Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5d/4n
5 DAYS - 4 NIGHTS
We invite you to embark on this trail as a wonderful alternative to the traditional Inca Trail, to arrive at Machu Picchu on foot. You will pass by unparalleled views of high Andean mountains, glaciers, and sub-tropical and tropical rain forest. The difficulty level of this hike is moderate to advanced, therefore we recommend you are in good physical shape and also that you arrive to Cusco two days before the hike to properly acclimate to the altitude.
It is possible to combine the third day of this trek with the coffee tour that our partners (local farming families) offer as part of our organization. You will be able to learn about the world of coffee, its process of production and be able to rest up in comfortable rooms with hot water. Share in each family’s life-style and daily labor on the farm. This unforgettable experience will let you get to know a local farming family.
Time frame: Start time day 1 4:00am – End time day 5 10:00pm
How often: Every day in the months May to September, for other dates contact us!
DAY 01.- CUSCO –MOLLEPATA – MARKOCASA SORAYPAMPA
We will pick you up at your hotel at approximately 4:00am and head to Mollepata. We will arrive at Mollepara after about two and a half hours. Here we will eat breakfast, and travel to Cruzpata where we will start our hike to Soraypampa. We will eat lunch around 1:00pm and afterwards visit the lake Humanity. You will have some free time here before returning to Soraypampa, where we will eat dinner and set up our first camp.
Distance: 8 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Altitudes: Between 3750 and 4180 meters above sea level
Campsite altitude: 4180 meters above sea level
DAY 02.- SORAYPAMPA – WAYRAPATA – CHAULLAY
We will begin hiking very early this morning shortly after breakfast towards Salkantay pass, where we will bear witness to the great Salkantay Glacier. Afterwards, we will arrive at Wayracpata where we will have lunch. After lunch, we will descend to the “eyebrow of the jungle” until we reach Chaullay. We will camp and have dinner here at approximately 6:00pm.
Distance: 16 km
Hiking time: 7-9 hours
Altitudes: between 2950 and 4570 meters above sea level
Campsite altitude: 2950 meters above sea level
DAY 03.- CHAULLAY– LA PLAYA – LUCMABAMBA -SANTA TERESA
At 6:00am today we will have breakfast and start our hike at 6:30 from the town of Chaullay, where we will see a great diversity of flora: medicinal plants, occult plants, and orchids. We will pass through the towns of Chaullay and Collpapamoa until we arrive at la Playa. Here, we will board a bus that will take us to Santa Teresa where will will set up camp.
Distance: 15 km
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Altitude: between 1850 and 2950 meters above sea level
Campsite altitude: 1850 meters above sea level
Optional: Additional tour: Coffee tour and farm homestay 1d/1n (see more details below)
DAY 04.- SANTA TERESA – HYDROELECTRIC STATION – AGUAS CALIENTES
After a hearty breakfast, we will continue our journey, on foot or in a car, to our next stop: the train station by the hydroelectric plant. Upon arrival we will have a brief break before continuing our trip to our final destination of Aguas Calientes, where we will rest in the comfort of our hotel. You will have this afternoon at your leisure and then dinner with the group.
Note: The trip from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes can be made by train, which is not included in the price. (add $32.00)
DAY 05.- MACHU PICCHU
After an early breakfast, we will make our way to the grand finale: the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu! For those who wish to walk up to the ruins should get an early start at around 4am. Those who wish to take the bus up to the ruins will have to be at the station at 5:30am; and try to be there even earlier at about 5:00am due to the tendency of large crowds. Once in Machu Picchu, our guide will lead us around the citadel visiting the most renowned spots for about two hours. After which, you will have some free time to explore this once sacred Incan town on your own.
Note: If you wish to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, you must request it during booking, seeing, as there are limited spaces. There will be a $20.00 additional charge per person, and the tickets will be purchased at the same time as entrances to Machu Picchu.
In the afternoon, we will return to Cusco. We will take a train to Ollantaytambo and then a bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. You will be back at your hotel in Cusco at about 10:00pm.
Note: If you would like to arrive to Cusco earlier, please ask for an earlier train ticket.
Group Tour: $ 450.00 (group service)
Private Tour: for more detailed information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Transfers in and our
- The first breakfast
- Transportation from Cusco to Mollepata
- Professional bilingual guide (English – Spanish)
- Cargo horses and horse driver
- 04D-04A – 04 S -04C
- Professional cook
- Camping equipment (triple-occupancy impermeable tents for every two people and sleeping mats, cooking tents and dining
- Camping equipment for the guides, cooks, and porters
- 01 night in a hotel with a private bathroom in Aguas Calientes
- First aid kit and oxygen tank
- Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu
- Return train tickets to Cusco
- 02 bus tickets to Machu Picchu (round-trip)
Does Not Include:
- Last lunch and dinner
- Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (add $20.00)
- Sleeping bag (add $25.00 to rent)
- Train ticket from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes (add $32.00)
- Entrance ticket to the thermal baths of Santa Teresa or Aguas Calientes (add $3.50)
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