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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – All information

The Salkantay Trek is for purists, so for those who know that there is more than just the classic Inca Trail otther Short Inca trail with camping 2 days. If you are doing the Salkantay Trek then you will see that the Incas have made many beautiful paths and many roads lead to Machu Picchu. The Salkantay Trek is not for the faint of heart. You must have some of that Salkantay courage in your veins. Do you think you are enough of Salkantay? Here we go! Either you came here to read this blog post because you already know that the Salkantay trek is the most beautiful trek in the Cusco region or you explore alternatives after you find out that there are no permits for the classic Inca Trail

What is the Salkantay Trek?

The Salkantay Trek is one of the many treks you can find in the Cusco region of Peru. At approximately 75km / 46miles and approximately 3,000m / 10,000ft, this hike is difficult compared to the other trekking opportunities in the area. A typical Salkantay trek begins in Cusco, from where you will be picked up from your hotel and then transferred to Mollepata or Soraypampa.

A big advantage of the Salkantay trek is that you can not only see Machu Picchu, but also Llaqtapata. Llaqtapata, is an archaeological site located about 5 kilometers from Machu Picchu. It is believed that Llaqtapata was a resting place on the way to Machu Picchu at the time of the Incas. Even today Llaqtapata is used as a rest stop on some walks. Make sure you choose the right itinerary if you want to stay here.

Salkantay

The Salkantay Tour is all about the Salkantay Pass. These 4,580m are the highlight of the Salkantay trek and one of the reasons why the Salkantay trek is no easier. Walking at this altitude may cause altitude sicknesses. Below, we’ll tell you what you can do to prevent that from happening to you.

The Salkantay trek was named after Salkantay Mountain, also known as Salcantay or Sallqantay, in Quechua. It is the highest peak of the Vilcabamba Mountains and is referred to as Savage Mountain. Because the word Sallqantay means something like uncivilized, savage or invincible. Do you see now why we ask you if you are Salkantay enough?

How difficult is the Salkantay trek?

We hope that we did not scare you in our last paragraph. One might think that the Salkantay trek is extremely difficult. But do not worry, that’s not it. None of the routes for the hikes to Machu Picchu are for mountaineers. All offered routes are designed with a tourist background. This means that anyone with moderate fitness should be able to undertake these walks. The same goes for the Salkantay Trek. It’s not easy, but it’s definitely not too difficult for you.

However, when you look at the Salkantay Trek, you have to be aware of a few things. We will list them here for you:

  • Spend at least one additional day in Cusco to get used to the altitude.
  • The second day of the Salkantay trek is the hardest.
  • Do not hound yourself. Enjoy it.
  • Once you cross the Salkantay Pass, it will be easier.

If you have problems on the first day of the Salkantay trek, you can rent a horse for the second day at any time. This can help to reduce the hardship when climbing to the Salkantay Pass. You will not need any support for the rest of your trip, because then you can enjoy more descents and flat trails.

When is the best time to do the Salkantay Trek?

If you are thinking of going on a hike on the Salkantay Trek, it is good to know what you are getting into. The area of ​​Cusco in Peru knows two different seasons. There are the dry season and the rainy season. The dry season lasts from April to October, the driest months are June, July and August. This is also the busiest season of the year. Do not worry, you’re not doing the classic Inca Trail, so you do not have to worry too much about approvals.

The rainy season is from November to March and the worst months for trekking to Machu Picchu are December, January and February. It’s not impossible, but you should ask yourself if it’s worth it. Oh, you like rain? Then do it! At least the Salkantay Trail, unlike the classic Inca Trail, is not closed in February.

How much does the Salkantay Trek cost?

This is not an unimportant question. If you want to get as much out of your Euros, Dollars or Sols as possible, you should consider your options carefully. Most people prefer to do the Salkantay trek with a trekking company, but of course you can do it on your own. Below is a rough estimate of the cost of your upcoming Salkantay trek.

Guided Salkantay Trek

The cost of your guided Salkantay trek depends heavily on the trekking company offering your tour. There are many possibilities and therefore a lot of competition. But they do not just depend on the competition. For example, some trekking companies offer an extra night in Llaqtapata, while others simply stop there and hike directly to Aguas Calientes. Expensive is not always better. For example, some companies are more specialized in the Lares trek & short Inca trail 5 days or the Inca Jungle Trek and therefore have more costs to operate the Salkantay Trek.

The cost of a guided Salkantay Trek is between $600 to $700. That’s a huge difference, considering that every trek is pretty much the same route and ends at Machu Picchu. Depending on which trekking company, a 5-day hike at one company can sometimes be even cheaper than a 4-day hike at another company. See our offers for the Salkantay Trek and compare your options. The prices for your guided Salkantay trek are always without accommodation in Cusco. These costs must be added to your cost overview if the only reason for traveling there is trekking and visiting Machu Picchu.

Hike Salkantay Trek on your own

You do not necessarily need to hire a trekking company to start your Salkantay trek. Although you will not have the benefit of a tour guide, solid accommodation, cooked meals and porters, you can definitely do it alone. If you think about crossing the Salkantay Pass yourself, the following costs may apply to you:

$Prices

Group Service

  • 2018 – Price service per person US$640.00 (adults)

Private Group Price

  • 2018 – Price service per person US$670.00 ( adults)
  • Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).

Discounts

  • Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
  • Under 18’s Discount: US$20

Optional upgrade:

  • Sleeping Bag US$20
  • Hiking Pole US$15
  • Inflatable Mattress US$20
  • Single Tent Supplement US$35

Optional Extras

Optional upgrade (Need to book in advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mts climbing:  USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mts climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Vistadome Train Aguas Calientes-Cusco: USD50.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance)
  • Rainbow Mountain 1 Day
  • Sacred Valley Tour 1 Day

How high is the Salkantay Pass?

