Classic Sacred Salkantay Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 5 days
Classic Sacred Salkantay Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 5 days
The Salkantay Trek is an alternative to the traditional Inca Trail for reaching Machu Picchu. The trek crosses the Salkantay Pass at 4600m, descends into the cloud forest and passes the Inca ruins Llactapata, with a view of Machu Picchu.
The trail starts in Mollepata / Markocasa or Soraypampa, a couple of hours away from Cuzco and ends in Santa Teresa or Hidroelectrica giving access to Aguas Calientes for Machu Picchu. The trek is not as popular as the overbooked Inca Trail but many find it just as beautiful.
This trek (also sometimes called the Salcantay Trek), was named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. The part around Mount Salkantay has some outstanding views and the descent later down to 1,000 m above sea level is quite gorgeous and not too steep.
The purpose of the Salkantay Inca Trail to Machupícchu was religious and ceremonial, a pilgrimage that included rituals to honor the mountains and peaks of the route, like Salkantay Mts.
DAY 1 | Cusco to Soraypampa “Lodge del Cielo”
Highlights: Humantay Lake trek and The Moon Temple “Quillarumiyoc” Walking Time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch en route) Walk and Terrain: Walk, canter, on open roads, some steep ascending trails Non- activities: Direct transfer or hiking to the lodge.
Note: On the evening before this day there will be a briefing with your guide in Cusco. After an early breakfast, we are picked up starting at 5:00 am at your Cusco hotel by an ITEP guide and vehicle. En route we take a short trail to Killarumiyoc, This place was a religious construction in representation of the “Mama Killa”, Killarumiyoc means “The Stone of the Moon” where there is also an andean system, Hornacinas, is an ancient temple of the divinity of femininity. We continue our Excursion and later a short break to visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo (approx. 1.5 hrs from Cusco). After leaving Limatambo, we pass through the mountain village of Mollepata where we stop for a short break before ascending to Soraypampa.
After Lunch time, our excursion takes us to Humantay Lake, fed by glaciers far above on the slopes of the impressive Mt. Humantay. Our 1-hour walk there is followed by another short 20-minute, which is necessary in order to reach the lake, but the view is well worth it and those brave enough can go for a swim!, performed by our local Tour Guide, in full view of the awe-inspiring Mt. Salkantay, tops off this unique experience. Return to the Lodge
DAY 2 | Crossing the Salkantay Pass
Trekking Time: Approximately 10 hours (including picnic lunch en route). Approximately 10 hours Walk and Terrain: Walk, on mostly steep trails, and some open slopes.
Today we continue our journey towards Machu Picchu, walking up the Rio Blanco valley and circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay Peak. The highest point of the ride is the Salkantay Pass at 4,638 meters (15,213 ft). At the pass we stop to take in views of snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction, with the glaciated south face of Salkantay towering above us.
We will keep our eyes out for Andean condors, often visible in this area. From the pass we descend towards the Wayra, (“Wayra”: wind; from the name of the location “Wayracmachay”: ‘the cave where the wind lives’) where we going to enjoy a delicious lunch, later we continue a 03 hours trek downhill until we reach our Campsite in route; dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
This day we walk along the Santa Teresa river valley, through more populated rural areas. We pass through banana, passion fruit, avocado orchards and coffee plantations. The coffee grown here is said to be one of the best organic coffees in the world. Our ride takes us to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail”, which is where we say goodbye to our horses and equestrian staff. A short 30-minute walk through an avocado orchard brings us to Lucmabamba Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge
DAY 4 | Inca Trail by Llactapata “1st view Machupicchu”
Overnight in Aguas Calientes at 1,900 m/6,232 ft
After a hearty breakfast, we tackle the last day of our trek. We head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata Pass (2,736 m/8,974ft), where we come upon a distant but spec- tacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast, a view few travelers ever get a chance to admire. We take a short break to explore the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. Lunch is served at a scenic viewpoint, looking out to Machu Picchu. After which we begin our final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations. We then board a train for a scenic ride (approx. 1 hour) to Aguas Calientes, the town of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, we check into an award-wining hotel for a celebration dinner with our guide and one last briefing!
Note - Those who prefer not to hike can go to the train station by van after a leisurely morning including breakfast at the lodge. They will meet the rest of the group at the train station for the ride to Aguas Calientes together. (The guide confirms your preferences the night before.)
