Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days

 

Five Days Salkantay Trail To Machu Picchu bucket list for 2021

Duration

5 days / 4 nights

Price

$ 599.00

Max. Alttitude

4620 m / 15157 ft

Best Time

MAY / NOV

6

ACCOMODATTION

REI Tents

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DIFFICULTY

Moderate/Challenging

GROUP SIZE

8 People Max

Salkantay

5 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Salkantay Trek By National Geographic

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days and 4 nights –Trekking Pro. This is one of the most popular alternative trekking adventures. This trek begins in the high Andes Mountains and ends in the tropical valley of Machupicchu. This Hiking trek in Peru is full of beautiful landscapes as you hike from Glacier to the tropical jungle.

You can see nature at its finest and deeply admire the various flora and fauna. Throughout your expedition, you will observe the gorgeous glacial Umantay Lake, waterfalls, and hike through the Peruvian cloud forest. The air you breathe will be pure and fresh as you are up at approximately 4,600 m/ 15,000 ft. You’ll have the opportunity to see coffee plantations and taste Peru’s renowned coffee. A definite must for Coffee lovers!

Reach the High Jungle

As you reach the jungle area of the hike you’ll have the opportunity to taste fresh fruits grown there. You will have spectacular views of the Andean glaciers, waterfalls, creeks, be able to walk in different microclimates of the Cordillera of the Andes, and the chance to see the mythical Condor of Peru. On day fourth, you’ll see a different angle Between Machupicchu and Huayna Picchu, and Machu Picchu Mountain truly amazing be able to compare that view on the last day when you arrive at Machu- Picchu. Our trek also includes the mystical Humantay Lake and the gorgeous Santa Teresa Hot Springs (not all companies include this Hot Spring).

Tour Leaders Peru Adventure manages small groups and gives you a personalized tour. We hike unique trails not traveled by other tour operators. You will have the opportunity to go at your own pace and take as many pictures as you desire. Your Tour Leader will share their knowledge about the history of the area. The natural flora and fauna you observe while on the trek is a beautiful sight to appreciate. You need to be in good physical condition to hike this trail

And you should definitely acclimatize to the altitude and Avoid Altitude Sickness on Salkantay Trek. Other tour operators sell this tour package as if it was an average walk in the park. Know that it is not. Keep in mind in this Salkantay trek an emergency horse is included for you.

Salkantay Trek  Map five days To Machu Picchu

Hiking Distance 45.98 MILES (74KM) Salkantay Map: Go to Machu Picchu for a hike in the Andes, and go to Machu Picchu. Using our illustrated map, discover the attractions and altitudes each day of the classic 5-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.

Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

Salkantay Trip Itinerary

DAY 1: Mystical Day: Cusco – Soraypampa—Humantay Lake—Suyrococha Camp Site​

We’ll pick you up at 5:00 am from your hotel and travel by bus for 3 hours to Soraypampa. After a short breakfast, we’ll hike Salkantay Trek Adventure Machu Picchu to Humantay Lake. This is a site that most companies skip, but we believe this mystical lake is too beautiful to be overlooked. You will see for yourself the enchantment of Humantay.

From here, we descend back to Soraypampa and have lunch. We continue our trip for another 2 ½ to 3 hours towards the Suyrococha campsite. As soon as you arrive your campsite will be set up by your Chaskis (staff) in advance. Hot drinks will be served followed by dinner. You will have a good night’s rest with our REI camping equipment at the bottom of the Salkantay glacier. Be prepared for the second day.

Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and popcorn.
Maximum Altitude: 4,219m/13,845ft.
Minimum Altitude: 3,700m/12,139ft.
Distance Travelled: approximately 10km/6.2miles.
Walking Time: approximately 9 hours.

DAY 2: The Most Challenging Day: Suyrococha—Salkantay Pass (highest point) – Collpapampa Camp Site​

We will have breakfast at around 5:30 am and begin our 2-hour hike to the highest pass on this trek located at 4650m/15200ft. You will literally feel amongst the clouds at Salkantay pass. The view of the Cordilleras snow cap mountains is absolutely breathtaking. From here you will descend through different microclimates until you reach Huaraqmach’ay for your lunch break.

