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Duration: 5 Days and 4 Nights
Location: CUSCO
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salkantay mountain trek


Type of Tour: Trekking, Adventure.
Highlights: Salkantay, Humantay, Machu Picchu.
Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights.
Best Season: March to December.
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging.
Max. Altitude: 4650 mts. (15256 ft.)
Good For: Over 16 years old, People who like adventure and nature with considerable levels of physical activity for walking. Those in moderate shape, or better.

This is an alternative hike to the Inca Trail, considered one of the best 50 Hikes in South America by National Geographic, this for its well-known natural beauty, on the way you will find splendid landscapes, mountains, lagoons and snowy mountains like the majestic Salkantay, the second highest of Cusco; the trail passes through different altitudinal levels typical of the region, from the frigid zone of the Andes to the high jungle that is the mixture between the Andes and the jungle, where you will also find plantations of bananas, orange, coffee and the sacred plant of coca, the last day you will arrive at Machu Picchu. This is the best trail for those tourists who love to be in contact with nature; Get ready for this adventure.

This trek starts and finishes in Cusco city, for this reason the passenger must arrive at least a day before the trek (recommended 2 days) to be well-acclimatized to the altitude, the highest point in the whole the trail is located at 4650 meters above sea level (15255.91 feets), also to perform this trek with ease the passenger must have a reasonable physical condition.


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We teach and advise you how to arrive in Cusco in the best way, taking a plane or by bus from Lima, Arequipa, Puerto Maldonado, Tacna or La Paz (Bolivia), also we will give you ideas to find accommodation in Cusco

One day before your tour departure you will have a briefing in our office or in your hotel, where we will give you maps and more information about this tour.

We book your entrance ticket to Salkantay and Machu Picchu, and extra entrance for hiking the two mountains (Huayna Picchu or Cerro Machupicchu) if you require it, you don’t need to waste time making a huge lines or queue or searching where you can get this ticket.

We provide you adequate food (hot food – prepared – and served on a table) you can choose vegetarian and vegan option with no extra fees.

Our Tents with capacity for 4 people are used only for 2 people, your comfort is assured, we use inflatable mattresses and if you want we rent sleeping bags of Feather or Synthetics of -10 ° C.

We will make you understand why you are going around the Sacred path of Salkantay and Machu Picchu; our tour guide will give you the most accurate and updated information about plants, animals and the marvelous place of Machupicchu to become your trip in a spectacular experience.

We provide you a safe trip; all our services are organized with vehicles well-conditioned, all of them with all the permissions require to work in tourism, and also all our staff and instructors are very well trained to give you the best trip.

We give you facilities to make the payment in two parts, 50% when you book the tour and the balance once you arrive in Cusco, we accept safe payment methods like PayPal, Credit or Debit card VISA, MASTER CARD, also you can wire money via Western Union, Money Gram.


Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Soraypampa.

We pick you up at 4:30 a.m. from your accommodation, then we’ll leave by bus (two and a half hours) to Mollepata Village (2800 m.a.s.l.) in this place you will have time for breakfast while we are getting ready our staff to put on the horses (the horses will carry the camping equipment, food supplies and 06 more kilos per each passenger), then we continue in a car for one extra hour to arrive in Challancancha (3650 m.a.s.l/ 11975 feet), from here we will start to hike 3 hours to arrive in SORAYPAMPA (3920 m.a.s.l./12861 feet) in this place will be our first camping site, after lunch we have the option to go up to the upper part of the camping site to see the beautiful HUMANTAY lake with its unparalleled view(4200 meters/13780 feet) this will be an extra 3 hours hike (up and down), then we'll go back to our camping site where we’ll spend the first night.

Walking Distance: 12 km (7.46 Miles) - 5 and 1/2 Hours.
Height at the start of the hiking: 3600 MSNM. (11811 PSNM)
Max. Altitude: 4200 MNSM (13779 PSNM)
Meals provided: Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Tents (4 season tent) the tent is fixed inside a thatched roof.

Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Chaullay.

