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Short Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu 3D

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  • Salkantay Trail
  • Hike to Humantay Lake Day Trek
  • The Salkantay Pass

Trip Overview

Short Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu 3D

Thinking about Trekking to Machu Picchu?. The first thing that came to mind was probably to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Because of excessive crowds the Peruvian government decided not only to limit daily access but also to impose strict Inca Trail Regulations. We understand how frustrating it is to not be able to get a permit because you didn’t book 4 months in advance and there are no permits left.
THIS SALKANTAY TREK WAS RECENTLY NAMED AMONG THE 25 BEST TREKS IN THE WORLD, BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE TRAVEL MAGAZINE.
Is a trek open to everybody, with no limitation on spaces or permits (at least for now). Connecting the city of Mollepata, Cusco with Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snow capped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests.
Located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south central Peru by the Cordillera Vilcabamba and rising to 6271 meters above sea level (20574 ft) Mt.

Salkantay is an outstanding glacier-capped summit worshipped for thousands of years by local indians. The name Salkantay is a quechua word meaning “Savage Mountain”.
SALKANTAY TREK
Our classic Salkantay Trek is a custom-designed alternative to the traditional Inca Trail. Off the beaten path, this is a cutting edge experience for adventure travelers looking for a little more privacy and authenticity. With more spectacular vistas, the Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek offers the solitude and quiet contemplation such a sacred path deserves.

Itinerary

Day 0 : Evening Briefing In Cusco

Meet & greet with other guests where you receive important information for a great trekking experience.

Day 1: Mollepata Trek – Soraypampa

We pick you up from your hotel at 4:00 a.m. to drive for about 3 hours to Mollepata where we stop and we continue to Soraypampa where we start our Salkantay trek . As soon as we are at Soraypampa our cook and the horseman will pack all the camping equipment and cooking stuff and we start hiking the first 3 hours will be a little bit uphill to get Soyrococha where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay; 4120m/13500ft and Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft) – just the start! We will begin our Salkantay trek towards the Highest point which is at 4600 Meters high then after we start going down to Huayracmachay to our first Salkantay Trek camping spot (3800 m/11750ft; the highest and coldest campsite of the trip)

1ST DAY:Total distance: 16 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 7-8 hours

Maximum altitude point: 4,600 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude: 3,800 m (aprox.)

Day 2: Soraypampa -Chaullay or Collpapampa (Mighty Salkantay)

After having our Salkantay Trek breakfast we start walking about 6:30 am ,because this day will be the longest day the first 5 hours is Downhill to get La Playa where we stop to have lunch
After a rest, we will continue our Trek By taking a Local Transportation to Get Hydroelectric station to start walking 2 more hours by taking the railrodad to Aguas Calientes.

2ND DAY:Total distance: 19 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 7-8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,750 m (aprox.)
Aguas Calientes altitude: 1,900 m (aprox.)

Day 3: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu!!!

Salkantay trek important day ,We wake up early morning about 4 am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and leave to walk up to Machupicchu which takes one and half hours up to Machupicchu but there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30 to Machupicchu (25-minutes long) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising.
A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huaynapicchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top.and after enjoying Machupicchu you have to go down to aguas calientes to take the train back to ollantaytambo and then bus back cusco.

Total distance: 4 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 1- 2 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (aprox.)

Add On The Nazca Lines, The Amazon Rainforest, Colca Canyon, And Other Extension Tours or Treks Let Us Know.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions and flight schedules.
  • Train included in all tours is the Cerrojo-backpacker (Aguas calientes to Ollantaytambo) Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 14:00 and being the 9:00 pm the last train. Machu Picchu exploring Peru will organize the transport back to Cusco (by taxi or by bus).
  • Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.

Inclusions

Salkantay Trek Includes:

  • Pre-departure briefing.
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Marcocasa  (starting point of the trek).
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent  north face or Kaila.
  • One Air inflatable Thermarest Mattress  per person.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 10 people).
  • Chef and cooking equipment.
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 2
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 8kg per person (sleeping bag inclued ) – days 1 to 2
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 persons – days 1 to 2
  • Wranglers – days 1 to 2
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • Meals (02B, 02L, 02D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
  • Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards.
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
  • Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • 1Day Machupicchu entrance fee
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Expedition, Vistadome or Hiram Bingham service, upon request) (*)
  • Transfer train station-hotel in Cusco
  • 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit.

