Salkantay Trek and Short Inca Trail To Machu Picchu – 5 Days
Salkantay Trek and short Inca trail to Machu Picchu 5 days, is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places we have in Cusco.
If you didn’t get the permits for the Inca Trail 4 Days, this is the best alternative due to geographical and historical region. We can see the Humantay Lake and Salkantay Lake with instagramable Colours (that in Quechua is translated to “qochas” a place of the origin of the Incas) – natives from this area still make special ceremonies to those Lakes.
You can also see many South American Camelids typical of Peru, Chile, and Argentina, especially many alpacas, llamas, guanacos, who were especially sacred to the Incas (Llamas played a very important role in the transportation and some were used in sacrifices as a form of sanctification for a good yield in crop production.
Along the hike from Salkantay trek and short Inca trail to Machu Picchu 5 days, you’ll meet local people who are cheerful and still use the traditional attire (bright and colorful) of the original natives from the area.
This Salkantay Trek is definitely for those individuals who like to hike, attain more historical knowledge, and meet people seeing their everyday contact with the Pachamama (“Mother Earth”). This trek towards Machu Picchu also allows you to fully enjoy the microclimates and unique landscapes, along with old-fashioned cuisines and fresh natural products. We have a very experienced cook who will surprise.
CAUTION: Please allow a minimum of two (02) days to acclimate before considering to begin your adventure package to Mach
||Your hotel in Cusco
(walking sticks, sleeping bag, blankets, pillows, sleeping mat)
- Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more)
- Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
- TRANSFER FROM AIRPORT TO HOTEL
- HOTEL IN CUSCO
- HOTEL AFTER OF THE TREK
- TRANSFER FROM HOTEL TO AIRPORT
- Four-person tent for every 2 people.
- Entrance to short inca trail
- dinner in ollantaytambo
- hotel in ollantaytambo(day 3)
- dinner in aguas calientes
- Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
- Horse to transport 8 kg of your personal gear
- Duffle bag for your personal gear
- Four breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
- Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
- One night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Tips: Guide, Cook, Horseman.
- Water on Day 1
- $ 25 Waynapicchu Mountain (walk to the top without a guide, the trail is well marked).
- first breakfast and last lunch
What to Bring:
- A good day pack: such as Eagle Creek Afar Backpack (Appropriate pack to carry your personal belongings.)
- Original passport (International Student Identity Card “ISIC” if applicable)
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required
- Lighter trekking boots (with good ankle support)
- 3 pairs of trekking pants (not jeans), 1 hiking, 1 cotton–which is just enough. Please spray both pairs with an insect repellent spray before the trip.
- Layers for variable temperatures especially at night.
- 1 rain jacket: The first night the temperature can be as low as – 5 degrees Celsius/23 degrees Fahrenheit. A rain jacket can be helpful because there are rainy days even in the dry season!
- 1 warm/winter jacket (Thermals: wool socks/gloves, scarf and woolen hat for cold nights).
- 4 pairs of underwear, 6 pairs of socks (Bamboo or cotton/nylon-blend socks dry faster than 100 percent cotton, which lose their softness when air-dried.) It is nice to have a couple of extra pairs of socks to change into at night when you’re not hiking. Also, we recommend bringing both really heavy hiking socks and lighter socks, as well as the weather, is variable, so you want to make sure you’re not too cold or too hot.
- 4 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
- 1 good sleeping bag liner which is super lightweight and easy to pack. This definitely does its job!
- Travel-size tissues and wet wipes.
- Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness. Several people on the hike have varying degrees of altitude sickness and both of these remedies (in addition to the coca tea) are very helpful in alleviating the symptoms.
- Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
- Bug spray with 30% DEET in it–which you need, but it doesn’t work very well. The issue with Cusco outdoor is that most of the bugs are not mosquitoes. They are these small flies you can’t even see that leave weird bites that first look like you pricked your finger and then blow up into itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, these bugs seem to bite you no matter what kind of spray you put on, so bringing some anti-itch ointment could be helpful.
- Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelback
- Water (Only for the first day of the hike, as we will provide you with water throughout the rest of the hike).
- A headlamp to navigate camp in the evenings and pre-dawn mornings with spare batteries
- Bandages or moleskin
- Flip flops to change into at night. Your toes will thank you!
- Medication (Imodium AD or something for your stomach) because some people get an upset stomach on the trek. Also, Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be helpful to help with aches and pains after 8-10 hours of hiking each day.
- Plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
- Something to read in the evenings
- Extra money for drinks, tips insoles for cooks, horsemen, guides. (USD$60-70).
- Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220)
As a Professional Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffle bag at your briefing and INCLUDE an extra porter who will carry up to 7 kgs or 14 pounds including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress, and extra clothing.
- 2 t-shirts
- 2 hiking pants at least
- 4 sets of undergarments
- 3 sets of hiking socks
- Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
- Couple Fleece/ Thermals
- Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º Celcius.
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger.
- A small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash.
- Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
Permits are needed for your chosen start date. Tour prices are based on the number of people in a group. Prices are valid from March 2020 through January 2021. All prices quoted are $USD
- 1 trekker $800 per person
Important: Price includes up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).
- Student Discount 20$ dollars
- Under 15 years will pay as student: US$20.00
- Under 7 years Discount: US$35.00
Optional Extras (Need to Book in Advance):
- Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
- Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
Day 1: CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA-HUMANTAY LAGOON -PAMPA JAPONESA
Ou Salkantay trek and short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 days, begin picking you up at your hotel at 4:00 am. Then we will drive to Mollepata town, once there, We will have a nutritious breakfast, then will go to Soraypampa (trailhead) this place is where we also meet our trek leader, porters, and riders to begin our hike.
So the first part gonna be uphill, one hour and a half to get the Humantay lagoon. Once there will have time to take pictures and enjoy this magical place and you will see the glaciers as swell with the seem name after a while you will start hiking down to the trailhead, our cook will prepare good lunch after that and then will hike one hour and a half ruffly to Salkantay pampa 4000 masl, from there will see the Salkantay glaciers (SAVAGE MOUNTAIN) one of the most sacred place in Cusco region.after that will keep hiking 3 hours to our base camp Japanese pampa. ( hot tea and dinner)
Walking distance: 14km
Trail head elevation: 3,800 km
Camp site elevation: 4,700mt
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Day 2: PAMPA JAPONESA – PAMPA JAPONESA PASS – PAUCAR CANCHA
Our 3 day of the Salkantay trek and short Inca Trail begins with hot coca tea and breakfast, then continue with our hike towards “pampa Japanese pass 5000masl”. You’ll marvel and appreciate, at different angles, the beautiful views of the Salkantay Mountain (a.k.a.) the “Wild” Mountain (Alt. 6,271 m/20,573 ft.). From above you’ll also relish the colorful lagoons of the area. As we descend, we’ll reach a small village called “Lluscamayu” (Lunch). Afterward, we continue our downslope hike to the archeological site of “Paucarcancha”, once there the tour guide Will explain this beautiful Inca site. where we will camp.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
- Accommodations: Camp 3800 meters.
- Hiking Distance: 15 km / 7.4 miles
- Hiking Time: 7 hrs.
- Highest Elevation: could and worm
- Weather: Warm / Cold
- Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Arduous
Day 3: PAUCAR CANCHA – LLACTAPATA INCA SITE -km 82- OLLANTAYTAMBO
Our morning begins with a nutritious breakfast prepared by our specialized chef. Then we’re off to continue our expedition of the famous Inca Trail.
