Salkantay Trekking To Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights

4 Days from US $ 420.00
Max Altitude
3300msnm
Trip Length
4 Days
Group Size
Min 2 Persons
Physical Level
Challenging
Trip Style
Hike
LODGING TYPE
Campamento
Availability
All Year
Price From
$ 420
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Overview

Discover the timeless beauty of the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with Terra Quechua Peru, your trusted companion in Cusco in just 4 days, this journey will immerse you in the heart of the Andes, offering an experience beyond words.

As you traverse the Salkantay Trekking, you’ll witness the extraordinary beauty of the Andean landscapes and absorb the rich history and traditions of this ancient land. Our dedication to responsible tourism ensures that your journey leaves minimal impact on the environment, preserving the pristine Andean beauty for generations to come.

Our small group sizes guarantee an intimate experience, allowing you to forge a deeper connection with the stunning natural surroundings Our guides share the Andean culture in a way that weaves the past and present into captivating narratives.

The Salkantay Trek serves as a gateway to the heart of Peru, where you can engage with local Quechua communities, immersing yourself in their timeless traditions and customs. Terra Quechua Peru places your safety and comfort above all else. We provide all the necessary equipment and support to ensure a worry-free journey.

This 4-day trek offers a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and lose yourself in the serenity and wonder of the Andes. The crown jewel of this journey, Machu Picchu, awaits you at the end, its ancient ruins standing as a testament to the ingenuity of the Inca civilization.

Join us on this 4-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu and allow Terra Quechua Peru to be your guide on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Book now and create lasting memories of this extraordinary journey through the Andes.

Salkantay Trekking To Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights

Itinerary

We pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 a.m. to drive for about 3 hours to Challacancha where we start our Salkantay trek . As soon as we are at Mollepata while you have breakfast the cook and the horseman will pack all the camping equipment and cooking stuff and we start hiking the first 3 hours will be a little bit uphill to get Cruzpata where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay; 4120m/13500ft and Salkantay; 6271m/20575ft) – just the start! We will begin our Salkantay trek towards Soraypampa, our first Salkantay Trek camping spot (3800 m/11750ft; the highest and coldest campsite of the trip) we will be very close to the second highest Salkantay snow capped –mountain of Cusco.

1ST DAY

Total distance: 15 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 7-8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,800 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude: 3,800 m (aprox.)

After having our Salkantay Trek breakfast we start walking about 5:30 am ,because this day will be the longest day the first 4 hours is uphill to get the highest point of the Salkantay Trek (4650m/15200ft) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible. There is a possibility of snow here.
After a rest, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunku, where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach our second Salkantay Trek camping spot of Chaullay or Colcapampa (3000m/9800ft).
2ND DAY:

Total distance: 19 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 8 – 9 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,650 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude: 2,750 m (aprox.)

After breakfast, at 6.30am, we start walking through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of little brooks to reach La Playa walking about 6 hours. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits ,plants and as soon as we are at la playa place horses will go back to Mollepata on taking the same Salkantay Trek and after having lunch we Take a local car to get Hydroelectric station to start walking 2 more hours by taking the railroad to Aguas Calientes.

3RD DAY

Total distance: 16 km (aprox.)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,750 m (aprox.)
Campsite altitude: 1,600 m (aprox.) Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu

Salkantay trek important day ,We wake up early morning about 4 am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and leave to walk up to Machu Picchu which takes one and half hours up to Machu Picchu but there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30 to Machu Picchu (25-minutes long) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising.
A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top. Then you will take the train around 2:00pm,4:00pm or 6:20pm according to the train Availability so you will arrive to Ollantaytambo after 2 hours travelling so A private transport will wait for you and will take you back to Cusco to your Hotel.
Estimated walking time: 1- 2 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (aprox.)