Salkantay Trek + Jungle Expeditions Package Dosent Include:

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day: after the guided tour at Machupicchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either in Machupicchu or in Aguas Calientes at your own expense. Arrival in Cusco is estimated after nightfall, dinner being at your own expense too
  • One sleeping bag
  • One pillow per person
  • Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes: a relaxing way to end-up the 3-day trek while you’re awaiting the return train to Cusco, only 10 minutes from the village center, entrance fee is s/10.00 (Peruvian Soles). Towels can be hired in Aguas Calientes.
  • Visit to the hot springs in Santa Teresa as well the trasportation .
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain an additional fee of US$ 20.00 per person applies
  • Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish

Upgrades And Additional Things To Hire :

  • Extra Horse to Carry extra things/12kg-
  • Extra Horse To Ride /90kg-Weight Limit Day 1 & 2 and Includes an Horseman to control the horse.
  • Huaynapicchu Mountain Entrance ticket  (2 hours round trip) based on availability and book in advance
  • Extra Night Hotel in Aguas Calientes  based on twin bed room with private bathroom (This is in case you need to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes town)
  • Walking sticks(Black Diamond) : it can be rented from us. (02 poles –  for the entire trip)
  • Sleeping bags: it can be rented from us.( for the entire trip)
  • Upgrade to first class Vistadome Train (And inclues and Private Transfer From Ollantaytambo to Cusco as well)
  • Airport pickup in Cusco USD $10

What we recommend that you bring:

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 10% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Cash in soles
  • Original passport
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)

Appropriate clothing along this hike
Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the fourth day (if sunny) and in Machupicchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machupicchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the“What we recommend that you bring” list.

Prices & Availability

Short Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu 3D 2016 – 2017

  • GROUP SERVICE BY BUS : USD$400 per person & Students US$380 per person (08-10 ppl Average – 16ppl Maximum over 10 ppl 02 Guides) /02 person to open a new group & any day you suit. (Based on availablity)If you are a Group over 06 people Write us to give you a discount.
    Note :Travelers MUST be back at the Hydroelectric power plant by 3:00 pm AT THE LATEST! If this time window is missed you will be responsible for purchasing transportation back to Cusco (either by train or other private transport).
  • GROUP SERVICE BY TRAIN : US$450 per person & Students US$430 per person (04-08 ppl Average – 12ppl Maximum over 10 ppl 02 Guides) /02 person to open a new group & any day you suit. (Based on availablity) If you are a Group over 06 people Write us to give you a discount.
  • PRIVATE SERVICE BY TRAIN: From 02ppl US$0 per person .From 03ppl US$0 per person.From 04ppl US$0 per person.From 05-06ppl US$0 per person. From 07-10ppl US$0. you can leave any day you suit. The Sleeping bag and walking poles included in the price . (Based on availablity)If you are a Group over 06 people Write us to give you a discount.

To Book: we need you to send us the filled out booking form as well as a deposit of US$100 per person by Paypal or Western Union .(CLICK HERE TO SEE METHOD OF PAYMENTS )

DISCOUNTS:

  • Students: Discount of USD 20.00 dolars.To the students with valid card International Student Identity Card (ISIC) In case to be a student, the card must be properly scanned and send digitally to our e- mail before you pay the initial deposit for the reservation, in order to qualify for the discount .
  • Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Group of 8 or more: Completely free !! Sleeping bags and trekking poles for groups of 8 or more. Groups must book together at the same time.

INCA TRAIL PERMITS ARE AVAILABLE. YOU CAN BOOK YOUR TRIP FOR THIS DATE, 2017.

ALL DEPARTURES 100% GUARANTEED AND WE LEAVE WITH 02 PEOPLE MINIMUM.
ENERO 2017: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
FEBRUARY 2017: ONLY PRIVATE TOURS
MARCH 2017: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
APRIL 2017: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
MAY 2017: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
JUNE 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
JULY 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
AUGUST 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
SEPTEMBER 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
OCTOBER 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
NOVEMBER 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
DECEMBER 2016: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.
JANUARY 2017: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30.

FAQs

 How long does it take to get to Peru?
To Lima on a non-stop flight (recommended):
From Miami 5 1/2 hours
From New York 8 hours
From Los Angeles 8 1/2 hours

 When is the best time to go?
This is a difficult question to answer as Peru has a huge variety of weather conditions. We would say travelers can visit Peru any time of the year !
Dry season runs from May to November and this is typically the time that is most recommended. However, this is also the cooler time of year. Nighttime temperatures can drop to below freezing at the height of the dry season. June, July and August are the most popular months to visit so you will tend to encounter much larger crowds during these months.
In the wet season (December to April), you can expect showers three to four afternoons a week. For travelers that don’t mind a little drizzle and muddy trails, this time of year offers smaller crowds and greener hillsides, with wildflowers and orchids often in bloom. The shoulder seasons, April to June or September to November can often provide the best of both worlds. They typically have fewer crowds and warmer temperatures than the height of the dry season, but still tend to have relatively little rain. For more information, check out our Peru Weather page.
What entry documents do i need?
U.S. citizens need a valid passport and an entry form-tourist card which is provided by your air carrier either at the ticket counter when checking in for your flight to Peru or once on-board. (NOTE: Other nationalities should check with the nearest Peruvian Consulate to determine correct entry requirements.)

