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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 5 Days and 4 Nights

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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 5 Days and 4 Nights

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 5 Days and 4 Nights

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Hiking, Archaeology & Cultural
Max Altitude
Activity Level
Leisurely (Easy, gentle walk, stone steps)
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The 5-day hike of the Salkantay Trek, also called Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is the second most popular trek that connect the ancient capital of the Incas at Cusco to the World Wonder of Machu Picchu; an alternative route to the very-crowded classic Inca Trail. This 5-day Salkantay trek program combines the best of culture and nature. If you have a love for adventure and enjoying some of the best trekking adventure trail or route in the world, our Salkantay Trek 5 days is for you.

Embarking on our 5 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Tour, you’ll visit the stunning Humantay Lake, hiking through spectacular highlands of the Peruvian Andes. Next, trek the challenging trail up to Salkantay Pass (4600 m / 15,092 ft.) to enjoy the beautiful nature areas of the Andes with breathtaking scenery and the imposing snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Humantay, before heading down to the edge of the Peruvian jungle. In addition, visit the fascinating Inca archaeological site of Llactapata and get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu.

When you book our 5-day hike of the Salkantay Trek Machu Picchu, you will live and enjoy our hike differently than the conventional Salkantay Trek tour operators, our style is staying at proper tents away from the crowds to enjoy the nature much better and get the most out the itinerary of the Salkantay trek 5 days, following the Incas’ footsteps to Machu Picchu. Besides, during this trip, you’ll enjoy an amazing three nights camping under a starry sky!

Trip Details For Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike

  • Tour Location: The Peru Salkantay Trek is one of the most scenic hikes, located in the Vilcabamba range where snow-topped Mt Salkantay(6,271mt) towers above the head of the valley.
  • Trip Style: Active Hiking – Salkantay Trail Peru
  • Activities: Hiking, Camping, Archaeology & Cultural Adventures
  • Physical Grading: ★★★★☆ Moderate to strenuous, lengthy, high-altitude trek designed for experienced active travelers in excellent physical condition and healthy, and prepared for multiple hours of hiking adventure.
  • Group size: We require a minimum of 2 people to depart. We operate the 5-day Salkantay trek in small groups averaging 4 people with a maximum of 8! Price is per person, which is based on two people who might share a room/tent.
  • Need to book in Advance: Yes. We recommend that all of our customers make their reservations well in advance of their arrival date. Train tickets, entry tickets and good hotels are highly in demand and sell out early, especially during the high season or if you want to climb up Huayna Picchu Mountain. If you reserve early, then we can guarantee everything. For last minute reservations, we will do our best depending on what train tickets and hotels are available.

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Experience The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 5 Days by Camping!!!

After spending some time in the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, join us to enjoy an impressive Tour of the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 5 days, and explore one of National Geographic’s 25 “World’s Best Treks” and one of the most treasured for hikers the world over to reach Machu Picchu.

The tour of the Salkantay trek 5 days is not only envelop by the beautiful mountains, lakes, local villages and rarely visited Inca sites, but you will also see some wonderful destination that are on many travelers’ bucket list, such as Humantay lake and the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Book Online the Salkantay Trek 5 days to Machu Picchu and experience the best alternative trek to the Inca citadel and get once-in-a-lifetime adventure by taking this amazing trek, through mountains, scenery, and a wider variety of landscapes from rain forest to snowcapped peaks; and end the ultimate trip that with a visit the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

If that is not enough to get your blood pumping, after exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site, hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for a unique panoramic view over the fortress. Don’t miss out on our 5 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.

  • Hike and experience one of National Geographic’s 25 “World’s Best Treks” in the Peruvian Andes
  • Enjoy one of the very best trekking adventures you’ll find in Peru and South America
  • Witness the scenic views of Humantay and Salkantay glaciers on Salkantay trail, and incredible scenery like cascades, waterfalls, glaciers, mountains, colorful valleys, unique plants and wildlife
  • Hike in a high Andean realm through the different types of landscapes, such as highlands, grassy hills, Andean valleys, and cloud forests
  • Harvest, roast, prepare and enjoy your own organic coffee from local coffee farms on day 3
  • Trek through the original Inca Trail to the Llactapata ruins, where you will have a fantastic view of Machu Picchu from a different angle
  • Explore the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and the surrounding area with an expert and knowledgeable tour guide
  • Enjoy our friendly customer service and experienced guides during the 5-day Salkantay trek
  • Experience The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 5 Days by Camping, Feel the Nature Staying Away From Crowds

