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Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 5 days. This walk is a spectacular choice for those travelers who want a peaceful hike in a route that’s currently barely untouched that will eventually merge with the Famous “Inka Trail” to the Mystical Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu.  Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 5 day, leads you through the Apurimac River basin, alongside the Urubamba River, where you’ll appreciate the Snow-capped peak of the “Salkantay” mountain and site-see ancient Incan temples crowning the mountains.   Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 5 days on the way you will see a lot of flora and fauna, “Salkantay” Mountain is the second highest mountain of Cusco (Alt. 6,277 m). This spectacular Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 5 days hike, ascends through the high mountains and descends alongside ridges, bluffs, and sheer vertical cliffs to finally pass through a dense beautiful snowy forest.

You will have the pleasure and privilege to walk the path of the Incas and see the most important and most sacred place of South America, “Machu Picchu” – one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Salkantay Trek To Machupicchu 5 Days is the second most important entrance to one of the seven wonders of the world.

CAUTION: Please allow a minimum of two (02) days to acclimate before considering to begin your adventure package to Machu Picchu.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Your Hotel in Cusco
DEPARTURE TIME Early in the morning.

INCLUDES:

(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.
  • Four-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Chef
  • Wranglers and horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Horse to transport 8 kg of your gear
  • Duffle bag for your 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.

Doesn’t include:

  • 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-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 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 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).
  • Camera
  • 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!
  • Toiletries
  • 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 in Soles for cooks, horsemen, guides. (USD$60-70).
  • Emergency money at least 300-450 extra soles (USD$ 220)

Packing list:

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

 

Prices:

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

  • 2-3 Trekkers:  $499 per person
  • 4-5 Trekkers: $400 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!).

Discounts:

  • 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: SORAYPAMPA – SALKANTAYTAMPA – SALKANTAY PASS – WAYRACMACHAY

salkantay trek to machupicchu 5 days,The night before your tour, you will receive a short briefing of the hike by your trek leader.
In the morning, early pick-up (4:30 a.m.) We will drive for three hours until we reach out starting point of our hike ”Soraypampa” (3,800 m), where you’ll link up and meet our porters and staff who will accompany you throughout your trek.
Breakfast will be served by our staff and you’ll be given another quick breafing prior to starting our journey towards Machu Picchu.
We’ll hike up gradually for about three hours towards the“Salkantay Mountain”. From here you’ll have a view of the “Huamantay Mountain” (5,900 m) and our precious Salkantay Valley. We will continue climbing for another hour until reaching the highest point of your walk (“Salkantay Pass” – 4,650 m). Before lunch at the Suyroccocha Lagoon (Elev. 4,200 m), we’ll pass alongside streams, waterfalls on the slopes and have different views of the Mountains mentioned above. If we’re lucky, you might observe Condors soaring.
Then, we’ll descend for another two hours reaching our first camp (“Wayracammachay” – 3,800 m.). The downhill portion can be a bit slippery, which may require the use of trekking poles. You will enjoy the tranquil sunset and the stillness of the valleys. Upon arriving to camp, our guides and porters will welcome your arrival. Dinner will be served and you’ll have R & R time.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Hiking Distance: 15 km
Highest Elevation: 3,800 m
Campsite Elevation: 3.800 m
Weather: Cold
Conditions: Rocky, dusty and slippery (required: trekking shoes)

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Day 2: WAYRACMACHAY – CHAULLAY – CCOLLPAPAMPA – LA PLAYA – SAHUAYAKU

We’ll start the day off with hot fusion tea. We will have enough time to pack and enjoy a delicious breakfast as we watch the sunrise. Afterwards, you will begin the longest day of your trip to reach ”La Playa”.

Trekking starts at 7:00 a.m., all downhill, for 4 hours. You’ll enjoy varies micro-climates while traveling from alpines, cloud forest and to mountain forest areas, all the while, enjoying breathtaking flora and fauna of the region.