The Salkantay Pass is your biggest obstacle during the Salkantay trek. The pass has a height of 4,600 m / 15,100 ft above sea level. On a typical Salkantay trek, you’ll probably cross the Salkantay Pass on the second day. It is important to relax while crossing the pass. If you’re prone to altitude sickness, that’s where it can happen. Fortunately, as soon as you cross the Salkantay Pass, you will descend fairly quickly. This helps with acclimatization and should eliminate the worst symptoms of altitude sickness.

Altitude sickness during the Salkantay trek.

Mountain sickness (AMS) can ruin your trip to Machu Picchu. Often, people are in a hurry to make an Inca Trail like the Salkantay and fly over Lima, which is at sea level. Then they find themselves back in Cusco, which is located at an altitude of 3,399 meters. To give you an impression: Mountaineers like to climb so-called three thousand meter peaks, mountains at 3000 meters above sea level. You know that Cusco is already high. From Cusco it goes even higher, because the Salkantay Trek crosses the Salkantay Pass at 4,600 m. That’s a solid four thousand. The dangers of altitude sickness should therefore be taken seriously.

Mountain sickness

Our trekking experts recommend all those who are interested in the Salkantay trek to spend at least one day in Cusco. Ideally, you spend two days in Cusco. Why not? There is a lot to do there. It’s a great city and spending some time there will help you get used to the altitude.

Our trekking experts are aware of the dangers of altitude sickness. They have written extra blog articles about AMS trekking in Nepal and know that you should not top Kilimanjaro. Trekking up high has a

golden rule: Listen to your body.

Listen to your body

When your body needs rest, it will tell you. Listen carefully to your body. Be body conscious and talk about the symptoms of altitude sickness. When your body sends the signals, let your friends, your guide, your wearers know how you feel and take a break. Do not let it get worse.

Eat as much as you can. Do not give up on your meals, even if you do not like what you have on your plate. Believe us; you will enjoy the food in Peru. Your body works hard and needs a lot of carbohydrates to create the distances and overcome the altitude during the hike. Forget about your diet and buy some extra snickers. Trekking is hard work and can easily burn more than 4,000 calories a day. Actually that is one of the reasons why you can love trekking! Eat, your body will thank you.

Alcohol and Coca Leaves

If you drink alcohol, you will probably drink it during your Salkantay trek. Some trekking companies have the ritual on the Sakantay Pass to drink a quick booze. Be careful though, as it will not necessarily help your acclimatization. You will need to increase your water intake. It’s a lot easier when it’s hot and you’re sweating, but at high altitude you have to be disciplined. Drink 3 to 5 liters per day and, if possible, some tea. You’re hiking and not celebrating – so let (most of) the alcohol be toasting after the trip. Alcohol stimulates mountain sickness, and not just because alcohol dehydrates you.

The Incas used coca leaves (or mate) as a remedy for diseases and physical problems. Even today, coca leaves are used locally to suppress the effects of altitude sickness. Do not tell your mother we told you that, but just give it a try.

Last but not least: Choose a longer itinerary. You can do the Salkantay Trek, but if you do it in 5 days, not only will you be able to enjoy the Salkantay Trek longer, but it will also help your acclimatization. Longer is always better.

Itinerary: 5-day Salkantay Trek

If you’re looking for a travel itinerary that covers everything you need to see, plus accommodation, tour guides and porters, you can opt for the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days. Poppy from where’s Poppy did the same and even made some useful videos that give an idea of ​​what awaits you on the Salkantay Trek. A video is worth a thousand words!

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake

Your adventure begins with the pickup from the hotel or hostel. Prepare for a 4-hour bus ride. After half of the journey, a break of 20 or 30 minutes will be taken in Mollepata at an altitude of 2,900 m. Then head straight to the last bus stop in Challacancha, where you meet your porters and horses, who carry the equipment and where the trek begins. When you arrive in Soraypampa at 3,900 meters, a base camp will be built from which you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Sailant Peak. Here is a break to enjoy lunch. After lunch, you will visit Humantay Lake at an altitude of 3,459 meters before returning to base camp in Soraypampa around 5:00 PM. Here the camping team is waiting with a lovingly prepared dinner.

Day 2: Soraypampa – Huayra Pampa – Chaullay

In the early morning you can enjoy your breakfast and fortify yourself for the first stage before starting the 3-hour hike to the highest point of the expedition, the Salkantay Pass (4600 m.). From there, the next stop is Wayracpunku (Huayra Pampa) for our next meal. Then on to the High Jungle, where you can see large trees with outstretched arms that tower far above the streams and are all full of bromeliads and orchids. This hike takes about 5 hours and you reach the camp in Chaullay at 2,900 meters. Here the dinner will take place.

Day 3: Chaullay – La Playa – Santa Teresa

After breakfast at 6:30 am, we head towards Sahuyaco (La Playa 2,080 m above sea level). This is a great place for lunch. You will then continue your journey in our transport to Santa Teresa at 1,550 meters, where the base camp will be built. Here you can look forward to a relaxing reward in Cocalmayo: The Hot Springs. Then you will be able to enjoy a traditional Peruvian dinner and take a break to prepare for the next day.

Day 4: Santa Teresa – Hydroelectrica – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu

The next morning, after a good breakfast, the bus is already waiting. Those who book in advance do zip-lining. The rest of the group goes to the Hydroelectric meeting point, where the whole group gathers after lunch activities. After a little relaxation in this place, the group continues along the railway, which leads through this large jungle, which the Incas knew by heart, to our final destination: Aguas Calientes. We walk about 3 hours and you will see beautiful waterfalls, various organic farms and possibly the diverse wildlife after your arrival in the area (arrival set around 16:00 clock). Here the group stays in a hostel. In the evening everyone meets in a local restaurant, for a great dinner and an informative session about the next trip to Machu Picchu. Then there is still time to visit the city, which offers a wonderful sight after sunset.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Machu Picchu – Cusco

At 4:00 in the morning you will get ready for the ascent to Machu Picchu. The trek follows a climbing path through the high jungle, just in time to see the spectacular sunrise. After passing the control entrance at 6:00 in the morning, the group will make a private tour for 2 hours in the Inca Citadel, later everyone can enjoy Machu Picchu on their own.

