Trek Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu & Humantay Lagoon 4 Days 3 Nights

Trek Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu & Humantay Lagoon
4 Days / 3 Nights


Salkantay Trail Trek 4 Day – Alternative Hike to Machu Picchu
Tour Type: Trekking/hiking, cultural, adventurous
Good For: Those in moderate shape or better
Difficulty: Challenging due to elevation
Considerations: This Salkantay Trail trek follows a different route than our Classic Salkantay 5 Day trek. The campsite on the first night is near Salkantay. On the third day, we will hike the first day of the Classic Inca Trail.
Tour Price
4 Days / 3 Nights
Trek Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu & Humantay Lagoon

Price from $ 615 USD Per Person

Reduced group sizes to 8 max.
Normal times 16 max

Trip Details


Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA – HUMANTAY LAGOON – SALKANTAY PAMPA – ICHUPATA

    To begin your Salkantay Trail trek to Machu Picchu, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco between 4:00 am to 4.30 am in our private transportation before embarking on a 3.5-hour car drive to the trailhead at Soraypampa (3800 m.a.s.l). Once in Soraypampa, you will enjoy your first breakfast along with your trekking group´s chef, guides, and support team. You will also meet your group´s muleteers and give your duffle bags to them.

    After breakfast, you will begin your Salkantay Trail trekking adventure to Machu Picchu by hiking up to Humantay Lagoon. This hike will be approximately 1.5 hours and will take you to the skirts of Humantay Mountain, where the beautiful, crystalline-blue waters of the Humantay Lagoon lay. After breathing in the beauty of such a magical place, you will begin making your way back down to the starting point to continue with your hike to the lunch spot. This hike will be approximately 2 hours of gradual ascent until reaching Salkantay pampa (4,000 m.a.s.l) – with an estimated arrival time of 1 p.m. Salkantay pampa is close to Salkantay glacier and has some incredible views of the Mountain.

    After lunch and a well-deserved break, you will take continue along gradually ascending terrain for approximately 3 hours until the campsite at Ichupata (4,400 m.a.s.l ). This Salkantay Trail campsite will have you closer to Salkantay Mountain and will make your overnight stay memorable under the stars.

    Walking distance: 14km
    Trail head elevation: 3,800 m.a.s.l.
    Camp site elevation: 4,400 m.a.s.l.
    Weather: Cold day
    Trail type: Challenging (due to elevation)

  2. Day 2 - ICHUPATA - INCA FROZEN PASS or CONDOR PASS – INCA CANAL – PAUCCAR CANCHA

    After a brisk early morning with amazing views of the surrounding glacier peaks, you will enjoy your breakfast and get ready for the Salkantay Trail day 2 hike. From Ichupata, you will hike for approximately 3 hours until reaching the pass known as Inca Chiriaska, located at 5,100 (m.a.s.l.). Just as its name in Quechua implies, this place is cold (almost frozen depending on the time of year) but has the best views of Salkantay´s glacier peak.

    You will enjoy the breath-taking scenery with your hot tea drink before continuing. The Salkantay Trail hike from the pass will be to the lunch spot at approximately 3.5 hrs downhill. At this spot, you will see yet another glacier beauty – the Paltayoc peak. After lunch and a well-deserved break, you will continue hiking for another 3.5 hours downhill to the campsite at Pauccar Cancha. Pauccar Cancha is located near the Inca ruins of Pauccar Cancha at 3,300 m.a.s.l ).

    Walking distance: 18km
    Starting point elevation: 4400 m.a.s.l
    Highest point of the trail: 5100m m.a.s.l
    Campsite elevation: 3300 m.a.s.l
    Trail type: Challenging (due to elevation)

  3. Day 3- PAUCAR CANCHA - LLACTAPATA – KM 82 – OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES

    After breakfast, you will visit the Inca archaeological site of Pauccar Cancha before continuing with your  Salkantay Trail hike. Today´s highlight will be entering to the Inca Trail for a section of the original path. On this hike, you will be mesmerized by the stunning views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. Also, you will get a taste of the Inca Trail by visiting the famous Llactapata Inca archaeological site.

