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Salkantay Trekking in Pool Service

Splendour of the Andean Nature and Machu Picchu


A five day / four nights trekking that leads to Aguas Calientes on the 4th day, to visit Machu Picchu on the 5th. Splendour of Andes nature combined with the archaeological highlight of South America.


Full Description


Day 1

You'll be picked up at your hotel between 04:00 AM and 04:30 AM. With a public bus, you go to Mollepata where the real trekking begins. Altitude here is only 2850 m. asl. A 6 hour walk, interrupted for lunch takes you to the first campsite called Soraypampa, at about 3900 m.


Day 2

At dawn, while breakfasting, you’ll get a breathtaking view of Mount Salkantay. Then the trek goes on, this day for about 7 to 8 hours walking but regularly interrupted for rest and food. On this walk, you’ll pass the highest point of the trekking at no less than 4600 m. The campsite for this second night is called Chaullay, at an altitude of 2900 m.


Day 3

From today on, you’ll be walking at lower altitudes and you notice that in the surrounding temperature. You’ll gradually see the biotope change from Pampa grasses to rather lush semi jungle vegetation. After 4 to 6 hours, you’ll arrive in Sahuayacu from where some form of transportation will take you to Santa Teresa for the 3rd night.


Day 4

On this last day of walking, you’ll walk from Santa Teresa to Hydroelectric and from there on, along the train tracks on to Aguas Calientes, the little village at the foot of Machu Picchu. By now, the altitude is only just over 2000 m. This 4th night is spent in a basic hostel in town.


Day 5

Early in the morning, you'll walk up to Machu Picchu. Finally, the end of your 5 day walk is in sight as you enter the gates of the sanctuary. Your guide will give you a tour around the site after which you have plenty of free time to take an even closer look at things.

In the afternoon or evening, you gather at the train station to get your train and bus back to downtown Cusco.


Extra Information

* All camping gear is included in the price, except a sleeping bag. If you don't have one, one can be rented easily in one of the many stores specialized in this, on and around the main square. Also your hotel tour desk or travel agent will be able to help you with this. During the hike you will carry only your day pack; a horse will carry your personal stuff. (Maximum 5 kg per person)

* Before the trekking, your guide will come to your hotel and brief you on the exact route, walking times and other practical matters like how and where you can get to drinking water etc.

* The 5th day you have to carry all your personal stuff, so don't pack in plastic bags.

* The first 3 nights you'll be camping, the 4th night will be spent in a hostel in Aguas Calientes that could be described as "basic yet adequate" on a basis of two persons per room. Also the nights in tents are on a 2 persons per tent basis.

* The train back may have a rather late or even a very late departure time. This is unavoidable if we want to keep our price "economical". You may get back to Cusco after midnight of day 5.


Starting Place:    Your hotel

End Place:             Downtown Cusco

Difficulty:             Physical

Travelling Style: Economy

Duration:                5 Days, 4 Nights


Understand the price

The price for this tour is a 'basic' price and depends upon availability of train tickets. If some prices change (entrance of Machu Picchu or train tickets (for price changes or availabilities)) an extra fee may be involved for the passenger. We will however communicate this as soon as we get the news ourselves.


Not included is the train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes. You could however buy tickets upon arrival in Hydroelectric. The bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back is not included either. Both are considered options and you'll be able to decide during the trek while the guide will help you to buy the tickets.



This tour goes every day.


Included in the price

* Transportation from Cusco to the starting point of the trek.

* All camping and cooking material and the staff to carry handle and work it.

* A horse that will carry your extra luggage (5 kg. per person).

* 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners.


NOT Included in the price

* A sleeping bag.

* Train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes.

* Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu or Back.

* Breakfast on the first day, lunch and dinner on the 5th.

* A taxi from downtown Cusco back to your hotel.


Tourist Information

Salkantay is the highest mountain in Vilcabamba located in the Peruvian Andes in the region of Cusco.


The name Salkantay is a Quechua word meaning "Savage Mountain". Machu Picchu is located to the north of Salkantay. If viewed from Machu Picchu "Southern Cruz" is located on the top of Salkantay, is for this reason that the Incas associated this alignment as the concept of rain and fertility and the “Apu Salkantay” considered as one of their gods that controlled the climate and fertility in Cusco region.


To Bring

* Sleeping bag.

* Extra dry clothes. (socks, undies)

* GOOD hiking boots, a mountaineering raincoat.

* Sunscreen.

* Hat or cap.

* Insect repellent.

* Camera and batteries.

* Original passport. (access to the train or the sanctuary may be refused without it)


Stuff you don’t need

* Computers, radios and other electronic gear.

