SALKANTAY TREK 5D/4D

INTRODUCTION

This amazing trek hugs the bottom of the sacred Salkantay mountain as it passes through Quechua communities and lesser-known Inca ruins before finally ending at Aguas Calientes. On our last day we will explore the imfamous and impressive Sacred Inca city of Machupicchu. For good reasons, this trip is an ever-increasingly popular alternative trek to the Inca Trail.

From $ 680.00

Tour Tipe:

Hiking, camping, adventure

Dificulty:

moderated & Challenging

Distance:

43 Km / 26 miles

Considerations:

Permit required

Safe

100%

Duration:

5D & 4N

FOR YOUR TRIP

Departing from Cusco, we set off to Soraypampa, the starting point of our four-day trek. Throughout our next 4 days we hike through Quechua communities and lesser-known Inca ruins, to finally reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day This hike offers great views of Machu Picchu from a different perspective as well as the opportunity to see many less-visited ruins

Day 1

Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Km 82 - Llactapata

Our first day, we leave Cusco at 4 am in a private bus and start our scenic four-hour morning ride to our starting point at Soraypampa. Along the way, we will travel through the town of Limatambo, an important point of access to the city of Cusco during the time of the Inca Empire. Here the archaeological remains of Tarawasi are located. Our passage continues up a beaten track along the shore of the Apurimac River, and then continues into the town of Mollepata and the small community of Cruzpata before finally arriving in Soraypampa. In Soraypampa, the starting point of the trek, we will meet our wranglers and horses and eat a quick breakfast. Afterwards, we start our hike towards Mt. Salkantay. First, we will cross Salkantaypampa before beginning a 2-hour steep ascent to Soyroccocha, a mountain located just next to the impressive glacier of Salkantay. Further uphill, we cross Abra Huayracmachay, the highest mountain pass in our trek. This is a beautiful spot to take in stunning views of glaciers and snow-capped peaks. This is also native-habitat for chinchillas and condors. From the top, we travel leisurely down towards the cloud forest. As we walk, we will we can see the remains of an ancient Inca path before arriving late afternoon to our campsite at Andenes.
Day 2

Inca Trail, Llactapata - Llulluchapampa

Today we continue our hike with an easy downhill walk along the banks of the Salkantay River, Santa Teresa River, and Totora River. Along our walk we will enjoy abundant flora, waterfalls, plantations of delicious fruits and coffee, parrots and possibly even a spectacled-bear. The dry landscape will gradually turn into cloud forest filled with orchids and bromeliads. We arrive in Chaullay and shortly after the town of Collpapampa. We will relax for a while, before passing the Coripacchi waterfalls, the settlement in Wiñaypoko, and the lively town of La Playa. At the end of our hike, we will arrive at our second camp at Lucmabamba where we can sit-back and enjoy a cup of coffee before bed.
Day 3

Llulluchapampa - Phuyupatamarca

After breakfast, we will climb for around two and a half hours up to El Mirador or Abra Q'elloqasa, a location that provides a unique and exceptional view of the legendary Machupicchu. We enjoy our last lunch together at our next lookout point of Llaqtapata. At Llaqtapata you can observe both Machupicchu and the Salkantay Mountain, enjoy the recently-restored ruins of Llactapata, and enjoy a good rest. Afterwards, we will complete a 2-hour descent towards the Aobamba River crossing bamboo forests, orchards, and coffee plantations. This descent will bring us to the hydroelectric plant of Machupicchu from where we board a train for a scenic ride to Aguas Calientes and your chosen accomidation.
Day 4

Inca Trail, Phuyupatamarca - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

We wake up early and board a bus to Machupicchu. Upon arrival to Machu Picchu you'll have a 2 hour guided tour of all the most significant sites learning about Incan history and culture. Afterwards free time will be given to wander around the citadel or climb Huayna Picchu, the highest peaked mountain of Machu Picchu with even more Inca structures at the peak (we can help you book the mandatory tickets for this unforgettable hike in advance). Together, we will return to the Aguas Calientes by bus, where you can have your choice of restaurants for lunch. After lunch, we will take the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and then the van back to Cusco.
Day 5

Machu Picchu - Huayna Picchu - Cusco

We wake up early and board a bus to Machupicchu. Upon arrival to Machu Picchu you'll have a 2 hour guided tour of all the most significant sites learning about Incan history and culture. Afterwards free time will be given to wander around the citadel or climb Huayna Picchu, the highest peaked mountain of Machu Picchu with even more Inca structures at the peak (we can help you book the mandatory tickets for this unforgettable hike in advance). Together, we will return to the Aguas Calientes by bus, where you can have your choice of restaurants for lunch. After lunch, we will take the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and then the van back to Cusco.