We will get up early to have a consistent breakfast, then we start to hike uphill 3 hours to arrive at the Salkantay Pass (4650 m.a.s.l./15256 feet) up there you will find a beautiful landscape with the huge snow-capped mountains as Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay, and Pumasillo, also we will see a small lake around Soyrococha then we will continue our route to downhill 3 hours to arrive in Huayracmachay where we will have a well-deserved lunch, after taking a short rest, we start to descend to the high jungle 3 hours, the scenery change around this section because we will find more vegetation proper in this area, then we arrive in CHAULLAY (2900 m.a.s.l./9514 feet), our second campsite to rest this second night.

Walking Distance: 22 km (14 Miles) - 9 Hours.
Height at the start of the hiking: 3920 MASL. (12861 PASL)
Max. Altitude: 4650 MASL (15256 PASL)
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation: Tents (4 season tent).

Day 3: Chaullay - Playa Sahuayaco - Santa Teresa.

After breakfast we will continue the trek, this day we will enter to a zone known as EYEBROW OF JUNGLE, which is like high jungle, here we will find different plantations of fruits, such as bananas, oranges, pineapples, cocoa, mandarins, plantations of coffee, coca, and other plants, also we will pass for a small waterfall of pure water of the mountains, arriving at SAHUAYACO, low part that is located near the river, it will be the perfect place to have lunch and take a rest, then we will take you 30 minutes by minibus to arrive at SANTA TERESA (1600 m.a.s.l./5249 f.a.s.l.)(the Passengers can walk but this hike would be by the bus route), at this place we will rest this night; after have walked six hours, in the afternoon we will have the option to go to the hot spring to take a bath in the warm and clean water, to go there, we’ll have to walk 45 minutes or we’ll have the option to take a minibus - colectivos we can pay 7 or 10 soles, after that we’ll return to the campsite to rest this night.

Walking Distance: 14 km (8 Miles) - 5 Hours.
Height at the start of the hiking: 3920 MASL. (12861 FASL)
Max. Altitude: 2900 MASL (9514 FASL)
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation: Tents (4 season tent).

Day 4: Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes.

This day, we will continue the trek to arrive in the village of Machu Picchu, the hike will be 5 to 6 hours, we will stop at some waterfalls, where we’ll have the option to take a bath refreshing then arrive at hydroelectric, where we will have lunch and then continue our course to the village of Machu Picchu AGUAS CALIENTES (2050 m.a.s.l./6726 f.a.s.l.), here will have the afternoon off to rest or also have the option to visit the hot springs these are located in the upper part of the village; after dinner, we’ll go to rest early thinking in the tour of the next day, MACHU PICCHU. (NIGHT IN HOSTEL).

(*) In the morning (before to hike) you have the option to go on the ZIP LINE tour, this is pretty fun and has an extra price.

Walking Distance: 20 km (12.5 Miles) - 6 Hours.
Height at the start of the hiking: 1600 MASL. (5249 FASL)
Max. Altitude: 2050 MASL (6726 FASL)
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation: Hostel (Private rooms with bathroom).

Day 5: Machupicchu - Cusco.

We’ll get up early in the morning (4:30 a.m.), to start to walk up to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu (Passengers have the option to take a bus instead walk, this has an extra price, can be paid there), this is to have the option to see the sunrise up there, once you arrive you will have free time to use restroom, then we join all the group and the guide to get into the Inca Site, after taking the first pictures our guide will give us information about the history and architecture (this guided tour will last two hours approximately), then you’ll have free time (2 or 3 hours) to walk around and take pictures yourself, also if you want, you will have the option to climb up to Waynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountain, in the afternoon we have to go down again to Aguas Calientes, where you’ll have time to have lunch, then we’ll take our train to return to Ollantaytambo, (we’ll have three different train schedules) and in this place our staff will be waiting for you to bring you back by bus to CUSCO (22:30 hrs.). You can ask for an earlier train departure to be back in Cusco before, this has an extra price.

