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Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail 5 Days to Machu Picchu

5 Days desde $ USD 950.00

Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu

Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail 5 Days to Machu Picchu

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5 Days desde $ USD 950.00

Price
$ USD 950.00
Duration
5 Days
Physical Level
Demanding
Altitude
3300 mnsn
Accomodation
Camping
Departures
Daiy Departures
Cusco I Ollantaytambo I Km 82 I Wayllabamba I Pacaymayo I Phuyupatamarca I Wiñayhuayna I Inti Punku I Sungate I Machu Picchu

Overview

Salkantay Trek 5 Days

The Salkantay trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu will take you off the beaten path. Spend 5 days exploring the natural wonders of Mount Salkantay and Lake Humantay. Admire the stunning landscapes, impressive snow-capped mountains, picturesque valleys, beautiful lakes, waterfalls, landscapes and camp in the hills in front of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a true wilderness camping experience with comfortable tents and delicious food!

The Salkantay trek 5 Days is more than just a hike. This is an opportunity to challenge yourself, connect with the beauty of nature and mark a milestone in your travel life.

Salkantay trek 5 Days / 4 Nights allows you to explore the second most popular route to Machu Picchu after the classic Inca Trail for 4 days. You will be able to see Lake Humantay, walk through snow-capped mountains and cloud forests, visit an organic coffee farm

Visit the Pachamanca Barbecue, the Llaqtapata Camp, complete the walk to Machu Picchu and return by panoramic train.

Trekking in Salkantay: the path to the snowy Salkantay and beyond. An adventure that awakens your senses and immerses you in the rich resources of the Peruvian Andes. Reserve now!

Price From
$ 950.00
Food

4B, 4L, 4D

Travel Asistants

Guide
Cook
Porters

Transport

Bus, Hike, Train

Group Size

Accomodation

Camping

Physical Level

Demanding

Travel Map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 1: Cusco – Solai Pampa – Lake Humantay – Salkantepampa
  • DAY 2: Salkantaypampa – Wayracmachay– Collpapampa
  • DAY 3: Collpapampa – Llucmabamba – Llactapata
  • DAY 4: Llactapata – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes
  • DAY 5: Explore Machu Picchu – Return to Cusco

Highlights

Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu Highlights

  • Hike the Original Inca Trail and Get Machupicchu by the sungate
  • Sleep in Comfort under the stars
  • Enjoy the scenic views of Salkantay Trek 5 Days (Llactapata,Huayllabamba, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Intipata and Winayahuayna)
  • Make a small ritual for the Andean gods and learn about Incan religion
  • Enjoy our friendly customer service and experienced top guides, cheffs and Happy porters (Well-threat Porters)
  • Eat delicious, freshly prepared Peruvian cuisine (Buffet Peruvian Style Food)
  • Hike through the different types of landscapes and Sceneries, such as cloud forests, highlands, grassy hills, and Andean valleys
  • Reach 4,200 meters (12,000 feet) in elevation along the Salkantay Trek 5 Days Pass which is known as dead woman pass
  • Explore MachuPicchu (https://www.machupicchu.gob.pe) and the surrounding area with expert and knowledgeable tour top guides

Please, Note Salkantay trek 5 Days: We need at least 02 of you and Leave any day you suit. All Departures 100% Guaranteed If You’re Booked, You are Going !!! To Confirm and Secure the Inca Trail Permits. Send us the filled out booking form as well as a deposit of 30% and you are ready to go…

Please, Note: Allocations or Itinerary are subject to change depending on time of booking and campsites provided by INC (institution that runs the Classic Inca Trail they allocate campsites for all Travel Companies) Because the 1st 250 spaces go to Wiñayhuayna Campsite which is 2 hours close to Machupicchu and the rest goes to Phuyupatamarca which is 5 hours walk to Machupicchu. So we recommend to book well in advance in order to get Wiñayhuayna campsite.

