SALKANTAY TREK + SHORT INCA TRAIL 5 DAYS
This is a very unique version of the Classic Salkantay Trek and short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The first two days follow one of the common Salkantay trails, but on the 3rd day we depart the Salkantay trails to enjoy the first day section of the Classic Inca Trail. The Salkantay trekking is named for Mount Salkantay (6,271 m / 20,574 feet). This Sacred Mountain is higher than any mountain in North America. On this trek you will see gorgeous blue lakes, stunning glaciers, cloud forest with green vegetation and many archeological ruins. This trek is a great blend of the two very popular hikes, with an incomparable variety of flora and fauna.
DAY 1: CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA – ICHUPATA
We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and have a beautiful scenic drive of 3 hours duration toMollepata. At Mollepata we will have breakfast at one of the local houses. During this portion of the drive we will have our first views of the magnificent Salkantay and Humantay Mountains, as well as observe lush vegetation and the fields of local families growing potatoes, quinua, lima beans, etc.
At this point we will arrive at Soraypampa (3,800 m/12,467 ft), the trailhead for the Salkantay trek, and meet our support staff, who will pack everything for the trek and load the equipment onto horses. The first thing we will do is hike up to the magnificent Umantay Lake. After enjoying the beauty and taking pictures, we will hike back down to Soraypampa and “officially” begin the trek.
The hike today is uphill from Soraypampa to Ichupata (4,300 m / 14,104 ft) in the upper valley. This is a 5 to 6 hour hike. Along the way we will pass Salkantaypampa, which is our lunch spot.
Ichupata is our camp for the night. When we arrive, we will settle in, have happy hour and a hearty dinner.
Distance Covered: 12 km / 7 ½ miles
Approximate Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Lowest elevation: 3,800 m/12,467 ft
Highest elevation: 4,300 m / 14,104 ft
DAY 2: ICHUPATA – INCACHIRIASCA – PAMPACAHUANA
After a savory breakfast, we will begin the 3 to 4 hour steep climb to towards the Incachiriasca pass
(4850m/15908ft), the highest of the entire route. We will have amazing views of Apu Salkantay and glacial moraines during this portion. We will pause at the top of the pass to take pictures and enjoy the magnificent view.
We will then descend towards our lunch spot at Sisaypampa, a flat area from which one can observe the neighboring Salkantay Valleys. This is a place where we might see Andean condors.
After lunch we continue towards the Pampacahuana community (3,700 m / 12,136 ft), located next to an original Inca canal. This is our camp for the night.
Distance Covered: 14 km / 8 ½ miles
Approximate Walking Time: 8 hours
Lowest elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136
Highest elevation: 4,850 m / 15,908 ft
DAY 3: PAUCARCANCHA – LLAQTAPATA – MISKAY – PISQAKUCHO
We begin by hiking downill for 2 hours from Pampacahuana to Paucarcancha (3133 m / 10,276 ft)). We will visit the
Inca site of the same name.
After to explore we will hike downhill for 3 hours until we reach Huayllabamba village, there we will have our lunch. Afterwards, we will descend to the Urubamba River, following the first section of the Inca Trail, this day we will be able to appreciate the archaeological complex of Patallaqta, which is famous for its semicircular constructions, and near there is another Inca compound named Willcaraqay. At dusk we will arrive at Km 82, wherewe will spend the night.
Highest Elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136 ft
Lowest Elevation: 2,792 m/9,158 ft
Distance to walk: 16 km/ 10 miles
Estimated walking time: 6 to 8 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy
DAY 4: OLLANTAYTAMBO – WIÑAYHUAYNA – SUN GATE – AGUAS CALIENTES
Early in the morning we go to the train station. One hour free flowing train ride to 104 kms (2,100m/6,927ft) will
take us to the beginning our trek, where we cruise past the first checkpoint with easy. Afterwards we initiate a moderate climb for three hours to the chiselled remnants and remote archaeological site of Wiñayhuayna . (2,650m/8747ft). As we view out with an open mind and heart, we embrace the spectacular plunging views of the Urubamba Canyon, and the ethnic wonder of ancient Inca sites, we make our connection into the traditional four day Inca Trail. After being at one with this beautiful sight, we continue onward towards the Sun Gate (2,730mts/9,007ft). Following the ancient remote footpath we grasp onto our first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and majestic monumentality. As we move closer to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, you will feel the reasoning of her energetic vibration. Then we take our bus to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night in our hotel.
DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Bursting with excitement on your final surreal day, we take the first bus to Machu Picchu archeological site, making
sure we tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The Citadel of the Incas, MachuPicchu, what an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you through the energetic ruins and its diverse main streets. Then on your own, you can wander around the town squares of the world’s spiritual center of esoteric wisdom, as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Or you can stay still and find the peace within as you sit in the pure delight of the moment. When you are ready, you will descend to Aguas Calientes, have a leisurely lunch on your own, and later on board the train at 14:30 pm or 19:00 pm for the return trip to Cusco stopping at the Ollantaytambo Station, where you will catch our van back to Cusco.