    This site is known for having been an Inca village characterized by its houses, water channels, and many farming terraces gently bordering the mountainside. From Llactapata, you will hike for about 1 hour until your lunch. After lunch and a well-deserved break, where you will meet our private van to Ollantaytambo. Once in Ollantaytambo, you will enjoy your dinner and take a train to Aguas Calientes town for your overnight stay.

    Walking distance: 15km
    Campsite elevation: 3300 m.a.s.l
    Trail end elevation: 2700 m.a.s.l
    Aguas Calientes elevation: 2000 m.a.s.l
    Trail type: Moderate
    Accommodations: inti punku (or similar)

  4. Day 4 - MACHUPICCHU – ( HUAYNA PICCHU / MACHU PICCHU MONTANA OPTIONAL ) – RETURN TO CUSCO

    After early breakfast at the hotel, you will walk to the bus station alongside your guide to take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. The bus service is a first-come, first-served basis, departing every 5 minutes and lasting approximately 25 minutes to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, you will walk into Machu Picchu with your guide to the main lookout point. Here, you will be able to take your postcard pictures of Machu Picchu. After enjoying the sunrise (weather dependent), you will begin your 2 to 3 hrs guided tour of Machu Picchu. During your guided tour, you will be taken to the most significant sections of the citadel by your guide. Here they will explain the history of this location to you.

    Following your guided tour, you will get to explore Machu Picchu with your tour guide. You will also have free time to explore the site on your own. If you have booked the extra hike to Huayna Picchu Mountain, you will climb it at this time. If you don´t book this extra hike, you will still have the option to climb to the Sun Gate (an hour and a half) or the Inca Bridge (45 minutes).

    After your visit to Machu Picchu, you will be required to take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes town to enjoy your lunch (not included). Your return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo will be in the afternoon. Anyone who hasn’t booked one of the extra hikes will be scheduled for the 2:55 pm train, and anyone who has booked one of the extra hikes will be scheduled for the 4:22 pm train.

    In Ollantaytambo, our driver will be waiting for you to transfer you back to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel.

Inclusions

  1. INCLUSIONS

    • Briefing: The night before your Salkantay Trail trek, you will come to our office for your briefing. You will receive your duffel bag that will stay with your porters, while you hike. Your bag cannot exceed 7 kg/14 lbs and needs to include your sleeping bag and air mattress.
    • Professional Guides: All of our Salkantay Trail guides studied English and tourism at Cusco National University. They all grew up in the Cusco region, and are committed to teaching others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional and will ensure you are safe and happy.
    • Porters: We include a personal porter who is responsible for carrying your duffel bag. There is no additional fee for this. You will not have access to your duffel bag until your evening campsite.
    • Hotel: The alternative treks all end in, or before Aguas Calientes. Your last night will be in a hotel in the village instead of camping. Your 2-star hotel is included in the trek cost and based on a shared room. If you would like to upgrade your hotel or prefer a single room, there will be an additional cost.
    • Transportation: You will have transportation included in this Salkantay Trail trek. You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 4 a.m. and brought to the trailhead, Marccoccasa (3,300 meters). Also included will be the Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes. You may also upgrade to the Vistadome Train for $75 per person. Once you arrive at the train station, we will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. Additionally, your round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu will be included.
    • Equipment: Alpaca Expeditions has the best equipment. We use Eureka Timberline 4 tents that are shared by only two people. You will have a spacious dining tent to enjoy your meals in.
    • Food: The Alpaca Expeditions chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let your guide know at your briefing. Food is typically all served family-style. You will enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day for the trek along with a happy hour of tea and snacks. A snack will be provided each morning for you to enjoy along the hike. Your last meal with your chef will be after breakfast on day four. Lunch the last day is not included.
    • Water: Beginning from your first lunch until your last breakfast, Alpaca Expeditions will supply all the water needed. This water is boiled, filtered, and then cooled before distributing. You must bring your water bottles and or camelback. We recommend carrying about 3L worth. You will be able to refill your water at each meal.
  2. Entrances to Machu Picchu and Inca Trail permit for the Salkantay Trail Trek

