The challenge Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular alternatives hikes to Machu Picchu, is included among the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Magazine. The Salkantay Trail trekking is a great option for those people who failed to obtain a place at the Classic Inca Trail, moreover salkantay does not have space limitations (for the moment), also offers you the opportunity to see to life the forest landscapes, snow-capped peaks like Salkantay, Humantay, lakes and more that can see only there.
Our Salkantay trek itinerary was created with great care to offer you a different trail of the traditional, avoiding contact with big groups during the walk and campsites. in order to offer you full contact with nature and have unique experiences, visiting the lagoon and Humantay snowy, the thermal baths of Cocalmayo (Santa Teresa) and the Inca Trail Llactapata, and you will be proud to lived completely different things than another groups.
Our agency has daily departures for Salkantay Trek since 2 persons up to 8 participants at most in the group, we are a tour operator 100% Local, sustainable and responsible with Mother Nature.
We wake up at about 5 am to go from Cusco to Mollepata Village and Soraypampa (2900 meters above sea level) in our private van for about 3 hours. We will arrive to Mollepara around 7:00 am, we stop for 30 minutes to have breakfast in local restaurant if the group wants (not included in the program) or to buy some last minute supplies (not included).
Then we continue our trip by car uphill, for 1 hour more until arrive to Soraypampa (the Salkantay Trek trailhead 3850 meters). There we meet our support staff, who will transport our packs and camp equipments on the horses and mules. From there we will start to hike until Lagoon of Humantay Peak, this hike is for 2 hours approximately, it is an amazing lake in the mountains and then we descend back to Soraypampa for lunch.
After an energizing lunch and start our hike by the Salkantay Trek. We start on a moderate pace for 1 hour until we get to Quishuarcancha camp.
Today we will wake up early to have an energizing breakfast and start to prepare ourselves for the Salkantay Trek. We start on a moderate pace for 1 hour and half until we get the Salkantay pass at 4,630m, surrounded by the salkantay (6,271m) and Humantay (6,100m) peaks, Salkantay is the second highest peak in the Cusco region.
Here we rest to enjoy the impressive scenery; you will also see small towers of stones called Apachetas. From here, we start to descend for 1 hour to Wayracmachay (3,800m) where we have lunch and a rest.
Finally continue descending for 4 hour more to our campsite in Chaullay to have the dinner.
Today is another early start after breakfast, we walk for around 5 hours till reach La Playa site, where we have lunch.
During the Salkantay trek by the mountainside, we can see various types of orchid’s flowers, species of plants, some cornfields, fruit fields, and an exquisite waterfall.
From here, after lunch, we continue by local car until Santa Teresa Village and to our campsite, and to Cocalmayo hot springs to swim in the pools. In the evening, we have dinner and rest at camp.
After breakfast, we will take a local transportation to Lucmabamba (40 minutes ride) to our start hiking point. Since here, our salkantay trek hike is uphill for around 3 hours, with amazing views until arrive to Llactapata inka site, from here we can see the back part of Huaynapichcu and Machu Picchu Mountain.
then we are exploring the Inca site together the guide, who will explain the importance, history, function of that place, and you will have time to take photos or rest. Next we are hiking for 2 hours downhill with incredible views until reach the hydroelectric station, where you will eat lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, you will continue hiking by the train road to Aguas Calientes village, that path will take us approximately 3 hours by the foot valley of Machu Picchu. This path is very inportant, because the American Hiram Bingham used to arrive to Machu Picchu after centuries. On Aguas Calientes we have the hotel to spent the night (included on this package), and we will enjoy the dinner in a local restaurant at about 7:00p.m.
Note: If the group do not want to walk more the salkantay trek, today we will catch the traditional trail directly to Hydroelectric without Llactapata. It will depend of the group.
Today is the most important day. To get the most of the day, we encourage every trekker to have a very early breakfast to catch one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu (starts at 5:30AM). Do not worry about your bags; the hotel will keep for you until you come back from your visit.
The bus will take 30 minutes to the Machupicchu entrance and once you arrive, your guide will introduce you to Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. You will head directly to a beautiful place to watch the sunrise and take pictures.
Your guide will walk you around the citadel for about 2 hours teaching you more of the history, culture of the Incas and the importance of this site. At the end of the tour, if you arranged the hike to Huaynapicchu, your guide will show you where to line to begin this hike, which will take no more than 2 hours roundtrip.
Finally you should start to back to Aguas Calientes, as your train will typically leave at 16:20 or 18:30 pm. You will head by train to Ollantaytambo, which will take 2 hours, and then a 2 hours car ride back to Cusco.
End of the Salkantay Trek.
A group tour means that this Salkantay trek to Machu picchu is open for other travelers to join.
100% guaranteed departures, because we operate since two travelers.
This tour can be done from March to January. we dont leave on february because rain a lot.
The Prices are per person in double, Marital or Triple accomodation (for a single room or solo Traveler there is an additional cost).
Please let us know when you are booking to give you the discount.
Required Deposit: To book this Salkantay trek to Machu picchu, you need to make a pre payment of US$ 150.00 per person.
After the booking and deposit send us an extra message. Only with this we will be able to confirm your pre-payment and booking.
Balance: The remaining balance can be paid upon your arrival to Cusco with cash without tax before the tour, and we ask that this be paid at least 24 hours before your tour departure. If your are going to pay the balance with credit or debit car is a charges 5%, that have to be covered by the clients.
Here are some intens that you can include in this Salkantay trek to Machu picchu tour, if you don’t have them, here are the rental prices.
These extensions can be included before or after the 5 day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu tour, each one needs an additional day, also needs an extra touristic ticket. The price depends of your group size or Service Type.
Thank you very much for booking with us. We will do our best to make sure you have an unforgettable experience.