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Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

Activity provider: Peru & U

Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

Activity provider: Peru & U

From US$ 385 per person

Hike the famous 5-day Salkantay Trek to the Lost City of Machu Picchu. See Humantay Lake and conquer both Andean glacier mountains and the jungle edge on a guided tour with wildlife and much more.

About this activity

Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details. Learn more
Duration 5 days
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Small group available

Experience

Itinerary
120 hours
  • Cusco

  • Soraypampa Camping, Peru (hiking, camp activities, view)

  • Humantay Lake (hiking)

  • Salkantay (hiking, view)

  • Collpapampa (hiking, camp activities, view)

  • La Playa (lunch, hiking, coffee plantation)

  • Santa Teresa Hot Springs (hot spring)

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Santa Teresa District (free time)

  • Central Hidroelectrica Machu Picchu, Peru (hiking)

  • Aguas Calientes (hiking, camp activities)

  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (hiking)

    • Optional
  • Machu Picchu (guided tour)

  • Huayna Picchu (hiking)

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Montaña Machu Picchu, Peru (hiking)

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Ollantaytambo

  • Cusco

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Incas on a hike along the Salkantay Trek
  • Marvel at snow-capped mountains and wild waterfalls of the Andes
  • Discover the "Lost City of the Incas" with an expert guide
Full description

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas and hike along the same paths they used to trek through the mountains centuries ago. Get back to nature and experience amazing views of the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Andes.

Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Markhuq’asa - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Salkantaypampa

(L, D)

Depart Cusco and journey to Markhuq’asa for the start of your trek to Soraypampa, 3,850 meters above sea level. Stop for lunch at the base camp and then go on a round-trip hike to Humantay Lake. Then continue to the Salkantaypampa base camp to spend the night.

Day 2: Salkantaypampa - Salkantay Pass - Collpapampa

 

(B, L, D)

Hike to the highest point of the trail at Salkantay Pass and get spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains before a 2-hour downhill hike to the camp for lunch. Then, enter the upper part of the Amazon jungle on a hike through what is know as the cloud forest. Look for native wildlife on the way to the village of Collpapampa, where you will spend the night.

Day 3: Collpapampa - La Playa

 

(B, L, D)

After breakfast, take an easy hike to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley and marvel at the waterfalls and wild orchids. Encounter coffee, banana, and avocado plantations, and get the chance to sample the local coffee at an organic coffee farm.

After a typical lunch in La Playa, here you will have the option (at an extra cost payable onsite) to visit the hot thermal springs and abundant birdlife. Return to the campsite for an overnight stay.

Day 4: Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

(B, L, D)

On this day, in Santa Teresa, you can choose to visit the zipline, rafting, or canopy at an extra cost payable directly on-site. Then, you will head to Hidroelectrica, passing through waterfalls coming from the glaciers and fields of cocoa and coffee. After a nourishing lunch, begin a 2-hour walk to Machu Picchu Pueblo, known as Aguas Calientes.

Once in Aguas Calientes, you can go to your hotel to shower and relax before dinner. After dinner, get some rest before the early morning climb up to Machu Picchu the following morning.

Day 5: Machu Picchu

 

(B)

Explore Machu Picchu in the early morning before the crowds arrive. You can choose to hike uphill to the ruins or take the bus for an additional charge. Benefit from a 2-hour guided tour on arrival and learn more about the temples, palaces, priest houses, and more. Take the train to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon and then catch the bus back to Cusco for drop-off at your hotel or hostel on arrival.

Includes
  • Guide
  • Luggage allowance (5 kilograms per participant, to be carried by the horses)
  • Transportation from Cusco to Soraypampa
  • Camping and cooking equipment, including a double foam personal sleeping pad
  • Thick mattress and night light
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes (Upgrade optional)
  • Entry tickets to Machu Picchu and Salkantay
  • Guided tour along the Salkantay trek and of Machu Picchu
  • Standard train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Shared transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to downtown Cusco
  • First aid equipment and oxygen bottle for emergencies
  • 4 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Roundtrip bus tickets to Machu Picchu (Available as an add-on)
  • Transportation from La Playa to Hydroelectric (if you don't want to walk)
  • Sleeping bag (Available as an add-on)
  • Breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 5
  • Santa Teresa Cocalmayo hot springs entry ticket and transportation (approximately 40 soles payable onsite on the day)
  • Walking sticks
  • Entrance ticket to Humantay Lake (20 soles payable onsite)
  • Additional activities such as rafting or ziplining (bookable on site)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot showers
  • Bottled water
  • Additional transfers
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Snacks
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Cash
  • Daypack

Know before you go

  •  It is recommended to arrive in Cusco at least 2 days before the trek, so you can acclimatize and get used to the altitude
  • Vegetarian and vegan food are available on request at no extra charge
  • Sleeping bags are available at extra cost and can be added when booking
  • Your duffel bag will be carried for you until the third day, but from day 4 you will have to carry your own bags
  • On Day 4 you will have the option to send your luggage by car from Playa to Hydroelectric and then to Aguas Calientes by Train, there is a cost of 20 soles approx. payable directly
  • Optionally climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain (if booked in advance)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 25 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.2/5
  • Value for money
    3.7/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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The trekking was very well organized. Both Jhonatan the tour guidenals and Braulio the chef did a fantastic job. Only the trip from Aguas Calientes back to Cusco is not accompanied and you have to find your way around yourself. Not easy with so many people and poor knowledge of Spanish.

June 4, 2022

The 5-day hike on the Salcantay, stopping at Lake Huamantay and ending at Machu Picchu, is a must for every Peru visitor. Best of all, however, is the guide (and the cook), who take you straight to their hearts and take you into the family. If you are lucky Big Willy will be your guide and Manzanita (Sergio) your cook and you will spend the best 5 days of the year.

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December 19, 2021

We started the trek in October. The weather was very nice! The first 2 days are the most strenuous and at the same time the most beautiful! The accommodations are fine, the last accommodation can be updated for an additional charge. The toilets and showers are different from the equipment and can not always be locked. Hot water for the shower is occasionally available for an additional charge! The food was always super good! The tour itself is very nice, you can move freely and hike at your own speed! An absolute must when you come to Peru !!!

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October 20, 2019

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