- Bilingual English/Spanish speaking tour guide
- Pre-Departure Briefing 1 or 2 days before your trek
- Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Soraypampa
- Four person tent for each 2 persons.
- Kitchen tent
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- Toilet tent
- Professional chef and assistant chef
- Horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc) and 5 kg (9 lbs) per hiker for your own belongings
- Duffle bag for your personal gear
- Emergency horse in case we need it
- 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
- Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo round trip
- Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco
- Emergency oxygen bottle, medical kit
- Entrance to Machu Picchu and Inca Trail
- Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas calientes
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:
- Sleeping bag – you can rent one from us
- Day 5 Lunch in Aguas Calientes
- Tips for the crew (guides, porters, cooks, wranglers)
- Ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain $ 80 usd
- Extra mule to carry your things
- Sleeping Bag – US$20 per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
- Air Mattress – US$20 per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
- Walking Poles – US$15 per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
- Personal Tent – US $30 (Tent for single trekkers only)
YOU SHOULD BRING:
- A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
- Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
- Sleeping bag (we can hire these to you)
- Torch/ Flashlight and spare 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 – although no malaria risk has been reported
- Toilet paper, pack in & pack out
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
- Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
- We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
- Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
- Small towel or sarong
- Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs )
- Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips and souvenirs.
- Original passport
- Walking sticks or poles (we can hire these to you. Please note poles with metal tips cannot be carried into Machu Picchu and should be left at your hotel on the final day)
SALKANTAY TREK FAQ
Salkantay Trek Faqs will help you to pack your personal item as well will answer your doubts you might have for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.
HOW DIFFICULT IS THE SALKANTAY TREK?
For an average traveller or tourist, Salkantay Trek is considered a challenging but certainly not impossible hike. Due to the physical demands, anyone who wishes to hike Salkantay Trek should at least be moderately fit. Plus, all trekkers should spend at least 2 days in Cusco before the trek, to get acclimatized. Being extremely fit does not grant any immunity from altitude sickness.
The entire hike is approximately 72 kilometers (approximately 45 miles), and this hiking takes place during 4 days. The remaining 1 day of the trek is spent at Machu Picchu. In general, Salkantay is not considered to be harder than the Inca Trail.
WHAT’S THE MOST CHALLENGING SECTION OF THE SALKANTAY TREK?
The Salkantay Pass, at 14,760 feets above sea level, is the most difficult section in the trail. Expect wind and cold temperatures. Some hikers might experience symptoms of altitude sickness. Symptoms will disappear as soon as you start your descent. Oxygen will be provided if needed. The Salkantay Pass, at approximately 4,650 meters above sea level is the most difficult section in the trail. These challenges are a result of several factors: the challenge of uphill climbing, bitter cold winds, low temperatures in general, and the fact that you are trekking at a low-oxygen altitude.
HOW LONG IS THE SALKANTAY TREK?
The Salkantay trek is a hiking route that takes the visitor to the Inca City of Machu Picchu. The total Salkantay Trek distance is approximately 74 Kilometers (45.98 miles), which are traveled in 5 days, 12 kilometers distance on average per day.
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM ELEVATION ON THE SALKANTAY TREK?
The maximum elevation is 4600 meters or 15,091 feet. This height corresponds to the pass of the second day, since then we will descend to 1800 meters or 5905 feet. The elevation of Machu Pichcu is 2400 meters or 7874 feet.
IS ALTITUDE SICKNESS A PROBLEM? WHAT SHOULD I DO TO AVOID ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
To avoid altitude sickness we recommend arriving at the city of Cusco 2 or 3 days before, and thus acclimatize your body.Try to avoid alcohol before and during your trek, and make sure you eat lightly and drink plenty of water. Make sure to stay hydrated during the trek, don’t force yourself to walk faster than your body wants to, and take frequent breaks. Drinking coca leaf tea helps a lot, and you may wish to speak with your doctor about Diamox pills.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO MAKE SALKANTAY TREK RESERVATION?
We recommended booking at less 4 or 5 months in advance. The government has strictly limited the number of people permitted on Machu Picchu (permits are issued to about 2500 per day). We therefore recommend that you try to make your Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu reservation as far in or as soon as you know the dates of your international flights.
- Since January 2019, the visit tickets to Machu Picchu have been divided into several schedules, obviously the most requested is that of 6:00 am, because there are not many visitors, and also in the dry season you have the opportunity to appreciate the sunrise.
- March, April, May to October: Salkantay trek departure dates during these months have sold out as soon as the trek permits go on sale at the beginning of January so we would recommend making a booking in advance.
HOW FAR DO WE WALK EACH DAY ON THE SALKANTAY TREK?
The amount you walk each day varies. An average day is 6-7 hours. Have a look at the itinerary for a day-to-day account.
