TRIP ITINERARY

DAY 1:

Unforgettable Adventure: Cusco to Quiswarniyoc, Salkantay Pass, and Chawllay Camp

Begin Your Journey with an Early Start in Cusco: Transfer to Soraypampa and Embark on the Salkantay Trek

Start your adventure early with a 2:00 am pick-up from your hotel in Cusco, followed by a 3-hour transfer to Soraypampa, the starting point of your memorable hike.

Upon arriving at Soraypampa, join your Salkantay trek group for a hearty breakfast before preparing for your 20-kilometer hike. At around 6:30 am, commence your ascent to the highest point of the entire Salkantay trail, standing at 4,630 meters above sea level.

After approximately 3 hours of hiking, celebrate reaching the summit and revel in the stunning views of Salkantay mountain. Take a moment to make an offering to the Apus (Andean gods) in appreciation of their guidance.

Begin your descent, covering a total of 15 kilometers downhill to reach an elevation of 2,900 meters. This downhill trek is divided into two sections. The first segment, from the summit to the lunch point, takes about 2 hours. After a well-deserved lunch break, continue for another 3 hours to your second camp at Chawllay.

Throughout your trek, marvel at the diverse landscapes – from glacier-capped mountains and lagoons to rocky hills and verdant grasslands. As you approach the camp, immerse yourself in the lush, jungle environment.

Once you arrive at Chawllay, take the time to relax and, if you desire, enjoy a cold beer while the cooks prepare a comforting tea time and a scrumptious dinner to refuel for the next day’s adventure.

  • Covering a Distance: of 25 km – Approximately 9 Hours of Hiking
  • Campsite Altitude: Situated at an elevation of 2,900 meters above sea level
  • Notable Achievement: Conquering the highest point of the trek at 4,650 meters above sea level
  • Weather Conditions: Warm and windy during the day, with colder temperatures at night
  • Accommodations: Experience a cozy stay in the Mountain Sky Huts
  • Meals Provided: Savor a delicious selection of meals, including breakfast, lunch, tea time, and dinner

Embrace the Jungle on Day Two: From Santa Teresa Valley to Aguas Calientes

On the second day, find yourself immersed in the lush jungle environment. Begin your morning with a gentle wake-up call around 6:00 am, accompanied by a cup of invigorating coca tea. Savor a delicious breakfast to fuel up for the day ahead.

At 7:00 am, commence your hike to La Playa Sahuayaco, a journey that takes approximately 5 hours. Traverse the picturesque Santa Teresa Valley, shaped by the winding Salkantay River. As you explore the valley, discover an array of plantations, including coffee, bananas, avocados, coca, and passion fruit, among others.

After your 5-hour hike, arrive at La Playa Sahuayaco and take local transportation for a one-hour ride to Santa Teresa. Enjoy a well-earned lunch break before continuing by car for another 45 minutes to Hidroelectrica. From there, embark on a leisurely 3-hour walk along the train tracks, heading towards the charming town of Aguas Calientes.

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, check into your hotel for a refreshing shower and some relaxation. In the evening, gather around 7:00 pm for a delightful dinner at a local restaurant. Afterward, head back to your hotel for a good night’s sleep, preparing for the next day’s adventure.

  • Covering a Distance: of 25 km – Approximately 8 Hours of Hiking
  • Lodging Altitude: Situated at an elevation of 2,000 meters above sea level
  • Considerations: Prepare for a long and challenging day of trekking
  • Weather Conditions: Warm, hot, and tropical climate
  • Accommodations: Enjoy a comfortable stay at a hotel
  • Meals Provided: Indulge in a variety of meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

