Salkantay Trek 3D/2N (Camping & Hotel)

Type of Service
02 people as minimum and 07 people as maximum (customized service)
Difficulty
challenging
Frequency
The whole year
Availability
Every day

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 3D/2N

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is considered to be of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic. The Salkantay pass at 4,650 meters, has been a highlight for hikers on the way to Macchu Picchu the world over, and is the best alternative to the Inca Trail for hikers wanting to reach the Lost City of the Incas.

The 3 day trail takes you on an epic journey through snow-capped glacial mountains to Amazonian jungle valleys, concluding in the town of Aguas Calientes, the official home of Machu Picchu.

Look no further to begin your Salkantay adventure of a lifetime!

 

Places to visit :

  • Soraypampa
  • Salkantay Pass
  • Salkantay Mountain
  • Chaullay
  • La Playa
  • Hidroelectrica
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu
  • Hyuana Picchu
From $ 468 / per person
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Duration 3 Days - 2 Nights
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Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Cusco – Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huayracmachay
  • Day 2 : Huayracmachay – Chaullay – La Playa – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 3 : Machu Picchu Tour – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

DAY 1 – CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA – SALKANTAY PASS – HUAYRACMACHAY

The Salkantay tour starts with pick up at 5am from your hotel in Cusco.

Your private transportation will take you on a 3-hour drive through the lush valley of the Apurímac River, until you reach the mountain town of Soraypampa at 3,850 m / 12,631 ft. Here you’ll be treated to a hot breakfast prepared fresh by our personal chef, before ascending on foot with your guide up the mountain trail for 3-hours to our lunch stop in Soyrococha at 4,200 m / 13,780 ft. From here you will be treated to a panoramic view of the snow-capped peak of the Humantay mountain.

After lunch you will continue up the trail to the Salkantay Pass at 4,650 m / 15,255 ft. Although the 1-hour climb will be difficult, you are welcome to take as many breaks as you need, and the views from the top are definitely worth the hike! Once you have reached the summit, you can relax and enjoy the magic of the Salkantay in its purest form, as its snow-capped peak towers above you at a whopping 6,217 m / 20,717 ft!

After completing the highest point of the 3 day trek, you will descend down the other side of the mountain for 3-hours until your feet discover flat ground again, and the campsite in Huayracmachay at 3,800 m / 11,750 ft. Delightfully, your chef will be waiting with hot tea to warm your chilly bones and a delicious dinner to re-energise you for the day ahead.

  • Food : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Estimated walking time : 7 hours
  • Total walking distance: 16 km
  • Accommodation : Camping
  • Altitude of accommodation : 3,800 m / 12,468 ft

DAY 2 – HUAYRACMACHAY – CHAULLAY – LA PLAYA – AGUAS CALIENTES

Day 2 of the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu starts with breakfast at 5am at camp in Huayracmachay.

As you begin the mornings’ hike, you will notice the surrounding egology beginning to change as you leave behind the treeless highlands of the glacial mountains and journey down into lush green tropical valleys. The 5-hour hike through the Chaulley Valley will bring with it cloud forests, river crossings, coca plantations, and tropical vegetation. At around midday you will arrive at our lunch stop in La Playa Sahuayaco at 2,200 m / 7,218 ft.

After lunch you will say goodbye to our chef and the horses man and take the private transport for 1-hour to Hidroelectrica at 2,000 m / 6,562 ft. From here you will begin the afternoons’ 3-hour hike along the train tracks that run adjacent to the Urubamba river.

Once you have followed the railway line to its natural end, you will find yourself in the town of Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town. After checking into your hotel, you will be treated to a well deserved dinner in a local restaurant and a comfortable bed for the night at the foot of the iconic Machu Picchu!

  • Food : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Estimated walking time : 8 hours
  • Total walking distance : 19 km
  • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Altitude of accommodation: 2,000 m / 6,562 ft

DAY 3 – AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO

After taking breakfast in your hotel, your guide will meet you at reception and escort you the bus station where you will board the tourist bus to Machu Picchu. The scenic route from Aguas Calientes takes you on a 30 minute bus ride up the mountainside to the entrance of the Inca citadel. Once inside, you will be taken on a 3-hour tour of Machu Picchu, journeying through its rich history, as you make your way through the Inca city with your personal tour guide. Aswell as visting the famous sites of the temple of the sun, the central plaza and the stepped terraces, you will have plenty opportunity to take the bucket list photos you came for atop the panoramic viewpoint of Machu Picchu.

Before boarding the bus back down the mountain, your guide will also allow you time to explore the mysteries of the sanctuary alone.

Once you have regrouped with your guide and taken the bus back to Aguas Calientes, there will be time to take lunch in one of Machu Picchu towns’ many restaurants (optional extra), before boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo. There you will be greeted by your guide and private transportation who will take you on the 2-hour drive back to your hotel in Cusco. Arrival time in Cusco is approximatley 6.30pm.

