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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

5 days/4 nights
Daily Departures Year Round, USD $ 700.00

Trip Overview

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is better suited for more adventuresome trekkers who are able to handle a little more altitude and distance. This trek takes you up and along Salkantay Mountain, which is the second highest peak in the Cusco region. On the first night, you will sleep not too far away from its snow-capped peak. The second day will be the hardest day of the trek. While you work a bit harder to get there, the views at the top are stellar. After you reach the 4,600 meter pass (the Inca Trail’s Dead Woman’s Pass only goes as high as 4,200 meters), it is mostly all downhill, descending into a sub-tropical valley on the far side of the mountain. Spend days 3 and 4 trekking around the peak, narrow trails hugging the mountainside, crossing some beds of varied species of orchids and different kinds of plants, cornfields, fruit fields and last but not least, the most beautiful waterfall on the trail. After walking for 5 hours, we arrive to La Playa, at which point we’ll take a small truck 45 minutes to get Santa Teresa village located at 1.645mt.

The following day after hiking 2 more hours we arrive to the hydroelectric power station, located in another small village. Here, all kinds of tropical fruits and plants are thriving at the lower altitude. Lunch awaits and after digesting our feast, we will continue trekking to Aguas Calientes where we spend the rest of the 4th evening relaxing in the village. In the morning you take the bus (or walk) up to Machu Picchu for your 2-hour guided tour followed by free time to explore at your leisure.

*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: Deluxe thermarest mattresses and -10 °C goose down sleeping bags are included!

Detailed Itinerary

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 Cusco – Mollepata – Soroyapampa
Day 2 Soraypampa –  Collapampa
Day 3 Collapampa – La Playa – Santa Teresa
Day 4 Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes
Day 5 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

What’s Included

  • Private transport from Cusco to Soraypampa trailhead
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes village to Machu Picchu
  • Back Packer Tourist train return to Cusco.
  • Entrance fees to the Salkantay Trail and Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Excellent Meals: 3 meals a day, afternoon teas
  • Potable water for your bottle during the trek
  • Food options for veggies
  • Bilingual English speaking guide
  • Professional chef
  • Chef’s assistant
  • Horsemen and horses to carry camping equipment, kitchen gear, personal items and an emergency horse
  • Camping Gear: Double waterproof tents (3 person capacity tent, to allow for top comfort and storage of your gear)+ dining tent with tables and chairs + kitchen tent + toilet tent + tent for our guides and porters
  • Accommodation: 3 nights camping, 1 night simple hotel

An Adventures to Peru Plus…

  • -10 °C goose down sleeping bag and deluxe inflatable Thermarest sleep mattress included for all treks in Peru
  • Hot water every morning and evening after the trek to keep clean + filtered and boiled water to fill up your water bottle every morning, night, and at lunchtime if requested
  • Security: first aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle

What’s Not Included

  • First breakfast (you should to have breakfast at hotel in Cusco before departure day 1)
  • Lunch day 5 after Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Gratuities or Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages


  • Original passport and copy
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Thermarest mattress
  • Drinking water
  • Rain gear
  • Toilet paper
  •  Garbage bag to store personal items, waterproof for stuff
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Sunglasses, sun block and insect repellent
  • Sweater and jacket (layers, something warm)
  • One complete change of clothing (t-shirt, short, long pants)Small towel and bathing suit (hot springs)
  • Sun hat
  • Snacks during hike (candies, chocolate, energy bars, etc.)
  • Comfortable hiking shoes and sandals
  • Camera
  • Walking stick (optional)
  • Personal items, medications
  • Some extra spending money (there is one ATM in Aguas Calientes)

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