* A day pack of more than 20 litres will not be allowed on the site.

* Food and drinks may be (but this happens seldom) confiscated at the entrance of the site.


What can you do before or after this tour

Things to do BEFORE this tour

 The complete Sacred Valley in a private car

From Cusco you set out in a private car with a driver to take you to Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Moray, Maras and Chinchero. During this full day you'll be amazed by the wonders, both natural and archaeological, of this region of Peru.

Eastern Sacred Valley in a private car

In a private car, you can visit Pisaq ruins and market, Tambomachay, Puka Pukara Q'enqo and Saqsayhuaman.

Western Sacred Valley in a private car

With a private car you visit Chinchero, Moray, Maras (town and saltpans) and Ollantaytambo.


Possible Options                                                                                                                          Extra Price in SOLES


Machu Picchu Bus -  Round Trip

A ticket for the bus both ways: to the site from Aguas Calientes and later from the site back to Aguas Calientes.

Huayna Picchu – 1st  Group 

Ascend Huayna Picchu with the second group.

Huayna Picchu – 2nd Group   

Ascend Huayna Picchu with the second group

Bus from Machu Picchu one way: Up     

If you'd decide to walk one direction you better choose the walk down, because if you hike up, you will arrive quite tired at the entrance, before you've even seen anything of Machu Picchu. The walk up is rather demanding, steep and long, it may take more than 2 hours to reach the site.

Bus from Machu Picchu one way: Down   

If you'd decide to walk one direction you better choose the walk down, because if you hike up, you will arrive quite tired at the entrance, before you've even seen anything of Machu Picchu. The walk up is rather demanding, steep and long, it may take more than 2 hours to reach the site.


Important: The Small Print

Using an ISIC Student Discount Card

Conditions of use of the ISIC card may vary. ISIC Discounts are usually only given by government bodies and not by commercial organizations. Discount levels vary and in some locations an upper age limit of 25 years is imposed. When buying tickets you must present your ID document as well as the ISIC card the names must match exactly. When using your ISIC discount tickets you must present both your ORIGINAL ID document (never a copy!) and ISIC card. ISIC discount tickets are not refundable in case of error.

About your train tickets


Once purchased tickets cannot be changed and are non-transferable and non-refundable. You may under certain circumstances be able to alter a return train time for a higher priced alternative if you pay the difference. In the event of cancellation of service or delay you will be offered a seat on the next available equivalent service. You may be asked to present your passport to confirm your identity before travelling. We apologise for these restrictions they are imposed by Peru Rail and are outside our control.

The price of this tour is made up with a certain time table for train tickets in mind, under the explicit condition that should this train be booked full, we can buy you tickets on another mostly more expensive train. Although changing the schedule of the tour, this will not interfere with the presented program but may involve an extra fee and you will have to agree to pay the difference.


Machu-Picchu Entry Tickets

Machu-Picchu tickets are valid only for the date and visitor name printed on the ticket, they cannot be changed, transferred or refunded. In the event of train delay or cancellation visitors may be admitted using their previously bought ticket on the next day of opening at the sole discretion of the site authorities. Passports may be inspected to validate the name on the ticket. Huayna-Picchu, Machu-Picchu mountain and the Machu-Picchu museum are extra cost items. Food, drinks and large backpacks are not permitted entry to the site. A day (back) pack of more than 20 litres will not be allowed past the entrance gate.


Having/buying your own Machu Picchu entrance tickets

Sometimes our customers have already bought their own Machu Picchu tickets, most of the time bought weeks before arrival in Peru because they want to be sure to be able to visit Huayna Picchu. Should you have done so too, we'll take the exact price of your ticket out of our price. In that case, we can't of course take any responsibility about you entering Machu Picchu.


Visiting (and climbing) Huayna Picchu

Only 2 groups of 200 people are allowed to climb Huayna Picchu daily. If you want to do so, you need to ask us while buying the tour to get you this access. This access is personal, printed on your entrance ticket to the site and can't be bought nor obtained anywhere else. If the 400 are sold out, it is absolutely impossible to visit this part of the site.


About Pool tours

A pool tour means that you are being put together with people from other hotels to make a visit somewhere together.

What you should know is that guides on these tours are not paid so well. This has two consequences. First, the good guides find work somewhere else, second, the 'lesser' guides who do work the circuit will try to compensate for their (low) wages by begging for tips and most of all, by taking you to souvenir markets and restaurants where they get a high commission. How you react to this situation is up to you, but we'd like you to be informed well before buying.




       "Kusi Ñan Travel Agency"
      Pasaje Quillichapata 310
      Santa Ana.  Cusco

Contact:  cuscokusinan@gmail.com