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SALKANTAY TREK WITH INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU: 5 DAYS

  • Humantay Lake is located by salkantay trekking route to machu picchu
  • kenko adventures offer tradicional peruvian food in salkantay trek
  • salkantay pass 4600 meter about sea level wonderful view

We are trekking specialists and our service is totally personalized as we always care about our clients expectations, also our itineraries are made by our adventure tourism experts, focused on satisfaction, comfort, pleasure and safety of our clients.

This trekking route to Machu Picchu is situated in Cusco region, nearest to Vilcanota mountains chain of the Peruvian andes. This hike starts from Cusco city and from here we will drive until Mollepata town (2.5 hours travelling approx.), this little town will stop to supply water and make some last minutes purchases, afterwards we will continue to Soraypampa in which the majority of travel agencies start the hike as well.

From the beginning you will appreciate the greatness of our protector Salkantay Mountain and during the hike you will visit amazing places like Humantay lagoon which is a natural wonder with turquoise colored water and also Humantay Mountain that are considered Andean protectors, you will also contemplate Salkantay mountain which means Savage mountain and is very respected by local people.

Once you had enjoyed all of these wonders over Peruvian andes, our visitors will descend the andes summit until reaching tropical forests which belongs to Natural Reserve and archaeological park of Machu Picchu. Here we will have many little towns which work producing passion fruits, avocados, yucca, lemons, tangerines, bananas, potatoes and more important: coffee; our visitors will have the opportunity to visit a local family and make a tasting of all these delicacies and try exotic beverages as passion fruit juices, mead, coffee liquor and more!

Another attractive that is considered a jewel in our Salkantay route are the thermo medicinal baths of Cocalmayo, located on Santa Teresa district. After walking many days, visiting these baths are totally worth it to relax your muscles.

During Salkantay trekking we also have an authentic inca trail which starts from a small village called Lucmabamba and has a distance of 7 kilometers which will lead you to an archaeological site called Llaqtapata, it is considered a special site for inca rituals and from here you will have the first panoramic view of Machu Picchu inca citadel, andes mountain chain and Salkantay mountain as well.

Finally, after a great adventure our visitors will reach Aguas Calientes town so they can visit it the following day early in the morning and can enjoy the sunrise at Machu Picchu in all its magnificence.

During your adventure our visitors will be leaded by our professional guides which count with many years of experience.

Activities:

Camping, hiking, campfire, guided tours, adventure, history, culture and more!

What does Superior Salkantay service include?

  • Superior personalized service.
  • Briefing service 2 or 1 day before your tour by your guide.
  • Professional bilingual tour guide 
  • 2 hours guided tour in Machupicchu.
  • Chef and cook assistant specialized in gourmet and traditional meals in our region.
  • A bottle of Wine for last campsite.
  • 3 stars hotel at Aguas Calientes for the 4th night.
  • Meals as specified on the itinerary (B, L, D)
  • Drinkable water every day during your trek and snacks from 2nd day.
  • 3 nights at private campsite.
  • Entrance fee ticket to Salkantay trekking route.
  • Entrance ticket fee to Machupicchu citadel.
  • Round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes.
  • Transportation from Cusco until starting trekking point.
  • Expedition or Vistadome class return train ticket at 15:30 pm from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (according to availability)
  • Private transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Professional camping and trekking equipment.
  • Hot shower service during every day.
  • Portable toilet during all trek duration.
  • 01 pair of walking sticks per person, very recommended.
  • Extra porter service to help you with your belongings.
  • 01 oxygen tanks and first aid kit in emergency cases.
  • 01 emergency riding horse in case our clients feel very tired or to take photos.

    What does not include?

    • The first breakfast (usually all Cusco hotels include breakfast)
    • Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain ticket (if you are interested please consult with our sales executives)
    • Sleeping bags (can be rented at our office)
    • Last lunch in Aguas Calientes (you can make a better choice here as there are a lot of different options)
    • Tips.

    Day 01: Cusco – Soraypampa – Humantay lagoon – Salkantaypampa.

    Our adventure will start at 05:30 am approx. picking up our visitors from your Cusco hotel and along with our guide and staff to lead you to Mollepata town for 2 .5 hours approx. and will stop here to have breakfast and use the restrooms. Then we will board our transportation for another 45 minutes until reaching Soraypampa (3900 m.a.s.l) our starting trekking point, situated underneath our protector snowcapped mountains Humantay and Salkantay.

