for adult, 67 soles for student
- All the tips to the guides are optional and not included
- Optional gratuities
- Real-time prices and availability.
- Earn US$ 25+ in travel credits.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N (Start Trek on Day 1) tour. You can cancel the tour up to 90 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 89 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 03 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 03 August 2021, a deposit of 30% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 89 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N (Start Trek on Day 1) tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N (Start Trek on Day 1) tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.
Typical Meals on the Trek
On all of our Inca Trail Treks and Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu we search for the best cooks who put forth their best effort to provide you with the best tasting meals on the mountain.
All of our cooks pride themselves on their delicious specialty menus with the freshest local ingredients available. Every meal is prepared fresh with plenty of variety and an abundant quantity of food including a vegetarian option for every meal (please advise prior to departure). Here is an idea of what you will be eating during your trek.
Vegetarian Option Available Upon Request (please advise at least 2 days in advance).
Hot porridge, quinoa or oats, fried eggs, egg omelet or pancakes with fresh bread, fried bananas and boiled water for hot tea, coca, coffee, chocolate and milk.
LUNCH & DINNER:
First Course: Quinoa, corn, noodle, asparagus, mushroom or vegetable soup, stuffed avocado or potatoes
Second Course: Chicken breast, beef stew, quinoa, fried rice, hamburgers, fried chicken, spaghetti bolognese, typical dishes: aji de gallina (chilli pepper chicken), escabeche de pollo (marinated chicken) or ajiaco de olluco (spicy potato stew).
Desserts: Fried plantains, chocolate pudding, chocolate or vanilla cake and boiled water for hot tea, coca, coffee, chocolate and milk.
Boiled water for hot tea, coca, coffee, chocolate and milk with popcorn, cookies, crackers.
Brief History of Machu Picchu & Advice:
Machu Picchu was (relatively recently) "discovered" by American historian, Hiram Bingham, in 1911 while searching for the legendary "lost city of the Incas". Hiram Bingham and his local guides stumbled across the site which was then covered in thick vegetation which was later cleared revealing the magical mountain-top archaeological site and opening up the possibility for archaeologists to conduct research on the site by 1915. Whether arriving via Inca Trail or entering from Aguas Calientes don't miss the excellent photo opportunities from the following spots: Hut of the Caretaker of the Funerary Rock (a restored building with a thatched roof), Sacred Plaza with views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba in the distance and Rio Urubamba below. Take a short walk out to the Inca Drawbridge (30 minutes) and Inti Punku (45 - 60 minutes) for great views of the site as dawn breaks and the clouds lift over Machu Picchu.
Suggested Packing List:
Bring or Rent in Cuzco: hiking poles, rain pants, rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals, warm socks, sweater, thermals, hat, gloves, sun hat, sun block, sun glasses, flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card (there is limited to no electricity available during the trek), waterproof bags for your camera, hand sanitizer, personal first aid kit, water bottle. Bring extra cash for snacks, water, gatorade which doubles or triples in price along the trail.
There is a mandatory pre-departure briefing at our Cuzco Headquarters one day prior to departure at 5pm, 6pm or 7pm depending on your trek. You will receive detailed information on your excursion, a list of what to bring and confirm your departure details.
Please make sure to check-in with your passport before your pre-departure briefing. We encourage our travellers to check-in at our offices a couple of hours before or any day prior to the briefing , that way we can give everybody personal attention and information regarding booking extras, rental equipment or questions in general.
Time schedule for meetings will be:
- Inca Trail and Lares 6pm
- Salkantay, Inca Quarry, Machu Picchu Jungle, Ausangate, Choquequirao 7pm
- Rainbow Mountain, Machu Picchu by Train, Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Full Day 5pm
Bamba Experience is located at:
Calle Matara 242, Second Floor. Cuzco, Peru
Hours of Operation: 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-20:00 hrs Daily
Tel: + +51 1 7097760
Emergency Telephones: +51 984285801 or +51 923 125 342
DON'T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS:
Original passport, visa (if applicable), insurance card, personal medications.Travellers who booked their trip using one passport, then renewed or replaced it afterward, must carry the old passport they used to make the booking or a photocopy with them on the trip.
Departure dates for trek:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday (Daily departures with a group of 4 or more)
No Departures in January and February due to unfavorable climatic conditions
You will have a guide during the trek and on the Machu Picchu tour. However, during your bus and train transfers you will not be accompanied by a guide.
If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes town can be arranged. (Please let us know whether you would like to stay an extra night when booking your tour.)COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Implemented COVID-19 Protocols