Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N

Arrive to Machu Picchu by the Salkantay trail via Llactapata

Max Height

4,630 m

Trip Days

05 Days

Type

Trekking

Difficulty

Moderate-Hard-Easy

OVERVIEW

Why hike the Salkantay trek?

Our Salkantay Trek itinerary was created with a slight difference from the traditional Salkantay 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 the best salkantay trek with a complete experience, without missing anything. Enter in contact to know our differences.

Day-by-Day Salkantay Trail Summary

  • Salkantay trek Day 1
    Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Suyrucocha Camp (4,400 m)
  • Salkantay trek Day 2
    Suyrucocha - Salkantay Pass - Wayramachay - Colpapampa Camp (2,850 m)
  • Salkantay trek Day 3
    Colpapampa - La Playa - Santa Teresa Hot Springs - Llucmabamba Camp (2,000 m)
  • Salkantay trek Day 4
    Llucmabmaba - Llactapata - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Caliente Village (2,050 m)
  • Machupicchu Day 5
    Visit the Machu picchu - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo - Cusco City (3,350 m)
Starting From
430 USD
  • Duration:
    5 Days and 4 Nights
  • Tour Style:
    Walking, Cultural, Historical, Traditional, Narutal.
  • Hotel
    1 Night (Shared Room)
  • Camping
    3 Nigths
  • Difficulty
    Moderate-High-Easy(depends of your fitness level).
  • Transportation
    Bus, Train, Van, local car
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FULL ITINERARY

Day 01: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa - Suyrucocha Camp

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 have to 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 the muleteers and trekking staff (Cook and Assistants). We commence an optional trekKing with a gradual climb for about one hour until Huamtay Lake, it is an amazing lake in the mountains and then we descend back to Soraypampa for the lunch and free time. Then we will continue climbing one and a half hours to Suyrucocha camp (4,480 masl).

Day 02: Suyrucocha - Salkantay Pass - Collpapampa Camp

After an early breakfast, we start the salkantay trek with a moderate climb from approximately one and half hours to reach the Salkantay Pass at 4,630 masl. From this point we can appreciate the second highest peak, Salkantay (6,264 masl), the Humantay, and the Huayanay snowcapped mountains. From here, we continue two hours downhill until Wayracmachay to lunch, and then we continue until Colpapampa campsite 2840 masl for another 3 hours.

Day 03: Colpapampa - La Playa - Santa Teresa hot Springs

After a delicious breakfast, we will begin the walk by the Salkantay Trek that will be of 5 hours until the place of lunch called La Playa to 2400 meters. Along the way, you will see beautiful waterfalls, rivers, incredible flora and fauna, with a microclimate called tropical forest where people grew coffee, passion fruit, papayas, oranges and avocados. After lunch, we will continue by local van to the town of Santa Teresa and the thermal waters of Colcalmayo, where you will have time to enjoy in the pools. Then we will continue in the same van to the camp of Llucmabmaba where we will have the happy hour with tea, coffee, popcorn and a delicious dinner.

Day 04: Santa Teresa - Inca Trail Llactapata - Hidoelectrica - Aguas Calientes town

We start the day early with breakfast around 6:00 am to begin the Salkantay trek for 3 hours to the restored ruins of Llactapata (2,860 m), from where you can see Machu Picchu and the last views of the mountain Salkantay, here our tour guide explains the function, importance and etc. After that, we started descending for approximately 3 hours to the Hydroelectric Plant for lunch; then we will continue for another 3 hours  until Aguas Calientes where we have a tourist hotel and the dinner at a local restaurant for this last night.

Note: If the group does not want walk more, today we will take the traditional trail directly to Hydroelectric without Llactapata.
Traditional Trail: Start the day around 8:00 am with the breakfast and then a 3-hour hike to the Hidroeléctrica, where we have the lunch and then continue for another 3 hours to the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) where we will have a tourist hotel and the dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 05: Visit to Machupicchu and Back to Cusco

An early wake up to go the bus station to catch the first bus to Machu Picchu, We travel for around 30 minutes until Machu Picchu entrance, here the guide introduce you to one of the 7 new wonders, and you will see the sunrise over this enigmatic city if the weather conditions is well. Next, we are going to explore the most important sectors of the park for around 2 hours always together with your guide. 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 to the Inca Bridge, or visit the sun gate. Afterwards you have back to Aguas Calientes at around 13pm to eat something before go to the train station, our train depart at around 14:30 or 18:20 pm, to Ollantaytambo town and then transfer to Cusco city by van.