BRIEFING.

At the agreed time we will visit  to your Hotel.  Your briefing is usually programmed one day before your program and usually in the evening. However  If your program starts on a Monday, your briefing will be programmed for the Saturday prior to your program and during the morning only. Therefore, please consider this when booking your flights to Cusco.

PROFESSIONAL TOUR GUIDES

All of our guides have studied English and Tourism at Cusco National University. They have all grown up in the region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional and will ensure you are safe and happy throughout your trip with us.

CHEFFS

The SPE chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have raved about. We honor all food restrictions. Be sure to remind your tour guide of any food restrictions at the beginning of your trek. Food is typically served family-style. You will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of the trek, along with a happy hour of tea and snacks. A snack each morning will also be provided for you to enjoy along the hike. We will provide purified water needed at meal times to drink and refill a reusable water bottle or camel back (we recommend at least 3L capacity to last between meals.

TRANSPORTATION

All your transportation is included in this trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 4 a.m. (unless you are staying in Ollantaytambo) and brought to KM 82, to begin your trek. The train back from Aguas Calientes is included. This is Expedition class but can be upgraded to the Vistadome train for $75 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, you will be brought back to your hotel in Cusco. Your round-trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is also included.

 

TENTS &  EQUIPMENT

Our 3-season tents are strictly maintained to ensure excellent performance in field. We use Eureka Timberline Outfitter tents with space for 4 to house 2 trekkers, which ensures maximum comfort while trekking and safe backpack storage. We can upgrade single trekkers to Eureka Timberline 2XT tents, which are designed for 2 travelers, for hikers who prefer a more private camping experience. You will also have a spacious dining tent to enjoy your meals. We believe it’s the attention to small details that separates us from other tour companies. Because of this, we also give every trekker a small pillow to sleep with, a foam mat for insulation, a day pack cover to protect their things while hiking and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best vacation.

ENTRANCE TICKETS

PORTERS 

We include a personal porter, who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag. There is no additional fee for this, however you will not have access to your duffel bag until your evening campsite. We strive to keep our porters well cared for and healthy, so we limit duffel-bag weights to 7 kg/ 14 lbs, which should include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

FOOD

We have one of the most outstanding meal services in the field: Our chefs have been highly trained by several institutes in Lima and Cusco. You should be prepared to not only have a superb trekking experience, but also a culinary one, including generous and delicious breakfasts, snacks, lunches, tea services and dinners. Our delectable menus include a variety of Peruvian and international food and also cater for vegetarian and other dietary needs at no extra cost. Southern Peru Explorers is recognized for its buffet meals, the quantity and quality of food, and its freshness.  

 

WATER

From your first day lunch until your last breakfast water is included at meal times to drink and refill reusable water bottles This water will be boiled, filtered and then cooled, before distributing. (we recommend at least 2L capacity to last between meals). We will refill our waters at each meals time, you will need to bring your own water cooler or bottle

ENTRANCE TICKETS & PERMITS

The Peruvian government allows only a few agencies to operate Inca Trail treks. After an extensive examination of our staff, equipments, and business practices, we have received our authorization for Inca Trail. As soon as we receive your details and a deposit, we will purchase your permits (pending availability, check our Inca Trail Availability link). These permits are for a specific date and in your name. They can’t be changed, once confirmed. Only your passport number is allowed to be updated. The permit includes an entrance to Machu Picchu.

HOTEL

While traveling to Machu Picchu we will spend three nights camping under the stars surrounded by nature, followed by a final night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu. Included is a two-star hotel, typically at Inti Wiracocha Inn, depending on availability.  If you would like an upgrade, let us know and we can ensure you stay in your desired hotel. The hotel we book for you will be listed on your invoice.

FIRST AID & RADIO COMMUNICATION 

Every SPE guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February, which every single SPE tour guide must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment. Every guide is also equipted with a sateliette phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to connect anywhere in the world in case of an emergency. For an extra cost, these can be used for personal calls as well.

RETURN BY TRAIN TO CUSCO

During your trek, all transportation is included. This includes a pick up from your hotel to the trail head to begin your hike. The train to and from Aguas Calientes, the town located below Machu Picchu, is also included. Our train tickets are expedition class, but upon request can be upgraded to the Vistadome train car for $75 extra per person. Also part of your transportation is a round-trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. After you take the train back from Aguas Calientes, our private bus will bring you back to where it all began, Cusco.