Trip Details

Inca Trail 5 Days to Machu Picchu Details

  • TOUR NAME: Inca Trail 5 Days to Machu Picchu
  • 100% LOCAL COMPANY: fully licensed Inca Trail Operator, Highly Recommended! Check out our reviews on Trip Advisor & Youtube what our Passengers say about us
  • GROUP SIZE: 02 People Minimum (04 – 06 Average) and 08 People Maximum
  • STARTING POINT: Pick-up from Cusco Hotel/Airbnb. From 4:30 am to 5:00 am
  • ENDING POINT: Drop-off in Cusco at Hotel/Airbnb 10:30 pm
  • DEPARTURE: Daily (Based on Availability). If you are a group of 02 we depart (No matter if you have paid as a large group service). We NEVER pass our people onto another operator as most agencies do here in Cusco.
  • HIKING DISTANCE: 46km /26miles
  • PHYSICAL LEVEL: Level 3. Inca Trail Requires some physical preparation and we also recommend Aclimatize 2 days before we begin the Incacarried trail
  • MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 4,200m
  • TRANSPORTATION: Private Van/Bus to Km 82 Trailhead (for our Passengers and staff) Tourist Expedition Train Back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and Bus back to Cusco
  • ACCOMMODATIONS: 4 Nights in Camping in 4 Season Tents/02 ppl per Tent (Sleeping bag and Therm-a-rest Self-Inflating air Mat are included)
  • PORTERING SERVICE: 7 Kilos/14 Pounds Extra Portering service is included. We will provide you a duffel bag for your personal Stuff and (This will be carried by the porter), Water Bottle, Rain Poncho & Inca Trail T-shirt at the briefing time
  • MEALS: 4 breakfast, 4 lunches, 4 dinners (Vegetarian, Vegan and Free Gluten with NO extra Charge, Upon Request)
  • CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU: Inca Trail Permits & Machupicchu entrance fee Included.

Itinerary

DAY 1

Cusco – Solai Pampa – Lake Humantay – Salkantepampa

You will be picked up from the hotel door at 4:30 AM to start the Salkantay trek, then drive 3 hours to the trailhead – approx. 7:30 a.m. You’ll enjoy your first chef-prepared breakfast, then meet up with your team of porters and groomsmen to begin the Salkantay Trek!

The first part begins with a 3-hour hike to Soraypampa (3,600 m/11,811 ft) along an ancient aqueduct that has been in use since Inca times. Lunch is served in Soraypampa, where our chefs will prepare delicious dishes from fresh local ingredients.

After lunch, continue trekking for 2 hours until you reach the stunning Humantay Glacier Lake (4200m/13779ft). Once you reach the lake, explore and relax and admire the beauty of this spectacular turquoise lake.

Then drive for 2 hours to reach the first campsite at the foot of the Salkantay Mountains. Along the way you will see a variety of flora and fauna such as Andean geese (love birds), deer and vizcachas (which look like rabbits).

The campsite is located in Salkantay Pampa (altitude 3900m/12795ft). This base camp offers unobstructed views of the Salkantay Mountains and the night sky. Cook dinner, stargaze and sleep under a million stars.

  • Campsite Elevation: 3900 meters/12795 feet
  • Maximum Elevation: 4,200 meters/13,779 feet
  • Distance: 12 km/7.4 miles
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Catering: breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping under a million stars
  • Physical Level: moderate
DAY 2

Salkantaypampa – Wayracmachay– Collpapampa

Wake up in the morning and enjoy a hot cup of coffee or wooden tea in your tent while admiring the wonderful view of the snow-capped mountains. After breakfast, you begin the 2-hour climb to the highest point of the Salkantay Trek at 4,630 m (15,190 ft).

Once at the top of the mountain, you will spend some time exploring and enjoying the surroundings and even visiting the beautiful lake at the foot of the Salkantay Mountains. Then another 3 hour trek down to the lunch spot at Wayracmachay (3800m/12467ft). You can also see Vizcachas (Lagidium Peruanum), a chinchilla that is only found in Peru.

After a hearty lunch, be ready for the last leg of the day, starting from a flat mountain with dry and cold air, descending for more than 3 hours to a dense cloud forest with a hot and humid climate. This is definitely one of the fastest changes in temperature and scenery you will experience.

