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This shorter alternative to the -day Salkantay Classic is perfect for those who love to see a wider variety of landscapes, from tropical jungle to snow-capped peaks. You will pass through snow capped mountains, see a sacred Inca mountain, a sub-tropical jungle below Machu Picchu and of course we will visit the beautiful bright turquoise Humantay Lake. Since the Salkantay route has fewer restrictions than the classic Inca Trail, we can say that this is a trek as if you were entering Machu Picchu through the back door.

SEE HOW IT IS



HIGHLIGHTD:

  • Camping away from the crowds with fewer people allows you to control your trip and get the best views of these incredible mountains.
  • Walk alongside the magnificent Salkantay glacier and reach the majestic Inca sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
  • Get to know the Humantay Lake and the beauty of the Sacred Valley.
  • Get to know Peru at the hands of professional bilingual guides (Spanish/English)
  • Hikers can see snow-capped mountains, colorful valleys, waterfalls, streams, wildlife, unique plants, and cloud forests.

QUICK ITINARARY

  • : CUSCO | MOLLEPATA | SORAYPAMPA | LAGUNA HUMANTAY
    Enjoy a visit to the turquoise colored Lake Humantay, one of the most beautiful lakes in Peru located at the base of the Humantay Glacier. Enjoy your first views of the enigmatic Apu Salkantay.
  • : SALKANTAYPAMPA | SALKANTAY PASS | WAYRACMACHAY | CHAULLAY
    Hike the winding Salkantay trail with the highest mountain peak in front of your eyes all morning, this is your most challenging but also your most rewarding day.
  • : CHAULLAY | COLPAPAMPA | LA PLAYA | HIDROELÉCTRICA | AGUAS CALIENTES
    Enjoy a serene trail, beautiful scenery, and wildlife. As we walk, the roar of the river will accompany us.
  • : AGUAS CALIENTES | MACHU PICCHU | OLLANTAYTAMBO | CUSCO
    Guided tour in one of the 7 new wonders of the world, Machu Picchu. Then return to Cusco by train
Day 01
Cuzco | Mollepata | Soraypampa | Humantay lake | Salkantaypampa

We will pick you up at your hotel around 05:00 am. for your 4 -day Salkantay trek. We will drive for about 3 hours passing through Anta as the day clears up we will be able to observe the white snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Verónica, and we will arrive at Mollepata. Here we will enjoy a delicious breakfast.

Then we will continue to Soraypampa, where you will meet our team, the cooks and the horsemen, in addition to doing a last review of the equipment, we will begin our trek until we reach Laguna Humantay (4200m / 13779ft). The first part of the path is flat and then uphill until you reach the lake. We will explore it for about 30 minutes and then walk back to Soraypampa, Here our lunch will be ready relax and take time to rest.

  • MEALS: Lunch and dinner
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate
  • WALKING DISTANCE: (6 kilometers / 3.72 Miles) – (6 to 7 hours)
  • ELEVATION: (3,800 m / 12,467 ft) – (4,200 m / 13,780 ft)
  • ACCOMMODATION: Tents
Day 02
Salkantaypampa | Paso Salkantay | Wayracmachay | Chaullay

Our cook will wake you up at 5:00 am with coca tea brought to his store. Afterwards, we quickly pack up, enjoy our breakfast and immediately start hiking to the highest point of the Salkantay trail (4620m/15,255ft). The distance is 7 km that we should complete in 4 hours. During the ascent through the rocky valley, we can observe the magnificent Salkantay peak (6217 masl – 20,341 feet). Once we reach the top of the trail, we will enjoy spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snow-capped peaks of Salkantay, Humantay and Pumasillo.

Salkantay is considered the second highest mountain in the Cusco region and one of the main Inca gods known as “Apu Salkantay”. Walking to the top is the hardest part of the entire hike. The next 3 hours are spent downhill on the snake trail along a rocky and gravel path to reach Huayracmachay, our lunch spot. In the afternoon we will arrive at the top of the rain forest, also called “cloud forest”. We will travel 9 km in 3 hours until we reach Challway (2,900 masl – 9,514 feet) our base camp. The second half of the day during the descent, we will observe the thick forest that is decorated with colorful orchids and native plants. Most of the year the weather is warm and pleasant.

  • MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate, Challenging
  • WALKING DISTANCE: (21 kilometers / 13.04 miles) – (8 to 9 hours)
  • ELEVATION: (3,900 m / 12,795 ft) – (4,630 m / 15,190 ft)
  • ACCOMMODATION: Tents
Day 03
Chaullay | Colpapampa | La Playa | Hidroeléctrica | Aguas Calientes

Around 5:30 am wake up with coca tea! Next, we have breakfast and then we start walking directly towards the Beach; walking through the thick jungle and following the banks of the Salkantay River on a gradual path. Along the way, we stop at several family-owned farmhouses to enjoy the local fruits and vegetables (passion fruit, banana, coffee, avocado, mango, orange, and papaya).

The distance of the trail is 16 km and the walking time is 7 hours until we reach Lucmabamba, our base camp. Lucmabamba is a small town surrounded by coffee trees and can provide the basic facilities (toilets, electricity, shopping and souvenirs) and serves as our lunch point. After lunch we take a local bus for an hour to Hidroeléctrica from there, we will continue walking along the train tracks until we reach Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, we check into a hotel for a celebratory dinner with our guide and a final briefing for our next day’s experience.

  • MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate
  • WALKING DISTANCE: (25 kilometers / 16.77 miles) (8 to 9 hours)
  • ELEVATION: (2,000 m / 6,562 ft) – (2,040 / 6,693 ft)
  • ACCOMMODATION: Hotel
Day 04
Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu | Ollantaytambo | Cusco

After breakfast at your hotel with your guide you will head to Machu Picchu. You will need to get up before sunrise to ensure you beat the crowd and have a wonderful sunrise at Machu Picchu. You will walk a little from your hotel to take a bus that will take you on a 25-minute trip to the very entrance of the Inca citadel. You will meet just before the sun rises and paints the city of the Incas in gold.

After being amazed at a unique beauty and taking your first pictures, our expert guide will take you on a 2-3 hour guided tour of the site. You will visit all the important parts of Machu Picchu and learn a lot from your guide. After the tour is over, you have a few more hours to explore on your own or climb Huayna Picchu. If you have booked in advance. You will need up to 3 more hours to climb and experience more impressive views of the entire Inca city from the top of the Huayna Picchu mountain.

When you are ready to leave, it will be time to take the bus that will take us to Aguas Calientes. You will have time to select a restaurant of your choice for a bite to eat before boarding the return train. At the time indicated on your ticket, you will board the train that will take you back to Ollantaytambo.

Here your driver will be there to pick you up and take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

  • MEALS: Breakfast
  • DIFFICULTY: Easy
  • WALKING DISTANCE: (02 kilometers / 1.60 Miles) – (2 to 3 hours)
  • ELEVATION: (2,648 m / 8,694 ft) – (2,720 m / 8,922 ft)

IT INCLUDES

Quality and safety service

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • experienced guide
  • Kit – First Aid Kit
  • camping equipment
  • 24/7 customer support

Accommodation

  • Accommodation in campsites
  • Our sleeping tents
  • A canvas bag to carry your personal belongings and your sleeping bag
  • Matra and blankets
  • Covers to protect your backpack
  • rain poncho
  • 01 night in hotel in Aguas Calientes

Foods

  • Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 3 Dinners
  • Water
  • wake you up
  • Tea time or happy hour
  • Snacks on the go every day
  • One cloth lunch bag per person
  • hygiene products

Transportation

  • All transfers (Guaranteed)
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel in Cusco
  • Transportation from La Playa to Hidroelectrica.
  • Bus ticket up and down Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (Day 4)
  • Train ticket (expedition or voyager class) from Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (Day 4)
  • team of porters
  • Team of Muleteers
  • Horses to carry canvas bag (we will provide you with a canvas bag for your things)

Permits and tickets

  • Entrance ticket to Salkantay Trek
  • Entrance ticket to the Humantay Lagoon
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu

DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Sleeping bag: You can rent one from our company or in rental shops in Cusco, if you do not have your own. US$20.00 per person
  • Canes Inflatable Mattress: You can rent a set from our company or at rental shops in Cusco if you wish. US$20.00 per person
  • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu Mountain. US$60.00 per person
  • Hydroelectric train to Aguas Calientes (Day 3)
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes (Day 4)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for our staff

Why should you do the Salkantay 5D/4N trek with us?