MACHU PICCHU DAY: 
  • Arriving at Machu Picchu’s Main Gate from Aguas Calientes: To reach Machu Picchu’s main gate from Aguas Calientes, you have two options. You can either embark on a scenic 1.5-hour hike or take a convenient bus ride that costs $12. The choice is yours, and you can even decide on the same day you plan to visit Machu Picchu. Regardless of the option you choose, your day will begin bright and early at 4 am with a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • If you choose to WALK from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, your journey will begin at around 4:30 am. You’ll start by walking from your hotel in Aguas Calientes to Puente Ruinas, which takes approximately 30 minutes. Puente Ruinas serves as the first checkpoint, where you’ll need to present your Machu Picchu tickets and original passports to gain entry. Once you’ve passed the Puente Ruinas checkpoint, you’ll embark on an uphill hike to Machu Picchu, climbing approximately 1,700 steps. This ascent typically takes between one hour to one hour and 20 minutes. Upon reaching the main gate of Machu Picchu, you’ll meet up with your group and guide to enter the site and begin your unforgettable exploration of this ancient Inca citadel.
  • If you opt to take the BUS from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, you’ll need to purchase a bus ticket in town, either the night before or on the same morning. Each one-way bus ticket costs $12. Once you have your ticket, join the queue to board the first buses, which depart from Aguas Calientes at 5:30 am. The bus ride takes approximately 30 minutes to reach Machu Picchu. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, you’ll meet up with your group and guide around 6 am to enter the site and begin exploring the remarkable ancient Inca city together.

MACHU PICCHU GUIDED TOUR:

  • Our program includes a Machu Picchu ticket, with the primary circuit options being either circuit 01 or 02. CHECH DETAILS: https://www.machupicchureservations.org/destination/machu-picchu-circuits If there is no availability for the first choice, we will include circuit 03 or 04. Ticket availability depends on the time of booking, so if you prefer the primary circuit options, we recommend booking well in advance. For more information about the different circuits and ticket details, please visit our website or contact us directly. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, our experienced tour guide will lead you on a 2.5-hour guided exploration of the Inca city, following the circuit outlined in your ticket. The guide will share insights about the history and significance of Machu Picchu while allowing time for photographs and taking in the breathtaking views. You’ll visit the most iconic locations within the site during the tour.
  • At the conclusion of the guided tour, you will have some leisure time to explore and relax on your own. If you have arranged to hike Huayna Picchu (which must be booked ahead of time, as it is a popular option that sells out quickly and costs $60 per person), your guide will direct you to the starting point. The hike will take no more than 2 hours to complete, with a round-trip time.
  • Alternatively, you may choose to hike Machu Picchu Mountain instead of Huayna Picchu. This hike is more challenging and takes a minimum of three hours for the round-trip (at an additional cost of $60 per person).
  • For those considering either of the mountain climbs, we recommend opting for the train return to Cusco to allow more time to explore the mountains. If you prefer to return by car, we suggest spending an additional night in Aguas Calientes and departing by car on the sixth day from the Hydroelectric station. This will give you ample time to fully experience the beauty of the mountains and make the most of your journey.
After immersing yourself in the wonders of Machu Picchu and exploring its surroundings, it’s time to make your way back to Cusco. We offer two convenient options for your return journey: by car or by train. Both options ensure a smooth and comfortable trip to Cusco.
  • If you choose to return BY CAR, you will need to begin your walk from Machu Picchu to Hidroelectrica around 10:30 am. This trek typically takes 3 to 3.5 hours to complete. It is essential to reach Hidroelectrica by 2:00 pm in order to board the car, which is scheduled to depart at 2:30 pm. The car journey from Hidroelectrica to Cusco takes approximately 6 hours, and you can expect to arrive in Cusco around 9:30 pm. Upon arrival, you will be dropped off in the city center of Cusco.
  • If you opt to return BY TRAIN to Cusco after visiting Machu Picchu, you have two options for getting to the town of Aguas Calientes. You can either walk down for 1.5 hours, or take a bus that takes just 30 minutes but costs 12 dollars. Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes, you’ll have time to explore the town and have lunch before returning to your hotel to gather your belongings and head to the train station. The train to Ollantaytambo is available at either 2:30 pm or 2:55 pm, depending on availability, and the journey takes 1.5 hours, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo, a transfer arranged by Machu Picchu Reservations or with your name on it will be waiting to take you back to Cusco, a 2-hour journey, arriving around 6:30 pm and dropping you off in the city center.