When the group is finished eating you will continue descending until you reach Collpapampa campsite. You will have free time to relax until dinner is served and afterward a good night’s rest.

Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and popcorn
Maximum Altitude: 4,650m/15,255ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,800m/9,186ft
Distance Travelled: approximately 17km/10.5miles
Walking Time: approximately 11 hours

DAY 3: Nature’s Beauty: Collpapampa—La Playa Camp Site

Early morning tea wakes up call at 5:30 am followed by breakfast. We begin our up and down trek through the beautiful cloud forest. Along the way, you will have the chance to see beautiful flora and fauna, colorful birds, butterflies, waterfalls, coffee and banana plantations and much more while arriving in the high jungle. You will arrive at La Playa campsite and have lunch. Afterward, we will get on our private transportation and drive for about 1 hour until we reach the Cocalmayo hot Spring you can spend as much you want afterward will be back to our campsite in the same transportation followed our dinner.

Meals: B/L/D snacks
Maximum Altitude: 2,800m/9,186ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,100m/6,889ft
Distance Travelled: approximately 11km/6.8miles
Walking Time: approximately 7 hour

DAY 4: A Glimpse of Machupicchu: La Playa – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes Hotel​

We’ll have breakfast around 7:00 am and then begin our trek to Llactapata. On the way, you will walk through coffee plantations, visit a local family and taste the world-renowned Peruvian Coffee (coffee lovers you are in for a treat!) You will continue your hike until you reach the balcony view of Machupicchu. After some photos and rest, you will continue on a two-hour downhill hike to Hydroelectric town. There you will be served lunch.

Once you finish lunch we wait for our train to Aguas Calientes that departs at 3 pm. Aguas Calientes town is where you will spend the night. Enjoy a nice warm shower and prepare to visit the Lost City of the Incas the next day.

Meals: B/L/D snacks, hot drinks, and popcorn
Maximum Altitude: 2,800m/9,186ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,100m/6,889ft
Distance Travelled: approximately 15km/9.3miles
Walking Time: approximately 6 hours

DAY 5: Unforgettable Day!!! Machupicchu – Cusco

To avoid large lines and crowds we highly suggest you have a very early breakfast (5:00 am) at your hotel before taking the earliest bus to Machupicchu. We recommend everyone to try and be the first ones in line because it fills up incredibly quickly. Enjoy the first view of Machupicchu and the sunrise (depending on the weather).

Your tour leader will guide you throughout this magnificent site for about 3 hours. If you book well in advance and have a Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain ticket, your tour leader will take you to the main entrance where you can explore these sites on your own.

We are excited to be part of your adventure vacation and lead you to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Make sure to book your tour in advance. Don’t miss your adventure!

Your tour leader will specify the time after your guided tour. The train ride back to Ollantaytambo is approximately 2 hours followed by a 2-hour drive to Cusco. We will drop you off at your respective hotels in Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel
Maximum Altitude: 2,400m/7,874ft
Minimum Altitude: 2,100m/6,889ft

  • Temperature checks for all traveler are mandatory
  • Face masks required for travelers and staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff at all times
  • High traffic places and equipment sanitized regularly between use
  • Maximum 8 people per group to reduce crowds, for bigger groups we will assign two teams
  • Transportation and touristic sites capacity will be reduced to 50%
  • Printed material such as maps or vouchers will be avoided.
  • 100% online payments with no booking fees at all
  • Flexible bookings during COVID – 19 outbreak

Additional Salkantay Trekking Information

  • 100% Operated by Tour Leaders Peru, we never put you with other tour operators.
  • Pick up from Airport and Hotel
  • Top-of-the-line equipment REI Co-op Half Dome 4 Tent. Only for Two Persons
  • 8 kg per person, other companies offer you only 6 kg
  • Best English Speakers Tour Leaders, We know Communication is very important in your trip
  • Extraordinary Chefs! Don’t get stressed about food and forget your power bar. We serve you a 5-star outdoor restaurant with delicious organic gourmet food in your dining tent.
  • Hotel Aguas Calientes with all facilities
  • Free and Safe Storage in Cusco and Aguas Calientes while you are hiking and visiting Machupicchu
  • Umantay Lake included (most companies skip this wonderful lake)
  • Private transportation on each trip
  • Perfect Location For Photographers
  • Comfortable and Panoramic Train to Aguas Calientes.

