Our luxury glamping salkantay trek 5 days Embark on a luxurious journey through the heart of the Andes, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Salkantay trail. With our specialized guides at your side, this is more than just a trek – it’s an educational adventure into the rich history, diverse flora, and rare birdwatching opportunities that this unique region offers.
Guides with Deep Knowledge: Our guides aren’t just trail experts – they’re historians, botanists, and birdwatchers, all rolled into one. They’ll unveil the secrets of the ancient Incas, introduce you to rare plant species, and help you spot elusive birds you might not find anywhere else.
Unique Flora Encounters: The Andes are home to thousands of plant species, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Discover the medicinal uses of the native plants, or simply admire their beauty.
Birdwatcher’s Paradise: The region boasts a remarkable variety of avian species. From the vibrant Andean Cock-of-the-Rock to the elusive Giant Hummingbird, there’s no shortage of feathered wonders to capture your imagination.
Luxury at Every Step: Our 5D/4N journey ensures you don’t compromise on comfort. After a day of exploration, retreat to the best accommodations available, dine on gourmet meals prepared by top chefs, and wake up to breathtaking views from your room.
This mountain, together with the Southern Cross, served as a point of reference for astrological observation developed by the Incas (from Machu Picchu), especially during the June and December solstices. Its location supports the concept of “sacred geography”, under which the Incas developed Andean civilization.
The best time of year to visit the Apu Salkantay is during the winter, from April to October. Temperatures range from -5º C / 41 ºF to 23º C / 73 ºF; with a scarce chance of rain. The maximum altitude we will reach is 4643m / 15233ft at the Salkantay pass, with the minimum altitude being 2000m / 6562ft in the town of Aguas Calientes.
The ecological levels we will experience will vary from Quechua, Suni, Puna and Janca (inter-Andean valleys and rainforest) with their characteristic flora and fauna. You will experience all of this amid spectacular geology, and with the detailed explanations of your guide, Flavio. He will also share his specialist photography knowledge with you during this trek, helping you to capture beautiful photos of the stunning locations you will visit. The native flora and fauna will provide excellent opportunities to hone your skills and experiment with macro photography, while the campsites will give you unrivalled access to amazing sunrises, sunsets and night photography. On clear nights, you will be able to develop your lightpainting skills, while the days will provide us with endless opportunities for landscape and mountain photography. We want to send you home not only having had an amazing experience exploring the Andes and Inca sites, but having learnt something new.
DAY 1 CUSCO/ SORAYPAMPA/ SOYROCOCHA
The transfer will pick you up early in the morning from the hotel in a private van and will take you to the start of your trek at Soraypampa; travel time to this location is around 4 hrs. During the trip, we will see some quaint Andean towns until we get to Killarumiyuc known as “The Incan Astronomy Birthplace” and where the Agricultural Calendar stands out. Later we will enjoy a delicious breakfast and will continue to Mollepata “Little Town”, where we will make a brief stop to explore the streets and purchase some things that we will need for the trek. After 1 ½ hours of more valleys surrounded by majestic mountains and icy mountain tops we will arrive to Soraypampa, where we will see in the distance the Apu Salkantay. Once here, we will decide the route to take for our trek based on the physical fitness of our participants.
First Option: Ascend the mountain through the left side with a chance to see the beauty of the Andean lake and other mountains that surround it. Finally, we will descend using the same route and take our usual path to our campsite.
Second Option: To skip the ascension of the mountain and follow the traditional route that will take us directly to our campsite.