OPTIONAL: Hike to Waynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountain, NOTICE To have the classic view that appears on the postcards you don't need to climb any of these mountains, these are extra hikes that you have as an option to have panoramic views from the top of the mountains, Waynapicchu (SEE PICTURE) It is a hike of two and a half hours (Up and Down) approximately and the Machu Picchu Mountain (SEE PICTURE) it is a hike of three and a half hours (Up and Down) approximately.

Walking Distance: 5 km (3.11 Miles) - 2 Hours.
Height at the start of the hiking: 2050 MASL. (6726 FASL)
Max. Altitude: 2450 MASL (6726 FASL)
Meals provided: Breakfast.



map Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu




Briefing: A day before your tour departure we brief you with the most important information about tris trek, this will be in our office at 18:30 hrs. We are flexible with this schedule, we understand you would like to enjoy Cusco, so if you are in a tour and arrive after do not worry. 
Pick up at your Hotel: We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco (If it is located around a street where our minibuses can not reach, our guide will go to your hotel and take you to where the bus is.).
Transport: Transportation for our groups To go from Cusco to Mollepata (2 and 1/2 hours), then to Challacancha (45 minutes), and from Sahuayaco to Santa Teresa (1 hour).
Camping Equipment: Tents for sleeping (4 seasons) with capacity for 4 people where only get in 2 people in each (so you have more room inside), Dinning and Kitchen tents, tables, chairs and also a camping inflatable mattress.
Meals: 04 Breakfast, 04 Lunches, 04 Dinners + Wake Up Coca tea in each morning at the campsites (Vegetarian and vegan option with no extra cost)
Professional Tour Guides: All our staff of guides are English speaking, well-trained and with a lot of experience in this route and Machu Picchu, they are ready to create a great experience for you and will have you arrive in Machu Picchu safe and sound.
First aid kit: Our guides carry some basic medication and oxygen for any trouble in the trail.
Support Staff: Auxiliar Tour Guide when we go more than 13 people, Cook and Assistant (They are specialized in cooking on the mountains), horsemen (they will help to take the horses in the way).
Horses/Mules: They will carry camping equipment, food supplies, and 06 kilos/13lbs per each passenger.
01 Night in Accommodation in Aguas Calientes All rooms are with private bathroom and hot Shower.
Entrance fee to Machu Picchu: We will book and getting ready your ticket for this very important place in all the trail.
Train Tickets to Return: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (VOYAGER TRAIN - INCARAIL or EXPEDITION TRAIN- PERURAIL) This will be around 18:20 or 19:00 hrs.
Transportation: From Ollantaytambo to Cusco, this service are provided with minibusses of 15 or 20 people (Renault Master or Sprinter Mercedes Benz).

Not Included:

Entrance fee for Waynapicchu Mountain: This is an extra hike of 2 and 1/2 hours from Machu Picchu Citadel, it has an extra cost of US$ 20.00 You have to ask for availability.
Entrance fee for Machu Picchu Mountain: This is an extra hike of 3 and 1/2 hours from has an extra cost of US$ 20.00 You have to ask for availability.
(*) Zip Line tour: This is an optional activity, this lasts 1 and 1/2 hours in the morning on the fourth day (US$ 30.00).
Bus tickets to go up and down in Machupicchu: All the group go walking, if you want to take some of those busses you can buy the tickets there (US$ 12.00 each way).
Sleeping bag: (US$ 15 the rentail for the tour).
Walking sticks: (US$ 20 the rentail for a pair).
Meals: First breakfast, last lunch, special snacks.
Hot Springs: The transportation and Entrance fee for the hot springs is not include but this is not expensive, you have minibusses for S/ 7 or 10 soles and the entrance fee is 15 soles as US$ 8.00 in total
Travel Insurance.
Tips: This is optional, Our staff are not waiting for an expectant amount, any gratitude is really wellcome.