DUFFLE BAG

At the briefing time you will receive   a duffle bag to put your belongings it will  be carried by our porters this bag should not exceed 7 kg. or 14 Lbs. and does need to include your sleeping bag and air mattress you will not have access to your duffel bag during the hiking time or between the campsites, so all items needed while hiking must be carried in a personal backpack during the trek while you hike.

EXTRAS 

We included a small details that make us a different from other tour companies. All our clients receive a small pillow to sleep with, a foam mat for insulation, or day rain cover to protect their backpacks while they hiking. Or after the tour ask in our office for free t-shirts, cap, etc. We will work hard to create your best vacation.

NOT INCLUDED PACKING LIST

FOR SHARED GROUP

  • Water on the Day 1
  • Breakfast on Day 1, dinner on day 6, and all meals on Day 7
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain (75$, 45 minute steep hike, Reservations must be made 1 month in advance)
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance –strongly recommended
  • Walking Sticks ($10)

FOR SHARED PRIVATE GROUP

  • Water on Day 1
  • Breakfast on Day 1, dinner on day 6, and all meals on Day 7
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain (75$, 45 minute steep hike, Reservations must be made 1 month in advance)
  • Tips (for cooks, guides, porters, etc.)
  • Travel Insurance –strongly recommended
  • Original passport (with more than 6 months from expiration)
  • A daypack to carry your personal belongings
  • Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Warm clothes, fleece and layers for variable temperatures (especially at night)
  • T-shirts and trekking pants
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Small size binoculars
  • Wide-brimmed hats, with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
  • Sunscreen SPF30+
  • Lip balm and Insect repellent (50% DEET)
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain Gear: rain jacket or rain poncho
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes
  • Refillable water bottle (bottled water available for purchase)

Inca Trail Map

PRICE : 2018 – 2019

 GROUP SERVICE – PRICE PER PERSON
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1620

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1570

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1400

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1390

PRIVATE SERVICE – PRICE PER PERSON
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1980

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1880

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790

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1720

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1680

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1630

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1550

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1460

Group Services:

You will be joining a group of other trekkers like you coming from different parts of the world, a great opportunity to have fun and make new friends. Our Group Services have set departure dates. We apply the 4 to 10 range price when we open a group We need 4 persons to open one group In case you are less number of persons and there is no any group open we will apply the price according to the number of persons. 

Private Services:

These services are arranged just for you and your party, and offer the possibility to choose the departure date, the group size and the duration of the trek. This not only has the advantage of adapting the pace to your physical condition, but also usually means enjoying quieter campsites and meeting less travelers along the route. All private groups include additional services, such as extra porters/wranglers to carry your personal gear, among other benefits.

WHY CHOISE SOUTHERN PERU EXPLORERS ?

Southern Peru Explorers operate all our own treks! Often times other companies, especially those offering daily departures, are just an intermediary. They instead send you on your trek with a 3rd party company. We take pride in operating all the treks we sell ourselves, allowing us to uphold the high tour standards we promise, minimize miscommunications, and give you personalized attention you deserve.

Southern Peru Explorers treat our staff like family! Peruvian Porter Law and Regulation dictates minimum standards and wages for porters. We give not only porters but all our staff a wage that exceeds the minimum wage and the average wages paid by most tour companies. Our porters, chefs, wranglers, and guides are all given supplies for the treks including ample food, sleeping bags, all weather clothing, boots, and back support. We also guarantee that our staff have a minimum number of treks per month and that their wage does not change throughout the year, providing them with stable income which helps relieve some of the uncertainties that can arise when working with other tour agencies during low season.

Southern Peru Explorers has great guides! We have a core team of guides that are specifically chosen for each group we book. They are trained, are able to speak English, and are very charismatic. We are constantly receiving feedback from our previous guests to make sure our guide team stays strong and providing quality service to our clientele. For every 12 people on a trek, we provide one guide, ensuring that each guest receives personal treatment and you dona t feel lost in the crowd. While other guides may take 16+ people, we limit our groups to 12 people to make sure your experience is unique to you. Upon request we also have guides that speak a multitude of languages including French, Italian, German, Chinese, and Japanese. Furthermore, we have guides that specialize in specific knowledge including ornithology, history, archaeology, and other plants and animals.