In the late afternoon, depending on the departure time of the train, the group descends on foot to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where all are picked up and taken to Cusco. The group must be at the station at least 30 minutes before departure.

What do I have to wrap up on my trip to Salkantay Trek

If you wander the Salkantay Trek on your own, you have to carry everything alone. When you make that decision, we trust that you are aware of what you are getting into, and know how to make it as comfortable as possible during the hike. You will need a lot of things; Things you do not need when traveling with a trekking company. This packing list is for those who have booked with a trekking company and are wondering what they need and what they do not need. Do not need? Quite right: This is one of the additional benefits of booking the Salkantay trek at a trekking company.

The most important

If you pack your things for a trip to Peru and the Salkantay Trek, there are some things that you should not forget. The following points are self-evident 🙂

  • Valid passport (copies will not be accepted)
  • Valid student ID (if you have booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (the important paper you receive when you arrive on the plane)
  • Hiking boots (light, comfortable and broken in)
  • A high-quality daypack (light, small and with good wearing comfort)
  • Water tank for at least 2 liters (eg Camelbak or bottles)

In your backpack

The advantage of booking at a trekking company is that you do not have to take all your belongings on the trails. All you have to do is wear your daypack and you can leave other things with the porters to make your trek more comfortable. Do not compromise on the quality of your day pack. It is important to note that the backpack should not exceed 25 liters due to local regulations. All larger backpacks cannot be brought to Machu Picchu and must be stored outside the gates.

  • Headgear and sunglasses
  • rain clothes
  • Warm clothing (fleece, long-sleeved shirts)
  • Sunscreen, insect spray
  • hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • plaster
  • Camera + extra batteries
  • headlamp
  • Extra snacks, cereal bar, chocolate etc.

Extra money for souvenirs, drinks and gratuities (small change is useful to pay the villagers on the first day)

Extras

The trekking company provides you with a bag that you can fill with all the other stuff you do not need during the day. The maximum weight is usually 7 kg and includes your sleeping bag and the air mattress. We recommend that you bring the lightest things and definitely not pack too much. Bring at least the following items:

  • Sleeping bag (usually can be rented at the trekking company)
  • Air mattress (usually available for hire at the trekking company)
  • Lightweight shoes for the camp
  • Warm jacket, headgear, gloves
  • 2-3 T-Shirts (Breathable)
  • 1-2 hiking pants
  • 4 pairs of underwear
  • 4 pairs of hiking socks
  • 1 fleece
  • 1 warm down jacket for very cold nights
  • Quick drying towel
  • Soap
  • wipes
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Face cream (moisturizer)
  • Charger, power bank
  • Extra (plastic) bag for wet and muddy clothes

If you feel comfortable wearing some of the clothes for several days, you can definitely save some weight for the wearers. The excess baggage can normally be stored at your trekking company. This service is free or a small fee will be charged.

Getting fit for the Salkantay Trek

A sure way to become good at what you do is exercise. The best approach to hiking is hiking. Since you are interested in the Salkantay trek, we assume that you already like to go hiking. Walk a bit more. If you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by hills or even mountains, it’s time to see them more often. When? If you are new, we recommend that you start six months before your scheduled departure. Just go one (or more) hour (s) a week. When you get the hang of it, after about three weeks, it’s time to increase your intensity. Take a package of 10 to 15 kg and complete your week by a longer hike of three hours. If this lifestyle is new to you, you will soon be able to feel the benefits of trekking.

After a good few months of solid hiking, it’s time to put your stamina to the test. Do long consecutive walks. You can simulate constant trekking for a few days by hiking for a few days at a time. That  is quite easy. Plan a smaller trekking holiday or just keep it by hiking your favorite route repeatedly. If you can walk comfortably 4 hours a day, 3 days in a row, and carry a backpack of 10 kg to 15 kg, you will be fine on the Salkantay trek.

Moderate units in strength training

You have to get a little bit stronger. One way to get stronger is to complete some basic power units. You do not need gym membership because using just your body weight can already deliver the results you’re looking for. Once or twice a week, depending on how you feel, you can do two sets of 10 lunges, 10 squats and 10 step-ups. If you want to push yourself a little bit more, you can try to add some pull-ups and make your routine a bit more challenging. However, the extra exercise for your strength and fitness is not essential. You can enjoy trekking if you only stick to the basics. After all, it’s not a fitness contest.

That should make you fit!

Where can I book the Salkantay Trek?

You can easily book the Salkantay Trek in Cusco during your trip, but it is much better to book the Salkantay Trek in advance. The Salkantay Trek always includes Machu Picchu at the end of the journey. For Machu Picchu, however, you need tickets that need to be organized in advance. Trekking companies always need some time to book these tickets. It is therefore advisable to book in advance online.

On andeanpathtravel.com you can easily compare and book local providers and hikes. In addition, we have the lowest price guarantee. Did you find the Salkantay trek of your dreams? In that case, you can proceed with the booking. At andeanpathtravel.com

Find all our trekking opportunities here in Peru and visit this page to get all our deals for the Salkantay Trek. Have you already seen our Peru travel guide?

Make your Travel plan at Andean Path Travel and step up to lively places!

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Andean Path Travel is a Travel Company that aids people in discovering lively and authentic places in Peru Cusco city. It helps get the most satisfying visit to beautiful places. 

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Andean Path Travel is one of the leading travel companies in Peru Cusco city that helps you make your travel plan and visit the most authentic Peru places. It helps the world’s travelers step out in the world’s best places to live the most beautiful moment in their lives. Further, the Andean Path Travel does not help you travel across Peru; it also makes Lares trek & short Inca trail 5 days.

