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FULFIL YOUR DREAM OF EXPLORING MACHU PICCHU

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Find yourself in Peru

Find yourself in Peru

Connect with the essence of Peru

FULFIL YOUR DREAM OF EXPLORING MACHU PICCHU

Suggested Program: Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu

Of all the various treks to Machu Picchu, none can compete with the Salkantay trekking tour in terms of scenery. It’s a spectacular route, passing through jungles and mountain passes, and dotted with azure lagoons. And at the heart of the Machu Picchu mountain hike is Salkantay Mountain, which at 6,271 m (20,574 ft) is the highest peak in the Vilcabamba mountain range and the twelfth-highest in Peru. 

Our 8 day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu hiking tour traverses the flank of this sacred mountain, offering some of the most awe-inspiring views in Peru. It’s one of the more challenging alternative routes to Machu Picchu, simply because of the high altitude. But it also receives far fewer trekkers than the classic Inca Trail, so you can walk through this natural and remote paradise comparatively free from fellow humans – but you might have to share the stunning scenery with Andean condors and other local wildlife. Why don’t you try off season? March, April, September and October are particularly good months, either side of high season, the weather is still decent and there are fewer people!

Highlights

Special features of our Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu:

  • Type of Tourism:  Hiking, Cultural, Nature and Ecotourism
  • Places To Visit: Cusco, Salkantay, & Machu Picchu
  • Duration:   8 Days and 7 Nights
  • Type of Service:  some tours are small group service tours, and other tours are private
  • Accommodation:   4-star hotels at every destination that you will visit. These hotels have been carefully chosen, and we guarantee you will feel comfortable and pampered.
Discover the Salkantay trek

What´s Included

Accommodation

3 Nights in Cusco. Alternatives: 

1 Night in Aguas Calientes. Alternatives:  

3 nights Camping:

  • Soraypampa Camp (1night), Challway or Andenes Camp (1 night), La Playa Camp (1night).

 

Meals

  • Day 1: Not Included
  • Day 2: Breakfast 
  • Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7: Breakfast
  • Day 8: Breakfast 

     *If you would like vegetarian meals or require a special diet, please let us know in advance.

Services

  • Transport: Private or share 
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Salkantay Trail and Machupicchu  
  • Arrival and departure transfer  
  • Briefing to the tour one day before the trek at 19h00
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities  
  • Professional English-speaking guide service
  • Salkantay and Machupicchu entrance fee 
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo 
  • First aid kit 
  • Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back on the second day 
  • 24/7 support and emergency line available throughout the itinerary 

Price
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Total Days
8

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Discover the Salkantay trek


DISCOVER THE SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

The Salkantay trek is one of the most popular treks in the Cusco region after the Inca Trail. What do you need to bring, what is the best time to do the Salkantay trek, how tough is it, and how can you prepare yourself adequately?

Some planning can help you have the trek in the Andes of a lifetime, and here, we may even convince you that you should do the Salkantay Trek instead of the world-famous Inca Trail!

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Day 1

Arrival to Cusco

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Day 2

Cusco Open Day

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Day 3

Salkantay Trek to Soraypampa Camp

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Day 4

Salkantay Trek Through the Mountains

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Day 5

Salkantay Trek Through the Cloud Forest

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Day 6

Salkantay Trek to Llactapata and onto Aguas Calientes

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Day 7

Machu Picchu in all its Glory (and Return to Cusco)

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Day 8

Cusco Airport

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FAQs

For the first night, which is a cold one, we need good warm gear, for the morning on day two we will need warm equipment as well, but after that, the weather warms up during the day so light clothes, T-shirt, bathing suit is recommended.

You can read a complete packing list recommendation for your trek to Salkantay here: Packing List For Trekking in Peru (valenciatravelcusco.com)

As part of the Packing List, waterproof items are strongly suggested, preferably when the trip takes place during the rainy season.

If the trip is going to take place during the dry season, but in the mornings and the afternoons it is pretty cold, it is necessary to suggest a down jacket of 500 to 800 Gr.

You can rent the items/services, for example, Walking sticks, a sleeping bag, an extra porter, an inflatable mattress, and buy additional tours upon arrival, for instance, Cusco City tour, Sacred Valley, Rainbow Mountain, etc.

Valencia Travel recommends all guests bring travel insurance for treks to protect their integrity and belongings, such as luggage.

Yes, you may have only one day of acclimatization, but it is recommended that you have at least two days of acclimatization before your trip.

It is suggested that you have at least two days of acclimatization to avoid any eventuality with the passenger. You may suffer from altitude sickness; food might taste bad, etc. Etc.

Money for unforeseen matters: We suggest bringing 300 to 400 Peruvian soles per hiker for any situation along the Inca trail.

We suggest that guests have a backpack of 45 liters maximum. More than that is not recommended because of the physical effort required to meet the day's objective.

It is more challenging than the Inca trail regarding altitude and distances. Day 2 is much longer than the Inca trail, and most guests consider it a brutal descent!

Boiled water is provided three times a day.

