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5 Days Salkantay Trek To Inca Ruins From Cusco
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Trekking, Archeology, Sightseeing

  • Duration

    5 Days

  • Activity Level


  • Language

    English, Spanish


Embark on the Salkantay Trek to the most celebrated Inca ruins. This is one of the most popular treks in the Cusco area. This route passes below the breathtaking Apu Salkantay and Huamantay, among the highest peaks in the Cusco area, and covers a diverse range of natural scenery. Along with glaciers and snowcapped peaks, view exotic flowers and diverse plant life and explore the Llactapata ruins while enjoying a unique view of Machu Picchu. 

  • Soraypampa 
  • Challa'cancha
  • Santa Teresa River
  • Coripacchi
  • La Playa
  • Lucmabamba
  • Llactapata Ruins
  • Aobamba River
  • Temple Of The Moon
  • DAY-1 Cusco-Challa’cancha-Suirococha expand_more
    • Pick you from your hotel in the morning for private transport to Soraypampa, a small village located at the edge of the upper limits of the high jungle zone. 

    • From here, appreciate some of the snow-capped peaks belonging to the Salkantay mastiff.

    • Break to enjoy the impressive landscape, then continue to Challa’cancha and begin an approximate two-hour climb to Soraypampa, the lunch spot for the day.

    • Leave Soraypampa in the early afternoon, and continue climbing another for 3.5 hours to Suirococha, the first campsite of the trek.

    Duration: 5 hours / 12km

  • Day-2 Suirococha-Huayramachay-Colcapampa expand_more
    • After breakfast, continue the climb to Salkantay Pass at 4620m.

    • Break here to appreciate the panoramic views of the inspiring snow-capped mountains and glaciers that comprise the Vilcanota range, then continue downhill to the lunch spot at Huayramachay.

    • After lunch, the descent into a more tropical climate continues. A long though easy descent along the Salkantay River brings to the second camp at Colcapampa (2890m), a beautiful spot with some natural hot springs to relax in.

    Duration: 7 hours / 13km

  • DAY-3 Colcapampa-Lucmabamba expand_more
    • Continue with a leisurely walk along the Santa Teresa River, enjoying the increasingly lush vegetation, passing waterfalls and passion fruit, yucca, banana, avocado and coffee farms. This is a special day, with the opportunity to view new flowers, plants, butterflies and birds native to this high jungle climate.

    • Pass the waterfalls at Coripacchi, the settlement at Wiñaypoko, and La Playa before arriving at Lucmabamba (2,100m), where you spend the night.

    Duration: 5 hours / 8km

    Note: Tonight you have the option of camping for a third night or a pleasant homestay with a local coffee producing family. A visit to the local Cocalmayo hot springs can also be arranged, either this evening or the following day.

  • DAY-4 Lucmabamba-Llactapata-Aguas Calientes expand_more
    • After breakfast in the morning, start uphill following an original Inca trail. This path was originally constructed to transport agricultural products to the population on Machu Picchu (and also Choquequirao). As you climb the trail the vegetation changes yet again, to cool, dense woods filled with moss-covered trees.

    • Arrive at the Llactapata ruins and enjoy the first views of majestic Machu Picchu. Here you have your snack while enjoying the views of Machu Picchu, surrounding mountains, and the Urubamba and Aobamba Valleys below.

    • From there, walk downhill to the Aobamba River. Depending on the time and your preference, break for lunch at the Cocalmayo thermal pools or the Hydroelectric Station.

    • From there, take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night here in a pleasant hostel.

    Note: It is also possible to hike into Aguas Calientes.  Please discuss with your Peruvian guide in advance.

    Duration: Dependent on the choice of itinerary.

  • DAY-5 Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu-Cusco expand_more
    • After an early breakfast, leave the luggage at the hotel and depart for Machu Picchu. The goal is to get to Machu Picchu as early as possible because at this time the site is less crowded and you can have the best chance to enjoy its beauty, mystery, and magic in peace. 

    • Go on a guided tour for about 2.5 hours, and then have free time to explore the site on your own.

    • There is also time to climb Huayna Picchu and get the best views of Machu Picchu from above, or you may choose to visit the Temple of the Moon, which is located behind Huayna Picchu. After a later lunch, board the return train toward Cusco.

    Duration: Dependent on the choice of itinerary and pace.

What's Included
  • Tour Guide of Cusco 
Know before you go
  • Begin in dramatic, high altitude terrain, then slowly descend to the high jungle.

Meeting Point

Cusco, Peru

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Starting From


USD 720.00 / person

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