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Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu

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Cusco, Peru
5 D
Max People: 20
Min Age: 15+
Cusco, Peru
Salkantay,Machu Picchu,
Español, English


This tour and trek is full of beautiful landscapes and visits to the Humantay lake, Salkantay, Santa Teresa, Colcalmayo (thermal baths), Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes), the archaeological site of Machu Picchu (wonder of the modern world) and Huayna Picchu o Mountain (optional).
  • Perfect for all ages and skill levels.
  • Get advice from a local.
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour.

Attractions You’ll See

Machu Picchu

Whats Included

  • Transportation
    • All Transfer services
    • Transportation back from Hydroelectric to Cusco
  • Meels
    • Food as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Vegetarian options available.
  • Entrances Fees
    • Entrance ticket to Mollepata- Salkantay route
    • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • Accomodation
    • 3 nights campsite
    • 1 night accommodation in Machu Picchu
    • Pueblo (Aguas Calientes).
  • Services
    • Professional bilingual guide,chef and assistants.
    • Spacious dining tent and kitchen

Does not include

  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu ($24 USD)
  • Train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo ($80 USD)
  • Personal care items.
  • Tips for the guide and the horsemen.
  • Breakfast on the first day,lunch and dinner on the last day.
  • Cocalmayo hot spring
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Zip LineActivity

Packing List

  • Trekking Accessories
    • Strong walking shoes for trekking
    • Lightweight backpack of 20 liters
    • Some cash in small bills
  • Clothing
    • Hat or cap.
    • Long sleeve shirt.
    • Long and short pants.
    • Rain coat.
    • Sweater and thick jacket.
  • Biodegradable Plastics
    • Plastic bags.
    • Optional plastic raincoat (poncho)
  • Personal Care
    • Eco-friendly Tomatodo (canteen).
    • Lantern.
    • Sunglasses.
    • Camera with extra batteries and memory.
    • Toilet paper.
  • First Aid Kit
    • Insect repellent
    • Sunblock with a 40 UV factor of at least
    • Medical or personal items.


Day 1

Cusco - Soraypampa

humantay Lake

We will begin our adventure picking up each passenger from their respective hotels before embarking on a 3:30 hours by bus. Halfway through the tour, we will stop in Mollepata at an altitude of 2900 m.a.s.l. for a 30 minute break, then we continue with our trip directly to the last bus stop in Challacancha, where we will meet our horsemen and horses, who will carry the all camping equipment and we begin our trek to Soraypampa at (3900 m.a.s.l.).

Arriving we will establish a camping area from where we’ll enjoy the beautiful views of the snowy peak of Salkantay and we will have a break for lunch. After lunch, we will visit the Humantay Lake at (4200 m.a.s.l.) before starting our return to the camping area in Soraypampa, around 5:00 pm. Where our camping team will be waiting for you with an afternoon tea and our delicious dinner.

Day 2

Soraypampa - Chaullay

Salkantay Trek

Early in the morning we will have our breakfast and then we will start a 3-hours trek until we will reach the highest point of our expedition, the Salkantay Pass (4600 m.a.s.l.). From there, we’ll walk towards Wayrac Machaq, to have our lunch. Then, trekking will continue into the high jungle where we will observe large trees with their arms extended over the streams, all full of bromeliads and orchids. This walk will take about 5 hours to reach our camp in Chaullay for dinner and rest.

Day 3

Chaullay - La Playa - Santa Teresa

Salkantay Trek

After having breakfast around 6:30 am, we’ll start the trek to Sawayaco (La Playa 2100 m.a.s.l.). We will have lunch in this place and then continue with our trip in a transport to Santa Teresa (1550 m.a.s.l.) Here the group will spend the night in accommodation. Then we will have a traditional Peruvian dinner and rest for the next day.

Note: After settling into accommodation, you can access the Cocalmayo hot springs after coordinating with the guide.

Day 4

Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town)

Machu Picchu

The next morning, after a good breakfast, the bus waits for us. Those who booked in advance will do zip-lining. The rest of the group will go to the Hidroelectrica meeting point where the entire group will join for lunch after the activities. After a bit of relaxation in this place, we will continue walking along the railway that leads through this great jungle that the Inca knew by heart to our final destination: Aguas Calientes. We walk for about 3 hours and you will find beautiful waterfalls, different ecological farms and possibly the curious wildlife of your arrival in the region (arrival fixed around 4:00 p.m.).

Here the group will spend the night in a hostel. At night we will all meet at a local restaurant to enjoy a great dinner and have an informative session about our next excursion to Machu Picchu. Then you can visit the city, which is wonderful after sunset.

Day 5

Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town) - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

We are ready around 4:00 am to go up to Machu Picchu, the trek will follow an ascending path crossing the high jungle, just in time to see the spectacular sunrise. After passing the control entrance around 6:00 am our group will have a private guided tour for 2 hours in the Inca citadel, later the passengers will be free to enjoy Machu Picchu by themselves. Then we will descend walking to Aguas Calientes for about 40 minutes, and then you will walk back to Hidroeléctrica to take our private transport at 3pm, and transfer you to the city of Cusco the transport will arrive in Cusco around 10 pm, the last bus stop would be in the Plaza San Francisco.

Optional: You can book train back service from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (USD $ 80.00).

and the Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (USD $ 24.00).


  • Not suitable for pregnant women
  • Not suitable for children under 10 years old
  • Not suitable for people with physical disabilities

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