    Our expert guide will present you our staff members that will accompany us during this journey, after that our hike towards Humantay lagoon (4200 m.a.s.l) will start, this hike will take 1.5 hrs approx. while you enjoy this fantastic mountain views surrounding the path until reaching this amazing natural formation. You will also have time to enjoy the views and take some photos after a brief guide explanation. Finishing this visit we will return to our lunch place and stay here for 1 hour approx. to enjoy your meal and use the restrooms. Afterwards we will continue our hike for 1.5 hrs approx. to our campiste located on Salkantaypampa which is almost under Salkantay mountain and situated at 4300 m.a.s.l. to enjoy the stunning view and prepare for your hot shower (we provide you towels) after a fabolous day, then also enjoy your happy hour with hot drinks after that you will get your delicious dinner.

    Meals: Snacks, lunch and dinner.

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Hiking distance: 8 kilometers

    Accommodation: Camping

    Minimum Altitude: 3300 m.a.s.l / 10800 fts. (Cusco city)

    Maximum Altitude: 4200 m.a.s.l / 13500 fts.(Campsite, Salkantaypampa)

    Climate: Sunny during dry season. Cold, windy and cloudy during rainy season.

    Transportation: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa

    Day 02: Salkantaypampa – Salkantay Pass – Wayracmachay – Chaullay

    Our second hiking day will start at 6:00 am with service to tent and a hot coca tea which is good for the altitude, and then you will have breakfast in our dining tent. Following breakfast our hike will start for 2.5 hours approx. until reach Salkantay Pass (4626 m.a.s.l) which is the highest point of this adventure and in which we will appreciate the majestic Salkantay mountain considered one of the highest peaks on South America. Here, our guide will provide you better information about our culture and then you will visit Salkantay lagoon which is located under Salkantay Mountain.

    Finishing the explanation the descend towards Wayracmachay (3900 m.a.s.l) will start and we will stop here for 1 hour, then we will continue descending to cloud forests which belong to Machupicchu National park and here, our flora and fauna drastically change so we can have possibilities to see a lot of orchids and birds like hummingbirds which are relatable to tropical forests. We will have impressive views of Salkantay and tropical forests.  After hiking for another 3 hours we will reach our campsite: a small village called Chaullay in which we will have local people living at the village. we are going to get ready your hot showers then you could enjoy your free time, having hot drinks snaks and dinner.

    Upon completion of this day, we will have a moment of relax and enjoy some hot beverages as chocolate, coffee, teas, and have our dinner later.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Difficulty: Challenging

    Hiking distance: 16 kilometers

    Accommodation: Camping

    Minimum Altitude: 3000 m.a.s.l / 9900 fts.(Campsite, Chaullay)

    Maximum Altitude: 4625 m.a.s.l /15500 fts.(Salkantay Pass)

    Climate: Sunny during dry season. Cold, windy and cloudy during rainy season.

    Day 03: Chaullay – La Playa Sahuayacu – Cocalmayo

    This day we will start with a delicious tropical breakfast and our hike will start very lightly surrounded by a lush vegetation and abundant fauna, you will hike through valleys, canyons, rivers traversing plantations of corn, passion fruit, oranges, avocados, coffee. This day is considered for relax and to make cultural visits to interact with local people, you have also the opportunity to visit coffee plantations and taste some exotic beverages of the zone as coffee liquor, coffee cocktail, honey liquor or mead. After this tasting we will reach our destination approx. 5 hours to Playa Sahuayacu which is a small town and our third campsite, we will enjoy lunch here as well.

    After lunch we will have a transportation for 45 mins approx. and then reach Santa Teresa district, after another 10 mins we will reach the thermo medicinal Cocalmayo baths which are highly recommended to visit. Once we finish our visit we will return to our campsite to enjoy a bottle of peruvian wine then your dinner and have some well-deserved rest as there are still some days left to continue our adventure before reaching our main destination, Machupicchu.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Hiking distance: 13 kilometers

    Accommodation: Camping

    Minimum Altitude: 2000 m.a.s.l / 6600 fts.(La Playa Sahuayacu)

    Maximum Altitude: 3000 m.a.s.l / 9900 fts.(Campsite, Chaullay)

    Climate: Sunny during dry season. Cold, windy and cloudy during rainy season.

    Transportation: Bus from La Playa Sahuayacu – Cocalmayo – La Playa Sahuayacu

    Day 04: La Playa Sahuayacu – Lucmabamba – Llaqtapata – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes.

