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Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu

Peru, Machu Picchu
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Available Departures: Apr, May, Jun, Aug, Sep

11 days from

US$2,635

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Walk & Trek
Guided Group
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Trek the majestic Salkantay Trail towards Machu Picchu

Trip Code: STL
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Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu

Highlights
  • Explore the Incan Capital of Cusco
  • Marvel at the cultural jewels of the Sacred Valley
  • Trek the scenically stunning Salkantay Trail through the quiet Cordillera Vilcabamba
  • Visit the iconic lost city of Machu Picchu

At a Glance
  • Group Size 4 to 16
  • 5 days trekking
  • Max Altitude - 4638m
  • Join In Cusco

Accommodation & Meals
  • 10 Breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners
  • 6 nights Hotel
  • 4 nights Camping
Overview

This 12 day Peruvian adventure begins with time to explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley, takes in a classic 5-day trek beneath the snow-capped peak of Salkantay (6270m), before visiting the iconic Machu Picchu. Taking a day in Cusco to acclimatize to the higher altitudes, we will explore all of the main sights before heading across the altiplano to the Sacred Valley where we will visit the Ollantaytambo and the Maras Salt Pans before starting our trek. Our trail through the Cordillera Vilcabamba will take us on a scenic journey through some of Peru’s most beautiful and diverse landscapes. As we traverse around Mt Salkantay (approaching Machu Picchu in the opposite direction to the Inca Trial), we will pass through small traditional Andean communities, cocoa and coffee plantations, high altitude jungles, passing forgotten Inca ruins along the way.


We will also cross the Salkantay Pass (4600m) where we will get some exquisite Andean views! Being less well-known than the 'Inca Trail' the Salkantay Trail also offers tranquil camping spots and peaceful paths. At the end of our trek we will take a short train transfer to Aguas Calientes, from where we spend a day at Machu Picchu to discovering all the secrets of this most magnificent of Inca ruins. Returning to Cusco we have a final day at leisure to soak up the atmosphere of this Incan Capital.

This is a classic adventure holiday offering an exciting mix of classic trekking and cultural discovery. During our 5 day trek most of the walking is on well-defined tracks, including sections of ancient Inca highways, which are paved with stone, rocky trails and agricultural paths. This holiday is perfect for fit and active adventurers who are comfortable with walking for 5 or 6 hours each day with the occasional longer day. You will encounter some reasonable amounts of ascents and descents on some days. This is a fully supported trek, and you will only be required to carry your day pack each day. Our friendly camp crew will take care of all the camp chores, so when in camp you can relax, rest and enjoy the views.  To help you acclimatise and enjoy the trekking section of your holiday, we have allowed 3 nights at around 3000 metres, before we start walking. Not only does this help you acclimatise, it also allows the chance to enjoy exploring all the sites in Cusco and around the Sacred Valley!

Why KE?

KE's Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu is an incredible alternative to the Inca Trail. A quieter and more remote trail, you will trek old Incan routes passing ruins,  stunning mountain panoramas and unique flora and fauna. With time to explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley this provides an excellent mix of history and culture with a fantastic mountain journey, culminating in a visit to one of the most famous sites in the world, Macchu Pichu. With no permits required  this alternative Incan Trail makes for a great choice of trek to Macchu Picchu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Itinerary

Arriving into the former Inca capital of Southern Peru, we are met by our guide. Airport transfers are provided for clients arriving on this day. Having checked into our group hotel, this afternoon is free to wander the cobbled streets or sit and admire the blend of Inca and colonial architecture of this vibrant town. As we are now at an altitude of 3400m, the perfect arrival activity is to relax in the hotel or one of the many cafes in Cusco’s main square, the Plaza de Armas and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusqueñan life. In the evening we meet up for a group dinner in one of many restaurants that overlook the square.