The travel company also helps you complete your Inca quarry trek to Machupicchu 4 days. The staffs at Andean Path Travel are highly passionate about their jobs. So, they leave no chance to impress visitors by showing them all the beautiful places. With high-quality expertise and knowledge about the place, they offer you the best guidance. They stay with you through your thick and thin. They also know the best time to visit a scenic place. So, they offer you the best travel plan. 

Andean Path Travel is always known for its adventurous treks. It offers you treks like Inca Trail treks, Lares Trek, Salkantay Trek, Inca quarry trek to machupicchu 4 days, and many more. And that’s not the end yet! Andean Path Travel also offers Rainbow and Machu Pichu tour. 

Andean Path Travel is your ultimate travel partner that not only helps you discover authentic places via roads. But at Andean Path Travel, you can also immerse in the local indigenous beauty via train routes. You can find all cultural and natural beauty. 

Andean Path Travel commits to the highest standards of safety for all its clients. It invites you to discover fascinating places along with all the travel safety. Further, this travel company also offers you the best trekking experience by committing you with adequate protection. It also strongly commits to protect nature in its best possible ways. As a social responsibility, Andean Path Travel makes sure that no tourism places are polluted or affected in any way.

About Andean Path Travel

Andean Path Travel started its journey as a travel company in the year 2014. It invites you to take part in adventurous treks and discover the most beautiful tourism places. You can get the highest quality of travel commitments along with all the safety.

Contact Us:

Phone Number: +51984107756

Email: andeanpathtravel@gmail.com

Know all about the World’s best adventure place

Are you an adventure freak? You must be planning to have a good experience on your next trip. Adventure is something like adding fun to your boring life. If you see many people have a different perspective about their travel adventure. Even many people find it very dull and tiring schedule. Earlier people used to think that adventure is something like visiting abroad to explore different places. But now the generations are changing their thought process; today, adventure means not only visiting abroad but also more than experiencing and enjoying events.

An adventure includes boating, hiking, kayaking, sky diving, scuba diving, mountain climbing, sailing, bicycling, and many more to explore. You must have heard about hiking trails as the most popular adventure for people these days. This article will guide you to find the world’s best hiking trail adventure, i.e., Inca trail trek. Here you can find many exciting adventure experiences.

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Inca Trail Trek with Camping

This hiking trail is for those travelers who love to do adventure.  This Inca trail provides you protected and safe ecological environment from start to end of this trek. You can enjoy the Short Inca Trail with camping 2 days, 1 day and more days’ options, according to your free time you can choose the package. It is the best option if you have a minimal period.  It provides you a very natural environment including snow, river and many more. Here you can enjoy the archaeological sites and guided tour. That’s not it; you can also visit pilgrimage sites in Machu Picchu in Peru.

What can you explore in the Inca Trail trek?

In this Inca trail trek, you can find beautiful views of Winay Huayna, stunning mountain ranges of Veronica, unique tropical forest, Sun gate (inti punku), Flora and fauna,attractive streams and cascades, History and cultural immersion, mouth-watering local food, an amazing wonder of the 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and also Sacred valley Tour & short Inca trail 3 days.

Conclusion

After reading this article, you must have prepared your mind to explore this amazing Inca trail trek. If you are still in a dilemma, you can find many options of Inca trail trek such as a 1-day Inca trail to hike to Machu Picchu, Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days, comfort Inca trail to Machu Picchu 5 days, Salkantay & Inca trail expeditions 6 days, and many other options to explore.

Are you planning a trip to Machupicchu?

Are you planning for your Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu 2 days vacation in the upcoming days? If you are preparing for the vacation trip with your friends and family, then Machupicchu could be the best place to visit. Here in this blog, you will read about the things that you should know before visiting Machupicchu. So, let’s start exploring the land of Machupicchu!

What is the best time to visit this place?

The rainy season is the best time to visit this place with your family and friends. If you are preparing for a tour to Machupicchu, you should choose the months from November to march. If you want to feel and enjoy the rains and greenery of this land, then visit this place in the month of February. Well, a lot of visitors visit this place in the month of June to August. If you want to get a better and cheaper experience, then it will be good to visit this place at the most visited time.

Book a tour to Machupicchu

Machu Picchu is the best site to visit for the holidays with your family. Here you will experience the clouds and the large valleys. This is one of the iconic statues of the world and has many interesting places. Millions of tourists visit this place every year to experience ancient history. People visited here to experience the large ruins, strange and attractive architectures. Here you will also see glimpses of the lost culture of the Incas. If you are also interested in watching and spending some amazing time with your loved ones, then book an Ausnagate& Rainbow mountain 3 days tour to Machupicchu today!

Best sights that you should visit in Machupicchu

In Machupicchu, you should visit several places like the sun gate, climb Huayna Picchu, Inca bridge and all. When you enter this city, you will watch a watchman’s hut. Here you will get fantastic views over the whole city. Here you can watch the funerary stone. You should also watch the temple of the sun and the royal tomb. The Royal tomb is the palace of the princess. Here you should also visit the temple of three windows and the principal temple. By visiting there, you can feel the ancient history of the city.

Overview

If you want to enjoy and feel the vibes of ancient history in Machupicchu, then you should visit there once in your life.

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Know about all the Treks in Peru You Shouldn’t Miss In your lifetime

Whenever we hear the term trekking, we are just not able to resist a feeling of fun, excitement, and amazement as well. Clearly, trekking is an activity which no one wants to miss. Even if it costs a bit higher than normal tour packages. But there are some treks on which you should go once in a lifetime. In my personal opinion, I may suggest two such treks which you shouldn’t miss at any cost. Fortunately, both the treks are carried out in Peru.

