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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (5 Days)

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Tour Details

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is the number one alternative to the Inca Trail. With snow-capped peaks, lowland jungle and a visit to the Inca site of Llactapata, the trek offers a perfect mix of trekking, culture and nature.

Salkantay Trek derives its name from one of the highest mountain in Southern Peru (Salkantay Mountain). The main difference between the Salkantay Trek and Classic Inca Trail is that the Salkantay Trek swaps out Inca ruins for a jaw-droppingly diverse set of landscapes. Salkantay Trek Peru offers a more physically demanding challenge, that pays off with less crowds and surprise lagoons and rivers, as well as an unforgettable mountain trail.

Salkantay Tours to Machu Picchu not needs to get a permit or book your spot way in advance. As in the case of the Inca tours; Salkantay tour is perfect for hikers looking to really connect with nature and perhaps even reconnect with themselves as they pass through magical and untouched views and mountain passes – Read on, and you will find an all-you-need-to-know guide for embarking on this impressive Machu Picchu trek adventure.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0500 AM

Price Includes

  • Meals
  • Camping Equipments
  • English Speaking Local Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees to Machu Picchu
  • All transportation

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee (Optional)
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Original Passport
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks and Water
  • Peruvian Soles in Cash

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

The hike along this route offers an amazing diversity of attractions and adventure opportunities found nowhere else on earth. On the other had, imagine a walk with a breathtaking view of the most beautiful mountains in the world; a dip in the hot springs of Cocalmayo in the forest and all within a distance of only 73 kilometers.

Many hikers going this route by the promise of adventure, and are equally pleased with the friendliness and openness of the Peruvian people. The Inka’s land is an incredibly diverse country that offers something for everyone. A trek through this rare earth once is enough. The first thing many people do after a visit to this country, is to start planning the next trip.

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Day 1Cusco - Challa Cancha – Soraypampa

Start hiking at Challa Cancha following a wide path, we will gently make our way up the side of the valley covering a distance of about 16 km / 9.9 miles.The landscapes throughout the day is amazing, along the walk you get to see a wide variety of native plants, birds and towards the end of the day, we will see the snow-capped peaks of Humantay and Salkantay (The Savage) looming high above us. The base campsite for tonight is at Soraypampa (4000 m / 12750 ft.), the night can get pretty chilly, it’s the coldest night

Day 2Soraypampa - Huayracmachay - Collpapampa

The longest, highest and hardest day of the trek. Therefore, the most beautiful day, the sceneries throughout the day goes from one extreme to another; starting from the high Puna covered in Andean grass, then we hike up and over Salkantay pass, where everything is rocky, after descending the far side to the warm and lush cloud forest below, along the walk you see a variety of wildlife.Campsite for tonight is at Collpapampa (2900 m / 9514 ft), it is recommended you to put on mosquitos repellent from this point on as the insects in the area have a nasty bite

Duration: 12 hours

Day 3Collpapampa - La Playa (Sahuayaco)

After breakfast, you will have the shortest day of the hike to the village La Playa 12 km down the valley from Collpapampa campsite. The trail takes you along the Lluskamayo River through an area that is teeming with green life and has various coffee plants and native fruit plantations.The campsite of tonight will be at the village of La Playa (2400m / 7874 ft.) that is populated, in this village you can try some of the locally grown coffee. If you are interested, you have the chance to go the hot springs that is close by, let your guide know in advance so that can organise this for you or you just stay at the village of La Playa for free afternoon.

Duration: 12 hours

Day 4 La Playa - Hidroeléctrica - Machu Picchu Pueblo

Early wake up for breakfast, today is the final stretch of the hike before we reach Aguas Calientes town which is at the base of Machu Picchu Citadel. The main goal of today is a visit to the Inca site of Llactapata. Following an original Inca Trail to Llactapata by early to mid morning and can enjoy the fantastic views of Machu Picchu that we enjoy from here.After the tour of Llactapata, we will head back down the mountainside to the Hydroelectric Station, where we’ll have the last lunch and where you say thanks your team showing your gratitude. Then we’ll continue hiking to Machu Picchu Pueblo or (Optional to catch the train to the town), where we spend the night in a Hotel.

Duration: 12 hours

Day 5Machu Picchu - Cusco

After breakfast in the Hostel and then catch the first bus back up to Machu Picchu citadel to visit the site, in order to explore the amazing city as the sun rises. We’ll have a 2 hours guided tour of the site, where you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.

Duration: 12 hours