Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N (Start Trek on Day 1)

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  • duration 5 days
  • tour type Group Tour
  • age requirement 18+ years old
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  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco , Peru
HIGHLIGHTS
  • A challenging yet worthwhile trek to Machu Picchu.
  • Cross through snowy high passes
  • Enjoy incredible views of the Andean peaks
  • Reach the comfort of Aguas Calientes town
The tour Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5D/4N (Start Trek On Day 1) starts from and ends in Cusco. It is a trekking tour that takes 5 days taking you through Santa Teresa District, Ollantaytambo, Mollepata and 5 other destinations in Peru. Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5D/4N (Start Trek On Day 1) is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

This challenging and scenic trail is a unique journey among the Salkantay snowy peaks. Hike through mountains, jungles, valleys and villages on your way to Machu Picchu. Discover the diverse landscapes of the Andes mountain range and get to know the Inca history and local culture. This alternative route to Machu Picchu is the perfect combination of a classic and adventurous visit to Peru.
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ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Soraypampa Camp, Peru (Day 1: Soraypampa Camp, Peru)
  • Day 2: Colcapampa Camp, Peru (Day 2: Colcapampa Camp, Peru)
  • Day 3: Santa Teresa Town, Peru (Day 3: Santa Teresa Town, Peru)
  • Day 4: Aguas Calientes, Peru (Day 4: Aguas Calientes, Peru)
  • Day 5: Machu Picchu, Peru (Day 5: Machu Picchu, Peru)
WHAT'S INCLUDED Download PDF Brochure
accommodation
  • Camping and 3-star hotel
meals
  • 4 Breakfast(s)
  • 4 Lunch(es)
  • 4 Dinner(s)
  • 3 snacks with typical menus
transport
  • Bus and train transfers
  • Cuzco Accommodation Pick-Up
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • Bus Ollantaytambo to Cuzco
activities
  • Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
guides
  • Professional bilingual guide on trek Machu Picchu tour
extras
  • Machu Picchu Entrance Fee
  • 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.)
  • Foam Sleeping Mat
  • Emergency oxygen bottle
  • Small group experience; Max 15, Avg 4
  • Pre-departure briefing 
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Airport Pick-Up/Drop-Off (please make your own way)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Day 1 Breakfast, Day 5 Lunch & Dinner
  • Bottled Water
  • Guide for bus and train transfers (these portions are on your own
  • All the tips to the guides are optional and not included
  • Optional gratuities
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Payment

A deposit of 199 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 89 days before departure. For any departures within 19 February 2020 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N (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 5D/4N (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.

Other Practical Information

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

  • DESCRIPTION OF MACHU PICCHU GUIDED SITE VISIT: The one and only, the most spectacular (and not to mention most popular) archaeological site in all of South America.  Your guide will take you on a 2-hour tour of Machu Picchu walking you through the most important sites and covering the history of the place (if you haven't already heard it all during the Salkantay Trek).  Then you will have free time to explore on your own and take pictures at your leisure.  
  • Take an OPTIONAL hike up the steep peak named Huayna Picchu, which is located inside the Machu Picchu archaeological site. This sometimes muddy peak takes about 45 - 60 minutes to hike up and awards you with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu from a coveted perspective.  Keep in mind that if you want to take this optional hike, you must now purchase your ticket at least 2 weeks in advance for an additional cost in order to get one of the 400 passes (200 people are allowed up at 7:00am and 200 more at 10:00am).  Please send us an email directly to request this extra ticket.

*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.) 

 

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).

BREAKFASTS:
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).
Deserts: Fried plantains, chocolate pudding, chocolate or vanilla cake and boiled water for hot tea, coca, coffee, chocolate and milk.

SNACKS:
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.

 

Additional Information:

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: 
Days 1-3: Single travelers will share a tent with another traveler & couples will have a tent to themselves.
Day 4: Single travelers will share a room with another traveler & couples will have a private room.
 
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This hike is demanding, it is important to be in good physical condition. There are important temperature changes associated with altitude changes (from 4000 meters to 2000 meters).

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.  Bathing suit for hot springs in Santa Teresa Town (this activity is available at an additional price).

DON'T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS: Original passport, visa (if applicable), insurance card, personal medications.

 

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 *

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING:

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.

PRE-DEPARTURE CHECK-IN:

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

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:

Single travelers will share a tent with another traveler of the same sex & couples will have a tent to themselves.

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

Note:

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.)

CANCELLATION No additional cancellation fees apply for this Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N (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.
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