CAN I HIKE THE SALKANTAY TREK AT ANY TIME?
Weather conditions during the rainy season makes the Salkantay Trek into a risky decision. Therefore we don’t arrange this tour from January until mid March.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO HIKE THE SALKANTAY TREK?
The dry season is the best time for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. In Cuzco, the dry season lasts from April to November, and the wet season is from December to March. From June to September are the most popular months to do the trek, due to summer vacations in Europe and the US. It is generally thought that May and October offer the best weather conditions.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER IN SALKANTAY TREK?
Weather is very varied on the Salkantay Trek, due to the fact that it winds its way through wildly different terrain at different altitudes.
The only place where weather is a serious concern is the Salkantay Pass, and the nearby areas. Temperatures here, and at the nearby Soraypampa campsite, can fall below freezing. The other camps are much warmer, due to their proximity to the cloud forest.
WHY DO I NEED TO MAKE A DEPOSIT?
In all the tours that are made to the citadel of Machu Picchu it is necessary to make a reservation deposit, which will serve for the immediate purchase of your entrance tickets to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu, also for the purchase of your train tickets. Once the reservation is made, our team will confirm your reservation by mail.
The balance of the tour will be paid upon arrival in Cusco, for that you must come to our office, where everything about the walk will be explained in detail, and if you have any other questions you will also be cleared.
To make the payment of the preference balance in cash, if you do it by means of a visa or mastercad card you have a charge of 5.5%.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I MAKE THE SECURITY DEPOSIT?
First, we will send you an email to confirm your payment. Two weeks before your tour date, we will contact you by email to request the final payment. We will also ask you where you will be staying in Cusco, to be able to pick you up on the day of your hike.
THE BRIEFING IS IMPORTANT FOR MY TRIP TO SALKANTAY TREK?
The briefing is important because you will have details of the hike to Salkantay Trek, you will be given a duffel bag for your luggage, you also pay the remaining balance and we will give you a map with the route developed.
WHAT ARE THE GUIDES LIKE?
Having a good guide is an essential part of having a good Salkantay Trek. Because of this, Eco Path Trek works with some of the best guides in the business. Our guides speak fluent English, Quechua, Spanish, they are knowledgable in the areas of history, archaeology, ecology, and are natives of the Cusco area.
In order to continue working with our guides, we pay them a higher wage than most agencies, and assure they are treated well.
WHERE CAN I LEAVE MY LUGAGGE BEFORE MY HIKE TO SALKANTAY TREK?
Eco Path Trek, provides that for security reasons you should leave your luggage, that will not be taken to the trek, at your hotel or hostel in the city of Cusco. Since we do not have luggage storage.
HOW COLD/WARM IS THE SALKANTAY TREK?
The first day of trekking in the Salkantay trek, the maximum temperature is 15 °C or 59 °F, and the minimum in the winter season (May to August) is -6 °C or 21 °F.
On the second day only during the ascent to the Salkantay pass there are average temperatures of 2 C ° to 0 C °. Since then we enter the cloud forest where the weather is more pleasant. Thus, on days 3th to 5th, temperatures are recorded during the day with full sun of 25 °C or 77 °F, and at night in hot water it has a moderate temperature of 10 °C or 50 °F.
DO I NEED TREKING POLES FOR SALKANTAY TREK?
Walking sticks on the Salkantay Trek route is more recommended for those who have a little weak knees and ankles, or are not used to long walks. The level of difficulty of Salkantay Trek is moderate, since on this route you will not go up or down stairs like on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. In short, you should have the habit of walking with trekking poles. Otherwise they will be very uncomfortable. Another important aspect to keep in mind is that on day 2 we will have more than 4 hours of descent, and they could help you in the balance and balance of your body, since the terrain is very slippery if there is rain.
CAN I RENT SLEEPING BAG IN THE OFFICE FOR SALKANTAY TREK?
You can definitely rent sleeping bags in our office, for the Salkantay Trek route. Our sleeping bags are designed to withstand extreme temperatures. The cost is $ 20 usd for all the trip.
WHAT KIND OF ACCOMMODATION WILL I HAVE IN SALKANTAY TREK?
The first three days we will sleep in huts, which inside has the trekking tent with a mat, with this structure we protect you a little more from the cold, the capacity is for two people.
The hotel for Salkantay Trek hikers in Aguas calientes town is Machupicchu Lodging all the romos has private bathroom and wifi.In case you want to rest in a hotel with a better category of 2 or 3 stars, just send us an email prior to your reservation, and tell you the aditional cost.
WHAT IS THE FOOD AT SALKANTAY TREK?