 Is it safe to travel in Peru?
Definitely. We tend to hear the very worst news from Latin America. Helpful people and extraordinary culture. Most crime is opportunistic and not violent buy of course, it is possible to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Care and common sense will nearly always prevail.
The Sendero Luminoso is no longer active.

 What type of transportation is used?
Our escorted tours utilize a variety of transportation including private vans/ cars, comfortable tourist buses, flights, canoes, etc. We use a mix of private/ public transportation to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transportation in each area. Occasionally, we may include non-typical transportation modes (rickshaw, bicycle taxi, “chicken bus”, etc.) for short distances to give travelers a sense of local flavor.

Will the altitude affect me?
When travelling throughout the Andes in Peru some people will suffer some effects of altitude sickness. If you plan to hike the Salkantay Trek we recommend arriving 2 or 3 days before the start to acclimatize and rest.

 What is the best thing to do in the event of altitude sickness?
Wherever possible “go down”. But, if you are staying in Cusco, you may still feel the effects. The best advice is to sleep, take plenty of fluids and you could also try coca tea. The porters chew coca leaves wrapped around a black resin called llipta. When you are actually walking and active (especially on day two of the trail), this may help since it dilates vessels to increase the blood flow to the parts of the body that need it.

 Will I get high on coca leaves?
No – sorry! Although cocaine can be extracted from the leaves, it requires a long process involving acids and distilling. Your body simply does not have the capacity to extract much from the leaves.

 Do you require a deposit?
Yes. We require a non-refundable booking deposit of US$225 for all treks and US$450 for al other tours.
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Is the Salkantay Trek difficult?
You know the answer to this one: it depends! You reach 4600m on the second day after climbing for the best part of the day. Especially if you are within your first five days at altitude, this may give you headaches and shortness of breath. Don’t forget that even people who live in Cusco (at 3300m) still get short of breath.

 What do I need to bring on the trek?
Backpack, sleeping bag, mattress (we will provide you with this), rain jacket, strong footwear (walking boots are recommended as they provide support to the ankle which reduces the risk of injury especially when trekking in the wet season (December – March). However it is important that your boots are comfortable and well worn-in and not brand new. Many people prefer to trek in tennis shoes but extra care should be taken. We do not recommend trekking in sandals. One complete change of clothing, sweater, jacket (something warm), water bottle and sterilizing tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco), flashlight and batteries, broad-brim or peaked cap, sunblock, insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper, selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc, camera and plenty of film. You also have to bring your original passport with you on the trek.

Should I request an extra horse?
It is better to request a horse before you go on the trail rather than realize halfway through that you’re not enjoying carrying your pack at this altitude and want some help. Additional horses are just to carry load.

What do we do for water along the Salkantay Trek?
At meal times we will give you teas, coffees etc to drink. You’ll come across several mountain springs, fountains or small streams along the trail where you can fill up your water bottle. Take a bottle of at least 1½ liter capacity per person. Although the water looks clean, it is always safer to use sterilizing tablets or a water filter.With these tablets you have to wait between 30 and 40 minutes before drinking. Bottled mineral water can also be taken from Cusco or bought at Mollepata or Santa Teresa.

 What happens if I arrive at Machu Picchu and then decide to stay an extra night, can I change my train ticket?
It is still possible to make changes to your return train ticket if you decide to stay an extra night at Aguas Calientes. You will have to take your train ticket personally to the train station in Aguas Calientes and ask them to change the return date of your ticket. You will probably be asked to pay an extra administrative fee and changing the ticket will be subject to availability of spaces the following day. If you change your ticket for a cheaper service then you will not be refunded the difference!.

 What training do you provide for your staff on environmental practices?
Our guide teams have been trained in first aid and rescue and are regularly updated through seminars and courses in their respective fields. All of our trekking staff receives regular briefings on how to best comply with the Salcantay Trek Trail and Machu Picchu Sanctuary Regulations as well as on environmental awareness.
Our Credo in Nature
We are great believers in leaving the areas that we visit in as untouched a condition as is possible. We encourage everyone who travels with us to respect the land, the people, and their fellow travelers. This type of focus leads to amazing experiences and insights that bring a sense of satisfaction, which is difficult to create any other way, so be thinking responsibility, consideration, and FUN!

What you do to minimise environmental impacts on the Salkantay Trek?
Our Environmental Management Policy and Commitment considers running our operations in a responsible way, according to the following:
Selective disposal of garbage (organic & inorganic)

  • Garbage withdrawal of Natural Protected Areas
  • We provide toilet tents with chemical toilet facilities. All garbage is disposed of outside the Natural Protected Areas
  • Avoid fires – no smoking allowed inside the tents
  • Use of bowls for washing purposes to avoid the soap from being thrown over to the floor or to natural water sources
  • Avoid disturbing animals
  • No animal hunting allowed
  • Preservation of the flora, no orchid taking allowed
  • Walking over the Inca ruins, walls or archaeological sites is absolutely forbidden

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