  • Our muleteers are treated with respect, we provide them with a fair salary, a decent tent with pads, adequate food and adequate equipment. We care about their health, well-being and the health of their families, and we are also committed to social projects to improve their lives.
  • We are a practical, punctual, reliable travel company that welcomes individuals or groups.
  • At FLY CUSCO PERU, our porters, guides, muleteers, drivers and cooks receive their salary as soon as they finish their job.
  • We do not share our group on the Salkantay trek with other companies.
  • Small groups of 2 to 10 people maximum. This fact differentiates us from other travel companies that travel with larger groups.
  • FLY CUSCO PERU is a 100% locally owned travel company and a currently licensed Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail Salkantay operator.
  • Our tour guides pride themselves on being up-to-date and having a comprehensive ongoing professional development program. We love to show how fascinating and surprising a Salkantay Trek is.
  • Your return train ticket on the last day is at 02:55 pm from Aguas Calientes. Therefore, you arrive in Cusco early, so you will have enough rest to do any tours the next day.
  • All our porters, muleteers, cooks, drivers, guides have been vaccinated against covid-19.

How to book the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu with FLY CUSCO PERU?

To book the Salkantay Trek with us, we will need a deposit of $200 per person. Once we receive your deposit, we will send you a confirmation of your trip and the reservation form to complete. Here you have all the information that has to be filled in the form.

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as in your passport)
  • Nationality
  • Gender
  • Passport number

What do I need to bring to the Salkantay Trek?

  • We recommend that you take only what is necessary to enjoy your tour and leave the rest of your things at the hotel in Cusco.
  • The original passport.
  • A small 50 liter backpack that allows you to introduce all the things you will take with you
  • A sleeping bag preferably at least 5 to 10 degrees below zero, this can be synthetic or feather, if you do not have one you can rent it from our office.
  • Appropriate clothing for walking, waterproof and comfortable shoes for long walks, shorts and long pants, sports shirts.
  • Warm clothes to be used in the camp (We recommend cotton clothes that are very comfortable to sleep in, a hat and gloves for the cold. Walking socks, sandals to be used when you arrive at the camp, you should also carry bags plastic so you can separate things in the backpack (clean, wet, dirty clothes and others).
  • A canteen with water for the first day of the walk. From the first lunch on day 01 you will be provided with cold filtered boiled water for your canteens.
  • The use of a water bottle is mandatory along the Camino, the authorities will not allow the use or entry of plastic bottles.
  • Personal hygiene items: a small towel, soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, toilet paper, hand sanitizer gel. These last two items are very important.
  • Personal medications, within this list also includes muscle relaxants, tablets for pain and blessed for scratches, blisters on the feet that can be generated after several hours of walking.
  • Sun and mosquito protection items, sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat or caps, and mosquito repellent.
  • Battery-powered headlamps, extra battery for the camera (to be used every night in the camps).

Equipment Rental for Salkantay Trek

All our travelers need a sleeping bag for camping. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable in protecting from temperatures as low as -18ºC (0ºF). Also, walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional but highly recommended. If you don’t have them, don’t worry, you can rent them with us in Cusco.

What is the best time to do the excursion?

Peru is a very large country with many different climates, for that reason it would be very difficult to define a good time to visit different places. However, we consider that the best season is from April to November. For the Salkantay Trek, the hottest season is from December to March, but it is also the rainy season. That is why we think that it is more pleasant to do a sunny but cold excursion than a warm but rainy excursion. For this reason, we recommend doing it preferably between May and December. It should be noted that the Salkantay Trek is open every day of the year except in February due to heavy rains.