Included

  • Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before your tour in our office or your Hotel.
  • Collection from your Hotel in Cusco from (05:30 am) or from Sacred Valley.
  • Private transportation (Start of our trek).
  • Breakfast in Urubamba in our farmhouse,
  • Full meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian, vegan option, gluten, wheat-free, or special diets upon your request.)
  • Permit and fees for the Inca Trail Machupicchu Sanctuary.
  • Inca Trail Porters to carry (camping equipment: client tents, dining and cooking tents, table, stools, cooking gear, stove, gas container, cutlery, plates, food, and fresh vegetables).
  • 7-kilogram duffle bags (per Person)
  • 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
  • 2 expert gourmet mountain cooks, assistants.
  • Hot drinks every afternoon include popcorn.
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
  • 2 people per tent, clean, new, spacious (4 people REI Half Dome 4 tents).
  • Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress,
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
  • Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance.
  • 3-4 hours guided tour in Machupicchu
  • Round trip Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu.
  • Tourist Expedition train return to Poroy Station or Ollantaytambo.
  • Bus to Cusco

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag (4 season -Minus 8ºC)
  • Hiking Poles
  • Tips for the trekking crew, Guides, Cooks, and porters at your discretion.
  • Flight Ticket to Cusco.
  • Accommodation in Cusco. (see recommendation)
  • Travel Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl) and (COVID-19)

We are excited to be part of your adventure and lead you to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Make sure to book your tour in advance. Only 500 people a day are permitting on the Inca Trail of which 250 are reserved for tourists. Machu Picchu allows 2500 tourists daily. Don’t miss your adventure!

From $599 per person

2 Trekkers: $ 755 per person
3 Trekkers: $ 730 per person
4 Trekkers: $ 680 per person
5 Trekkers: $ 655 per person
6 Trekkers: $599 per person
7 Trekkers: $615 per person
8+ Trekkers $599 Per person

Note: An initial deposit of $250.00 is required to reserve your spot. We require this deposit to buy train and bus tickets, entrance fees to Machu Picchu, Inca trail admission ticket, and for your return transportation. The remaining balance is due 21 days prior to your trek.

Please see our Terms and Conditions. We are excited to be part of your adventure and lead you to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Make sure to book your tour in advance. Only 500 people a day are permitting on the Inca Trail of which 250 are reserved for tourists. Machu Picchu allows 2500 tourists daily. Don’t miss your adventure!

CLOTHING:

1st Layer:

  • Underwear
  • Long-sleeved Thermal Shirt
  • Thermal form-fitting pants

2nd Layer:

  • Polar Fleece
  • Trekking pants
  • Thick socks

3rd Layer:

  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof pants (optional)
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Scarf
  • Cold weather Hat
  • Gloves
  • Buff/ handkerchief
  • Sun hat

TRAVEL ACCESSORIES:

  • Backpack 20-30 L
  • Waterproof cover for backpack
  • Trekking shoes (waterproof and firm)
  • Sport shoes/ sandals for campsites
  • Camping pillow
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sturdy water bottle
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp
  • Plastic bags for wet items
  • Toiletry kit (toothbrush, wet wipes, etc)
  • Swimsuit/ towel
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+ recommended)
  • Sunscreen lip protector
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent 

OTHER:

  • Personal Medications
  • Motion sickness tablets for the van ride
  • Camera/ Extra battery
  • Personal snacks
  • Hand warmers (optional)
  • Leisure book for evenings
  • Cash and small coins

    Items for rent

    • Single Tent $40 (if you wish to sleep alone)
    • Sleeping Bag $20 per person (minus 5 degrees Celsius)
    • Air Mattress $20 per person (REI inflatable mattress)
    • Professional Walking Poles $20 per pair
    • Backpacks $25
    • Head Lamp $10
    • Extra kilograms $10/kg (Example 5kg=$50)

    Huayna Picchu

    If you want to climb Huayna Picchu make sure to book in advance as there are only 400 permits allowed daily to this location.

