SALKANTAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU INTRODUCTION:
A wonderful route which mixes the typical Andean landscapes with the remote and mysterious Inca trails. This trail offers marvelous views and experiences that for sure will remain very deep in your heart and mind. Less concurred than the popular Inca Trail, along the route we can appreciate a progression of diverse ecological peaks, tropical sites, glacier peaks, in the path to arrive to the lost Inca city: Machu Picchu.
What you need to bring/carry on Inca Trail
Sleeping bag (can be hired from our office for US$ per day)
Sleeping mattress (we will provide you with this)
Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for a few dollars)
Strong, comfortable footwear
One complete change of clothing (you can afford to carry more changes of clothing if you hire a personal porters, see options below)
Sweater and jacket (something warm)
Water bottle and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco)
Flashlight and batteries
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
Sun block (sun protection cream
Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc,
Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at Aguas Calientes after the trek)
You also need to bring your original passport on the trail.
Options on Salkantay Inca Trail:
(1) An extra night in Aguas Calientes can easily be arranged for you if required. Hotels costs and costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. It is best to make your hotel reservation directly.
(2) Vegetarian Meals. We can provide vegetarian meals or cater for special diets with no extra cost. Just let us know at least 2 days prior to trek departure.
(3) Sleeping bag hire . If you haven’t got a sleeping bag or you don’t want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you then we have sleeping bags in our office for rent. The price is US$3 per person per day.
Payment details: We will require a non-refundable trek deposit of US$150 per person payable within four days of Andean Enjoy Peru confirming your trek booking. Payment’s
Forms: Method 1. Payment by Western Union – see below the instructions of this way
Method 2. Payment on line ( 8 % Commission service on line) when you confirm me that you will use this method I will send you and e-mail for this option with all the details and instructions of how to do it.
Further details of how to send the deposit are included with our trek booking confirmation email. The remaining balance is to be paid in our office at least two days prior to your trek departure date. Payment can be made in cash US$, local currency (Peruvian Soles), American Express Travel Checks (3%) or by VISA (6% surcharge – VISA’s cost not ours).
Other information on Salkantay Inca Trail:
(1) Luggage storage. When you go on the trek it is best to leave any luggage that you are not going to need behind in Cusco. Nearly all the hotels in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit. Put any valuables in their safe. Very rarely do hotels charge for this service especially if you are returning to the same hotel after the trek. If there are any problems with your hotel we can arrange to store your luggage at our office.
(2) Time of arrival in Cusco after returning from the trek. Unless you plan to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes, you will return to your hotel in Cusco for approximately 8:30pm on the 7th day of the trek.
All reservations must be made well in advance (8 and 9 month is recommended especially during the months June, July and August). Earlier is better due to restrictions on the numbers of trekkers permitted on the Salkantay and Inca Trail.
Salkantay Inca Trail Notes:
1. Your arrival date in Cusco must be at least 2 days prior to trek departure since you have to pay the trek balance before 8pm 2 days before you start the trek. Arriving 2 days prior to the trek also ensures that you are better acclimatized to the high altitude. However 3 days is recommended.
2. A free airport to hotel transfer is provided for groups of 2 persons or more. A single supplement of US$5 will be charged for single travelers. Obviously if you want an airport to hotel transfer we will require your flight arrival details: Airline, flight number, expected arrival time and date. (to be confirmed at least 5 days in advance).
3. In order to qualify for a student discount you must be under the age of 26 and be in possession of a valid international student identity card ISIC. You must bring the ISIC card to the office when you pay the trek balance and take it with you on the Salkantay and Inca Trail trek as it will be checked several times by government officials. Unfortunately no other forms of student identity are acceptable (university cards, international youth cards etc). If you forget your ISIC card or lose it then you will have to pay an additional US$5 for a standard trek permit. The government has recently become more fastidious with respect to lost ISIC cards and on several occasions has not given permission to the person to enter the Salkantay and Inca Trail
4. If you have a hotel reservation in Cusco please include the name of your hotel on the reservation form. This allows us to locate you if there are any problems with your arrival. You will also be asked to confirm your hotel in Cusco when you come to the office to pay the trek balance.