On the way to our campsite we will see local people and learn about their traditional lifestyle where the livestock and agriculture has great importance and the reason why it is still practiced nowadays. As we continue we will get closer and closer to one of the most important mountains in the south of Peru, the Grand Salkantay, known as “The Andes Guardian”. Afterwards, we will keep ascending through a winding trail until the Soyrococha Lake, the place where we will stay for the night. (L / D)
Maximum Altitude: 4485 masl / 14715 ft
Minimum Altitude: 3268 masl / 10722 ft
Distance Travelled: 5 km / 3.10 ml
Approximate Walking Time: 3 hrs
Day 2: Soyroqocha – Colpapampa – Wañaypoqo
We can have a bit of a lie in this morning to avoid the freezing cold early morning air. We will climb uphill for about 45 minutes to the Salkantay pass, where we can build apachetas (stone towers), to later begin our descent towards Wayrajmachay (3932m / 12900ft). We then continue towards the Humantay valley and arrive at our campsite at Colpapampa about 5 hours later. The gradient is moderate. (B / L / D)
Maximum Altitude: 4650 masl / 15,340 ft
Minimum Altitude: 2840 masl / 9372 ft
Distance Travelled: 11 km / 6.83 ml
Approximate Walking Time: 7 hrs
Day 3: Wiñaypoqo – Lucmabamba – Llactapata
After a healthy breakfast, we will continue down the valley into the forest that contains groves of bamboo and great bird watching opportunities. Flocks of colorful tropical birds roam the forest and waterfalls cascade down cliffs with water warm enough for you to bathe in. This stretch is also home to begonias, purple orchids and strawberries. We will then walk to our camp site, 3 hours through the beginnings of the rainforest, enjoying a myriad of flora and fauna including orchids, birds, coffee, cacao and fruit plantations. We arrive at La Playa (2,060m) for lunch, with free time to rest before climbing uphill for 3 hours through the Andean cloud forest to the Puncuyoc pass and then onto Llactapata which is located at 2,700m / 8,907ft (an Inca site located straight in front of the citadel of Machu Picchu), which is our third evening’s campsite.The panoramic view from our campsite is breathtaking; you can enjoy the view of Machu Picchu from a unique angle, the Huayna Picchu mountain, the citadel of Machu Picchu and the Aobamba canyon, where another Inca trail can be seen as well. We trek off the beaten track exploring places no one else does and we are the ONLY ones camping at Llactapata. (B / L / D)
Maximum Altitude: 2840m / 9372ft
Minimum Altitude: 2088m / 6850ft
Distance Travelled: 12km / 6.21ml
Approximate Walking Time: 7 hrs
Day 4: Llactapata – Aguas Calientes
Early in the morning we will have a typical breakfast and promptly catch a local bus to the pueblo Santa Teresa (1,500m). From Santa Teresa, we will drive in the direction of the hydro-electric plant. On the way, we will pass various local plantations such as coffee, banana, and passionfruit. We will also get our first views of the Sacred Lost City of the Incas on the way as well. Upon our arrival to the hydro-electric plant, we will have a break. Afterwards we will continue hiking 3 hours through the Machu Picchu Sanctuary until we arrive at Aguas Calientes, en route we will visit Mandor water falls where we will have chance to see lots of different bird species. (B / L / D)
Beyond the forest, the trail passes through the old Mandorpampa coffee plantation before entering the cloud forest. The route then follows the river for another one and a half hours as far as the waterfalls. These beautiful falls are about twelve metres high and are fed by the clear melt waters from the sacred mountain of Yanantin, which can be seen from Machu Picchu. Beyond the falls the trail climbs to the ridge before becoming disappearing in the thick vegetation. This is a dramatic, green landscape of coffee, banana and avocado plantations cut from the forest, interspersed with areas of untouched forest which form the habitat of mammals such as the Andean bear, as well as literally hundreds of species of birds and butterflies, many of which are endemic. This forest is also home to many species of bromeliads and orchids, some of which have only recently been identified and named by botanists.
Maximum Altitude: 2800m / 9240ft
Minimum Altitude: 1900m / 6233ft
Distance Travelled: 9km / 5.59ml
Approximate Walking Time: 7 hrs
Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco
Early in the morning we take the bus from the town of Aguas Calientes to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. We have the opportunity to climb the difficult path to the top of the Huayna Picchu mountain, which offers spectacular and different views, it is even possible to see the Apu Salkantay.
