• Availability: Available now
  • Group size: 2-10
  • Tour Type: trekking/hiking, landscape, experiential, adventurous
  • Max. Elevation: 4400 meters above sea level

Classic Salkantay Trek by Llactapata 5D/4N

570 USD Per person

Classic Salkantay Trek by Llactapata 5D/4N

If you are one of those adventurous people, who love nature and also love to explore the best hiking trails in the world, then the Salkantay Trek to the world wonder of Machu Picchu is perfectly designed for you. Our exclusive 5-day Classic Salkantay Trek by Llactapata is the best-known trekking alternative to the Classic Inca Trail. National Geographic magazine considers it one of the 25 best hiking trails in the world. We have designed a premium Salkantay itinerary that allows you to be the first to reach the Humantay lagoon and the first to reach the Salkantay mountain and contemplate a beautiful sunrise, without the presence of the other 500 people who are daily in Humantay and Salkantay. This itinerary allows you to enjoy a sunset and sunrise in Llactapata, since we sleep in the most beautiful remote viewpoint of Machu Picchu. Most of the agencies offer Llactapata as a waypoint and not as a camping place and the best thing about Llactapata is to spend the night there and contemplate the stars of Machu Picchu at night.

On day 1, you will hike to Humantay, an electric turquoise color lake adorned by an imposing white snow backdrop. On day 2, a challenging trek will be undertaken towards the Salkantay mountain pass, which is the highest point of the Salkantay Trek. On the third day, you will have an unforgettable organic coffee experience and camp in front of Machu Picchu; The Llactapata viewpoint is considered the best place to appreciate the sunset in front of one of the 7 wonders of the world. On day 4, you will enter the beginning of the Amazon jungle, hike around thick vegetation, conducive to bird watching and arrive at Machu Picchu town, also called Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night in a 3-star hotel. Finally, on the fifth day, the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will be visited; After a guided tour of 3 hours, you will have the freedom to visit the Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, from where you will be able to obtain incredible 360 ​​degree views of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Do not miss the opportunity to hike the best 5-day itinerary in the Classic Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.

Highlights of our Classic Salkantay trek by Llactapata

  • We will work hard to create a lifetime experience for you and your loved ones on this journey on the 5-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.
  • Our expert guides will lead you into the most panoramic spots of the Lake Humantay, Llactapata the Machu Picchu overlook and the lost city of the Incas.
  • Be the first to reach the Humantay lake and the Salkantay snow-capped mountain and enjoy a beautiful sunrise, avoiding the crowds.
  • With our premium Salkantay itinerary you will sleep in Llactapata and contemplate the sunrise, sunset and the stars in the most beautiful remote Machu Picchu viewpoint.
  • We provide you with an emergency horse, in case you need a little push.
  • We provide you with an alpaca wool blanket and a hot water bladder.
  • Our third campsite is off the beaten track, thus tranquility and direct contact with nature are assured.
  • You will have the opportunity to camp and sleep in Llactapata, which is denominated by previous hikers, as the best camp of this entire trek; don’t miss the chance to watch the sunset on this impressive viewpoint of Machu Picchu.
  • Be part of our social and environmental projects.
  • Our Classic Salkantay Trek by Llactapata has a fair and cheap price compared to other operators.
  • We prepare food for our hikers and team with 100% organic vegetables purchased from local producers.

Trip Overview of our Classic Salkantay trek by Llactapata

  • Trek Type: Trekking/hiking, landscape, experiential, adventurous, and cultural.
  • Good for: Those in moderate shape or better.
  • Difficulty: Challenging.
  • Considerations: In order to give you the best itinerary and experience on this Salkantay Trek our itinerary, is completely different from the other companies.
  • Season: From March 1st to December 31th.

Day 1. Cusco – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake – SalkantayPampa. 

