Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mt (Independence day weekend)

Karina Safari
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Jun 29 - Jul 8, 2018
Group size: 8 - 12
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mt (Independence day weekend)

Karina Safari
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20 reviews

Deposit: $600
Jun 29 - Jul 8, 2018
Group size: 8 - 12

About this trip


- Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu was rated in the list of the best hikes in the world by National Geographic traveller.  This epic trek includes a portion of the historic Inca Trail, but gives a unique opportunity to hike without crowds and enjoy the wilderness 

- This trek rewards you with stunning Andean landscapes, glaciers and lakes, cascades, wildlife and tropical cloud-forest. We will follow the Inca steps through the ancient archeological sites and pass vibrant local villages along the way! 

- We will admire the Lost City of Machu Picchu at Sunrise and have a plenty of time to explore the archeological site.  

- We are planning to visit the most significant Inca temples and ruins in Cusco and Sacred Valley

- Additional option: a day hike to astonishing natural wonder - RAINBOW MOUNTAIN. Away from the beaten path and hard to reach, Rainbow mountain was ranked by National geographic as one of the 100 unique places on Earth! 

- Travel in our small group up to 12 hiking fellows assisted by professional Peruvian team-leader and mountain guide, porters and professional chef.

- Our trip will be organized in the PREMIUM category, it means that we will be traveling as a PRIVATE GROUP without mixing up with others. We will have our personal reserved camping locations, with the best views and facilities. Our porters will carry our personal luggage and set up the campsites for us. We will have the best delicious food cooked from scratch by professional local chef.

Number of days: 8 days /7 nights (including Salkantay Trek 3d/2n)

Walking Distance: 47km (31miles)

Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging 

Elevation of Cusco (city of arrival): 3399m (11000")

Elevation at the trailhead start: 3400m (11000')

Highest elevation (Salkantay Pass): 4650m (15255')

Accommodation: 2 nights in tents, 5 nights in standard hotels

Assistance: Professional local team of mountain guide and porters

Meals: All included on trek (meals cooked by chef) / breakfasts in hotels

Who carries our camping gear:  Porters (your personal luggage up to 7kg/14lbs can be carried by porter as well).

What you carry: only your personal day-pack with essentials for the day hike (water, extra layer, sunscreen, snack, camera)


$600 non-refundable deposit for each traveler is required to lock your spot in a group

Trip price is based on double-sharing accommodations in hotels and camping tents

How we stand out from the others:


- We travel in a small group max 15 like-minded travelers

- When trekking, we stay overnight at the separate campgrounds, not together with many other groups. Our campsites are clean and away from noise, on the private lands of the locals. Secondly, we have private toilents. No need to wait in line with other hikers (public toilets are normally badly maintained and far away from campsites).

- Personal equipment to each trekker will be provided: duffel bag (for your luggage), rain poncho, air foam mattress, insulated pillow, and a daypack cover protection.

- Our tents are spacious, clean and of high quality. Eureka Timberline 4 person tents will be provided for 2 persons sharing

- Porters, in addition to camping gear can carry up to 7kg/14lbs of your  personal belongings (your duffel bag)

- Clean drinking water at each campsite will be provided at no additional fee

- Included 5 overnights in standard hotels in Cusco and Sacred Valley before and after the trek

- Included 2 full days of Guided tours in Cusco and in Sacred Valley with private transport

- Your train ticket and bus ride on the way back from Machu Picchu 

- All private airport transfers for our group on arrival/departure in Cusco

- Best local experience guaranteed. Best dining experience. Plenty of homemade hot food cooked every time from scratch by our chef. We don't use preserved or dry food.