Itinerary At a Glance

  • DAY
    Cusco – Mollapata – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake – Salkantaypampa – Suyrococ

    Salkantay 5 day trek adventure begins at your hotel in Cusco and travel for 2h to Mollepata to enjoy breakfast. After breakfast, we keep driving for 1h to the trailhead at Soraypampa. Once there, we’ll start hiking up to visit the Humantay lake. Then, we’ll continue hiking in the direction of Salkantay Pampa to enjoy lunch. Following lunch, we’ll continue the afternoon with 2 ½ to 3 hours towards the campsite called Suyrococha, away from the crowd!

  • DAY
    Suyrococha – Salkantay Pass – Huayracmachay – Collpapampa

    Wake up with a cup of coffee or tea to help you with the altitude and enjoy breakfast while enjoying amazing views of the mountains, then hike up to Salkantay Pass (4,600 m/15,090 ft.). Once you are at the highest point of Salkantay enjoy a spectacular view of the Mountain Salkantay (6,264 m/20,500 ft.). Before beheading down through the cloud forest. Spend the night in Collpapampa

  • DAY
    Collpampa – Wiñaypocco – Lluscamayo – Lucmabamba

    Wake up in your tent and breakfast; then enjoy the day hiking through the lush jungle. Along this trail we will pass a beautiful waterfall and several streams; and visiting an organic coffee farm in Lucmabamba

  • DAY
    Lucmabamba – Llactapata Inca Ruins – Aguas Calientes

    After breakfast, hike up to the Inca archaeological site of Llactapata in the morning to see Machu Picchu for the first time before making your downhill to Hidroelectrica for brunch. After lunch, board the train to Aguas Calientes town. We spend the night in a Hotel, La Cabaña or similar.

  • DAY
    Aguas Calientes – Inca ruins of Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusc

    After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll take the early bus up to Machu Picchu for the sunrise; today is the big day! First, visit the Sungate or Inca Bridge, and then spend the morning exploring Machu Picchu with your guide before coming back to Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon, take the train to Ollantaytambo and our private transport back to your hotel in Cusco.

Full Itinerary of the Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu

Pre-trek briefing: We’ll meet you at your hotel lobby in Cusco the night before the “Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu” to go over the itinerary and you’ll able to take this opportunity to ask final questions and make any final preparations. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trek begins. In case you can´t at this time “please let us know” to coordinate another t

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake – Salkantaypampa – Suyrococha

Pre-trek briefing: We’ll meet you at your hotel lobby in Cusco the night before the “Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu” to go over the itinerary and you’ll able to take this opportunity to ask final questions and make any final preparations. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trek begins. In case you can´t at this time “please let us know” to coordinate another time.

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake – Salkantaypampa – Suyrococha

You’ll be up nice and early today to begin this Classic Salkantay Trek 5 Days Adventure to Machu Picchu! After picking you up at 4am from your hotel in Cusco in our private vehicle, we’ll travel in our comfy transportation with blankets to enjoy a bit more sleep on a drive. Along the way, we’ll pass through two picturesque indigenous villages called Iscuchaca and Limatambo. In addition, we’ll have spectacular views of stunning valleys and the snow-capped, famous Salkantay Mountain.

After 2 hours, we’ll stop in Mollepata for about 30 minutes to enjoy breakfast at one of the local restaurants. Following brefakfast, we’ll keep driving for about another hour until we reach Soraypampa (3930m / 12,894 ft), the trailhead for the Salkantay trek, and where we will meet our muleteers.

Upon our arrival in Soraypampa, we’ll enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountain glaciers of Humantay (19,356 feet) and Salkantay (20,396 feet). We’ll then take a detour from the normal Salkantay trail and hike up to visit the stunning turquoise Humantay Lake (4200m / 13,780 ft). It’s a beautiful, crystal blue glacial lake, located at the skirt of the snow-capped mountain of Humantay and surrounded by incredible mountain vistas.