  • Hiking distance: 6.2 miles/10 km (6-7 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 4.150 meters above sea level
  • Considered: Moderate to difficult day
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Cold and windy

We will pick you up from your hotel around 4:30 am. and you will be driven for 3 hours to Soraypampa, point from where your adventure in the salkantay trek to Machu Picchu will begin. Upon your arrival, your cook and porters will prepare a delicious and nutritious breakfast; then you will get ready to start ascending for 2 hours and 30 minutes through a path with panoramic views of the vast and green valley of Mollepata. Then you hike through a path full of aromatic and medicinal bushes, among which are: la muña, el marko, la chilca, la kallara, la mulahuacatay and many wild species of potato. Also on this trail you will be able to observe in the distance the white and imposing snow-capped Humantay.

Arriving at the Humantay Lake, you will be surprised by a panoramic view of this famous turquoise lake. You will be the first or one of the first tourists to arrive at the Humantay lake and thus contemplate it avoiding the crowds. You will also have the opportunity to observe a beautiful sunrise over the snowy peak and the Humantay lake. Your tour guide will share interesting information about the coloration of the lake and the importance of the Andean snow-capped mountains with the environment. After you have taken memorable photos of you and your loved ones, you will begin to descend for 1 hour, to Soraypampa, the first base camp of the Salkantay trek and where you will have lunch. Lunch consists of a fruit drink, an Andean soup ideal for cold weather, and buffet-style main dishes.

After digesting the food for about 30 minutes, you will walk uphill for 1 hour and 30 minutes. This section of the hike will surprise you with a beautiful view of the snow-capped Salkantay. Upon arrival at the camp, your porters will give you a container with warm water, liquid soap and a small towel, so you can clean up a bit. To celebrate the first day of the Salkantay trek by Llactapata to Machu Picchu, at night you will share a welcome tea time with all the hikers and porters team besides tasting a delicious buffet dinner.

** The highlight of the day: The dazzling Humantay lake and the starry sky over the Salkantay glacier.

 

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Map of the first day of the Salkantay Trail via LLactapata

 

Day 2. SalkantayPampa – Salkantay Pass – Wacraymachay – Chaullay.

  • Hiking distance: 12.4 miles/20 km (9-10 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 2.900 meters above sea level
  • Considered: Challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather: Cold, windy and warm and humid in the second half

Your guide will wake you up very early with a cup of hot coffee and then the porters will hand you a bowl of warm water so you can wash and get ready for a second day full of scenic beauty on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. After a nutritious breakfast, we will hike uphill for 3 hours and 30 minutes to the Salkantay Pass; Along this trail we will have a privileged view of the Salkantay mountain, which will be at all times like a sentinel taking care of us. This section will be one of the highlights of the entire 5-day Salkantay Trek and at the same time the most challenging of all, because we will reach the highest point of our entire journey. Once we are in the Salkantay mountain pass, we will have a 360-degree view of the Soraypampa valley, the Wayracmachay valley and also the Vilcabamba snow-capped chain.

After celebrating our conquest, enjoying the landscape and taking unforgettable photos, we will descend for 2 hours to the Wayracmachay farmhouse, where we will have lunch. Upon our arrival, our porters will bring us a cold apple juice and we will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. We will hike downhill for 3 hours and a half through an enchanting landscape. This section takes you away little by little from the big snowy hills and takes you little by little to the cloud forest or the beginning of the Amazon jungle. For lovers of plants, flowers and birds, this section of the Salkantay Trek offers a first and good opportunity to observe nature.

Once we arrive at the Chaullay village, your tents will already be installed so you can rest after a very challenging day on the Salkantay trail. In this hamlet there is the possibility of taking a hot shower, as the locals rent it for 3 dollars. At night we will enjoy a pleasant conversation and tea time, in addition to a delicious buffet dinner.

** The highlight of the second day in el Salkantay Trek via Llactapata: are the imposing views of Salkantay (the second highest mountain in Cusco) and the transition between the Andean foothills and the beginning of the Amazonian cloud forest.

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Map of the second day of the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu by Llactapata

 

Day 3. Chaullay – Lucmabamba – Machu Picchu Overlook.

