Day 1: CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA
We start the day picking you up from your hotel from 6.00 in the morning, then we take you on a tourist bus passing through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo arriving at Mollepata (2,900 masl) where we will be at approximately 9.00 AM here we will have breakfast for then board our vehicle and go to Soraypampa (3900masl) where we will be arriving at 11.00 pm here we will take our lunch, being also our first camp, we rest and after eating we will go to the beautiful Humantay lagoon whose ascent is approximately less than 2 hours where we will reach the impressive lagoon, (4,220 masl) here we can appreciate the turquoise color of the lagoon and the snowy Apu Humantay. We begin to descend for an hour to our camp in Soraypampa for tea time which is approximately at 17.00 pm then we will have our delicious dinner prepared by our chef, finally we will go to our tents to rest.
Day 2: SORAYMAPA –SALKANTAY- CHAULLAY
At 5:00 am we will have a nutritious breakfast to start our walk, we start from Soraypamapa to the highest point of Abra Salkantay (3 hours) where we can appreciate the imposing snow-capped mountains, Humantay, Tucarhuay, Pumasillo and Salkantay (4650 masl) passing through Salkantaypampa and Soyrococha where we will appreciate a small lagoon, we will begin the descent to Huayracmachay (3 hours) (3800 masl) where we will take our lunch then we will continue the walk where you will notice a dramatic change in the landscape, this hike is really impressive Then we continue down to Chaullay (3 hours) (2900 masl), where it will be our second camp, we will have our hot drink and snacks for dinner and rest in our tents.
Day 3: CHAULLAY – PLAYA SAHUAYACO – SANTA TERESA
We will have our breakfast at 06.00 am, then we will walk for approximately 6 hours, all through our jungle eyebrow with ascents, descents and plains, in this way we will appreciate coffee plantations, orchids, begonias, bromeliads and many natural plants used for natural medicine, arriving at our lunch point in Playa Sahuayaco where we will have our “buffet” lunch, finally we will board a bus from Sahuayaco to the next camp in Playa, Santa Teresa district. Arriving at this place we will have the option to visit the thermal baths located in Cocalmayo - Santa Teresa (highly recommended for swimming and relaxing in these crystalline and hot waters, admission tickets and consumptions are not included in our package), we return to our camp to 06.00 pm, to have our tea, snacks, then have dinner and rest.
CHAULLAY –PLAYA (14 KM. 5 HOURS)
Day 4: SANTA TERESA –HIDROELECTRICA-AGUAS CALIENTES.
The sunrise will be within a tropical area of lush vegetation, there our breakfast awaits us ready to taste, we continue our walk observing spectacular panoramas of the river and the cloud forest of Santa Teresa towards Hydroelectric where we have lunch in a chosen restaurant, after this , we will continue our trek through the tropical zone and along the side of the railway to the town of Aguas Calientes to settle in the hostel and wait for dinner at 6.30 pm. Overnight
SANTA TERESA-HIDROELECTRICA-AGUAS CALIENTES (14 KM, 5 HOURS)
Day 5: AGUAS CALIENTES- MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
In the morning at approximately 5.00 am we have breakfast to take the bus and ascend to the majestic Inca city of Machupicchu which we will visit accompanied by our guide for approximately 2 hours, the rest of the day free during which you can visit (optional is not included In the package) Huayna Picchu, Inti Punku, or Machupicchu Mountain, we return to the town of Aguas Calientes, after lunch and wait for our afternoon train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (depending on the availability of spaces and schedules), finally our transfer to return by tourist car to Cusco.
Questions & Answers
What Time Does This Tour Depart From Cusco And Arrive Back In?
The tour stars at 6.00 am on the 1st day and it last at 7.30 pm on the 4th day
What to bring for this 5 days Salkantay trek Tour?
Salkantay trek tour Essential list excursion
- Your Passport
You'll of course need your passport to get into Peru, but you'll also need your passport when you start the visit.
- Proper Hiking Attire
The temperature will vary quite a lot during the day and at night, and the heat of your own body will increase during intense walks and will fall while you relax. You need clothes that can handle all these situations.
You should bring long-sleeved shirts, and also a light jacket. You should also have some clothes for cold weather at night, including gloves and scarves, especially if you are designing your Salkantay Trail packing list for the coldest months of the year.
