Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
5 days/4 nights
Daily Departures Year Round
Adult $ 795.00 / Child $ 650.00
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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!
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 1 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure.
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camping (3 nts), hotel (1 nts)
Minimum 1, Maximum 12
Meals Included 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, 3 afternoon teas
Transport Private bus, Machu Picchu Shuttle, train
Inca Trail Trekking Regulations
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Notes 1. A good-strong fitness level is recommended on this tour.
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
Day 1 Camping: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa (L,D)
Depart from Cusco very early in the morning. Travel by bus to Mollepata (2,900mts). Here, take pleasure in HUMANTAY, the first snow-capped mountain along our route. Then, a four hour ascent to the first pass of SALKANTAY mountain (4,540mts). We stop at the summit for around 25 minutes to take group pictures, as we will have great views of the mountains. We continue walking for approx 2 hrs through unspoiled Andean villages to Soraypampa 3850mts, our first camp. We’ll have an early evening hot drink followed by dinner.
* Included: Lunch, Dinner + Camping facilities
* Today’s walking distance approximately 10km
Day 2 Camping: Soraypampa – Collapampa (B,L,D)
We leave from Soroypampa early after breakfast at 7:00 am approx. in route to Collcapampa. We start with a 4 hour ascent of the Apacheta pass 4590 mts. Check out the hundreds of odd masses of stones (Apachetas) around the pass. The herdsmen leave these stone towers as good luck when they pass a high summit. From this point we can appreciate the spectacular views of the Mountain Salkantay, a stunning snow capped mountain (6264 mts) and the second highest peak in the region. We again stop at the summit for around 25 minutes to take group pictures and continue our descent 4 hours downhill to lunch followed by 2 more hours to camp, afternoon tea and dinner.
* Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Camping facilities
*Today’s walking distance approximately 16km
Day 3 Camping: Collapampa – La Playa – Santa Teresa (B,L,D)
On this part of the trek we will walk on a narrow trail 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 village located at 1.645mts by around 1:00pm. We’ll set up camp and optionally visit the medicinal hot springs, which are only 45 minutes from Santa Teresa.
* Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Camping facilities.
* Today’s walking distance approximately 15km
Day 4 Hostel: Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes (B,L,D)
Another early morning wake up call for breakfast. Then approximately 3 hours to get the Urubamba sub-tropical River Valley, the same valley that conceals Machu Picchu. 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 night in a clean hostel with a real bed.
* Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Camping facilities.
* Today’s walking distance approximately 12km
Day 5 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco (B)
Up before dawn for breakfast, then complete your journey on a 1-hour walk, or catch the bus 25 minutes up to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Join our local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site without the pressure of day-trippers that arrive at midday. Then take advantage, as you’ll have plenty of free time for exploring further. Optionally, climb Huayna Picchu peak, providing the chance to see Machu Picchu and its surroundings from a more exclusive angle. Others may choose to meditate, write in their journal or simply take it all in. Return to Aguas Calientes generally around 1:00pm for lunch, have a dip in the thermal pools, then at 4:00pm we catch our return train to Cusco arriving approximately 9:00pm
* Train departure times quoted here are not guaranteed and may vary according to season and availability
* Included: Breakfast
* Today’s walking distance approximately 5 km
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
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
-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
Original passport and copy
Warm sleeping bag
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
Walking stick (optional)
Personal items, medications
Some extra spending money (there is one ATM in Aguas Calientes)