  • Hiking distance: 10 miles/16 km (7 hours)
  • Campsite altitude: 2.750 meters above sea level
  • Considered: Easy to moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather:  warm and very humid

After a nutritious breakfast, we start hiking downhill for two hours. In this section we can glimpse many types of endemic orchids of the Salkantay Trek, ferns and medicinal plants. Once we arrive at the village of Wiñaypoco, we will board a private transport owned by the locals. Then we will be driven for an hour to the town of Lucmabamba. Once here, we will visit a family that has a coffee plantation. This visit consists, of harvesting the coffee beans, peeling them, drying them, roasting them, filtering them and finally taking a sip. After enjoying this extraordinary coffee experience and savoring our delicious buffet lunch. We will ascend by an original section of the Inca trail to Llactapata.

This 4-hour uphill hike is surrounded by one of the most amazing views of the whole trek in Salkantay. In half way there are two swings with a stunning scenery of the Santa Teresa valley and of course we will stop here to swing and enjoy an incredible complete view of surrounding mountains and the majesty sky. Llactapata is a place from where you can see Machu Picchu in the distance. What makes the view of Machu Picchu from Llactapata truly spectacular is the astonishing set of mountains around the Inca citadel, the view of the rear of the Salkantay snow-capped mountain and the entire Aobamba valley in front of us. Without a doubt, one of the best views of the entire Classic Salkantay Trek. After enjoying the Machu Picchu view, we descend for 30 minutes to our camp.

Our camp in Llactapata is considered the most beautiful campsite of the Salkantay Trek (see it for yourself). In the evening we enjoyed our happy hour and a delicious dinner. After dinner our guide will spot some of the most important constellations of the southern hemisphere; Llactapata is located in a mountain with an extraordinary position to stargaze stars through the eyes of the Incas.

** The highlight of the day: Amazing organic and local coffee experience, besides to sleep in the the most incredible Machu Picchu overlook.

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Map of the third day of the Salkantay Trek via Llactapata

 

Day 4. Llactapata- Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes

  • Hiking distance: 9.2 miles/15 km (5-6 hours)
  • Hotel altitude: 2.000 meters above sea level
  • Considered: Easy to moderate
  • Meals:  Breakfast,snacks, lunch, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Weather:  warm and very humid

We will get up early to enjoy with a cup of hot chocolate in our hands, a spectacular sunrise in front of Machu Picchu. After getting ready and having breakfast, we will descend for 3 hours through a steep path, surrounded by a gigantic amount of orchids, ferns, mushrooms, mosses and more; this section is the best for the observation of orchids of the Salkantay Trek.

Upon our arrival at Hidroelectrica, our porters will be waiting for us with a cold fruit juice and a varied buffet lunch. After lunch, we will have a small farewell ceremony for our porters, since it will be the last time we will see them. Later for 3 hours along the railway to the town of Aguas Calientes. This is the closest town to the citadel of Machu Picchu. In this final section of the trek, we will have the opportunity to observe the most beautiful and colorful birds of our Classic Salkantay Trek; birds such as: the cock of the rock, the great Andean toucan, the motmot, the Andean guan, among others. This ornithological richness is due to the fantastic canopy of the Amazon jungle that surrounds this section of the hike. We can also see perched on the mountains the retaining walls of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Once we arrive in Aguas Calientes, we can say: «The Salkantay Classic Trek through Llactapata is done«. Your guide will accommodate you at your hotel and coordinate dinner time and plan the visit to Machu Picchu the next day.

The highlight of the day: watch the sunrise from the most beautiful viewpoint of Machu Picchu and the observation of colorful birds on the last day of the Salkantay trail.