One of our strengths is the food we provide on the Salkantay Trek, which is why our company has been working with high mountain cooks for more than 10 years. They are going to bring you the best gastronomy of Cusco and Peru. At breakfast there will be scrambled eggs, omelets, pancakes, coffee, milk, butter, etc. Lunches are very nutritious (quinoa chaufa, steak, chicken stew, sauteed tenderloin, stuffed avocado, etc). And dinner is designed according to the type of weather, for example the first night you will have a refreshing soup for the cold and altitude sickness. The last day we will have dinner at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes. If you have any food restrictions, do not worry, since our chefs are prepared for all types of food restrictions, such as vegetarians, vegans, or allergies to gluten and others. All foods are prepared with fresh and organic ingredients, produced by the farmers of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
IS WATER INCLUDED ON THE SALKANTAY TREK?
If water is included in the Salkantay Trek route, you should only buy water for the first day. Then our cooks will fill you with clean and safe water to drink, we drink the water from the cleanest sources and then it is boiled and filtered. If possible, please avoid taking water from springs, rivers or lagoons, since we do not certify the quality of the water, even if you carry the purification tablets, perhaps those bodies of water are contaminated with heavy minerals, which come from the mountains, which can cause poisoning to your body. If you are drinking a lot of water, do not worry, since there will always be ladies who sell bottles of water throughout the villages we pass. If possible avoid carrying many plastic bottles, prefer to carry a canteen or camel back, so you will be contributing to the care and responsible use of environmental resources.
DO I NEED TO BRING EXTRA MONEY FOR THE SALKANTAY TREK?
Yes. This is very important!!! .We recommend that you have to bring 300 to 400 Peruvian soles. It is possible that you may not need any of this money, but just in case of an emergency you should make sure to have plenty of cash. If you are struggling on the route, you can use the money to purchase alternative forms of transportation such as: car, horse, and train. If you are participating in the 5-day trek, there are a couple of extra activities along the way including hot springs.
HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE IN MY GROUP?
Groups are usually 10 to 15 people. This also depends on the time of year. The maximum is 15 people per tour guide and the minimum is 2 people. If there are more hikerer we will add another tour guide, for the better tour organization.
WHAT SIZE BAG DO I NEED TO TAKE WITH ME?
We will provide you with a duffel bag for all of the Salkantay Trek. You can carry about 7 kilograms in the duffle bag. These duffle bags will be carried by horses throughout the trek. You only need to carry a small backpack/day pack with the items you might need throughout the day like sunscreen, bug spray, jackets, or snacks.
WILL I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHARGE MY DEVICES DURING THE TREK AND WILL I HAVE WIFI?
Yes on the second and third night you will have access to electricity and Wi-Fi at an additional cost of 10 Peruvian Soles.And in your Aguas Calientes Hotel as well.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PRIVATE TOUR AND GROUP TOUR?
If you choose to go on a private tour, the tour will be tailored to you. The size of the group depends on you and only you. You can decide exactly who will be on the trek with you. This is perfect for couples, families, or groups of friends. You will have your own personal chef and guide, which means the trek is more personalized and able to satisfy your personal needs.
WILL I HAVE THE CHANCE TO TAKE SHOWERS DURING THE SALKANTAY TREK? WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO BATHROOMS?
Yes. You will have the chance to take showers and use the bathroom.
1st campsite(Soraypampa)- cold showers (We do not recommend this as the air temperature is very cold)
2nd campsite(Chaullay)- hot showers available
3rd campsite(Santa Teresa) – hot showers available
4th night (Hotel in Aguas Calientes) – hot showers available
Since we use facilities provided to us by local families, there is a fee of 10 Peruvian soles to use the hot shower at each campsite.
There are bathrooms at each campsite, and at the sites where you will stop for lunch.
IF I CAN’T HIKE VERY FAST I CAN RENT A HORSE?
In the Salkantay Trek it is only necessary to rent a horse for the ascent section to the pass, after the whole route is of descent.You can rent a horse from any of the community members who are going to offer you this service, the cost is according to each owner of the horse, remember that Eco Path Trek is not owner of the animals, and if an incident occurs in the route of the climb it will not be not our fault, also keep in mind that these horsemens do not speak English, and you will be most of the tour separated of the group. And you will meet with your group again at lunchtime.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SALKANTAY 4 DAYS AND SALKANTAY 5 DAYS TREK?
The main difference is that in the 4-day skip the thermal baths of Cocalmayo in Santa Teresa. Those who do the 4-day tour take a private transport from the lunch place in Lucmabamba to the Hydroelectric site, where they again make the 2-hour walk to the town of Aguas Calientes.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MACHU PICCHU ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE AND MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN?
Your ticket to the Machu Picchu archeological site is included in the price of the tour. This involves a two-hour guided tour through the ruins of Machu Picchu. This is your general entrance ticket in the first Schedule from 6 am to 8 am.
Machu Picchu mountain is an extra hike, that is NOT included in the price of your tour. It costs an extra $25.00 USD for the Salkantay Trek. The hike is about a three-hours round trip journey that you will be able to do after your guided tour. From the top, you will have a 360-degree view. You can see the Machu Picchu ruins from a much higher vantage point. We recommend this if you wish to spend more time at Machu Picchu.
