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5 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu



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Rene Hurtado Valencia

Valencia Travel Cusco

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5 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Enjoy a breathtaking 5-day trek which takes you through diverse landscapes and altitudes as you hike around the skirts of Mount Salkantay and camp within sight of the snowcapped peaks. You end the trek ends with a magnificent visit to the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu.


Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa

After hotel pickup, you will travel by bus to Mollepata. From there, you'll hike for 3 hours to Cruzpata, where you have lunch with panoramic views of the beautiful snow-capped mountains of Humantay (4,120m/13500feet) and Salkantay (6,271m/20,575feet). Then continue heading towards the first campsite Soraypampa, admiring the views on the way. Read more

Mollepata and Soraypampa


After breakfast, begin hiking to the highest pass of the trek. It is located at 4,650 meters (15,200 feet) and halfway between two huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From here, take in views of the two snow-capped mountains. Then, continue downhill through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunku, also known as Huayracmachay. Have lunch and then hike for about 3 hours towards the jungle to reach the second campsite, Colcapampa (3,000meters/9,800feet). Read more


Cloud Forest - Hot Springs

After breakfast, start hiking through the upper jungle and cross the Lluskamayo River through small brooks and creeks. Set up camp in the warm climate of La Playa (2,500meters/8,202feet). Rest and then head to the hot springs to enjoy a well-deserved bath in soothing waters.

Hot Springs

Llactapata - Puente Ruinas

After breakfast, hike up for 3 hours to Llactapata. Take photos and rest and continue for 2 hours downhill passing coca and banana plantations. Reach the Hydroelectric dam for lunch and hike for 2 hours more to reach Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night. Optional: In Aguas Calientes, you can take advantage of the hot springs in the town. Read more

Puente Ruinas

Machu Picchu

Enjoy breakfast and then take a bus to Machu Picchu at approximately 5:30am. See the magnificent city as the sun rises. Then, enjoy a 2-hour guided, walking tour and spend time exploring the city on your own. If you wish, you can climb Huayna Picchu mountain which takes 45 minutes to reach the top. This is an extra walk; so please talk to your guide for arrangements to climb this mountain. Afterwards, meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (which can be reached by bus or on foot) to have lunch and get your train tickets back to Cusco. Train included is the Expedition Train (to Ollantaytambo or Poroy).The earliest train from Aguas Calientes you can take is the 1pm and latest is the 9:20pm. Then, you will take a bus or vehicle to Cusco. Read more

Machu Picchu


Day in trip
Day 4
Location Aguas Calientes


Package includes

  • Professional bilingual tour guide.
  • Assistant guide.
  • Pick up from hotel.
  • Return transportation (bus to start of trail and tourist train back to Ollantaytambo).
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • 1 Bus ticket up to the Machu Picchu world heritage site.
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 3 dinners (breakfast on day one, and dinner and lunch in Aguas Calientes are not included).
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Cook.
  • 3 man tents (per 2 people).
  • Sleeping mattresses.
  • Horsemen and mules (they carry cooking and camping equipment and up to 5 kilos of tourists' belongings)
  • 1 night's accommodation in Aguas Calientes.
  • Extra oxygen.
  • First-Aid kit.
  • Spare blanket per tent.

Package excludes

  • Not Included:
  • Single room and tent
  • International and domestic flights
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Radio calls or messages

More information

  • Trip Preparation
  • A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas and driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal IDs and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while travelling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles.


5 Reviews

Jennifer Camp, United States

I had an absolutely wonderful time. I loved how willing the guides were to changing plans to accommodate us. Loved the authentic food and the great service. I fell so spoiled that don’t know if i can go back to regular backpacking!

Erin Milash, United States

Excellent service! amazing guides, beautiful scenery...very well organized.

Mican Lanezford, United States

One of the best experience of my life ,the guides were knowledge patient and encouraging, the food was excellent and satisfying, the porters were respected and seemed happy. They had a good shoes and clothing as new. We will definitely be booking more adventures thought Valencia in the future.



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