Inclusions

Included

Salkantay Trek 3 days Inclusions
  • Attend a Salkantay trek briefing at 7:00 pm the day before departure at the Machu Picchu Reservations office
  • Receive a duffle bag to pack 7 kilos of your belongings, which will be carried by horses during the trek
  • Benefit from the guidance of professional English/Spanish-speaking tour guides
  • Enjoy meals prepared by a professional chef and the use of high-quality cooking equipment
  • Take advantage of horses to carry up to 7 kilos of personal luggage and other required gear
  • Enjoy pick-up service from your hotel in Cusco
  • Travel in private transportation to the head of the Salkantay trail
  • Relish 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners provided throughout the trek
  • Experience 1 night of camping and 1 night at a hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Unwind in Mountain Sky Huts featuring thick mattresses, glass doors, night lighting, and panoramic views for the first night
  • Rest on a personal double foam pad (2.5 inches thick)
  • Sleep comfortably with pillows provided at the first camp
  • Utilize transportation from La Playa to Hidroelectrica
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu included
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Travel back from Aguas Calientes to Cusco by train or car, depending on your preference
  • Savor vegetarian/vegan meal options upon request with no additional charges
  • Stay prepared with first-aid equipment and an oxygen bottle for emergencies

Not Included

  • Entrance Fee for The Salkantay Trek: The local government of Mollepata charges a fee of 20 soles for access to Salkantay trail.
  • Sleeping Bags: If you do not have a sleeping bag, you can rent one from us for $10 USD, which covers the entire duration of the trek.
  • Travel Insurance: Please note that travel insurance is not included and is recommended to cover any unforeseen circumstances during your trip.
  • Extra Expenses: Any additional expenses incurred during the trek, such as snacks, drinking water or souvenirs, are not included in the package.
  • Tips: Gratuities for the trek staff are not included and are left to your discretion, depending on the level of service you feel was provided.

What to Pack

Salkantay Trek 3-Day Essentials

For the 3-day Salkantay trek, you’ll need personal trekking gear and a sleeping bag. If you don’t have a sleeping bag, you can rent one from us, as well as trekking poles if desired. We provide the rest of the necessary equipment.

Personal Trekking Gear to Pack:

  • A small 20 to 30-liter backpack to carry daily essentials, or any daypack you’re comfortable with
  • Wool hat or beanie
  • Sun hat
  • Scarf
  • A pair of gloves
  • 2 to 3 T-shirts (preferably with long sleeves)
  • 2 layers (sweater, fleece)
  • 2 pairs of long pants or leggings
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • 2 pairs of wool socks
  • A small headlamp
  • Shorts
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • A small towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Toothbrush and other personal toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Water bottle
  • Rain gear (pants, jacket, or rain poncho) – crucial, especially during the wet season
  • Optional: thermal clothing for the first night at 4,100 meters
  • Snacks (chocolate, cereal bars, candies, nuts, energy bars, etc.)
  • Extra cash in Soles

Essential Documents for the Trek:

  1. Original passport
  2. Physical original student card (if you applied for the student discount)

Note: Machu Picchu Reservations provides a duffle bag in which you can pack up to 7 kilos of personal belongings. These will be carried by horses during the trek. You’ll carry your small backpack with daily essentials while trekking, and you’ll have access to your duffle bag at each campsite.

Pricing

At Machu Picchu Reservations, we are committed to providing fair and transparent pricing for the Salkantay trek. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Fair Pricing: Our prices are reasonable, reflecting the true value and offering a quality experience without any hidden costs.
  • Group Tours: You’ll join a group of 12 to 14 people, with a maximum of 16. This ensures lower rates per person and an enriching shared experience.
  • Guaranteed Departure: Regardless of the group’s size, even if it’s just 2 or 3 people, your tour is guaranteed. This offers you security and flexibility in planning.
  • Flexible Booking: You can book for any available date and be part of a group. This flexibility allows you to plan your trip according to your needs.
  • Differentiated Pricing: We offer varied rates for adults, students, and different return options to Cusco (by car or train) after visiting Machu Picchu. You can choose the option that best fits your preferences and budget.

Our approach is transparent and traveler-focused, ensuring you receive exceptional service at a fair price. With Machu Picchu Reservations, your adventure on the Inca Jungle Trail will be memorable and accessible.

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PRICES: SALKANTAY TREK 3 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU – GROUP SERVICE – SEASONS 2023 AND 2024

SALKANTAY TREK with Return by CAR:

  • Adult: $290 USD per person
  • Student: $270 USD per person (Valid student ID required)
  • Child (Minor): $270 USD per person (For visitors aged 8 to 17 years)

SALKANTAY TREK with Return by TRAIN:

  • Adult: $360 USD per person
  • Student: $340 USD per person (Valid student ID required)
  • Child (Minor): $340 USD per person (For visitors aged 8 to 17 years)

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IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION: Understanding the Difference Between Returning by Car and by Train – Check more details

  • Train Option: Depart from Aguas Calientes between 2:30-3:20 pm (subject to availability). After a 1.5-hour train ride to Ollantaytambo, a transfer awaits to take you back to Cusco over the next 2 hours, arriving around 6:30 pm.
  • Car Option: Begin a 3-hour hike from Machu Picchu to the hydroelectric station by 11 am at the latest to catch the 3 pm car for a 6-7 hour journey back to Cusco, arriving around 10 pm. Both options conclude at Plaza Regocijo.