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Map of the fourth day of the salkantay trek

 

Day 5 Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Cusco

  • Meals Included: Breakfast Only 

In order to get well rested and have plenty of time to enjoy the views, pictures and guided tour at Machu Picchu; we suggest you to wake up by 5:00 in the morning, get ready, pack the essentials and take the bus from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu citadel. This will be a ride of 30 minutes until reaching the Inca citadel at 6:15 am. more or less. Thus, you will have the chance to see the sunrise on this magnificent location. Your guide will give enough time to take pictures into the most beautiful spots of the Inca citadel, share information about this amazing Incan masterpiece and display you the most impressive details of Machu Picchu.

Then we take the bus back at more or less 12:00 pm. Down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy without rush our lunch. This lunch is optional and not included. At lunch, your guide will deliver out train tickets, so if you opt to skip this; please arrange to get these train tickets before leaving your tour guide at Machu Picchu citadel. Unless you requested for an upgraded train, we will book the Expedition class train departing Aguas Calientes at 3:20 p.m. or 4:22 p.m. This will be a 2-hour drive to Ollantaytambo or 4 hours to Poroy (this is based on which train you board). At Ollantaytambo or Poroy, an INCAS PATH driver will meet you and drive you back to Cusco, then we drop you off at the door of your hotel or the closest possible if there is not car access until your accommodation.

** Our Salkantay service has a door to door service.

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Map of the last day in the Salkantay Trek

 

 

Included on the Classic Salkantay Trek by Llactapata 

Professional local English speaker Guides: All our super leaders grew up in Cusco region and studied tourism for five years at Cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our Salkantay journey.

Permits:  As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the classic Salkantay trek that also includes an entrance to Machu Picchu

Hotel: This tour includes one night in a three-star hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu. The hotel you book will be listed on your invoice, and upgrades are always available.

Briefing: The night before your trip, you will come to our office for your informative meeting. You will receive your duffle bag that will stay with your porters while you hike. This duffle bag should not exceed 7 kg / 14 pounds and should include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

Porters: We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffle bag and also our camping equipment and food to our basecamp. There is no additional cost for this. You will not have access to your duffle bag until you arrive at your camp in the afternoon.

Transportation: IncaGo Expeditions will be providing all transportation for this classic Salkantay trek. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5 am. and brought to the trailhead. The train back from Aguas Calientes will be on the train called Expedition Class and will be included in your trip. Once you arrive at the train station, our van will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. In addition, we included your round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

Food: Our Salkantay tour includes expert hiking chefs who will cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.

Water: Starting from your first lunch until your last breakfast, we will provide you boiled, filtered, and then cooled water before distributing. You must bring personal water bottles and or a camelback. We advise you to bring a bottle or camelback of 1.5 litters, as being well hydrated is the key to feeling great in the mountains.

Details: We profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies. Each hiker receives a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress to insulate, a backpack cover to protect their belongings while hiking, an extra blanket, a bladder to refill with hot water for the cold nights and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best holiday.

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the Salkantay trek, which every IncaGo Expedition tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.

Not Included on the Classic Salkantay Trek by Llactapata 

Rentals: Due we are hiking the 5-day Salkantay trek, each trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and trekking poles (with rubber tips). They are optional but encouraged for a better comfort. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:

  • Sleeping Bag: $25
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $20
  • Trekking Poles (Pair): $20

Additional options

Huayna Picchu

Is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 1-hour hike to the top. While this hike is on your own, your guide will show you the entry. Huayna Picchu is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you with advance. The ticket is $75 per person.

Machu Picchu Mountain

Is the other mountain that stands above the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. As Huayna Picchu it offers also spectacular views, this extra hike takes 3-hour round trip. This is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you in advance. This ticket is $75 per person.

Vistadome Train 

Our 5 day Salkantay trek includes the Expedition train class. This train is always booked at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. departing from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. There is also the Vistadome train class, which is an upgraded train that offers slightly larger seats and windows, some entertainment and snack. Usually, the Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 p.m. and goes to Poroy, a train station 30 minutes close to Cusco. As this is an upgraded fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel. The ticket is $40 per person.

