Salkantay Trek + Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 6 days

Salkantay trek + Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 6 days

The Vilcanota Mountain Range is an impressive range of mountains in Peru which include the snowcapped Salkantay (6,264 meters) and three others over 6000 meters that you will appreciate in this trek.

Abra Salkantay

This snow is really exceptional, located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south central Peru. It is the highest mountain of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range. Because of its proximity to the city, it is easily accessible and is climbed frequently. Join us on this incredible Hiking Tour to Machu Picchu. Book early.

Machu Picchu hike

 

INCLUDES

  • Transfers In / Out
  • Transportation Cusco – Mollepata. (Start walking)
  • Professional bilingual tour guide English /Spanish.
  • Assistant tour guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 afternoon snacks, 5 dinners. ”Vegetarian (vegan) food on request at no extra cost!
  • Cook. (Professional)
  • Drinking water along the Salkantay Trail and Inca Trail, only on meal times.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 1st Aid Kit
  • 01 Oxygen Ball
  • Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Horse men
  • Quadruple & waterproof Camping tent “02 people only”
  • 01 Sleeping Mattress per person “therma rest”
  • 02 Bus ticket Machu Picchu Inca City to Aguas Calientes
  • 02 nights in touristic hostel in Aguas Calientes “Machupicchu Village”.
  • Return train tickets (MachupicchuOllantaytambo and bus to Cusco) transfer to Hotel.

 

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Sacred Valley Tour Full day

Ollantaytambo Monolithen - Sacred Valley Tour

OUR ITINERARY

08:30 am pick up from your hotel.
09:00 am beginning of your excursion.

The Pisac market

The Pisac market is a must-see for those visiting the Cusco region. Every day, the streets fill to overflowing with artisans selling their goods and tourists from all over the world buying them. Sunday is the best and busiest day to visit by far. Villagers from miles around pack up their llamas and donkeys in the early hours of the morning in order to arrive and set up stalls where they sell vegetables and other produce.
Even if you’re not a shopper, the market is worth a visit. It’s a great place to take photos and people-watch. Many of the cafés around the market have second-story balconies providing good views of the commotion below. The quality of the goods can be a little sketchy, and, if you’re looking to spend a lot of money on any one item, you’re better off in a fine gallery or store in Cusco or Lima. But prices are low (though higher than in the Cusco markets) and it is a great place to buy memorable souvenirs for friends back home.

Pisac market

P’isaq Archaeological Park

The Archaelogical Park of Pisac is one of the most important archaeological region. Possibly its name comes from a very common type of Bird in this area known as “P’isaqa”. Some scholars suggest that the pre-Columbian city was in the form of a “P’isaqa” representing the local faun. Today there are a colonial Town named P’isaq.
In the Inca City there is a famous Local Market, full of crafts and local products.
Pisac Archaeological Park

Archaeological Complex of Ollantaytambo

The archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo was a strategic military, religious and agricultural center. The architectural scene is exceptional in its the size, style and originality of its buildings. For the Quechua language, the name comes from the word

Ollanta (which is the name of an Inca captain, whose story was saved as an oral tradition, and written as a drama of Antonio Valdez Urubamba priest in mid-eighteenth century) Also a Spanish derivation of the word tampu (Tambo) Quechua, which means

“City that offers accommodation, food and comfort to passengers.”

Agricultural activity in this area benefited from the presence of the Patacancha creek, where there are large terraces that currently are damaged and abandoned.

Archaeological Complex of Ollantaytambo

Chinchero

The typical Chinchero is a Inca city, the conquerors wanted to “civilize” and establish their culture, but never succeeded, because they fully resisted. Today you can see this resistance in its inhabitants, as they inhabit the Inca constructions almost intact, in the same place where their ancestors lived and formed the largest and most prosperous civilization in America.

the Rainbow City is located 28 km. northwest of the Cusco city, over 3,762 meters, at an intermediate location between the highlands and warm valley, surrounded by snow-capped Salkantay, Veronica and Soray. The view from here is awesome. Chinchero was chosen by the Inca Tupac Yupanqui to establish his residence

At 19:00pm aprox, we’ll arrive in Cusco, transfer to your hotel or if you decide you can stop in the beautiful mean square of this City.

Inca City of Chinchero

End of our services

Includes

  • Transfers from and to your hotel.
  • Personal assistance along your tour.
  • Entrance fees to all touristic attractions
  • Buffet lunch in Urubamba
  • Touristic Bus with insurance SOAT
  • Professional bilingual guide (English – Spanish) along your excursions.
  • Sacred Valley included the visit of Pisaq, Andean Market, Archaeological Parks of Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero.

Not Included

  • Entrance to recreational sites, such as “Clubs” “Waters Springs, Amusement Parks”
  • Unscheduled Meals.
  • Others not specified in the Program

Route on Google Maps

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Cusco City Tour

“Half day” 5 hours

Mornings: 08:30 x 05 hours

Afternoons: 13:30 x 05 hours

Panoramic view of Cusco city

OUR ITINERARY

08:30 or 13:30 pick up from your hotel.