Every trek we operate has an evacuation plan. If the event occurs before the pass, the evacuation is by horse to the closest road and then by car to the nearest health center in Mollepata. If the event occurs after the pass, the evacuation is by horse to Chaullay and then by car to the nearest health center in Santa Teresa.

The extra cost will be a train ticket to Aguas Calientes if guests are too tired to keep hiking after the Llactapata trek to Aguas Calientes.

Guests can visit coffee plantations where the experience is shared, and customers can enjoy coffee and contribute to the local economy.

 

 

Dining tent: hand-made

Passenger tent: Eureka

Bathroom tent: Eureka

Kitchen tent: hand-made

Mat (Sponge and inflatable for Premium programs)

Trekking poles: Black Diamond

Kitchenware (Stainless steel)

Radios: Motorola

Passenger Duffels: hand-made

Porters Duffels:hand-made

Lamps: Quechua

 

 

Most clients ask about tipping at the end of their trek with Valencia. Tipping is 100% voluntary and should only be done if you feel your guide porters and chefs have done a fantastic job. We hope every trip is a lifetime experience.

 

Generally, groups give pooled tips shared between the cook and all porters, including the head porter, and are usually given on the last night of the trek.  If the group pools money together and each porter receives 60 soles at the end, and your cook receives double that, 120 soles, they will end with a great tip! Often, the tip for your guide is done personally and is generally 50 soles per traveler. 

 

Valencia Travel Cusco tries to distinguish itself from other companies by treating our porters well.  We believe they are the hardest workers on our treks and ensure they are equipped with proper hiking equipment and clothing. If you have any equipment you bought for your trip that you don't believe will ever use again. You can donate it to a porter, and he will be unbelievably grateful! Headlamps, sleeping bags, and even warm socks are great things to be presented to your porters.  

 

Remember that tipping is discretionary. If you don't think tipping is necessary for a particular circumstance, please don't tip. These recommendations guide people planning to tip and who want to know the customary amount.

The company supplies toilet paper, but a limited amount per day. If there are 16 passengers, a minimum of 10 rolls of paper are taken and placed in the portable toilet, but if the client requires more, they should take additional rolls for personal use.

Every day when guests wake up, the team gives guests tea, coffee, and hot water so they can clean up.

Guests are given hot water in the morning for personal hygiene and also at night for that purpose.

For Trekking and Hiking, we suggest waterproof shoes. If guests don’t bring waterproof shoes, we recommend bringing another pair of shoes. If clothes get wet, they might dry in the kitchen, but it is not usual, and the guide has to approve this. Waterproof articles and suitable objects to carry out the adventure.

Our chefs are the best, and they are happy to cook special dietary requests! Vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, vegetarian, flexitarians. Comment your nutritional recommendations to your sales representative upon booking.

Valencia Travel suggests that customers only carry essential things during their expedition. For example, a camera, a bottle of water, a small day pack in which you can take your snack, items you will use during the walk, for example, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. Sometimes some medicine. Hence, it depends on someone, etc.

 

Other things you want to take: we suggest hiring an extra Porter so that you are not carrying out an expedition with enough weight; it is about the client enjoying the route taking pictures, talking with colleagues, and with the guide. It should be an enjoyable experience.

The temperature may drop to 23F.

The sleeping bag specifically recommended is -20 ° below zero; that is the type of sleeping bag that Valencia Travel also rents and is more than enough to rest and keep warm at night.

The bathrooms are implemented from noon at lunchtime. At the entry point, there is a bathroom, so it is not necessary to install it. (generally, the bathroom is installed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day after the start of the adventure)

During the Inca Trail, if you cross rivers, you will see waterfalls and a small lagoon, you will be walking within flora and fauna, and if you are lucky, you will be able to see different species such as foxes, deers, etc.

The procedure is simple. The client has to return in the event of an upset stomach, altitude sickness, or any discomfort that they present, but that allows them to walk with a Porter to the starting point in the case of the Inca Trail. (Up to km82)

 

If you have any physical injury, four porters accompanied by a park ranger will evacuate to the closest point where there is First Aid and vehicular access. They would have to return from Day 2 to kilometer 82.

 

From the third day, the injured guest must be evacuated to kilometer 108 via Wiñayhuayna.

The visit to the thermal baths of Cocalmayo in Santa Teresa is optional; if you wish to go, there are extra costs for transportation, and you will also have to pay entrance fees to the thermal baths.

For the first night, which is a cold one, we need good warm gear, for the morning on day two we will need warm equipment as well, but after that, the weather warms up during the day so light clothes, T-shirt, bathing suit is recommended.

You can read a complete packing list recommendation for your trek to Salkantay here: Packing List For Trekking in Peru (valenciatravelcusco.com)

As part of the Packing List, waterproof items are strongly suggested, preferably when the trip takes place during the rainy season.

If the trip is going to take place during the dry season, but in the mornings and the afternoons it is pretty cold, it is necessary to suggest a down jacket of 500 to 800 Gr.

You can rent the items/services, for example, Walking sticks, a sleeping bag, an extra porter, an inflatable mattress, and buy additional tours upon arrival, for instance, Cusco City tour, Sacred Valley, Rainbow Mountain, etc.

Valencia Travel recommends all guests bring travel insurance for treks to protect their integrity and belongings, such as luggage.