DAY 5 | Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary
Return to Cusco at 3,360 m/11,021 ft
After a very early buffet breakfast at the hotel, we make our way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary (30 min). Our trip leader will give an introductory 2 hour guided tour of the ruins, after which we have the option of climbing the steep staircase of Huayna Picchu, a steep and vertically quite challenging hike that takes about 2 hours which affords great views of Machu Picchu. You will also have time to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own if you choose (not included in the price)
Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there. Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or bathe in the hot springs.
Back to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes by bus (included) and later board the Expedition train by 4:22pm to the Ollantaytambo Train Station where you will meet our private van and be transferred to your hotel in Cusco arriving around 8:30pm.
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Transfer from the airport to your hotel (Cusco only) please send us your flight information.
Briefing of your Tour At our office or your Hotel; It will be done the same day of your arrival or day according your request
Group Size "Private Service" A Private Custom Hiking Tour is your opportunity to hike in perfect company! You pick the place, you tell us what you want, and we put a trip together just for your group. Whether it's a group of friends, associates, or your family, the trip is only open to your group. Choose from our great hiking destinations and get started today!
Pick up at your hotel: To begin your Experience from Cusco to Markokasa (starting the trek)
Private transport: All our Transports has Tourism Authorization, and we offer only private transfers
Sky Lodge "Soraypampa": Located in Soraypampa, Sky Lodge features an outdoor view which opens up to breathtaking views of the Andean skyline and snow cape mountains.
Sky Lodge "Collpampa": Located in CollpaPampa, Sky Lodge features an outdoor view which opens up to breathtaking views of the entrance to the High Jungle in Machupicchu.
Sky Lodge "Lucmabamba": Located in Lucmabamba, Sky Lodge features an outdoor view which opens up to breathtaking views of the Andean Amazón and Fruit Plantations such as coffee and others
Humantay / Salkantay Lake: Humantay Lake is a vibrant turquoise lake surrounded by massive snowcapped mountains.
The Moon Temple "The Inka Astronomical Temple" Quilla Rumiyoc: Quillarumiyoc (Killarumiyoc) was a IncaSite of adoration to the Moon,The Moon was one of the most important deities for the Incas, was called “mother quilla”, mother of the firmament and representation of the feminine side of the universe, influenced on the tides, in The growth of plants, fertilization, among others.
The Inka´s Coffee Experience: Peruvian coffee wins best coffee in the world prize in U.S. competiton 2'018, let´s know more about Inka´s coffee and at the same let´s help local coffee producers, in our eco responsible tourism program.
Machupicchu sunrise "1st on the Santuary": “Sunrise over Machu Picchu” is such an evocative phrase that it's no surprise that so many travelers are seduced by its promise.
Train Experience Back to Cusco: The train cars are steeped in the designs of Incan culture, making them the perfect way to start your trip in the unbelievable Andean scenery and take incredible panoramic pictures of a journey unlike any other.
Processing of tourism attraction authorizations: As soon as we receive your details and a deposit, we will purchase your permits (pending availability, check our Inca Trail Availability). These permits are for a specific date and in your name. They can’t be changed, once confirmed. Only your passport number is allowed to be updated. The permit includes an entrance to Machu Picchu.
All entrance fees: Admission Tickets to the Classic Inca trail & Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
Modern trekking and camping equipment.
Thick Comfortable Foam Mattresses
Duffle bags: You will receive your duffel bag that will stay with your porters, while you hike. This bag should not exceed 7kg/14 lbs and does need to include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
Horses and horseman to carry tents, food and cooking equipment
Extra Horses to carry personal stuff (5 kl): We include extra horses, they will carry your duffel bag. There is no additional fee for this. .It means you will need only a day backpack to carry what you will need during day!
Regular Classic tent: 4 season Aconcagua Doite Tents, (Large & Comfortable) please see
Chef and cooking equipment Our chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have raved about. We honor all food restrictions. Be sure to remind your tour guide of any food restrictions at the beginning of your trek. Food is typically served family-style.
Dining and Cooking Tents: Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs only for our group
All meals cooked on the spot with fresh ingredients by our trained chef: Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian diets or other dietary needs upon prior request)
Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners "1st breakfast is not included, last lunch is not included" You will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of the trek, along with a happy hour of tea and snacks. You will also be provided a snack each morning, for you to enjoy along the hike. Your last meal with your chef will be after breakfast on day four. Lunch the last day is not included.
