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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: This trek is perfect for tourists who wish to absorb the magnificent remains of Machu Picchu. This spectacular trek has been voted recently by National Geographic as the Most Beautiful Trek in the world! We will get a chance to navigate through breathtaking green valleys and traverse through the snow-capped Salkantay Mountain. You can enjoy the wildlife first-hand including a variety of 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. If you have experienced the outdoors and are strong enough, you might like the Salkantay Trek, which includes a 5-days trek after which the fourth day can be spent in Machu Picchu.
Prior to this trek Go Get Peru suggest choose a tour to Planetarium, by this way you can have better experience on the mountains, because during the night you will have the oportunity to see the milky way.

Salkantay Trek Itinerary:

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

Start off by leaving the Hotel in the morning at 6:00AM and travel by our personal transport to Mollepata town (2850m/9348ft) an amazing 3 hour long journey through Izcuchaca and Limatambo, with the first stop for breakfast and amazing views of the “Mountain of Salkantay” in the Cordillera of Vilcanota. Our convoy will stop at the town of Mollepata and take a break for about an hour so that people can have breakfast. We can see magnificent views of the chains of snowcapped Vilcabamba, the colorful village of Mollepata and the lush Apurimac River Valley. From here onwards we travel in a truck or minibus because of the rock and dirty mountain roads ahead. We arrive to Soraypampa, here you will begin our hike to Humantay Lake; you begin an ascent up the slopes that border the plateau. An hour and half later, after making your way over the final hill, you will be stunned to see the turquoise water of the lake, made even more spectacular by the sight of the Humantay glacier looming behind it. Here you will have a chance to relax, enjoy a snack and meditate in the tranquility of this magical spot. After we will descent back to Soraypampa where we will enjoy our lunch, 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 morning you have breakfast and then hit the Salkantay Trek, a moderate climb for around 2 hour and a half to reach the Abra Salkantay (4600m/15088ft). Here you can catch a glimpse of Cusco’s second highest peak, the dazzling snowcapped Mount Salkantay (6264m/20546ft) and also the snowcapped mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small lakes and moraines. In the Abra Salkantay, you can follow the tradition of leaving a rock that you carried from the bottom as a present from you 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 as an offering). We proceed further and hike for 2 hours downhill to get lunch in Huayracmachay (3850m/12628ft). From here, we trek downhill towards a supposed cloud forest where 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), in the afternoon, where we stay for the night. Here we will feast upon a well prepared dinner and rest after this tiring day. Beautiful camping site.

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

Day 3 – Salkantay Trek: Collpapampa to La Playa

Morning starts with freshly cooked breakfast. We then say farewell to our donkey/horse herders or arrieros. They will reach La Playa ahead of us, and leave the equipment behind for the rest of their staff, and return to Soraypampa. Day 3 of our trip is a little easier but it too offers breathtaking views as the rest with endless chances to appreciate the fascinating wildlife inhabiting the region. You will begin your trek after breakfast, alongside the mesmerizing Santa Teresa Riverbanks. Along the path we see plantations of avocado, coffee, and banana, and lively local flora. Bask in the beauty of the vegetation which becomes increasingly lusher and greener as you proceed. On this day we proceed with our Salkantay Trek completing a pleasant trek along the river of Santa Teresa – you will also get enough time to take a shower in the waterfalls, take beautiful pictures, and if lucky, you will be able to see the famous ”Gallito de las Rocas”, a Peruvian National Bird. You will arrive at your La Playa campsite (2088m/6849ft), a tiny village is situated here and has a shop and electricity, 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 you depart the valley to begin climbing upwards on the trail through lovely forestland till you arrive at the splendid archeological site of Llactapata, which was only recently discovered. From that point, you will be able to appreciate the spectacular views of both, the grandiose Mount Salkantay and Machu Picchu. We start our Salkantay trip to the Lucmabamba village (2100m/6888ft) to see the ruins of the Inca trail.
From here, we climb up the valley for about 2 to 3 hours to reach Abra Q’elloqasa (2860m/9381ft). We can have an outstanding spectacle of the Incas’ Lost City from here as well as of the infamous Machu Picchu with a distinct angle. We get to see a dazzling view of nature at Llaqtapata’s lookout point (2650m/8692ft).We can see both, the Mount Salkantay as well as Machu Picchu from here and also rest for a while, the Llactapata Ruins add to the beauty of the location, which have been recently reinstated. A two hour downward spiral to the River Aobamba through green bamboo forests, coffee plantations and vast orchards leads us to Machu Picchu’s hydroelectric plant (1870m/6134ft). Here, we will eat our final lunch with the tour staff that accompanied us on the trip. The entire staff, including the cook, will depart after lunch but we carry on to the town of Aguas Calientes with our reliable guide. This is the last opportunity to bid farewell to the place and the people.
At 4:30PM we board a train for a 45 minute journey to the town of Aguas Calientes (2000m/6560ft) where, an exclusive dinner and a comfortable bed await us at the Hotel of Aguas Calientes.

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

Day 5 – Tour to Machu Picchu and Back to Cusco

Have breakfast at your hotel after which you can enjoy a beautiful sunrise at the citadel in Machu Picchu. You will be taken to the bus stand at 5:30AM from where you will be driven a short distance (25 minutes) to the Machu Picchu citadel. Now listed as one of the seven new wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is a 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 can then wander around the town squares as well as climb 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 is complete, you will have enough time to wander around this Archaeological Site leisurely.
You will then have time to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own (price not included tour cost):
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.
Train to Cusco: You will go to the Aguas Calientes railway station in the afternoon to return to Cusco. On reaching the Cusco station, you will be driven back to your Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Arequipa Day Tours, Perú
5 Days

Standard Class


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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