After trekking for about 4 hours, we will arrive at our lunch area “Ccollpapampa” (Elev. 2,700 m). After lunch, we’ll continue to descend for approximately 5 hours, all the while, appreciating the orchids, ferns, begonias and many other different flora. These variable climate changes are due to cloud forest merging with the tropical forest. It’s at this zone where farmers grow coffee, passion fruit, papayas, oranges, avocados and many more crops. There are a lot of wildlife along the way with scattered small waterfalls.
Upon arriving to our campsite “Sahuayacku” a.k.a. “La Playa” (Elev. 2,400 m), we will enjoy some hot fusion tea and dinner.

DETAILS:
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hiking Distance: 18 km
Trail Condition: Rocky, dusty and slippery
Weather: Warm to hot (mosquitoes)

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Day 3: LA PLAYA – LUCMABAMBA COFFEE FARM – LLACTAPATA – CAMP IN FRONT TO MACHU PICCHU

After breakfast (Time ?). We gradually descend for 45 minutes until reaching the connection point of the Inca Trail, built in 1,300 (from Vilcabamba to Machu Picchu). Here you’ll appreciate the stone path leading to “Llactapata” Incan site. Just in front of you, you’ll have a wonderful vista of Machu Picchu and along the way you’ll see coffee and yucca plantations. Once you arrive in Llactapata, your guide will describe the geography and re-telling the Incan history of this zone.

We continue our trek for another two and a half hours, all downhill, until reaching an organic coffee farm and an orange/avocado farm.

You will see you will appreciate breathtaking views of the Santa Teresa valley, up to Llactapata Inca site, just in front of Machu Picchu. This will be the first site you see, of the Lost City of the Incas. We will appreciate the ruins of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu from this place. You will explore and learn about the Inca site with your tour guide. There will be plenty of time to take photos. Then we will walk for 15 minutes downhill, we will take our lunch in the camp. This camp is owned by a local family. This is a great place to enjoy the sunset and sunrise over Machu Picchu. After lunch, we will have time to enjoy the views and relax from the hike. Once again, we will have a happy hour, with tea and coffee, and your cook will prepare a meal for dinner.

Our last lunch with your cook and porters. At 4:00 p.m., you’ll have an opportunity to say your farewell to the staff and board the train to “Aguas Calientes”. The trek leader will escort you to your hotel for a well-deserved R & R time.

DETAILS:

Hiking Distance: 14 km
Lowest Elevation: 2,000 m
Trail Condition: Possibly slippery

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Day 4: LLACTAPATA MIRADOR – HYDROELECTRIC, MANDOR HIRAM BINGHAMS FARM – AGUAS CALIENTES HOTEL

We’ll start the day with hot cup of coca tea. You will prepare for the activities of today and enjoy the last breakfast prepared by your cook. We will start our two hour hike downhill, with breathtaking views of Machu Picchu, until we reach the hydroelectric station. The impressive part of this area is the natural waterfall, 300 meters high, which generates electricity for the region of Cusco.

Then, we will arrive at the famous “Intiwatana” (solar clock). According to history, this Inca stone worked together with the famous “Sun Rock” in Machu Picchu. After passing this small Inca site, you’ll come to the nice flat road for the last strectch.

This stretch of the Inca Trail was used by American Professor Hiram Bingham, who rediscovered Machu Picchu after centuries of being lost. He walked through this valley looking for the lost City of Vilcabamba. It’s here where he met the farmer Melochor Artaega, who guided him to Machu Picchu. We will pass by the estate of Melochor Artaega, where we will see many species of flora and fauna, as well as, our famous Peruvian national bird called “gallito de las Roccas”, toucans and parrots.

Finally, upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, (3 hours), you’ll enjoy lunch.at a local restaurant. Afterwards, we will go to your hotel so you can enjoy a hot shower and a visit to the famous hot springs (10 soles, not included) of Aguas Calientes. In the evening, you can enjoy your final dinner at the same restaurant.

DETAILS:
Lowest Elevation: 2,000 m
Trail Condition: possibly slippery

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Day 5: MACHU PICCHU “SACRED CITY OF THE INCAS” – 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, which will take approx. 25 minutes to reach (door open 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 on your own.

• If you have reserved a 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 Municipality’s programmed time.

There are many more activities that you can do. These activities are optional (not included with package) for example: The “Puerta del Sol” (2 hours hike up and down), where you will appreciate the Inca city from a different view point.

In the afternoon, you’ll catch the train to reach the City of Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival to Ollantaytambo, we will have transportation waiting to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.

