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Trek Salkantay to Machu Picchu

Duration: 05 Days - 04 Nights.

Destination: Cusco.

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This Peru adventure tour combines an amazing trek beneath the sacred Salkantay Mountain and the enigmatic and wonderful citadel of Machu Picchu. You will begin your adventure with the Salkantay Trek, passing by Quechua communities and Inca ruins. Finally, you will reach Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town to finally have a guided tour to the mystic Inca city of Machu Picchu.

The Salkantay Trek that leads to the ruins of Machu Picchu is the best option for those who wish to be in contact with great Andean nature and visit remote villages less known and seldom visited by tourist. By taking this excursion visitors will really get off the beating track, avoiding less crowded environments and will enjoy along the way wonderful landscapes and fine Inca buildings. Without a doubt the Trek of Salkantay is the best alternative to reach the great Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, after the famous Inca Trail. This trek is open to everybody, with no limitation on spaces or permits. For that reason, is an interesting itinerary for those who did not find availability on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.


We will leave Cusco about 4.30 a.m. to 5.00 a.m. by pool service bus to the town of Mollepata (2900 m.a.s.l.), where we will arrive approx. at 9.00 a.m. During the trip we will have panoramic views of the majestic "Salcantay”, one can see a string of impressive snow covered mountains and the Apurimac River valley. We will meet with our support staff, and they will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 9.00 a.m., we will begin our walk toward Cruz Pata (3200 m.a.s.l.). We will stop for lunch at Challacancha approx. at 12.00 p.m. After lunch, we will continue hiking toward the Soraypampa villages (3850 m.a.s.l.). Around 5.30 p.m. we will arrive to our camp where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.

Overnight at Campsite.

After a fairly early breakfast, embark on the most difficult hike of the trip leaving at 7.00 a.m. We will hike to a place called Pampa Salcantay, then go toward the left side of the snowy peaks of Umantay located next to the Apu Salcantay. At 12.00 p.m. we are in the highest point (pass Salcantay - Umantay 4500 m). We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salcantay (6264 m) which is known as the second highest point of the Cusco region. After 1 hour lunch break at Huayrac Punku, we continued our walk of 3 hours towards Rayanniyoc field (2890 m) or Chaullay field (2920 m) where we have the camp of the 2nd night.

Overnight at Campsite.

Around 7.00 a.m., we will start our trek. We will walk for about 6 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco and during this period; we will observe a town called Collpabamba, also called the “Forest Cloudy Brow” where waterfalls, thermal hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks”. From Playa Sahuayaco, we will head to the campsite located at the hot springs of Santa Teresa (It is recommended to bring a bath suit).

Overnight at Campsite.

After an early breakfast, we will walk for about 40 minutes to get to the edge of the river Vilcanota, here we will have to use the hanging bridge after which we will walk for 3 more hours towards the Hydroelectric (1870 m). Once there, we will be able to appreciate the valley of the Urubamba river and a huge rainfall that flows from the Machu Picchu mountain. On the northeast we will find an appropriate place where we can have lunch.

Then, you could continue walking until Aguas Calientes or boarding the train at 3.30 p.m. that will take us 45 minutes to the town of Aguas Calientes (2000 m.). Upon arrival, you will be accommodated at the hostel or hotel of your choice.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

Today, we take the early bus up to the stunning archeological complex of Machu Picchu for a guided tour of these mysterious remains. Then, you will have time to explore Machu Picchu on our own; climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain, where you can experience amazing views of all Machu Picchu (bear in mind that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day). Also you can visit the Temple of the Moon or the amazing Inca Bridge.

In the afternoon, we will descend to the small town of Aguas Calientes by bus, where you can visit its hot springs. After lunch (not included), we will take the train back to the city of Cusco.


B= Breakfast / L= Lunch / D= Dinner / BL= Boxed Lunch


- Excursions according to itinerary.
- Spanish / English speaking professional guide.
- Second assistance guide.
- Porters, muleteer and mules to take the luggage (maximum 10 Kg).
- Cook, cook assistant and cooking equipment.
- Dinning tent, kitchen tent, tables and camp stool.
- Toilet tent with biodegradable toilet facilities.
- All the feeding in the route (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea time and snacks).
- Doubles tents, comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 3-season.
- Matras (insulating long cushions to sleep).
- Accommodation for our guides, cook and porters.
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- 1 night in a good Hostel in Aguas Calientes.
- Ticket of entrance to Salkantay and Machu Picchu.
- Bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes.
- Expedition Train ticket from Aguas Calientes.
- Transfer train station - hotel in Cusco.


- Domestic and International flights.
- Airport taxes.
- Drinks.
- Tips.
- Visas required to enter Peru.
- Lunch in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu.
- Personal trekking equipment (boots, clothing, sleeping bag, walking poles).
- Personal items.

What do you need for this Treking?
Bug spray, repellent with more than 30% of deed.
Sun block.
Sun glasses.
Rain coat.
Long pants.
Long t-shirt.
Trekking shoes.
Small back pack for trekking.
Personal trekking equipment (boots, clothing, sleeping bag, walking poles).
Personal items.