Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days 4 Nights

  • Destination: Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Price per person: $530

Based on 4 people.

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Price for 2 people US$ 620 per person
Price for 3 people US$ 570 per person

A new and amazing trek!!! Come and hike Salkantay (‘the savage one’). Reach Machu Picchu in a different and spectacular way; trekking through valleys, grasslands, snowcarpets, cloud forests and steamy jungles!!

The famous Salkantay Trek, recently named among one of the best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, is a trek connecting the city of Cusco with Machu Picchu.

The Trail Salkantay runs approximately 35 miles ( 60 kilometers) through high Andean peaks, cloud forest and steamy jungle.


Day 1

Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa

We pick you up from your  your hotel and we will leave Cusco approximately between 4:30 am and 5:00 am by  private bus which will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level)

Where we will arrive approximately at 8:00 am to have breakfast. Also to use the toilets facilities and get any extra supplies. During the road trip, we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay Mountain, other snow-capped Mountains and the Valley of Apurimac River, with the first sunlight of the day over the snow picks.

We will kept her ide to Sayllapata (3200 meters above sea level). Were we would meet with our support staff who will load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 9:30 to 10:00 am, we will begin our walk around 3 hours to Soraypanpa (3850 meters above sea level) arriving around 1:00 pm, we will have a Peruvian lunch in our basecamp site, after lunch we will continue hiking toward Humantay lagoon (at 4200 meters above sea level) around 3 hours; this lagoon is formed by the melt of the glazer, giving a particular green colour to the water. Without doubt one of the vest scenic view in the trail.

Around 5:30 in the afternoon, we will arrive to our campsite where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

Day 2

Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huayracpunku – Chaullay

Today our adventure will take us through a very different change in environment, from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas.

After breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek. We will start to hike around 6:00 in the morning to a place called Salkantay Pampa and then follow the left side of the snowy peaks of Umantay located next to the Apu Salkantay. Around 10 am, we will be on the highest point of the trek (4600 meters above sea level). Here we will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level) which is the second highest point of the Cusco region.

Around 1:00 pm, we will have our lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. A flat area that is part of the valley of Chaullay,

After a short rest we will keep hiking of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive at our campsite in the bottom of Challay valley (2920 meters above sea level).

This valley is the doorway to the cloud forest and the jungle.

We will recuperate from the hike with a teatime and rest until diner time 7.00pm.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

Day 3

Chaullay – Collpapampa – La Playa – Santa Teresa

Around 6:30 am, after breakfast, we will start our trek. We will walk for about 6 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco (2200 meters above sea level), during this period, we will observe the flora of the area and the agriculture fields of the coca plantation, bananas, passion fruits and coffee. In addition, we will pass by the town called Collpapampa.

Here we meet the jungle call Forest Brow, continue the hike we will be surrounded    fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds. If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous Peruvian national bird called the Cock of the Rocks.

We arrive Playa Sahuayaco around 1.00 pm for lunch,

After a rest under a tree, we will take a bus to the hot spring  of Cocalmayo  in Santa Teresa, one of the cleanest hot springs  in the area of Cusco, were we will camp this night, you will have the opportunity of dip yourself few times. (It is recommended to bring a bathing suit)

After relaxing time, diner it will be serve at 7 pm

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

Day 4

Santa Teresa – Llaqtapata – Hidroelectryc – Aguas Calientes

You will have the opportunity to dip yourself again the hot springs in the morning before breakfast

After of our delicious breakfast with local coffee you will have the energy to keep the adventure, we will take at 6 am an hour-long private transfer to Lucmabamba where you will intersect with the Incan Jungle Trail. Recently discovered, this trail has been confirmed as the original path that the jungle tribes used to transport supplies to the citadel at Machu Picchu. Your guide will explain the history and significance of this trail as you ascend the stone stairway to the top of the hill. Once you reach the peak of the hill you will find the ancient archaeological site of LLacatapata, from here you will be able to enjoy your first view of Machu Picchu, flanked by the peak of Salkantay. Your guide will give you a guided tour of these ruins explaining their purpose and highlighting the interesting architectural properties of this ancient place. After the tour you will continue along the trail descending to the Aobamba River passing a variety of crop plantations along the way. Once you reach the river, the trail continues for approximately two hours until you reach the hydroelectric train station where lunch will be served. After lunch and a short rest you will take the three hour walk following the route of the train tracks leading to the town of Aguas Calientes. On arrival to Aguas Calientes your guide will escort you to a comfortable family run hostel with private bathrooms where you can enjoy your evening meal and rest ahead of your following days visit to Machu Picchu.