What’s included

  • Trip arrangements
    Bookings, trip logistics, team management
  • Trekking permit
    Salkantay trek permit & camping fees
  • Admissions
    Machu Picchu entrance, shuttle rides
  • Professional assistance
    English-speaking mountain guide, porters, cook at the trek
  • Camping gear
    Personal dbl tents, Kitchen tent, all appliances, first-aid kit, oxygen tank
  • Personal trekking gear
    Provided: duffel bag, rain ponchos, insulated pillow & mat, daypack cover
  • Train tickets
    Expedition class: Hydroelectric station - Aguas Calientes, Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo
  • Private transport
    Private van for overland transportation, airport transfers
  • Private Guided tours
    Cusco, Sacred Valley of Incas, Machu Picchu
  • Lodging in hotels
    5 nights in standard hotels 3* dbl sharing
  • Meals
    Full board at the trek (BLD). Breakfasts at hotels
  • International flights
    Round trip from SFO starts from $400
  • Domestic flights
    Round trip Lima-Cusco-Lima ~$150-180
  • Meals not included
    7 lunches and dinners in the cities ~$250
  • Tips
    Optional. Suggested tip for trekking crew: $50-60 per traveler
  • Extra nights in hotels
    In case of early arrivals/late departures
  • Optional tours
    Rainbow Mt ($260)
  • Single supplement
    If you prefer a sgl room, add $270
  • Admissions not included
    $45-50 (other than Machu Picchu)
  • Travel insurance
    Obligatory. Starts at $50 for the whole trip

Available Packages

Early bird
Available until Dec 31, 2017Sold Out
Deposit: $600
Count me in!
Available until May 20, 2018Sold Out
Deposit: $600

Available options

Single accomodation supplement13 left
A day hike to the Rainbow Mt.only 2 left
Early arrival hotel stay (dbl)5 left
Domestic flights (LIM-CUZ-LIM)only 2 left
Lima city touronly 2 left


Arrival to Cusco
Day 1
Arrive at any time. You will be met at the airport by our local reps. Airport transfer to hotel, where you meet with other travelers of our group. Evening free for acclimatization walks in the city. Tonight we get together for our first dinner. Overnight in hotel at the altitude of (11200'/3400m)

Your Organizer

Karina Safari
20 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond


One of the best trips I had. Great company, very picturesque hikes and comfortable accommodations. Everything was organized perfectly with a good balance between hikes, sightseeing and free time. Karina took care of all the logistics, which made the trip very relaxing. We covered a lot of places in 12 days - more than it would be possible on my own. Highly recommended!
Amazing trip - great people, well-organized itinerary, and an opportunity to surround yourself with unbelievable nature all day, every day. A truly refreshing change of pace and surroundings. If you are hesitating about whether to sign up, nervous about traveling with people you don't know, doubting your level of physical preparedness, talk to Karina - and then do it! You won't regret it. This trip is a breath of air and an experience to remember for a lifetime.
It was an awesome trip!! Karina created the best agenda that allowed us to experience different places/things. The local crew/guide was professional and took care everything for us, and the food is better than expected. Karina stayed connected with us before and throughout the whole trip and responded quickly to our questions/concerns. Highly recommended!
This was a fantastic trip, with top-notch organization, carefully selected itineraries and a very professional local crew. The food was delicious and we enjoyed comfy accommodations as well. Karina is on every detail, so everything ran smoothly. Highly recommended!
We spent an excellent and adventurous two weeks with Karina in Patagonia this end of "summer". Karina created the perfect itinerary that allowed us to experience so many unique places there. It was a good mix of hiking and more relaxed days. We were hiking up and down the sides of mountains, walking on glacier (even had whiskey in the Ice Bar), had tour to visit penguin’s colony on Isla Magdalena, city tour, Tango Show and tango lesson. The trip was very robust in terms of activity level, and I would classify it (hiking part) as moderate/strenuous due to the long days of hiking. Five stars for Karina’s planning and organizational skills. I would definitely recommend this trip to my friends, and I look forward to new adventures with Karina.
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena Margulis on Sep 10, 2020
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory Lyakhovitskiy on Mar 14, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan Toibazarova on Jun 20, 2019