Swimwear for a visit in Cocalmayo Santa Teresa where you can swim and enjoy these wonderful hot springs.
- Proper Footwear/ Walking sticks
Whether you choose to wear hiking boots or a hybrid of footwear / hiking boots, make absolutely sure that they are waterproof
The boots provide more support for the ankles while the shoes are significantly lighter.
Make sure that everything you are wearing fits well and that it is somewhat worn, since the blisters on a five-day walk are nothing fun.
Walking sticks it helps a lot in the walk and to keep the balance better, in Cusco you can rent for an economical price
- Other Waterproof Goods
A poncho or a rain jacket, as well as some plastic bags to separate your wet clothes from the dry ones, are essential for your Salkantay Trail packing list.
- Sleeping Bag
We recommend a bag of four seasons, regardless of the time of the year in which you will visit Peru.
Even if you don't end up bathing/swimming, it can be useful to relax and allow your feet to breathe a little at night.
- Water Bottles/Snacks
you're more than likely to find yourself thirsty or with some hunger pangs as you trek throughout the day. These will help to keep you going until it's time to stop for a meal.
- Flashlight (torch)
This item is easy to forget but is a necessity for navigating around your campsite after dark. Simply put, it's a must for any trekking packing list.
- First-Aid Kit/Personal Medications
Basic medications for stomach problems and the like as well as any medications that you specifically need to take should also of course not be forgotten.
- Batteries, Memory Cards
Whatever else You'll Need for Your Electronic Goods.
You'll pass a few small, locally-run stores over the course of the trail It also comes in handy if you decide to tip your guides/muleteers, cooks.
Useful things to know before you go
- S/. Sol
- $/. Dollar
There are no vaccines required to enter Peru. If you decide to take medicines. These are suggested indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel.
- Altitude sickness can reduce the risk by drinking a lot of liquid and coca tea.
Soroche pills are a good alternative for greater prevention
- The electricity in Peru is 220 volts and 60 Hertz (cycles per second). If a 110 volt device is connected, be prepared to see bad consequences. If you want to use a 110 volt device in Peru, you have to buy a power adapter.
Frequently asked questions and advice about traveling to Peru
Do I need a visa to travel to Peru?
The following countries do not require a tourist visa from Peru to enter: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand, Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Australia. Check with the Peruvian Embassy in your country to find out more detailed travel requirements.
Is it customary to tip in Peru?
It is a good way to show appreciation for the excellent service. You can budget $ 5 - $ 10 / day for your guide and $ 2-5 / day for your driver.
How is internet access in Peru?
High-speed Internet access is available in most hotels and cybercafes in major cities. Do not hesitate to ask us before booking if Internet access is a priority for you.
While I am in Peru can I use my cell phone?
First, you must have a GSM phone that has a chip (triple or quad band that uses the 850 or 1900 MHz band). Then you need a plan that allows international roaming Roaming is very expensive, please check with your operator before traveling to choose a better option.
Do I need power adapters?
Peru has 220 volts, 60 cycles of electricity, so 110 volt devices may require a converter (check the input voltage on each device). Don't forget a 2-pin to 3-pin adapter if you have 3-pin devices.
How are the bathrooms in Peru?
In large cities and hotels, toilets are washable. However, in some of the most remote areas, especially when hiking through the Andes, you are likely to also find squatting baths. You should always carry toilet paper and hand sanitizer just in case.
How much will it cost for a ...? (In USD)
Short bus trip: 50 cents.
1 hour of Internet in a cyber café: $ 1.00
Beer bottle: $ 3.00
Street food / snack: $ 2.00
Lunch in a popular restaurant per person: $ 5.00
Dinner at a popular restaurant per person: $ 8- $ 12.
Can I drink the water in Peru?
You should not drink tap water in Peru. You can use the water to shower, wash your hands and wash the dishes with a strong antibacterial soap as long as you let them dry completely before using them. We recommend not brushing your teeth with tap water. Drink bottled water
How will I pay in Peru? Do I need to change my money?
Credit cards are generally accepted in restaurants and hotels in major cities such as Lima Arequipa and Cusco. In the Amazon, the Andes and other rural areas, you may not find an ATM or stores that accept dollars, be sure to change part of your money before leaving the city. Most small stalls where you can buy food and souvenirs only accept cash.
Do I need to buy travel insurance before going to Peru?
You should definitely! Buy travel insurance before going on vacation.