Inclusions

Terra Quechua Peru Included

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transportation to Challacancha (starting point
  • of the trek)
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks.
  • Our tents are 3-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field. kailas or
  • north face tent
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen tent
  • English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 10 people)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 3
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (sleeping bag) – days 1 to 3
  • Wranglers – days 1 to 3
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • Meals (03B, 03L, 03D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
  • Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • 1Day Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Expedition, Vistadome or Hiram Bingham service, upon request)
  • Transfer train station-hotel in Cusco
  • 24-h guest service: please ask for the emergency number available during your time of visit

Terra Quechua Peru No Included

  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day: after the guided tour at Machupicchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either in Machupicchu or in Aguas Calientes at your own expense.
  • Arrival in Cusco is estimated after nightfall, dinner being at your own expense too
  • One sleeping bag
  • One pillow
  • Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes: a relaxing way to end-up the 4-day trek while you’re awaiting the return train to Cusco, only 10 minutes from the village center, entrance fee is s/10.00 (Peruvian Soles). Towels can be hired in Aguas Calientes
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain an additional fee of US$ 20.00 per person applies
  • Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish

What to Bring

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 10% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
  • Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route.
  • Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Cash in soles
  • Original passport
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)

APPROPRIATE CLOTHING ALONG THIS HIKE

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the fourth day (if sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machu Picchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.

Prices

Price information: Price per person 2024– 2025

GROUP SERVICE PRICE 2024- 2025
Number of People for group :
2 3 4 5 6 – 12
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Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative)

Students: US$ 20.00 (students requi2e a valid3International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)

Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)

Departure dates: Departures are available along the year although due to weather conditions, the recommended period for this trek is April to November. All private service departure dates are adapted to your request.

DEPARTURE DATES 2024

PRICE PER PERSON US$420 (GROUP SIZE: 02 People MINIMUM & 12 People MAXIMUM) To confirm we need you to send us a deposit of US$150 per person as well as filled out booking form)

DECEMBER 2023:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,25,27,
JANUARY 2023:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29
FEBRUARY 2023:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27
MARCH 2023:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31
APRIL 2023:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29
MAY 2023:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31
JUNE 2023: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,30
JULY 2023:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31
AUGUST 2023:  223,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31
SETIEMBRE 2023:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,30
OCTOBER 2023:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31
NOVEMBER 2023:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,30
DECEMBER 2023:  1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31
JANUARY 2024: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31

Climate

Cusco’s climate is divided into two differentiated seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January – March); and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night.

Along the Salkantay route, temperatures range from 10-20ºC during the day if it’s sunny, to 05-10ºC during the day if not sunny and can drop below freezing at night. In Aguas Calientes/Machupicchu, at lower altitude, temperatures are usually warmer though warm clothes are still recommended at night.

Faqs

You can rely on our dedicated staff to answer any questions you may have and to take care of every detail of your trip from start to finish.

TERRA QUECHUA INFO: WILL THE ALTITUDE AFFECT ME?

TERRA QUECHUA INFO: WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO DO IN THE EVENT OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS?

TERRA QUECHUA INFO: DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT?

TERRA QUECHUA INFO: IS THE SALKANTAY TREK DIFFICULT?

TERRA QUECHUA INFO: WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING ON THE TREK?

TERRA QUECHUA INFO: SHOULD I REQUEST AN EXTRA HORSE?

TERRA QUECHUA INFO: WHAT DO WE DO FOR WATER ALONG THE SALKANTAY TREKKING?

TERRA QUECHUA INFO: WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO DO IN THE EVENT OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS?

TERRA QUECHUA INFO: HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I TAKE?

TERRA QUECHUA INFO: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET TO PERU?

From Miami 5 1/2 hours

From Los Angeles 8 1/2 hours

This is a difficult question to answer as Peru has a huge variety of weather conditions. We would say travelers can visit Peru any time of the year !

In the wet season (December to April), you can expect showers three to four afternoons a week. For travelers that don’t mind a little drizzle and muddy trails, this time of year offers smaller crowds and greener hillsides, with wildflowers and orchids often in bloom. The shoulder seasons, April to June or September to November can often provide the best of both worlds. They typically have fewer crowds and warmer temperatures than the height of the dry season, but still tend to have relatively little rain. For more information, check out our Peru Weather page.

U.S. citizens need a valid passport and an entry form-tourist card which is provided by your air carrier either at the ticket counter when checking in for your flight to Peru or once on-board. (NOTE: Other nationalities should check with the nearest Peruvian Consulate to determine correct entry requirements.

Definitely. We tend to hear the very worst news from Latin America. Helpful people and extraordinary culture. Most crime is opportunistic and not violent buy of course, it is possible to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Care and common sense will nearly always prevail.

