Salkantay trek sky domes: A Luxurious Journey to Machu Picchu

Sky Domes Salkantay Trek

Welcome to the ultimate adventure for travelers seeking both comfort and awe-inspiring natural beauty. The Salkantay Trek Sky Domes, a 4-day journey, offers an exceptional alternative to the classic Salkantay route. This tour not only promises the thrill of exploring the Incan marvel of Machu Picchu but also adds a touch of luxury with overnight stays in the Sky Camp of Soraypampa and charming wooden cabins in Chaullay.

Itinerary Overview

Day 1: Cuzco to Soraypampa

  • Departure: 4:00 AM from your accommodation in Cuzco
  • Return: Between 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM to central Cuzco
  • Highlights:
    • Breathtaking landscapes of Salkantay and Humantay mountains
    • Breakfast stop in Mollepata
    • Trek to Soraypampa and visit to the stunning Laguna Humantay
    • Overnight at the Sky Camp of Soraypampa
Sky domes at Salkantay Trek

Day 2: Soraypampa to Chaullay

  • Distance: 22 km
  • Altitude Range: 3900 m to 4600 m
  • Highlights:
    • Ascend to the highest point of the trek: Paso Salkantay
    • Spectacular views of Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay, and Pumasillo peaks
    • Descent to Huayracmachay and a walk through the enchanting cloud forest
    • Overnight in charming Andean cabins in Chaullay

Day 3: Chaullay to Aguas Calientes

  • Distance: 27 km
  • Altitude: 2900 m
  • Highlights:
    • Explore the diverse ecosystem of the Valle Santa Teresa
    • Pass through Colpapampa, the “peak of the cloud forest”
    • Reach Hidroeléctrica and continue to Aguas Calientes

Day 4: Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and Return to Cuzco

  • Highlights:
    • Witness the magical clearing of clouds over Machu Picchu
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu and free exploration time
    • Option to hike or take a bus down to Aguas Calientes
    • Return to Cuzco by train and minibus

What’s Included

  • Machu Picchu entry
  • Accommodation in Sky Dome at Soraypampa, Andean cabins in Chaullay, and a private room with private bathroom in Aguas Calientes
  • Briefing prior to the tour
  • Expert guides
  • Mule-supported luggage (up to 7 kg)
  • Meals provided by an experienced chef
  • Snacks and infusions
  • First aid kit
  • Private transportation from Cuzco to Mollepata (Day 1) and from Ollantaytambo to Cuzco (Day 4)
  • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Day 4)
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cuzco (Day 4)

Not Included

  • Food in Aguas Calientes on Day 4
  • Salkantay entrance fee (10 soles)

Important Information

  • As of 2021, Peru’s Ministry of Culture requires visitors to Machu Picchu to follow specific one-way routes. Four circuits were established to regulate traffic and protect the archaeological site.

Additional Entry Options

  • For an extended visit and access to additional areas (Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain, or Huchuy Picchu Mountain), it is essential to add the corresponding complete entry to your reservation.

Recommendations

  • It is highly recommended to include the additional entry to fully experience Machu Picchu.
  • Visiting two additional areas on the same day is not possible due to time constraints.
  • Machu Picchu entry availability is limited; booking two to three months in advance, especially during peak seasons, is advised.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation at least 7 days before the trip’s start date: 10% refund.
  • Cancellation after this period or in case of a no-show: No refunds will be issued.

Packing List

  • Passport and immigration card
  • Sleeping bag (-15º)
  • Walking sticks
  • Medium-sized trekking backpack (approx. 20 liters)
  • Long-sleeved shirts (one for each day)
  • Waterproof long pants
  • Hiking pants
  • Thermal clothing
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat or cap
  • Mountain boots (if possible, waterproof)
  • Comfortable camp shoes
  • Raincoat/waterproof poncho
  • Sandals
  • Swimwear and towel (for hot springs)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Snacks: energy bars, dried fruits
  • Medication for altitude sickness (if deemed necessary)
  • Pocket money (soles or dollars)
  • Camera and charger

Starting Point

The tour includes pickup from your accommodation in Cuzco. If you’re traveling from Lima to Cuzco, you can either take a bus (24-hour journey) or a one-hour flight. Similar options are available from Arequipa, Puno, and Iquitos.

For any further inquiries or to learn more about entry options and circuits available in Machu Picchu, feel free to contact us.

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