These two tickets must be purchased together, so it is important to let us know as soon as possible if you wish to do Machu Picchu mountain.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HUAYNA PICCHU AND MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN?
- Huayna Picchu – The hike to the summit is approximately 45 minutes, along narrow and steep Inca stairs. Once at the top, you get to see the Citadel of Machu Picchu and its surrounding hills and valleys. This is the famous peak in the background of every iconic Machu Picchu photo. Summiting Huayna Picchu is always a top item on most Machu Picchu visitor’s lists which means that you usually need reserve this mountain 6 months in advance. Only a certain amount of people are allowed to hike this mountain each day (currently 400). Along this trek you’ll see breathtaking views of the Machu Picchu ruins. The limited number of tickets is a restriction set forth by the ministry of culture in Cusco, not by Eco Path Trek. This is completely out of our hands unfortunately.Tickets for this mountain are non-transferable.
- Machu Picchu Mountain – The hike to this summit is approximately 1.5 hrs. Once at the top, you get a much higher vantage point so you have an amazing view of the Citadel of Machu Picchu and its surroundings. This hike is a great alternative to Huayna Picchu. It is ideal for those who don’t want the hassle of fighting for a ticket, or who were unable to get one. Technically, spaces for Machu Picchu Mountain are also limited to 400 per day, as well it’s use to sold We simply need to reserve a space when we buy your entrance tickets. This trek is great because it will also take you high up like Huayna Picchu, offering great views. This trek has an easier incline (also making it accessible for those who fear the heights of Huayna Picchu), but the path is much longer making it equally as challenging in it’s own way.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE INCA TRAIL AND THE SALKANTAY TREK?
- The Inca Trail hike has an unique beauty for its archaeological remains, and ecological floors, orchids and birds. On the Salkantay route, the main attraction is the Humantay lagoon and the beautiful snow, there are no archaeological remains in the salkantay trek.
- The Inca Trail has a higher cost because this route can only be operated with the help of porters, who are paid a salary according to the regulation of the Ministry of Labor. While in the Salkantay Trek it is done with the help of horses for the transport of trekking equipment, which makes it less expensive.
- And we want to deny what in many blogs they are saying that the Inca Trail is very crowded, the truth is not so, in the Inca Trail, each group goes at its own pace and times, so it is rarely that you will meet the Groups except for the overnight camp. Lately on the Salkantay route, human activity has changed the true spirit of adventure, as many companies use modern lodge-like buildings, with the comfort of the case. And as additional information we want to give you that the Salkantay Trek route is also very crowded, even more than the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.
- On the Inca trail you don’t see many villages, the whole circuit is far from civilization, while in the Salkantay Trek there are many towns and villages.
- The level of difficulty is a very important aspect, since the Inca trail is the one that has the highest amount of ascents and declines with stairs, while the Salkantay Trek is only difficult the second day to reach the pass.
- In what corresponds to the provision of hygienic services both have modern facilities, for the comfort of the client. In all camps and lunch points.
- If you hike the Inca trail you will have the opportunity to see the sunrise of Machu Picchu from the sun gate. While in the Salkantay Trek you can only enjoy the sunrise into the citadel of Machu Picchu, which is also very beautiful.
If you are a type of client that is more interested in the culture, history and archeology of the Incas, we definitely recommend that you do the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Because you will have the best tourist guides in Peru, who are very knowledgeable about those items.
Salkantay Trek is more oriented to adventure tourists and friends with whom you can enjoy nights of outdoor parties in the camps, drinking beer or pisco souer!
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
Our guides are trained in case you get sick. Unfortunately, in Peru it is illegal for us to provide you medication while they are not doctors, but we do our best to help you feel better in other ways. For example, we make coca tea often and the guides carry oxygen bottles with them. If you feel bad you have the option of coming back to Cusco and then going to meet up with your group in Aguas Calientes so you don’t miss out on Machu Picchu. This will come with significant extra charges however, wich will be payed for you, or your secure.
CAN I CHANGE MY STARTING DATE FOR THE SALKANTAY TREK?
Once we have purchased your tickets for the Salkantay Trek (Machu Picchu Ticket and Train Ticket) with your security deposit, you can only change your start date if you pay an additional amount. This amount is usually around $80 USD.
CAN I DO THE SALKANTAY TREK WITH MY KIDS?
Children under 14 years old are not allowed to do the trek, and children who are over 14 years old should be in good physical shape and used to hiking long distances.
CAN I JOIN AS A SINGLE TRAVELER?
Yes! We have single travelers joining our treks all the time. You would share accommodations with someone of your same sex. If you wish to have a single hotel room, you can arrange that for an extra $20.00.
IF I DECIDE TO CANCEL MY SALKANTAY TREK , WILL I BE REFUNDED?
No. Unfortunately our company has a no refund policy. All $200.00 deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. We understand that unexpected things happen that are out of your control, but we can’t make exceptions. To get more information, please check our terms and conditions.