    • First Aid: Every Alpaca Expeditions guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training sessions every February, which every single Alpaca tour guide must attend. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical situations (traveler´s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible if needed, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment.
    • Extras: We believe it´s the attention to small details that separates us from other tour companies. Every trekker receives a small pillow to sleep with, a foam mattress for insulation, a day pack cover to protect their things while hiking, and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best vacation.
    • Satellite Phones: Our top priority will always be the safety of our clients and our team. While all our guides are prepared and trained to deal with most issues clients have on the mountain. Being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps everyone feel assured that they are safe. Radios, which all our guides have, are limited in how far they can reach, so Alpaca Expeditions has added Satellite Phones to every trek. Every guide will have a fully charged phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to connect us anywhere in the world. And they can be used by our clients for non-emergencies as well. While they are not cheap to use, they are available just in case you need to check in on the puppy you left at home with grandma.
  3. Not Included

    • Rentals: Every trekker needs a sleeping bag, when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional, but encouraged. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent:
      Sleeping Bag: $20
      Inflatable Air Mattress: $15
      Walking Sticks (Pair): $15
    • Huayna Picchu: Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45-minute hike to the top. Going back down is quite steep if you are scared of heights. You would do this after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is $75. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance due to popularity. Please understand that the weather is out of our control.
    • Day packs: Alpaca Expeditions does not provide daypacks, so you need to bring your own. Try not to pack large items, to keep your pack light, while trekking. Machu Picchu does not allow packs larger than 25L. You will need to check your bag at the entrance if it does not meet the size regulations. Only essentials are needed while trekking: water, snack, camera, sunhat, warm layer, rain layers, insect spray, sunscreen, and a first-aid kit.
    • Headlamps: It is strongly encouraged to bring a headlamp for your night camping. There will be no lights at the camping sites, and it is hard to get to your dining tent or your bathroom tent without one. Flashlights are acceptable if you don’t have a headlamp, but make some tasks more difficult.
    • Flights: Flying to Cusco can be tricky. Delays occur often, and it´s not uncommon for flights to be canceled. Please be sure to arrive in the city at least two days before your trek start date. LAN Peru is the most reliable of the airlines. Avianca and Peruvian Airlines are acceptable companies, as well. You will not return from your trek until around 8 p.m. on the last day, so be sure your flight is not until the next day when leaving Cusco.
    • Gratuities: Tipping is always appreciated and should be based completely on your satisfaction. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels.
    • Travel Insurance: This is not required, but always recommended. For those of you who live at sea-level, landing in Cusco will take an adjustment period. Most people need one or two days to adjust. In case you have a hard time adjusting to the altitude, it is suggested to have protection for missed tours.

Price

  1. The Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu can leave any day of the week, from March through December. We do not run this trek in January or February.

  2. Group Tour

    • $615 per person

    A group tour means that it is open for other trekkers to join you. This means that your group will have varying hiking and fitness abilities. All our guides are experts on how to keep the trek moving and happy no matter how fast you hike.

  3. Private Tour

    Private tours are available and priced by party size.

    2 Trekkers: $705 per person
    3 Trekkers: $685 per person
    4 Trekkers: $655 per person
    5 Trekkers: $640 per person
    6 Trekkers: $625 per person
    7 Trekkers: $625 per person
    8 or more Trekkers: $615 per person

    * All our tours are priced in US Dollar.

  4. Student Discount

    • $25 off per person

    Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a University Student Card our under 17-years-old, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount.