Select the option that aligns with your preferences, ensuring a remarkable journey through the stunning landscapes of Machu Picchu.

NOTE: The 3-day Salkantay trek is more expensive than the 4 and 5-day options due to the need for additional transportation, which is typically private and accommodates 2 to 5 people. These transport services are utilized to shorten the route that would normally take 5 days into a 3-day journey. Instead of walking the entire distance, travelers use transportation for certain sections to complete the tour more quickly. This added convenience and the cost of private transportation contribute to the higher price of the 3-day trek.

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STUDENT PRICE:

HOW TO ACCESS THE STUDENT PRICE FOR A TOUR TO MACHU PICCHU?

The Peruvian government offers discounts for students on entrance tickets to Machu Picchu. Consequently, in our tours to Machu Picchu, we provide a reduced rate for students. To qualify for this special rate, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Student Age: You must be under 25 years old at the time of your visit to Machu Picchu. This age limit is aimed at benefiting undergraduate students.
  • Material and Format of the Student Card: The card must be a physical plastic document, similar to a credit card, with all the required information printed on it. Cards made of other materials or with information added via stickers or not printed are not accepted.
  • Required Information on the Card: The card must include the following printed information: details of the university, personal information of the student, the student’s photograph, and a validity date not exceeding one year from the date of your visit. For example, if you plan to visit in 2024, the card should not expire before 2025 and must be valid during the visit.
  • Note on the ISIC Card: Although the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is recognized in many countries, it is not accepted by the Peruvian government for student discounts at Machu Picchu. Just as a passport cannot be replaced by any other type of identification in international procedures, the student card cannot be substituted by an ISIC or any other document for discounts in Peru.

The policy of the Peruvian government is stringent regarding the accreditation of students. It is imperative to present a card that fulfills these criteria to be eligible for student-priced tickets because, upon entering Machu Picchu, you will be required to show the physical student card. If you do not meet these requirements upon arrival at Machu Picchu, there is a significant risk of being denied entry and having to pay the full ticket price, depending on availability. Therefore, ensuring that your student card adheres to Peruvian regulations is crucial before booking your tour to as student Machu Picchu.

How to Book with Machu Picchu Reservation

MAKING YOUR RESERVATION: Booking the Salkantay trek 3 days to Machu Picchu is straightforward. You can use any debit or credit card, with an additional 2.9% fee borne by the customer. For clients in the United States, we offer the option to pay from a bank account without extra charges.

Before Booking Please Read the Details Carefully

  • To Book:
    • 3-Day Salkantay Trek + Train: Priced at $360 per adult and $340 per student or child.
    • 3-Day Salkantay Trek + Car: Priced at $290 per adult and $270 per student or child.

    Reservation Prepayment: To secure your spot for either trek option, a non-refundable prepayment of $180 per person is required. This prepayment is utilized to:

    • Immediately purchase Machu Picchu entry tickets.
    • Ensure acomodations
  • Remaining Balance Payment: If you opt to pay only the prepayment, the remaining balance must be paid upon arrival in Cusco at our Machu Picchu Reservations office, at least 24 hours before the tour starts. The balance can be paid in soles or dollars in cash or by card (with an additional 3.9% charge). You also have the option to pay online on our website with a 2.9% fee.
  • Full Payment Option: You can choose to pay the entire tour cost online at the time of booking. If you need to cancel for any reason, you will be refunded the total amount minus the non-refundable $180 deposit.
  • Recommendations: We strongly advise you to fully understand all booking and cancellation policies before making your payment to ensure that your investment is protected and that you have a seamless booking experience for your adventure on the Salkantay trek.

