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5 DAY SALKANTAY TREK

5 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

A high quality trekking package with all the little extras included to make for a comfortable and enjoyable experience. An alternative to hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The 5 Day Salkantay Trek is rated as one of the top 10 treks in the world by National Geographic. An authentic, challenging and highly rewarding trek.
Unlike the Inca Trail this trek is not subject to availability and we have departures leaving everyday. Enquire today for more information.
5 DAY ITINERARY

Our itineraries are second-to-none – We have balanced the best experience possible, including more, while our prices are the most competitive.

We will leave Cusco at 05:30am and head towards Marcoccasa (3400m) passing the village of Mollepata along the way. In Marcoccasa we will meet the horsemen and the crew and here we will commence our trek. We will start hiking within a scenic valley surrounded by snow capped mountains such as the Humantay (5217m) and the Salkantay (6264m). Tonight our campsite is at Soraypampa (3900m). Tonight you will have the unique experience of camping inside a glass dome. Inside the dome you will be able to appreciate the night sky and the stars above.  
Highest Altitude: 3900 m 
Transport Time: 3 Hours 30 minutes
Approximate Walking time: 2 Hours

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After breakfast we will set towards the Salkantay Pass (4600m) which offers an exceptional view of the snow-capped Salkantay mountain (6264m). Thereafter we will descend and have time to enjoy the change in landscape to lusher vegetation. Our campsite this evening will be in Chaullay (3000m) amidst the tropical forest.   

Highest Altitude: 4600 m 
Walking time: 8-9 Hours

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Breakfast. After breakfast we will descend down into a lush dimly lit forest and admire the orchids, bromeliads and other plant species. We will pass coffee, cacao and fruit plantations. We will have the opportunity to meet local families at Winaypoco (2650m) and La Playa (2100m). Today you will have the opportunity to visit a coffee plantation where you will witness the cultivation and processing of coffee. Our campsite this evening will be in Lucmabamba. 

Walking time: 6 Hours

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After breakfast we will hike up on the Inca Trail to the archaeological site of Llactapata (2650m). Here we will discover this ancient Inca ruin and we will also have our first view of Machu Picchu mountain and the Vilcanota Canyon. Afterwards we will continue down to the hydroelectric train station (1950m) where we will take the train to the small town below Machu Picchu called Aguas Calientes (2050m). Accommodation is included in Aguas Calientes. Dinner included. 

Note: In the ´Premium´ package accommodation is included at the Inkaterra El Mapi hotel.  

Walking Time: 6 Hours 

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Breakfast at your hotel.

Tour of Machu Picchu
We recommend rising early and going up to Machu Picchu at sunrise, that is when the magic happens. You will have 6 hours to explore this incredible World Wonder including a 2 hour guided tour with our local expert guide. By noon you will have worked yourself up an appetite. We have included a delicious buffet lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge. After lunch you will take the shuttle bus down to Aguas Calientes where you will aboard a scenic train ride back to Cusco where you will be met and transferred back to your hotel.   

*For the Premium Package after your tour of Machu Picchu we have included a delicious well deserved Buffet Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant which is located up at Machu Picchu. It´s a great way to finish your tour. The Premium Package also includes an upgrade to the Vistadome train. You may be interested in hiking up to Hyuana Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. These hikes are subject to availability. Enquire for more information. 

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INCLUSIONS & DETAILS

Trek Inclusions

- Pre-Briefing Presentation before the trek
- English speaking guide 
- Transport from Cusco hotel to Mollepata (Marcoccasa) 
- Transport from Lucmabamba to the Hydroelectric Station 
- Shuttle Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Roundtrip) 
- Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo 
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo back to Cusco hotel 
- Entrance fee to the National Park of Salkantay & Machu Picchu
- High Quality camping equipment 
- 4 man sized tent for 2 passengers 
- Dining Tent with Tables and Chairs, Bathroom Tent 
- All meals as per itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks & Tea Time) 
- Vegetarian Menu Option
- Cook & Assistant 
- Horseman and mules which will carry 5kgs/11lbs of your personal luggage 
- Personal duffle bag for 5kgs/ 11lbs of your personal luggage
- Emergency Horse 
- First-Aid Kit & Oxygen 
- Basic Hotel in Aguas Calientes