The campsite is located next to the village of Collpapampa at an altitude of 2,770 m (9,087 ft). Elevation of the campsite: 2770 meters/9087 feet

  • Maximum Elevation: 4,630 meters/15,190 feet
  • Distance: 18 km/11.1 miles
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Meals: breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping next to the village
  • Consider: a challenge
DAY 3

Collpapampa – Llucmabamba – Llactapata

Enjoy a relaxing time in the village while admiring the mountain scenery behind you. After breakfast, you are ready to head to the legendary citadel of Machu Picchu for the most beautiful day of hiking along narrow paths that lead along the river, past wooden bridges, waterfalls, passion fruit and banana plantations until you reach Lumabamba (Lucmabamba), 2000m/ 6561ft ) for lunch.

Today’s lunch was unique and the highlight of the Salkantay trek. After about 3 hours of hiking and using the last part by van, get ready to join Pachamanca Barbecue, an ancient traditional underground stone grill. After burying your food, you visit an organic coffee farm and make a cup of coffee.

Preparation time is about 45 minutes; then you sit down and enjoy various delicacies such as cuy (guinea pig) cooked like the locals, different types of potatoes, fruits and vegetables. After eating and recovering, prepare for a 3-hour climb along the ancient Inca trail to Llaqtapata, a small Inca citadel on top of a mountain 2,750m (9,022ft) above sea level, where you will get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu.

Discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, the site was lost until recently. You camp in front of Machu Picchu; When you open your tent, weather permitting, you can watch the sunrise and sunset over Machu Picchu.

  • Campsite Elevation: 2750 m / 9022 ft
  • Distance: 16 km/9.9 miles
  • Walking time: 6 hours
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping in front of Machu Picchu
  • Difficulty: moderate
DAY 4

Llactapata – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes

Open your tent and the first thing you see is Machu Picchu on another mountain in front, and your hiking group will offer you a cup of coffee or wooden tea. After breakfast, you can easily descend to the hydroelectric power station in 2 hours. You will have a final brunch with the trekking chefs to say goodbye to them before heading down the final leg of the Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Aguas Calientes.

The last part is a 3-hour hike by rail, upstream of the Urubamba River. This hike is steeped in history and you will stop at the Mandora Botanical Gardens, visited by Hiram Bingham who discovered a farmer in the area named Arteaga Live. In 1911, he was the first person to take Americans to Machu Picchu.

You will visit the Arteagas farm, which is home to a variety of endemic birds such as Rupicola Peruviana (locally known as cock of the rock), parrots, toucans, hummingbirds and orchids. Upon arrival in Aguascalientes, your guide will take you to your hotel where you can shower and visit the town or hot springs. In the evening, you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant while planning the next and most important day of the Salkantay trek.

  • Aguascalientes: 2,000 meters/6,561 feet
  • Distance: 14 km/8.6 miles
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: in a three-star hotel
  • Difficulty: moderate
DAY 5

Explore Machu Picchu – Return to Cusco

Today is the most important day of the Salkantay Trek. It is visiting one of the world’s new seven wonders, a city abandoned for unknown reasons during the 16th century by the great Inca Empire. Wake up early, have breakfast in the hotel, and take the first buses to catch the sunrise in Machu Picchu.

Your tour guide will take you to the most famous temples, palaces, and plazas and explain the mysteries of this spectacular Inca city perched on this impossible mountain peak.

The guided tour takes about 3 hours, and you will have time to explore the magical citadel or climb Huayna Picchu or Montaña (Machu Picchu Mountain).

After finishing the citadel tour or your hike, you must take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, have lunch, collect your belongings from the hotel, and take the Exclusive Panoramic train to return to Ollantaytambo and our private van to Cusco. The Treks Team will drive back to your hotel around 7:30 pm.