Please Follow These Steps to Make a Reservation

  • Starting Your Reservation: To book your Salkantay trek experience to Machu Picchu, click on the yellow button that says “BOOK ONLINE.” Doing so will redirect you to our reservation platform.
  •  Date, Number, and Type of Visitor Selection: On the platform, you can select the date you wish to start the tour. You can also make reservations for adults, students, and children as required.
  • Additional Options: You’ll have the opportunity to add extras to your booking, such as tickets for Waynapicchu, Machu Picchu Mountain, or the option to enhance your experience with a Vistadome train journey. You can add these services according to your preferences.
  • Personal Information Form: Next, you will be asked to complete a form with your personal details. It’s important that each participant provides detailed and accurate information.
  • Payment Process: Finally, you will be directed to a secure payment form where you can make your payment online with any type of debit or credit card.
  • Important Note: We recommend reviewing all details and carefully selecting your options to ensure that your reservation perfectly matches your expectations and needs for this unique adventure on the  Salkantay trek.

After booking and completing your payment

  • Upon completing your booking and payment, you will immediately receive an email confirming the transaction. This email will also contain a link allowing you to modify specific details of your reservation if needed. Within the next 24 hours, our reservations team will follow up with a comprehensive email. This email will provide detailed information about your booking, including your Machu Picchu tickets.

Addons

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS TO ADD TO YOUR 3-DAY SALKANTAY TREK PACKAGE 

PRICES:

  • Access to Waynapicchu: $60 US
  • Access to Montaña Machupicchu: $60 US
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade for Return Journey: $35 US
  • Trekking Pole Rental (One Pair): $10 US
  • Sleeping bag Rental: $10 US

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WAYNAPICCHU: THE MAJESTIC MOUNTAIN OF MACHU PICCHU: Waynapicchu is the prominent mountain that forms the famous backdrop in the classic photographs of Machu Picchu. It offers a unique hiking experience and panoramic views, but it’s important to know some details before planning your ascent.

  • CHECK AVAILABILITY: Before scheduling your visit to Waynapicchu, it’s essential to verify ticket availability through the official website provided by the Peruvian government: www.machupicchu.gob.pe. With a daily limit of 400 spots, this link enables you to see the real-time ticket availability, helping you make a well-informed decision. While this link is only for checking availability, don’t worry about the purchase; at Machu Picchu Reservations, we handle the entire ticket acquisition process for you. It’s important to note that if the official government page shows that there’s no availability, this applies universally, as both agencies and individual visitors obtain tickets directly from this official source. Therefore, if the site indicates that there are no spots available, unfortunately, no one will have access to tickets for that particular day.
  • LIMITED ACCESS: Access to Waynapicchu is restricted to 400 daily visitors, divided into four groups of 100 people each, with entry times at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., and 10 a.m. This limitation helps preserve the site and ensures a safer and more enjoyable experience for everyone.
  • RESERVATION ON THE SALKANTAY TREK: If you’re taking the Salkantay trek, we typically book tickets for the 9 or 10 a.m. schedules, allowing you to visit Waynapicchu after your guided tour of Machu Picchu, but if there is not spaces for the later schudle provabli we will buy the schedule which is available.
  • TIME FOR ASCENT AND STAY: The climb to Waynapicchu generally takes about an hour. Once at the top, we recommend spending about 30 minutes enjoying the views before starting the approximately 45-minute descent. In total, you will need between 2 to 2.5 hours for the complete experience.
  • VIEWS AND RUINS AT THE SUMMIT: The summit of Waynapicchu offers spectacular panoramic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding landscape. In addition, you will find ancient Inca constructions, including platforms, houses, and enclosures whose purposes are still a subject of study and admiration.
  • SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS: The trail to Waynapicchu can be steep and challenging in some sections. If you suffer from vertigo or fear of heights, be aware that some parts are abrupt and may require the use of your hands to stabilize yourself. In these cases, you might consider other less demanding routes.
  • UNACCOMPANIED BUT SAFE: Although the visit to Waynapicchu does not include a guide, the area is constantly monitored by cameras and park rangers to ensure the safety of all visitors.

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MONTAÑA MACHU PICCHU: THE ALTERNATIVE PEAK AVAILABLE FOR CLIMBING: Montaña Machupicchu, which rises to 3080 meters above sea level, is located to the south of the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. To better understand its geographical position, note that the iconic photographs of the Inca citadel are taken from the base of Montaña Machupicchu. It’s essential to distinguish between Montaña Machupicchu and the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is the renowned archaeological site visible in most photographs and serves as the area’s central attraction, while Montaña Machupicchu is a separate, accessible peak. If you wish to climb Montaña Machupicchu, you must purchase a ticket. This peak offers unique views and a different perspective of the landscape surrounding the historic citadel.