The tour of Machu Picchu allows us to appreciate the high level of development achieved by Andean civilization through the Incas. A supremely religious site, Machu Picchu demonstrates the superior knowledge achieved in astronomy and astrology. This knowledge of measuring the rainy and dry seasons through the solstices is indispensable for the development of agriculture: the life-source of the Andes. We will try to spend as long as possible in the archaeological complex, depending on what time our train back to the city of Cusco leaves. (B / L)
Maximum Altitude: 2437m / 7995ft
Minimum Altitude: 2070m / 6791ft
Distance Travelled: 1.50km / 0.93ml
Approximate Walking Time: 3 hrs
Bilingual English speaking Birdwatcher Photographer Tour Guide
Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek
Pick up from your hotel and transportation to the Bogging of the Hike
Four person tent for each 2 persons.
Dining tent with tables and chairs
Professional chef and assistant chef
Duffle bag for your personal gear
Emergency horse for each of you
Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco
Emergency oxygen bottle, medical kit and emergency
Entrance to Machu Picchu
Round Trip Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on Day 4
Lodging in Aguas Calientes on night 3 of the trek (double occupancy)
Dinner in Aguas Calientes on Night 3 Indio Feliz Restaurant
Day 5 Lunch in Santuary lodge Hotel Located by Machupicchu
1 night in Aguas Calientes at trusted 5 star hotel including breakfast and private bathroom
3 nights camping.
Hiram Bingham train tickets.
Air bed for camping
Wine, Pisco, beer, water.
All entrance fees and permits
Meals indicated on itinerary (B, L, D)
All overland private transfers indicated
Private porter during the trail.
Massage Session during 3 nights on the trail.
Hot Shower during the Inca trail
Bath and hand Towels per person
A private, hand-crafted and fully personalized Deluxe from start to finish.
Modern trekking and camping equipment.
All meals cooked on the spot with fresh ingredients by our trained chef.
Fully Trained porters hailing from local communities.
All meals throughout the itinerary.
All transfers and excursions as per itinerary in private service,Meals during the Trek (4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners)..
Porters to carry the main luggage (all the equipment and cooking stock).
Oxygen bottle and first-aid kits
Bus ticket from Machu Picchu ruins to Aguas Calientes round trip
Services Not Included:
Tips for the crew (guides, porters, cooks, wranglers)
What to bring:
Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
Clothes (trekking boots, warm fleece jacket, a few t-shirts, socks, sun hat, warm underwear, light long pants, gloves, rain jacket)
Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended
Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
Insect repellant (minimum 30% DEET)
Luxury Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 D/4 N
1 people: US$5950.00 per person
2 people: US$3950.00 per person
3 people: US$3650.00 per person
4 people: US$3350.00 per person
5 people: US$3150.00 per person
6 people: US$2850.00 per person
7+ people: US$2550.00 per person.
18 to 25 years old: $30 USD Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card is required at booking for government approval for discount.
Under 18 years old: $30 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Under 11 years old: $40 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Group of 5 or more: $30 USD – All you need is to book the trek together at the same time.
Sleeping Bag –$30 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
Air Mattress –$30 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
Walking Poles -$20 USD per pair per trek (Professional poles that can be extended)
Personal tent- $35 USD – (Tent is for single trekkers only)
Vistadome Train Upgrade –$75 USD per person (Return Only)
Huayna Picchu Mountain –$75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
Machu Picchu Mountain – $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
Single supplement-$35 USD per night (for solo travellers with single room)
**Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are optional treks within Machu Picchu Citadel which do not include a guide. The climb is usually done on your own after your tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. If you would like the extra hike to be guided, please request in advance. There is an extra cost for this extra guided tour.
ADDED VALUES FOR FREE
TRANSFER – from the Airport to Hotel (Cusco Only)
DUFFEL BAG AND LINER BAGS – included in the trekking price!
BOILED WATER is included along the Inca Trail
OXYGEN TANK will be available along the trek
EMERGENCY HORSE is included in the price which can be ridden if you get tired or sick
PLASTIC RAIN poncho made by Inca Land Adventures is included.