  • Duration of the tour: 3 – 4 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast (hotel)
  • Difficulty: Easy

Inclusions

Included

Included on the Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu

  • PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION/ Private Tourist transportation Cusco – Ollantaytambo and then KM 82 (The Trailhead) (We never share Bus service with other companies as most agencies do here to minimize costs) and Please, Note. we always use the same tourist transportation for our porters. we wont send them by an unconfortable truck as most do here.
  • EXPEDITIONS TRAIN BACK TICKET/ Tourist Expeditions train Back ticket (Between 2:30pm to 7:00pm) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then bus back to cusco and we willdropp you off at the hotel.
  • PROFFESIONAL GUIDES/ English – Spanish speaking guide for 5 days of the Salkantay Trek 5 Days and Machupicchu.(All our Guides work for us only) All of them speak Fluent English & Second Guide Over 08 people Group(Large Group Service)
  • CAMPING EQUIPMENT/ Thermarest air-inflate Confortable sleeping Mattress (While others agencies are using foam mat) Thats why many of them run away from us. Because they dont want their passengers to see the Quality of our Camping equipment)
  • MASTER CHEFFS/Cook and assistance of the Cook.(We have chosen the best cook/cheffs and all are trained by Quechuas Expeditions every month)
  • Cooking equipment (We use New cooking equipment and change all every 3 months) Snacks (Fruits, energy bars)
  • Daily tea service (Wake up Coca tea and afternoon tea time(Happy hour) with full of popcorn and special snacks made by our cooks)
  • Dining equipment including portable chairs and tables
  • FOOD/Food service in the campsites (4 breakfast, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, 4 snacks) – nutritionally balanced menu: Buffet style Plenty of food you will never be hungry with us! as well as Guinea Pig for free because we want you to taste all from Peru.
  • Vegetarian and free Gluten menu at no extra cost (Please let us know at the time of booking)
  • Two person tents (3-people capacity tent used as doubles – Kayla Doite) 4 season tent Aluminium poles Tents
  • Portering Service. As detailed in the table authorised by the INC. (To carry our camping equipment and food) We Never overload our porters. Please, see a detailed page where you can see how we threat our porter Chaskis
  • Extra Portering 7 Kilos/14 pounds for our personal stuff (We will provide you a duffel bag to put all your personal stuff as well as the sleeping bag & Mat)
  • Visit to Machu Picchu on the 5th day (2 hours guide tour to explore the whole incan site)
  • Camping equipment and basic field equipment for our porters as well as adecuate clothing like: (Sleeping bag, Mat, Jacket, T-shirt, pant, rain poncho, shoes, hat, belts, proper backpack to carry the equipment and all of them are limited to carry 20kg only).
  • Private Transportation from the train station of Ollantaytambo to Cusco (2 hours drive) and drop off at the hotel.(we only use our Private Transportation. so you will never wait at the train station till the bus of 30 ppl gets full)
  • First-aid kit (Our Guide will carry while on the Salkantay Trek 5 Days) Please, note all our Guides are trained every year in first-aid)
  • Emergency oxygen bottle (Our guide will carry while on the Salkantay Trek 5 Days)
  • Rain waterproof cover for your day backpacks as well as Rain poncho
  • Pre trek Orientation – briefing (Hotel or Office) Let us know once you are at the office or by email.
  • Single Tents upon request with no extra cost.
  • Water for Driking: we will supply with filtered and boiled water and your bottles will be filled at each meal time.
  • Water bottle for refilling with water along the Salkantay Trek 5 Days (WE DONT WANT YOU TO USE PLASTIC BOTTLES) Get one once you are at our office!!!
  • Free “I survived ” T-shirt and certificate (only for PEOPLE who successfully complete the trek!!!)

No Included

No Included on Salkantay Trek 5 Days

  • Breakfast – Day 1
  • Lunch and dinner – Day 5
  • Tips (optional)
  • Travel and health insurance.(bring copies with you please):Quechuas Expeditions highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your travel investment. Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance.

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DISCOUNTS (to apply discounts. Please send us an email at info@quechuasexpeditions.com)

  • UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD (Students must be below 25 years) : US$30. Please send us a a scanned copy of the student card at the time of booking.
  • Under 17 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 12 years old: US$30  Please send us a copy of passport at the time of booking.
  • Group of 5 or more: US$20 per person. All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.

