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Salkantay Base Camp to Machu Picchu Trek

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5 Based on 3 Reviews
  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Trek difficulty Easy
  • Tour Code BM-16188
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Lima, Peru
  • Ends Lima, Peru
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Enjoy the lessertrekked route to Mount Salkantay before walking the last day of the classic Inca Trail
  • Explore the iconic ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu at the best time of day
  • Trek among the lush valleys, alpine lakes and rugged snowcapped peaks of the Peruvian Andes
  • Experience historic Cusco along with world class restaurants, museums and galleries in the bustling capital of Lima
  • Be immersed in stunning landscapes and cultural encounters providing endless photo opportunities
The tour "Salkantay Base Camp To Machu Picchu Trek" starts from and ends in Lima. It is a trekking trip that takes 15 days taking you through Soraypampa, Mollepata, Aguas Calientes and 7 other destinations in Peru. "Salkantay Base Camp To Machu Picchu Trek" is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Experience one of Peru's best treks and the delights of Cusco. The soaring peaks of the Andes and the cultural legacies of the Incas are two of Peru’s most compelling attractions. We discover both and much more on this amazing two-week adventure. After savouring the historical and cultural highlights of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas while we take our time acclimatising, we commence our trek. This little-visited trail takes us through breathtaking mountain scenery as we make our way to the foothills of the majestic snow-capped peaks of Salkantay, Humantay and Huayanay. For a week we explore the stunning wilderness of the Peruvian Andes, following trails to 5,000 m in the Cordillera Vilcabamba and establishing camp beneath the spectacular 6,220m Mount Salkantay. This stunning trail is much quieter than the busier Inca Trail and is highly regarded by past trekkers. On the final day we join the classic Inca Trail for the unforgettable sight of Machu Picchu from the ‘Sun Gate’. Rather than rushing back to Cusco, we spend a night in nearby Aguas Calientes for a well-deserved soak in the local hot springs before heading back to Machu Picchu the next day at the best time, as the sun is rising over these dramatic ruins. If you’re looking for an unforgettable encounter with Peruvian culture, history and wilderness—one that gets you off the beaten track but takes in the must-see sights of Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu—then this is the adventure for you!
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1 : Arrive Lima
  • Day 2 : Fly to Cusco
  • Day 3 : Tour of Cusco and the nearby ruins
  • Day 4 : To Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Day 5 : In Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Day 6 : Drive to Challacancha, commence trek (trekking approx 4-6hrs)
  • Day 7 : Trek up the valley between Salkantay and Humantay (trekking approx 4-7hrs)
  • Day 8 : Trek over Incachiriasca pass to Acobamba (trekking approx 7-8hrs)
  • Day 9 : Descend to Paucarcancha and up to the village of Q’esca (trekking approx 7-8hrs)
  • Day 10 : Trek over the Ancascocha Pass (trekking approx 6-7hrs)
  • Day 11 : Descend to the Sacred Valley at Chilca (trekking approx 5-6hrs)
  • Day 12 : Trek to Machu Picchu (trekking approx 7-8hrs)
  • Day 13 : Explore Machu Picchu, return to Cusco
  • Day 14 : Cusco - free day
  • Day 15 : Drive to Cusco airport, trip concludes
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • Comfortable and central hotels primarily Casa Andina Classic hotels
Meals
  • 14 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners
Transport
  • Airport transfers if arriving/departing on first or last day
  • Private internal transportation
Guide
  • Expert bilingual guide
Others
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Group medical kit
  • The use of a gear pack including sleeping bag, fibre filled jacket, thermarest and headtorch
  • Group camping equipment & porters to carry personal gear
  • Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed (including Machu Picchu entrance fee)
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • International flights and taxes
  • Internal flights Flights Lima/Cusco/Lima are not included. The domestic flights in Peru will be quoted separately as they can often change considerably and depends on the international airline that you fly with to Peru. Certain airlines flying to Peru offer special discounted fares for domestic flights if booked in conjunction with the international ticket. Domestic flights have become increasingly expensive, and rather than charge everyone a set amount, our intention is to find you the best possible domestic flight deal in conjunction with your international ticket. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more details and a flight quote. If you are booking the internal flights yourself, please contact us so we can advise which flights are suitable.
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Excess baggage costs
  • Medical treatment
  • Cost of laundry and alcoholic beverages (except wine on last trek day)
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 3 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 11 2019
5 - Excellent
Excellent
The Remote Salcantay trek was absolutely outstanding. It was a tough trek and the effects of the altitude were difficult to manage. The organisation and the scenery were absolutely outstanding. I would highly recommend this trek... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 19 2019
5 - Excellent
Excellent
I always feel safe on the trips that I have taken with this tour organizer. With Pam Dewar in WE Brisbane I know I will be well looked after, with some fantastic unique experiences with knowledgeable guides who understand their... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 13 2019
5 - Excellent
Excellent
Peru is such a extraordinary and diverse place to visit. The people are amazing. This tour company does an amazing job and environmentally conscious and would highly recommend them to anyone thinking of trekking in Peru.
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
  • Personal Itinerary can be tweaked and customized.
  • Protected Travel within your own bubble.
  • Professional Access our Travel Specialists' insider knowledge.
  • Privacy Enjoy a tour focused solely on you or your travel group.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes
CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Salkantay Base Camp to Machu Picchu Trek tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 13 February 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 13 February 2023, a deposit of 307 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Salkantay Base Camp to Machu Picchu Trek 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 Base Camp to Machu Picchu Trek 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 traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Smaller group sizes have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19 and to ensure that the tour complies with local authorities’ guidelines.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Guides are trained in our COVID-19 response plan that has been developed in line with state government medical provisions.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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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