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Enjoy the modified Salkantay trek! This change is due to the landslides that occurred last March

Salkantay Trek Premium Skydome

Delight yourself with two nights in the crystal igloo on the way to Machu Picchu

5 days
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$455


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Salkantay Trek Premium Skydome tour information

location_onCusco
timer 5 days
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Starts

4:00 AM pickup at your hotel

Ends

8:00 to 10:00 PM in the city center of Cusco (depending on your train schedule)

Included

  • Access to Machu Picchu with professional guided tour
  • Briefing
  • Private transport
  • Expert bilingual guides
  • Accommodation
  • Camping equipment
  • 7 kilos (approx. 15 lbs) of load on mules
  • Food (cook in the group)
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Hygiene products
  • First aid kit
  • Return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition category)
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Not included

  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes on day 4
  • Salkantay entrance (10 soles)*
  • Sleeping bag (rent for $20 USD)*
  • Hiking sticks (rent for $20 USD)*
  • Entrance to Aguas Termales de Santa Teresa (price: 10 soles)
The indicated price is per person and for the entire tour. Payment is made at the destination. Also, please indicate this when booking your trip to ensure availability.

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The train schedule may vary depending on availability. Once your reservation is made, we will be able to confirm the exact timetables of the trains. Both extras Huayna Picchu and Montaña Machu Picchu are not able to be done, you will need to select only one of them.
The order of the visits could be altered, but it will not affect the content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transports could be subject to modifications.
SAFE ADVENTURE – Covid 19
This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation policy


You will receive a 40% refund of your booking if you cancel at least 30 days before the tour start date. After this time, or in case you do not show up, no refunds will be given.
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The five-day Salkantay route is considered the best alternative to the Inca trail. You will get to walk through the Andes mountain range, passing through both high mountains and cloudy forests. All the necessary services are included, and there are special dietary options for meals. This trip includes many impressive accommodations like the Skydive and the Jungles Domes. During the whole trek, you will constantly be in contact with nature and a guide will talk about the archaeological sites, nature and the Inca culture. It is not too difficult of a journey, but you have to be prepared, especially for the altitude.

Tour itinerary

todayDAY 1 Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa

Hiking distance: 12 km Initial elevation: 3,350 meters Highest elevation: 4,600 meters Elevation of the campsite: 3,920 meters Difficulty: moderate
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Day one begins with accommodations picking up the group at the hotel. After a four hour drive, during which you will be able to see the striking Salkantay and Humantay mountains, we will arrive in Challancha. We will start our hike here and stop in Mollepata for breakfast.
Around 9:30 AM we will start the road to Soraypampa, which will last approximately three hours. The first part of the trekking will take us through gorgeous valleys. We will eat lunch and after a short rest continue to the stunning Humantay lake. This is one of the most beautiful places in the Andes. From its waters, you can see how the glaciers are reflected, creating a sight to behold with this mirror effect.
We will return to our campsite in Soraypampa, where we will spend the night in a marvelous "crystal igloo" in the middle of the glacial valleys. From within the skydome you can see the sky and the stars with such clarity that it will seem like you're dreaming.

todayDAY 2 Saraypampa - Salkantay pass - Huayracmachay - Chaullay

Hiking distance: 22 km Initial elevation: 3,800 meters Highest elevation: 4,650 meters Elevation of the campsite: 2,750 meters Difficulty: challenging
Day two begins around 5:30 AM and after breakfast, we will start hiking to the highest point of the trek, the Salkantay Passage, at an altitude of 4,650 meters. From the top you will have amazing views of the valleys and the snow-capped peaks of the impressive Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo mountains.
Continuing on the route traveling five km downhill to Huayracmachay, where we will eat lunch. After our meal, we will access the most tropical area called "jungle eyebrow", also known as "cloud forest". At the end of this colorful hike, we will arrive to Chaullay, where we will have dinner and spend the night in a spectacular valley, sleeping in huts with tents inside.

todayDAY 3 Chaullay - La Playa - Lucmabamba

Hiking distance: 18 km Initial elevation: 2,750 meters Elevation of the campsite: 2,400 meters Difficulty: easy
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After breakfast, we'll walk to the small town of La Playa, crossing the Santa Teresa Valley. During the hike we will see a landscape composed of rivers, waterfalls, precious wild orchids and plantations of coffee, banana and avocado among other local crops. We will also see the town of Colpapampa, known as "the top of the cloud forest."
After a delicious meal in La Playa, we will walk for an hour until we reach our camp in Lucmabamba, where we will spend the night in the spectacular Jungles Domes. A very special smell will begin to engulf us - the incomparable aroma of freshly roasted coffee. Coffee is the main agricultural industry of this local population, so we couldn’t miss the opportunity to visit a coffee farm, as well as an avocado plantation. The flavors and smells of the jungle will be a part of your journey, making the experience even more authentic.