DETAILS:
Meals: Breakfast
Lowest Altitude: 2,040 m / 6.691 ft
Highest Altitude: 2,440 m / 8,052 ft

Note: If you want to stay an extra night, just lets us know and we can help book a hotel in Aguas Calientes, as well as your train ticket for the next day
Rangers don’t allow people to carry bags bigger than 25 liters when entering Machu Picchu
No trekking poles are allowed in Machu Picchu
Snacks and water are allowed – in bags.

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Faq´s

Salkantay trek to machu picchu 5 days

How long does it take to trek  Machu Picchu?

This will depend upon your travel arrangements and your physical stamina.  We offer the “Classic Inca Trail” for those of you who have a good hiking experience.  The trekking tour lasts a total of 4 days.

Our other trekking tour package is the Salkantay trek  5 days.  Is the second most popular trek in Cusco  It’s for those who have a little bit more time to enjoy Peru, and especially Cusco?  On this tour, you’ll hike small portions at a time to fully enjoy the surroundings and countryside.

Is the Salkantay trek worth than Inca trail?

Well, Salkantay trek and Inca trail are so far the best options if you won’t do the original Inca trail 4 days you will see a lot of people on the way, every day  500 people and sowing passport in each control and you have to book at least four months before. Now the Salkantay trek is the most complete because you will start from the highland passing beautiful landscapes (lagoons, glaciers, and flora and fauna) and hot spring and the famous coffee experience Salkantay trek is better than Inca trail and we have the option to do in 4 days and 5 days.

How long is the Salkantay trek?

In South America, we have many archaeological centers and thousands of thousands of Inca road networks that go from Cusco passing through all of South America and especially in Cusco of which we have one of the best hikes called Salkantay that the second option after the classic road Inca. in total the Salkantay trek is 75 km you will start from the highland passing beautiful landscapes (lagoons, glaciers, and flora and fauna) and hot spring and the famous coffee experience and Inca sites

How hard is  5-Day Salkantay trek?

Inca Trail is the number one sought out tour in Cusco.  If you find that there are no more bookings, your next option can be the “Salkantay Trek”.   The difference between the “Inca Trail” and “Salkantay” tour is that Salkantay trek is more adventurous.

According to previous hikers’ commentaries in Peru, the “Inca Trail” is more difficult than “Salkantay” because the path is made of stone.  Conversely, the “Salkantay trek” is higher in elevation than the Inca Trail.  Thus, an extra horse is a must and there are even spots where you’ll need to rent a car and train to get Machu Picchu

 Is Salkantay trek better than Inca trail?

Well, Salkantay trek and Inca trail are so far the best options if you won’t do the original Inca trail 4 days you will see a lot of people on the way, every day  500 people and sowing passport in each control and you have to book at least four months before. Now the Salkantay trek is the most complete because you will start from the highland passing beautiful landscapes (lagoons, glaciers, and flora and fauna) and hot spring and the famous coffee experience Salkantay trek is better than Inca trail and we have the option to do in 4 days and 5 days

is the 5-Day Salkantay trek is dangerous?

If you won’t do this amazing Salkantay trek you have to be in Cusco 2 or 3 days before, for good acclimation and some part of the trek are difficult especially the second day but you can ride a horse until the hight point is not dangerous even for the day 3 you can take care and train in the last cases.

Which is better Inca trail or Salkantay trek?

Well, Salkantay trek and Inca trail are so far the best options if you won’t do the original Inca trail 4 days you will see a lot of people on the way, every day  500 people and sowing passport in each control and you have to book at least four months before. Now the Salkantay trek is the most complete because you will start from the highland passing beautiful landscapes (lagoons, glaciers, and flora and fauna) and hot spring and the famous coffee experience Salkantay trek is better than Inca trail and we have the option to do in 4 days and 5 days.

How much do you tip Salkantay trek?

Well, Peru is a tourist place and is the best option to do some treks. And specially Salkantay trek, so here we don’t porter to carry your stuff as Inca trail but we have horses and cook, assistant cooks depend on the amount of the hikers for instant 10 hikers will have a cook, 2 assistant cooks, and 2 cowboys and the tip is 10 soles per hiker for our cowboys, for the assistant cook is 20 soles per hiker and for the cook is 30 soles per hikers this tip is for your heart and your appreciation.