This part of the trek we’ll descend to Huallabamba town (where the people are farmers) (40 minutes once there the tour guide Will explain the Inca site with the seem to name, Here you’ll appreciate the excellent panoramic view of the valleys below. After a short break, we’ll descend to the high forest where we will have lunch, and then Will visit the Inca site call (LLACTAPATA)
After that, we’ll continue our downhill hike to the km 82 ( 2 hours), where we will cross the bridge, once there Will get our transportation to Ollantaytambo town (part of the sacred valley of the Incas)
Walking distance: 15km
Campsite elevation: 3300km
Trail end elevation: 2700mt
Aguas Calientes elevation: 2000km
Accommodations: Tunupa Lodge or Iskay Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Day 4: OLLANTAYTAMBO-KM 104-WIÑAYHUYANA-MACHU PICCHU
Our adventure begins to with a pick-up at your hotel (5:30 a.m.) where we’ll drive to the train station,(to catch our train) to “Kilometer 104”.is 1 hour and 30 minutes ruffly, Once there we Will pass the control, our trekking of the short Inca Trail begins. Our first hike is approximately 4 hours to reach the “wiñayhuayna” archaeological complex. Afterward, lunch will be served. (actually, Will have a box lunch)if you are vegetarian let me now,
Following lunch, you’ll continue hiking to towards to the (Intipunku – Sungate), one hour and a half then Will have time to take some picture (THE FIRST STUNNING LOOKOUT OF MACHUPICCHU) and then gonna be just 40 minutes to Machupicchu, one of the seven wonders of the world and enigmatic place after a whole, Will have to catch the bus to Aguas Calientes and Will have dinner in the restaurant and spend the night in our hostel
- Meals: Box Lunch, Dinner in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes
- Distance: 12 kms/7.5 miles
- Time: 6hrs approximately
- Hot shower,wifi,tv cable
- Difficulty: moderate
- Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (The Sacred City Of The Incas) – Cusco
- After a delicious early breakfast, we will board the bus transporting us to the Majestic Lost City of the Incas, “Machu Picchu”. The trek leader will impart the history of this mystical place. We will have the opportunity to visit the “Temple of the Sun”, the “Royal Palace”, the “Main Temple”, the “Temple of the Three Windows” and the “Sun Dial”. Here, we promise an unforgettable experience. After your guided tour, you’ll have free time to do your exploring.
- If you have reserved your visit to “Huaynapicchu” (tickets limited to 400 per day – not included), you’ll begin your hike at 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., please coordinate with the Tour Guide for your visit depending on Municipality’s programmed time.
- There are many more activities that you can do. These activities are optional (not included with the package) for example The “Puerta del Sol” (2 hours hike up and down), where you will appreciate the Inca city from a different viewpoint.
- In the afternoon, you’ll catch the train (4:20 p.m.) to reach the City of Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at Ollantaytambo, we will have transportation waiting to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco (2 hours Approx.).
- Depends on the ability the train to back to Ollantaytambo
• Meal: Breakfast
• Difficulty: Easy
Day 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Our final day, we will start off early (wake-up 4:30 a.m.). Followed by breakfast (5:00 a.m.) at the hotel. After, board the bus to Machu Picchu, about 25 minutes to reach Machupicchu (open at 6:00 a.m.). Please be sure to bring your original passport to show the Rangers (you can get a Machu Picchu seal on your passport).
Your Guide will take you to the best places in Machu Picchu while enjoying the sunrise (depending on the weather).
Then you will have a two hour guided tour. Following, you’ll have an opportunity to explore Machu Picchu.
- If you have booked your visit to “HUAYNAPICHHU” (tickets $ 25.00 per person/limited to 400 per day – not included), you’ll begin your hike at 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., please coordinate with the Trek Leader for your visit Depending on the defined schedule
There are many more activities that you can do. These activities are optional (not included with the package) for example The “Puerta del Sol” (2 hours hike up and down), where you will appreciate the Inca city from a different viewpoint.
In the afternoon, you’ll catch the train to reach the City of Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at Ollantaytambo, we will have transportation waiting to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.
Day 5 Details
- Meals: Breakfast
- Lowest Altitude: 2,040 m / 6.691 ft
- Highest Altitude: 2,440 m / 8,052 ft