09:00 or 14:00 beginning of your excursion.

Temple of Koricancha

It was the Main Temple of the Incas where Sun God is worshiped, About the engineering used in the construction of this place, its walls were covered with gold and in its mean terraces there were sheets of animals in gold made in natural size, which also kept over there mains of the Incas and their wives who in ever ruled these lands which were embalmed, chronicles indicate that these seemed to be alive.

Temple of Koricancha

Fortress of Sacsayhuaman

(Head of the great Puma)

The city of Cusco was in the form of a Puma and the exactly Head was Saqsayhuaman. It is 3 km from the city of Cusco. The Temple has impressive monumental and magnificent stone architecture, also known as “la Casa del Sol” Annually on 24 June is here where is performed the ancestral ritual of Inti Raymi.

Fortress of Sacsayhuaman

Temple of Q’enqo

(Temple of the Pachamama or Mother Earth) was a ceremonial temple, there is an amphitheatre where sacrifices were made on a black flame, that every winter solstice “June 21” in the shadow a planned for well-polished bricks, born a natural phenomenon “The Awakening of the Puma” for the Incas was the beginning of the great festival of Inti Raymi

Temple of Qenqo

Fortress of Puca Pucura

(Inca Fortress) old tambo, surveillance existed throughout the Empire and along the Inca roads. Also, it was a controlled entry and exit of all those traveling to or from the holy city of Cusco.

Inca Fortress of Puca Pucara

Tambomachay

(Royal baths) at 7 km. from the city of Cusco is a ceremonial place of worship for the water, its wings are named sources of water that exist on the site. Also is believed to be resting place of the Inka.

6:30 p.m. return to Cusco leaving you in your hotel or in the beautiful (mean square) Plaza de Armas.

Royal baths of Tambomachay

End of our services

Includes

  • Transfers from and to your hotel.
  • Personal assistance along your tour.
  • Entrance fees to all touristic attractions
  • Touristic Bus with insurance SOAT
  • Professional bilingual guide (English – Spanish) along your excursions.
  • City tour included the visit of
  • Koricancha “mean Inka temple” and 04 amazing’s Inka temples out the city of Cusco
  • Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay

Not Included

  • Entrance to recreational sites, such as “Clubs”, “Waters Springs, Amusement Parks”
  • Unscheduled Meals.
  • Others not specified in the Program*

 

 

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Salkantay Trek Difficulty Level along the Trail to Machu Picchu

Salkantay Trekking Difficulty Level

All of the treks are fairly difficult in Peru and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting the trek. You have to be moderately fit to complete this hike. The altitude of this mountain is high than others mountains in CuscoPeru.

Try walking time 10km in a day or go to the gym a month before the trail because we will cover a lot of distance in the first 2 days. The good news is that everyone in the last few years who started a hike has finished it! If you are really struggling, we have emergency horses that you can ride if you are not fit for the trek.

The second day of the trek will be the longest and hardest. After an early breakfast, we will start hiking up a moderate climb for three and half hours until we reach the Salkantay Pass (4,600m/15,092ft). From this point, we can soak in spectacular views of Cusco’s second highest peak. At the pass, you can leave a piece of rock carried from the bottom as a present for the mountain spirit.

No matter what time of year, the trail gets cold at night (the altitude is more than 6000m) until to reach Aguas Calientes. Bring a warm sleeping bag and layer your clothes. You will need a good warm sleeping bag. Where possible we recommend you bring just your own best sleeping bag. If you are planning to hire a bag it is a good idea to bring a silk sleeping bag liner to use inside for added warmth and comfort. A four season (or -10) bag is recommended for the winter months. At other times you will probably be fine in a 3 season (or -4/-5) bag although this depends on how much you feel the cold and is given as a guideline only.
Roll mats are provided on the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu however for greater comfort and warmth, Thermo rest style mattresses can also be hired in Cusco for USD $ 15. If you are travelling in winter and you do not wish to invest in a 4 season bag you may want to consider purchasing a 3 season bag plus a sleeping bag liner and bringing additional clothing.

This mountain in CuscoPeru is cold all the time, the high point is the Sacantay pass (Altitude is 6372 m). 4 days of treks is a classic one, this trek always go to Machu Picchu, because it are an alternative to Inca Trail, and end just in Aguas calientes (Machu Picchu Village).

The best time to start a travel with trail is just from June to August, in this months Cusco and also all the Peru has many festivities, like Inti Raymi the main festival of the Incas here in Peru.

If you want to travel to Peru (the Inca Land) and you want to do a hike you have to know that at the final part is always the best! why? for example in Salkantay, because you are going to see Machu Picchu, but before that you can take a refreshing dip in Aguas Calientes.

Don’t miss this travel in Cusco – Peru with ITEP Eco Travel, we are specialist in travel, treks, hike, we are the best!

 

The Classic Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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The Short Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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Salkantay Trek Advices and Tips

The famous Salkantay Trek (or Salcantay Trek), named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, is a trek open to everybody, with no limitation on spaces or permits (at least for now). Connecting the city of Mollepata, Cusco with Machu Picchu, the Classic 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.