UPGRADES:

  • Huaynapicchu Mountain (Based on Availability): US$90 Based on Availability (Let us at the time of booking)
  • MachuPicchu Mountain (Based on Availability): US$90 Based on Availability (Let us at the time of booking)
  • Upgrade to Vistadome Train (First Class Train) (Includes Private Transportation From Ollantaytambo to Cusco) USUS$70
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes US$30 per person (Twin Bed room, 3 Beds room & 4 Beds Room with Private shower & Bathroom)
  • A night in Cusco at our Quechuas Guesthouse: from US$20 per person / Twin Bed room (Before we do the tour/trek or after the tour/trek)

RENTALS

  • Goose Down sleeping bag (Mummy style): US$30 for the entire trip
  • (Black Dimond) Walking Poles Rubber Tips Included: US$20 for the entire trip
  • Day Pack 20 – 30 liters (Rain cover included): US$15 for the entire trip

ADITIONAL INFO:

  • BRIEFING for all our treks is a Night before we do the trek at 6:30pm in our office, But if you want us to come to your Hotel let us know in advance.(You will get a chance to meet you guide and as well as to give you your duffel bags)
  • STORAGE Most Hotels have storage where you can leave the rest of your stuff while you hike to Machupicchu, But if they dont have a place you can leave your stuff in our storage with no extra cost. (Let us know at the time of briefing)

We need at least 02 of you and Leave any day you suit. All Departures 100% Guaranteed If You’re Booked, You are Going !!! To Confirm and Secure the Salkantay Trek 5 Days. Send us the filled out booking form as well as a deposit of 30% and you are ready to go…

What to Bring

For the five days of Salkantay treks, you need personal trekking gear and a sleeping bag. If you do not have a sleeping bag is possible to rent one from us also if you like trekking poles, you can rent them from us. The rest needed for this trek we provide.

Here is a general packing list for the Salkantay trek that you can use as a reference:

Clothing:

  • Hiking boots or shoes
  • Hiking socks (wool or synthetic)
  • Long pants (hiking pants or leggings)
  • T-shirts or breathable shirts
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Swimwear (for hot springs or swimming)
  • Sandals / Flip flops
  • A towel

Gear:

  • Backpack (20-30L)
  • Sleeping bag (rated to 0-5 degrees Celsius/32-41 degrees Fahrenheit). If you do not have one, you can rent one from the company
  • Headlamp or flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Trekking poles (optional but recommended), if you do not have one pair you can rent from the company
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Water bottle or hydration system (at least 1.5 liters capacity)
  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.)
  • Personal medication (if necessary)

Optional:

  • Camera or phone for taking pictures
  • Portable charger or power bank
  • Book or Kindle for reading during downtime
  • Snacks (such as energy bars, trail mix, or dried fruit)
  • Cash in soles (for buying souvenirs or optional activities)
  • Also, keep in mind that the weather can be unpredictable in the Andes, so it’s recommended to dress in layers and bring both warm and waterproof clothing or rain ponchos.

DOCUMENTS YOU MUST CARRY DURING THE TREK

  • Original Passport
  • Original student card if you have applied for a student discount.

NOTE: Salkantay Treks Peru provides a duffle bag in which you can pack up to 7 kilograms of your personal belongings, which will be carried by horses during the trek. During the trek, you will carry a small backpack with the necessary items for the day hike. The rest of your belongings can be packed in the duffle bag, which will be accessible at each campsite.

Pricing List

The Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu is available for daily departures in 2023 and 2024, and all departures are 100% guaranteed. If you book your trip, it will not be canceled.

To book your trip, please send us your personal information and a 30% deposit. The final balance will be paid once you arrive in Cusco.

For group service, the price per person is US$950. You will join a formed group of people from different countries and nationalities, with a group size of 4-8 people.

For private service, the price per person is US$1050. This option is recommended for honeymooners, families with children, and groups of friends, with a minimum of 2 people.