    Please send all to info@alpacaexpeditions.com.

    More Information about STUDENT CARD

  5. Hotel

    Inti Punku Hotel

    This hotel is 3-star and is based on sharing a room – either double, matrimonial, or triple. There is a single room surcharge of $30 if you are booking alone. Rooms all include private bathrooms, with hot showers and wifi. We can also upgrade your hotel if you prefer something fancier. Please remember that the service you receive in Aguas Calientes may not be comparable to that in Cusco. Below is a list of possible upgrade options, although we can usually work with most hotels in Aguas Calientes.

    La Cabana (3 stars): +$40 pp shared (+$110 for a single)
    Casa Andina (3 stars): $40 pp shared ($110 for a single)
    El Mapi (3 stars): +$70 pp shared (+$170 for a single)

  6. Additional Items

    There are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.

    Huayna Picchu: $75 per person
    Montana: $75 per person
    Vistadome Train (one way): $75 per person

Travel Info

  1. Getting to Cusco

    The airport in Cusco currently is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.

    The best way to get to Cusco is by air, and there are several options in airlines. LAN tends to be the most expensive but has the most options and flights. Expect delays or flight cancellations. Due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land, and any acclimate weather will stop air traffic. Bus travel is always available, and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses in Peru are very well maintained and comfortable. This option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno. Lima buses will take about 20 hours to arrive.

  2. Luggage Storage

    Any extra luggage you have with you can be left safely in Cusco at either your hotel or with us at the Alpaca Expeditions while you trek. We will store your luggage on the morning of your trek and return it once you are back in Cusco. Make sure your bags have tags on them, so they are easy to locate.

  3. Altitude

    As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air. For this reason, we always recommend spending at least two days in Cusco before beginning any trek in the Andes. Cusco is a marvelous city with lots to do, so if you have more time to acclimate, you won´t be bored.

    With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office, and we will help you get to a doctor.
    Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the Coca Plant contain alkaloids that help bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee, since they will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.

    Remember, the trek to Machu Picchu is not a race. Even those in the best shape will suffer from altitude sickness if they race to the top of the mountain too quickly. Go slow, and it will give your body time to adjust to the elevation. Your healthcare provider may prescribe medication such as Acetazolamide and Dexamethasone to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before you get to high altitude, and continue to take it while you are at high altitude. You must remember that this is your holiday and you do not want to stress out about the possibility of getting sick from the mountains. Do everything slowly and drink lots of water, and enjoy the coca tea. If anything does happen and you, unfortunately, get sick, let your guide know right away. Alpaca Expedition guides are trained to help you get through it.

  4. Weather

    Of course, the weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December, so just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the trek, make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves. Many people forget about gloves, but being cold and wet makes hiking very unpleasant.

    Also, be ready for four seasons. Treks in the Andes involve various microclimates, and you will need to be prepared for each one. Layers are always key since they are easy to adjust to different temperature changes. Be prepared with a warm packable down jacket since the evening will be cold.

  5. First Aid

    Every Alpaca Expeditions guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training every February, and every single Alpaca guide attends. When guiding you, they will have with them a first aid kit for basic medical situations (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. They will take good care of you.

    In case something unexpected happens, and you feel you can no longer complete the trek, they will figure out the safest and quickest way off the trail and to a clinic. You will never be left alone; you will have a member of the team escort you every step of the way until safely with a doctor. When you are feeling up to it, we will make sure that you still have the chance to visit Machu Picchu and re-connect with your group. This way, you can finish your trip, traveling by train comfortably.

  6. Travel Insurance

    To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Getting travel insurance before you leave home is strongly encouraged and very easy. We work with a great agency in the United States, that has helped to make it easy and affordable. What an excellent way to protect yourself while you are visiting Peru.

    If interested in booking through our trusted partner, Ahart, Frinzi & Smith, CLICK HERE.

