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Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu

5 Days


490 USD

Trip Code: STM5D

Salkantay Mountain Trek and Machu Picchu guided tour

Salkantay Trek 5 Days:

The Salkantay trek is perfect for tourists who wish to absorb the magnificent remains of Machu Picchu. This spectacular trek recently was voted by National Geographic as the most beautiful trek in the world!

We will get a chance to hike through breathtaking green valleys and traverse through the snow-capped Salkantay Mountain. You will enjoy a variety of rare flora and fauna as this trek has a wealth of natural scenery. This trek is open for everyone and is a popular alternative to the trek of Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

You have experience in hiking and love outdoor? Then you will love the Salkantay Trek, which includes a 5-days trek ending in Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world.

Prior to this trek Go Get Peru suggests to choose a tour for example to the Planetarium of Cusco. That way you will already know something about Inca astronomy. This knowledge you can use during the trek when you get to see the milky way and a lot of stars.



Day 1 – Salkantay Trek: from Cusco to Humantay Lake – Salkantaypampa

We will start off by leaving the hotel early in the morning at 6:00am. Our personal transport will bring us to Mollepata (2850m/9348ft). On an amazing 3 hour long journey through Izcuchaca and Limatambo we will already have an amazing view of the “Mountain of Salkantay”. Our first stop for breakfast will be in Mollepata, which is also the first checkpoint for all Salkantay adventurers.

We will have some time to see the colorful village of Mollepata and the blue Apurimac River Valley. From Mollepampa we will travel in a truck or minibus to cross rocks and the dirty mountain roads ahead of us. We will arrive to Soraypampa, where we will begin our hike to Humantay Lake.

We will begin to ascend the slopes that border the plateau of the mountain. One and a half hour later the first shimmer of the lagoon of Humantay will appear in front of us. While sitting around the turquoise water of the lagoon, we will have some rest and marvel at the spectacular glacier in the back of the lagoon. Here you will have a chance to relax, enjoy a snack and meditate in the tranquility of this magical spot.

Later we will descend back to Soraypampa where we will have our lunch and have a short nap. Then we will continue to Salkantaypampa to our campsite. The first campsite of our tour is situated at (3950m/12956ft).

Overnight at the Campsite
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 – Salkantay Trek: Salkantaypampa to Collpapampa

Early in the morning we will have breakfast before we hit the Salkantay Trek. That day the route is difficult and will first take us around 2 and a half hours to reach the Abra Salkantay (4600m/15088ft). Here you can catch a glimpse of Cusco’s second highest peak, the dazzling snowcapped Mountain Salkantay (6264m/20546ft). The mountains Humantay and Huayanay, small lakes and moraines will also be part of the fascinating scenery. At Salkantay it is tradition to leave a rock that you carried from the bottom. It counts as a present to the Abra Salkantay. (In ancient Inca times the hikers used to leave their shoes at the top along with clothes, jewels or simply a piece of rock.)

We will proceed further and hike for 2 hours downhill to our lunchplace in Huayracmachay (3850m/12628ft). From here, we will trek downhill towards a supposed cloud forest where the climate is more tropical. A lengthy but pleasant descent along the banks of the Salkantay river leads us to our next campsite located at Collpapampa (2890m/9479ft). Here we will feast upon a well prepared dinner and rest after this tiring day. A very beautiful camping site!

Overnight at the Campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Salkantay Trek: Collpapampa to La Playa

This morning will start with a freshly cooked breakfast. We then say farewell to our donkey/horses and “arrieros”. They will reach La Playa ahead of us, leave the equipment behind and return to Soraypampa.

Day 3 of our trip is a little easier and it also offers breathtaking views with endless chances to appreciate the fascinating wildlife. Alongside the mesmerizing Santa Teresa Riverbanks we will see plantations of avocado, coffee, and bananas. Bask yourself in the beauty of the vegetation which becomes increasingly lusher and greener as you proceed. On this day we continue with our Salkantay Trek completing a pleasant trek along the river of Santa Teresa. You will also have enough time to take a shower in the waterfalls and take beautiful pictures. If lucky, you will be also able to see the famous ”Gallito de las Rocas” – a Peruvian National Bird.