Peru is a country with a wide array of mountain ranges and rivers which give in the opportunity of adventurous activities such as trekking yet at a very humble and composed climatic condition. The country even consists of one of the seven wonders, the Machu Picchu where thousands of tourists accumulate to explore and wander around the wonder. Who doesn’t want to visit this beautiful place? Two of the most exotic treks of Peru are the Anascocha trek and the Rainbow Mountain Hike. If you ever visit these places you have to keep in mind certain facts which may further help you to explore and enjoy the place to the fullest. Let us have a deeper look at some of the detailed specifications of these two treks.

Rainbow Mountain Hike:

The best time period which you should opt for is the trekking time for 2 days. It is very convenient as well as adventurous to complete the whole trek within a time span of 2 days. Neither too early nor too late. You may walk along the foothills of Vinucunca Mountain slopes during the Rainbow Mountain hike in 2 days. With a great height of almost 16,600 ft., you may range over some amazing terrains and may come across several streams as well as the evidence of Peru’s scenic beauty. The Sacred Ausangate mountain range of this trek offers you to see turquoise lakes, llamas, alpacas, and authentic diversity of the village livelihood, along with a great experience of this trek.

Ancascocha Trek:

On a contradiction to the previous one, this trek is most valued if it is covered within a time span of 4 days. Not only adventurous camping but also you may experience a mind-blowing view of the mountain peaks and its beauty. According to National Geography, this trail is regarded as the world’s best. The best part of the Ausnagate & Rainbow mountain 3 days is that you may experience the great Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu through that route. Though you may return from Machu Picchu by Train in 2 days. You may come across places like Huaynay Pass, Muyumuyu, Paucarcancha, etc., with a total altitude of almost 12,300 ft.

These two treks are the ones which you shouldn’t miss but try to visit one at a time. So, in order to meet your desires and needs for adventures, choose the best trek according to your conditions from Andean Path Travel. The company facilitates with you the best deals of these exotic treks in an exciting way yet at an affordable rate.

We are one of the best travel Agency in Peru. Andean Path Travel Service is one of the Alternative Treks available to the Machu Picchu Inca site. The Travel Service has been specially designed for people who could not book the oversubscribed Classic Inca Trail and as a result we offer the best less crowded Route and more authentic, peaceful trekking experience. If you are looking for Travel Agency then Andean Travel Path is the best option for you. To know more, visit the website of Andean Path Travel today.

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Salkantay Trek: how to reach Machu Picchu on foot

Cited by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine as one of the 25 best routes in the world, the Salkantay Trek is one of the most incredible high altitude treks that can be done across the South American continent. And most likely throughout a traveler’s life.

If I had really realized what it was, in practical terms, I would never have believed that I would be able to complete this undertaking. The will to conquer Machu Picchu only on the fourth day of a trek in the middle of nowhere, however, had the upper hand on the doubts and fears of the eve.

And so legs and backpackers, heart swollen with joy and comfortable shoes on my feet are off!

But what exactly does the Salkantay Trek consist of? It is one of the most famous treks departing from the city of Cusco, without a doubt the best alternative route to discover the Inca paths. In fact, after the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is the second most popular trek to get to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. It was not easy to choose between the two, in the end after months of evaluations one of the aspects that convinced me is that the Salkantay Trek compared to the Inca quarry trek 4 days is more tiring but less famous and therefore less touristy and crowded.

The second aspect is that the Salkantay Trek is undoubtedly more scenographic: speaking from a landscape point of view, it offers breathtaking panoramas to those who travel it. You are guided without following a precise path, through different landscapes, from the typical Andean one with its snowy peaks, to the tropical forests in the dense jungle. Furthermore, there is no maximum number of places per day, if instead you opt for the Inca Trail, the permits are limited (500 per day), therefore it is necessary to book the route well in advance, at least six weeks in low season and from six months to a year if you intend to face it between late May and early September.

Panoramas during the Salkantay Trek

The classic Salkantay Trek lasts a total of 5 days, includes 4 days of walking and the fifth visit to Machu Picchu. We have opted for the short version of 4 days, in the article I will explain what the difference between the two paths consists of.

Unlike the Inca Trail where it is mandatory to contact an authorized operator to travel it, it is possible to tackle the Salkantay Trek even alone. But unless you’re a very experienced local or trekker, I strongly advise against it.

The choice of the guide with which you decide to face the journey, really makes the difference, so it is essential to choose professionals. So, after browsing the web far and wide, I chose the Salkantay Trekking company: I can’t say it’s the best because I haven’t had the chance to test others but if they aren’t, they go very close. They proved to be serious, precise and professional from the first email exchange, so much so that in certain moments of the trek we wondered how such efficiency could be possible. I would choose them a thousand more times and recommend them. Here they list at least ten reasons why to choose them, I confirm and sign every single point.

My advice? Don’t be intimidated and leave without fear. You will not regret it!

DAY 1

From Cusco to Soraypampa (Humantay Lake – optional)

Walking distance: 12 km

Starting altitude: 3350 meters above sea level

Highest altitude reached: 4200 meters above

Overnight altitude: 3920 meters above sea level Overnight: Salkantay Sky Lodges

The start of the Salkantay Trek in Challancha

A van from the agency picks us up at 4.00 am directly outside our hostel in Cusco (3350 meters above sea level). After recovering the whole group from the respective hotels (we were 13 in all plus the guide) and about 2 hours of driving, we arrive in Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level) where we make the first stop to have breakfast (not included, we spend 10 sol , about 3 euros for two). We get back on the road and after another hour we arrive in Challancha (3600 meters above sea level) where the trekking begins and where we meet our personal support team who will accompany us throughout the journey. After loading the mules with everything needed for the 4 days of trekking, our guide Ramiro, around 09:30, officially begins our Salkantay Trek.

The first part of the path runs along the mountain range along the valley, in some parts of the route there is an old aqueduct that still supplies water to the farmers of the lower valleys. You walk 7 km in about 3 hours towards Soraypampa (3920 m asl) the base camp of the first night. After lunch and a short rest, it is possible to make an excursion that in about 3 hours (5 km round trip) reaches the wonderful Humantay Lake (4200 meters above sea level).

