Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Explore this trail to the Inca Citadel.
Explore this trail to the Inca Citadel.
Our Salkantay Trek itinerary was created with a slight difference from the traditional trek, with the purpose to have a unique, unforgettable, and authentic experience, without missing the most important attractions, visiting the Humantay lagoon, organic coffee farm, the thermal baths of Cocalmayo (Santa Teresa), the Inca Trail Llactapata and Machupicchu. With us, you will have a complete experience, without missing anything. Enter in contact to know our differences.
DAY 1: Cusco – Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa (Humantay Lake).
DAY 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Wayracpunku – Chaullay
DAY 3: Chaullay - La Playa – Santa Teresa
DAY 4 Santa Teresa – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes
DAY 5: The Expected Day – The Inca Citadel (Machu Picchu)
Humantay Lake,Humantay and Salkantay Peak, Valles, Hot springs, Aguas Calientes Village, Machu picchu and more..
Departures:Our company has daily departures to Salkantay, since 2 to 10 participants maximum per group, we are a 100% direct trekking tour operator, sustainable and responsible with Nature.
We wake up at about 4:30 am to go from Cusco to Mollepata Village and then to Soraypampa (3200 mts) the trailhead, this trip is in our private car for about 3 hours. We will arrive to Mollepata around 7:30 am; we stop for 30 minutes to have breakfast in local restaurant if the group wants (not included) or to buy some last minute supplies. Then we are continuing our trip uphill for 1 hour more until arrive to Soraypampoa the Salkantay trek trailhead, where we meet our Arrieros “horsemen“ and trekking staff (Cook and Assistants). We commence an optional trekKing with a gradual climb for about 1 and a half hour until Huamtay Lake below the snow peak, it is an amazing lake in the mountains and then we descend back to Soraypampa to continue with a gentle climb until Salkantaypampa for the lunch and free time. We continue after lunch with climb for approximately 2 and a half to 3 hours through to Suyrucocha. This first Camp is located at 4,480 masl, we can see the small lake and salkantay views.
After an early breakfast, we start trekking a moderate climb from approximately one and half hours to reach the Salkantay Pass at 4,630 masl. From this point we can appreciate views of Cusco's second highest peak, Salkantay (6,264 masl) and the snowcapped mountains Humantay and Huayanay, after that we will going by the summit to see the salkantay lake and to be as close the Salkantay. From here, we continue two and half hrs downhill to lunch in Wayracmachay or Rayanpata point, and then we continue until Colpapampa campsite 2840 masl for another 3 hours.
After a delicious breakfast served by our trekking staff, you will begin the hike which will be 5 hours until you arrive to the lunch spot called La Playa at 2400 meters. Along the way you will explore beautiful waterfalls, rivers, amazing flora and fauna, with a microclimate called tropical forest where local people grown coffee, passion fruit, papayas, oranges and avocados. After lunch, a local bus will take us to have a lovely visit at an organic coffee farm, tasting the coffee prepared by the local people. Coffee is the main farming industry of local people here and they farm many big hectares of coffee to export to USA, Asia and Europe. Then we will continue by local car to Santa Teresa village campsite and Colcalmayo thermals baths, where you will have some time to enjoy a hot natural thermals which is volcanic water with different minerals which are used as medicinal (thermal baths is optional for 5 Peruvian soles). In the Afternoon, again, we will serve a lovely happy hour with tea and coffee and your chef will prepare a delicious meal for dinner.
We start the day early with breakfast at around 6:00am and then to go by local car to Llucmabamba site where start the hike for a 3 hour to the restored ruins of Llactapata (2,860m) from where you can see Machu Picchu and the last views of Salkantay Mountain, here our tour guide explains who was the function, the importance, etc. After that, we start descending for about 3 hour to Hydroelectric Plant (Hidroelectrica) a place for lunch; later continue along train rail to the Aguas Calientes village where we have a touristic hotel and dinner in a local restaurant for this last night.
Note:If the group do not want to walk more, today we will catch the traditional salkantay trek directly to Hydroelectric without Llactapata. It will depend of the group.
Traditional Trail: You start the day at around 8:00 am with breakfast and then a 3 hour hike to the Hydroelectric plant (Hidroelectrica), where we have lunch to later continue for 4 hours more along the train rail to Aguas Calientes village (Machu picchu town) where we have a touristic hotel for the last night and the dinner in a local restaurant.
An early start to go in the first bus to Machu Picchu and see the sunrise over this enigmatic city, We travel for around 45 minute by car to Machu Picchu to have a full guided tour for about 2 hours by the most important sectors of the park. After that, you are free to explore more for your own, or maybe climb to Huayna Picchu Mountain (if you have a permit) or go the Inca Bridge, or visit the sun gate.Afterwards you can come back walking down to Aguas Calientes or take the bus (not included in the cost) to have lunch at Aguas Calientes (not included in the cost).In the afternoon at around 16:00 or 18:30 pm, we board the train to return to Ollantaytambo village and transfer to Cusco city and end of the Salkantay trek.
We include in our price these additional things, which normally are not included by companies.
• Extra night in Aguas Calientes $ 50.
• Huaynapicchu entrance ticket $ 18 (depends on availability).
• Sleeping Bag rent for the all trek $ 20.
• A pair of sticks $ 15 for the all trail.
• Adicional horse for carry your personal bags $ 50 per 3 days.
• Vistadone train service $ 60.
• Bus From Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes $ 15 USD
• Original ID documents (Passport)
• A good backpack or day backpack to carry your personal things
• Sleeping bag recommended -5 as minimum, walking sticks are recommended.
• Waterproof trekking boots.
• Warm clothes ( you can experience the four seasons in one day).
• 4 T-shirts, sun hat, two pairs of pants for the trek, gloves, 4 pairs of socks, raincoat, 1 warm jacket, extra layers.
• Camera with extra battery.
• Sunblock, sunglasses, insect repellent.
• Essential toiletries, toothbrush, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.
• Swimsuit for swim in thermal baths.
• Water bottle (no need to bring water pills).
• Personal first aid kit.
• Head lamp.
• Some plastic bags in the rainy season.
|Estudent with ISIC CARD||Every Day|
Private tours are available and priced by party size.
Without hotel: -30 USD per person if you book for your own.
|Private Service||Departures||Price per person|
|02 Trekkers||Every Day||USD $ 620|
|03 Trekkers||Every Day||USD $ 600|
|04 Trekkers||Every Day||USD $ 580|
|05 Trekkers||Every Day||USD $ 560|
|06 -07 Trekkers||Every Day||USD $ 530|
|08 to + Trekkers||Every Day||USD $ 500|
Student Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to email@example.com.
This is a 2 star hotel and is based on shared rooms - either double, matrimonial or triple. If you prefer a single room you have to add $30 US per person. All the rooms include private bathrooms with hot showers and wifi. We can also upgrade your hotel if you prefer something a little fancier or we can do the tour without hotel, if you prefer to book the hotel for Aguas Calientes for your own. Please remember that the service you receive in Aguas Calientes will not be quite as good as Cusco.