Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu: 4-Day Tour - Cusco

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Departure Time :
    5am Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Cusco hotels
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable


Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is a spectacular hike for high peaks, snow-capped mountain and tropical valley. The Salkantay trek is one of the 25 best new treks of whole world according to National Geographic magazine. The Qechuas and Pre-Inca people denominated this mountain Apu Salkantay (God Protector). Salkantay is located into Vilcabamba mountain range and altitude is about 6,271 meters above sea level (20,574 feet). This is a great alternative to Inca Trail.


  • Hotel pickup included
  • All entrance fees included
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small group ensures personal service

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Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa
At 4:30am you will be picked up from your hotel and drive for about 2 hours by bus to Mollepata (2,800 meters).This is a beautiful scenic drive through the valley of Limatambo. Upon reaching the town of Mollepata you will have breakfast and then continue to Marcocasa village where you will meet with the muleteers and mules to begin the Salkantay trek towards Soraypampa (3,825 meters or 12,371 feet). After 4 hours of hiking, enjoy lunch in Soraypampa, and then continue walking for other 4 hours to Humantay lake and snow mountain, then return to Soraypampa, have dinner and spend the night.

Day 2: Soraypampa - Wayracpampa - Colpapampa
Early in the morning you will wake up 5am and have breakfast. Then you will begin the hike to the high pass Salkantay (4,650 meter or 15,091 feet) for approximately 2 hours. Once here you will see the majestic Salkantay snowcapped mountain (6,271 meters or 20,574 feet), the magnificent view of avalanches and other snow capped mountains like Humantay and Tucarhuay. Then you will start to walk downhill passing for spectacular places of the Andes, and continue descending to the high jungle where the vegetation and wildlife will be more abundant. Finish this second day in Colpapampa campsite have dinner and rest.

Day 3: Colpapampa - Playa Sawayaco - Santa Teresa

After breakfast, you will begin the walk at 6am, through the high Inca jungle and then you will cross Lluskamayo River, plus a small variety of streams. You will pass by valleys and will have wonderful experiences next to the exotic flora and fauna of the region, plus the amazing view of cataracts. You will stop in Playa - Sahuayaco (2,250 meters or 7,381 feet) for lunch; later, you will take a van that will transport you to Santa Teresa.

Day 4: Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes
After breakfast you will begin the trek from Santa Teresa valley with direction to Hidroeléctrica, where you will have lunch. Later you will continue walking with a majestic view of Machu Picchu and the principal sacred mountain of the Incas: Huayna Picchu and Putucusi. After 3 hours of walk, you will arrive to Aguas Calientes town.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco
You will wake up at 4:30am and start to walk up to Machu Picchu citadel. You will then start the guiding tour for about 2 hours. After that, you will have free time for climb Huayna Picchu (previous payment) and visit the different places recommended by your guide before heading back to Cusco.


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Bus from Cusco to Mollepata
  • Muleteers and mules
  • Tent, mattresses, kitchen and dining equipment
  • Double tents
  • 4 breakfasts / 4 lunches / 4 dinners
  • Professional Cook
  • Transport from Playa sahuayaco to Santa teresa
  • One night accomodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Entrance fee of Machu Picchu
  • Professional guide (English & Spanish)
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle
  • Return bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco


  • Last lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Sleeping bag
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

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