We will then reach the campsite in La Playa (2088m/6849ft). A tiny village is situated here which has a shop, electricity and where you can use the shower and toilet facilities. Enjoy a peaceful evening and a tasty dinner by the cool waters of the river.

Overnight at the campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Salkantay Trek: from La Playa towards Aguas Calientes

On the last day we will depart the valley to begin climbing up on the trail through lovely forestland. We will arrive at an archeological site of Llactapata which just recently was discovered. From that point we will be able to appreciate the spectacular views of both, the grandiose Mount Salkantay and Machu Picchu. We pursue our Salkantay trip to Lucmabamba village (2100m/6888ft) where we will have a look at the ruins of the Inca trail.

From here we will hike up the valley for about 2 to 3 hours to reach Abra Q’elloqasa (2860m/9381ft). We will have an outstanding spectacle of the Incas’ lost city as well as of the famous Machu Picchu.

A two hour downward spiral to the river Aobamba will lead us to Machu Picchu’s hydroelectric plant (1870m/6134ft). Here, we will eat our final lunch with the entire tour staff that accompanied us on the trip. After lunch the staff, including cooks and porters, will carry on without us. Instead, we will go on to the town of Aguas Calientes with our reliable guide. The last chance to have a look at the impressive mountains before we come to the absolute highlight of the tour!

At 4:30pm we will board a train for a 45 minute journey to the town of Aguas Calientes (2000m/6560ft). An exclusive dinner and a comfortable bed will await us in our hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – Tour to Machu Picchu and Back to Cusco

You will have an early breakfast at your hotel before we start our last day to go to the citadel of Machu Picchu. After cueing for the bus at around 5am, we will take short distance (25 minutes) up to the Machu Picchu citadel.

Now listed as one of the seven new wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is an UNESCO World Heritage site and is a masterpiece of construction and engineering as well as a sanctuary for Inca Pachakuteq (1438 – 1572). Your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You will then wander around the town squares as well as climbing the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered as the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom. You will be given some time alone to completely absorb this marvelous wonder and let this experience of a lifetime settle in your soul. After the entire tour finished, you will have enough time to wander around leisurely.

Afterwards you will have some time to add one of the following activities on your own (price not included):

Climb up Huayna Picchu and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there.
– You will be given some time (approx. one hour) to walk till the Sun Gate or Inti Punku.
– Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs.

After the visit of Machu Picchu you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes again, where you pick up your luggage, have some lunch and take the train to Cusco. Once you arrive to Cusco train station, our driver will wait for you to bring you back to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Arequipa Day Tours, Perú
5 Days

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  • 3 Nights Camping in 4 season tents
  • 1 Night Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Camping equipment: Overnight in 4 season tents including comfortable inflatable sleeping pads, cooking equipment, kitchen and dining tent including tables and chairs
  • Transport: All land transport involved in the itinerary (bus, minivan, train, hiking)
  • Pack animals: To carry camping equipment and food, horse to carry your personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping) and one emergency horse
  • Excurtions: Huamantay Lake, Salkantay trek and Machu Picchu guided Tour
  • Entrance fees to parks and cultural sights: Entrance tickets for Salkantay and Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket: Expedition Train (Aguas Calientes – Cusco)
  • Transfers: All airport transfers, Hotel pickup and drop-off by English-speaking staff
  • Meals: Meals according mentioned in the itinerary
  • Guided tours will be By qualified English-speaking guides
  • Support Staff: Cook and Wranglers
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Pre-departure briefing, one day before trek departure


    • Sleeping bag
    • Huayna Picchu Mountain
    • travel insurance
    • visa
    • personal items, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras