Salkantay 5-Day Trekking Tour From Cusco

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Along the way passengers will have the chance to see snow capes, feeling close to the snowy summit of Salkantay, tropical fruit plants, farms, traditional Andean communities and the inheritance of ancient civilizations. This tour is the perfect circuit to explore isolated areas and experience the essence of the Andes in a traditional non-touristic way.


  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Scenic air tour
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour

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Day 1: Cusco Soraypampa

The group will be picked up at the hotels to travel by bus for 4hrsand reach Mollepata, where the trek starts. In this area it is possible to see the beautiful snow-capped peak of Salkantay. Afterwards you will hike for 4hrs. ascending the mountain of Saillapataand have lunch. Afterwards, you'll walk until reaching the campsite in Soraypampa.

Day 2: Soraymapa - Chaullay

Early in the morning youll have breakfast and then you'll begin a 3hrs. trek until reaching the highest point of the expedition, The Salkantay Pass (4.600 mt.). You'll walk down towards Wayracpunku to rest. The journey will continue into the high jungle where you will observe large trees with their arms stretching out over the streams, all filled with bromelias and orchids. This trek will last around 5hrs. to reach the campsite in Chaullay.

Day 3: Chaullay Lucmabamba - Llaqtapata

After having breakfast around 8 a.m., you will go by bus to Lucmabamba. From there you will walk up to Llaqtapata's ruins (about 2 hours) and after a short break you'll descend for another half hour to the Llaqtapata lodge. You will have lunch at this an amazing location with a breathtaking viewover the Machu Picchu and free time for the rest of the afternoon to relax, explore the area or go horse riding.

Day 4: Llaqtapata Aguas Calientes

The next morning, after a good breakfast you will start the descent for about 1.5 hours to the river Ahobamba where the bus awaits. Those who reserved in advance will do zip lining or go to the hot springs in Cocalmayo ($30/each). The rest of the group will go to meeting point of Hidroelectrica where the entire group joins for the lunch after the activities. After some relaxingin hammocks, you will continue along the train tracks leadingus through the great jungle to the final destination: Aguas Calientes. You will walk for about 3 hrs. and encounter beautiful waterfalls, different Eco farms and possibly wildlife curious of your arrival in the region (arrival set for around 5:00pm). Here the group will spend the night in a hostel. At night, the group will gather together in a local restaurant to enjoy a great diner and have a briefingfor the next day inMachu Picchu.

Day 5: Machu Picchu - Cusco

You'll get ready around 4:00am to climb to Machu Picchu, the trek will follow an ascending path crossing the high jungle where you'll have the chance to see the spectacular sunrise. After passing the control entrance around 6:00am. our group will have a private guided tour for 2hrs. in the Inca citadel, later passengers will be free to enjoy Machu Picchu on their own. Late in the afternoon, according to the departure of the train, the group will descend walking to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Ollantaytambo where everybody will be picked up and transferred to Cusco.

Inclusions for Salkantay 5-Day Trekking Tour From Cusco

  • Briefing the night before your tour
    Hotel pick-up
    A private, professional English/Spanish speaking guide
    Meals as indicated in the program: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners,
    +1 snack on the last day
    Vegetarian meal options without additional costs (vegan $ 20)
    2 nights camping, 1 night Llaqtapata Lodge, 1 night hotel
    Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
    Transfer from Cusco to Mollepata
    Train from Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo
    Transportation from Ollantaytambo - Cusco
    Roomy dining & kitchen tent, dining table & chairs
    A cook and assistants
    Horses and horsemen to carry the camping equipment
    Tents for 3filled with 2 people, mattresses
  • First aid kit

Exclusions for Salkantay 5-Day Trekking Tour From Cusco

  • The bus to/from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu ($12/way)
    Huayna Picchu or Montaa Machu Picchu ($30)
    Extra activites Zipline & Hot springs Cocalmayo ($30/each)
    Sleeping bags ($20)
    Walking sticks ($15)
    Extra horse to carry your personal belongings - 3 days ($45- 30kg)
    Horse riding - 3 days ($70)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

It is suggested to bring: strong walking shoes or tennis shoes, sweater and thick jacket, hat or cap, just one bottle of water, a good rain coat, long sleeve shirts, long and short pants, insect repellent, a sunblock with a UV factor of at least 40, toilet paper, lantern, sunglasses, plastic bags, medical or personal items, a lightweight backpack per person, camera and charger, some cash in change

Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants        

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • Adventure of a lifetime, Carlos was the most passionate, knowledgable guide you could have. He took exceptional care of everyone, catered for everyone's different ability and flexed the trip to maximise the experience.
    The food was excellent, more than enough for everyone and cooked fresh. Everyone was looked after and it was an amazing opportunity to meet other people from different countries not just in our group but others along the way.
    Whilst the trip was advertised as easy/moderate its worth noting that the terrain, distance isn't difficult but the altitude makes it the most challenging thing I've done. Ensure you have at least 2 days in Cusco beforehand to acclimatise to the altitude, walking poles are a massive benefit especially on long downhill sections.
    Travel light especially your day bag and there is places on route to purchase food, drinks etc as you go.

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