Accommodation

Hotel

Once the heart of the Inca Empire, we set out to explore this fascinating city on foot. Brimming with Inca and Spanish heritage, steep, narrow cobbled streets lead to neighbouring San Blas and San Cristobal where iconic Incan masonry sits against classic Spanish architecture. The centrepiece of Cuzco is undoubtedly the Plaza de Armas, and its extravagant church, the Iglesia del Triunfo dating back to 14th century. A highlight of the tour is our visit to the impressive fortress citadel of
Sacsayhuaman, which is set high above Cusco and is one of South America’s archaeological treasures as the fortress being constructed of large stones cut to fit without mortar.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

Departing by private bus, we take an early morning drive to the Sacred Valley via the ancient Andean village of Chinchero. With its impressive main square and mountain views, Chinchero is an excellent introduction to the delights of the Sacred Valley. Taking an exploratory walk, we head for the salt-producing ponds of Maras, which has been traditionally harvested by community members since pre-Inca times. We continue by road to Ollantaytambo, a village whose narrow cobbled streets and wonderful examples of Inca architecture make it a perfect base from which to set out on our trekking adventure.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

Time

2 hrs trekking

This morning our scenic drive heads south west of Ollantaytambo to the picturesque village of Mollepata with panoramic views of Salcantay Mountain. Nestled in the High Andes, we meet our trek crew and begin our well-paced walk, ascending through Andean villages to Challacancha (3650m) where we will have lunch. We then enjoy a beautiful afternoon walk arriving to our camp at Soraypampa, enjoying the first night in the mountains (3869m).

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Time

4 hrs trekking

Distance

8 KM

After breakfast we leave the campsite and begin our hike uphill for 2hrs30 to visit the Humantay Lagoon (4260m), chracterised by its impressive turquoise colour. If the weather is clear, it offers superb views of the great snow peaks of Humantay and Salcantay. We will then return to our camp to have lunch before starting the walk to our second camp. We continue through a broad glacial valley towards the enormous moraine that comes out of Mount Salkantay (6270m) to the second camp in Salkantaypampa (4100m). This is a beautifully grassy area at the foot of this huge moraine where we can view two rapid flowing highland streams that run off the great glaciers of this classic Andean massif.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Time

5-6 hrs trekking

Distance

9 KM

Hiking further into the national park, we climb up into the company of snowy peaks and have spectacular views over the sacred Incan peak, Salkantay at 6270m, located within the heart of the Vilcabamba Range. Towering above us, the south face of Mt Salkantay is the most impressive and is very popular with climbers. With our objective in sight, we continue this challenging day, heading over the Salkantay Pass (4683m) pausing to enjoy the mountain vista. We also get our first views down towards the lowlands forest in which our trekking objective, Machu Picchu, is set. From the pass we descend across rocky terrain to the campsite at Huayracmachay (3900m) where we will have lunch. We continue our descent along the banks of the Salkantay River , through increasingly verdant scenery. Surrounded by colourful butterflies and striking orchids we arrive at our camp at Andenes (3900m), a beautiful spot surrounded by vegetation.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Time

5-6 hrs trekking

Distance

10 KM

Today we descend through the high pampa, into warm lush vegetation as we follow the Santa Teresa River. With a superb riverside lunch stop we continue walking through banana, granadilla and avocado plantations along the way. This region of Peru is also well-known for it’s coffee production and is said to produce the finest organic beans in South America! An hour after lunch we meet our vehicle for a short drive to the beginning of the Llactapta inca Trail. On this newly restored Inca Trail we make our way to our last campsite at Lucmabamba. In the evening we may sample the local coffee beans during a tasting demonstraion hosted by a local family.