TERRA QUECHUA INFO: HOW DO I GET FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL ON THE ESCORTED TOURS?

TERRA QUECHUA INFO: WHAT TYPE OF TRANSPORTATION IS USED?

TERRA QUECHUA INFO: WHAT HAPPENS IF I ARRIVE AT MACHU PICCHU AND THEN DECIDE TO STAY AN EXTRA NIGHT, CAN I CHANGE MY TRAIN TICKET?

TERRA QUECHUA INFO: WHAT TRAINING DO YOU PROVIDE FOR YOUR STAFF ON ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES?

We are great believers in leaving the areas that we visit in as untouched a condition as is possible. We encourage everyone who travels with us to respect the land, the people, and their fellow travelers. This type of focus leads to amazing experiences and insights that bring a sense of satisfaction, which is difficult to create any other way, so be thinking responsibility, consideration, and FUN!.

Travel Guide

SALKANTAY TRAVEL TIPS

If you have decided to hike the Salkantay Trekking, please make sure you read this section. The Salkantay is a beautiful trek covering Andean valleys, snowy peaks, the Andean jungle, and Machu Picchu. This amazing trek is considered a moderate to difficult hike for which you need to be prepared.
First, the Salkantay Trek covers a total distance of about 55.5 miles (89 kilometers) – the Short version is about 10.5 miles (or 17 kilometers) shorter  – and reaches a maximum elevation of about 14,760 f.a.s.l. (4,600 m.a.s.l.). The trek starts at about 9,180 f.a.s.l. (2,850 m.a.s.l.) which means that in one day and a half, you will gain an elevation of about  5,580 f.a.s.l. (1,750 m.a.s.l.) These are two good reasons to be in good physical shape and used to the altitude of a high altitude city such as Cusco before starting the trek. It is recommended that you stay in Cusco or another high altitude city a couple of full days prior to starting the trek. In addition, you might choose to  take high altitude sickness pills or chew coca leaves during the trek. If you get the symptoms of altitude sickness (strong headache, nausea, stomachache, and sometimes nose bleeding), try to drink a lot of liquid, and either have a very light meal or eat nothing at all.  You should  be feeling better the next day.
Second, since you will be hiking through several ecological steps, you will be encountering different climates and will need to be ready for it. For instance, the first day will be sunny in the beginning and very cold at night (below freezing) with almost no chance of rain. The second day will be below freezing in the morning, windy at midday with a low possibility of rain, and cool at night. The third day will be warm during the day and cool at night with a possibility of rain. The fourth day will be cool at morning with a possibility of rain and warm at midday. All these weather changes require you to bring the necessary gear to make this trek an enjoyable experience. Some of the basic gear you should bring are an impermeable or rain poncho, waterproof hiking boots, sun screen, hiking hat, sun glasses, light jacket, warm jacket, long and short sleeves shirts, gloves, hat, wool socks, thermal underwear and a good sleeping bag (good for 15 Fahrenheit degrees or less).
Third, campsites are dark at night so make sure you have a good flashlight. The sky at night is spectacular and if you want to spend a while outside looking at the stars, please make sure you have a good supply of batteries.
Finally, remember to bring insect repellent, a bathing suit, a small backpack to be carried during the day, an adventurous attitude and lots of energy.

FINALLY

Remember to bring insect repellent, a bathing suit, a small backpack to be carried during the day, an adventurous attitude and lots of energy.
In order to fully enjoy this once in a time experience, we recommend that you  follow these instructions. Travel Insurance is highly recommended for this trip and a copy of it may be requested.
Please keep in mind that our horses will carry up to 17.6 pounds or 8 kilograms of your personal belongings. If you bring more weight, we recommend that you to hire a personal horse.

CHECKING LIST FOR THE SALKANTAY TREK

Well broken hiking shoes, a good jacket, a sleeping bag for low temperatures (as low as 28ºF), an impermeable, and sun   screen should be your priority when hiking in the Peruvian Andes. In the Andes and high jungle weather is sometimes unpredictable.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE TREK

Waterproof shoes, sleeping bag for low temperatures, gloves, cotton hat, thermal socks, day hat, heavy jacket, light jacket and impermeable, long sleeve shirts, hiking pants, t-shirts, underwear, sun glasses, tennis shoes or sandals to be used at the campsites, small first aid kit, toilet paper, sun screen, insect repellant, flashlight, and water container.

