Salkantay Trek 05 days and 04 nights

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Salkantay Trek 05 Days and 04 Nights

It is a hike easily accessible to all, without limitations or permits required (at least for the moment), next to the town of Mollepata, Cusco with Machu Picchu, and Salkantay Trek are ancient treasures and off the traditional route located in the same area, such as the Inca Trail, where you can observe large snow-capped icy mountains that conjugate with the abundant rainforest.

The name of this mountain of Salkantay Trek is a contraction that comes from Salqa, which means sullen, wild, and Antay, which means to produce cloudscapes or avalanches. This is an alternative route to the Inca Trail; for those who did not get spaces, we have considered this route as one of the best alternatives because, throughout this journey, we can appreciate the flora, fauna, and tranquility that one needs to reflect and be in contact with nature around us.

The Salkantay Mountain is 6,450 meters above sea level, and Machu Picchu is 2,250 meters above sea level.

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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu: our travel agency will pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 am, then we board the bus to the town of Mollepata, arriving at approximately 8:30 am the place of departure for our adventure. 

We will walk for approximately 3hrs. appreciating great diversity of flora and fauna, then we will arrive at Cruzpata, a place where we will have a short rest. Then, we will go to Soraypampa (first camp) to enjoy our delicious lunch.

In the afternoon, we will go to the mountain of the Humantay Lagoon, where we will appreciate this beautiful glacier and the lagoon that reflects this place. Later, we will return to our camp in Soraypampa, where we will have dinner and we can rest until the next day under the light of the starry sky classic of our Inca and Cusco highlands.

We wake up early, to taste a delicious breakfast, ready to walk through extensive pampa called Salkantaypampa, here we are at 3 400m.s.n.m, where we will cross the highest point which is the SALKANTAY pass at 4.650m.s.n.m, appreciating the Andes mountain range, where you can appreciate the APU SALKANTAY, sacred mountain since Inca times, in addition to impressive avalanches that occur in the place. 

After contemplating so much beauty, we will descend the mountain, later enjoy lunch (we will choose the place according to the pace of our journey), then continue until we reach Collpapampa place of our dinner and camping. This is a tropical zone, where we already have the presence of mosquitoes, as well as the biodiversity of flora and fauna of the area, we recommend taking the necessary precautions (repellent or others).

Llactapata is an Inca ruin located along the Salkantay trail, which you will have the opportunity to visit on the fourth day. From Llactapata, you will enjoy a beautiful view of Machu Picchu from a unique angle. For this beautiful hike, we will start with an early breakfast, around 5:30 am, before taking the local transportation for 45 minutes to Lucmabamba.

Upon arrival, we will begin the 3-hour hike uphill along the original Inca trail until we reach the Inca ruins of Llactapata once at the Inca site you will have plenty of time in Llactapata to enjoy the views of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountain, and if the weather is good, you’ll get one more glimpse of Salkantay Mountain.

Then, we will walk downhill for 2 hours, arriving at Hidroelectrical for a nutritious lunch and a well-deserved rest. The final part of the excursion is a 3-hour hike along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes. Once you arrive in the small town, we will take you to your hotel where you can shower and rest before our final dinner at 7:00 pm at a local restaurant. After dinner, we will head to bed, eager for our last day and final reward: Machu Picchu.

This day, we will wake up very early to enjoy a delicious breakfast.

In case you do not want to do this option, we will continue the hike to hydroelectric and then to the town of Aguas Calientes. Arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes, we will go to the hotel and then we will have lunch and free time to visit the stone chronicles.

At an indicated time with our guide, we will have dinner and talk about what will be our visit to Machu Picchu.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

After breakfast, we will go to the bus station towards Machu Picchu.

Upon arrival at the citadel of Machu Picchu, we will begin our visit in charge of our expert guide, this will last 2 hours and a half to know the main points such as the main square, urban sector, the circular tower, the sundial, the Inca cemetery, etc.

After the tour, we will transfer to Aguas Calientes.

Optional: During your free time you can visit the stone chronicles.

14:00 Train to Ollantaytambo.

Transfer to the city of Cusco.



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Before you book

  • To reserve this excursion a minimum of 30 days in advance is required.
  • A minimum of 01 participants is required.
  • The excursion is conducted in two languages: English and Spanish.
  • Level of demand: A high level of physical fitness and a good state of health is required.

Before Traveling

  • Backpack 21 liters.
  • Trekking boots must be waterproof (recommended).
  • Warm clothes for the night.
  • Rain gear.
  • Hat or cap.
  • Long pants, we do not recommend jeans.
  • Several polo shirts.
  • Small towel.
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes (not included in the price).
  • Toilet paper, handkerchiefs.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Sunblock lotion.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Plastic rain poncho.
  • Medicine and/or personal items (liquid for contact lenses).
  • Snacks: cookies, energy bars, chocolate, fruit, muesli, water, etc.
  • Water bottle, you should drink plenty of water on the hike.
  • Purifying tablets.
  • Original passport (for Machu Picchu entrance Student card (ISIC – % Discount) if applicable.
  • Have on-hand checks and coins in small denominations of dollars, euros, or soles.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Camera or video camera.

Frequently Asked Questions

First, to check availability contact us at Whatsapp number +51 987312403.

Then, we will send you a payment request from our available channels: Paypal, Credit/Debit Cards or bank transfer.
*Fees apply.

Finally, once payment is received, we will contact you to coordinate the details of your trip.

We recommend that you schedule and reserve your tour 30 days in advance, because there are two distinct seasons for tourism:

High Season

Low Season

Consider that the seasons differ between the amount of tourists that we operate, consequently the reservations will be subject to the availability of spaces.

For cancellations made 30 days or less, prior to the travel date, 100% of the tour cost will be forfeited.

For cancellations made 31 days or more prior to the travel date, cancellation fees may vary depending on departure and tour.

Please consult with our travel agent for specific information.

University students: must carry the original and authorized University card with valid date, which benefit will have a discount of USD$20.00 dollars.

Schoolchildren: must carry their ID card or passport (08 to 16 years old), which benefit will have a discount of USD$20.00 dollars.

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