Can you do the Salkantay trek without a tour guide?

Of course yes, every year this trek is getting most popular and we have some beautiful places to set up the tents and even you can rent some mules to carry your staff the 1 day and the 2 days and you can do in 3,4, or 5 days because there are some cars and train especially from the 3 days to get Machu Picchu this is one option because some part is difficult but when you have experience hiking you do without problem even hiking solo.

Should I book Salkantay trek in advance?

Salkantay trek is getting popular every year, so and especially in the dry season (May, June, July, August, ) are the best time actually to do this trek and Machupicchu, we recommended book this tour because a lot of people want to do those months and if you want to reserve even Machupicchu and Waynapicchu mountain extra hikes from the Machu Picchu Inca site.

 What Should I wear a Salkantay trek?

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
  • Hiking shoes
  • Toilet paper
  • Headlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Heavy jacket
  • Rain jacket

What Should I wear to Salkantay trek?

  • 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 heavy hiking socks and lighter socks, as well as the variable weather 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 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).
  • Camera
  • 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!
  • Toiletries
  • 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)

How can I prepared for Salkantay trek?

Some hiker has a really good fit and some hikers don’t have, so the recommended for the Salkantay is you have to do some workout, run, biking in your country first and then once in Cusco some acclimation 2 or 3 days before of the trek. In Cusco, we have a lot of day treks you can do some of them to be ready for this amazing trek.

Do you have to be fit to climb Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu hike you need to be in good shape. You don’t need run to Machu Picchu you should be able to hike  4-6hours per day and some up Hill and down Hill in your country. For Machu Picchu to get there we have steps is about 2 hours from the Aguas Calientes town and back 1 hour up and down is 3 hours in total but maybe you have done some treks such us Salkantay trek o lares trek and you are tired you can take bus wich the Price is 12 dollars one way and 24 dollars round trip.

How cold does it get on the   Salkantay Trek?

Peru is one best place to visit, so we have microclimates because we have ( coast, jungle, and Highland) and in Salkantay trek between the April to September we call dry and is perfect to do any treks around Cusco at night is 0 degrees and during of the day is max 25 degrees in the midday and min 8 degrees in the morning and in the wet season between October to march at night is 6 degrees and in the day 20 degrees at midday especially in the trek.

Do you need to book the Salkantay trek in advance?

Salkantay  trek is getting popular every year, so and especially in  the dry season (May, June, July, August, ) are the best time actually to do this trek and Machupicchu, we recommended book this tour because a lot of people want to do those months and if you want to reserve even Machupicchu and Waynapicchu  mountain extra hikes from the Machu Picchu Inca site

How cold does is the Salkantay trek?

Peru is one best place to visit, so we have microclimates because we have ( coast, jungle, and Highland) and in Salkantay trek between the April to September we call dry and is perfect to do any treks around Cusco at night is 0 degrees and during of the day is max 25 degrees in the midday and min 8 degrees in the morning and in the wet season between October to march at night is 6 degrees and in the day 20 degrees at midday especially in the trek.

What is the best month to go to Machu Picchu?

The best recommendation to go to Machu Picchu is in the dry season or winter season.  The days are warm and the nights are a bit chilly.  From April to September, you can expect to enjoy blue skies that will allow you to enjoy the landscapes.  However, you must book your trekking tour at least 8 or 9 months of anticipation.  FYI, the National Geographic identified that the Inca Trail is one of the top treks in the world

Is Machuppicchu closing?

Machupicchu is open all year from January to December,  is in the dry season or winter season.  The days are warm and the nights are a bit chilly.  From April to September, you can expect to enjoy blue skies that will allow you to enjoy the landscapes.  However, you must book your trekking tour at least 8 or 9 months of anticipation

How many miles do you hike per day Salkantay trek?