*There will also be time to climb Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain in this tour after your guided tour of the Inca citadel. However please be aware, this will be an extra cost of $70 USD per person and will involve an extra 2-hours hiking. Return to Cusco will therefore be aboard a later train and arrival time in Cusco will be approx 8.30pm.*

Included

  • 6:00pm Briefing at your hotel in Cusco the night before the trek
  • Pick up from hotel in Cusco
  • Private transport from Cusco to Soraypampa
  • Professional English/Spanish speaking tour guide
  • Entrance ticket to Salkantay and Machu Picchu
  • One duffle bag for your personal belongings
  • Rucksack raincovers and a rain poncho
  • Muleteers & horses to carry tents, food, cooking equipment : 7kg per person
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, 1 tea time (All prepared by our chef)
  • Vegetarian/vegan and special diets requested
  • Hot coca tea brought to your tent in the morning
  • 1 litre of boiled water per person – given after breakfast to refill water bottles
  • Hot drinks – coca tea, coffee & tea at meal times
  • Satellite phones incase of emergency during the hike
  • Transport : La Playa Sahuayaco – Hidroelectrica
  • Round trip bus ticket : Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Train ticket : Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • 3-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • 1 night hotel in Aguas Calientes (inc. breakfast)
  • Oxygen and first aid kit

Not Included

  • Food not included in the itinerary
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes on day 3
  • Sleeping Bag : Can rent from agency : $ 25 USD for entire trip
  • Trekking Poles : Can rent from agency : $ 20 USD for entire trip
  • Hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain : $ 70 USD (upon client request)
  • Optional entrance to thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (S / .10 soles)
  • Emergency horses along the trail if unable to hike
  • Gratuities / Tips for the guide, porters and cook

Recommendations to bring

  • Original passport – expiration date no less than 7 months
  • Valid Student ID card (if student booking)
  • Good quality walking boots or shoes
  • Good quality sleeping bag for cold temperatures
  • Trekking poles – can be rented at agency
  • Sandals for down time (very important)
  • Baselayers of varying temperatures, especially for the night
  • Thermals, gloves, scarves, wooly hat
  • Good quality trekking socks to avoid blisters
  • Raincoat or long poncho (for rainy season)
  • Waterproof trousers (for rainy season)
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Long trousers
  • Shorts suitable for hiking
  • Wide-brimmed hat – UPV is strong at altitude
  • Canteen water bottle as you should drink plenty of fluid on the trail
  • Headlamp/Torch (very important)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Medicine/personal effects (eg. contact lense liquid)
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Camera or phone camera
  • Portable battery charger
  • Toilet paper (not usually found on trail)
  • Small travel towel
  • Cash/coins – small denominations – soles & dollars
  • Swimming suit for the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (optional)

Price and Options

OPTION 1
$468 REGULAR PRICE 468 PER PERSON

(Groups of 4 – 7 maximum)
SHARED SERVICE

OPTION 2
$585 REGULAR PRICE 585 PER PERSON

(Minimum 2 persons)

PRIVATE SERVICE

Packing List

ESSENTIAL ITEMS:

  • Original Passport
  • VALID STUDENT ID CARD (if booked as a student)
  • Immigration card (delivered on the airport upon entering Peru)
  • Good quality backpack (medium sized)
  • Water storage bottle or canteen: Camelbak bottles are recommended, but all need to be sufficient to hold 1-2 litres
  • Comfortable shoes, preferably light with good soles (waterproof goretex for rainy seasons)

FOR YOUR BAGGAGE:

The horses and the train have a luggage limit of 7kg. We therefore recommend only bringing essentials with you to Machu Picchu.

  • 3 Long sleeve shirts
  • 3 Breathable t-shirts
  • 3 Sets of underwear
  • 3 Pairs of socks
  • 2 Hiking trousers
  • 1 Shorts (suitable for hiking)
  • 1 Fleece
  • 1 Waterproof coat and pants (for rainy seasons)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sandals – In case you want to visit the hot springs in Machu Picchu town
  • Small quick-drying travel towel
  • Portable battery charger for your phone and cameras

TOILETRIES:

  • Sunscreen
  • Facial moisturiser
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band-aids, moleskin, etc.

ITEMS TO TAKE INSIDE MACHU PICCHU:

The backpacks can be of any size, but we always recommend the medium, since, inside Machu Picchu, bags of more than 25 liters will not be allowed. If it is larger, you will need to store them outside the gates of the citadel.