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L D

Time

4-5 hrs trekking

Trekking ever closer towards Machu Picchu we tackle the Llactapata pass (2736m) and descend towards the ancient terraces of Patallacta. Believed to be a stopping point for those travelling to and from Machu Picchu, many of the buildings within the site are well preserved, despite being burned by Incan soldiers during their retreat from the Conquistadors. Trekking onwards to Intihuatana it is possible to gain our first glimpses of Machu Picchu from the South East. Continuing our descent through bamboo forest we reach the Machu Picchu Hydroelectric Station, where we take a short and scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Where we check in to our hotel and can enjoy a celebratory dinner.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L

Time

5 hrs trekking

Today we visit Machu Picchu, the site that was lost to the jungle but rediscovered in 1911 by the Yale academic, Hiram Bingham. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983, Machu Picchu exceeds all expectations. Perched high on an inaccessible hilltop the citadel is protected by huge cliffs and the raging Urubamba River. The bus transfer up to the site takes around 20 minutes and saves us from the relentlessly steep climb. A local guide will give us an interpretive tour of Machu Picchu and we will have ample time to soak up the mystical atmosphere of this incredible site. After the tour of the main buildings and structures with our expert guide, we can discover hidden corners of the ruins, or just soak up the atmosphere of one of the most famous places on earth. Returning to Aguas Calientes by bus, we take a train back to Ollantaytambo and then drive in our private vehicle to Cusco where we check into our group hotel.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

A free day in Cusco, for more sightseeing, last minute souvenir buying, or just relaxing in the special ambience of this charming city.

Additional half day or full day excursions can be arranged to a variety of Incan and Pre-Incan sites as well as to the famous 'Rainbow Mountain' of Vinicunca.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

After breakfast, a single-timed complementary transfer is provided to Cusco airport. KE Land Only group package services end after breakfast.

Meals

B
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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • A professional and qualified Tour Leader
  • All accommodation as described Meals as per the meal plan
  • Cusco Airport transfers on Day 1 of the holiday
  • A single timed transfer to Cusco Airport on Day 12 of the holiday
  • All land transport required in the itinerary
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Cusco
  • A visit to Machu Picchu with guide
  • When camping a full service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Inflatable sleeping mat while camping

  • Travel Insurance
  • Salkantay Trail fee of $50 payable locally
  • Tips for local staff
  • Some meals as per the meal plan
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

Cusco Airport transfers are provided for all clients arriving on the group days. At the end of the trip, a single-timed transfer will be provided from Cusco to the airport in the early morning. If you wish to stay longer in Cusco, later transfers can be booked at additional cost.

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners are included in the holiday price. Where there are a wide range of dining options to suit all tastes and budgets it is sensible to leave this choice to you and therefore we have not included meals (other than breakfasts) while staying in Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo). You will pay directly for a total of 5 lunches and 6 dinners. While trekking a full trek service including all meals is provided.

It is not recommended to drink untreated water from the taps. If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled, filtered or provided in large jerry cans or 5 litre bottles. Additionally you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

On trek the food provided will be a mixture of local and worldwide favourites, with all ingredients purchased in Peru and cooked for us by highly trained staff cooks.  The food our cooks are able to produce on trek will be a taste sensation! Breakfast includes fresh fruit, porridge, pancakes or omelette with plenty of toast and home-made jam. Lunch is usually a picnic - fresh fruit, salad and bread, cheeses, cold meats, avocado and plenty to drink. Dinner is served in the mess tent and is a delicious three-course meal and the menus will be flavoursome and varied. There will be no problem catering for vegetarians.

In Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes there is a wide range of restaurants cafes and bars serving excellent and varied cuisine! Meals, apart from breakfast, are not included here so you are free to make your own choice of restaurant and menu. If you are looking to sample some traditional Peruvian fare we can recommend trying Ceviche, a dish of raw fished marinated in citrus juice (the acid in the citrus juice effectively ‘cooks’ the fish), which is the unofficial national dish of Peru! The name Ceviche actually comes from the Quechua word ‘siwichi’, meaning fresh fish. Guinea Pig or ‘Cuy’ is also a common delicacy in the Andes and has been eaten at special occasions since the time of the Incas! Usually served roasted or barbequed, Guinea Pig meat has a gamey taste. It is very high in protein and low in cholesterol.

