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6-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu from Cuzco Tour Code: 422-2404

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Forget the Inca Trail and hike to Machu Picchu along the higher, more beautiful and less touristy Salkantay Trail! Discover a different side of the great Andes mountain range and get the most amazing views of the mountains by taking this alternative route to Machu Picchu. Inclusions: Professional bilingual guide, Cuzco hotel pick-up, Machu Picchu entrance Fee
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    Single $802
    Double $762

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Day 1: Cuzco

Today we will gather in Cuzco, CUS, Peru. After making their way to the Milhouse Backpackers & Hotel and checking in, guests may spend the day however they choose. There is a mandatory pre-departure briefing today (please see in Stop Note).
Standard Hotel: Dorm, Single, Double Accommodation

Day 2: Cuzco - Mollepata - Sayallapata (142 km)

In the very early morning, we will be bussed to Mollepata, CUS for breakfast. After making final preparations and double checking our equipment, we will make the 4-hour hike us to Sayllapata, where we will get to view Salkantay. We will then begin the climb to our first campsite, Soraypampa, the harshest we will experience. We will spend the night there.
Standard Hotel: Single travelers will share a tent with 1 other traveler, couples will have a tent to themselves
Lunch: Included|Dinner: Included

Day 3: Sayallapata - Challhuay - Colcapampa (102 km)

We will have breakfast at around 6:00 am and begin our 4-hour walk to the highest pass on this trek (4,650m) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Humantay on the left. (Optional horse rental available to reach high pass for approx. 100 - 120 soles). From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible with a possibility of snow here. After a 2-hour downhill hike, a well-deserved lunch will be served at Huayracpampa, followed by another 3-hour trek to our campsite at Challhuay or Colcapampa as we near the beginning of the high jungle region at 2,900 meters.
Standard Hotel: Single travelers will share a tent with 1 other traveler, couples will have a tent to themselves
Breakfast: Included|Lunch: Included|Dinner: Included

Day 4: Colcapampa - Santa Teresa (20 km)

After breakfast at 6:30 am, we will make our way across the Urubamba River. We will have lunch in the village of La Playa and spend some time in Santa Teresa. Guests will have the chance to visit the Cocalmayo Hot Springs at their own expense.
Standard Hotel: Single travelers will share a tent with 1 other traveler, couples will have a tent to themselves
Breakfast: Included|Lunch: Included|Dinner: Included

Day 5: Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes (12 km)

After having breakfast at 8:00 am, our last day on the trail will take us from Santa Teresa along a relaxing path for 3 hours to reach the hydroelectric station where a box lunch will be served. From here Aguas Calientes is another 3 hour slight uphill walk where we will finally have time to relax, recharge our batteries and get ready for our visit to Machu Picchu. Dinner at a local traditional restaurant.
Standard Hotel: Single travelers will share a room with 1 other traveler, couples will have a private room
Breakfast: Included|Lunch: Included|Dinner: Included

Day 6: Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cuzco (76 km)

From Aguas Calientes, we will catch a dawn bus to Machu Picchu. After a two-hour guided tour of the ruins, guests will have time to explore at their leisure. There is an optional climb of the Huayna Picchu Peak for those who wish to push themselves even further. In the afternoon we will travel by train to Ollantaytambo, CUS and from there return to Cuzco by bus.
  • Machu Picchu, PERU

    Machu Picchu, PERU
    The famous citadel of the Inca sits atop a scraggy mountain peak overlooking the valley that was sacred to those people. These ruins feature many temples and the famous terraced-gardens the Inca developed for agriculture in the Andes.

    Duration: Approx. 3 Hours

  • Ollantaytambo, PERU

    Ollantaytambo, PERU
    This small town north of Cuzco is built around an archaeological site. At the height off the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti. It is one of the starting points of the Inca Trail.
Breakfast: Included
Find Closest Pickup
Location Address Departure Return
Cusco, PERU Quera 270, Cusco, CUS (Milhouse Backpackers & Hotel - Cusco)
Cusco, PERU Plaza San Francisco, Cuzco, CUS no stop 8:00pm

*Return time is an estimate and varies based on traffic and weather conditions.

  • On Day 2, You will be picked up between 5:00 - 6:00 am.
  • There is a mandatory pre-departure briefing at our Cuzco Headquarters one day prior to departure at 5pm, 6pm or 7pm depending on your trek. You will receive detailed information on your excursion, a list of what to bring and confirm your departure details.
  • PRE-DEPARTURE CHECK-IN: Please make sure to check-in with your passport before your pre-departure briefing. We encourage our travellers to check-in at our offices a couple of hours before or any day prior to the briefing , that way we can give everybody personal attention and information regarding booking extras, rental equipment or questions in general.
  • Time schedule for meetings will be:
    - Inca Trail and Lares 6pm
    - Salkantay, Inca Quarry, Machu Picchu Jungle, Ausangate, Choquequirao 7pm
    - Inca Trail Express, Rainbow Mountain, Machu Picchu by Train, Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Full Day 5pm

Price Includes

  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, 3 snacks with typical menus
  • 1 night hostel accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • 1 night hostel accommodation in Cuzco
  • Camping equipment during trek includes basic sleeping pad, 4-man tent for 2 people, first aid kit, and emergency oxygen bottle
  • Horseman and mules to carry cooking and camping equipment plus a total of 5 kilos for each trekker. This includes 2.5 kilos for sleeping bag & mattress plus 2.5 kilos of personal items.
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Cuzco hotel pick-up
  • Transportation during the trip
  • Machu Picchu entrance Fee

Price Excludes

  • Huayna Picchu Trek (48 soles) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance
  • Hot Springs Santa Teresa (20 soles)
  • Bus transfer from Santa Teresa to the Hydroelectric Station (10 soles)
  • Train transfer from Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes (30 USD)
  • achu Picchu Mountain Hike (48 soles) must be booked at least 1 week in advance
  • Airport Pick-Up/Drop-Off (please make your own way)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Meals not specified above
  • Bottled Water
  • Guide for bus and train transfers (these portions are on your own)
  • Tips (Please remember that tipping is 100% optional and depends entirely on the service you received. It is customary to give tips in Latin America, however it is NOT mandatory. If you do wish to give a tip, these are our recommended guidelines.)
  • Guide: 40-60 soles per trekker
  • Assistant Guide: 30-40 soles per trekker
  • Horsemen: 60-80 soles for each horseman from the whole group
  • Cook: 150-200 soles for the cook from the whole group

Additional Note

  • Language: All tours are escorted by professional bi- or multi-lingual tour and/or driver guides (English/Spanish). Depending on the number of passengers booked for a particular departure, tours and/or languages may be combined to operate the tours.


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