The difference in altitude is significant, the slope but above all the altitude is felt, especially in terms of breath. But I assure you that the effort is amply rewarded once you reach the top. It is one of the most beautiful places in all the Andes: the green water of the lake reflects the glaciers of the Apu Humantay mountain that stand all around.

Once back, you can recover your energy with a rich snack prepared by the cook of our team.

The highlight of this local agency is the lodge for the exclusive use of the first night: the Sky Lodges.

Sky Lodges overlooking the Salkantay mountain

These are glass domes for two people in which there is either a double bed or two single beds, on which to place your sleeping bag. It is by far the coldest night of the whole trek therefore it is necessary to dress with many layers as the domes are not heated. Soraypampa is located in the middle of the glacier valleys, when the night falls the clear sky shows an unprecedented starry sky. The illuminated domes help to make this scenario even more surreal.

The bathrooms are shared, without hot water and there are no showers. There is a common area where there is a kitchen and a room where they serve meals. We dine early and go to sleep just as early: a lot of energy is needed for the second day.

DAY 2

From Soraypampa to Chaullay, reaching the Salkantay pass

Walking distance: 22 km

Starting altitude: 3929 meters above sea level

Highest altitude reached: 4630 meters above

Overnight altitude: 2900 meters above sea level Overnight stay: tent

Beginning of the ascent towards the Salkantay pass

The alarm rings at 4.40, Ramiro (our legendary guide) comes to wake us up knocking on the igloo door and bringing hot mate de coca. Half an hour to prepare and close the backpacks, breakfast is served at 5.10 am. This is by far the most tiring day: 7 km to reach the Salkantay pass, as well as the highest altitude of the whole trek.

Departure at 6.00 and hike uphill aiming for the snowy peak of Salkantay which we reach after several stops, in about 3.5 hours. In addition to the Salkantay mountain, the view extends to the imposing snowy peaks of the Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo mountains. Salkantay Mountain is the second highest in the Cusco region and considered one of the Inca deities called Apu. Once at the top, after the usual photos, the ritual is celebrated at Pacha Mama: when we left we collected a small stone from the ground that we brought with us on the way to put it right here.

Panoramas during the Salkantay Trek

This is without a doubt the most demanding day of the entire trek, of the whole trip, of my life .. but also the most rewarding! When I touched the sign of the Salkantay pass I was unable to hold back the tears!

DAY 3

From Chaullay to Aguas Caliente

Walking distance: 26 km (of which 12 km optional)

Starting altitude: 2900 meters above sea level

Highest altitude reached: 2900 meters above

Overnight altitude: 2050 meters above sea level Overnight: hotel – Eco Machu Picchu Pueblo

Here are two options:

1) If you are exhausted, you can take the Peru Rail, the train that takes you to Aguas Calientes for $ 31.00 (extra).

2) If like us you want to live an authentic experience to the end, it is possible to walk from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes for about 2 hours (12 km) along the train track. You go along a beautiful path in the dense forest that flanks the track all the time, or rather, to be honest, you walk right over the rails!

Once you arrive at Aguas Calientes station, in another 20 minutes on foot you reach the hotel where you can stay the third night. First, however, we recover the backpacks that had been loaded on the train with the guide and the traveling companions who did not walk the path.

DAY 4

How do I organize my backpack?

It is not possible to bring your own travel backpack therefore you need to have a second small backpack to take with you and where to keep valuable things and everything you think can be useful during the day of walking. All the rest (change of clothes, personal hygiene, etc.) is placed in a bag provided by the organizers with a maximum weight of 7 kg which will be carried by the mules led by the staff. You will only have access to the bag in the evening when you arrive at the base camp.

What should I bring during the Salkantay Trek?

The bare minimum and if possible even less. Everything put in the backpack and in the bag must be reasoned because it means more weight to carry around, for us and for the mules.

In your equipment there must be: passport, torch, personal towels, bottle of water (we had the bags in the backpack) to be filled with boiled water whenever needed, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, sunglasses, extra money, at least a couple of batteries per device (camera, , etc.) even if in reality the first two evenings for a total of hours (enough to recharge the devices) you will find electricity.

How do I dress during the Salkantay Trek?

The morning and evening is cold, very cold! In August, temperatures also drop below freezing. During the walk we warm up and end up staying half-sleeved in the central hours of the day. Therefore onion dressing is the best strategy. Bring with you: a down jacket, a waterproof jacket, a wool hat and gloves, a hat / bandana for the sun, ‘run-in’ trekking shoes, trekking socks, thermal underwear, a fleece shirt, tights and trousers long.

What’s Included?

Everything that is not mentioned in the item not included (see below): from meals (breakfast, mid-morning snacks, lunch, snack and dinner) to accommodation, from the English-speaking guide to the entrance to Machu Picchu and from the return train the fourth day from Aguas Caliente to Ollantaytambo up to the minivan that will take you back to your accommodation in Cusco.

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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4days / 3nights- 2021

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days:  Take a trip with a walk on the Inca Trail (Inca road system, in Quechua language) is the name by which the extensive network of roads (more than 40,000 kilometers in total) built by the Incas to connect different parts of the vast empire, This network of roads came to connect various peoples in ancient times in what would now become Northern Argentina and Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia and where the city of Cuzco It was the capital and main axis of these. Today, many sections of that road have disappeared, are deteriorated or out of date.

