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

Salkantay Trek Premium Skydome

See the most starry night from a glass igloo

4 days
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$455
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Salkantay Trek Premium Skydome tour information

location_onCusco
timer 4 days
chat Spanish / English

Starts

4:00 AM at your accommodation in Cusco

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

Not included

  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Salkantay entrance (10 soles)*
  • Sleeping bag (rent for $20 USD)*
  • Hiking poles (rent for $20 USD)*
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 Monta√Īa 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 ‚Äď 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 four-day Salkantay route is considered the best alternative to the Inca trail. You will get to 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. The most impressive accommodation is the Skydome on the first day, and after that we will stay in campsites. During the whole trek, we will constantly be in contact with nature, enjoy our fellow travelers, and the 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 (Humantay Lake)

Hiking distance: 12 km Initial elevation: 3,350 meters Highest elevation: 4,600 meters Elevation of the campsite: 3,920 meters Difficulty: moderate
access_time4 : 00 AM
At 4:00 AM the group will be picked up 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.
access_time9 : 30 AM
Then we will start the road trip to Soraypampa, which will last approximately three hours.At the start of the trek you will see many gorgeous valleys. We will eat lunch and after a short rest and continue to the stunning Humantay lagoon. This is considered one of the most beautiful places in the Andes. From its waters, we can see how the glaciers are reflected, creating an indescribable sight with this mirror effect.
We will return to our campsite in Soraypampa, where we will spend the night in an enchanting "crystal igloo" in the middle of the glacial valleys. From within the sky-dome you can see the sky and the stars with such clarity that it will seem like you are dreaming.

todayDAY 2 Soraypampa - Salkantay Passage - Huayracmachay ‚Äď Chaullay

Hiking distance: 22 km Initial elevation: 3,800 meters Highest elevation: 4,615 meters Elevation of the campsite: 2,750 meters Difficulty: challenging
access_time5 : 30 AM
Day two will start with an early breakfast and then the group will start hiking to the highest point of the trek, the Salkantay Passage (4,615 meters). From the top you will see amazing views of the valleys and the snow-capped peaks that surrounds the impressive Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo mountains.
Continuing on the trek traveling 5 km downhill to Huayracmachay, where we will eat lunch. After our meal, you will get to see the most tropical area called "jungle eyebrow", also known as "cloud forest". Then you will walk 10 km through a magical semi-tropical forest. At the end of this colorful hike, you will arrive to Chaullay, where dinner will be served. The night is then spent in a spectacular valley, sleeping in huts with tents inside.

todayDAY 3 Chaullay - La Playa - Santa Teresa - Hidroeléctrica - Aguas Calientes

Hiking distance: 26 km Initial elevation: 2,750 meters Elevation of the campsite: 1,600 meters Difficulty: Easy
access_time6 : 00 AM
Day three begins with breakfast, then the group will start the walk towards the small town of La Playa, crossing the Santa Teresa Valley. During the hike you will get to see a different ecosystem composed of rivers, waterfalls, precious wild orchids. You will also get to see a plantations of coffee, banana and avocado among other local crops. After we will see the town of Colpapampa, known as "the top of the cloud forest."
After lunch there will be transportation to Hidroeléctrica, from where you will continue on foot for another three hours following the train line to Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes is the city from which Machu Picchu is visited, as well as where we will be staying 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 you will get to stay in an inn with private rooms and bathrooms.

todayDAY 4 Machu Picchu - Cusco

The last day you will get the experience one of the most magical moments of the tour - seeing how the clouds clear and the sun illuminates the fortress in Machu Picchu. You will have the choice of walking up to Machu Picchu in about an hour and a half, or take the bus for $12 USD. In the fortress there will be a guided tour of two hours in which you will be able to discover the fascinating history of the place that surrounds you.
At the end of your visit, you can go down to Aguas Calientes by foot or by bus (for $12 USD) to eat lunch on your own and take the train from there to Ollantaytambo in category Expedition (included). Upon your arrival in Ollantaytambo, the minibus will be waiting to bring you back to the hotel in Cusco, arriving at approximately 8:00 PM.

What to bring to Salkantay Trek Premium Skydome

Aguas Calientes is 1000 meters lower than Cuzco, and the weather varies depending on the time of year, especially during the rainy season. As it is a variable climate we recommend to take:
  • Passport and migration card (given by the Immigration Officer upon arrival)
  • Sleeping bag (-15¬įC)
  • 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.

Salkantay Trek Premium Skydome tour reviews with Howlanders

4.8
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5.0
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Melek · 11 de abril de 2019
Beautiful views and incredible crystal iglus. I admit that was a magical night in the middle of all snow mountains

Questions & Answers

What is the difference between Huayna Picchu and Monta√Īa 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 by walking or by way of 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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