  • Pre- Departure Briefing
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Transport from your hotel to Soraypampa (walking star point)
  • 4 person sleeping tents (we only put 2 in each tent) very spacious
  • Foam mats to put under your sleeping bag (carried by horses)
  • Camping equipment
  • Entrance to Machupicchu
  • Accommodation ( 3 nights in tent and 1 night in hostel Aguas Calientes)
  • Cargo Mules (For first and second day to carry the all-camping equipment and your personal baggage (7 kilos).
  • Specialist chef
  • Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 dinners and Snacks
  • Daily snacks (1, 2 and 3 days)
  • water for grooming
  • Train tickets: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (expedition service)
  • Transport from Ollantaytambo Train Station to hotel in Cusco (Day 5)
  • Transport from la Playa to Llucmabamba.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (one way)
  • Basic touristic Hotel in Aguas Calientes double or triple rooms, private bathrooms, hot showers, wifi, and storage while you visit Machu Picchu.
  • 24-h guest service

Our Differences:

We include in our price these additional things, which normally are not included by companies.

  • the Entrance ticket for the Salkantay Trail + Humantay Lake
  • bus ticket (Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu)
  • the entrance ticket for the Santa Teresa hot Springs (Cocalmayo).
  • the Transport from Santa Teresa to Cocalmayo hot spring
  • the transport from the Santa Teresa to Llucmabamba.
  • the train who depart at 12:30 or 18:20 (According availability)
  • Waynapicchu Mountain:This is done for your own after the Machu Picchu tour and the admision is $20 USD per person. This is extremely popular and needs to be arranged at least 3 months prior to your trek. Please understand that we can not control weather and cloudy days will prevent perfect pictures.
  • Bus Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes: is just included one way (aguas Calientes - Machupicchu) ($ 15 USD) .
  • Sleeping Bags: You can hire from our company if you do not have your own ($20 USD)
  • Walking Sticks: You can hire a set($18 USD).
  • Meals Like: Day 1: Breakfast - Last Day: Lunch and Dinner in Aguas Calientes.
  • Travel Insurance, clothing and gear
  • Tips for our staff: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish.
  • Option: If you feel tired after the trek to Llactapata, you can take a train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes. ($28 USD)
  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management (landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.)

• 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.

DATES & PRICE

Shared Tour

Estudent Adult
$ 480 USD $ 430 $ 500 USD $ 450

Departure Dates:

August: 13,16,18,20,21,22,25,27,29
September: 01,02,04,05,06,07,08,09,11,14,15,16,24
October: 04,07,16,23,27,29
November: 02,05,06,20,23

If you have another date for the Salkantay Trek, do not worry just book to open a departure.

Private Tour

Private tours are available and priced by party size, write us for a private tour.

STUDENT DISCOUNT

Student Discounts ($20 off per person) 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 info@doadventures.com.

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HOTEL INCLUDED:

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.

HOW TO BOOK ?

How to Book

In order to make a booking With Do Adventures, you need to follow the next steps:

Step 1: ENTER IN A CONTACT.

It is always a good idea to contact us directly and confirm with our team before your booking. Once you are ready, follow the next steps.

Step 2: ACCEPT TERMS & CONDITIONS.

Is very important to read our Terms and Conditions, because when you book a tour with Do Adventures, means that you are accepting automatically.

Step 3: SEND US YOUR FULL DETAILS.

Please send us to our e-mail the required details like: name, last name, passport number, nationality, birth date, those details has to be same of your passport or send us your passport photo. In addition, you have to send us your arrival date, hotel name in Cusco, departure of Cusco and date for a trip.

Step 4: MAKE THE DEPOSIT.

You have to pay the first deposit required according each tour to guarantee your journey, this can be made by one of our Payment Methods . After to complete the payment write us to our e-mail about that.
The Final Payment: Is due at least with 2 days or 1 day before to depart, normally is due on the briefing time.

Step 5: CONFIRMATION.

Finally, after to obtain your full details and the deposit, our office staff will email you back a tour confirmation to guarantee your journey. We always send confirmations, so if you do not hear from us, check your spam folder or contact us and we will resend you. We are so excited to take you on the Trip and thank you for your trust in us.

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