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The best-known section of the Inca Trail is that of Piscacucho, Huayllabamba, Warmiwañuska, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Wiñaywayna, Intipunku and that finally arrives at dawn on the fourth day, to one of the 7 wonders of the world: the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. The scenic beauty, the flora, fauna, the impressive archaeological remains, the paths that cross the cloud forests, the stories, legends and myths make this path an adventure without equal. The professionalism and dedication of our guides and support staff will make this adventure an unforgettable experience; Below are the detailed itinerary of this adventure from the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

Inca trail to machu picchu

DEPARTURE: Every day to the Inca trail to Machu Picchu

DURATION: 4 days- 3 nights

TYPE: Hike

ACTIVITIES: Cusco tour – Inca Trail – Wayllabamba – Pacaymayu – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu

PERIOD: All year

RESERVATIONS: Make reservations in advance. Quotas are limited for the Inca trail to Machu Picchu

DESCRIPTION OF THE INCA ROAD TO MACHU PICCHU:

We present the wonders of the Inca Roads to Machu Picchu are to talk about our Inca rulers ancestors. Like Pachacutec, Tupac Yupanqui and Huayna Cápac who were participants in the change of structure in political, religious organization, and construction of Archaeological complexes such as: the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Choquequirao and Vilcabamba, through Inca road networks along the mountain range Vilcabamba therefore, this time the network of the Inca Trail or Inca road system is laid and built with archaeological sites along its route that goes to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

This path is considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular paths to reach Machu Picchu on your way, you can see beautiful landscapes and beautiful archaeological complexes built in the mountains.

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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days / 3 nights

TOURS DAY 1:

TOUR CUSCO – INCA TRAIL – WAYLLABAMBA

Pick up from your hotel between 6:30 and 7:00 in the morning, to board the tourist bus that will take us directly to Piskacucho (2,700 meters above sea level) a small community located at kilometer 82 of the Cusco – Machu Picchu railway, where we will start our walk and join the entire team of professionals who will make our trip wonderful.

After crossing the bridge, we will start our walk along the left bank of the Urubamba river that flows northeast from the Sacred Valley. After passing through some cultivation terraces, we will reach Miskay (2,800 masl), to go up and finally see the Inca city of Patallacta or Llactapata (2,750 masl). We will continue our walk along the valley formed by the Kusichaca river, until we reach our first camp in Wayllabamba (3,000 masl), where we will have lunch prepared by our cook and spend the night. Throughout the whole tour, we will be able to enjoy the panorama, with the Vilcanota river, the Urubamba mountain range “La Verónica” (5,750 masl) and we will appreciate a great variety of flora and fauna.

TOURS DAY 2:

WAYLLABAMBA – WARMIWAÑUSCA – PACAYMAYU

After breakfast very early we will start the walk this day will be more intense we will walk in a precipitous and narrow climb 9 km. Throughout this ascent, the landscape will change from sierra to “puna”; a dry and high area with little vegetation. At this time, we will reach the first and highest mountain pass at 4,200 masl, known as Abra de Warmihuañusca (dead woman)

There, we will be able to observe llamas and domestic alpacas grazing in the “ichu”; one of the few plants that grow at that altitude. Also, we will pass through a part of the forest, where various birds and animals such as sparrows and the Andean bear or spectacled bear inhabit. It is advisable to carry energy bars or cereals, dried fruits and coca leaves, to maintain a high level of energy in the body and thus, counteract altitude sickness and cold. After the pass, we will descend towards the Pacaymayu valley (3,600 masl), where we will camp after 7 hours of walking.

TOURS DAY 3:

PACAYMAYU – WIÑAYWAYNA – Inca quarry trek to machupicchu 4 days

This is the longest day, but the most interesting and impressive of our trek, since we will visit several archaeological sites and take advantage of the explanations of our guide. From Pacaymayu, we will go up to the second mountain pass; Abra de Runkurakay (3,970 masl), we will visit the archaeological complex of the same name at 3,800 masl and we will know important vestiges of Inca culture.

After the pass, we will descend towards Yanacona (Black Lagoon), finally arriving at Sayacmarca (3,624 masl), where we will have lunch, and then continue on our walk and observe how the landscape changes from dry and mountainous to green and semi-tropical, in the jungle eyebrow and following an easy climb, we will pass through an Inca tunnel and reach the third pass or Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3,700 masl).

Phuyupatamarca is one of the most complete and best preserved archaeological complexes and is located at the highest point of the mountain. Phuyupatamarca means “Place High Above the Clouds” and from there, we will be able to observe a sophisticated complex made up of water sources and impressive views over the Urubamba River, along which we will continue ascending towards Wiñay Huayna (2,700 masl), which means ” Forever Young ”, to take a guided tour of this strategically located archaeological complex. Dinner and overnight in the camp.

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TOURS DAY 4:

WIÑAY HUAYNA – EXCURSION MACHU PICCHU

In Wiñay Huayna, we get up very early and after breakfast we head towards Puerta del Sol or Inti Punku, from where we can enjoy an impressive panoramic view of Machu Picchu and contemplate the sunrise, after a walk on flat stones, at edge of mountainous cliffs. From Inti Punku, we will descend towards Machu Picchu, arriving there in about 40 minutes of walking.

Then, we will enjoy a guided tour of about 2 hours, after which you will have free time to walk around the Historical Sanctuary, climb the Huayna Picchu mountain, where you will experience spectacular views of valleys and mountains or also, visit the Temple of the Moon and the fabulous Inca Bridge or go down to the town of Aguas Calientes and visit the thermal baths. At the time indicated by our guide we will board our train to Ollantaytambo where our transfer awaits you and embarks you by bus to Cusco.

Includes on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

  • Pick up from the hotel – Cusco
  • Tourist transport up to km 82 – Inca Trail
  • Entrances to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Professional bilingual guide for the trip
  • Food 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Camping equipment (sleeping tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, tables, chairs and mats)
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen balloon for the trip
  • Cook for the Inca trail to Machu Picchu
  • Porters for food and camping equipment
  • Accommodation for guides, porters and cooks
  • 02 hours guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Return train to Ollataytambo
  • Bus transfer to Cusco

Does not include on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu:

  • Breakfast the first day.
  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes.
  • Visit to the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Caliente

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE INCA ROAD TO MACHU PICCHU:

  • A backpack.
  • Original passport.
  • 01 change of clothes.
  • Warm clothes.
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Small towel
  • Bathing clothes (if you want to go to the thermal baths)
  • Poncho for the rain.
  • Water canteen.
  • Camera and batteries.
  • Repellent, sunscreen and hat.
  • Lantern.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Bottle of water and purifying tablets.