Southern Peru Explorers prides ourselves on our equipment! We choose quality brands for our tents, sleeping pads, and water filters. This equipment is checked for quality before each trek and renewed yearly making sure every trekker is comfortable and safe.

Southern Peru Explorers cooks up delicious meals! On our treks we provide not only breakfast, lunch, and dinner but also snacks and a break for tea. These are customizable around allergies or other special diets including vegetarian, vegan, Atkins, Gluten-free, etc. at no extra cost. Each of our meals is cooked by our chefs from quality natural ingredients from the area. We do not bring pre-packaged junk food nor do we serve generic bland dishes. Our chefs, trained with HACCP hygiene practices, will bring you safe, healthy, and delicious meals throughout your trek.

Southern Peru Explorers cares about the environment. On our all treks throughout the region we strive to be little to no impact. We train our staff to uphold our environmental expectations and our leave only footprints policy.

Southern Peru Explorers operates lawfully. There are many tour operators who do not declare all of their sales or alter their earnings to avoid paying certain taxes. However, here at Southern Peru Explorers we pay our 19% IGV, consumption tax, as well as the 30% tax due from all income.

Southern Peru Explorers has satisfied customers. From our testimonials and reviews you can see that our clients leave content and with wonderful memories. We have been operating for years proving our consistence and reliability in the services we provide.

While other tour companies over deep discounts for the same trek, this does not mean that they offer the same service as us. While price is always a deciding factor in one decision, please take into account the vast amount of differences between our agencies and others.

By supporting responsible tour companies, you are promoting the preservation of the land you are touring and helping rather than hurting local communities and business!

In order to hike the Inca Trail, you must have a permit which we will obtain for you.
The first step to making this booking is to make sure these permits from the government are still available.
These links are updated in real time. You just need a permit for your start date.

reks, and trips to other sacred locations throughout our unforgettable country of Peru. However, few tour companies can claim that they are 100% locally owned and operated. With a founder born and raised in Peru, our unique relationship with the area informs every aspect of how Southern Peru Explorers operates, from the respect shown to the porters and land to the unique perspective you will receive on Incan culture and history. For over 10 years, your health and safety have been our primary concern. We have invested in top-of-the-line equipment from the most prestigious names in the camping business and chosen chefs that will create one mouth-watering meal after another from healthy, locally-sourced food. Let Southern Peru Explorers help you experience the trip of a lifetime.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Booking Procedures

After placing your reservation, please read the terms and conditions below so you are informed of the state of your booking. Once your reservation has been confirmed by Southern Peru Explorers in writing and a deposit has been received, a contract has been entered with the following conditions:

Payment / Deposit

Once you have placed your reservation the applied deposit per person is required to hold your space. This money cannot be refunded in the case of client cancellations. The remaining balance of your chosen trip must be prior to the date given to you by your booking agent. 

Cancellation by Southern Peru Explorers

We, Southern Peru Explorers, maintain our right to cancel any trip due to any of the following events: 

Payment not received from client prior to the deadline given by the booking agent. If this occurs, the client does not have the right to request for a deposit refund. 

Inability to operate tour due to extenuating circumstances including but not limited to: extreme weather, technical issues, over-booking or closing of accommodations, protests, government or tourism bodies’ decisions. When these situations occur, Southern Peru Explorers will try to their best ability to conserve the original travel plans. Yet if these cannot be upheld, Southern Peru Explorers will be required to alter the amount of time spent in a destination or omit part of the travel package to maintain safety of our passengers. In these circumstances, no refunds will be given including visa costs, medical costs, airplane tickets, etc. However, Southern Peru Explorers will propose alternatives to the original travel arrangements with all additional costs being paid by the clients. 

Alterations by the Client

The price of alternations depends on the scope of the alternation requested. For minor changes that do not alter the travel itinerary greatly, no additional fees will be charged. Large requests that require significant communication, new or additional tickets or entrance fees, or cancelations will solicit additional charges at the client’s expense. If these alternations have been requested after the start date of the tour, Southern Peru Explorers will work to our best ability to grant these changes, however there is no guarantee that these alternations can be implemented. 

Cancellation by the Client

If our clients choose to cancel a tour, they must submit their cancelation in writing to Southern Peru Explorers. With the cancelation of any of our tours, the deposit will not be refunded. Additionally, Southern Peru Explorers is not liable to refund any money lost for food, accommodation, or tours not used or any cancelation fees. However, if you state the reason for your cancellation, your personal insurance policy may cover some or your expenses. 