When it comes to drinks, before and during your trek we can recommend drinking Mate de Coca. It takes a little time to acclimatise to Cusco’s 3400m elevation and one of the things that is said to help acclimatisation is supping this mildly stimulating, greenish and unusual tasting ‘tea’ made by steeping fresh coca leaves in boiling water. Those looking to celebrate the end of their holiday with an alcoholic beverage (best saved till post trek when you are fully acclimatised!) should seek out a ‘Pisco Sour’. This classic South American cocktail, made by mixing the Peruvian liquor Pisco with lime juice, egg white and bitters, is incredibly moreish!

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot always provide special diets.  Due to the nature of some of the trips that we operate and the countries in which we operate them, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do speak to our sales team and they will be able to advise you whether or not we will be able to offer your specific choice.  Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances.

During the holiday there are a total of 4 nights in a comfortable and well located 3* hotel in Cusco, which is a beautifully converted old colonial house and just a short walk from the Plaza de Armas. We will also spend 1 night in a comfortable and well located hotel in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, and 1 night in a comfortable and well located 3* hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo).

Whilst trekking there will be a total of 4 nights camping where your will receive a full service from our friendly camp crew. You will sleep in roomy 2 man dome tents, with a porch, and inflatable camping mattresses are provided. All the camp equipment and luggage will be transported between camps by mules, so you need only carry your day pack each day. Our camp crew will erect and dismantle the tents for you, cook, and take care of all the camp chores.

During walking days, having stayed behind to collapse camp, it is usual for the crew and the pack animals to overtake the group during the day and you will usually arrive into camp to find it already established and the kettle on!

In camp, as well as the tents used for sleeping, there will also be a mess tent, with chairs and tables, where the group will dine (and socialise into the evening) and a toilet tent. Hot water for washing will also be provided to you in the mornings and when you arrive at the camp each day.

All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. This must be arranged ahead of departure and is subject to availability (please note that single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels). Depending on availability, it may also be possible to pre-book single hotel rooms. For additional hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

The group will be led by a professional and qualified tour leader. Whilst on trek the group will be supported by a full trek crew including camp assistants, cook, baggage animals and their handlers.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude. www.keadventure.com/page/altitude.html

New regulations for visiting Machu Picchu came into force in 2022.

Daily visitor numbers are limited and visitors must be accompanied by a guide on one of five designated 'circuits' that are walked in a one-way direction, with a maximum of 4 hours allowed with in the site.

A ticket, issued by the Peru Ministry of Culture, and included in your trip cost, needs to be purchased in advance of your visit. The ticket will stipulate an entry time and one of the 5 circuits. KE will aim to book the most comprehensive Machu Picchu tour available.

Tickets are linked to your name and passport number and usually sell out 2-3 months in advance. It is therefore important for you to supply us with your passport details at the time of booking to allow us to secure the required tickets.

If you are completing the Inca Trail, a set Machu Picchu circuit is included with your Inca Trail Permit.

IMPORTANT: If you change passport between booking and travelling, you must bring your old passport with you, as your ticket will be linked to the passport details you booked with.

We estimate that $350-400 (or equivalent in €/£) will be sufficient to cover your requirements including the non-included meals and incidental expenses such as tips for drivers, trek crew and local guides. There are a total of 5 lunches and 6 dinners which you will need to pay for directly and we recommend you budget $10 - $25 dollars per meal. There is no need to purchase local currency (Peruvian Soles) prior to travelling. It is possible to withdraw your money in local currency from ATMs in Cusco. If you are bringing your travel money with you we recommend you bring it in the form of US dollars in cash as this provides for the easiest exchange. Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and to pay for meals in Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes.

Tipping is common in Peru, however you must remember that it is voluntary, and how much you give depends on how you feel about the service you have received. Airport baggage carriers are the only exception and tipping is compulsory. These people are unwaged and make a living by carrying your luggage. The general rule is 1 or 2 soles per bag. For hotel staff, tipping is not expected, but is welcome. For hotel porters 1 or 2 soles per bag is reasonable. Drivers of standard taxis do not usually expect a tip. As with most countries, it is usual to tip in restaurants and 10% is expected for good service. For the support crew on trek (guides, cooks, porters etc.), it is recommended that each client contributes around £50 to £60 to a group tipping pool.