    $40 per person Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade.

    Vistadome Train

    From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo: Prices vary from $57.00 to $73.00 per person one-way.

    Machupicchu Mountain

    Machupicchu Mountain offers even more magnificent views than Huayna Picchu. There are also only 400 permits allowed daily to this location. A 360-degree view of Machupicchu and the surrounding valley and glaciers are seen from this mountain.

    US$35 per person Please notify us during your booking if you wish to purchase this upgrade.

    Additional Night in Aguas Calientes hotel

    The price depends on the season and Hotel availability.

    Inka Bridge

    If you did not have the opportunity to book an additional upgrade this one is available for free. It is an hour and a half round trip hike.

    Sun Gate

    If you did not have the opportunity to book an additional upgrade this one is available for free. It is a two-hour round-trip hike.

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    Peruvian cuisine has only recently exploded onto the international culinary stage, but Peruvians have always been crazy about their nation’s culinary heritage, and they steadfastly cling to the traditional, multiculti flavors of home. Even in the face of modern gastronomic innovation. A range of climates, from high altitude to low, offers an impressive diversity of produce. Yes, that means potatoes over 3800 kinds but also a variety of corn and other grains, to say nothing of the country’s native aji chilies that are often puréed into sauces.

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    Every morning and afternoon, before and after your daily hikes you will find hot drinks and snacks in your dining tent.

    *Special Diets Available Upon Request
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    REI Camping Equipment for each trip

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    Private Eco Toilets

    We do not share public toilet along the Inca trail we carry our portable ECO Toilets Only for our Groups

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    Food Include in each Trek, Vegetarian option available. we really take care of your gluten-free food contact with our office for any food restriction.

    Private Transportation on each trip

    As a responsible tour operator in Peru, we do not share our mobility with other tourists, all our transportation is only for your group or family members.

    Best Chaskis (Porters)

    We do not overbear our staff, they are principal resources in this travel industry

    We leave no trace

    We carry all our Trash From The begging to the end of each hike keeping clean all our hiking trail

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    It is recommended that you book your tour for the Salkantay Trek as soon as you have decided upon your dates. However, if your plans are subject to change (as is often the case), you can book this Trail with many tour companies merely a few weeks in advance or even when you arrive in Cusco (not recommended). 

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    F&Q

    What is the best trek to Machu Picchu?

    Considering the biodiversity of its flora, fauna, history, and culture, obviously, the Inca trail to Machu Picchu is the best route, but it is very strict and competitive to obtain an entrance ticket.  On the other hand, the Salkantay trek is freer and you can make the booking any month of the year and there are more options, as well as a campfire, Cocalmayo hot springs, zip-lining, etc.
    In general, the Salkantay Route is more impressive.

    How Difficult Is The hike the Salkantay Trek?

    For an average traveler or tourist, Salkantay is considered a challenging but certainly not impossible hike. Due to the physical demands, anyone who wishes to trek Salkantay should at least be moderately fit. Plus, all trekkers should spend at least 2 – 3 days in Cusco City before the trek, to get acclimatized. Being extremely fit does not grant any immunity from altitude sickness.

    The entire hike is approximately 72 kilometers (approximately 45 miles), and this hiking takes place for 4 days and 3 nights. The remaining 1 day of the trek is spent at Machu Picchu. In general, Salkantay is considered to be slightly harder than the Inca Trail. Other trails, such as Choquequirao Trek (second Machu Picchu), is considered to be slightly harder than Salkantay.

    How much does the Salkantay trek cost ?

    A fair price in 2019 for the full 5 days of Salkantay Trek is
    1. $300 Basic service (transport and entrance fees ) (not include train transportation)
    2. $655 regular service per person including meals and camping equipment.