YOU MIGHT CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS

Snacks, energy bars, walking sticks (Rustic walking sticks can be purchased before starting the trek), sealable bags, wet wipes, water purification pills, altitude sickness pills and camera. Please make sure to bring your personal medication to the trek as well as stomachache pills, diarrhea pills, and headache pills.

SALKANTAY TREK WEATHER

The Salkantay Trek, also known as the New Inca Trail, is North of Cusco. It reaches a maximum altitude of 4,600 meters (15,180 feet) above sea level at the highest point.
Weather: It’s very rainy from December to March, that’s why the trail is closed on those months. The rest of the year, it’s very sunny and hot during the day, but cold in the night. Temperature drops below 0°C (32°F) at night, especially from June to September.
Surroundings: On the first days, you will see three snow-capped mountains: the Tucarhuay, the Salkantay (6,264 meters / 20,671 feet), and the Huamantay; the views are stunning. On the last days, you will go through the cloud-forest, there the weather is more tropical and the vegetation is lush. You will see waterfalls and fruits plantations along the path. It is amazing how fast the sceneries change along the trail, from snow-capped mountains to banana plantations in only couple of days.

The Inca Trail has become harder to book due to the new regulations, and also it has lost its charm due to the crowds of tourists who do it every day. That’s the main reason why we are offering a new trail to Machu Picchu that has the beauty of the first one but preserves the sense of adventure and untouched that the Inca Trail has lost.

You can hike the Salkantay trek in 5 days starting at Mollepata town, or in 4 days starting at Soraypampa campsite. The only difference is that on the 5 days trek you will hike an extra day from Mollepata town to Soraypampa campsite, the other 4 days are the same as on the 4 days trek. Below is the description of the 4 days option.

Altitude: 1950 – 4600m. / 6398 – 15092 f.
High Season: April – November
Duration: 4 days or 3Days
Level of Difficulty: Moderate / Challenge
Route:

SALKANTAY TREK MAP

SALKANTAY TREK PREPARATIONS

WHAT WE RECOMMENDED THAT YOU CARRY?

A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
Sun block
After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
Handkerchiefs
Toilet paper
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
Small towel
Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
Cash in soles and/or US$
Original passport
Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites).

SALKANTAY TREK RECOMMENDATIONS

If you have decided to hike the Salkantay Trek, please make sure you read this section. The Salkantay is a beautiful trek covering Andean valleys, snowy peaks, the Andean jungle, and Machu Picchu. This amazing trek is considered a moderate to difficult hike for which you need to be prepared.
First, the Salkantay Trek covers a total distance of about 55.5 miles (89 kilometers) – the Short version is about 10.5 miles (or 17 kilometers) shorter  – and reaches a maximum elevation of about 14,760 f.a.s.l. (4,600 m.a.s.l.). The trek starts at about 9,180 f.a.s.l. (2,850 m.a.s.l.) which means that in one day and a half, you will gain an elevation of about  5,580 f.a.s.l. (1,750 m.a.s.l.) These are two good reasons to be in good physical shape and used to the altitude of a high altitude city such as Cusco before starting the trek. It is recommended that you stay in Cusco or another high altitude city a couple of full days prior to starting the trek. In addition, you might choose to  take high altitude sickness pills or chew coca leaves during the trek. If you get the symptoms of altitude sickness (strong headache, nausea, stomachache, and sometimes nose bleeding), try to drink a lot of liquid, and either have a very light meal or eat nothing at all.  You should  be feeling better the next day.
Second, since you will be hiking through several ecological steps, you will be encountering different climates and will need to be ready for it. For instance, the first day will be sunny in the beginning and very cold at night (below freezing) with almost no chance of rain. The second day will be below freezing in the morning, windy at midday with a low possibility of rain, and cool at night. The third day will be warm during the day and cool at night with a possibility of rain. The fourth day will be cool at morning with a possibility of rain and warm at midday. All these weather changes require you to bring the necessary gear to make this trek an enjoyable experience. Some of the basic gear you should bring are an impermeable or rain poncho, waterproof hiking boots, sun screen, hiking hat, sun glasses, light jacket, warm jacket, long and short sleeves shirts, gloves, hat, wool socks, thermal underwear and a good sleeping bag (good for 15 Fahrenheit degrees or less).
Third, campsites are dark at night so make sure you have a good flashlight. The sky at night is spectacular and if you want to spend a while outside looking at the stars, please make sure you have a good supply of batteries.
Finally, remember to bring insect repellent, a bathing suit, a small backpack to be carried during the day, an adventurous attitude and lots of energy.
Finally:
Remember to bring insect repellent, a bathing suit, a small backpack to be carried during the day, an adventurous attitude and lots of energy.
In order to fully enjoy this once in a time experience, we recommend that you  follow these instructions. Travel Insurance is highly recommended for this trip and a copy of it may be requested.
Please keep in mind that our horses will carry up to 17.6 pounds or 8 kilograms of your personal belongings. If you bring more weight, we recommend that you to hire a personal horse.