todayDAY 4 Lucmabamba / Llactapata - Hidroelectrica - Aguas calientes

Hiking distance: 18 km Initial elevation: 2,450 meters asl Camping elevation: 2,000 meters asl Difficulty: moderate to challenging
You will wake up with the first rays of the sun after having spent the night in the Jungle Domes, located in such unique surroundings. After breakfast we will begin a two hour ascent with impressive views of the Santa Teresa Valley, which will take us to the Llactapata Inca site from which we can also see Machu Picchu. You will get time to enjoy this special place, then continue our trek with a downhill hike that will take about two hours.
After lunch we will continue hiking to Intiwatana, an ancient rock used as a sundial in the Inca times. We will then continue on foot for another three hours, following the train line until we reach Aguas Calientes, a city from which we will visit Machu Picchu and stay in a family run inn.
Once in Aguas Calientes, you will have free time before dinner to rest or get to know the town and its market. At 7:00 PM we will all have dinner together at a local restaurant and coordinate with the Machu Picchu guide to prepare the morning visit. Tonight we will stay in our inn with private rooms and bathrooms.

todayDAY 5 Machu Picchu - Cusco

Since day five is one of the most magical moments of the tour, we will get up early enough to catch the sunrise in Machu Picchu. You can get up to Machu Picchu by foot, or take the bus for $12 USD. In the fortress we will have a guided tour of two hours in which we will discover the fascinating history of the place.
At the end of our visit, you can go down to Aguas Calientes by foot or by bus (for $12 USD) to take the train from there to Ollantaytambo (included). Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo, a private bus will be waiting for us to take us to our hotel in Cusco, at which we will arrive at approximately 8:00 PM.

What to bring to Salkantay Trek Premium Skydome

Keep in mind that Aguas Calientes is 1,000 meters lower than Cusco, and that the weather varies depending on the time of year (especially during rainy season). As it is a variable climate, we recommend bringing:
  • Passport and migration card (given by the Immigration Officer upon arrival)
  • Sleeping bag (-15°C)
  • Walking sticks
  • Medium trekking backpack (20 litres)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Thermal clothing
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat or cap
  • Hiking boots (waterproof if possible)
  • Poncho for the rain
  • Sneakers or sport shoes
  • Sandals / flip flops
  • Swimsuite
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Refillable water botle
  • Personal hygiene products and medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Snacks
  • Camera and charger
  • Pocket money in soles or USD

Where does the tour Salkantay Trek Premium Skydome start

Cuzco is the main tourist city of Peru and is very well connected. If your starting point is Lima you can get a bus (24 hours trip) or take a plane that has a route of one hour. The flight options vary between low cost airlines such as Peruvian Airlines, LCP or StarPeru, or other airlines such as Latam or Avianca. If you arrive from Arequipa, the bus trip is ten hours. If you decide to travel by plane, the only airline that offers direct flights is Latam. If you arrive from Puno the best option is to do it by bus, a journey of six and a half hours. We also offer a trip on a tourist bus that stops at the most important places on the route. The departure is at 7:00 am and you will arrive in Cusco at 5:30 pm.

Questions & Answers

What is the difference between Huayna Picchu and Montaña de Machu Picchu?
Both are optional visit zones located within the citadel of Machu Picchu. The main difference is that Huayna Picchu walk time is approximately an hour and a half. Due to many steps and the inclines, it is not suitable for people with vertigo. On the other hand, the Mountain of Machu Picchu is a route of approximately three and a half hours, the road is wider, and it has a more suitable walk with less incline. Keep in mind that when selecting the Machu Picchu mountain the duration of the visit is longer, you will have less time to explore Machu Picchu on your own, and the train back is later.

What is the Hidroeléctrica - Aguas Calientes train?
It is the train that runs the last stretch of the walk, a 9 km route that connects Hidroeléctrica with Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town). This section can be done walking or with the emblematic train that connects Aguas Calientes with the other towns.

What is the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)?
It is the bus that goes from Aguas Calientes to the citadel of Machu Picchu. It's a 20 minute trip. The time of the climb depends on the time of access to Machu Picchu. This is a way to avoid the long lines that were given in recent years. The route has a large slope, takes an hour and a half and can be done by walking.

What is the size of the group?
In order to enjoy this route better, groups are small, with a maximum of 12 people.

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