For Cancellation by Client of Custom Programs

For clients who have booked a customized tour, if the cancelation is received in writing over 60 days before your departure date, the client will receive 50% money back received in writing 30 – 20 days before the departure date, clients will be required to pay  80 % of the program price. If the written cancelation is received less than 30 days from the departure date, clients are obligated to pay 100% of their program price. 

Acceptance of Risk

Southern Peru Explorers strives to put clients in authentic environments to show them the true landscape of the country. Therefore, there is an element of risk or exposure to hazards innate in some of our itineraries. The client is responsible that by booking a tour they encounter the possibility of physical or emotional injuries, paralysis, death, or damage to their property.  The client is responsible to understand that these risks cannot be avoided without completely altering the authenticity of the tour, therefore accepting them as part of the tour they have booked. The client is also responsible to be aware of their physical and emotional health and assess their ability to take on these risks before booking their tour with Southern Peru Explorers.  As a result of the clauses listed above, Southern Peru Explorers is absolved of all responsibility or costs linked to accidents or injuries that affect client’s health during their trip. 

Authority During the Tour

Throughout the duration of the tour, the guide or representative of Southern Peru Explorers will have the final say on all issues that pose the risk of endangering the health or safety of any or all members of the tour group. Furthermore, the client must adhere to the laws, drug regulations, and customs of Peru. If the client refuses to comply with any of the following conditions or poses a threat themselves to the safety and well-being of the group as a whole, the guide or representation of Southern Peru Explorers has the right to remove the offending client from the tour without the possibility of a refund.  

Travel Documents

Each individual traveler is responsible for securing proper identification during before departing. Proper identification for trips operated by Southern Peru Explorers is a legal passport with more than 6-month validity and authorized visa to travel in the country. While Southern Peru Explorers may make suggestions or advise on visas, vaccinations, packing requirements, etc. These suggestions and advice are given in good faith and are not the responsibility of the company. 

Third Party Outlets and Outside Circumstances

Southern Peru explorers is not responsible for any damages or losses if the contract has been broken by the client, a third party outside of those booked by the company, or from extenuating and unforeseeable circumstances outside of the company’s ability to control. While the company will work to minimize any effects of actions outside of their control, Southern Peru Explorers is not responsible for these matters which can include but are not limited to visa refusal, closed boarders, political issues (strikes, war, government mandates etc), extreme weather, delayed flights, or mechanical failures. As a result of these unforeseeable circumstances, the client assumes extra costs required to rebook, avoid, or ensure client safety. 

While Southern Peru Explorers operates a majority of the services booked in the tours, ourselves, we also book flight tickets, accommodations, and certain experiences through outside companies. Southern Peru Explorers vets these organizations to maintain our high standards, yet we these companies are independent of our organization and we cannot accept responsibility for any negligence of these outside companies. Furthermore, Southern Peru Explorers cannot be held liable for any damages/ loses of property or injuries/ death to clients due to airline companies, transportation companies, accommodations, or any other third party booked by the company. Additionally, any cancelations, delays, inconvenience, distress or frustrations both physical and emotional due to these outside companies are not the responsibility of Southern Peru Explorers. In the event of the cancelation by a third party organization of a service sold to our company, Southern Peru Explorers will refund money paid by the participant for that service, but accepts no liability beyond this. While traveling with the airline booked, conditions and rules of this airline apply and Southern Peru Explorers is not responsible for any money lost or additional consequences as a result of delays, cancelations, missed connections, etc. 

Claims and Complaints

Any complaints regarding the company or tour must be addressed first to the tour guide or representative of Southern Peru Explorers to allow ample time to try to fix the issues. If the issues have not been addressed, clients are responsible to give complaints in writing to Southern Peru Explorers within seven days of the final day of your tour. Complaints will be exclusively addressed in Cusco, Peru under the jurisdiction of Peruvian Law. 

Damage claims against Southern Peru Explorers are limited to the value of the item and are not to exceed the price of the tour booked. However, Southern Peru Explorers does not accept liability for any accidental or inadvertent losses including loss of profits. 

While Southern Peru Explorers takes responsibility for representations the company makes, these do not include 

Representations made by others including but not limited to employees of the company or travel agents acting independently of the company. 

Booking and payment for reservations on any Southern Peru Explorers tours or excursions includes implied consent to all of the above Terms & Conditions, creating a binding agreement between Southern Peru Explorers and clients.

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