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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5d/4n

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Inkas Destination

  • Locations

    Cusco Region, Peru

  • Activities

    Adventure, Hiking Trekking

  • Price
    From: $319 USD per person
  • Duration

    5 days/ 4 Nights (or 4d/3n if you prefer)

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    All year

  • Starting Location



  • Daily Departures
  • Local Tour Operator
  • The Best Customer Service in the Industry
  • We Take Care of Everything, Including Transfers
  • One of a Kind Experience


Trip Info

Day 01: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa

First day: Salkantay Trek – Soraypampa.

At 05:00 am we will pick you up from your hotel and take a 2 hour bus ride to Mollepata (2,800m, / 9,116 feet). This is a beautifully scenic drive through the valley of Limatambo. Upon reaching Mollepata we will have breakfast, then head to Markokasa. Here we will meet with the muleteers and mules to begin our Salkantay trek towards Soraypampa (3,825m / 12,371 ft), about a 4 hour walk. We’ll have lunch once we get there, and then continue to Humantay Lake, about 2 hours up and 2 hours back down to Soraypampa. You’ll have your first view of the sacred mountain Salkantay(6,271m / 20,574ft) along the way. We’ll have dinner and spend the night in Soraypampa.

Day 02: Soraypampa – Wayracpampa – Colpany

Second day: Salkantay Pass.

Another early start today, with breakfast at 05:00am. We’ll then begin a roughly 2 hour hike to Salkantay Pass (4,650m / 15,091ft). We’ll stop to catch our breath at the top and bask in the glaciated presence of Salkantay (6,271m / 20,574ft) and other snow-capped peaks like Humantay and Tucarhuay, possibly even seeing avalanches careening down them. After spending some time taking in this beautiful landscape, will start to our descent to the high jungle, passing through barren windswept plains and catching glimpses of the Cordillera Vilcabamba mountains along the way. We will finish the second day of the Salkantay Trek at the Colpapampa camp site (2,900m / 9,514ft), where the vegetation and wildlife will be more abundant. Dinner & Overnight.

Day 3: Colpapampa – Playa Sawayaco – Santa Teresa

After breakfast, we will begin our walk at 6:30am through the high Inca Jungle. We will shortly cross the Lluskamayo River, plus a number of small streams. We will pass through valleys and observe the exotic flora and fauna of the region, plus amazing view of waterfalls. We will stop in Playa – Sawayaco (2,250m / 7,381ft) for lunch. After, we will take a van to Santa Teresa (1,900m / 6,233ft). We’ll set up camp here and later relax into the Cocalmayo hot springs.

Day 04: Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

After breakfast we will begin the trek into the Santa Teresa valley to Hidroeléctrica (the hydroelectric power station), our lunch spot. We will continue with our walk, except now with a view of Machu Picchu and the principal Inca sacred mountains in the area: Huayna Picchu, Putucusi and Salkantay again.

After of 6 hours of walking, we will arrive in the town of Aguas Calientes (1,900m / 6,233 ft), where we will spend the night.

Day 05: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

We will wake up at 4:00am (yes – another early start. Trust us: it’s better this way). Then we will start to walk up to Machu Picchu citadel. When we arrive at the Machu Picchu check point, we’ll regroup and start the 2 hour guided tour. Afterwards, you will have free time to climb Huayna Picchu (additional fee and prior reservation required) and visit the different places recommended by our guide, such as the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) and Machu Picchu Mountain. At last, we will return by train to Ollantaytambo and then by bus to Cusco.


Pick up form the Hotel
Bus from Cusco to Mollepata
Muleteers and mules
Tent, mattresses, kitchen and dining equipment
Double tents
4 breakfast / 4 lunch / 4 dinner
Transport from Playa sahuayaco to Santa teresa
One night accomodation in Aguas Calientes
Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Entrance fee of Machu Picchu
Professional guide (English & Spanish-speaking)
First aid kit and oxygen bottle
Return bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Not included:

Last lunch in Aguas Calientes
Sleeping bag

Let Inkas Destination help you plan your next memorable experience.

Inkas Destination

Inka's Destination is a company that works in all magnificent areas of Peru, specialized in traditional tours, adventure and ecological travel programs like biking, hiking with a high level of environmental responsibility with the support of experienced professionals in the tourism sector.

Our locals guides are experts, coming from all regions across Peru, fully licensed and authorized guides, Quechua speakers and they will provide you unique first-hand information, custom and traditions of these main destinations.

They will lead you to the center of Peruvian culture, one of the most mysterious on earth. Our company offers tours around Peru; we can prepare any personalized tour according your requirements and free time, samples based on solid business relationships with our suppliers, we are able to negotiate competitive prices for our customers, accommodation is according your exigency; an experienced team and mountain equipment designed according to Peruvian hard routes let us give you the perfect conditions to enjoy nature with responsible travel.

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