For this holiday you should take one piece of luggage, which should be a soft and sturdy duffel bag, and a day pack.  Your bag on trek will be carried by porters or pack animals and should not weigh more than 15kg. It is possible to leave clothes and other items not required on trek at the group hotel in Cusco.  For international flights please check your baggage allowance with your airline.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

Visa Peru

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. When passing through immigration you will need to request a copy of your TAM Migration form. You will need to retain this document and keep it safe, as you will be asked to produce it before you depart Peru.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE TRANSITING THROUGH THE USA

You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$21 and you should apply for it at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. With the ESTA complete, the majority of British Citizen passport holders can enter the US under the Visa Waiver Programme, VWP. You will be required to have a passport with an integrated chip. Note that if you have travelled to Cuba, Iran, Syria or North Korea since March 2011* you will have to apply for a visa rather than the Visa Waiver Programme (* a full and up to date list of countries can be found on the US government website here.)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE TRANSITING THROUGH CANADA

All citizens (except for USA citizens) will require an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any Canada-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is CAD$7 and you should apply for it at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp

 

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika virus has been confirmed as active in this country. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that transmit ZIKV are unlikely to be found above 2,000m altitude. For more information, visit the website of the National Travel Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk

 

Vaccinations

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid.

Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary.

On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Our treks can be physically demanding, but more as a result of altitude and terrain than distances walked. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Jogging, squash and swimming are good for developing aerobic fitness and better stamina. You should gradually increase your exercise leading up to departure, and in the month before setting off, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

The climate of Peru is very varied across different regions. For each region the determining factors are its latitude, its distance from the coast and most importantly, its altitude. The climate of the Andean valleys which corresponds to the region between 3000 and 4000 metres is characterised by hot wet summers and cool dry winters. The Southern Hemisphere winter season in the Andes runs roughly from April through to October and this is the optimum period for trekking in this part of Peru. At this time we can expect the days to be warm and generally sunny, with temperatures between 12 and 20°C (54 – 68°F). Above c. 3500m. / 11,000ft. during this season, the night-time temperatures will fall below freezing. At our highest camps we might experience night-time temperatures as low as -5°C / 23°F at any time and in mid-winter (July and August) temperatures may dip to -10ºC / 14ºF overnight. As with all mountain areas, short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

  • Trekking and Climbing in the Andes. (Globetrotter Adventure). Val Pitkethly and Kate Harper.

  • The Conquest of the Incas. (MacMillan). J. Hemming.

  • The South American Handbook.

  • The Andes are Prickly. Martin Slessor.

  • Exploring Cusco. Peter Frost (available in Cusco).

  • Inca Cola. Matthew Parish.

  • Latin America Spanish phrasebook. Lonely Planet.

Inca Trail – Machu Picchu. 1:50,000 Editorial Lima 2000

This topographic map from the Lima-based publisher Lima 2000 shows from Kilometre 88 to Machu Picchu. Peak altitudes and shading show relief and the contours interval is 100m. The map shows towns and villages, roads and footpaths, rivers, ruins, terraces etc. A small inset shows a street plan of Aguas Calientes, another shows the Machu Picchu ruins.

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.  The packed weight of your bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof over-trousers

  • Underwear

  • Baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)

  • Casual shirts and/or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat including neck protection

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Lightweight thermal gloves

  • Warmer gloves or mittens

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -5ºC)

  • Daypack 30 **

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre  (x2) (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)

  • Water purification tablets
  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small towel

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep kit bag contents dry)

  • Small padlock

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), Diamox, painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles

  • Trainers or similar for traveling and camp use

  • Gaiters

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Spare laces

  • Thermal Baselayer - leggings

  • Shorts

  • Warm jacket (down)

  • Travel clothes

  • Nailbrush

  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Camera

  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Notes

Camping mattress - An inflatable camping mattress is provided.