WHY IS THERE AN 8% CHARGE FOR PAYPAL AND VISA? IS THERE ANY WAY TO AVOID THIS CHARGE?
Unfortunately, the 5.5 % charge is completely out of our hands. This fee does not go to us, but to PayPal and VISA. There is really no way around it.
Can I use my mobile/cell phone on the mountain?
You will get sporadic phone coverage during the trek and there will not be anywhere whilst trekking to charge your phone.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE SALKANTAY TREK?
- Original passport
- A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
- Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
- Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
- Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
- Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
- Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
- Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
- Sun block
- After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
- Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
- Toilet paper
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
- Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into Machu Picchu. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
- Small towel
- Swimsuit (if you wish to go to the hot springs in Santa Teresa)
- Cash in soles and/or US$
HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP THE TREKKING TEAM?
Tipping is at your discretion, but always highly appreciated.
INCA TRAIL EXPEDITIONS TERMS AND CONDITIONS
We are Inca Trail Expeditions and we look forward to the opportunity to act as your booking agent for your travel needs. These terms and conditions (the «Agreement») describe what you are legally entitled to expect from us when you purchase travel related services through us in Cusco, in addition to your obligations as a customer. The terms «we», «us» and «our» refer to Inca Trail Expeditions and Eco path Trek. The term «you» refers to the customer visiting our website, booking a reservation through us or otherwise using our services
These booking conditions only apply to the trip arrangements which you book with us in Peru and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these booking conditions to «trip», «booking», «contract» or «arrangements» mean such trip arrangements unless otherwise stated. References to «departure» mean the start date of these arrangements.
- Our Agreement With You
- Products and Suppliers
We sell a variety of travel related products from different suppliers and service providers («Suppliers»). Each Supplier has its own terms and condition that are applicable to your particular arrangements in addition to our general terms and conditions, and you should make sure you understand them. Certain software and content found on our website are owned or licensed by us or our Suppliers, your use of which may be subject to further conditions.
Inca Trail Expeditions is acting as intermediary or a «Booking Agent» for products and services that are not directly supplied by us (e.g., ground transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, tours, etc.). We are not a co-vendor of such products and services. You will be entering into a separate contract with such Suppliers in connection with such products and services.
- Deposits and Payment
Any deposits from you are non-refundable. Payment of a deposit enables us to hold a reservation for you but does not guarantee the price. The price can only be guaranteed once we receive full payment and other travel documents have been issued, subject to any terms and conditions of the Supplier. We will advise you of the date that full payment is required. Upon your provision of your payment information, you are authorizing us to make the payment arrangements with the corresponding Suppliers.
To make a booking please follow the procedure shown on our website or ask to our chat online. The relevant application form needs to be completed by each person travelling.The completed booking form must then be sent to us together with the payments referred.
Where we have already confirmed the availability of your chosen arrangements and you book within any applicable time limit for doing so, your booking will be treated as firm and a contract between us will come into existence as soon as we receive your completed application form and your deposit. We will then send you a receipt for all payments made and our invoice. Where we have not confirmed availability, your booking will be treated as firm and a contract between us will come into existence when we despatch our invoice to you. Where you book through our website without prior confirmation of availability, any electronic acknowledgement of your booking is not a confirmation of it. Please check your invoice carefully as soon as you receive it. Contact us immediately if any information which appears on the invoice or any other document appears to be incorrect or incomplete.
- The price quoted for any trip covers the cost of the planning, the organisation and carrying out of the trip, including group equipment, supplies, accommodation, administration and staff, except for the following, for which the you must be responsible: vaccination fees, travel insurance, cost of travel to and from the start / return point of your trip including your international flights, cost of passport and visas, personal equipment and personal expenses while on the trip and any other expenses specifically excluded on the trip description and/or invoice.
We reserve the right to make changes to and correct errors in quoted prices at any time before your trip is confirmed. We will advise you of any error of which we are aware and of the then applicable price at the time of booking.
- Cancellations and Changes
Your contract with us may allow them to cancel or amend bookings. If we are your Booking Agent, we will ensure that you are promptly notified of any significant changes once we become aware of such change if there is time before your departure, but we accept no liability for any changes or costs incurred that may result. Subject to the Supplier’s terms and conditions, you will then have the choice of accepting the change of arrangements, accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements if one is made available by the Supplier, or canceling your booked arrangements and receiving any applicable refunds. We do not guaranty that any refunds will apply.
- Your Agreement With Us
- Your Acceptance of these Terms and Conditions
By booking your arrangement with us or using our website, you are agreeing to be bound by the terms of this Agreement, including Parts 1-3 of this Agreement and any additional terms and conditions of any Supplier that are applicable to your booking, travel arrangements or use of any website content. You agree on behalf of yourself and those you represent to comply with all such terms and conditions, including the payment of all amounts when due. You agree that any violation of any such terms and conditions may result in (a) the cancellation of your reservation or purchase, (b) your forfeiture of any monies paid for your reservation or purchase, (c) you being denied access to the applicable travel related product or service, and (d) our right to debit your account for any costs we incur as a result of such violation.