    Difference between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Montana

    Difference between Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu

    Many people ask about Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Montaña and few people know the difference between these 2 climbing hike mountains in Machu Picchu.

    Huayna Picchu: It is located in the northeast area and it is famous because since the summit you can enjoy a beautiful landscape and Machu Picchu.

    Huayna Picchu has a steep road and people arrive at the summit in approximately 45 minutes hike up. In the summit, you can enjoy and take a picture for not longer than 20 minutes. This is because Huayna Picchu’s peak does not have a big space and not to of people can log in there.

    if you plan a hike up to Huayna Picchu You need to book in advance. it cost 25 American dollars per person.

    Huayna Picchu altitude: 2789 masl.

    Montaña Machu Picchu: It is the taller Mountain. You need at list 3:30 hours to enjoy the hike up to this Montaña. This mountain offer different altitudes view of Machu Picchu and also an amazing panoramic view of all Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, hydroelectric and other areas around.

    In the summit, you can spend a longer time. this is because not a lot of people go to this mountain yet because of the new access it is.

    if you plan a hike up to Montaña, You need to book in advance. it cost 25 American dollars per person.

    Montaña altitude: 3240 masl.

    What's the most challenging section of the hike?

    The Salkantay Pass, at 14,760123 feet above sea level, is the most difficult section in the trail. Expect wind and cold temperatures. Some hikers might experience symptoms of altitude sickness. Symptoms will disappear as soon as you start your descent. Oxygen will be provided if needed. The Salkantay Pass, at approximately 4,650 meters above sea level is the most difficult section in the trail. These challenges are a result of several factors: the challenge of uphill climbing, bitter cold winds, low temperatures in general, and the fact that you are trekking at a low-oxygen altitude.

    What Is The Scenery Like On The Salkantay Trail?

    Since the trekking takes you through the Andes, the Salkantay Ttrek provides stunning mountain scenery; several snow Peak Mountains, Waterfalls, ice-cold rivers, lagoons, such as Humantay Lake  meadows, farms, etc. What make this Trek so popular are the local Andean communities Vistas includding the milky way. On this trail you also will explore Inca site Llactapata inca ruins where your trekking guide will take you in an informative tour.

    Can I hike the Salkantay Trek at any time?
    Weather conditions during the rainy season makes the Salkantay trek into a risky decision. Therefore we cannot guarantee the availability of the Salkantay treks from mid-march to the end of February. If the weather is good, we will give the OK for a trek to start. If we think the safety of our porters and clients is being threatened, we will cancel the trek.
    Salkantay Trek Elevation
    Considering with other hiking trips around Machu Picchu the Salkantay pass” – 4600 meters /15090 ft is the highest point of trekking all-round Cusco
    How cold is the Salkantay trek?
    temperature variate along this trek also consider rain season and dry season. The days are warm, well above 20°C (70/80°F), and the nights and early morning are cold (units above zero and sometimes below zero degrees Celsius).
    Is the Salkantay trek dangerous?
    The Salkantay trek is a challenging trip, mostly be prepared for the altitude sickness risks. The highest altitude that you will reach on this trek is just over 4,600m (4,900m if you do the Salkantay / Inca Trail Combo), which might be the highest altitude you have ever gone to outside of an airplane in North America. 
    Distances Hiking Salkantay Trek
    • Day 1: Mollepata to Salkantaypampa: 13 Km (8.08 miles)
    • Day 2: Salkantaypampa to Collpapampa: 22 Km (13.67 miles)
    • Day 3: Collpapampa to La Playa: 16 Km (9.94 miles)
    • Day 4: La Playa to Aguas Calientes: 19 Km (11.81 miles)
    • Day 5: Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu: 4 Km (2.49 miles)

    Total Distance: 74 Km (45.98 miles)

    Is the Salkantay trek difficult?
    Most of the activities related to trekking in Peru. Salkantay trek, Inca Trails, Lares trek is quite difficult, mainly because of the bad attitude, the elevations that are crossed in the majority exceed 4000 meters high. We as mountain guides recommend that you take into account the following factors:
    • You have to be in the good physical condition
    • Mentally and Healthy
    • Good trekking equipment
    • Be prepared for the weather in Cusco
    Sunny days or rainy season you will enjoy nature in the Andes Mountains, keep reading our recommendations and you will be ready for your adventure in Peru.
    Is Salkantay trek harder than Inca Trail?