How many days of acclimatization do I need before starting the Salkantay Trek?

If you come from a country that is less than 500 meters above sea level. We recommend that you spend at least 2 days in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude before starting the Salkantay Trek.

How long in advance should I make my reservation for the Salkantay Trek?

You must make the reservation at least 15 days in advance. Since the spaces to Machu Picchu are quickly exhausted. If the number of spaces is exhausted, you will have to choose another alternative date. For this reason we recommend you book in advance.

Do I have to make a deposit to guarantee my Salkantay Trek reservation?

Yes, no reservation will be guaranteed unless you have made a payment of a deposit of 200 per person through our 2 payment methods mentioned in our Book Now form. Important: None of the requested deposits include transaction fees.

What about the outstanding balance?

The outstanding balance can be given in cash the day before your trip in Cusco, it can be in dollars or soles, and if you prefer to use PayPal (a service fee of 6% applies). Also, you can pay us only by Visa credit card at our office (5% service fee applies). Let us know which of the payment methods is your preference.
NOTE: Payment must be made 1 day before your trip.

The tour must be paid in full no later than 7:00 pm one day before your departure (usually after the briefing).

Where will the information session take place?

This meeting will be held the night before the departure of the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days 4 nights at 6:00 pm in our office located on Portal de Panes street, office 201 (second floor). Plaza de armas de cusco. We can also coordinate that you carry out this informative talk in the lobby of your hotel, apartment, hostel or family home in Cusco.

How old do I have to be to do the Salkantay Trek?

People of all ages (from children, teenagers to retirees) are suitable to complete this trek as age is not a barrier if you have a positive mindset and an active lifestyle.
However, for all people over 60 to 70 years of age, we recommend that you visit your doctor before doing the Inca Trail. You must also bring us the signed authorization from your doctor indicating that you are fit to travel the Inca Trail or Salkantay Trek.

Canvas bag or canvas case?

You will receive a duffel bag or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will carry them along the way and deliver them when you arrive at each camp. They measure 2 ft x 1 ft (64 cm long x 36 cm wide).

A maximum of 7 kg / 15 lbs is allowed for each duffel bag, including the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothing and other personal items.

Can I store my luggage in your office?

Of course! During the trip, you can leave or store the things that you will not take on the trek at your hotel where you are staying. Most of these establishments have warehouses where they will store your things (at no extra cost). If you do not trust the place where you are staying, we will gladly store your belongings in our office.

The “Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu 4D/3N” is available any day of the year. We did not do this hike in all of February due to heavy rains.

PRICE: US$ 550 per person

PRE-PAYMENT: US$ 200 per person

BALANCE: US$ 350 (commonly paid in Cusco after the informative talk)

Deposit charges

Please note that PayPal charges a 5% fee, which we ask the customer to cover as it is due to the use of their service. This tax is for online deposits only.

price guarantee

This small group tour is guaranteed to operate with only two guests.

We like to think that we trek a little differently than our competitors. We stand by our clients and guarantee that we comply 100% with our prices and our departure dates on all our trips.

Extras and updates

Huayna Picchu Mountain:

Huayna Picchu is the mountain that is next to Machu Picchu. It’s a 45 minute hike to the top. Note that going back down is quite steep. So if you have a fear of heights, this may not be a hike you enjoy. You would do this after your Machu Picchu tour and there is an additional fee. Arrangements must be made at least a month or two in advance due to popularity.

You can access this service for an additional payment of US$ 60.00 per person.

Vistadome 360° train (panoramic train):

The Vistadome 360° train offers a different way of traveling to the citadel. The cars have panoramic windows located on the walls and ceilings of the cars, which allow you to have a connection with the outside. Also, on the return trip you can enjoy a fashion show on board that will show you an exclusive collection of baby alpaca garments with the latest trends which you can purchase if you wish. The Vistadome 360° train brings the landscapes of the route to Machu Picchu closer in a unique way, making passengers feel part of the nature that surrounds them.

You can access this service for an additional payment of US$ 45.00 per person.