Extra day at Machu Picchu

You will have from 6 am to 12 pm. to enjoy Machu Picchu (it is not possible to be all day in Machu Picchu due to the new protection regulations developed by the Peruvian state), arriving at the citadel around 6 a.m. and leaving no later than 12 p.m. to take your train at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. If you also want to have a guided tour again the next day in Machu Picchu, we can also organize it.

  • The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is $ 55 per person.
  • The round trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu is $ 25 per person.

 

Prices

We would love to tour the classic Salkantay trek with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to Machu Picchu. We can leave any day from March to January as this journey is always available.

Group Price (2020):

  • $570 per person

Private Tour:

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

  • 2 Trekkers: $600 per person
  • 3 Trekkers: $595 per person
  • 4 Trekkers: $590 per person
  • 5 Trekkers: $585 per person
  • 6 Trekkers: $580 per person
  • 7 Trekkers: $575 per person
  • 8 or more Trekkers: $570 per person

Hotel:

We include a three (3) star hotel and we utilize, Retama Machu Picchu, Inti Punku Machu Picchu Hotel & Suites, or Waman Hotel Machu Picchu (based on availability at booking). Rooms are based on double or triple occupation, and there is a single room surcharge of $50 US per person if you book lonely. Rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers, breakfast and Wi-Fi. We could also upgrade your hotel if you like better something more luxurious. Please remind the service in Aguas Calientes is not as good as in Cusco. Below there is a list of potential upgrade choices, if you want any other hotel, just let us know.

  • El Mapi:  +$80 US pp shared (+$160 for a single)
  • Sumaq : +$220 US pp shared (+$380 for a single)

Solo travelers:

  • + $ 50 US per person

For those who want a single room or travel alone, there is a $ 50 room charge to cover the total cost of the room. We do not join hikers alone in a double room. This covers three star hotels and will be more expensive for upgraded hotels.

Student Discount:

  • – $ 25 discount per person

Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC) at the beginning of the hike or who is 17 years old or younger. For those who use an international student card or for children under 17, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of Machu Picchu.

Please send everything to: [email protected]

Packing list

This classic salkantay trek, includes porters who will carry all your duffle bag while you hike on the Salkantay trek. We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during this journey to the lost city of the Incas.

Essentials:

  • Original Passport.
  • STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student).
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru).
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better).
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbacks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) remember that the Salkantay trek path is entirely dirt soil.

For Your Duffel: Our porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

  • 5 wicking t-shirts.
  • 2-3 hiking pants.
  • 5 sets of undergarments.
  • 5 sets of hiking socks.
  • 1 Fleece and 1 down jacket, it gets cold at night.
  • 1 Rain jacket and rain pants /rain poncho.
  • 1 sun hat.
  • 1 wool hat.
  • Headlamp.
  • Hiking boots.
  • Comfortable shoes for resting in the camp.
  • Quick dry towel, we provide small ones, you might bring your own towel a little larger if you want.
  • Bathing suit.
  • Power bank, there is no place to plug, on the salkantay trek!
  • Large plastic bags, to help organize and keep away clean clothes from dirty clothes.
  • Earplugs in case someone from the group snores.
  • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least.

Toiletries:

  • Sunscreen.
  • Face moisturizer.
  • Bug spray.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Wet wipes.
  • Toothbrush and paste.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Personal medication.
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

 

Inside Your Daypacks:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25 litters will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside in the Machu Picchu check point. Some items are listed below.

  • Sunhat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Music (IPhone)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips

Where do we pick up the hikers for the 5-day Salkantay Trek?

Pick up will be from your hotel at 4:30 a.m. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.

Where to pay the remaining amount for the Classic Salkantay Trek?

Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the Salkantay hike for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your Salkantay tour.

Reserve for the Classic Salkantay Trek?

We try to make the booking as easy as possible in IncaGo Expeditions. We prepare a reservation form, where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 200 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the Machu Picchu permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.

Permissions for the Classic Salkantay Trek?