  • Water canteen
  • Sun hat
  • Rain clothes
  • Camera or phone camera
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and a small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, and tips

Map

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Additional Information

VISTADOME TRAIN FIRST CLASS OR INCA RAIL 360º TRAIN : For an additional payment of $30 USD per person, you can upgrade your tour package to the Vistadome class train or the Inca Rail 360º train for the return journey from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. The upgrade is subject to the availability of trains on the dates you wish to travel.

  • Extra tickets will need to be purchased to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain
  • There are limited number of spaces available per day, so we recommend requesting booking the tickets in advance
  • Once the mountain tickets are sold out for that day, there are no options available for extra tickets
  • The cost to climb the Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountain is $ 70 USD per person. This will be added to the total cost
  • Those hiking Inca Trail that wish to do Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, will also be charged an extra $ 70 USD
  • IMPORTANT: Before requesting tickets to the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, check availability by contacting us!
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  • Departure dates: We have groups for the Salkantay trek every day of the year. But it is more advisable to make this trek between the months of April to December, since the months of January, February and March are the rainy season in Cusco.

Where does the tour start and end?
  • All ours tours begins with the pick up to the tourists at the door of their hotels “We pick up to our clients from any hotel located in the city of Cusco”, We recommend to stay close to the historical center of the city of Cusco, it will make it easier to find your hotel.
  • All our tours ends at the door of the hotels, it means the tours will finish with transfer to your respective hotel located in Cusco.
How to prevent altitude sickness?
  • The altitude sickness or soroche can cause you some discomfort during your visit such as dizziness, fatigue or nausea. Try to avoid alcoholic beverages and fatty foods before the visit.
  • To reduce symptoms, try to acclimatize yourself one day before to the altitude of the city of Cusco. We recommend to drink infusions of coca leaf (natural plant used by the Incas) is an excellent option to avoid the actitude sickness.
How is the accommodation?
  • For all the tours which include hotels. We offer hotels of 3* and 4* category, it has spacious and comfortable rooms, bathrooms, hot showers and bueffet breakfast. If the tourist like, you can change the accommodation to a better service. You just have to request it via email for an additional cost.
Which season is the best time to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu?
  • The dry season months between April to December are the best time to come and visit Cusco. During those days the possibility of rain is very little, so the roads are not swampy and the landscapes can be better to enjoy and takes the best pictures. On the other hand, the months with the most rain are January, February and March.
What are the coldest months in Cusco Peru?
  • The coldest season in Cusco are in the months from May to July. During this time the sun is strong in the day, but once it goes down or you spend much time in the shade, it can get very cold. It can go below zero at night, so warm clothes and Jackets are necessary to bring during these months.
How long in advance can I request the tour?
  • We recommend to purchase the tours weeks or months in advance, this because the train and Machu Picchu tickets has a limit of spaces, dont wait until the lust minute to book your tour, other ways you will not be able to find spaces.
During the trip to Machu Picchu, where the big luggages will stay?

The train company that operates to Machu Picchu does not allow the traveler to carry a suitcase that weighs more than 7 kilograms. To go up and visit the city of Machu Picchu, it is recommended to carry a light and small backpack for your convenience; the rest of the luggages you can leave them without any problem at the storage of your hotel in Cusco, or you can also leave at our office in Cusco city, we have an storage too.

Very Important in case you want to book the Inca trail to Machu Picchu:
  • CLASSIC INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS: If you want to book the Classic Inca Trail 4 days, you must to book early to get your desired date. Depending on the month you prefer to do the hike, you may need to book 6 months or more in advance, the limit of spaces for the inca trail 4 days is 400 people per each day.
  • SHORT INCA TRAIL: If you are booking the 1 or 2 day Inca Trail, it is preferred that you also book in advance, however 2 to 4 month in advance would be good, the limit of spaces for the short inca trail is 200 people per each day.
When is the best season to hike the Inca Trail?
  • The best time of year to do the inca trail is between May to October, with August and September being the best months of all. The trail is dry and the weather is lovely. During the rainy season between November to April  the trail will be wet and can make it more difficult.

What will you live in the Salkantay Trek 3 Days

  • The Salkantay Trail offers you an unbeatable adventure to one of the wonders of the world “Machu Picchu”.
  • This experience gives us endless emotions from the first day of the walk.
  • It allows you to know and enjoy unique views along the way.
  • We will have a spectacular change of microclimates during the tour full of Flora and Fauna.
  • In 3 days you will enjoy the oldest route to Machu Picchu designed exclusively by our agency

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25/04/2023
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20/04/2023
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20/04/2023
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20/04/2023
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23/03/2023
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Gordon
23/03/2023
Great experience with Sandro Sandro is the best tour guide I’ve ever met. He can explain every question you ask and he is passionate at his work. Gorgeous experience!
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Stella Z
17/03/2023
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14/03/2023
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10/03/2023
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23/01/2023
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