Additional Items

Sleeping bag: $45.00

Poles (pair): $45.00

student discount

$25.00 discount

Student discounts apply to anyone under the age of 17.

SEE HOW IT IS



HIGHLIGHTD:

  • Camping away from the crowds with fewer people allows you to control your trip and get the best views of these incredible mountains.
  • Walk alongside the magnificent Salkantay glacier and reach the majestic Inca sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
  • Get to know the Humantay Lake and the beauty of the Sacred Valley.
  • Get to know Peru at the hands of professional bilingual guides (Spanish/English)
  • Hikers can see snow-capped mountains, colorful valleys, waterfalls, streams, wildlife, unique plants, and cloud forests.

QUICK ITINARARY

  • : CUSCO | MOLLEPATA | SORAYPAMPA | LAGUNA HUMANTAY
    Enjoy a visit to the turquoise colored Lake Humantay, one of the most beautiful lakes in Peru located at the base of the Humantay Glacier. Enjoy your first views of the enigmatic Apu Salkantay.
  • : SALKANTAYPAMPA | SALKANTAY PASS | WAYRACMACHAY | CHAULLAY
    Hike the winding Salkantay trail with the highest mountain peak in front of your eyes all morning, this is your most challenging but also your most rewarding day.
  • : CHAULLAY | COLPAPAMPA | LA PLAYA | HIDROELÉCTRICA | AGUAS CALIENTES
    Enjoy a serene trail, beautiful scenery, and wildlife. As we walk, the roar of the river will accompany us.
  • : AGUAS CALIENTES | MACHU PICCHU | OLLANTAYTAMBO | CUSCO
    Guided tour in one of the 7 new wonders of the world, Machu Picchu. Then return to Cusco by train
Day 01
Cuzco | Mollepata | Soraypampa | Humantay lake | Salkantaypampa

We will pick you up at your hotel around 05:00 am. for your 4 -day Salkantay trek. We will drive for about 3 hours passing through Anta as the day clears up we will be able to observe the white snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Verónica, and we will arrive at Mollepata. Here we will enjoy a delicious breakfast.

Then we will continue to Soraypampa, where you will meet our team, the cooks and the horsemen, in addition to doing a last review of the equipment, we will begin our trek until we reach Laguna Humantay (4200m / 13779ft). The first part of the path is flat and then uphill until you reach the lake. We will explore it for about 30 minutes and then walk back to Soraypampa, Here our lunch will be ready relax and take time to rest.

  • MEALS: Lunch and dinner
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate
  • WALKING DISTANCE: (6 kilometers / 3.72 Miles) – (6 to 7 hours)
  • ELEVATION: (3,800 m / 12,467 ft) – (4,200 m / 13,780 ft)
  • ACCOMMODATION: Tents
Day 02
Salkantaypampa | Paso Salkantay | Wayracmachay | Chaullay

Our cook will wake you up at 5:00 am with coca tea brought to his store. Afterwards, we quickly pack up, enjoy our breakfast and immediately start hiking to the highest point of the Salkantay trail (4620m/15,255ft). The distance is 7 km that we should complete in 4 hours. During the ascent through the rocky valley, we can observe the magnificent Salkantay peak (6217 masl – 20,341 feet). Once we reach the top of the trail, we will enjoy spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snow-capped peaks of Salkantay, Humantay and Pumasillo.

Salkantay is considered the second highest mountain in the Cusco region and one of the main Inca gods known as “Apu Salkantay”. Walking to the top is the hardest part of the entire hike. The next 3 hours are spent downhill on the snake trail along a rocky and gravel path to reach Huayracmachay, our lunch spot. In the afternoon we will arrive at the top of the rain forest, also called “cloud forest”. We will travel 9 km in 3 hours until we reach Challway (2,900 masl – 9,514 feet) our base camp. The second half of the day during the descent, we will observe the thick forest that is decorated with colorful orchids and native plants. Most of the year the weather is warm and pleasant.

  • MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate, Challenging
  • WALKING DISTANCE: (21 kilometers / 13.04 miles) – (8 to 9 hours)
  • ELEVATION: (3,900 m / 12,795 ft) – (4,630 m / 15,190 ft)
  • ACCOMMODATION: Tents
Day 03
Chaullay | Colpapampa | La Playa | Hidroeléctrica | Aguas Calientes

Around 5:30 am wake up with coca tea! Next, we have breakfast and then we start walking directly towards the Beach; walking through the thick jungle and following the banks of the Salkantay River on a gradual path. Along the way, we stop at several family-owned farmhouses to enjoy the local fruits and vegetables (passion fruit, banana, coffee, avocado, mango, orange, and papaya).

The distance of the trail is 16 km and the walking time is 7 hours until we reach Lucmabamba, our base camp. Lucmabamba is a small town surrounded by coffee trees and can provide the basic facilities (toilets, electricity, shopping and souvenirs) and serves as our lunch point. After lunch we take a local bus for an hour to Hidroeléctrica from there, we will continue walking along the train tracks until we reach Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, we check into a hotel for a celebratory dinner with our guide and a final briefing for our next day’s experience.

  • MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate
  • WALKING DISTANCE: (25 kilometers / 16.77 miles) (8 to 9 hours)
  • ELEVATION: (2,000 m / 6,562 ft) – (2,040 / 6,693 ft)
  • ACCOMMODATION: Hotel
Day 04
Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu | Ollantaytambo | Cusco

After breakfast at your hotel with your guide you will head to Machu Picchu. You will need to get up before sunrise to ensure you beat the crowd and have a wonderful sunrise at Machu Picchu. You will walk a little from your hotel to take a bus that will take you on a 25-minute trip to the very entrance of the Inca citadel. You will meet just before the sun rises and paints the city of the Incas in gold.

After being amazed at a unique beauty and taking your first pictures, our expert guide will take you on a 2-3 hour guided tour of the site. You will visit all the important parts of Machu Picchu and learn a lot from your guide. After the tour is over, you have a few more hours to explore on your own or climb Huayna Picchu. If you have booked in advance. You will need up to 3 more hours to climb and experience more impressive views of the entire Inca city from the top of the Huayna Picchu mountain.

When you are ready to leave, it will be time to take the bus that will take us to Aguas Calientes. You will have time to select a restaurant of your choice for a bite to eat before boarding the return train. At the time indicated on your ticket, you will board the train that will take you back to Ollantaytambo.

Here your driver will be there to pick you up and take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

  • MEALS: Breakfast
  • DIFFICULTY: Easy
  • WALKING DISTANCE: (02 kilometers / 1.60 Miles) – (2 to 3 hours)
  • ELEVATION: (2,648 m / 8,694 ft) – (2,720 m / 8,922 ft)

IT INCLUDES

Quality and safety service

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • experienced guide
  • Kit – First Aid Kit
  • camping equipment
  • 24/7 customer support

Accommodation

  • Accommodation in campsites
  • Our sleeping tents
  • A canvas bag to carry your personal belongings and your sleeping bag
  • Matra and blankets
  • Covers to protect your backpack
  • rain poncho
  • 01 night in hotel in Aguas Calientes

Foods

  • Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 3 Dinners
  • Water
  • wake you up
  • Tea time or happy hour
  • Snacks on the go every day
  • One cloth lunch bag per person
  • hygiene products

Transportation

  • All transfers (Guaranteed)
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel in Cusco
  • Transportation from La Playa to Hidroelectrica.
  • Bus ticket up and down Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (Day 4)
  • Train ticket (expedition or voyager class) from Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (Day 4)
  • team of porters
  • Team of Muleteers
  • Horses to carry canvas bag (we will provide you with a canvas bag for your things)

Permits and tickets

  • Entrance ticket to Salkantay Trek
  • Entrance ticket to the Humantay Lagoon
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu

DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Sleeping bag: You can rent one from our company or in rental shops in Cusco, if you do not have your own. US$20.00 per person
  • Canes Inflatable Mattress: You can rent a set from our company or at rental shops in Cusco if you wish. US$20.00 per person
  • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu Mountain. US$60.00 per person
  • Hydroelectric train to Aguas Calientes (Day 3)
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes (Day 4)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for our staff

Why should you do the Salkantay 5D/4N trek with us?