  • CHECK AVAILABILITY: Before scheduling your visit to Montaña Machupicchu, it’s essential to confirm the availability of tickets. You can do this through the official Peruvian government website: www.machupicchu.gob.pe. Each day, only 400 tickets are available: 200 for entry to Montaña Machupicchu between 7 and 8 a.m., and another 200 for entry between 8 and 9 a.m. For those planning to climb this mountain during their Salkantay trek tour, we usually purchase tickets for the latter schedule, allowing you to ascend Montaña Machupicchu following your guided tour of the citadel. Booking in advance is highly recommended due to the limited number of spaces. If you’re interested in including this mountain in your Salkantay trek tour, it’s advisable to arrange this when you book your Salkantay trek to ensure availability.
  • CLIMB AND STAY TIME: The total time for a visit to Machu Picchu Mountain is estimated to be between 3 to 3.5 hours. This includes around 1.5 hours for the ascent, 30 minutes to take in the breathtaking views at the summit, and approximately 1 hour for the descent. The path is broader and not as steep compared to other trails but is predominantly made up of stone steps, showcasing an authentic Inca trail. At the peak, you’re rewarded with stunning vistas of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, and the encompassing landscape of valleys, rivers, and mountains. On clear days, you can also spot the final segment of the famous Inca Trail.

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UPGRADE TO VISTADOME TRAIN

  • On the Salkantay Trek tour, the Return by TRAIN option includes a standard train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, typically aboard the Expedition or Voyager trains. These trains provide a comfortable, clean, and scenic journey. However, for an even more enhanced experience, you have the option to upgrade to the Vistadome train. The Vistadome boasts expansive windows and a glass ceiling, offering unparalleled panoramic views and a unique way to admire the landscape. Additionally, the Vistadome provides onboard entertainment, including music and dance performances, creating a lively and memorable journey. Should you choose to upgrade to the Vistadome train, an additional fee of $35 per person will be added to your Salkantay Trek tour cost. This upgrade is perfect for those seeking a more luxurious and engaging travel experience back from their adventure.

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TREKKING POLES RENTAL:

  • We recommend the use of trekking poles on the Salkantay Trail, as they greatly assist with the long distances covered daily and the numerous slopes encountered. For instance, the second day of the trek involves a 15 km descent from 4700 m to 2900 m over varied terrain including dirt, gravel, and rocks. If you don’t have your own poles, you can rent a pair of professional trekking poles from us for $10. These adjustable poles can be tailored to the terrain conditions and can be compacted and attached to your backpack in less demanding areas. While they are not strictly necessary for individuals in good physical condition, they provide additional support and can enhance your hiking experience.If you’re interested in renting trekking poles, you can add them when booking your tour or rent them upon arrival in Cusco at the Machu Picchu Reservations office for $10. These poles not only offer support on challenging terrains but also help to reduce the strain on your knees and improve balance during your adventure, making them a valuable addition to your trekking gear.

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SLEEPING BAG RENTAL:

  • If you lack a sleeping bag for your trek, Machu Picchu Reservations offers a rental service. You can reserve one in advance with your package or opt to rent upon reaching Cusco. The cost is $10 for the entire trek duration. Our sleeping bags are tailored for the Salkantay trek’s chilly temperatures, enduring up to minus 10 degrees Celsius and include an extra liner for added warmth. This ensures a cozy and comfortable sleep, enhancing your nighttime experience throughout the adventure.

