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Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu provided by Bamba

Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu

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6 stops
Day 1
Cuzco to Mollepata to...
Day 2
Trek to Challhuay or Colcapampa...
Day 3
Trek to La Playa & Transfer to...
Day 4
Trek to Hydroelectric Station &...
Day 5
Explore Machu Picchu & Return to...
Important Information
5 days
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Cuzco Accommodation Pick-Up
  • Van Cuzco to Mollepata to Challacancha (starting point of trek)
  • Car Transfer La Playa to Santa Teresa
  • Round Trip Tourist Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
  • Tourist Train Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus Ollantaytambo to Cuzco
  • Professional Bilingual Guide on trek & Machu Picchu tour
  • Camping Accommodation during trek (including Basic Sleeping Pad & tent for 2 people)
  • 1-night 3* Hotel Accommodation at Aguas Calientes
  • Meals: 4B/4L/4D/3 snacks with typical menus
  • Horseman and mules to carry cooking and camping equipment plus a total of 7 kilos for each trekker. (This includes 3 kilos for your sleeping bag & mattress plus 4 kilos of personal items.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 4
  • Entry/Admission - Salkantay Trail
  • Entry/Admission - Machu Picchu
  • Airport Pick-Up / Drop Off
  • Sleeping bag
  • Day 1 Breakfast, Day 5 Lunch, Bottled Water
  • Guide for bus and train transfers (these portions are on your own)
  • Optional Hot Springs Santa Teresa (20 soles)
  • Optional Bus transfer from Santa Teresa to the Hydroelectric Station (10 soles)
  • Optional Train transfer from Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes (28 USD)
  • Optional Huayna Picchu Trek (at an extra cost) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance
  • Optional Machu Picchu Mountain Hike (at an extra cost) must be booked at least 1 week in advance
  • Accommodation in Cusco
  • Tips (Please remember that tipping is 100% optional and depends entirely on the service you received. It is customary to give tips in Latin America, however it is NOT mandatory. If you wish to give a tip, these are our recommendations.) Guide: 40-60 soles per trekker Assistant Guide: 30-40 soles per trekker Horsemen: 60-80 soles for each horseman from the whole group Cook: 150-200 soles for the cook from the whole group
  • Note: In 2017, the Peruvian government may require a permit for Salkantay. If this is approved, the rates will be around: 133 Soles ($USD 41) Adult and 67 Soles ($USD 21) Student
  • Note: Prices for optional activities are subject to change at any time without prior notice.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING: There is a mandatory pre-departure briefing at our Cuzco Headquarters one day prior to departure at 5pm, 6pm or 7pm depending on your trek. You will receive detailed information on your excursion, a list of what to bring and confirm your departure details.
  • PRE-DEPARTURE CHECK-IN: Please make sure to check-in with your passport before your pre-departure briefing. We encourage our travellers to check-in at our offices a couple of hours before or any day prior to the briefing , that way we can give everybody personal attention and information regarding booking extras, rental equipment or questions in general. Time schedule for meetings will be: - Inca Trail and Lares 6pm - Salkantay, Inca Quarry, Machu Picchu Jungle, Ausangate, Choquequirao 7pm - Inca Trail Express, Rainbow Mountain, Machu Picchu by Train, Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Full Day 5pm Bamba Experience is located at: Calle Matara 242, Second Floor. Cuzco, Peru Hours of Operation: 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-20:00 hrs Daily Tel: +51 84 205234 Emergency Tels: Darwin +51 9984 44933 - +51 9842 85801, Anderson +51 9231 25342
  • Accommodation Options: Single travelers will share a tent/room with another traveler & couples will have a tent/room to themselves. Day 4: Single travelers will share a room with another traveler & couples will have a private room.
  • Physical Requirements: This hike is demanding, it is important to be in good physical condition. There are important temperature changes associated with altitude changes (from 4000 meters to 2000 meters).
  • Departure dates for trek: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday (Daily departures with a group of 4 or more). No Departures in January and February due to unfavorable climatic conditions.
  • Important: You must provide the following information upon booking: Full name (exactly as it appears on the passport), Date of Birth, Nationality, Passport Number, Date of Passport Expiry - Must be valid for at least 6 months past the date of travel. Without this information, the local tour operator will be unable to make the booking. Please be aware that your complete and correct passport information must be provided. Absolutely no modifications can be made once your booking has been confirmed. Any changes or discrepancies in the information provided will result in a complete loss of permits and entrance tickets, for which you will be held responsible and will need to pay for again.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Typical Meals on the Trek On all of our Inca Trail Treks and Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu we search for the best cooks who put forth their best effort to provide you with the best tasting meals on the mountain. All of our cooks pride themselves on their delicious specialty menus with the freshest local ingredients available. Every meal is prepared fresh with plenty of variety and an abundant quantity of food including a vegetarian option for every meal (please advise prior to departure). Here is an idea of what you will be eating during your trek. Vegetarian Option Available Upon Request (please advise at least 2 days in advance). BREAKFASTS: Hot porridge, quinoa or oats, fried eggs, egg omelet or pancakes with fresh bread, fried bananas and boiled water for hot tea, coca, coffee, chocolate and milk. LUNCH & DINNER: First Course: Quinoa, corn, noodle, asparagus, mushroom or vegetable soup, stuffed avocado or potatoes Second Course: Chicken breast, beef stew, quinoa, fried rice, hamburgers, fried chicken, spaghetti bolognese, typical dishes: aji de gallina (chilli pepper chicken), escabeche de pollo (marinated chicken) or ajiaco de olluco (spicy potato stew). Deserts: Fried plantains, chocolate pudding, chocolate or vanilla cake and boiled water for hot tea, coca, coffee, chocolate and milk. SNACKS: Boiled water for hot tea, coca, coffee, chocolate and milk with popcorn, cookies, crackers.
