Machu picchu Salkantay Trail

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Salkantay Trail

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Trekking Tours




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Thinking about Trekking to Machu Picchu? The first thing that came to mind was probably to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Because of excessive crowds the Peruvian government decided not only to limit daily access but also to impose strict Inca Trail Regulations. We understand how frustrating it is to not be able to get a permit because you didna��t book 4 months in advance and there are no permits left.

Trekking to Machu Picchu in Peru

Consider trekking the Salkantay Trek if permits to access the Inca Trail are sold out. Contact us or book online and secure a space on this amazing Machu Picchu Trek accross the Andes in Cusco, Peru.

Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests.

Located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south central Peru by the Cordillera Vilcabamba and rising to 6271 meters above sea level (20574 ft) Mt. Salkantay is an outstanding glacier-capped summit worshipped for thousands of years by local indians. The name Salkantay is a quechua word meaning a�?Savage Mountaina�?.

  • Our classic Salkantay Trek is a custom-designed alternative to the traditional Inca Trail. Off the beaten path, this is a cutting edge experience for adventure travelers looking for a little more privacy and authenticity. With more spectacular vistas, the Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek offers the solitude and quiet contemplation such a sacred path deserves

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  • Shorter Salkantay Trek
  • Longest Salkantay Trek
  • Easy Salkantay Hikes
  • Demanding Salkantay Trek
  • Remote Salkantay Trek
  • We have it all !!

General Information:

Treks & hikes listed on the website are just some of our most popular options.

Our descriptions of treks are a summary only; CONTACT US or SEND INQUARY for a detailed description, trek information and prices.

We can also a�?Tailora�? make a special trek to suit your requests or plans, just let us know what you would like to do.

  • Good acclimatisation to the altitude is important before starting any trek. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least two days before your trek starts so that you have time to start acclimatising. We can recommend and organise suitable day hikes to help with the acclimatisation process.
  • During treks we use horses to carry camping & cooking equipment, tents, food and your personal bag. You only carry a light day pack with camera, snacks, water bottle, warm jacket etc.
  • Our guides and crew are very experienced and know how to manage trekking at altitude. We always walk slowly, take plenty of rest breaks and make sure that you have plenty of boiled water to drink.

See our SERVICES page for a full description of services that we offer.

  • Some people find it overwhelming to figure out how to prepare for their adventure to Machu Picchu. Hiking to Machu Picchu is something truly incredible that we all are capable of doing, but these helpful hints should get you there a little easier.
  • Hiking in the Andes is something different than hiking at sea level. The higher elevation makes breathing difficult. Some people find it helpful to use prescribed medication like Diamox. Talk to your physician to figure out what is best for you.
  • Get your body moving, walk, run, and hike…whichever you choose will help prepare you for constant motion and getting through your days until you reach Machu Picchu.

When you are ready to pack for your hiking trip, remember these essential things you should take:

  • Original passport
  • ISIC card( if it is applicable (needs to be sent at the time of your booking
  • Comfortable daypack to carry your gear for the day
  • Cover for backpack
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented in our office locally for $ 5 USD per day)
  • Walking poles (available to buy or hire in Cusco)
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Hiking shoes or boots (can replace comfortable walking shoes) “already broke in if possible”
  • Camel bag – if not you can take Refillable water bottle
  • Inner sheet (for sleeping bag)
  • Warm clothes: Fleece top, Wool hat, Mitts or gloves, wool Socks (can be bought in Cusco), Thermal underwear and
  • about 4 T-shirts.
  • Hiking / track pants pants that zip into shorts
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs (optional)
  • Strong plastic bags to help keep gear dry
  • Sun hat and Sunglasses
  • Sun cream or block
  • Lip balm
  • Toiletries, Toilet paper
  • Small travel towel, If you’d like to shower on the Trail bring a small towel and Wet wipes and pocket tissues
  • Basic first aid kit + Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)
  • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs, etc. (soles or dollars) At least 200 extra soles
  • Personal snacks
  • Good sense of humor
  • Positive mental attitude

Salkantay Trek via Saywas Expeditions:

Trekking attracts the outdoor enthusiast, people who enjoy complete immersion in their environment. Whether looking for a tour that includes trekking options, a complete hard core, blood sweat and tears experience, a stroll through the countryside , choices with Saywas Expeditions are endless. Vistas when trekking are 360° and dramatic in this part of the world, Cultural experiences are second to none, as you stroll through remote villages and walk with local children brimming with excitement to meet you.

Important Note:

  • All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions and flight schedules.
  • Train included in all tours is the Cerrojo-backpacker (Aguas calientes to Ollantaytambo) Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 14:00 and being the 9:00 pm the last train. Saywas Expeditions will organize the transport back to Cusco.
  • Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.

Departures 100% guaranteed!!! for the machu picchu salkantay trail:

  • Do I need to book it in advance? The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu has departures guaranteed, but train tickets and entrance to Huayna Picchu mountain are subjet to availability. For that reason, we HIGHLYrecommend booking it in advance to ensure you receive exactly what you want!
  • PLEASE NOTE: May, June and July are peak months of a HIGH TOURIST SEASON in Cusco. It means that train tickets ARE SELL OUT QUICKLY!! Please be aware that the trek leaves daily; however, return train tickets may not be available, if you like to book on last moment. To avoid this inconvenience, please book it several weeks in advance!

Available Discounts for the machu picchu salkantay trail:

  • Students: Discount of USD 20.00 dolars.To the students with valid card International Student Identity Card (ISIC) In case to be a student, the card must be properly scanned and send digitally to our e- mail before you pay the initial deposit for the reservation, in order to qualify for the discount .
  • Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
  • Group of 8 or more: Completely free !! Sleeping bags and trekking poles for groups of 8 or more

Upgrades And Additional Things To Hire and Rent:

  • Extra Horse to Carry extra things/10kg- US$100
  • Extra Horse To Ride /90kg-Weight Limit US$100 Day 1 & 2 and Includes an Horseman to control the horse.
  • Huaynapicchu Mountain Entrance ticket US$20 (2 hours round trip) based on availability and book in advance
  • For Machu Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional US$20 and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Machu Picchu Mountain as well
  • Extra Night Hotel in Aguas Calientes US$30 per person based on twin bed room with private bathroom (This is in case you need to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes town)
  • Walking sticks(Black Diamond) : it can be rented from us. (02 poles – US$20 for the entire trip)
  • Sleeping bags: it can be rented from us.(US$20 for the entire trip)
  • Upgrade to first class Vistadome Train (And inclues and Private Transfer From Ollantaytambo to Cusco as well) US$60

We would be pleased to arrange additional free days to your tour, if you so desire, in order to give you more time to explore things, or places that may be of particular interest to you.

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