Challenge yourself with one of the most famous treks in Cusco on this 5-day tour. En route, you will enjoy watching beautiful landscapes and dense vegetation cover of the Cloud Forest. If you love exploring new grounds, then this is the right trek especially the off-beaten path to hiking Machupicchu. You will be blown away by the panoramic view of snow-capped mountains, hundreds of orchids, lakes, hummingbirds, and plantations.
The Salkantay Trek is the second most popular route to Machu Picchu - after the Inca Trail - and its not difficult to see why. This route is one of the most varied and most beautiful. We make our way through breathtaking snowcapped mountains and picturesque valleys, passed beautiful lakes and waterfalls. We have created the Ultimate Salkantay trek to give you more time to enjoy these amazing places. The Salcantay Mountain is one of the most beautiful in Peru and is considered sacred by local villagers. We take five unforgettable days to hike alongside the majestic mountains, taking time to enjoy each magical location and feel the energy through meditation, yoga and exercise. As a final treat we will join the Inca Trail for a short section before arriving to Machu Picchu via the stunning Llaqtapata.
Day 1: CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA – HUAYRACPUNKU
You will be picked up from your hotel between 4:00am and drive to Soraypampa (3900m). After breakfast it’s a 4-hour uphill to Soyrococha lake where we have lunch, along the way you will see a variety of flora and fauna like the Andean goose, deer, vizcachas. We will continue climbing for 1 more hour to reach Salkantay Pass 4,650 m/ 15255 ft. The highest point of the trek. At the summit your tour Guide will perform a traditional ceremony to thank the Local Gods. From the top it will be another 3-hour downhill until the campsite called Wayracmachay (3,800 m/ 12467 ft.).
Day 2: WAYRAMPUNKU – CHALLWAY – LA PLAYA
Awakened with a hot cup of coffee. You will have the highest yoga and meditation session ever. After breakfast we will start descending from the highlands to the cloud forest, today we will experience the fastest change in the temperature; from the cold weather of the Andes to the warm tropical Cloud Forest. Along the way we will see hundreds of different type of flowers, hummingbirds, and orchids until you arrive to Colpapampa. after lunch it’s a 4-hour gradual up and downhill until reaching the campsite at LA PLAYA located at 2070 meters. passing beautiful waterfalls, coffee plantations, avocados, bananas.
Day 3: LA PLAYA – LLUCMABAMBA – LLACTAPATA
Today is the most beautiful day of your trek. After enjoying a delicious breakfast you start hiking a original Inca Trail, built in the XV century That connected Machupicchu with the last capital of the Incas - VILCABAMBA . The first part of our hiking is 3-hour walk uphill to our campsite at Llaqtapata; located right in front of Machupicchu, after having lunch we have the afternoon free to relax and organize different activities until dinner time.
Day 4: LLACTAPATA – HYDROELECTRIC – AGUAS CALIENTES
Camping at Llactapata is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, in a mountain top overlooking to Machupicchu, worth to get up early grab a cup of coffee, sit, close your eyes and enjoy the most stunning sunrise. After the breakfast we will have a 2-hour downhill to hydroelectric station, then 3 more hours to Aguas Calientes where your tour guide will take you to the hotel. At night, we will enjoy the last dinner with our Chef and Porter.
DAY 5: MACHUPICCHU (LOST CITY OF THE INCAS)
On our final day we have to get up very early to prepare for Machu Picchu and take the bus. Your guide will take you on a 2 to 3-hour comprehensive tour of the city before leaving you in Machu Picchu to explore on your own or climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (must be booked as far in advance as possible). Your guide will explain how to take the bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes for lunch and take the train and bus back to Cusco.