Drinkable Water: Beginning from your first lunch until your last breakfast, We will supply all the water needed. This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distributing. You must supply your own water bottles or camel back. We recommend carrying about 3L worth. We will refill our waters at each meal.
Professional English speaking guides experienced in the mountains & knowledgeable of Inca History: Professional Guides All of our guides studied English and tourism at Cusco National University. They all grew up in this region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional and will ensure you are safe and happy.
Machupicchu Tour Guide 2 Hour Guided tour in Machu Picchu
First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank: Our Inca Trail guides has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February, which every single tour guide must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment.
Satellite Phones: Our top priority will always be the safety of our clients and our team. While we are prepared and all our guides are trained for most of the issues clients have on the mountain, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital or friend helps everyone feel assured that they are safe. Radios, which all our guides have, are limited in how far they can reach, so our Operation department has added Satellite Phones to every trek. Every guide will have a fully charged phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to connect us with our Office.
Bus ticket from Machu Picchu ruins to Aguas Calientes (two ways): After a 4 days Trek and an amazing Machupicchu experience; we just want to relax and enjoy our friends; So We don´t trek more.
Transfer Back to your Hotel: Overland private transfer from Train station to your Hotel "for clients only"
Give back to Andean communities. ”You give an automatic donation of USD 10 for the Inka Foundation": Seize the opportunity to travel and give back to communities or environments in need. With Us, you’ll become part of our ongoing efforts to support long-term solutions to specific challenges. At the same time, you can explore and experience the culture in your free time. We're looking for volunteers (Spanish speakers) who can help teachers in a child school for children mentally disabled and other disabilities "Only from Monday to Friday" from 9am until 12:30pm "only by days. www.inka-foundation.org, if you want more information please send us an e-mail.
Cell phone and cameras charger on our 3 camp sites
Private Toilet: in our campsites of Soraypampa, Collpapampaand Lucmabamba. Only for our groups
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Train Experience Hidroelectrica Machupicchu: The train is the perfect way to finish our Andean trek experience.
Biodegradable Toiled bags: Disposable Waste Bags for Portable Toilets
Towels: Clean Towels changed every day
Air bed and Camping cot
Heaters at the bedroom tents
Standard walking sticks
Glambing Tent "Luxury": Offering a full 360° view of your surroundings the distinctively styled and eye catching Cortes Octagon 8 Orange tent can definitely be called a glamping tent.
Wine and Champagne: Best South American Wine for celebrate our Trekking Adventure “Customized request of wine on request".
Santuary Lodge Restaurant: Last Buffet lunch at Sanctuary Lodge "Exclusive and unique restaurant in Machupicchu" Last day of the trek
Inka Massage Session during the camping nights.
1 Yoga Session day before the Inca trail. Be prepared for the trail, Our Yoga session is perfect for get instructions about how to walk, how to breathe,etc
Huayna Picchu Mountain: The mountain Huayna Picchu is the one that appears behind Machu Picchu in its classic postal photo; Their Inca trails built on one side of the mountain can be terrifying for people afraid of heights
Extras: We believe it's the attention to small details that separates us from other tour companies. Every trekker receives a small pillow to sleep with, a foam mattress for insulation, a day pack cover to protect their things while hiking and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best vacation.
Peruvian taxes: The money you pay in taxes goes to many places. In addition to paying the salaries of government workers, your tax dollars also help to support common resources, such as police and firefighters. Tax money helps to ensure the roads you travel on are safe and well-maintained. Taxes fund public libraries and parks. Peruvian VAT tax stands at 18%.
WHAT TO TAKE
Full rain gear or poncho
Gloves (thin riding and warm gloves)
Breathable dry fit top-wear
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Great Trek! The views were spectacular and worth the hike. If unable to adapt to the altitude the guide will find an alternative option with first aid services at hand. They have vegetarian options for the meals provided. You learn about the culture and the experience is one of a kind! I Will be back to try the other routes! Jorge did a great job!amazing guide.
Good was amazing, we even had cake! Jorge was full of good information and made it great tour
Did the Private Inca Jungle excursion with some adjusted camping options and loved the areas where we camped (or tried to camp as well). Flexibility is the name of the game in those mountains and this team knows how to handle it. They led a great excursion and taught us a lot about Peru and the Andean Mountains where we were cutting through. All good things for this company! Awesome adventure.