Recommendations

  • Physical Fitness: The Salkantay Trek is a challenging trek that involves long hours of hiking and navigating varying terrains. Prioritize your physical fitness by engaging in regular exercise and cardio activities before your trip. Strengthen your legs, improve your endurance, and be prepared for the demanding nature of the trek.
  • Altitude Acclimatization: The trek reaches high altitudes, and acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. Spend a few days in Cusco or a nearby location before the trek to adapt to the altitude. Stay hydrated, avoid strenuous activities, and listen to your body throughout the journey.
  • Packing Essentials: Pack light but ensure you have all the necessary essentials. Include sturdy hiking boots, comfortable clothing, layers for changing weather conditions, a waterproof jacket, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, a refillable water bottle, and a headlamp. Don’t forget to bring personal toiletries and a first aid kit.
  • Proper Gear: Invest in quality trekking gear to enhance your comfort during the journey. A good backpack, trekking poles, and a durable sleeping bag are essential items. Consider bringing a comfortable sleeping mat for a restful night’s sleep.
  • Stay Hydrated and Nourished: Hydration is vital during the trek. Carry a water bottle and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Bring energizing snacks like nuts, granola bars, and dried fruits to fuel your body during the hike. A balanced diet is essential to sustain your energy levels.
  • Follow the Guidance of Your Guide: Your trekking guide is an invaluable resource throughout the journey. Listen to their instructions, follow their advice on pacing yourself, and take advantage of their knowledge about the region’s flora, fauna, and cultural heritage. They will ensure your safety and enhance your experience.
  • Respect Nature and Culture: The Salkantay region is a pristine natural and cultural environment. Respect the surroundings by practicing responsible tourism. Leave no trace behind, dispose of waste properly, and be mindful of local customs and traditions. Interact with local communities respectfully, embracing their rich culture.
  • Capture the Moments: Bring a camera or a smartphone to capture the breathtaking landscapes and memorable moments. However, also take the time to immerse yourself fully in the experience. Disconnect from technology and embrace the beauty of nature.
  • Embrace the Journey: The Salkantay Trek is not just about reaching the destination; it’s about the entire journey. Embrace the challenges, immerse yourself in the stunning vistas, connect with fellow trekkers, and savor the sense of accomplishment with each step. Take time to reflect, appreciate, and create lasting memories.

TripAdvisor Reviews

Machu Picchu Reservations has received excellent reviews on TripAdvisor . These reviews highlight our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Thank you for trusting us and for your valuable feedback!", we have 5,692 reviews