  • Our muleteers are treated with respect, we provide them with a fair salary, a decent tent with pads, adequate food and adequate equipment. We care about their health, well-being and the health of their families, and we are also committed to social projects to improve their lives.
  • We are a practical, punctual, reliable travel company that welcomes individuals or groups.
  • At FLY CUSCO PERU, our porters, guides, muleteers, drivers and cooks receive their salary as soon as they finish their job.
  • We do not share our group on the Salkantay trek with other companies.
  • Small groups of 2 to 10 people maximum. This fact differentiates us from other travel companies that travel with larger groups.
  • FLY CUSCO PERU is a 100% locally owned travel company and a currently licensed Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail Salkantay operator.
  • Our tour guides pride themselves on being up-to-date and having a comprehensive ongoing professional development program. We love to show how fascinating and surprising a Salkantay Trek is.
  • Your return train ticket on the last day is at 02:55 pm from Aguas Calientes. Therefore, you arrive in Cusco early, so you will have enough rest to do any tours the next day.
  • All our porters, muleteers, cooks, drivers, guides have been vaccinated against covid-19.

How to book the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu with FLY CUSCO PERU?

To book the Salkantay Trek with us, we will need a deposit of $200 per person. Once we receive your deposit, we will send you a confirmation of your trip and the reservation form to complete. Here you have all the information that has to be filled in the form.

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as in your passport)
  • Nationality
  • Gender
  • Passport number

What do I need to bring to the Salkantay Trek?

  • We recommend that you take only what is necessary to enjoy your tour and leave the rest of your things at the hotel in Cusco.
  • The original passport.
  • A small 50 liter backpack that allows you to introduce all the things you will take with you
  • A sleeping bag preferably at least 5 to 10 degrees below zero, this can be synthetic or feather, if you do not have one you can rent it from our office.
  • Appropriate clothing for walking, waterproof and comfortable shoes for long walks, shorts and long pants, sports shirts.
  • Warm clothes to be used in the camp (We recommend cotton clothes that are very comfortable to sleep in, a hat and gloves for the cold. Walking socks, sandals to be used when you arrive at the camp, you should also carry bags plastic so you can separate things in the backpack (clean, wet, dirty clothes and others).
  • A canteen with water for the first day of the walk. From the first lunch on day 01 you will be provided with cold filtered boiled water for your canteens.
  • The use of a water bottle is mandatory along the Camino, the authorities will not allow the use or entry of plastic bottles.
  • Personal hygiene items: a small towel, soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, toilet paper, hand sanitizer gel. These last two items are very important.
  • Personal medications, within this list also includes muscle relaxants, tablets for pain and blessed for scratches, blisters on the feet that can be generated after several hours of walking.
  • Sun and mosquito protection items, sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat or caps, and mosquito repellent.
  • Battery-powered headlamps, extra battery for the camera (to be used every night in the camps).

Equipment Rental for Salkantay Trek

All our travelers need a sleeping bag for camping. Our sleeping bags are effective and durable in protecting from temperatures as low as -18ºC (0ºF). Also, walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional but highly recommended. If you don’t have them, don’t worry, you can rent them with us in Cusco.

What is the best time to do the excursion?

Peru is a very large country with many different climates, for that reason it would be very difficult to define a good time to visit different places. However, we consider that the best season is from April to November. For the Salkantay Trek, the hottest season is from December to March, but it is also the rainy season. That is why we think that it is more pleasant to do a sunny but cold excursion than a warm but rainy excursion. For this reason, we recommend doing it preferably between May and December. It should be noted that the Salkantay Trek is open every day of the year except in February due to heavy rains.

How many days of acclimatization do I need before starting the Salkantay Trek?

If you come from a country that is less than 500 meters above sea level. We recommend that you spend at least 2 days in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude before starting the Salkantay Trek.