** Daypack - Perurail has a strict policy on hand baggage on the train to the Inca Trail and from Machu Picchu. The weight of your hand baggage on the train must not exceed 5kg and the sum of its dimensions (length + width + height) must not exceed 157 cm. If your daypack exceeds these dimensions it must be placed inside your trek bag for transportation on the train.

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Peru Rainforest Extension

4 Days

Visit Tambopata National Reserve, a haven of pristine Amazon wilderness where the river provides access to an uninhabited and vast 2.5 million acre area, home to the Amazon’s five top predators – Jaguar, Giant Otter, Black Caiman, Harpy Eagle and Anaconda. It is a short flight to Puerto Maldonado, and then a ride in a motorised canoe to our jungle lodge. Highlights are the macaw clay-lick, otters, monkeys and an array of colourful birds.

Extension Code: RAIN
Sharing Price from
US$910
Single Traveller Price from
US$1,140
Single Room Supplement from
US$270
Deposit Per Person from
US$200

Extension Itinerary

Arrive in Puerto Maldonado. We transfer by road, boat (on Tambopata River), and on foot (4-5 hrs in total) to your jungle lodge. To account for this, you should land into Puerto Maldonado no later than 1pm.

Meals

L D

Wildlife Reserve. Jungle walks and river trips. Overnight at the jungle lodge.

Meals

B L D

Wildlife Reserve. Jungle walks and river trips. Overnight at the jungle lodge.

Meals

B L D

Transfer to Puerto Maldonado airport for return flight to Cusco or Lima. (Services end at Puerto Maldonado airport.)

Meals

B
Whats Included
  • Associated transfers
  • All transport required by the itinerary
  • 3 nights accommodation at a jungle lodge
  • Full programme of guided walks and activities
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
What's Not Included
  • Internal fights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Souvenirs etc.
Extension Details

Galapagos Islands Cruise

7 Days
Situated over 600 miles from the mainland of South America, the remote archipelago of the Galapagos Islands needs little introduction. The Galapagos Islands are considered to the crown jewels of the natural world, achieving near mythological status following visits by Charles Darwin. It was on his second visit aboard HMS Beagle in 1835 that Darwin's scientific studies introduced the world to the theory of evolution. The islands teem with life, much of which seem totally unphased and perhaps curious of visitors. Of the thirteen major islands, on five have any form of human habitation. The environmental footprint is kept to an absolute minimum, allowing you, the visitor, a chance to explore the incredible biodiversity of these famous islands untouched by human development.Expect close encounters with blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, albatross, giant tortoises, seals, turtles and dinasaur-like lizards amongst many, many other examples.
Extension Code: GALP
Sharing Price from
US$5,105
Deposit Per Person from
US$2,400

Extension Itinerary

Arrive in Quito any time.

We take an early flight to San Cristobal Island, stopping off for refuelling at Guayaquil. In the afternoon, we board our boat, the Monserrat, and visit Isla Lobos, to be greeted by sea lions frolicking in the waves. We will explore this island on foot and perhaps by panga to view the sea and shore birds nesting and feeding. There will be an opportunity to snorkel in the waters of Isla Lobos too.

Meals

B L D

We visit Cerro Brujo on San Cristobal Island. Here we can observe sea lions, marine iguanas and seabirds. In the afternoon we visit the giant tortoise breeding area in the highlands. Later we set sail for Bahia Gardner, a sheltered cove off Espanola Island.

Meals

B L D

Today we visit the magnificent, white sandy beach of Gardner Bay, home to colonies of sea lions and birds. There will be a chance to snorkel the turquoise waters and spot large schools of tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish and bump-headed parrot fish. We may even be lucky enough to spot white-tipped reef sharks, napping on the bottom! We then visit Punta Suarez, one of the most wildlife-rich landing spots in the Galapagos. Here we can observe many nesting birds including the waved albatross.