The Salkantay trek  you will  hike different miles every day

The first day is 12 km which 7 miles easy way until lunch and in the afternoon gonna difficult especially going up to visit the amazing lagoon humanity

The second day 21 km which is 13 miles, this day is considered the most difficult day because will arrive at the high point of the Salkantay trek

The three days 17 km which is 10 miles, basically easy day will hike along the forest

The four days is 22 km which is 14 miles, is a long day and in the seem will have a stunning view of the Machupicchu from one Inca site call llactapata

The five days, on this day we have two options ( the  1 option is hiking which is 1 y 30 minutes and back is 1 hour in todo is 2 and 30 minutes) and the distance is 6 km which is 3 miles. another option is taking the bus wich  just  25 minutes  and the price is 12$ one way if you want round trips is 24$

Can you hike the Salkantay trek in January?

In Peru we have many microclimates between the Sierra and jungle coast and the best recommendation is to take a walk in the dry season between May to September and the rest of the months it is a rainy season, now if you want to do it in January it is a rainy season and the road is mud and in some parts, it is stony and also slippery so we do not recommend hiking in January

Can you shower on the Salkantay Trek?

On your first day we don’t have to take a shower because is the coldest base camp, but the second day you can take shower with an additional cost of S/. 10.00 Soles.  The third  day, you will chance to go hot spring in Santa Teresa village the price is 10 soles and the passage is 40 soles round trips and the four days will arrive at Aguas Calientes pueblo you can take a shower at the hostel

Are there bathrooms/toilets on Salkantay trek?

There are bathrooms at certain points of the Salkantay trek.   On government facilities, you are provided with restrooms (you’ll need to take with you toilet paper).  If you utilize private facilities the cost of using their restrooms is S/. 1.00 Soles, for an instant the second day and the third day but just on the way hiking because in our lunch spot and campsites we have a toilet but you will need yours on toilet paper.

Are there bathrooms/toilets in Machu Picchu?

Within the “ruins” of the Inca city of Machu Picchu, there are no toilets.  All hikers of the Inca Trail have to have their photo taken to exit the “Machu Picchu ruins” and proceed to use the restrooms to then re-enter the ruins to rejoin the tour guide.  The cost of the restrooms is S/. 2.00 Soles.

Can you drink the tap water in Peru?

Though Peru has a diversity of flora and fauna and has an abundance of natural resources (natural spring water), we recommend that you purchase bottled water or have the water boiled before you drink it.  You should take the necessary precautions to not have an upset stomach during your visit or a trekking tour.

Why is Machu Picchu dangerous?

Since its’ discovery in 1911, Machupicchu has been repaired and preserved to host many tourists around the world.  Thus, it is not dangerous.

Please keep in mind that in the last several years, the Peruvian Government has tightened the influx of tourists due to corrosion and has implemented two strict visiting hours for the citadel of Machu Picchu.    Visitors can book for either turn from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Which is harder Salkantay trek or Kilimanjaro?

The Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is a maximum of 5 days hiking, 4 or max 8  hours per day, and the trailhead is 3,700 (masl) = 12,858 feet and the highest point is 4,600 (masl) = 16,779 feet.  Thus, having good nutritional food on the Salkantay trek and a great staff (guide, horses, cook) can make the experience much more comfortable so you can have an unforgettable experience passing through Sun Gate into one of the seven wonders of the world “Machupicchu”.

Kilimanjaro of course is also one of the top treks in the world.  The difference is that the trek for Kilimanjaro is at least 6 days to 9 days maximum.

Salkantay trek and Kilimanjaro are both beautiful treks.  However, Kilimanjaro is a harder trek and where you can reach altitudes close to 6,000 (masl) = 19,685 feet, wherein the “Inca Trail” you’ll reach altitudes of just 4,200 (masl) = 13,779 feet.

Does Machupicchu get snow?

Peru every year is changing the weather especially in Cusco, some times we have snow but seldom and y Machupicchu so far never get snow, because is located in the jungle so the weather is nice in the day and at night max 13 degrees but in Cusco, we got some  bad weathers

There is a signal or reception on the Salkantay Trek?

In Salkantay trek in this year especially every single day we have a reception of wi-fi but if you want to call on the Salkantay trek you can do that, the first day just on the breakfast time now the second day just we have wifi at night and the cost is 10 soles, the third day the seem wifi and the four days for sure in your hostal free wifi but in an emergency, some companies have satellite phones.

1 review for Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

  1. George Boston

    Great Hike to Salkantay with elisban, pumita

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