    Our fourth day will start early in the morning with our wake-up tea and beautiful birds singing. Then, it will be time to get ready and have a delicious breakfast, fill our bottles, camelbacks and take our snacks to start our hike. We will depart from Lucmabamba village until reaching Llaqtapata archaeological site which will take 6 kilometers approx. Once in Llaqtapata we will have the stunning view of Machupicchu inca citadel as well as Huayna Picchu mountain and the greatest Andes mountain chain.

    Our lunch today will be at Llaqtapata restaurant which is located 5 mins away from this archaeological site and you will have an impressive view of Machupicchu as well.

    Afterwards we will iniciate our descent to Ahobamba valley and Machupicchu Hydroelectric in which a train station is located, here we will board our short train ride (30 mins) towards Aguas Calientes town in which you will have a 2 stars hotel accommodation. This evening you will have dinner at a touristic restaurant and have the briefing to plan your agenda for tomorrow and be able to see the sunrise at Machupicchu before your guided tour.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Difficulty: Challenging

    Hiking distance: 11 kilometers

    Accommodation: 2 stars hotel at Aguas Calientes

    Minimum Altitude: 2000 m.a.s.l / 6600 fts.(Aguas Calientes town)

    Maximum Altitude: 3000 m.a.s.l / 9900 fts.(Llaqtapata archaeological site)

    Climate: Sunny during dry season. Cold, windy and cloudy during rainy season.

    Transportation: Train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes

    Day 05: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

    This day we advise to wake up very early in order to board one of the first buses to reach Machupicchu inca citadel and appreciate the impressive sunrise over it as it is a unique experience. Then you will have a private guided tour by our expert tour guide which will lasts 2.5 hours including a lot of information about our inca culture, considered one of the most importants in South America with an ample extension in this continent.

    Once you had finished your guided tour and taking the beautiful Machupicchu postal photo, you will have time to rest and make the visit to some important places as Huayna picchu or Machu Picchu mountains (we advise you to request the ticket at booking time) or walk to Sun Gate, or Inca bridge in Machupicchu.

    Following your experience, for your return you will board the bus back to Aguas Calients and then from here according to train schedule you should present at train station half hour prior your train departure time. The train will arrive to Ollantaytambo train station and from here our transfer will be waiting for you to return back to Cusco city and your respective hotels, arriving by 20:30 pm approx.

    Our service will start in your hotel and will finish in your hotel as well.

    Meals: Snacks and breakfast.

    Difficulty: Easy.

    Minimum Altitude: 2000 m.a.s.l /6600 fts. (Aguas Calientes town)

    Maximum Altitude: 2400 m.a.s.l / 7900 fts.(Machu Picchu archaeological site)

    Climate: Sunny during dry season. Cold, windy and cloudy during rainy season.

    Transportation: Bus to Machupicchu, train to Ollantaytambo, touristic minivan to Cusco.

    Superior Salcantay service Price:

    We need 2 people minimums to open this tour if you are two we can do it! 

    Our price $ 699 USD per person for 2 people.

    Our price $ 6590 USD per person for 3 people.

    Our price $ 600 USD per person for 4 or more people.

    what we included for this prices:

    • hot shower on trek.
    • towels for shower
    • A bottle a peruvian wine.
    •  private tour guide.
    • inflatable matras.
    • private toilets.
    •  private camp sites.
    • 3 *** hotel  at  Aguas Calientes town.
    • private walking tour at machu Picchu 
    • we provided you a dufle bag for your trek
    • we provided you walking poles for your trek
    • drinkable water every day.

    Students discount

    students from 12 to 17 years old, they get discount of $20.

     children from age of 2 to 12 they get discount of $20.

    children from the age of 0 to 2 they are free.

    We need a copy of your passport at info@kenkoadventures.com.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR TOUR

    Have a look carefully the next information; it will help you answer any of your questions about our service and tours in Cusco and Machu Picchu.

    WELCOME TO CUSCO

    You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and we drive you to your hotel, please send us the information about flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek or tour. Look out for our representative holding an KENKO ADVENTURES logo at the arrival terminal. It can be done on any date that is best suited to you!

    THE BRIEFING

    We use to visit at your hotel 6 pm or if you prefer during the day 9am to 1pm or 3pm to 5pm, please you could send us an email with details to get your briefing time Will be ready any time for our clients.

    CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

    Of course! During the Cusco Machu Picchu Tour your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, both are for free. Please don´t pack anything you will need for your hike.

    HOW TO BOOK THE TOUR?

    FIRST, to book our day tours and Machu Picchu Tours, we need you to fill out our booking form with your personal information by clicking on BOOK NOW.