You represent and warrant that (a) you are of sufficient age to use our services and website and can create binding legal obligations in connection with your use, (b) you are legally authorized to act on behalf of those you represent and accept these terms and conditions on their behalf, and (c) the information supplied by you or members of your group is true and correct. You are responsible for informing such other persons of all terms and conditions applicable to their travel arrangements. You understand that you are financially responsible for any use of our services or website by you and those using your name or account.
- If You Change Your Booking
Where a change requested by you to your travel arrangements is permitted and possible, our standard service fees will apply in addition to any additional Supplier charges. Please contact your original booking agent to enquire about changes, for details of how to request changes. Please note that all reservation changes are subject to availability and the terms and conditions of the product purchased.
- If You Cancel Your Booking
Cancellation of bookings must be notified to us by letter or email by the party leader as soon as possible. Your notice of cancellation will only be effective when it is received in writing by us.
Period before departure within which written notification of cancellation is received by us
Cancellation charge per person cancelling (% of total cost)
12 – 6 weeks 25%
6 to 2 weeks 50%
2 weeks to date of departure or later 100%
In addition to the cancellation terms and conditions of our Supplier(s), our standard fees will apply as may be outlined on your receipt or booking confirmation. We need to receive from you your original voucher before any applicable refund can be considered. If you decide to cancel arrangements before the balance due date, any deposits paid are non-refundable.
If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your travel insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim your cancellation charges through your insurer.
- If You Have a Complaint
If you have a problem during your holiday, please inform the relevant Supplier (e.g. your hotel) immediately. Should they be unable to resolve the matter, please immediately contact us, either through the office where you made your arrangements, or through www.incatrailexpedition.com. If you fail to timely contact us, we will not be permitted the opportunity to investigate your complaint and attempt to rectify any error while you are away, and this may affect your rights under this Agreement.
- Travel Documents and Destinations
It is your responsibility to ensure that all of the details on your travel documents are correct and to bring to our attention any errors or discrepancies immediately. Your travel documents are valuable and should be safeguarded as if they were cash. It is not always possible to replace travel documents in the case of loss, theft, damage, etc.
Prior to booking international travel, we recommend that you review any Government’s prohibitions, warnings and advisories applicable to your destinations. By offering travel to any particular destination, we do not represent that travel in such destination is safe or without risk.
- Passport, Visa and Immigration Requirements
It is your responsibility to fullfil the passport, visa and other immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates. We do not accept any responsibility in the case of you being unable to travel due to not complying with any such requirements.
You are also required to carry a valid International Student I.D, if you are traveling on a special student/youth/ ticket. It is your responsibility to verify this with our travel experts who is assisting you.
- Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is a vital part of your arrangements. We strongly recommend that you have taken out adequate insurance for the duration of your journey. It is essential that you have adequate and appropriate cover for your trip including any adventurous activities such as trekking at altitude. Note that the majority of our trips do not require the use of climbing ropes and are all supervised. It is important to have adequate insurance which will cover cancellation costs from the date of booking as well as medical expenses (including evacuation and repatriation). If you travel against the advice, the validity of your insurance policy may be affected. Please read your policy details carefully and take them with you on your trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is suitable and adequate for your particular needs.
- Health: Except as disclosed in your medical questionnaire, you are taken to confirm at the time of booking that you are in good health, physically capable of undertaking all aspects of the trip, and unaware of any reason why you may be unsuited to taking part or may be likely to suffer illness or injury during the trip, taking into account its challenges and purposes. If you are unable to give for this confirmation for any reason or have any medical condition or disability which may affect your trip, you must contact us before you submit your application form so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the trip for you.
If any information given in the application form or medical questionnaire is shown to be materially incorrect or incomplete, we reserve the right to cancel your booking or terminate your participation in the trip, depending on when we become aware of the true position. In this situation, cancellation charges will apply and we will not be responsible for any costs or expenses incurred as a result.
- Special requests: Please advise us of any special requests prior to making your booking. Where possible, we will endeavour to meet or arrange for our suppliers to meet any such request. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the supplier or the inclusion of the special request on your invoice or any other documentation is not confirmation that the request will be met. Unless and until specifically confirmed, all special requests are subject to availability. For your own protection, you should obtain confirmation in writing that a special request will be complied (where it is possible to give this) where it is important to you.
- Travel Advice and Vaccinations
Vaccinations may be required for some or all of the places you are intending to visit. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have arranged all necessary vaccinations for your itinerary.
- Our Liability to you
We promise to make sure that the trip arrangements we have agreed to make, perform or provide as applicable as part of our contract with you are made, performed or provided with reasonable skill and care.