    The most popular Hiking Trek in Peru is the ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, originally part of the Royal Road system connecting the Inca city. This classic trek very popular and takes you to many Inca sites as you hike through diverse scenery. The Salkantay Trek, on the other hand, is more strenuous and famous for its Snow mountain scenery

    How do I train for Salkantay Trek?

    Suggested conditioning activities for the Salkantay Mountain Trek include running, walking on an inclined treadmill, doing stair stepping or step mills training, trail running, working on an elliptical machine, walking up and down hills, or participating in step aerobic classes.

    Do I Need A Permit in order to hike Salkantay trek?

    The Salkantay Hike to Machu Picchu does Not require permits as the Inca Trail, but it is important to reserve in advance do to the trip requires train tickets and entrance to Machu Picchu, Hotel in Aguas Calientes town mostly in the high season which once are limited or har to find your stay or additions tickets for Machupicchu.

    Can you do the Salkantay trek without a guide?

    The Salkantay Trek is the easy-moderate difficulty. On the second day, there is a climb over a pass (+600m), but the rest of the hike is downhill or flat. With a good GPS map like maps.me, you can easily navigate the trek without a guide. 

    Is Altitude Sickness is Goin to affect my trip ?

    It’s impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly.

    One or two days spent in Cuzco (3,400m/11154FT), making it easy and drinking plenty of water is usually enough for most people; or you also can stay in another place at the same altitude or higher.
    The highest point you will reach while hiking the Salkantay Trek is 4600m / 15091ft. You will sleep at 3600m / 11811ft for one or two nights. The trail is climbing gradually up to the highest pass and you can step in any place you want, IT IS NOT like the Inca trail with several paved stairs and very steep

    When is the Best Time to hike SalkantayTrek?

    The best time to hike Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu is during the dry season (April to September). During these months the views are splendid, the camping sites are dry and nice, the trail is particularly quiet, and the weather is often very pleasant.

    Trekking the Lares Trail is the Second most popular trek to Machu Picchu, after the Inca Trail, so during the height of the peak season, the trail can be busy. That being said, there are so many variations on the trek that in general the routes never feel over-crowded.
    However, in the last years, the weather is unpredictable, instead of dry season we are having rain, and it is difficult to predict the weather spatially in the Andes, so we highly recommended being prepared all the time for sun cold, and rain, we‘ll provide always the best quality equipment for your comfort and our staff always will decide the best places where to set up the camps.

    Important info

    For Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu, the night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office or in your hotel at either 6 or 7 pm (exact time will be confirmed on arrival to Cusco).
    All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you’ve booked you can be sure you’re going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.
    We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.

    Due to Coronavirus Machu Picchu Tickets and Inca Trail, Permits can be Changed

    Peruvian authorities are allowing visitors to change their Machu Picchu entry tickets. And tour operators can change Inca Trail permits. I’ve included a link to see information about the new rules at Machu Picchu, a link to the new Machu Picchu website, and other tips to help you navigate your way through the process of canceling or changing your trip to Peru.

    This is an unprecedented opportunity to perhaps salvage some of your expenses if you canceled a trip to Machu Picchu. The borders of Peru are closed and train service to Machu Picchu is suspended since March 17, 2020, to limit the spread of Covid19. The Peru government has extended the border closing now until October 30, 2020. However, they announced that international flights to Peru will resume on January 1, 2021.

    Is the Salkantay trek worth it?

    Definitely, the Salcantay trek is hard to hike but is it worth it. But by the time you reach the hot Cocalmayo springs it gets fairly easy and spending a night in a Hotel at Aguas Calientes felt like pure luxury! I think that after walking for four days Machu Picchu seemed even more amazing (unique). we would easily recommend the Salkantay Trek to anyone who is up for the challenge! It is so worth it! Join us on this trip, Do not hesitate and CONTACT US.

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