The hike to Humantay Lake from Soraypampa is about 3 hours, round trip and covers 3 km/1.86 miles. It not far but you need to take thing slowly at this altitude. We start by hiking upwards for about an hour and 45 min until we reach the lake (considered one of the top instagrammable spots in Peru!). The panorama that unfolds before our eyes is stunning and certainly is one of the highlights of the first day of our Salkantay trek itinerary. After feasting our eyes and taking those Insta-worthy photos, we head back down a little over an hour to Soraypampa.

Next, we’ll ascend to Salkantay Pampa for about one and a half hours, where we’ll have a great lunch in front of the majestic glacier. Following lunch, we will start climbing for another 2.5-3 hours switchback up the mountain along the banks of the stream and the highland valley until our first camp, called Soyrucocha, located at a glacial moraine with a small lake at an altitude of (4,450 m / 14,596 ft), where we will camp for the night. Get ready for more spectacular views as we set up our tents at the foot of Cusco’s second-highest mountain, the impressive snowy Apu Salkantay (6270m / 20,571 ft).

Later on, we will have our tea time which consists of having biscuits, popcorn, hot chocolate, milk, coffee, variety of tea, and right shortly after we will have our dinner, after that you will have a refreshing briefing for the second day, we will go to our tents for a nice dream. All meals included, except breakfast.

  • Walking Distance: 11 km/ 6.83 miles
  • Total Walking Time: 6 hours approx
  • Minimum Altitude: 3930 masl/12,894 fasl
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,450 masl/14,596 fasl
  • Physical Grading: Moderate to challenging
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Meals included: Lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner
Enjoy the scenic views of Salkantay Mountain on Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike
Enjoy the scenic views of Salkantay Mountain on Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike

Day 2: Soyroccocha – Salkantay Pass – Huayracmachay – Collpapampa

On the second day of Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, we’ll wake you up with a steaming cup of coca tea to get you going! Then, we’ll enjoy a nourishing breakfast while enjoying the spectacular view of Sunrise at Salkantay Mountain and awesome views around us before heading off on our trek for 1.5 hours to the height point of the route; the Salkantay Pass. Along the way, we’ll have a chance to spot vizcachas, the elusive Andean chinchilla that likes to jump and scurry among the rocks.

Once we reach Salkantay pass, the highest point on our trip (4,630 masl/ 15,190fasl). We’ll appreciate the most magnificent views of the of the massive snow-capped mountains over the surrounding valleys as well as Salkantay Mountain sitting right next to you (6,271 masl/20,574fasl), the second highest mountain in the Cusco region and one of the Apus (Inca Gods). We will also be able to see Humantay (5,850masl/ 19,192fasl), and Pumasillo (5850m) opposite you, a mountain that, interestingly, can be seen from a different angle from Machu Picchu. After you’ve taken in the views and enjoyed a rest, we’ll start walk downhill for about 2.5-3 hours towards Huayracmachay (3,850 masl/ 12,631 fasl) and stop for the lunch; the downhill is long and steady with stunning views.

The trail from Salkantay pass is rocky and gravely and we can get some wonderful views in to the valley below. After lunch, we leave the crowds behind and we’ll continue walking until we enter a small valley where we can appreciate the contrast of sceneries and we will also be able to see vegetation and notice the change of temperature. We’ll also enjoy a magical tropical forest and witness how quickly and dramatically the landscape change from the Andes to the lush high jungle. As we keep going down, we’ll spot colorful scenery, unique wildlife, native plants and flowers, some orchids, and birds such as hummingbird so on.

Once we arrive at our second camp, called Collpapampa (2870m /9,416ft), Peru Spirit Adventure staff will welcome you to your camp and show you to your tent so you can rest, where we are likely to be the only ones spending the night. Then, we’ll have our tea time, dinner, and rest. All meals included

  • Walking Distance: 18 km/ 11.18 miles
  • Total Walking Time: 8-9 hours
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,870 masl/9,416 fasl
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,630 masl/15,190 fasl
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner

Day 3: Collpapampa – Wiñaypocco – Lluscamayo – Lucmabamba

After a rejuvenating night’s sleep and a nourishing breakfast cooked by Peru Spirit Adventure’s local chef, we’ll start the shortest but most exciting day of our Salkantay adventure. The first leg is a 20 min walk along a road before meeting up with the trail. From there we continue walking through the Santa Teresa Valley, descending to the ceja de selva, literally, the “eyebrows of the jungle”, enjoying incredible view of the river Alto Salkantay and lush landscapes as we go.