Please note, it is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us. In addition, we will only be responsible for what our employees, agents and suppliers do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment (for employees) or carrying out work we had asked them to do (for agents and suppliers).
We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss (including loss of possessions and loss of enjoyment), damage, expense, cost or other sum or claim of any description whatsoever which results from any of the following:
Your act(s) and/or omission(s); or
The act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your trip and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable; or’force majeure’.
We cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of our contract. This includes, for example, any additional services which any supplier (including any of the regional Adventure Alternative companies) agrees to provide or arrange for you where we have not agreed to provide or arrange these services as part of our contract. Such additional services will include any activities which do not form part of your contracted trip arrangements which a supplier agrees to provide or arrange for you while you are away.
In addition, regardless of any wording used by us on our website, in any advertising material or elsewhere, we only promise to use reasonable skill and care as set out above and we do not have any greater or different liability to you.
Conditions of suppliers: Suppliers, including transport operators, provide their services in accordance with their own terms and conditions. These terms may limit or exclude their liability to you in the event of death, personal injury, delay or loss / damage of personal possessions.
Warranties, Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability
FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT, REFERENCES HEREIN TO «US» «WE» AND «OUR» SHALL ALSO REFER TO OUR AFFILIATES. THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY US OR OUR SUPPLIERS OR PUBLISHED ON OUR WEBSITE MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR ERRORS, INCLUDING PRICING ERRORS. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY OF, AND DISCLAIM ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS OR OTHER INACCURACIES RELATING TO SUCH INFORMATION THAT APPEARS ON OUR WEBSITE. WE EXPRESSLY RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CORRECT ANY PRICING ERRORS ON OUR WEBSITE AND/OR ON PENDING RESERVATIONS MADE UNDER AN INCORRECT PRICE. IN SUCH EVENT, IF AVAILABLE, WE WILL OFFER YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO KEEP YOUR PENDING RESERVATION AT THE CORRECT PRICE OR WE WILL CANCEL YOUR RESERVATION WITHOUT PENALTY.
ANY RATINGS FOR SUPPLIERS ARE INTENDED ONLY AS GENERALGUIDELINES, AND WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY OF THE RATINGS. WE MAKE NO GUARANTEES ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF SPECIFIC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES. WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY US OR CONTAINED ON OUR WEBSITE FOR ANY PURPOSE. THE INCLUSION OR OFFERING OF ANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES BY US DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OUR ENDORSEMENT OR RECOMMENDATION OF SUCH PRODUCT OR SERVICE. ALL SUCH INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED «AS IS» WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES THAT OUR WEBSITE, ITS SERVERS OR ANY EMAIL SENT FROM US OR OUR SUPPLIERS ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. WE HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NONINFRINGEMENT. WARRANTY DISCLAIMERS MAY VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
THE CARRIERS, HOTELS AND OTHER SUPPLIERS PROVIDING TRAVEL OR OTHER SERVICES ON THIS WEBSITE ARE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS AND NOT AGENTS OR EMPLOYEES OF PERU. WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR THE ACTS, ERRORS, OMISSIONS, REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES, BREACHES OR NEGLIGENCE OF ANY SUCH SUPPLIERS OR FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURIES, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR OTHER DAMAGES OR EXPENSES RESULTING THEREFROM. WE HAVE NO LIABILITY AND WILL MAKE NO REFUND IN THE EVENT OF ANY DELAY, CANCELLATION, OVERBOOKING, STRIKE, FORCE MAJEURE OR OTHER CAUSES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, AND WE HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ADDITIONAL EXPENSE, OMISSIONS, DELAYS, RE-ROUTING OR ACTS OF ANY GOVERNMENT OR AUTHORITY.
IN NO EVENT SHALL WE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF, OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH, YOUR ACCESS TO, DISPLAY OF OR USE OF THIS WEBSITE OR OUR SERVICES OR WITH THE DELAY OR INABILITY TO ACCESS, DISPLAY OR USE OUR WEBSITE WHETHER BASED ON A THEORY OF NEGLIGENCE, CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE, AND EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
THE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY REFLECTS THE ALLOCATION OF RISK BETWEEN THE PARTIES. THE LIMITATIONS SPECIFIED IN THIS SECTION WILL SURVIVE AND APPLY EVEN IF ANY LIMITED REMEDY SPECIFIED IN THESE TERMS IS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
We are acting as an independent contractor and no joint venture, partnership or employment relationship exists between you and us or our Suppliers as a result of this Agreement or your use of our website.
We reserve the right at any time to modify this Agreement without prior notice to you. Please refer to our website at www.incatrailexpeditions.com, from time to time to review the most current version of the Agreement. Your continued access or use of our website or services signifies your acceptance of the modifications to the Agreement. You may not assign your rights or obligations under this Agreement to any third party. We may terminate this Agreement at any time for any reason, and such termination shall not affect any right to relief to which we are entitled at law or in equity. Salkantay trekking