CHECKING LIST FOR THE SALKANTAY TREKKING

Well broken hiking shoes, a good jacket, a sleeping bag for low temperatures (as low as 28ºF), an impermeable, and sun   screen should be your priority when hiking in the Peruvian Andes. In the Andes and high jungle weather is sometimes unpredictable.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE TREK

Waterproof shoes, sleeping bag for low temperatures, gloves, cotton hat, thermal socks, day hat, heavy jacket, light jacket and impermeable, long sleeve shirts, hiking pants, t-shirts, underwear, sun glasses, tennis shoes or sandals to be used at the campsites, small first aid kit, toilet paper, sun screen, insect repellant, flashlight, and water container.

YOU MIGHT CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEMS

Snacks, energy bars, walking sticks (Rustic walking sticks can be purchased before starting the trek), sealable bags, wet wipes, water purification pills, altitude sickness pills and camera.

Please make sure to bring your personal medication to the trek as well as stomachache pills, diarrhea pills, and headache pills.

SALKANTAY TREK PACKING LISTS

LUGGAGE STORAGE AND LOAD LIMITS: During the trek your main luggage will be stored at your hotel in Cuzco and you will receive a small duffle bag at your briefing (which will be held the evening before you start the trek) to pack clothes for 3-4 days. Your team of porters or horsman will carry these bags together with the food and equipment for the trail.
Please note that you will not have access to these items until the end of each day as the horseman will always be ahead of the group. You should therefore bring a day pack in which you can carry personal belongings such as your camera, water and sun screen etc. By Peruvian law the duffle bag must not weigh more than 7 kilograms (15lbs) which is to include your sleeping bag. All bags will be weighed before being accepted. If you require more than 7 kilograms, it will then be your responsibility to carry the extra amount together with your day pack.

PACKING LIST FOR THE SALKANTAY TREKKING

Please note: During the Salkantay trek even daytime temperatures can become extremely cold with a wind chill factor, especially on day 2 crossing the high passes.

  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • One sleeping bag per person: our sleeping bags are -15ºC-comfort (0ºF), mummy form and include a sleeping liner. They are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips, can also be hired in our office for US$20.
  • One pillow per person
  • Well worn-in waterproof walking boots: Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential. Whatever you wear on your feet the most important thing is comfort. It is vital to ensure your boots are well worn in and lightweight.
  • Waterproof clothing: A plastic poncho is recommended and can be purchased easily for approx US$1.
  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toilet paper

Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
Optionally: water- sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
Small towel
Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
Cash in soles and/or US$
Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)

DOCUMENTS

  • Original Passports
  • Salkantay Trek Map(Will be provide in the briefing day)
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)

SALKANTAY TREKKING ALTITUDE

Is a trek that takes you through diverse landscapes and altitudes as we trek around the skirts of Mount Salkantay(6271m/20,568ft) and camp within clear sight of the snow capped peak. Ascending to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4,600m/15,088ft) and then descent into a more tropical area passing Andenes and Chaullay on the far side of the mountain. Train ride from Hydro Electric Dam and then spend the rest of the 4th evening relaxing in the town and hotsprings of Aguas Calientes. Early 5th morning you take the bus (or walk if desired) up to Machu Picchu your well deserved prize. Late afternoon train and bus back to Cusco in the evening.
This path is well-known as the Salkantay Trek. After the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is the most beautiful and popular one. Indeed, the magazine National Geographic Adventure rated the Salkantay Trek as one of the best 25 treks all over the world.