During our trekking route to Machu Picchu, we’ll enjoy a more leisurely walk with more downs than ups as we soak in the incredible variety of wildlife from birds, insects, and butterflies to orchids and bromeliads, as well as diverse flora and fauna manifest in absolute abundance. As we’ll continue our slow, easy descent for about 5 hours to La Playa Sahuayaco (2,100 masl/6,890 fasl), the landscape will change before our very eyes, with the eyebrow of the Amazon giving way to fruit trees, avocados, bananas and coffee plants.

In La Playa, we’ll have a tasty lunch. After lunch and a well-deserved rest, we’ll continue our trek for about 1 hour to the next campsite, called Lucmabamba (2,000 masl/6,562 fasl) – a great campsite to get away from the crowds, which is our last campsite and also the beginning of the Inca Trail to Llactapata Inca ruins.

In the afternoon at Lucmabamba, we’ll have a chance to explore to the coffee and fruit crops right next to the camp. During this visit, we’ll learn about different types of beans, the production of organic coffee, and the development of each sort of coffee, which is increasingly popular around the world. After this, we’ll be immersed ourselves in the coffee production process, from harvesting the coffee beans then to make the process of peeling and roasting, and grinding them, in a hands-on coffee-making experience. Later we’ll enjoy the fruits of our own labor and enjoy some freshly-brewed coffee! Later on, we’ll have a delicious afternoon tea and dinner. All meals included.

  • Walking Distance: 15 km/ 9.32 miles
  • Total Walking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,040 masl/ 6,693 fasl
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,870 masl / 9,416 fasl
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner
Go off the beaten path to explore for 5 days the beautiful waterfalls, rivers, and more new flora and fauna of Salkantay trek
Go off the beaten path to explore for 5 days the beautiful waterfalls, rivers, and more new flora and fauna of Salkantay trek

Day 4: Lucmabamba – Llactapata Inca ruins – Aguas Calientes

This morning of our Salkantay trek in Peru, your Peru Spirit Adventure trekking team will wake you up early to get ready for the day’s activity and then enjoy your last breakfast prepared by your local trekking chef. This morning we’ll be able to walk along a bit of the original world-famous Inca Trail! After a 3 hours uphill climb through the jungle and fascinating views over the Santa Teresa Valley, we’ll descending to the interesting but largely covered ruins of Llactapacta (2,700 masl/8,858 fasl), an Inca archaeological site right in front of Machu Picchu.

Llactapata is the first Inca site, we’ll see on this Salkantay trekking route to Machu Picchu, and we’ll learn all about the mysteries of the ancient culture and the extraordinary site. From Llactapata, we’ll have our first exciting glance of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, nestled in the saddle of the mountain opposite us. It’s a breathtaking view and an odd sensation to see such an important Inca site from a remote mountain top. Your guide also will fill you in on all the history of the Incas while you take all the photos you want to share your fantastic experiences with friends and family back home.

After enjoying the gorgeous scenery around and learning how was Llactapata ruins were originally discovered by Hiram Bingham at the same time that he re-discovered Machu Picchu. We’ll walk downhill for 2.5 hours to the impressive Machu Picchu Hydroelectric Station (1840m / 6037 ft) where we will have our lunch made by our chef. We will then take the train to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes) for about 1 hour, once we arrive we will go to the hotel to make the check in.

Afterward, at 7:00 pm, we’ll enjoy a celebratory dinner with your group at one of the restaurants (this dinner is not included) right after the dinner you will have a detailed briefing and recommendations for the next day, eventually we’ll return to your standard Aguas Calientes hotel to rest. All meals included, except the last supper.

  • Walking Distance: 11 km/ 6.83 miles
  • Total Walking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,040 masl/ 6,693 fasl
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,815 masl / 9,236 fasl
  • Accommodation: Hotel Cabaña or a similar hotel
  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Inca ruins of Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Today’s the day you’ve been waiting for since you first set foot on the 5 day Salkantay trek! To get the most out of the day we encourage you to have an early breakfast at your hotel before catching one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu (starting at 5:30 am) – the early visit allows you to get ahead of the crowds!

