5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco
Hike for four days on the Salkantay Trek, a scenic alternative to the more traditional Inca Trail, and visit the amazing ruins of Machu Picchu – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – on the fifth day. Pass imposing glaciers, lush tropical valleys and high mountain jungle terrain, taking in spectacular views of the natural landscape at every turn. You’ll camp under the gaze of Salkantay Mountain, climb to Huayracpampa Pass, hike past stunning waterfalls on the way to Llucmabamba and board the train for Aguas Calientes before touring Machu Picchu!ItineraryDay 1: CUSCO / MOLLEPATA / ACHUPATAStop At:
Mollepata, Mollepata, Sacred Valley, Cusco Region
Very early in the morning, we will go toward the small village of Mollepata, characterized by a temperate climate and vegetation of the high jungle region. On our way, we will visit the archeological complexes of Quillarumiyoc and Tarawasi. We will also observe the Humantay snow-capped mountain. We will continue our journey to Soraypampa, from where we will start our trekking to another wonderful landscape, the Salkantay snow-capped mountain. Finally, we will get to the lagoon of Soroy Cocha, point of our first camp.
Duration: 8 hours
Accommodation included: CampingDay 2: SOROY COCHA / KELKAMACHAY / COLCAPAMPAStop At:
Cusco, Cusco, Cusco Region
After a hearty breakfast, we will go on our trekking around the Salkantaypampa snow-capped mountain. We will climb up to reach the Huayrapampa pass, located at 4,600 meters above sea level. Next, we will head toward the Huayrapampa community, where we will eat lunch. Last, we will continue to get to Colcapampa, place where we will camp. If we wish, we can enjoy the hot springs of Colcapampa
Duration: 8 hours
Accommodation included: CampingDay 3: COLCAPAMPA / PLAYAStop At:
Colcapampa 08710, Peru
We will start our day with healthy mate to wake up reinvigorated. After breakfast, we will continue with our trekking. Unlike the previous days, we will descend and enter the high jungle or ceja de selva, where we will observe all lush vegetation, breathtaking waterfalls up to 80 meters, as well as attractive varieties of orchids, birds, insects, and other animals native to the area. Finally, we will get to our camp in Sawayaco
Duration: 8 hours
Accommodation included: CampingDay 4: PLAYA / LLACTAPATA / AGUAS CALIENTESStop At:
Aguas Calientes, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco Region
Very early, we will start our trekking toward the village of Lucmabamba. We will take an ascendant road through the subtropical forest to reach the Inca Complex of Llactapata, also known as the "Town of Heights", which is located at the foot of a mountain on the left bank of Cusicacha River. From Llactapata, we will observe part of Mach Picchu and the mountain ranges of the forest. Next, we will go on towards the hydroelectric plant, from where we will see the Valley of Urubamba River. We will depart to Aguas Calientes by train. Overnight at one of the hotels in Aguas Calientes.
Duration: 8 hours
Accommodation included: Aguas calientes hotelDay 5: AGUAS CALIENTES / MACHU PICCHU / CUSCOStop At:
Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco Region
Early in the morning, our guide will take us to the Lost City of the Incas to visit the Inca complex and its terraces, steps, ceremonial shrines and urban areas. Magic is all around the place. We will have time to peacefully explore the city on our own. At the arranged time we will return to Cusco by train and be transferred to our hotel.
Duration: 8 minutes
No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"A minimum of 2 people per booking is required"
"Trek difficulty level is moderate"
"It is recommended that your bring a: rain jacket, coat, sunscreen, hat, down sleeping bag and hiking shoes"
"Note: hikers should have spent at least 2 to 3 days acclimatizing to the higher altitudes in the Cusco region prior to embarking on this trek"
"Maximum of 9 passengers per tour"
"Recommended travel is between April-November. The months of December-March are rainy season"
"Please note: Poroy Station will be closed from 1st January to 30th April 2017. The Vistadome, Expedition and Executive trains will be departing from Ollataytambo or Pachar station, located approximately 1.5 hours from Cusco, during this period. Transfers to the stations from Cusco are included."
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
"Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level"
"This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers"
Duration: 5 Days
Traveler pickup is offered
This activity includes roundtrip transfer from your hotel, apartment or home. Some locations are in areas where the access by vehicle is not permitted. Send your details in order to arrange your pickup and drop-off in a nearby place.
Cancellations and refunds:
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.