Type of Tour: Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu
Group Size: The minimum to open the departure is two people and our maximum is eight  so if you guys are two we can do it!.
Ideal For: Adventure Seekers, Couples, Families, Nature Lovers and Intrepid People
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging.
Route: Closed in February
High Season: April – November
Altitude: 1950 – 4600m. / 6398 – 15092 f.
Departures Day: – Daily departures All private service departure dates are adapted to your request
Distance:  50 km
Location: Mountain range Vilcabamba – Cusco
Day Temperature: 15 ºC to 25 ºC /
Night temperature: 4ºC to – 7º C

SALKANTAY TREK DISTANCE

The Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek, can be considered as a moderate to difficult trek. The Long Salkantay Trek covers a distance of 64 kilometers or 40 miles in average. Also, the highest point reaches about 4,600.00 m.a.s.l. or 15,000.00 f.a.s.l. Our company is prepared to make of your experience, the best one.
Cusco covers a total area of 70,015.30 Km2. In this beautiful land, it is possible to find colorful Andean valleys, snowy peaks, rivers, waterfalls, the beautiful Andean jungle, Inca and pre-Inca sites, and several Andean communities. These Andean communities are connected by thousands of paths. Some of these paths have been used before the Spaniards arrived to Peru. One of these paths is the one connecting the Andean valley of Mollepata with the Santa Teresa town located in the Andean Jungle. This path is well-known as the Salkantay Trek. After the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is the most beautiful and popular one. Indeed, the magazine National Geographic Adventure rated the Salkantay Trek as one of the best 25 treks all over the world.

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Terra Quechua Peru is dedicated to providing the ultimate in value and personal attention to its customers, striving to make travel simple, worry-free, and enjoyable for both corporate and leisure travelers.

Who founded Terra Quechua Peru, and what distinguishes it as a company?

Terra Quechua Peru, initially started by Raquel Sanchez and Edwin Medina, is a family-owned travel agency and direct local tour operator headquartered in Cusco. Their extensive personal experience in trekking, along with the fact that it's a 100% Cusquenian Company without any shareholders, sets it apart.

What sets Terra Quechua Peru apart from other travel companies?

Terra Quechua Peru distinguishes itself by its dedication to providing exceptional value and personalized attention to its clients. Since its establishment in 2012, it has been committed to making travel straightforward, stress-free, and enjoyable for both corporate and leisure travelers. Additionally, being a family-owned business with a strong local presence and a wealth of experience in trekking further sets it apart.

What makes Terra Quechua Peru unique in the travel industry?

Terra Quechua Peru's uniqueness lies in its origins as a family-owned travel agency and direct local tour operator. Its founders, Raquel Sanchez and Edwin Medina, have personal experience spanning many years in trekking, offering travelers an authentic and knowledgeable perspective of Peru.

What kind of experience expect with Terra Quechua Peru?

Travelers with Terra Quechua Peru can anticipate a personalized and friendly experience during their trekking adventures. The guides are dedicated to making travelers feel like they are hiking with their own family or friends. Their in-depth knowledge of the region and culture adds an extra layer of authenticity to every journey.

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Yes, Terra Quechua Peru specializes in fully customizable trips. They can work with travelers to create personalized itineraries that cater to their specific interests and preferences, ensuring a tailored and unforgettable experience in Peru.

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Emmanuel Leão
Emmanuel Leão
2024-01-14
Excelente viagem de 4 dias a Cuzco Todos os serviços contratados mais do que atenderam minhas expectativas. O pessoal de apoio, os guias nos locais visitados, a pontualidade, etc... enfim, uma agência excelente e cem por cento recomendável. País lindo e a melhor agência de turismo que você pode encontrar no Peru,
Jade Lucinda
Jade Lucinda
2024-01-07
Incredible Trek! Wonderful landscapes, adventure and exquisite attention. Choquequirao Trek totally recommended. The company is very professional. From the day of the briefing, prior to departure, to the organization of each departure and route, accommodations, food and of course the guide. For us MIGUEL was the key to the Trek! Funny, eloquent, kind, responsible... he took care of each one of us, he made sure that we all went well in the Trek, he woke us up before the departures with a great warm tea, and he gave us the best explanations 10 out of 10 to the service ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Gareth Aaron Dougherty
Gareth Aaron Dougherty
2023-12-28
Incredible experience in the Peruvian mountain range We did the Salkantay Trek (4 days / 3 nights) and it was an incredible experience. The landscapes are spectacular and reaching Machu Picchu was the best ending. The organisation was perfect, we didn't have to worry about anything, everything was super controlled, the rest of the staff was super and the food was delicious. Special mention to our guide who explained everything in detail and made our trip very enjoyable, always looking out for our enjoyment and safety. We will definitely repeat with Terra Quechua Peru when we return to Cusco for our next adventure. Congratulations to all the staff of this company!
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Sunshine10167476492
2023-12-19
Tour Inca Jungle consigliato Ottimo tour di 3 giorni Inca Jungle. È una buona alternativa al cammino Inca. Esperienza ricca di adrenalina, con bici, rafting, zip line e trekking. Si chiude con visita guidata a machu picchu. Ottima e molto professionale la guida Jerson, che ci ha accompagnato per tutto il tempo.
Maria Ysabel M
Maria Ysabel M
2023-12-17
Hicimos tour 5 días en Cusco y todo fue mágico, desde que llegamos hasta el día en que nos fuimos.. Edwin Medina gracias Un tour recomendadisimo, siempre fueron atentos con nosotros y se cumplido todo lo pactado, nos divertimos muchísimo
Mike L
Mike L
2023-12-10
6 day Lares trek and package tour. This locally owned company was fantastic. Very easy to work with and far exceeded our expectations! Fantastic food on our Lares trek, totally unexpected, and worthy of the finest restaurants anywhere. We had a custom-made cake in the middle of nowhere for my wife’s birthday out of scratch. I’ll Our guide Bernito (author, archeologist, teacher, expedition mountaineer, chef, and guide all in one!) was a true professional, and very well trained. Very fun to be around as well and great conversation. We highly recommend this excellent company. We feel that we got extra information at Machu Picchu with his years of training. We got a private track and tour and that was worth just a few extra dollars. You should definitely consider these good folks. We are from the mountains of Colorado, US, and found this to be an amazing country and people.
Melynda S
Melynda S
2023-12-10
Lares trek, short Inca trek Fantastic experience! This is a local company with local insight and guidance. I cannot recommend this company enough. Everything was perfectly arranged. Bernito was excellent! We learned so much about the local culture and Incan history from him. This was an experience that we will carry with us in our daily lives forever.
Romain B
Romain B
2023-12-08
4 jours de bonheur en pleine nature Nous avons fait ce super Trek en compagnie de Reynaldo. 4 jours de bonheur dans les montagnes péruviennes. Reynaldo est super, très à l’écoute et très attachant. En ce qui concerne la nourriture, on pourrait se croire dans un restaurant gastronomique, même si nous sommes dans un campement en pleine montagne. Merci pour tout
Gary Dosney
Gary Dosney
2023-12-06
Sacred Valley Tour Connection Machu Picchu 2 Days / 1 Night 2d/1n , not to be missed We had an amazing experience with this company. We chose them because of the many 5 star reviews and we are so glad we did. Edwin was committed to giving us the best experience. We loved that they booked everything for us: train tickets, hotel, entrance fees to Machu Picchu, so we didn't have to worry about anything. We were able to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery and rich history. Our group was small (the two of us and other couples), which resulted in a very intimate and personalized experience. There were many other groups at Machu Picchu that had groups of 15-20 people and we were very happy to have such a small group. It was well worth the cost and I would recommend it to others.
Marilyn
Marilyn
2023-11-30
Machu Picchu Thank you for a wonderful day tour at Machu Picchu. Jose met us at the main square in Aguas Calientes at 1pm and walked with us up to the bus station to take the half hour journey to the gates of Machu Picchu. It was pouring with rain but we managed to climb up to the observation level and waited until the rain stopped and the wind blew the clouds away and we were able to view the amazing citadel. Being 70 & 80 years young and not the fittest we were worried about how we could make the tour but Jose was extremely patient and helped us along the way. It truly was an amazing experience to be able to walk around such an incredible site. Everything was organized for us, the car from Cusco to Ollyantambo, then the Vista dome train to Aguas Calientes, bus up & entry into Machu Picchu and the return journey back to Cusco. Effortless. I would thoroughly recommend this company to anyone.