Yes, you may have only one day of acclimatization, but it is recommended that you have at least two days of acclimatization before your trip.

It is suggested that you have at least two days of acclimatization to avoid any eventuality with the passenger. You may suffer from altitude sickness; food might taste bad, etc. Etc.

Money for unforeseen matters: We suggest bringing 300 to 400 Peruvian soles per hiker for any situation along the Inca trail.

We suggest that guests have a backpack of 45 liters maximum. More than that is not recommended because of the physical effort required to meet the day's objective.

It is more challenging than the Inca trail regarding altitude and distances. Day 2 is much longer than the Inca trail, and most guests consider it a brutal descent!

Boiled water is provided three times a day.

Every trek we operate has an evacuation plan. If the event occurs before the pass, the evacuation is by horse to the closest road and then by car to the nearest health center in Mollepata. If the event occurs after the pass, the evacuation is by horse to Chaullay and then by car to the nearest health center in Santa Teresa.

The extra cost will be a train ticket to Aguas Calientes if guests are too tired to keep hiking after the Llactapata trek to Aguas Calientes.

Guests can visit coffee plantations where the experience is shared, and customers can enjoy coffee and contribute to the local economy.

 

 

Dining tent: hand-made

Passenger tent: Eureka

Bathroom tent: Eureka

Kitchen tent: hand-made

Mat (Sponge and inflatable for Premium programs)

Trekking poles: Black Diamond

Kitchenware (Stainless steel)

Radios: Motorola

Passenger Duffels: hand-made

Porters Duffels:hand-made

Lamps: Quechua

 

 

Most clients ask about tipping at the end of their trek with Valencia. Tipping is 100% voluntary and should only be done if you feel your guide porters and chefs have done a fantastic job. We hope every trip is a lifetime experience.

 

Generally, groups give pooled tips shared between the cook and all porters, including the head porter, and are usually given on the last night of the trek.  If the group pools money together and each porter receives 60 soles at the end, and your cook receives double that, 120 soles, they will end with a great tip! Often, the tip for your guide is done personally and is generally 50 soles per traveler. 

 

Valencia Travel Cusco tries to distinguish itself from other companies by treating our porters well.  We believe they are the hardest workers on our treks and ensure they are equipped with proper hiking equipment and clothing. If you have any equipment you bought for your trip that you don't believe will ever use again. You can donate it to a porter, and he will be unbelievably grateful! Headlamps, sleeping bags, and even warm socks are great things to be presented to your porters.  

 

Remember that tipping is discretionary. If you don't think tipping is necessary for a particular circumstance, please don't tip. These recommendations guide people planning to tip and who want to know the customary amount.

The company supplies toilet paper, but a limited amount per day. If there are 16 passengers, a minimum of 10 rolls of paper are taken and placed in the portable toilet, but if the client requires more, they should take additional rolls for personal use.

Every day when guests wake up, the team gives guests tea, coffee, and hot water so they can clean up.

Guests are given hot water in the morning for personal hygiene and also at night for that purpose.

For Trekking and Hiking, we suggest waterproof shoes. If guests don’t bring waterproof shoes, we recommend bringing another pair of shoes. If clothes get wet, they might dry in the kitchen, but it is not usual, and the guide has to approve this. Waterproof articles and suitable objects to carry out the adventure.

Our chefs are the best, and they are happy to cook special dietary requests! Vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, vegetarian, flexitarians. Comment your nutritional recommendations to your sales representative upon booking.

Valencia Travel suggests that customers only carry essential things during their expedition. For example, a camera, a bottle of water, a small day pack in which you can take your snack, items you will use during the walk, for example, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. Sometimes some medicine. Hence, it depends on someone, etc.

 

Other things you want to take: we suggest hiring an extra Porter so that you are not carrying out an expedition with enough weight; it is about the client enjoying the route taking pictures, talking with colleagues, and with the guide. It should be an enjoyable experience.

The temperature may drop to 23F.

The sleeping bag specifically recommended is -20 ° below zero; that is the type of sleeping bag that Valencia Travel also rents and is more than enough to rest and keep warm at night.

The bathrooms are implemented from noon at lunchtime. At the entry point, there is a bathroom, so it is not necessary to install it. (generally, the bathroom is installed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day after the start of the adventure)

During the Inca Trail, if you cross rivers, you will see waterfalls and a small lagoon, you will be walking within flora and fauna, and if you are lucky, you will be able to see different species such as foxes, deers, etc.

The procedure is simple. The client has to return in the event of an upset stomach, altitude sickness, or any discomfort that they present, but that allows them to walk with a Porter to the starting point in the case of the Inca Trail. (Up to km82)

 

If you have any physical injury, four porters accompanied by a park ranger will evacuate to the closest point where there is First Aid and vehicular access. They would have to return from Day 2 to kilometer 82.

 

From the third day, the injured guest must be evacuated to kilometer 108 via Wiñayhuayna.

The visit to the thermal baths of Cocalmayo in Santa Teresa is optional; if you wish to go, there are extra costs for transportation, and you will also have to pay entrance fees to the thermal baths.


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