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5-Day Salkantay Trail Trekking Tour from Cusco

5 Days


Along the way, passengers will have the chance to see snow capes close to the snowy summit of Salkantay, tropical fruit plants, farms, traditional Andean communities and the inheritance of Machu Picchu's ancient civilisation. This tour is the perfect circuit to explore prestigious free-land and experience the essence of the Andes in a traditional non-touristic way.

  • Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata - Soraypampa - Humantay lakeexpand_more
    • Pick up from the hotels.
    • Stop in Mollepata at an altitude of 2,900m for a 20 or 30 minutes break.
    • Go to the last bus stop in Challacancha, where we will meet our porters and horses who will carry the equipment.
    • Arrive in Soraypampa and set up a base camp to enjoy the beautiful views of Salkantay´s snow peak. 
    • Visit Humantay Lake at 4,200m and return to base camp in Soraypampa around 5:00 pm.
  • Day 2: Soraypampa - Huayracpampa - Chaullayexpand_more
    • Have breakfast and start a 3-hour hike to reach the highest point of our expedition, the Salkantay Pass (4,600 m.a.).
    • Walk towards Wayracpunku (Huayra Pampa), for our next meal.
    • Continue going to the high jungle to observe large trees with their arms extended over the streams, all full of bromeliads and orchids.
  • Day 3: Chaullay - La Playa - Santa Teresaexpand_more
    • Eat breakfast around 6:30 am and head towards Sahuyaco (La Playa 2,080 masl). 
    • Go to Santa Teresa (1,550 masl) to set up the base camp.
    • Enjoy a relaxing reward in Cocalmayo (Hot Spring).
    • Have a traditional Peruvian dinner and rest well to prepare for the next day.
  • Day 4: Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientesexpand_more
    • Go to the Hidroelectrica meeting point.
    • Continue walking along the railway that leads through this great jungle that the Inca knew by heart to the final destination: Aguas Calientes. 
    • Walk for about 3 hours, and you will find beautiful waterfalls, different ecological farms and possibly the curious wildlife of your arrival in the region (appearance fixed around 4:00 p.m.). 
    • Spend the night in a hostel. 
    • Enjoy a great dinner and have an informative session about our next excursion to Machu Picchu. 
  • Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cuscoexpand_more
    • Get ready around 4:00 am to climb to Machu Picchu; the trek will follow an ascending path crossing the high jungle, just in time to see the spectacular sunrise. 
    • Pass the control entrance around 6:00 am and enjoy the Machu Picchu tour. 
    • Descend walking to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Ollantaytambo, where everybody will be picked up and transferred to Cusco. The group has to be at the train station at least 30min before departure. 
    • Finish on the square of San Francisco, Cusco.
What's Included
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from Cusco to Mollepata
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
  • Roomy dining tent and kitchen
  • Chairs and dining tables
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Professional bilingual guide, cook and assistants
  • The following meals: 4 x lunch, 4 x dinner, 4 x breakfast (optional vegetarian)
  • 1 night of lodging in 2 stars Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Bus up from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu citadel
What's Excluded
  • The bus to/from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu ($12/way)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Personal care items
  • Additional horse
  • Tips for the guide and the horsemen
  • Breakfast on the first day, lunch and dinner on the last day
  • Huayna Picchu or Mountain Machu Picchu (+30 usd)
  • (Cocalmayo Hot Spring) is possible to pay on the site
Know before you go
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel.
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at the time of booking for all participants
  • Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes before this time
  • Pick up from any hotel near to the main square

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