Salkantay Trek On Your Own: Where to Camp

We did the Salkantay Trek on our own in December 2016 and it was, a challenging but awesome adventure. Below, I outline your campsite options for each day of the hike.

P.S. I could not visit or camp at every single campsite I've listed, so if you have any photos or extra details to share, I would welcome your additions! :)

This campsite guide is useful to have downloaded for during the hike - if you'd like the PDF (opens in a new tab):

salkantay trek campsite soraypampa

If you need more information about how to prepare for your Salkantay Trek on your own:


Day 1: Soraypampa

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Where: First campsite you pass (owned by Lima Tours), right after the gigantic hotel

Plus: Open surroundings, beautiful views from tent, covered shelter for cooking, tap and toilet facilities

Minus: No covered spots for tents

Cost: 10 sols

salkantay trek on your own campsite day 1

Where: Campsite about 10 minute walk after the hotel

Plus: Covered tent spaces, large dining hall, socialise with other tour groups, tap and toilet facilities, store selling snacks

Minus: Less open due to shelters

Cost: 10 sols

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Where: Wild camping next to the river, 15 - 30 mins PAST Soraypampa

Plus: Open and peaceful surroundings (better for dry season), free camping

Minus: No facilities

Cost: Free

Note: If you stay here/have a photo of this location, I'd love it if you could share it! :)


Day 2: Chaullay (or before)

While Chaullay is the end goal for Day 2, there are opportunities to set up camp earlier, if you do not want to/cannot go so far in one day.

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Where: Approx 2.5 - 3 hours after the Salkantay Pass

Plus: Covered tent spots, small shelter area for cooking, water facilities, view of Mt. Salkantay from campsite 

Minus: No rain cover to dry wet gear 

Cost: 10 sols

salkantay trek on your own campsite day 2

Where: 15 mins after previous campsite, a picnic area 

Plus: Plenty of covered roof space for tent and to hang wet gear, free camping, view of Mt. Salkantay from campsite

Minus: Floor is uneven stone, No water

Cost: Free

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Where: Approx 30 mins - 1 hour, there are small ruins to camp on

Plus: Lovely peaceful surroundings, nice if good weather

Minus: No rain cover for tent or gear

Cost: By donation

Note: If you stay here/have a photo of this location, I'd love it if you could share it! 

salkantay trek on your own campsite day 2 chaullay

Where: Chaullay, approx. 4 - 5 hours after the Salkantay Pass

Plus: Spacious covered campspots, lines to hang up wet gear, toilet and tap facilities, possible to purchase dinner, coffee/tea/beer, breakfast, etc. 

Minus: Populated area so views are obstructed

Cost: Uncertain, likely 10 sols for camping


Day 3: La Playa / Lucmabamba

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Where: The small town of La Playa 

Plus: Lunch/dinner available, shower/tap/toilet facilities, snacks available for purchase

Minus: Unaesthetic surroundings, camping next to buildings

Cost: Uncertain

Note: If you stay here/have a photo of this location, I'd love it if you could share it! 

salkantay trek on your own campsite day 3 lucmabamba

Where: Lucmabamba, approx 30 mins after La Playa

Plus: Coffee plantation heaven!, multiple plantations to choose from (the higher you go, the better view), peaceful surroundings and views, coffee tasting/tour available, opportunity to buy coffee beans, tap and toilet facilities

Minus: No rain cover for tent

Cost: Varies, we camped at "Cafe Viamonte" for 5 sols (approx 15 mins up Incan stairs after the first house you see in Lucmabamba, amazing views from here).


(Optional day): Llactapata 

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Where: A campsite at the Incan ruins LLactapata

Plus: Beautiful campsite with views of Machu Picchu valley, Tap/toilet facilities, possibility of food (if restaurant open)

Minus: None :)

Cost: Uncertain

Note: If you stay here/have a photo of this location, I'd love it if you could share it! 

 

Day 4: Aguas Calientes

Campgrounds near Aguas Calientes:

  1. Municipal campground: about 20 minutes before Aguas Calientes (15 sols / tent)
  2. Los Jardines de Mandor: about 45 mins (3km) before Aguas Calientes

Hostal in Aguas Calientes:

  • Hostal Cusi Qoyllor - This is our recommendation because we stayed here and really liked it (great value!). We stayed here twice; walked-in both times and got a matrimonial for 60 sols (low-season). However they are quite popular, so if you go during high season I recommend calling ahead to book a room (don't go through Booking.com, it's more expensive). Warning: The hostal is a short uphill walk from the town center. 

If you're looking for cheaper dorm options:

  • Hostal Inti Wasi (15 sols per person)
  • Hospedaje Veronica (20 sols per person)

Hope that helps you to plan your Salkantay Trek on your own! If you have anything to add or any of the missing pictures to send, please feel free to get in touch. :)