After driving for 25 minutes to the Inca citadel, we’re finally going to visit one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu! Once in Machu Picchu your guide will take you directly to the best place to watch the sunrise and take photographs. After the photography session, you’ll enjoy a 2 hour guided tour of this incredible ancient site learning more about the history and culture of the Inca Empire while exploring temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields.

During this visit, you’ll be blown away by the Inca’s engineering ingenuity, which was away ahead of its time and still a mystery in many ways today. They didn’t have the tools we use today, but yet they were still able to construct and organize their community on the side of a mountain and even create a water system with aqueducts and canals.

Once you finish the guided tour at Machu Picchu, you’ll have some time to yourself to enjoy the site as you please and wander around. Whether you have booked a climb to Huayna Picchu (2,720 masl/8,924 fasl) or Machu Picchu Mountain (3,000 masl/9843 fasl), you will climb up the mountain after or before the tour (tickets must be booked in advance), Huayna Picchu climb takes no more than 2 hours round-trip, and Machu Picchu Mountain hike takes around 3 hours, up and down, your guide will show you where to begin this hike. There’s also the option of the Sun Gate (2,729 masl/8924 fasl) or Inca Bridge alternatively, you can explore other areas further or enjoy a very well-deserved rest looking out over one of the best views in the world.

After visiting Machu Picchu, you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, we recommend heading back to Aguas Calientes for a spot of lunch no later than two hours before boarding your train. In the afternoon, we’ll return to Cusco by the Expedition (tourist class) train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, where our driver will meet us and transfer you directly back to your hotel in Cusco. Total travel time is about 4 hours from Aguas Calientes to Cusco. Meals not included, except breakfast which is included at hotel.

  • Pre-Trek briefing the night before the trek to go over the itinerary and answer any questions
  • Highly trained, professional, English-speaking tour guide
  • Pick up from your hotel on the morning of the trek departure
  • Private transport to the starting point of the Salkantay trek
  • Duffle bag up to 8kl/17.6lbs for your stuff carried by horses
  • Entrance ticket to the Salkantay trail
  • High quality camping equipment (03 people tent for 02 people)
  • One-inch-thick foam mattress sleeping pad to put under your sleeping bag
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (4B, 4L, 3D, tea time every afternoon)
  • Dietary needs: able to cater to any dietary preference/need
  • Toilet tent for our group only
  • Dining tent with tables and stools
  • Cook, kitchen tent and cooking equipment
  • Horsemen and horses (to carry tents/food/cooking equipment)
  • Hot water every morning/evening for hand washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill water bottles every morning/afternoon
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Train ticket from Hidroelectrica to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes)
  • 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
  • Round-trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back
  • One entrance fee to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex (First entrance time: 6am to 10am)
  • Private guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Private transport back to your hotel in Cusco on the last day

  • Flights
  • Hotel before/after the trek
  • Breakfast on day 1, lunch and dinner on day 5
  • Sleeping bags and walking poles (poles must have intact rubber bottoms)
  • Entrance to hot springs
  • Extra hikes within Machu Picchu: Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain – please note if you choose this option we cannot guarantee a spot will be available. We recommend booking well in advance for these hikes.
  • Extra time slot in Machu Picchu (in 2019 the government split the entrance ticket into three time slots. We include the first one 6-10am)
  • Items of a personal nature and souvenirs
  • Travel interruption & travel medical/evacuation insurance (required)
  • Tip for your guide(s) and trek staff are optional but highly encouraged if you enjoy your trek