If you are a group of 2 people, we will depart even if you have booked for group service. We will never pass our clients onto another operator, unlike many other agencies in Cusco.


Group Price
Number of persons Price per person
Price Per person (Max 12 participants) $100.00 Inquire Now

Booking Note

DISCOUNTS (to apply discounts. Please send us an email at info@quechuasexpeditions.com)
  • UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD (Students must be below 25 years): US$20. Please send us a scanned copy of the student card at the time of booking.
  • Under 17 years old: US$20 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 12 years old: US$20 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Group of 5 or more: US$10 per person. All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.
UPGRADES:
  • Huaynapicchu Mountain (Based on Availability): US$90 Based on Availability (Let us at the time of booking)
  • Machu Picchu Mountain (Based on Availability): US$90 Based on Availability (Let us at the time of booking)
  • Upgrade to Vistadome Train (First Class Train) (Includes Private Transportation From Ollantaytambo to Cusco) USUS$70
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes US$30 per person (Twin Bedroomdon’t, 3 Beds room & 4 Beds Room with Private shower & Bathroom)
  • A night in Cusco at our Quechuas Guesthouse: from US$30 per person / Twin Bedroom (Before we do the tour/trek or after the tour/trek)
RENTALS
  • Goose Down sleeping bag (Mummy style): US$30 for the entire trip
  • (Black Dimond) Walking Poles Rubber Tips Included: US$20 for the entire trip
  • Day Pack 20 – 30 liters (Rain cover included): US$15 for the entire trip
ADDITIONAL INFO:
  • BRIEFING: all our treks is a Night before we do the trek at 6:30 pm in our office, But if you want us to come to your Hotel let us know in advance.(You will get a chance to meet your guide and as well as to give you your duffel bags)
  • STORAGE: Most Hotels have storage where you can leave the rest of your stuff while you hike to Machupicchu, But if they dont have a place you can leave your stuff in our storage at no extra cost. (Let us know at the time of briefing)

We need at least 02 of you and Leave any day you suit. All Departures are 100% Guaranteed If You’re Booked, You Are Going !!! To Confirm and Secure the Salkantay Trek 5 Days Permits. Send us the filled-out booking form as well as a deposit of 30% and you are ready to go…


Recommendations

Here are some recommendations to help you prepare for th Salkantay Trek 5 Days :
  1. Train beforehand: The Salkantay Trek 5 Days involves a lot of walking and hiking, so it’s essential to train beforehand to ensure that you are physically prepared. Cardiovascular exercises, such as running or cycling, and strength training exercises, such as squats and lunges, can help you build endurance and strength.
  2. Acclimatize: The Salkantay Trek 5 Days reaches high altitudes, so it’s crucial to spend some time acclimatizing to the altitude before starting the trek. Spend a few days in Cusco, which is situated at 3,400 meters above sea level, before embarking on the Salkantay Trek 5 Days
  3. Pack appropriately: Make sure you pack appropriately for the Salkantay Trek 5 Days. You will need comfortable hiking shoes, lightweight clothing, a waterproof jacket, and warm layers for the cold nights. Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a first aid kit.
  4. Stay hydrated: It’s essential to stay hydrated while hiking, especially at high altitudes. Bring a reusable water bottle and refill it at the water stations along the trail. You can also bring water purification tablets to ensure that the water is safe to drink.
  5. Respect the environment: The Salkantay Trek 5 Days is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s important to respect the environment by following the rules and regulations set by the park authorities. Don’t litter, stay on the designated trails, and avoid damaging the ancient ruins.
  6. Hire a reputable tour operator: The Salkantay Trek 5 Days can only be hiked with a licensed tour operator. Do your research and choose a reputable tour operator with experienced guides, comfortable camping equipment, and quality food.
  7. Be prepared for the weather: The weather on the Salkantay Trek 5 Days can be unpredictable, with rain and cold temperatures common. Bring rain gear and warm layers, and be prepared for the possibility of rain, fog, and wind.