The town of Aguas Calientes is a unique and interesting place famous not only as the entry point to Machu Picchu but also for the hot springs for which it is named (Aguas “ Water/Calientes “ Hot) you can spend some of your time exploring this town and visiting the sights to be found here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Margarita’s House

Day 5

Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu Sanctuary – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

You will take our breakfast, very early in the morning. Then we start our last day by climbing up to the entrance of the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. Avoiding the crowds, you will be one of the first visitors of the day. Your bilingual tour guide will take you around the vast ruins for about 3hrs, comprehensively explaining its historical significance and place in the Inca Empire. After this you have some free time to wander around. Machu Picchu is the best known of the Inca ruins, as it is recognized worldwide yet it is not mentioned in any of the writings of the Spanish Conquistadors. It is believed to have been constructed around the mid-15th century and was rediscovered by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911.

The guided tour of this fascinating place is an unforgettable experience. Visit the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the excursion you can hike up the mountain behind Machu Picchu Huayna Picchu where you will have stunning views over the whole complex! However there are only 400 persons per day allowed, therefore you must let us know in advance. This, we have to book it when we reserve your tour and has a cost of US$ 15.00 plus. Due Huayna Pucchu is very fast oversold, we are offering Machu Picchu Mountain as a second optional climbing. The adventage of this hike is that its less crowed, but not less beautiful. The cost fot this climb are also US$ 15.00 per person.

Optional unguided walks include Inti Punku, the SUN GATE the traditional end of the Inca Trail, duration 45 min. and the Inca Bridge, duration 1 hr. Otherwise simply relax and take in the inspiring atmosphere. After your free time you can walk down to the town of Aguas Calientes for a late lunch or a dip in the hot springs (not included). In the afternoon you take the train back. A frequent bus service takes visitors back to Aguas Calientes, where you will catch the train to Ollantaytambo at 18:22 ot at 19:00 h (sometimes subject to the train availability) and then the tourist bus on to Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast.




Please note:
  • Times cited in this itinerary are aproximate. Walking times depend on the group, the guide can change the lunch and camping spots depending on the group´s progress.
  • The guide can have their own preference for which route to take and this might not correspond exactly to the route described.
  • An extra night in Aguas Calientes can be easily arranged if you let us know in advance, so we can change the date of your your trail ticket for the following day.
  • The cost of the Hotel will be dependent according to your request.
  • The Salkantay trek (also spelled Salcantay trek) is one of the most spectacular and varied hikes around Cusco.
  • Given the new restrictions of the Inca trail, Salkantay is the second most popular hike in the region.
  • Pre-departure orientation briefing
  • Local cellphone
  • 24 hour support from company owner
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer to Mollepata (starting point of the trek)
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-person-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and safe keeping of backpacks.
  • English speaking professional and official tourist guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town
  • Pack animals (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) days 1 to 4
  • Pack animals to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 6kg per person (including sleeping pad and sleeping bag) days 1 to 4
  • 1 emergency horse every 8 persons days 1 to 4
  • Meals (04Breakfast, 04Lunch, 04Dinner + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day).
  • Vegetarian or special dietary menus are available at no extra cost, please advise when booking
  • One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment
  • Filtered boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
  • Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staffHot water every morning and evening for washing / boiled water to fill your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • 1 Day Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Bus ticket Machu Picchu Aguas Calientes(One Way) (day 5)
  • Trainticket from Ollantaytambo -Aguas Calientes – Ollantyatambo(Expedition Service)
  • Transfer train station Ollantaytambo to Cusco
Not Included:
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Bus ticket Machu Picchu Aguas Calientes(One Way) (day 5)
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day: after the guided tour at Machu Picchu,
  • Visit to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you prefer.
We recommend that you bring the following:
  • Daypack to carry personal items
  • Sleeping bag (optional rental from us)
  • Warm clothes layers for variable temperatures specially at night. Flash light with extra batteries
  • Camera & batteries
  • Sun protection sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain poncho and good rainjacket.
  • Toiletries
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Water bottle, water purifying tablets
  • Personal medical kit
  • Original passport and ISIC student card if applicable
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips.
What we need when you make a reservation:
  • Full name as it is written in your passport (please include a copy of your passport)
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Scan copy of your ISIC student card (if you have one it’s US$ 18 less)
  • Departure date for the tour
  • Send a deposit of 60% of the total price of your tour. (The remainder of your balance will be due upon your arrival in Cusco.) Payment may be made via *Western UnionPayPalABN AMRO Bank in Holland or securely and directly through our website by choosing your desired tour and clicking on the BOOK NOW button.

Group price US$ 530.00
based on 4 people.

Price for 2 people US$ 620 per person
Price for 3 people US$ 570 per person

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With each tour you book with Green Peru Adventures, you are a free walking tour offered by the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. Here you will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.

We look forward to an unforgettable experience of your trip.