Trek Inclusions

- Pre-Briefing Presentation before the trek
- English speaking guide 
- Transport from Cusco hotel to Mollepata (Marcoccasa) 
- Transport from Lucmabamba to the Hydroelectric Station 
- Shuttle Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Roundtrip) 
- Upgrade Vistadome Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo 
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo back to Cusco hotel 
- Entrance fee to the National Park of Salkantay & Machu Picchu
- High Quality camping equipment 
- 4 man sized tent for 2 passengers 
- Dining Tent with Tables and Chairs, Bathroom Tent 
- All meals as per itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks & Tea Time) 
- Vegetarian Menu Option
- Cook & Assistant 
- Horseman and mules which will carry 13kgs/ 28lbs of your personal luggage 
- Personal duffle bag for 13kgs/ 28lbs of your personal luggage
- Emergency Horse 
- First-Aid Kit & Oxygen 
- Accommodation in Aguas Calientes at the Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel (3.5 Star)
- Buffet Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge

This is our preferred hotel in Aguas Calientes. Over the years we have sent nearly all our guests to this hotel. A great value for money hotel. Smart, contemporary and cozy, amidst the hustle and bustle of Aguas Calientes. Relax in a pleasant and wholesome ambience. Inkaterra is one of Peru´s top hotel chains. Lofty ceilings, panoramic windows allows natural light to filter between tall eucalyptus dried branches, creating an ambience of order and wellbeing. Dinner at the restaurant is included when you stay at El Mapi. 


Room Features

20 sq.m, Panoramic windows, Blackout curtains, Twin/king size beds,  100% cotton sheets, Duvet covers, Hypoallergenic pillows, Tight-focus reading light, Cotton bath robes, Hair dryers, Natural herbal amenities, Direct TV, Safe-box, Telephone, Bedside table, Armchair, Reading lamp, Full size mirror. Also available here are Suite rooms. Enquire for more information. 


Services

Welcome signature lemongrass lemonade, A complimentary Pisco Sour, Nutritious buffet breakfast, A la carte dinner, reception assistance between train station and hotel, Personalized wake-up calls, Luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, DirecTv, Oxygen upon request

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We offer this buffet lunch experience for all our guests visiting Machu Picchu. After a very early start and exploring the ruins all morning you will have worked yourself up an appetite. The only restaurant located up at Machu Picchu Citadel and offering an excellent spread at the buffet its the best way to relax and enjoy a delicious lunch after your visit to Machu Picchu. There are 2 large self-serve counters that include a selection of appetizers, 4 main courses, and several dessert options. Bread, salads and pasta side dishes are also on offer. Coffee, herbal teas and soft drinks are also available at a smaller drinks stand to the rear. With few quality choices available in the town of Aguas Calientes below and being time constrained to catch your train this is the very best choice. 

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If you love nature and the countryside, the PeruRail Vistadome is exactly what you’re looking for. The panoramic windows located beside and above your seat will bring you close to nature unlike anything you’ve experienced before.The Peru Rail Vistadome train offers a unique connection with the scenery along the way to Machu Picchu, making passengers feel as if they were somehow part of the nature that surrounds them. Return trips on the Peru Rail Vistadome also offer an onboard fashion show, featuring the exclusive baby alpaca wool collection with the latest trends in alpaca apparel, all available for sale. As an added bonus, you can enjoy live dances inspired by the ancient culture of the Andes. Passengers also receive a snack made from local ingredients, so you can get the full Andean experience through the cuisine. The trip also includes non-alcoholic beverages for your onboard refreshment. The small details really do matter, picking the right time train is really important. When returning to Cusco from Aguas Calientes, we recommend a train departing Aguas Calientes around 4pm. This way you will get to enjoy the views during daylight while also getting back to Cusco by dinner time. 


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Quote in US Dollars/ per person

$750 Double Occupancy
$750 Single Occupancy 


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Quote in US Dollars/ per person

$995 Double Occupancy
$1065 Single Occupancy 


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