Enjoy some of the most exquisite views of of Machu Picchu and the high Andes mountain passes on a challenging high-altitude jungle trek through the backdoor to the ancient "Lost City of the Incas." Pitch your tent to camp under the stars, and more.
What to Expect
Follow in the footsteps of the Incas on a fantastic trek behind the lakes and mountains of Machu Picchu. Ideal for those that want to get off the beaten track but still take in the breathtaking ruins of the “Lost City of the Incas,” you will travel the paths of an ancient civilization high in the Andes mountains, stopping to set up camp under a canopy of stars. Upon arrival at the archaeological ruins, a local guide will take you on an adventure back to the Inca Empire, the largest pre-Columbian empire of the Americas.
Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa (B, L, D) Trek Distance: 21.2 Kilometers; Altitude: 3,360-4,050 Meters; Trek Time: 6-7 Hours
Following a pick-up from Cusco Airport at 04:30, transfer by bus to Mollepata, located 2,985 meters above sea level. Stop for breakfast, then start your full-day hike, mostly uphill, with the help of your muleteers. Including the lunch stop, the trek is approximately 6-7 hours, climbing to the campsite at Soraypampa, 4,050 meters above sea level. Marvel at the panoramic views of the snow-capped Humantay summit before dinner.
Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass (Huayracmachay) - Challway (B, L, D) Trek Distance: 20.8 Kilometers; Altitude: 4,050-4,608-2,860 Meters; Trek Time: 7-8 Hours
Enjoy breakfast before a challenging uphill hike to Salkantay Pass (Huayramachay), the highest point of the trek at an impressive 4,608 meters. Your guide will stop to explain a little bit about the history of Salkantay Mountain and the Andean people while you catch your breath and eat some well-deserved snacks. Marvel at the snowy peaks of the Salkantay valley of Santa Teresa and the lagoon. Continue after lunch with a descent through the jungle brow to Chaullay, 2,860 meters above sea level. Enjoy a delicious dinner and set up your camp for the night.
Day 3: Challway - La Playa (Santa Teresa) (B, L) Trek Distance: 13.8 Kilometers; Altitude: 2,860-1,972 Meters; Trek Time: 4-6 Hours
Walk through the pre-jungle, and enjoy an optional visit to the hot springs at Challway. Pass tropical orchards, coffee crops, and other plantations. Shortly after breakfast you will find yourself crossing rivers via extraordinary bridges, and reaching the warmer climates further down the valley. Stop for lunch en route to the next campsite in the village of Santa Teresa. Pitch your tents for another night of camping under the stars.
Day 4: La Playa (Santa Teresa) - Aguas Calientes (B, L, D) Trek Distance: 14.3 Kilometers; Altitude: 1,972-1,680 Meters; Trek Time: 4-6 Hours
Wake for breakfast at around 07:00. Then, walk to Colpani for lunch at the restaurant of the Hidroelectrica Station of Machu Picchu. Continue for approximately 2.5 hours, walking the train tracks to Aguas Calientes, base town for Machu Picchu. Enjoy a delicious dinner in Aguas Calientes before an evening to relax or take a refreshing dip in the hot springs
Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco (B)
Today is the day you reach one of the world’s most evocative sites; the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu. The day starts with a 1-hour walk to the entrance gate of Machu Picchu, where a guide will be waiting to take you on an unforgettable 2-hour tour of the mysterious compound. Learn some of the history behind the Inca’s enchanting city, lost to the world for centuries. There will be some free time to explore the ruins on your own, with an optional to visit to the hotspring in Aguas Calientes.
After your visit to Machu Picchu you will return to Aguas Calientes, where you can choose a restaurant lunch (free decision).
Take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where you will be taken back to the Cusco Center.
- English/Spanish-speaking guide
- All tourist transportation
- All meals during the tour (vegetarian options available)
- All trek equipment (horses, tents, matresses, kitchen utensils etc.)
- Camp site in Aguas Calientes
- Entrance to the Alternative Trail
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Return train to Ollantaytambo
What's Not Included
- Lunch on Day 4
- Entrance to WaynaPicchu Mountain
- Entrance to the hot springs
- Sleeping bags
- Tips (optional) Team members usually agree on tips and determine the amount voluntarily
This activity is non-refundable
Know Before You Go
• A backpack is necessary for this activity
• You will need to be in possession of a valid Passport
• All tickets, costs and expenses of this tour are fully paid in advance in Peru, which means this is a non-transferable tour
• This tour can also be completed in 4 days, in case you do not have 5 days to spare