Meals

B L D

Upon landing at Punta Cormorant and Floreana Island, we visit the amazing multi-coloured beaches. We observe flamingoes and other shore birds feeding in the lagoon. Penguins and marine iguanas can also be spotted on the water's edge. We then move on to Champion Islet where we have another chance to snorkel with sea lions and, if we're lucky, turtles and rays. Afterwards, we visit Post Office Bay where we learn all about its unique history. English whaling vessels placed a barrel here in the 18th centuary where it functioned as a rather unusual post office!

Meals

B L D

We disembark at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here we can observe many species of tortoise and land iguanas at the Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre. We learn about the conservation work and scientific research that is undertaken on this remote archipelago. We than catch our flight back to the mainland, and Quito.

Meals

B

Depart anytime.

Meals

B
Whats Included
  • Return Internal flights from Quito to Baltra and associated airport transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • Double or twin berth cabin on full board basis (according to itinerary)
  • Cruise on a Tourist Class boat (according to itinerary)
  • Galapagos guide
What's Not Included
  • Galapagos National Park entrance $100 per person ($200 from 1 Aug 2024) payable locally in cash

  • Transit control card $20 per person (must be paid locally in cash)

  • Tips of local staff

  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

Reviews

4 out of 5 from 1 review

Trekking culture and history ★★★★

High quality of support for the trekking well integrated with learning about the history. Demanding because of the height but paths were generally good and days not too long.

By Judith CAMBRIDGE | 29 September 2016

Traveller Reviews
4 out of 5 from 1 review

Trekking culture and history
★ ★ ★ ★

High quality of support for the trekking well integrated with learning about the history. Demanding because of the height but paths were generally good and days not too long.

By Judith CAMBRIDGE | 29 September 2016

DATES & PRICES

Private Departure?

Gather a few friends, family or club and take over your own departure.

2024

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  • Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: STL /01/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 29 Apr and ends on Thu 9 May
  • This departure is available and departs within 14 days. Secure your place today with full payment
  • Single Supplement Price: US$415 - Includes all group hotel and lodge nights
  • Single Tent Upgrade: US$105
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  • Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: STL /02/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 3 Jun and ends on Thu 13 Jun
  • This departure is available and departs within 49 days. Secure your place today with full payment
  • Single Supplement Price: US$415 - Includes all group hotel and lodge nights
  • Single Tent Upgrade: US$105
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  • Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: STL /04/24/
  • This trip begins on Mon 2 Sep and ends on Thu 12 Sep
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
  • Single Supplement Price: US$415 - Includes all group hotel and lodge nights
  • Single Tent Upgrade: US$105
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2025

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  • Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: STL /01/25/
  • This trip begins on Mon 28 Apr and ends on Thu 8 May
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
  • Single Supplement Price: US$415 - Includes all group hotel and lodge nights
  • Single Tent Upgrade: US$105
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More Information

  • Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: STL /02/25/
  • This trip begins on Mon 2 Jun and ends on Thu 12 Jun
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
  • Single Supplement Price: US$415 - Includes all group hotel and lodge nights
  • Single Tent Upgrade: US$105
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  • Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: STL /03/25/
  • This trip begins on Mon 4 Aug and ends on Thu 14 Aug
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
  • Single Supplement Price: US$415 - Includes all group hotel and lodge nights
  • Single Tent Upgrade: US$105
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More Information

  • Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: STL /04/25/
  • This trip begins on Mon 8 Sep and ends on Thu 18 Sep
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
  • Single Supplement Price: US$415 - Includes all group hotel and lodge nights
  • Single Tent Upgrade: US$105
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Land Only Information

The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Cusco, Peru. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Cusco Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the departure is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

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Changes to flights

Please be aware that the flight industry is experiencing a high level of service fluctuation and changes to your flights may occur. This may also require amends to the transfers and joining arrangements. Thank you all for continuing your patience and understanding.

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