US$ 25.00 Off for people belong to Andean Comunity group (Perú, Colombia, Ecuador y Bolivia).
US$ 20.00 Off for those students with Under graduated student card, (this ID must be made in PVC material and it must have the next requirements: university information, personal student information, student picture, and expiration date valid only for one year, it year must coincide with the year that student visit Machu Picchu, the discount until 25 years old.), the ISIC cards are not valid any more.
US$ 20.00 Discount for under 18 years old.
According to the new regulation of Sustainable Use and Tourist Visit for the conservation of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu 2019, the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is valid only for a single entry to the park (this means: The passenger enter, walk around, go out and can not re-enter again), usually all people stay between 4 to 5 hours into Machu Picchu, if you would like to stay a longer time, you must buy another ticket (US$ 50.00 Extra), the park is open until 17:30 hrs.
Prices are for tours in shared service (group tour), groups of 14 to 18 people per guide, inquire for prices in private tour.
We have departure every day.
To start this tour you have to be at least one day before in Cusco (02 days recommended).


Private Transportation to return: From Ollantaytambo to Cusco US$ 20.00 (Per way, per person); This gives you a pleasant trip without waiting and picking up other people of the group tour.
Train to return at 16:12 hrs. TRAIN 360° Inca Rail (From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo) US$ 30.00 (Per Person); This is another class of train with Taller and wider panoramic windows and an outdoor observatory wagon with bar, this has an excellent schedule, you will arrive in Cusco around 20:20 hrs.
Train to Return at 16:43 hrs. TRAIN VISTADOME - Peru Rail (From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo) US$ 35.00 (Per Person); This is another class of train with panoramic windows located beside and above your seat will bring you close to nature unlike anything you’ve experienced before, this has an excellent schedule, you will arrive in Cusco around 21:00 hrs.

What you need to take

Standard backpack (35 to 40 liters, the idea is you feel very comfortable with what you are carrying).
Warm clothes (jacket, Thermals, fleece, gloves, scarf and beanie), this is for the cold nights.
Waterproof clothes (jacket, pants, and gloves) If you don't have those, you can buy in Cusco a Rain Poncho, the weather on the mountain is very changeable.
Comfortable Hiking shoes (waterproof, the better).
Comfortable clothes as 3 or 4 T-shirts, 2 or 3 pairs of longs pants (leggings works), 3 or 4 pairs of Trekking socks or wool socks, Short (Optional, remember there are mosquitos) 
Sandals (optional, to be chill out at the campsites)
Shorts, t-shirt, trekking boots, sandals, socks.
Hat or cap.
Water purification pills.
Camara or video camera.
Mosquitos repellet.
Rain poncho.
Extra money in soles.
Sun glases.
Walking sticks.



This service in a GROUP TOUR means that you will do the tour with other people, This standard service has 15 to 19 participants, that doesn't mean you have to get that quantity of people to do the tour, we have confirmed departures every day, so, If you are only one or two people do not worry, you can join some of our groups.





This service is an exclusive way to make this trip, where the service is very much where the service is much more personalized, Prices vary according to the number of people in your group:


7 PEOPLE and +: US$ 450 PER PERSON



Complete the booking form or send data of all the travellers to as Full name, passport number, nationality, date of birth, or a copy of passports, indicating the exact date of travel; Our privacy policies are strict, INKA TIME will use this information exclusively to nominate the reservation tickets, we never share this information with third parties.


Choose the best way to pay and make a deposit, for this hike the payment is the 50%; There are 03 ways to pay: Wire money by Western Union, payments via "PAYPAL" and with debit or credit card VISA or MASTER CARD (these last two options have an 8% fee), any extra commissions or fees charged must be assumed by the customer; when you send your information you have to specify the payment method you would like to use, then when we mail you back We will send you a request for payment through the platform you chose; the balance should be paid in our office in Cusco at most a day before your tour, this can be by cash or by credit or debit card (if you choose this second option to pay, you must add 8% of the amount to pay).


Upon receipt of all passenger(S) data and once we received information of your payment, we will send you your receipt (VOUCHER OF RESERVATION), at this moment your reservation will be guaranteed in a 100%. (this will be sent at most in the next 8 hours considering our business hours GMT - 5).

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