Only tour operators licensed by the government, such as IncaGo Expeditions, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your Machu Picchu permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.

Passport Number Update?

The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.

Where to stay in Cusco?

You can stay in a hotel that you consider convenient, however you must have the account of the location of the hotel because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel and coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your IncaGo sales representative.

Can I stay in the sacred valley?

Not, as the driving route to get the trailhead does not go through the sacred valley of the Incas.

Can I stay an additional night in Machu Picchu town or Aguas Calientes?

Of course, if you agree to take the same train from Aguas Calientes that is part of your original itinerary, which is usually at 3.20 or 4:22 pm, then there is no additional charge for the train to be booked one day. after. If you need us to insure your hotel or another visit to Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain this will have an additional cost. If you decide to spend another night in Aguas Calientes, be sure to inform the Incas Path office at least one month in advance, so that your train ticket is purchased for the correct day.

Can I book my hotel on my own in Aguas Calientes?

You can choose any hotel to stay in Aguas Calientes. It is a small and very safe town. If you decide to book your hotel, be sure to tell us where you plan to stay so we can take you there safely.

During the trip, how challenging is the Classic Salkantay Trek?

Remember that this classic Salkantay hike, it is challenging because you will climb one very high mountain pass. if rains, the dirt soil path could be muddy (don´t worry if you have good hiking boots) also on the last three days into the Salkantay region is humid and hot all the time, so it will be exhausting but it will be worth it when you arrive at Machu Picchu, and so you will take your so awaited postcard pictures and will learn all the most interesting details about Machu Picchu.

Will I need extra money on the 5-day Salkantay trek?

Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, snacks, along the way or reminders in the citadel of Machu Picchu or go to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes, take about 400 soles or if you do not want to take cash with you there are ATMs in Aguas Calientes and you can also make almost any payment using your credit or debit card, «also remember that along the days of hiking into the Salkantay trek just cash is accepted».

How many people will be in my group on the Classic Salkantay Trek?

We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups that start each day. We can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in hikes in the Andes. During the low season it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.

Do you need hiking boots for the classic Salkantay trek 5-day?

We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little the path can become a bit muddy and slippery. Please make sure they have good soles.

Are trekking poles really necessary on the Classic Salkantay Trek?

For this hike we recommend the use of trekking poles for everyone, especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people. There are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the walking sticks, either climbing or descending the dirt soil path.

Are there any toilets along the 5 days Classic Salkantay Trek?

Along the path there are 3 places that has toilet. Firstly, at the hiking start, then at lunch spot and at basecamp. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.

Can I use plastic bottles during the Classic Salkantay Trek?

Due to New government regulations for the Salkantay trek it will be 100% BANNED to BRING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES. We kindly suggest you getting your aluminum plastic bottles to avoid any disappointment at the check points along the Salkantay path and in the Machu Picchu citadel.

Aluminum water bottles can be bought in many different shops around the main square.

If you are still at home and ready to fly to Peru for your trek, we recommend you bringing aluminum water bottles or camel bags.

Where do I store my luggage?

All luggage not necessary for the hike must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing luggage of their guests, or if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage

What should I expect from the weather on the Classic Salkantay Trek?

Historically in the Peruvian highlands, we have the dry season that goes from April to October and the rainy season that goes from November to March. Unfortunately, this pattern is changing a bit due to climate change. Be ready with your cap/hat and your bottle of sunscreen, because the solar radiation in Cusco during the day fluctuates between 16 and 18 points. And do not forget to bring warm clothes for the cold at night, since the temperature can drop as low as 0 ° C degrees Celsius.

Can Incas Path please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?

For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten free or if you have any type of allergies, we have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets in the mountains. Also remember that we want to pamper you during your trip to Machu Picchu and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.

What type of outlet is used in Cusco and Machu Picchu?

Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output and also that of South America.

What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?

Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip to Machu Picchu and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, we always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.

In general, participants in a group show their appreciation as a group for their porters and chef and a personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.