 

Salkantay Trek Tips:

  1. No matter what time of year, the trail gets cold at night. Bring a warm sleeping bag and layer your clothes. You will need a good warm sleeping bag. Where possible we recommend you bring your own sleeping bag, however adequate ones can be hired locally (for approx US$25) but we can take no responsibility for the standard. If you are planning to hire a bag it is a good idea to bring a silk sleeping bag liner to use inside for added warmth and comfort. A four season (or -10) bag is recommended for the winter months. At other times you will probably be fine in a 3 season (or -4/-5) bag although this depends on how much you feel the cold and is given as a guideline only. Roll mats are provided on the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu however for greater comfort and warmth, Thermo rest style mattresses can also be hired in Cusco for US$15. If you are travelling in winter and you do not wish to invest in a 4 season bag you may want to consider purchasing a 3 season bag plus a sleeping bag liner and bringing additional clothing.
  2. Whatever you wear on your feet the most important thing is comfort. It is vital to ensure your boots are well worn in and lightweight. Ankle support and waterproofing is recommended but if you already have something comfortable with good grip on rocks then don’t go rushing out to buy new boots – you are better off with your well worn in pair!.
  3. Other must-brings: sturdy shoes, a flashlight (with fresh batteries), water-purification tablets, high-calorie snacks and a basic first-aid kit.  Swimwear for Aguas Calientes hot springs – Towels can be hired there for 3 soles. Flipflops / thongs / jandals – If you wish to have a shower on the third night.
  4. Altitude sickness is serious and can ruin your trip. The biggest mistake you can make is to fly directly to Cuzco (3326m/10,910ft) and expect to hike the next day. Give yourself a few days to adjust to the altitude first.
  5. Choose your trekking agency carefully. Shop around and ask lots of questions: what you’ll have to carry, how many people to a tent, how many porters for the group, if there are arrangements for special diets. It’s worth paying more for a reputable agency that treats its porters well and respects the environment. We’ve recommended a tour we like at the end of this article.
  6. At any time of the year the weather in Machu Picchu can change in an instant. Be prepared with a poncho or light raincoat just in-case.
  7. Make sure you get your passport stamped with the Machu Picchu stamp. There is a small office just past the entrance where you can get this done.
  8. Only small backpacks of less than 20 kg are allowed into Machu Picchu. There is a storage office just past the main entrance that charges 3 Soles (US$ 1) to hold your things for the day.
  9. To the left of the entrance of Machu Picchu there is a pharmacy and a doctor’s service available. The service is operated by Clinica’s Pardo and San Jose (from Cusco).
  10. Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain is limited to 400 people per day, 200 hundred at 7-8 a.m. and a further 200 from 10-11 a.m. Entrance tickets must be purchased in advance.
  11. If you have a fear of heights, it is not recommended to hike Huayna Picchu. At the top, the path is very narrow and very steep.

Salkantay Trek Map to Machu Picchu

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Salkantay Trek is a great alternative to the Inca Trail. Going this route, you’ll be able to visit some of the most beautiful places in the Andean jungle and see the snow covered Salkantay Mountain (altitude is 6372 m). You will have the opportunity to see beautiful landscapes with a variety of endemic flora and fauna and stop by part of the Inca trail, Llactapata, which is an enclosure built on the mountain facing Machu Picchu.

The Classic Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, the most popular destination in South America!It presents a unique combination of culture, with preserved proudly by the Peruvian people, and is an amazing adventure and extraordinary natural beauty. This walk is set at the highest peaks of Salkantay and Humantay Mountain, where the cold ice of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Andean jungle. This route is surrounded by the historic Machu Picchu National Park and is considered one of the 25 best hikes in the world. This trail is very diverse and rich geography hike, Andean culture and history. The Cordillera Vilcanota contains two twenty highest mountains in the Americas.

Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu in 8 Days

Choquequirao Trek

A trip that will take you through 8 unforgettable days deep into the empire passing the two most important and incredible cities of the Inca Empire; Choquequirao and Machu Picchu, and amazing mountain views with the best flora and fauna and wildlife Peru can offer.

Choquequirao Trek - Hiking

Availability for Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu in 8 days

Availability The Choquequirao Trek departs from our travel agency every day all year round. We recommend to go on this trek from April to October, because of the dry season.

 

INCLUDES

  • Briefing for trek one or two days beforehand
  • Transfers In / Out
  • Transportation from Cusco to Cachora where we start walking
  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Assistant tour guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
  • Entrance fee to Choquequirao
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Professional cook. All dietary requirements from vegans, lacto-allergies and general dislikes can be catered for so long as prior warning is given when booking the trip.
  • Drinking water only during meals
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • First aid kit
  • 1 oxygen tank
  • Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment)
  • Duffle bag (in which you can put up to 5 kilos of your personal belongings – your sleeping bag included)
  • Quadruple and waterproof camping tent (cap. 4 fitting 2)
  • 1 sleeping mattress per person
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (see note about train availability, changes in times, etc.)
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

 

Choquequirao Trek - View of Arqueological Complex

 

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