Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek 5 Days / 4 Nights



This amazing trek passes under the magnificent Salkantay mountain (6.71 / 20569 ft), one of the highest and most impressive of the Peruvian Andes. His first two days will be dominated by the impressive "Apus" of Salkantay and Huamantay, as you move along the high puna landscape. The third day will decrease to warm cloud forest, to reach Aguas Calientes for the fourth day. The impressive sacred inca city of Machu Picchu is visited during the last day of the program. This tour is an interesting alternative for those who have not found space on the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. The Trek Salkantay (or Trek Salcantay), was recently named among the best 25 treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.

Trek Salkantay (5 days) to Machu Picchu

DAY 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa – Salkantaypampa

It will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning in a private vehicle and then three hours we arrive at the small town of Mollepata where we will have breakfast (not included) and you can buy some last-minute items. From here our private transport will rise to Challacancha for about 1 hour, then start with the walk. * by please take note that if you are comparing tours - this is a private automobile to Challacancha, which reduces the walking time during day one. He also that the tour is more expensive than those of other companies offering a public bus to Mollepata. * They are approximately two hours of walking to Soraypampa where we will have lunch while enjoying the views from the top of the Huamantay. After lunch we continue with a walk uphill for 1.5 to 2 hours until our first camp site to Salkantaypampa. Accommodation: Camping in Salkantaypampa (walk 5 hours at an altitude of 4100m).

DAY 2: Salkantaycocha - step - Huayracmachay - Arrayanniyoc - Challhuay - Colpapampa

After climbing for 2.5 to 3 hours on a winding road we arrive at a glacial moraine where we will see Vizcachas (Andean chinchilla) and a very small lake. After 3 hours we finally arrive at the step which is the highest point of the trip (4,600 ft / 13451 feet). Find here in the middle of two large mountains - Salkantay (6271 m) and Huamantay (5850 m). Salkantay is the second highest mountain in the region of Cusco and in step the same mountain is close to yours. From here you can also see mountain Pumasillo (5850 m) facing you, a mountain can be seen from a different angle to be in Machu Picchu. We will descend to Andenes (or Huayrapampa) or platforms, approximately 2.5 to 3 hours from el paso, where we will have lunch.

From here, Apus Peru groups deviate from the standard Salkantay trek, since we try to bring to our customers from the busiest roads. We will climb for about an hour to Unuyoc, this is not a comprehensive way and in the rainy season it is wet and slippery. From the highest point, with views of the Valley of Santa Teresa, we will descend to the camp in Unuyoc. You will probably be the only people in the camp. This is a very nice place for camping, with wonderful landscapes. Accommodation: Camping in Unuyoc 2850 m (8 hours at an altitude of 4,600 meters walk / 13451 feet).

DAY 3: Unuyoc - Winaypocco - Lluscamayo - the beach

After breakfast we will descend for an hour more to the high jungle (known as "the eyebrow of the jungle"), enjoying the scenery offered by great natural beauty. Cross the river and as we walked to the left side of the river 'High Salkantay' to 'the eyebrow of the jungle' we can see orchids, bromeliads, typical vegetation of the area and also different types of birds, insects and butterflies. Compared to the previous day of the trek, this is an easy walk since we descend slowly for 3 hours to the beach (2050 m). While we are losing altitude, we will see trees of citrus fruits, avocados, bananas and coffee plants. Walk 5 hours at an altitude of 1900 meters / 6232 feet).

Options for camping: remember Salkantay is a popular route that suffers from degradation and is currently unregulated. The third night camp offers several options, which must speak with your guide. These options are related to the wishes of the Group and also with what you have planned to do the next day. The beach is not is a remote camp - for those wishing to get away from the crowds should discuss the option of camping in Lucmabamba with your guide. Santa Teresa is a remote camp and may be parties, but it is a good location depending on its activities for the next day. If you planning to make Colad e Mono, then monkey tail has lovely options for camping.

DAY 4: The beach - hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes

Here you have three options, depending on your interests and physical condition. You should discuss each of them with your guide. It should also be aware that Salkantay is the second route with more tourist affluence in the region of Salkantay and this inevitably means that you will find with other people (it is not an experience in the "jungle").