Andean Path Travel- Best place for adventurous travelers

Hiking or camping Inca trail is the best experience for anyone. This is the best experience that you can take with your family and friends. The place gives you excitement and joy. If anyone is looking to visit South America for your next vacation, then they should visit Andean Path Travel. This is the leading site for Comfort Inca trail to Machu Picchu 5 days that helps people to gain some new experience. But before that, let’s check some basic things about the company.

How the company helps you?

Andean Path Travel is a Peruvian Travel Company that caters to world travelers to gain the best experience of Lares trek & short Inca trail 5 days at the best possible price. By visiting this place, anyone can achieve the best tracking experience. They have the best experts who help you throughout your vacation. They have the ideal staff who motivates you to balance your passion and attitude. The company has the high-quality expertise to deliver a unique and unforgettable experience for you. They help travelers to make their vacation more interesting and unique. Anyone can visit their site and check their services. 

How can you achieve great services?

If anyone is looking to gain experience in tracking and doing something unique, then they can visit this site. They provide numerous treks for different days. By visiting their site, you can check the information on Inca trail treks, alternative treks, Cusco tours, and all. A lot of people visit this site and share their positive experiences. If anyone wants to get the same, they can visit here and ask any queries regarding the service to their customer care executives.

About the company:

Andean Path Travel is a leading company that was founded in 2014 and is based in Peru, Cusco city, the ancient capital of the Inkan Empire. This is the perfect platform for the people who wants to gain the best adventurous experience of Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 days, Lares Trek, Salkantay Trek, Inca Quarry Trek, Ancascocha Trek, Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain, Machu Pichu Tours. If anyone wants to experience the adventurous trek, they can visit here and check their services!

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Best place for adventurous travelers

Hiking or camping Inca trail is the best experience for anyone. This is the best experience that you can take with your family and friends. The place gives you excitement and joy. If anyone is looking to visit South America for your next vacation, then they should visit Andean Path Travel. This is the leading site for Comfort Inca trail to Machu Picchu 5 days that helps people to gain some new experience. But before that, let’s check some basic things about the company.

How the company helps you?

Andean Path Travel is a Peruvian Travel Company that caters to world travelers to gain the best experience of Lares trek & short Inca trail 5 days at the best possible price. By visiting this place, anyone can achieve the best tracking experience. They have the best experts who help you throughout your vacation. They have the ideal staff who motivates you to balance your passion and attitude. The company has the high-quality expertise to deliver a unique and unforgettable experience for you. They help travelers to make their vacation more interesting and unique. Anyone can visit their site and check their services. 

How can you achieve great services?

If anyone is looking to gain experience in tracking and doing something unique, then they can visit this site. They provide numerous treks for different days. By visiting their site, you can check the information on Inca trail treks, alternative treks, Cusco tours, and all. A lot of people visit this site and share their positive experiences. If anyone wants to get the same, they can visit here and ask any queries regarding the service to their customer care executives.

About the company:

Andean Path Travel is a leading company that was founded in 2014 and is based in Peru, Cusco city, the ancient capital of the Inkan Empire. This is the perfect platform for the people who wants to gain the best adventurous experience of Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 days, Lares Trek, Salkantay Trek, Inca Quarry Trek, Ancascocha Trek, Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain, Machu Pichu Tours. If anyone wants to experience the adventurous trek, they can visit here and check their services!

Make Your Trekking Unique and Exhilarating

The organization is a Peruvian Travel Company that obliges the world’s explorers that need to venture off the beaten track, embrace the surprising and inundate in the legitimate and exceptional of Peru’s alive culture, history, and nature. Our staff individuals have the ideal equilibrium of energy, disposition, instinct, and high-quality aptitude to make and convey genuinely remarkable and extraordinary experience for you, under a satisfying choice of inventive and off-the-beaten-track traveling undertakings, the non-ordinary travel industry, and the truest social submersion visits.

Major Treks And Destinations

  • Sacred Valley & Inca Trail– Sacred Valley Tour & Short Inca Trail 3 days lets you know many Cusco cities and Peru. In this Sacred Valley Trip, you will have the odds to value the horticultural porches of Pisac that is so remarkable it cannot be illustrated. This tour stack 3 Days Sacred Valley and Inca Trail Hike is an outstanding mixture of culture and past where you can gain from the rich past of the forerunners and the aboriginal people who reside in the sacred valley of the Incas. You will notice Machupicchu from the Sun Gate, a similar path utilized by the Incas on their magical treks to the sacred site of Machupicchu – Peru.
  • Inca Trail to Machupicchu– The Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu 2 Days is the extensively renowned 2 Days Hike to Machupicchu. Notwithstanding the shorter trip period, you will, in any case, match the whole of the significant details of the profound Inca Trail. Parts of this 2 Day Short Inca Trail Hike encompass wandering through the prosperous grove of the Amazon, climbing in the Peruvian Andes, and getting a charge out of lovely viewpoints on snow-covered hilltops and natural streams.
  • Rainbow Mountain– Going up the Rainbow Mountain Hike 2 Days is one of the typical contemplates in the Vinucunca Mountain slope’s downward regions. If you are a nature lover, don’t hesitate briefly to evaluate the Red Hill in Peru, that you will be amazed by its charisma and the humongous viewpoints it has around. Clambering the Rainbow Mountain with Camping 2 Days is conceivably the most phenomenal experience you can have. Value the epic scene, be engaged by birds and convenient creatures during the journey, only essential for what this tremendous likelihood offers; you can get yourself.

To Sum It Up

In this article, we have talked about some of the considerable treks and hikes which the agency offers. For any inquiries or booking, you can contact us via email or come to our office.