  7. Environmental Impact

    Alpaca Expeditions uses biodegradable soap and transports all our garbage back to Cusco. Our porters are trained to look after the trail and pick up any waste from other groups, as well. We also use environmentally-friendly chemical portable toilets that allow us to pack waste out. We believe in leaving no footprint behind.

  8. Community

    Alpaca Expeditions is proud of the work we do for our community, as this is the main focus of our company. We have worked with villages directly to help supply them with the needs their families were missing. We have supported local schools by giving them computers and books. Alpaca Expeditions also sponsors a teacher at the village where most of our porters come from and ensures their children have the best opportunity for education.

    We buy all our food from local farmers and markets and serve the freshest ingredients. We provide English classes for all our team: guides, porters, chefs, and drivers. We are also building a house for our porters. By giving them a safe and comfortable place to stay before and after our treks, they no longer need to sleep on the floor at a friend’s house.

    And twice every year we bring our porters and their families to Machu Picchu. The men and women who work tirelessly have never visited the Lost Citadel of the Incas. So that makes this trip our favorite to-do. It is an honor to show them this place.

    We are always looking to do more and for partners. Please let us know about your ideas, and we will work to help.

  9. Personal Porter Included

    All of our camping treks include porters, who are responsible for carrying and setting up all equipment. They will additionally carry the duffel bag you receive at your briefing the night before your trek. Each duffel bag can not exceed 7kg/14lbs and must include your sleeping bag and air mat. Alpaca Expeditions gives each porter a proper uniform, salary, and insurance. They are the backbone of our company.

Packing List

  1. ESSENTIALS

    • Passport
    • Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
    • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
    • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
    • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
    • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)
  2. FOR YOUR DUFFEL

    Porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). From us these two items weigh 3.5 kg.

    • 2-3 wicking t-shirts
    • 2-3 hiking pants
    • 4 sets of undergarments.
    • 4 sets of hiking socks
    • 1 Fleece
    • 1 Warm, down jacket: gets very cold at night
    • 1 Rain jacket and pants
    • 1 sun hat
    • 1 wool hat
    • Headlamp: essential
    • Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
    • Comfortable shoes for camp
    • Walking boots
    • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
    • Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might enjoy something a little larger.
    • Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to clean – might make you feel fresh if you had a little soap.
    • Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
    • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
    • Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
  3. TOILETRIES

    • Sunscreen
    • Face moisturizer
    • Bug spray
    • Handsanitizer
    • Wet wipes
    • Toothbrush and paste
    • Toiletpaper
    • Personal medication
    • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
  4. INSIDE YOUR DAYPACKS

    Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25L will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside citadel gates.

    • Water: we supply clean water at each meal. You are responsible for your first morning of water only as we won’t have time to filter water until your first lunch.
    • Sunhat
    • Rain gear
    • Fleece
    • Camera
    • Music (IPhone)
    • Handsanitizer
    • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
    • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
    • Earplugs

Porters & Horsemen

  1. While our Salkantay trek does include horses, they will only be able to join you for the first day and a half of the trek. The rest of the time, our porters will be responsible for all the heavy lifting. It is also during this first day and a half that an emergency horse will be available. After this, you are responsible for hiking on your own.

    Our porters, who we lovingly call the Green Machine, are the pride and joy of our company and what separates us from others. Dedicated to making a difference in their lives and their family’s lives, Alpaca Expeditions is rewarded by having the hardest working team in the mountains.

  2. Alpaca Expeditions Porters:

    Raul Ccolque Ccolque, the owner & general manager of Alpaca Expeditions, worked as a porter from 2000 to 2003. While he saw some companies treating their porters better than others, he felt there was not enough done for them and their families. We could not have a company without our porters, and because of that, we want them to be part of our family. We want to know them, listen to them, and follow through on our promise to make their lives better.