We will confirm your trek reservation by email within a couple of days. We will require a trek deposit of US$150 per person paid in advance. The date by which the trek deposit has to be paid and details of how to pay the trek deposit will be included in the trek confirmation email.
Approximately 05:00 AM
Approximately 10:30 PM
What is included on Salkantay Inca Trail:
Collection from your hotel in the morning.
Private bus to the start of Mollepata village
Inca Trail & Machu Picchu entrance fees (US$73)
English speaking professional guide (two guides for groups over 9 persons)
Igloo tents – 2 persons in each 4-person capacity tent with plenty of space for your backpacks
Double thickness foam mattress
Cook and Cooking equipment
Meals (06B,06L,06D) – food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude.
Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
Porters and horses for equipment (to carry the tents, food, and cooking equipment)
Dining tent with camp tables and chairs
Accommodation for our porters and cooks
First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Bus from Machu Picchu ruins down to the village of Aguas Calientes
Train ticket (Backpackers service) from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
What is not included on Salkantay Inca Trail:
Breakfast on the first morning.
Meal in restaurant in Aguas Calientes on day 7 of the trek.
Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes US$3.
Sleeping bags can be hired in our office for US$21 for the 7 day trek.
Tips for the guide, cook and porters
Day 1 on Salkantay Inca Trail: Cusco - Mollepata - Markokasa.
Transfer from Cusco to Mollepata. We`ll start the ramble joining to a very experienced bilingual guide. Our baggage will be carried by mules. We`ll have some emergency horses too, as far as Markokasa, the place where we`ll set up our first camping (lunch, afternoon snack and dinner).
Day 2 on Salkantay Inca Trail: Markokasa - Soraypampa - Salkantay Pampa.
We`ll climb slowly to the Markokasa Passage (3650 m.a.s.l.) followed by beautiful landscapes until the Humantay viewpoint (5917 m.a.s.l.). Then we`ll get along to the Salkantay ravine where we`ll set up our second camp. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Day 3 on Salkantay Inca Trail: Incachiriasca Step - Sisay Pampa.
Today we`ll start our ramble watching exceptional and breathtaking views of the Salkantay snow-capped mountain (6271 m.a.s.l.), as we climb to the Inca chiriasca Passage (4880 m.a.s.l.). This beautiful mountain certainly will amaze us. Later we`ll descend to the Sisaypampa Passage,, where we`ll set up the tents having the majestic Salkantay as a crown. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 4 on Salkantay Inca Trail: Sisaypampa - Canal Inca - Paucarcancha.
After a healthy breakfast, we`ll get along the ramble towards the Pampacahua valley, where we will find the remains of an Inca channel. Then we descend to the archeological complex of Paucarcancha. Camping after the visit. (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Day 5 on Salkantay Inca Trail: Paucarcancha - Huayllabamba - Pacaymayu.
We`ll undertake very early in the morning our ramble to Huayllabamba (3000 m.a.s.l.). In this place we will climb to the WarmihuañuscaPassage, from where we can see the great design of the Inca trail all the way long, descending to the Pacaymayo valley where we`ll set up our next campsite (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Day 6 on Salkantay Inca Trail: Sayacmarca - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñaywayna
This one is the most special day compared to the previous ones. We`ll be watching spectacular landscapes and will be visiting archeological sites like the Sayacmarca, Concahamarcay and thePhuyupatamarca. Finally, we will descend to the striking Wiñaywayna where we`ll set up our last campsite.
Day 7 on Salkantay Inca Trail: Intipunku - Machu Picchu - Cusco.
Very early in the morning we`ll start our ramble to arrive at the Intipunku (Sun`s Gate) and there we can have the first impressing and unforgettable view of the magnificent Machupicchu (2475 m.a.s.l.). Then we will descend in our excursion, guided towards the beautiful Inca citadel. In the afternoon we will return to Cusco by train. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. (Breakfast).