  • Brief History of Machu Picchu & Advice: Machu Picchu was (relatively recently) "discovered" by American historian, Hiram Bingham, in 1911 while searching for the legendary "lost city of the Incas". Hiram Bingham and his local guides stumbled across the site which was then covered in thick vegetation which was later cleared revealing the magical mountain-top archaeological site and opening up the possibility for archaeologists to conduct research on the site by 1915. Whether arriving via Inca Trail or entering from Aguas Calientes don't miss the excellent photo opportunities from the following spots: Hut of the Caretaker of the Funerary Rock (a restored building with a thatched roof), Sacred Plaza with views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba in the distance and Rio Urubamba below. Take a short walk out to the Inca Drawbridge (30 minutes) and Inti Punku (45 - 60 minutes) for great views of the site as dawn breaks and the clouds lift over Machu Picchu.
  • SUGGESTED PACKING LIST: Bring or Rent in Cuzco: hiking poles, rain pants, rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals, warm socks, sweater, thermals, hat, gloves, sun hat, sun block, sun glasses, flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card (there is limited to no electricity available during the trek), waterproof bags for your camera, hand sanitizer, personal first aid kit, water bottle. Bring extra cash for snacks, water, gatorade which doubles or triples in price along the trail. Bathing suit for hot springs in Santa Teresa Town (this activity is available at an additional price).
  • DON'T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS: Original passport, visa (if applicable), insurance card, personal medications.
  • Travellers who booked their trip using one passport, then renewed or replaced it afterward, must carry the old passport they used to make the booking or a photocopy with them on the trip.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • You will have a guide during the trek and on the Machu Picchu tour. However, during your bus and train transfers you will not be accompanied by a guide.
  • If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes town can be arranged. (Please let us know whether you would like to stay an extra night when booking your tour.)
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Rob wrote a review Nov 2019
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Great experience to do the 5 day trekking! Salkantay trek has amazing views and continuously changing surroundings! The guide Anderson knows so much about the wildlife, history and culture that it was a big addition to our experience. So big shout out to him for the awesome time
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Date of experience: November 2019
Jonas wrote a review Oct 2019
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We had a fantastic trip in a small group consisting of 3 participants, our guide Anderson and our chef Jorge. It was a tiring but equally impressive trip. The whole tour was very well planned and everything worked smoothly. Our guide Anderson told us a lot about the flora and
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from bambaAdventuresTeam, Customer Service Representative at Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu
Responded 16 Oct 2019
Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review, we are thrilled to hear that enjoyed this awesome experience. We are so glad you like Anderson's work! We’ll pass along the kind words to him and his team. We hope you think of us as your first option for your next adventure, we will be glad to help. Best regards, Pedro Ferraez
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Désirée wrote a review Oct 2019
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We did the 5-day trek to Machu Picchu. It was a wonderful and unforgetable experience in a small group of 3 persons + guide, cook and horseman. Our guide Anderson showed us so much of flora and fauna, explained us the life of the inca, peruanian history, culture and lifestyle
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from bambaAdventuresTeam, Customer Service Representative at Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu
Responded 14 Oct 2019
Hello! We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this review. Our company values put customer satisfaction as top priority and we are committed to our customers. Its customers like you that make our job wonderful. Your kind comments will be forwarded to Anderson and his team, this motivates them to keep doing a great job. We look forward to serving you again. Best regards, Pedro Ferraez
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Rosi_87 wrote a review Oct 2019
Berlin, Germany3 contributions
It was our first time in Peru and we loved it. The people and landscape are very colorful and lovely. The 5day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu was one of the best experience we had. It was powerful, emotional, amazing and enjoyable. Bamba experience Cusco was very well organized,
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Response from bambaAdventuresTeam, Customer Service Representative at Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu
Responded 14 Oct 2019
Hello! We are so grateful for your kind words. Thanks for sharing your review with us and the community. We are thrilled that you loved your experience; our staff will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. So thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again. We wish you the best, Pedro Ferraez
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Thomas D wrote a review Sep 2019
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Excellent service with a small group and guide was full of knowledge about the local area, food was also fantastic
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Response from bambaAdventuresTeam, Customer Service Representative at Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu
Responded 9 Oct 2019
Hello Thomas! Thank you for leaving a review, this will definitely help future travelers to do this amazing trek. We hope to hear from you soon and help you to arrange your future adventures. We wish you the best. Sincerely, Pedro Ferraez
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Key Details
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  • Duration: 5 days
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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