    Please be ready with the next information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase an entrance to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:

    Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):

    Gender

    Passport number

    D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)

    Nationality

    SECOND, we require a deposit of US $ 300.00 per person in order to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make you deposit by PAYPAL.or make a deposit to the following bank account in Interbank 420-3107104602 

    WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

    It could be greatly appreciated if our clients pay in cash at your briefing time in the hotel (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by PAYPAL online.

    HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

    According to our government Laws you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 above need ISIC cards). For example, if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.

    students from 12 to 17 years old, they get discount of $20.

    children from age of 2 to 12 they get discount of $20.

    children from the age of 0 to 2 they are free.

    All students must send a copy of their passport at booking time to get the discount.

    We need a copy at info@kenkoadventures.com.

    HOW DO I GET THE STUDENT ISIC CARD DISCOUNT?

    The ISIC Student can get Discount of US$ 20.

    You must have a valid current internationally accepted ISIC card in your name.

    They could apply for the ISIC Card at https://www.isic.org/

    You must provide a copy of your ISIC card at your booking time.

    Send us a copy at info@kenkoadventures.com.

    MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

    “No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable unfortunately.

    *** If you cancel your Cusco Machu Picchu Tour, the deposit is not refundable at all!

    DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT FOR THE CUSCO MACHU PICCHU TOUR?

    Yes, you have to get your original passport and it is very important and it have to be the same passport number that you sent to us at book time, and also train ticket, other entrances and reservations Will have the same document. The rangers will check when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before to board you’re the train.

    In case you are changing your Passport or you lost and you get a new one, go ahead and send us your new passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it and when you get to our country no surprises and everything Will be fine.

    HOW IS THE CLIMATE IN CUSCO?

    The climate in our country is very variant and does not consider the normal 4 seasons. Here, in just one day we can see all of the seasons! And this is why we recommend our visitors to be prepared for any occasion, either for rain or sunny days.

    A very important factor which alter our world is global warming, which has evolved into a high risky contributor due to the glaciers melting in Peruvian Andes, and it also affect the normal development of our weather.

    Nonetheless, something that is very marked in our country and in some cities here in the Andes is that we only have 2 main seasons during the year:

    Dry Season: We consider the dry season from the end of April until the end of September, in this period the first rains will start. For this reason, this is the best time to visit our region and our amazing Machu Picchu and also avoid any inconveniences.

    Rainy Season: This season starts on October until the end of April approximately, so during this time it is advised to all of our visitors to pack their belongings into waterproof bags, as in our region it can be sunny the first 2 hours and then have a heavy rain.

    We know that there are extreme climates worldwide, but this must not stop us from our longing and desire to explore the world, to discover marvelous cultures and interact with them. Be welcomed to Perú and Machu Picchu.

    Huayna Picchu Mountain:

    This mountain is located inside Machu Picchu Archaeological Park, which is located at 300 meters more than Machu Picchu Inca Citadel; here it takes approximately just 45 minutes hiking up and other 45 minutes hiking down. This Mountain conserves some archaeological remains as the Moon Temple and other precincts that are interconnected with authentic trails, steps, tunnels and natural formatted caves which made the view more interesting. Without any doubt, this is one of the best attractions of Machu Picchu; the Huayna Picchu Mountain offers a 360 grades view and a stunning view of Machu Picchu Inca Citadel, Machu Picchu
    Mountain and the famous Sun Gate (Inti Punku). Currently our government through Ministry of Culture, maintain the visitors income controlled per day, only 400 tickets are offered per day and divided in 2 groups of 200 each. The first schedule starts from 7:00 to 08:00 am and the second from 10:00 to 11:00 am, for this reason its demand is growing day by day and if any of our visitors is interested in this hike, then it is necessary to make a booking at least with 3 months in advance in order to guarantee their visit to this extraordinary place.

    Machu Picchu Mountain:

    This mountain is located inside the park as well, and is only 1:20 hrs away hiking by your own. Once you reach the summit, you will take impressive photos with panoramic views of the entire valley in which is situated Machu Picchu inca citadel, you will also have impressive views of the Andes Mountain range and the glaciers that protect this unique ecosystem.

    The demand to obtain permits for this hike is quickly growing up, for this we advise a minimum of 2 months in advance to book the tickets, as there is a limit for visitors per day to experience this amazing hike. This hike has 2 schedules, the first from 07:00 am to 08:00 am and the second from 09:00 am to 10:00 am with a limit of 200 people per group.

    NOTE:Kenko Adventures guarantees the visit to these attractions in any of our tours if you make the booking early enough in advance.

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