How long in advance should I make my reservation for the Salkantay Trek?

You must make the reservation at least 15 days in advance. Since the spaces to Machu Picchu are quickly exhausted. If the number of spaces is exhausted, you will have to choose another alternative date. For this reason we recommend you book in advance.

Do I have to make a deposit to guarantee my Salkantay Trek reservation?

Yes, no reservation will be guaranteed unless you have made a payment of a deposit of 200 per person through our 2 payment methods mentioned in our Book Now form. Important: None of the requested deposits include transaction fees.

What about the outstanding balance?

The outstanding balance can be given in cash the day before your trip in Cusco, it can be in dollars or soles, and if you prefer to use PayPal (a service fee of 6% applies). Also, you can pay us only by Visa credit card at our office (5% service fee applies). Let us know which of the payment methods is your preference.
NOTE: Payment must be made 1 day before your trip.

The tour must be paid in full no later than 7:00 pm one day before your departure (usually after the briefing).

Where will the information session take place?

This meeting will be held the night before the departure of the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days 4 nights at 6:00 pm in our office located on Portal de Panes street, office 201 (second floor). Plaza de armas de cusco. We can also coordinate that you carry out this informative talk in the lobby of your hotel, apartment, hostel or family home in Cusco.

How old do I have to be to do the Salkantay Trek?

People of all ages (from children, teenagers to retirees) are suitable to complete this trek as age is not a barrier if you have a positive mindset and an active lifestyle.
However, for all people over 60 to 70 years of age, we recommend that you visit your doctor before doing the Inca Trail. You must also bring us the signed authorization from your doctor indicating that you are fit to travel the Inca Trail or Salkantay Trek.

Canvas bag or canvas case?

You will receive a duffel bag or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will carry them along the way and deliver them when you arrive at each camp. They measure 2 ft x 1 ft (64 cm long x 36 cm wide).

A maximum of 7 kg / 15 lbs is allowed for each duffel bag, including the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothing and other personal items.

Can I store my luggage in your office?

Of course! During the trip, you can leave or store the things that you will not take on the trek at your hotel where you are staying. Most of these establishments have warehouses where they will store your things (at no extra cost). If you do not trust the place where you are staying, we will gladly store your belongings in our office.

The “Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu 4D/3N” is available any day of the year. We did not do this hike in all of February due to heavy rains.

PRICE: US$ 550 per person

PRE-PAYMENT: US$ 200 per person

BALANCE: US$ 350 (commonly paid in Cusco after the informative talk)

Deposit charges

Please note that PayPal charges a 5% fee, which we ask the customer to cover as it is due to the use of their service. This tax is for online deposits only.

price guarantee

This small group tour is guaranteed to operate with only two guests.

We like to think that we trek a little differently than our competitors. We stand by our clients and guarantee that we comply 100% with our prices and our departure dates on all our trips.

Extras and updates

Huayna Picchu Mountain:

Huayna Picchu is the mountain that is next to Machu Picchu. It’s a 45 minute hike to the top. Note that going back down is quite steep. So if you have a fear of heights, this may not be a hike you enjoy. You would do this after your Machu Picchu tour and there is an additional fee. Arrangements must be made at least a month or two in advance due to popularity.

You can access this service for an additional payment of US$ 60.00 per person.

Vistadome 360° train (panoramic train):

The Vistadome 360° train offers a different way of traveling to the citadel. The cars have panoramic windows located on the walls and ceilings of the cars, which allow you to have a connection with the outside. Also, on the return trip you can enjoy a fashion show on board that will show you an exclusive collection of baby alpaca garments with the latest trends which you can purchase if you wish. The Vistadome 360° train brings the landscapes of the route to Machu Picchu closer in a unique way, making passengers feel part of the nature that surrounds them.

You can access this service for an additional payment of US$ 45.00 per person.

Additional Items

Sleeping bag: $45.00

Poles (pair): $45.00

student discount

$25.00 discount

Student discounts apply to anyone under the age of 17.

TOUR PRICE

SHORT SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

4D & 3N

Price from: US$550 per Person



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