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Salkantay Trek To Machupicchu 5-Days

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time-raw5 days
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Your accommodation in Cusco

Embark on a less crowded trail which is an alternative to the more popular Inca Trail. You will experience great landscapes throughout the 5 days as you trek through Cloud forest, and towering Andes Mountains. Explore the rich historical background of the Inca Empire en route to Machu Picchu.

What to expect?


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.).


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.


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.


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.


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.

What is included?

  • Pre-departure briefing the night before at 6.30pm
  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Bus ride from Cusco to Soraypampa to start the Trek
  • Pick up from Ollantaytambo to Cusco on the last Day
  • Personal porter for your personal staff up to 7kgs
  • Porters to carry food and equipment
  • Horse, horsemen and emergency horse
  • Chef to prepare all meals
  • Professional English speaking Local Tour Guides
  • Second guide for groups of 8+
  • All meals included in our tours except last day lunch in Machupicchu
  • 4 man tents for every 2 people
  • Sleeping pad
  • One night Hostal In Aguas calientes/ hot shower
  • Entrance ticket to all places we visit
  • Medical kit in all our tours
  • Drinkable water
  • Hot water for washing
  • Hand towels
  • sheets
  • Pillows
  • Rain Ponchos
  • All Taxes included
  • Expedition train back to Cusco
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea


  • Sleeping Bag (Can be rent from us)
  • Inflatable mattress (can be rent from us)
  • Trekking poles (can be rent from us)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain (need to be booked in advance)
  • Machu Picchu Picchu Mountain (need to be booked in advance)
  • Tips for our staff: please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip as you wish

Is this experience for me?

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at the time of booking if required
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at the time of booking for all participants
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

What do I need to bring?

  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Rain gear
  • Infant seats available
  • Warm layers (fleece / long sleeved tops)
  • Sun cream, bug spray
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • Band aids, moleskin
  • Camera, extra batteries
  • Head torch
  • Extra snacks, power bars, chocolate
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips (small change is useful for paying to use the villagers' toilets on the first day)

Additional information

  • Voucher: You will receive a secure voucher to either print out or present on your mobile phone.
    • Cancellation Policy: For a full refund, please cancel at least 1 week in advance of the start of the experience.
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Meeting Point

  • Pick up from your hotel will be provided for free

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