Important note: options are decided by a "majority of group" - If you join a group of "need trekkers", then decisions shall be made in group in your briefing or on the road. An advantage of forming his own private group, i.e. that you can in advance which option you want to select.


Often a dip in the hot springs in Aguas Calientes is the perfect respite for sore muscles!! APUs Peru includes a nice celebration dinner in the price of your tour to Aguas Calientes. Accommodation: Hostel in Aguas Calientes (normally hostal Payacha).

Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Early in the morning (before the dawn) will take a bus to the ruins of Machu Picchu (the bus is included in the price) so that you can see this famous city with the light of dawn and before the crowds arrive. Then you will have a guided tour of 2.5 hours to Machu Picchu with your guide. After your tour can more explore the ruins on your own or climb the Huayna (Wayna) Picchu to this classic photograph of Machu Picchu. (You need to specify if you'd like to climb the Huayna Picchu at the time of your booking, it costs $10 extra). Also try to make room for a visit to the Temple of the Moon or Uyna Huayna Picchu to visit Huayna Picchu.

Notes of the route - Salkantay trek - 5 days

The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. The duration of walks depends on the Group and the guide can change places for lunch and camping, depending on the progress of the group. Each have their own favorite route and it may not correspond exactly with the route described here.

The trek conditions vary according to the season, for example in the dry season the road may be dusty, in the rainy season it can be slippery and muddy. During the Middle seasons, conditions depend on previous climate. This is also a widely used trek - the road is showing signs of degradation.

Are you considering staying an extra night in Aguas Calientes? (Please see the linked page). We can change the date of your train ticket for the next day. Of hotels and costs associated with the return to Machu Picchu the next day are additional to the costs of the trek. Please also take into account your Machu Picchu entrance ticket is valid only for one day, if you want to visit the ruins in a second consecutive day will need to purchase the ticket again.

The Salkantay trek is an adventure trek, crosses a passage of 4600 meters which can be snowed in the low season (rainy). We do not recommend this trek during December, January, February and March because of the road slippery and muddy conditions, but this recommendation depends on current weather conditions. The trek of Salkantay (also spelled Salcantay) is one of the most spectacular and varied walks in the surroundings of Cusco. Given the new restrictions on the Inca Trail, Salkantay is the second most popular in the region walk and can have many tourist influx. (If you are a 'purist' a remote experience, consider one of our other treks). During the high season are expected up to 15 groups leaving every day in the off-season, about 5 groups per day.

The Trek Salkantay has wonderful views of the mountain but very little or no interaction with local Peruvian culture. If you would like to experience the traditional culture, consider the Lares trek, Machu Picchu.

Package with promotion to Aguas Calientes (optional). This is a pack with rise to treks that already include nights stay at a hotel in Aguas Calientes, but that you would like to change the standard hotel, meals, and train service. This price does not change depending on the number of people in the group.

Dinner in one of the "best" restaurants of Aguas Calientes, as happy Indian or Tree House.

Lunch buffet in Tinkuy restaurant, located in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.

With limited options for lunch in Machu Picchu, hunger tends to send customers to Aguas Calientes, including buffet lunch, customers can visit Machu Picchu early, then go to the buffet to try many different Peruvian (and Western) dishes and then rest and back to give a second look to Machu Picchu.

Back in Vistadome train rather than train Expedition, which of the opportunity of more varied hours and returned in a most beautiful train, with large windows on the roof.

Practical information

It includes

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  • Pre trek briefing
  • Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.
  • Transport from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the trek in private car
  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu including Huayna Picchu, and Salkantay trek (if charged)
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 6 people).
  • Tents-2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks.
  • Basic foam mattress. If you require greater comfort during the trek we can hire you an inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest).
  • Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
  • Toilet tent

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  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Entrance to the thermal springs
  • Sleeping bags-If you haven't got a sleeping bag or you don't want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you, then we have sleeping bags for hire.
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Additional horses for passengers luggage.
  • Extra activities (ie Cola de Mono zipline)
  • Used Debería de Traer:
  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek-prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Plastic slip on thongs or sandals are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.

You will need to contact us by email to check availability, receive the forms of book and then make your deposit. For our terms of payment and reservation please refer to our booking page. * For organizational reasons, we need to have a week prior to their departure, to arrange your booking.