5day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

After the Inca Trail the Salkantay Trek is the second most popular trek in Peru and South America, along the trail you will enjoy beautiful landscapes, turquoise color lakes, Snow Mountains and at the end of the journey you will reach the famous Machu Machu Picchu. This tour departs every day.

  •  Altitude: 1950 - 4600m. / 6398 - 15092 f.
  • High Season: April - November
  • Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging due to the altitude: we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco or over 3000m/9840ft.
  • Route: Open all year round
  • Type of Tour: Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu
  • Departures Day: Daily departures are available during the year.

Tour Itinerary

Day1 : Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa

We will leave from Cusco approximately between 4:30a.m. and 5:00a.m. A local bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level) where we will arrive approximately at 8:15 in the morning to have breakfast. During the trip we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. 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 Sayllapata (3200 meters above sea level). About 1:00p.m., we will have a Peruvian lunch. After lunch, we will continue hiking toward the Soraypampa villages (3850 meters above sea level). Around 5:30 in the afternoon we will arrive to our camp where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.

Day2 : Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Huayracpunku - Chaullay

Today, nature will change drastically from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek. We will start the hike around 7:00 in the morning. We will hike to a place called Pampas Salkantay, then go toward the left side of the snowy peaks of Umantay located next to the Apu Salkantay. At midday, we will be on the highest point ( 4600 meters above sea level). We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level) which is known as the second highest point of the Cusco region. Around 1:00 p.m., we will have our lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive to our camp in Challway (2920 meters above sea level). Around 7:00p.m., we will recuperate from the trek and eat dinner.

Day3 : Chaullay - Collpapampa - La Playa - Santa Teresa

Around 7:00a.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.) Here you will eat dinner.

Day4 : Santa Teresa - Hidroelectryc - Aguas Calientes

After of our delicious breakfast we are going to walk for approximately around 8:30 a.m we begin our trek to the village Colpani, we follow this rising trail, from which we will see plantations of coffee, banana, passion fruit and a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley. We follow along the riverside of Vilcanota River until arrive to the Oroya (canopy brich) From here we have an option to hike to hidroelectrica or to catch a small car where will take us until Hidroelectrica (25 minutes), from this place we can observe the back of Machupicchu Sanctuary, where we have the last lunch with all staff. from here we will continuo walking until arrive to Aguas Calientes around 4:30 p.m then we will stay in a hostal the last night.

Day5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu Sanctuary - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Today, you will be able to choose between waking up at 4:30a.m. and walking up to Machu Picchu or taking a bus to Machu Picchu at 7:00a.m. In Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for about two hours and after that you will be free to explore the Citadel and take pictures, or if you desire, ascent toward the Huaynapicchu Mountain. At 2:26p.m. or 6:03p.m. (depending on availability), you will be taking a train to Ollantaytambo and from there; a bus will drive you to your hotel in Cusco.

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private bus to Mollepata or Cruzpata (starting point of the trail).
  • Reliable, knowledgeable, and friendly guides (English and Spanish)
  • Meals are full board.  Including:  4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners served with drinks.
  • Triple Eureka tents for 2 people, lots of space for your personal stuff.
  • Cooking gear, dinning utensils, food supplies.
  • Thick, comfy sleeping mats provided for free.
  • Cooking Tent
  • Pack mules for the company equipment & your personal stuff.
  • Mules for emergencies.
  • Horsemen ( 1 for 3 mules )
  • Accommodation and food for our guides, cook, horsemen.
  • Guided tour in all archeological sites & Machu Picchu.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Accommodation in Hotel/hostal in Double Basis Room
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance ticket to Huaynapicchu availble when the tour is booked one month in advance

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

  • First breakfast & last lunch.
  • Entrance fee to hot springs. (10 soles)
  • Sleeping bag. you can rent it USD $ 5.00 per day
  • Mules on the 4th and 5th day (on the 4th day you have to carry your luggage from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes).
  • Train ticket from “Hidroelectrica” to Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

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