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Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek in Peru (5 Days)

Join our trek to Machu Picchu for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: stunning natural views, a first-hand look into the vibrant culture of Peru and its incredible history, all led by experienced and friendly bilingual guides.

USD $420.00

Per Person

Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek in Peru (5 Days)


Enjoy incredible history and culture while you trek in Peru. Visit naturally stunning vistas, historical sites and local communities. With exciting physical challenges, opportunities to see once-in-a-lifetime views and friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff to guide you along the way, this trip will astonish you from start to finish.


One of our most popular tours to Machu Picchu, we have daily departures for this journey. The tour starts in Cusco and hits all the highlights in the area. The experience culminates in a journey back in time to Machu Picchu, after which you will return to Cusco. This trek in Peru will give you a deep look into the cultural significance of Machu Picchu as well as the opportunity to hike through breathtaking landscapes.


5 Days/4 Nights


Day 1


We depart from Cusco between 4:30 am and 5:00 am, taking a local bus to the town of Mollepata (2900m) enjoying panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay Mountain, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. Arriving at approximately 8:15 am we will have breakfast and meeting up with our support staff. They will load our equipment onto our horses and mules, and at approximately 9:00 am, we will head out toward Sayllapata on foot (3200m). We will enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch along the path about 1:00 pm and then continue trekking toward Soraypampa village (3850m). Arriving to our campsite at about 5:30 pm, our tents will be set up and we will enjoy dinner and then rest for the evening.

Day 2


Our scenery will change drastically today — from arid lands to snowy peaks to tropical scenes.

Following our hearty breakfast, we will begin the most challenging part of our journey at about 7:00 am. Setting out from our campsite we will hike to Pampas Salkantay, then head toward the snowy peaks of Umantay, near the Apu Salkantay. We will reach our highest point (4600m) around midday and will take time to soak in the incredible mountain views and majestic snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264m), the second highest point in the region of Cusco. Around 1:00 pm we will enjoy lunch in the area known as Huayracmachay. After trekking for three hours, we will reach our camp in Chaullay (2920m) about 7:00 pm to rest, relax and eat dinner.

Day 3


Starting around 7:00 am we will trek for about 6 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco. Along the way we will visit a town called Collpabamba, also known as the “Cloud Forest,” home to thermal hot springs, many fruit trees, waterfalls, various flora and native birds. Hopefully we will see the famous bird nicknamed the “Cock of the Rocks.” From Playa Sahuayaco, we will head on to our evening campsite in the hot springs of Santa Teresa. Bring your bathing suit for a relaxing dip. We will dine and rest here for the evening.

Day 4


Around 8:30 am, after a hearty breakfast, we will trek to the village of Colpani. From here we will follow this rising trail, enjoying views of the Santa Teresa Valley as well as banana, passion fruit and coffee plantations. Walking along the riverside of Vilcanota River we will reach the Oroya (canopy birch). Here you can choose to either hike to Hidroelectrica or take a small car to Hidroelectrica (25 minutes). In Hidroelectrica we can see the back of Machu Picchu Sanctuary, enjoying our last lunch with the entire staff. Following lunch and goodbyes we will hike to Aguas Calientes arriving about 4:30 pm to stay in a hostel for the last night.

Day 5


Today’s journey has two options: wake up at 4:30 am and walk up to Machu Picchu, or take a 7:00 am bus to Machu Picchu. Once in Machu Picchu we will have a guided tour for about two hours and then ample free time to explore the Citadel, or if desired a hike to the Huaynapicchu Mountain. Depending on availability you will take the 2:26 pm or 6:03 pm train to Ollantaytambo and once there a bus to your hotel in Cusco. This culminates your trek in Peru!

What’s Included

  • Pickup from your hotel and transfer via private bus to Cruzpata (trail starting point)
  • Knowledgeable, friendly professional guides (English/Spanish speaking)
  • Meals, including: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners served with drinks.
  • Triple three season Eureka tents for 2 people, ample space and privacy for your personal belongings.
  • Cooking gear, cooking tent, dining utensils, food supplies.
  • Thick, comfy sleeping mats provided.
  • Pack mules for the company equipment & your personal belongings.
  • Mules for emergencies.
  • Horsemen (1 per 4 mules)
  • Accommodation and food for our guides, cook, horsemen.
  • Guided tour in all archeological sites and Machu Picchu.
  • First aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Accommodation in three-star hostel/hotel
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • One way bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fee to Huaynapicchu or Montaña, if available.

What’s Not Included

  • Final lunch.
  • Entrance fee to hot springs (10 soles)
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent for USD $ 5.00 per day)
  • Mules on the 4th and 5th day (or your luggage can be shipped by train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes).
  • Train ticket from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes.
  • One way bus ticket at Machu Picchu.

Important Notes

Altitude: 1950 – 4600m. / 6398 – 15092 f.

High Season: April – November

Degree of difficulty: Challenging due to the altitude. We recommend an acclimatization period of at least two days in Cusco or over 3000m/9840ft for this trek in Peru.

Route: Open all year round

  • Please note that prices are based on tours booked at least 2 months in advance. If you’d like to book a tour within 2 months, please contact us at for updated pricing information.
Salcantay, Urubamba Province, Peru

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Salcantay, Urubamba Province, Peru -13.333962, -72.543932

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