Valid Student ID for Machu Picchu

To get the student discount, travelers should have a Valid ID with the following:

  • 25 years or less at the time of entering Machu Picchu. Older than 25 can not enter as a student
  • The ID must have the Name of the university, name, and photo of the student
  • The ID must have a valid expiration date

Invalid Student IDs

Student IDs are not eligible for a discount when:

  • Traveler is older than 25
  • Expired ID
  • Student Id without expiration date
  • ISIC cards are not valid.

Travel Guide

The Salkantay Trek 5 Days is a popular trekking route in Peru that leads to the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. If you’re planning to hike theSalkantay Trek 5 Days, here’s a travel guide to help you prepare for the journey:

Salkantay Trek 5 Days
Salkantay Trek 5 Days
  1. Choose a reputable tour operator: It’s important to choose a reliable and licensed tour operator to ensure your safety and the sustainability of the trail. Look for companies that prioritize the welfare of their porters and follow the guidelines set by the government.
  2. Book in advance: The Inca Trail permits are limited and sell out quickly, so it’s best to book your tour several months in advance to secure your spot.
  3. Physical preparation: The Inca Trail is a challenging hike that involves steep climbs, high altitude, and long hours of walking. It’s recommended to prepare yourself physically by doing regular exercise and building up your stamina.
  4. What to pack: Pack light but don’t forget the essentials like a good pair of hiking boots, warm clothing, rain gear, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a headlamp. Your tour operator will provide camping equipment and food, so you don’t need to bring those.
  5. Altitude sickness: The Inca Trail reaches a maximum altitude of 4,215 meters, so it’s important to acclimatize yourself before starting the trek. It’s recommended to spend a few days in Cusco or other high-altitude areas before the hike.
  6. Respect the trail: The Inca Trail is a UNESCO World Heritage site and should be treated with respect. Don’t litter, damage the trail or the ruins, and be mindful of the local communities and their customs.
  7. Enjoy the experience: The Inca Trail is not just about reaching Machu Picchu, but also about the journey itself. Take the time to appreciate the stunning landscapes, learn about the Incan culture and history, and bond with your fellow hikers and guides.

By following these tips, you can ensure a safe and memorable experience on the Inca Trail.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend leaving any luggage that you don’t need during the trek at your hotel. Most hotels in Cusco offer a complimentary safety deposit service, but if your hotel doesn’t, we can provide a storage facility for you. Please let us know.

The sleeping mat weighs 1 kg and the sleeping bag weighs 2 kg.

Our guides are trained in basic medical care and carry a first aid kit. In rare cases where a traveler is unable to complete the hike due to medical reasons, they are escorted back to Cusco and can rejoin the group in Machu Picchu a few days later via train. For serious medical emergencies, Cusco has modern medical facilities and our guides and porters have evacuation strategies in place.

We provide high-quality camping equipment, including 4-season aluminum pole tents (3-people-capacity for 2 people), dining tents, tables, chairs, toilet tents, cooking equipment, water purifiers, air Thermarest mattresses, and other camping gear.

We recommend carrying your daily essentials such as water, snacks, camera, and film. Porters will carry all your other supplies, including camping equipment and clothing. We advise limiting personal belongings to 12 lbs to prevent overloading the porters. If you have an extra porter, they can carry up to 12kg as a Full Porter, 6kg as a Half Porter, or 4kg for carrying a sleeping bag and pad.

Our guides are highly experienced, fluent in English, Spanish, and Quechua, and have in-depth knowledge of the history, culture, and ecology of the area. Most of them have 5-10 years of experience leading Inca trail hikes, and they receive annual Red Cross First Aid and emergency training.

A cook accompanies every group and provides delicious and hearty meals that include a mix of local specialties and international favorites. Vegetarian meals are available upon request, and we can usually accommodate other special dietary needs with advance notice.

We recommend bringing your own refillable water bottles to limit plastic waste. Water is boiled, treated with iodine, and filtered with one of our portable filters (Katadyn and PUR commonly used). It is available in the morning and at every meal.

Trek permits are non-refundable and non-transferable, and we cannot replace cancelled passengers with new ones due to current regulations.