TIPS FOR OUR PORTERS
IMPORTANT: Some of the reasons that our price may be higher than that of other agencies are the following:
We ALWAYS book the maximum number of porters possible (according to Inca Trail regulations) so that our porters are not overloaded.
Also, We are the only travel operator in Peru that supplies porters with proper tents, sleeping pads and adequate food for this type of activity.
We always we take care our hosremans and horses during our alternative treks so tiping it will be the seim as for the porters
Beware of this when booking they might be cheaper because of this!
2 people (minimum group size) should have a maximum of 7 porters and 16 people (max group size) should have 22 porters.
** Tips for porters, cooks or guides are optional and are NOT included in our price. However our advice is that you tip our staff based on their performance, service and knowledge. Our guidelines for tipping our staff is the following:
Each porter gets 100 Soles, each assistant cook 150 Soles, the Main Chef gets 300 Soles.make sure to tip more if your trip it is more than 5 days or if it is luxury treks
Assistant Tour guides can be tipped collectively by the members of the group, we suggest a 5% of the total cost of the tour.
Main guides are tipped on a one on one basis and based on their performance. Tour guides are professional people who spend a lot of time training in different other fields such archaelogy, history and WFA. We suggest people to consider tipping our guide a 10% to 15% of the value of your tour.
Train included in all tours is the Expedition train (to Ollanta). Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 2:55 PM and the 9:20 PM being the last train (high season June to September). We will organize the transport back to Cusco (by taxi or by bus).
A leisurely day hike. A less crowded alternative trek featuring stunning mountain views, incredible starry nights Pick up from your hotel at 7:00 Am for the journey through the Sacred Valley passing through Calca Village (2,950 m/9,678 ft.) we have a short stop to get some fruit or locally grown coffee at the local market. Then we start driving on a road towards Huaran 2800 m / 9,186 ft. Your hike begins here in a fertile valley and follows a small river up through the Andes mountain corridor. After walking over 4 hours, you will begin to see the thatched-roof stone houses of the Cancha Cancha community. Just passed the village, set up camp for the night..
Challenge yourself on the toughest day of the trek! Enjoy incredible views from mountain passes, including the snow capped peaks of Apu Pachacutec.
After breakfast, continue the hike to reach two beautiful glacial Andes lakes, Suiro Cocha and Yurac Cocha. From the lakes, the trail climbs steeply for over 2 hours to the first pass, called Pachacutec 4450 m / 14,599 ft. nearing the top, you will enjoy a spectacular view of the snow-covered peaks of Pitusiray 5750 m / 18,864 ft. and Chicon 5500 m / 18, 044 ft. An original Inca stone path will lead you along the ridge down into the opposite corridor. We follow a series of cascading waterfalls to the community of Quishwarani (Quishuarani) 3700 m / 12,139ft. Camp.
Remote Inca Trail And Lares Trekking Peru, A second challenging day and the most gratifying hike day (1 Pass).
Enjoy spectacular vistas, then begin the ascent to Colque Cruz Pass 4.200 m / 13.780 ft. and decent towards a turquoise lakes and the marvelous landscape of the valley itself, for about 3 hours past several Andes lagoons until we reach the community of Cuncani camp 3900 m / 12.795 ft.
Enjoy spectacular vistas, then begin the descent, as we are descending the scenery will become increasingly verdant into the valley of Lares, known for its medicinal hot springs, here we will enjoy a well-earned hot bath. Our Kondor transport is waiting for us at Lares and will take us to Ankas Marka Inca site (20 min. to explore the new hidden Inca citadel), then we go towards Ollantaytambo train station to board our train service. The tourist train service transports us to Machu Picchu Pueblo (2,000 m/6,561 ft.).
Explore Machu Picchu! We’ll visit famous highlights, the tour takes 2 hours exploring this ancient Inca city. Add a Waynapicchu or Montaña tour for an extra challenge and amazing views of the ruins from above (book 4 -8 month in advance Huayna Picchu or Montaña). Noon you return by bus to Aguas Calientes at the indicated time to board your train service to Ollantaytambo. Then you go by tourist transport transfer service to your hotel in Cusco city.