    Our porters range from 18 years old until 55 and come from different villages in the Cusco region. We employ approximately 250 porters from the following communities:

    • Comunidad Wakatinku 25 porters, located at 3800 meters
    • Comunidad Llullucha 20 porters, located at 3700 meters
    • Comunidad Choquekancha 25 porters, located at 3400 meters.
    • Comunidad Pumapunko $ 25 porters located at 3700 meters
    • Comunidad Kachin 25 porters located at 3700 meters
    • Comunidad Anparaes 25 porters located at 3500 meters

    Quechua is their main language and farming is their main economic activity. Being a porter is a second income for them.

  3. Our Promise to Our Porters:

    We clearly understand that we would not be successful without our team of porters. They have promised us that they will continually work hard to make sure each trekker has a magical journey. In return, we made a promise to them that we will do what we can to make this difficult job a little less daunting.

    As we explained earlier, most of our porters live in a village outside of Cusco – typically 2 to 4 hours away. We cover all entrance fees (45 soles – $15 US per porter) and transportation to and from the trek for our porters, separate from their salary. They are paid promptly after the trek eliminating the need to travel back to Cusco before heading home. Unfortunately, this is not common. They receive better wages, health insurance, and all their equipment for free, including amazing food to eat. We make sure they have a comfortable bed and a nice room to sleep in before (and after if needed) the trek instead of sleeping on the floor. We visit the communities they live in and provide needed supplies to their families, like toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, and books for students.

    This is just the beginning for us and we are always looking for ways to do more.

  4. How much does the Alpaca Expeditions Porter Carry?

    While the government allows each porter to carry up to 25kg, we keep our limit at 20kg. Each porter will carry up to 15kg from the company and 5kg of their stuff. The reason why it´s so important to keep your duffel light and not exceed our allowed 7kg. You will see other companies carrying more than the allotted weight – we will not allow our porters to carry this burden.

  5. Keeping them Comfortable…

    Every year Alpaca Expeditions provides a new sleeping bag and sleeping pad for each porter. Our jackets are all lined and warm, and the boots that we provide are all waterproof.

  6. What do the Porters Eat?

    Our porters will eat the very same amazing meals you have. Our chef buys enough food to cook for all our trekkers and porters and makes enough for everyone to be full at the end of the day. We serve large portions, and none of it is wasted. Whatever is left over after you and our team eats will go directly back home to the families of the team for them to enjoy themselves.

  7. Helping Their Families…

    Our porters will eat the very same amazing meals you have. Our chef buys enough food to cook for all our trekkers and porters and makes enough for everyone to be full at the end of the day. We serve large portions, and none of it is wasted. Whatever is left over after you and our team eats will go directly back home to the families of the team for them to enjoy themselves.

    Helping Their Families…

    All our porters are Quechua language speakers who come from farming villages. They take advantage of the seasons to grow their crops, and Alpaca Expeditions helps them in many ways to keep growing their community. In education, health, and culture. We have different ongoing projects and hope to add many more. Some of the projects we have completed or continue doing are:

    Every three months, we take a kit of toiletries to Wakantinku elementary school for 204 Quechua speaking children. They range from 3 – 12 years old from kindergarten to 6th grade. When we arrived at this village for the first time a few years ago, kids had trouble keeping up with daily hygiene. We make sure they always have toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, and hand sanitizer.

    We planted more than 3,000 native trees, Queuña (Andean Polylepis), in the community of Wakatinku to reforest their village. This tree will be more sustainable than others they have used and will eventually be a fertilizer for their village to help grow more grass for their Alpacas, which are the most common and typical animals located at this village.
    We covered the 2015 salary of a full-time teacher in the High School of Wakatinku to teach math, art, and English. This teacher has done great work and helped to graduate the first class from the village. We plan to continue this sponsorship and supply another year’s salary.

    Every February, we invite our porters and their families to come with us to visit Machu Picchu. Last year we went with families from Wakawasi village, a community we visit on the Lares Trek. It was their first time in the ruins. We plan on doing this trip every February with new families to help them enjoy their history.