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • Travel insurance (and some copies)
  • Sleeping bag (the recommendation is a rating of at least minus 10°c.)
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Hiking boots (waterproof). Sneakers are acceptable but expect to get wet
  • Long-sleeved shirts to prevent sunburn
  • Trekking poles with rubber covers. Without rubber covers, they will be of limited use
  • Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime
  • Toilet paper, and face tissue paper
  • Headlamp
  • Water bottle or canteen
  • American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash
  • Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime
  • Hiking trousers
  • Hiking socks
  • Sunblock and sunglasses
  • Deep or mosquito repellent
  • Day Pack: We provide a duffle bag, to put in some personal belonging that will no use during the day, and it will be carried by pack horses, and you will need a small daypack for carrying your water, snacks, camera, rain gear, and layers, sunscreen and bug spray, meds every day. Note: Maximum allowed in Machu Picchu is 25 liters, but the smaller the better.
  • Rain gear: (you need to have a rain gear. From April- Oct is dry season and from Nov-Mar is the wet season. Just keep in mind that it can rain any time of the year in the cloud forest and in the Peruvian Andes the weather is very changeable and unpredictable, it’s also good to have rain pants, as well, as a poncho will not suffice)
  • Personal first-aid kit: We recommend you bring
    anti-inflammatory tablets (ibuprofen), aspirin for headaches or muscle pain and blister kit.). Also, some recommendations meds of the doctor for parasites and stomach bacterial infections (tablets like Ciprofloxacin for bacteria and Metronidazole, Tinidazole) and for high altitude (altitude sickness) Diamox and Ciprofloxacin.

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    Thank you for booking and/or traveling on a Peru Spirit Adventure tour with Peru Spirit Adventure. We are 100% local Cusqueñan company and legally recognized by Peruvian law. These Terms and Conditions apply to any travel products and/or services purchased from Peru Spirit Adventure. A contract is entered into once PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE receives your booking form and deposit, and we accept and confirm the booking. Please note that travel arrangements are not confirmed until stated so in writing by PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE. All Peru Spirit Adventure based treks and tours are operated by Peru Spirit Adventure.


    To reserve any of our tours and treks services, the customer must submit his or her personal information and a deposit. The personal information we require is the following: Full name (as appears on passport), Date of Birth, Nationality, Gender, and Passport number.

    • A picture of their passport photo page. A camera phone picture or similar is acceptable.

    Once the customer confirms their reservation, we will send an email within 24 hours with a confirmation of their tour or trek and the deposit amount and also, details of the services included and not included in the service price. Once we send this information to the customer, if we do not receive any response from the customer it will be assumed by the company that the customer has accepted all terms and conditions. We provide a full pre-tour briefing at your hotel in Cusco. This gives the customer the chance to ask any questions they may have about the tour or trek itinerary.— ABOUT THE BRIEFING: The night before your tour or trek, there will be a pre-tour talk (briefing) at your hotel in Cusco at either 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm. (exact time will be confirmed by email). Once you receive your briefing time, if we do not hear back we will assume it is confirmed by you. Please take this into consideration when booking your travel plans to Cusco, ensuring you arrive in time for the briefing. If your tour or trek begins on a Monday then the briefing will be scheduled for the Saturday before.

    • Please note that it is difficult to change the briefing time and date at short notice. Therefore, if we receive a request for a briefing change less than 48 hours prior to the scheduled briefing, we most likely will not be able to change the briefing time or date. We will, however, do everything we can to change to try and accommodate the schedule change.


    We use PayPal for sending deposits, that way you can use your credit card. There is a 6% fee for deposits using PayPal (for the international transfer). We also use Western Union for sending deposits, Deposits through Western Union have variable fees. The deposit amount depends on the type of itinerary you will book, as follows;

    • For all trek and multi-day tours, we require a deposit of $250 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
    • For the Rainbow Mountain tours & hikes we require a deposit of $100 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
    • For the Humantay Lake Day Trip, we require a deposit of $100 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
    • For the Sacred Valley Tours & Trips, we require a deposit of $100 USD (for the group) — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
    • For the Cusco Half Day Tours, we require a deposit of $50 USD (for the group) — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
    • For large groups, we accept wire transfer for deposits and final balances due. If you would like more information about the wire transfer option, please email us at

    FINAL PAYMENTS: We accept cash and PayPal for final payments. A client may not depart for the tour or trek until payment in full is received, either in cash or by PayPal.