We usually purchase permits within a few days of receiving your deposit. If you need us to act immediately, you can send your deposit via Western Union, which is the fastest and safest way in Cusco, Peru. We can receive the money and confirm your trip in minutes.

The Inca Trail is a 26-mile trek through the Andes Mountains in Peru that leads to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu.

The Inca Trail is approximately 26 miles long and takes about 4 days to complete.

Yes, all hikers need a permit to hike the Inca Trail. Permits are limited and sell out quickly, so it’s important to book in advance.

The cost of hiking the Inca Trail varies depending on the tour company and the time of year. Expect to pay around $500-$1000 per person.

The best time to hike the Inca Trail is during the dry season, which runs from May to September.

The Inca Trail is a challenging trek that requires a moderate level of fitness. It’s a good idea to train for the hike by doing regular cardio and strength training.

You should pack comfortable hiking clothes, a good pair of hiking shoes, a warm jacket, a sleeping bag, a backpack, and plenty of snacks and water.

There are limited bathroom facilities on the Inca Trail, but most campsites have basic toilets.

Yes, many tour companies offer porter services for an additional fee. This can be a great option if you don’t want to carry a heavy backpack.

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern on the Inca Trail, as much of the trek takes place at high elevations. It’s important to acclimate properly and stay hydrated.

Most tour companies provide meals on the Inca Trail, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food is typically simple but filling, and may include local specialties like quinoa soup and roasted guinea pig.

Yes, all hikers must have a licensed guide to hike the Inca Trail. This is to help protect the trail and ensure the safety of hikers.

Children under the age of 12 are not allowed to hike the Inca Trail due to safety concerns. However, there are other family-friendly treks in the area.

Cancellation policies vary depending on the tour company, but many require a non-refundable deposit and have strict cancellation deadlines.

Yes, hiking the Inca Trail is an incredible experience that offers stunning views and a glimpse into ancient Inca culture. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that is well worth the effort.

How to Book

TO BOOK THE Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu, FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS:

  1. Choose a reputable, government-authorized tour operator.
  2. Click the “Book Online” button, select the date, and complete the booking form. Have one person fill it out for the entire group to ensure you’re booked together. Keep your passport handy for accurate information.
  3. Make a payment online using any debit or credit card. There’s a 2.9% fee for online payments, which customers must cover.
  4. To secure your Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu, provide a $180 deposit per person. This helps obtain necessary permits and tickets from the Peruvian government.
  5. Optionally, you can pay the full tour amount upfront to avoid any future payment concerns.
  6. If you choose to pay only the deposit, the remaining balance is due 24 hours before the tour begins. You can pay in cash (soles or dollars) at the office in Cusco or by card (3.9% fee). You can also pay the balance online with any card (2.9% fee).

By following these straightforward steps, you can easily book your Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu experience and focus on preparing for your adventure.

Payment: You can pay for Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu online using any debit or credit card. A 2.9% fee applies to online payments, which customers must cover. To book Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu, a $180 deposit per person is required to secure permits and tickets from the Peruvian government. You can choose to pay the full tour amount upfront to avoid future payment concerns. If you pay only the deposit, the remaining balance is due 24 hours before the tour starts. Pay the balance in cash (soles or dollars) at our office in Cusco, or by card with a 3.9% fee. You can also pay online using any card with a 2.9% fee.

Passport Requirements: Ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned entry date to Peru. If it’s set to expire within 6 months, renew it before traveling. If your passport expires within 6 months but you want to secure Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu tickets, book the tour and update your passport details with us after renewal. Failure to do so may result in permit and ticket forfeiture.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment. Obtain insurance before departing and consider working with a reputable agency for affordable coverage.

Deposit: The $180 deposit per person for the Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu tour is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Remaining Balance: If you only pay the deposit, the balance is due 24 hours before the tour starts. Pay in cash (soles or dollars) at our office in Cusco or by card with a 3.9% fee. You can also pay online with any card and a 2.9% fee.

Student Discount: If your student card meets Peruvian government requirements, reserve the tour with a deposit and pay the remaining balance upon arrival in Cusco. The student discount will be applied at that time.

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