Helena G
Helena G
2024-03-26
Bucket list experience This was an experience of a lifetime! I wouldn’t have done it with any other company. They really look after you and ensure you have the best experience as possible. We were served delicious freshly made traditional Peruvian food everyday and served an array of different hot drinks. Along the way we were welcomed by the amazing views of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon rainforest. Juel was an incredible tour guide, very passionate about his Inca ancestors and about the nature around us.
Charlotte T
Charlotte T
2024-03-26
Great, rewarding experience This tour was a great experience, not only seeing Machu Picchu itself but also beautiful lakes, viewpoints and Inca sites. The food was absolutely incredible and there was more than enough for each of us. Joel was a great guide, very passionate and knowledgable about the Incan empire. I would definitely recommend hiring the walking poles and sleeping bag. The whole experience was very rewarding and Joel made sure the morale of the group was high. The only downside was the return bus company from Hidroelectrica to Cusco. We booked via bus and had to leave Machu Picchu early to catch this bus. The organisers made us wait for over an hour for our bus, which meant we could have had more time at the site.
Stefan G
Stefan G
2024-03-25
4-Days Salkantay Trek with superb guide Aurelio I did the 4-days Salkantay Trek with Machu Picchu Reservations together with a friend. Our guide Aurelio was really good and you felt that he completely identifies with the Anden culture! He always made sure that everybody in the group was able to follow. Also he gave us a lot of interesting insights into the Anden culture and nature. In general the organisation of the tour was good (briefing one day ahead of the tour, information flyer etc.). It could have been better, if we would have been better prepared for the rainy weather. Drying wet clothes was challenging in the accommodations which we had.
Kelan J
Kelan J
2024-03-24
5 day trek review with Juan Oros (guide) The salkantay trek under the expert guidance of Juan Oros was a life highlight of mine. We completed the hike across 5 days and were blessed with plenty of breaks in the weather given it was wet season. If you're completing the hike in March, do NOT forget a poncho, plastic bags/dry bags, and extra pairs of socks/clothes for when your stuff gets wet (it's very hard to dry stuff after it's wet). Juan was optimistic, knowledgeable, understanding and went out of his way constantly to ensure our experience was a good one. Additionally, he was transparent and gave us options when the conditions affected the normal route. Machu Picchu reservations are accommodating for dietary requirements and provide comfortable accommodation along the hike. All-in-all, some incredible views, plenty of laughing, great and varied hiking, good food, and an incredible guide. Thank you Juan and Machu Picchu Reservations for an unforgettable experience!
Hélio J
Hélio J
2024-03-24
Tour Vale Sagrado e Salkantay 2D1N Viajamos a Cusco na segunda semana de março. Reservamos dois passeios com a agência, o tour do Vale Sagrado e o passeio Salkantay de dois dias e uma noite. Na agência fomos atendidos por Jimmy, que foi bastante solícito e respondeu todas as nossas dúvidas. Nos dois passeios ocorreu tudo bem. Eles foram pontuais e seguiram exatamente conforme programado. Gostaria de deixar um elogio especial ao guia Nestor, que nos acompanhou no Tour Salkantay. Nestor foi muito atencioso e respondeu todas as nossas dúvidas, desde o briefing até o retorno a Cusco. Nos ajudou bastante durante nossa estadia no acampamento e na volta. Só temos elogios e agradecimentos, muito obrigado Nestor e todos os funcionários da agência!
Alex Proskurnya
Alex Proskurnya
2024-03-24
Marco’s Muchachos - A Tale of Adventure, Laughter, and Friendship Words cannot even begin to describe the experience Marco provided for myself, my mate from work, and our Aussie, British, and English friends. Aside from the natural beauty of Humantay Lake, rich culture of the Incas, majesty of Salkantay Peak, and, of course, the grandiose beauty of Machu Picchu itself, the experience was truly made unforgettable because of Marco’s guiding service. Incredibly knowledgeable, considerate, and fun, Marco guided us through the 4 day, 3 night trek stopping to elaborate on the fascinating history of the trail and of the Incan people culminating in a well-earned view of the historic ruins themselves. As an avid traveller and hiker, I would strongly recommend THIS particular company with specifically Marco as the leading guide.
claireK6420PL
claireK6420PL
2024-03-24
ChoquequirWOW I can't recommend this tour enough. Our tour guide Renzo was organised, professional and incredibly intelligent. I felt like I was in safe hands and benefitted so much from his vast local knowledge and prefect English. The food was a great opportunity to try local Peruvian cuisine and as a vegan I was very grateful for the effort our hosts, Renzo and horseman Jon went to to make sure I had delicious meals. The hike was challenging but the constant stunning views made it worthwhile and I felt so accomplished afterwards. Plus Renzon provided us with lots of encouragement and support. Choquequirao itself was like nothing I have ever seen before. We only saw 13 people not in our group there (including the ricket collector). The site is impressive and feels special, especially with everything Renzo told us about it. Having a whole day to explore the site was brilliant as we could take our time ot enjoy and appreciate it rather than rushing off, like others we saw did. It meant we had a lovely lunch there, kindly delivered by Jon, and had the site to ourselves for the afternoon. If you are in Peru you must visit Choquequirao and I strongly recommend ypu use Machu Pichu adventures for the perfectly curated experience.
Sarah C
Sarah C
2024-03-23
Incredible Trip! Incredible trip!! Our guide, Bruno, was phenomenal and a crucial part of why our experience was so great. He let us set our own pace and had meeting points each 1-1.5hrs of hiking. He taught us so much about local culture and history and made us appreciate the scenery we were walking through even more. The views are truly stunning. Each camp was comfortable and the meals were great! Tons of food and always felt fueled up for long days. I would recommend Machu Picchu Reservations again! We had nightly briefings about each day of the trek and they ensured we had everything we needed for a safe and enjoyable trek. I have been to Machu Picchu before but going via Salkantay Trek was a far better experience and I would recommend this trek over and over--truly an unforgettable experience!
Sam H
Sam H
2024-03-23
4 day Salkantay trek with Angel Me and my friend Conor did the 4-day Salkantay trek with our guide Angel. Angel was a fun and attentive guide who taught us a lot about the surrounding area and showed us some breath taking scenery. He always gave us a lot of information about the day ahead, made sure we were comfortable and helped make the trek a really memorable experience. Reaching the 4600m peak of Salkantay was incredible and finally getting to see Machu Pichu were definitely highlights of the journey. Would recommend.
Sarah-Jane D
Sarah-Jane D
2024-03-21
Marco’s Salkantay Tour Marco took us on the 4 day Salkantay Trek. He was so enthusiastic and friendly so it didn’t take long for the whole group to bond very well. Marco was very supportive of all abilities and very knowledgeable. The food and the organisation was incredible and the whole team kept us safe. We loved every second and each challenge was met with a reward of the beautiful views. A highlight of South America

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