    • Cash payments are due the day before tour or trek departure and can be paid at the pre-tour or trek briefing. We accept US dollars and Peruvian soles for cash payments. If you will pay in US dollars. Take note. The Peruvian banks are extremely strict about the “quality” of dollars they will accept. Therefore, we have to request that your bills are what they call “unbroken”. Broken bills will not be accepted. Broken means — any tear (even as small as 3 mm) or excessive wrinkling
    • PayPal payments are due one week before the tour or trek departure. a) There is an 8% fee on balance due payments using PayPal. b) If the balance via PayPal is not paid by 3 days prior to trek departure, the PayPal fee will be 10%. Our PayPal email is:
    • All banking fees will be covered by the client



    • Notification of cancellation must always be made in writing by the person that made the booking and paid the deposit to


    • Your deposit for the tours and treks are 100% non-refundable. If you need to cancel for any reason, as you approach your tour start date, there may be additional cost due. There are no exceptions due to the fact, that PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE expends a great deal of expense purchasing permits, entrance tickets, and making deposits for reservations or services, most of which are non-changeable, non-transferable, and non-refundable by government regulation. We also do not accept medical notes of any kind, as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us.


    • Cancellations made 30 days in advance have no charge (with the exception of the non-refundable deposit) with the following exception:
    • Inca Trail treks
    • In the case of cancellation, the customer will not receive a refund of their deposit
    • If the customer cancels between 30 and 10 days before their trek, they must pay 50% of the total trip cost.
    • If the customer cancels between 10 and 3 days before their trek, they must pay 80% of the total cost.
    • If the customer cancels 2 days or less before their trek, they must pay 100% of the total cost.
    • In the exceptional case that a customer decides to leave once they have started the trek, no refund will be given. The customer must also pay any additional expenses they incur such as food, lodging, and transportation. On the last day, the customer will be able to rejoin the group and participate in the Machu Picchu tour.
    • If after the tour has started a client cannot participate in the trek or tour (due to sickness, physical problems, etc.) no refund will be given. The customer must also pay any additional costs they incur for transportation, lodging, and food. On the last day, the tourist will be able to rejoin the group and participate in the Machu Picchu tour.
    • In the case of natural disaster that prevents a service being completed, the customer will receive a 50% refund.
    • In the case of a natural disaster that requires a change in the trek route, but the trek is still completed, there will be no refund.
    • In the very unlikely circumstance that your service is not completed due to a fault of Peru Spirit Adventure, you will receive a full refund (including your deposit).


    • PERMITS: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not Peru Spirit Adventure (or any agency).
    • In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Peru Spirit Adventure will replace your trek with an alternative trek.
    • Those who booked PERMITS with a Student ID must bring that ID with them on the trek. If they fail to show this card to the Park Rangers, they will not be allowed entry onto the trail.


    • Please note that for the Inca Trail, permits are not-changeable, not-transferable, and not-refundable. Dates can never be changed by government policy.

    With the exception of the Inca Trail treks, we are generally able to change a trek date.

    • To change the date of your non-Inca Trail trek, there is a fee of US $75 per person if the change occurs more than 30 days prior to trek departure.
    • If the change occurs 21 to 30 days prior to trek departure, the fee is US $100 per person.
    • If the change occurs 10 to 20 days before trek departure, the fee is US $150 per person.
    • Changes less than 10 days prior to trek departure will have varying fees, which can be discussed at the time the change is being made.
    • Changes made must be to another group trek for a minimum of 2 individuals. If a single traveler needs to change dates, and there is not an existing option for that date, the change will not be possible.


    • We highly recommend travel insurance for all of our customers.
    • Coverage should include baggage loss, accident, emergency air rescue and trip cancellation. Trip cancellation insurance should reimburse you for non-recoverable air or land expenses should you cancel your trip due to personal or family illness, as well as covering any medical or emergency evacuation expenses if you become ill during your trip.
    • In the case of illness or injury on one of our treks or tours, we are trained to provide emergency first aid and arrange transportation to a proper medical facility. However, we are not responsible for the cost of those transportation services or the cost of medical care.


    • Once you book your tour, we send your information immediately to “Machu Picchu Park” in order for permits to be issued as soon as possible.
    • You will need to bring your actual passport for all services. A photocopy will not be accepted.
    • The information we will to Machu Picchu Park includes your full name, passport number, nationality, gender, and age. That information cannot be modified.
      • The only exception is in the case of a changed passport number due to renewal.
        • If your passport number changes between reserving your spot and the start of your trek, you will need to bring your old as well as your new passport to the start of the Trek.
      • If any of the information on your passport does not match the information we were previously provided, you won’t be able to start the trek.
    • If you arrive in Cusco and did not advise us that you have a new passport number, and that your information has changed, Peru Spirit Adventure will not be held responsible. In this situation it will be the responsibility of the customer to pay the extra expense of returning to Cusco or Machu Picchu (transportation, food and other expenses).