    In October 2015, we helped celebrate the end of the school year with 17 students and their parents and some of our porters for a trip through the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. This 2-day trip followed the same itinerary that our clients enjoy.

    Often our clients have asked how they can help. Some Alpaca Expeditions trekkers raised money back at home to buy some computers to donate to a local village. We matched their donation and went together to donate four computers to the school in Wakatinku village for the kids to enjoy. Being their first time donating computers, this was something new. We know it is hard for 204 students to use four computers. That is why we have provided computers in 2019.

    To help celebrate the anniversary of Llulucha village this last July, we booked and provided transpiration for a local band, Alicia de Acomayo, to play. It was a great party for everyone to enjoy.

    We are working with a local clinic in Cusco to provide dental care and provide skin examinations for the children of each of our porter’s villages.

    We have recently bought land in Cusco that is currently being constructed to create dormitory classrooms and teaching kitchens for our team. We created this for our porters outside of Cusco to have a place to sleep before their treks. We will have free English, computer, and cooking classes for any member of our team and their family to use. We are excited about this big project.

    Those are just some of the projects we have done and continue to do. We are a small local company here in Cusco, who promises to be as dedicated to our team as they are to us. We are lucky enough to have the best porters in the region, and we feel it´s necessary to make sure they are healthy, stable, and capable of providing for their families the best life possible.

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Experience the famous Inca Trail for 4 amazing days, and pass through the Sun Gate at sunrise for that first magical sighting of Machu Picchu! The Inca Trail is Peru's own microcosm; lush green cloud forest alive with wildlife, Andean mountain passes, a vast landscape dotted with ruins from the Inca civilization... and it's accessible only to those that follow this famous pathway. This is the most popular trek for hiking the Inca Trail.

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Experience the famous Inca Trail for 4 amazing days, and pass through the Sun Gate at sunrise for that first magical sighting of Machu Picchu! The Inca Trail is Peru's own microcosm; lush green cloud forest alive with wildlife, Andean mountain passes, a vast landscape dotted with ruins from the Inca civilization... and it's accessible only to those that follow this famous pathway. This is the most popular trek for hiking the Inca Trail.

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Experience the famous Inca Trail for 4 amazing days, and pass through the Sun Gate at sunrise for that first magical sighting of Machu Picchu! The Inca Trail is Peru's own microcosm; lush green cloud forest alive with wildlife, Andean mountain passes, a vast landscape dotted with ruins from the Inca civilization... and it's accessible only to those that follow this famous pathway. This is the most popular trek for hiking the Inca Trail

Our Porter The Green Machine Alpaca Expeditions
Alpaca Expeditions Hike Like a Girl

Free Medical Assistance to Porters

In 2019, we hired our first Alpaca Expeditions Medical Doctor to help tend to our guides, drivers, chefs...

Our Porter’s bus

We treat our porters with the same dignity and respect as we do our clients. Just as our clients enjoy our...

Our Porter’s House

As we mentioned above, our Porters like many Peruvian people come from distant villages to work our treks...

Tents and Sleeping bags

Again, this is something unique that Alpaca Expeditions provides, and sad others are not doing. We supply...

Proper Equipment for our Porters

Every porter of ours receives proper equipment. That includes moisture-wicking long/short sleeve shirts...

Nutritious Meals for our Porters

A general comment from trekkers on an Alpaca Expeditions tour is that we serve too much food. Well...

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Experience the famous Inca Trail for 4 amazing days, and pass through the Sun Gate at sunrise for that first magical sighting of Machu Picchu! The Inca Trail is Peru's own microcosm; lush green cloud forest alive with wildlife, Andean mountain passes, a vast landscape dotted with ruins from the Inca civilization... and it's accessible only to those that follow this famous pathway. This is the most popular trek for hiking the Inca Trail.

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