    TRAVEL IN PERU: Peru Spirit Adventure operates in regions, where standards of accommodation can vary. Transportation and other services might not be like those you would normally have back home. However, we strive with all due care and skill, to provide the best service for our clients. Traveling in Peru requires flexibility, patience, broad-mindedness, good humor and an understanding that changes may be made without notice due to circumstances or occurrences beyond our control. For example: a strike, protest, landslide, bad weather, etc. (Force Majeure). By booking any of our tours & treks, you agree to allow Peru Spirit Adventure to make necessary changes without liability.


    Force Majeure is any event that PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE cannot with all due care foresee, control or avoid. This covers events such as war or threat of war, riot, civil strike, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, fire or all similar events beyond our control. In this case, PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE will not accept liability and reserves the right to change, postpone or even cancel trips. (This is a last option, of course!)


    By booking any of our adventure trips (Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Lares, Salkantay, Ausangate, Choquequirao, Rainbow Mountain trek and more) you assume the risks associated with personal accidents, medical emergencies, air travel problems etc. For these treks, PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE Agency accepts no responsibility.


    • You must advise Peru Spirit Adventure of any medical problems or allergies you may have. You need to be in good physical health, and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70 years old, then you will need to present us with a current good health medical certificate.
    • You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the services of the guide or tour, please advise the guide in that moment, so that he can resolve any problems.
    • All balances need to be paid in either cash or PayPal (see “FINAL PAYMENTS” section above).
    • In order to receive a student discount, you must send your valid University ID to Peru Spirit Adventure at the time of booking. ID must have your name, photo and valid expiration date. Any card without an expiration date will not be accepted. You will then be required to bring your student card with you on the trek – they will not allow you to pass through the checkpoint without this original card.
    • You will be required to show the original passport (not a copy) that you booked with, at the checkpoint to enter the Inca Trail. If you originally booked with an old passport and then renewed your passport, you must also bring your expired passport along with your new, valid passport to permit entry or they will refuse your entrance to the trail.
    • Cancellations: Your deposit is 100% non-refundable. If you need to cancel for any reason, as you approach your tour start date, there may be additional cost due. There are absolutely no exceptions (we do not accept medical notes of any kind) as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us (see “CANCELLATION FEES” section above).
    • PERMITS: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE (or any agency).
    • All Adventure Treks include transportation to Cusco. The return train route depends on train availability.
    • If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter airlifts and medical assistance are at the expense of the trekker. If you are unable to complete the tour due to illness, we will assist you in meeting your group at Machu Picchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund of the original payment.
    • PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE will take all reasonable care in providing to our clients avoidance of accident, illness, and loss of personal property, and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. Peru Spirit Adventure cannot, however, be responsible for any action of third parties. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
    • PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE does not take responsibility for unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal ítems, etc. It is the client’s responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
    • In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Peru Spirit Adventure will replace your trek with an alternative trek.


    • We strongly suggest spending time at high altitude (above 3000 meters / 9842 feet)- in Cusco or another high altitude area for a minimum of 2- 4 days before undertaking your trip. This is in order to minimize the possible effects of altitude sickness. By drinking plenty of fluids, adding sugar to your drinks, eating food high in carbohydrates, avoiding cigarettes, alcohol, and drinking coca tea (ancient traditional leaf) will help your body acclimatize.
    • We recommend you arrive in Cusco 48 hours or more before trek departure because occasionally we need to leave earlier than scheduled in case of strikes or other events out of our control (see ‘Force Majeure’ section below)


    You accept and grant to Peru Spirit Adventure – Tour Operator the right to use your images, photos, and videos that show or describe during your participation in any tour, trekking or adventure, in any advertising of any type, without payment of any additional consideration.

    Thanks again for choosing us and we look forward to seeing you in Cusco!

    Peru Spirit Adventure Team!

    Peru Spirit Adventure

    Who is Peru Spirit Adventure? We are a small tour operator company owned by a local Peruvian experts with more than 10 years of experience as a guide. Our office is based in Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes and is located near the central square, Plaza del Armas. Our team is made up of knowledgeable and passionate tour guides from Cusco and Andes with many years of experience Read more



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