Multi-day trip

Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

3.9 / 5

28 reviews

Activity provider:Peru & U
Multi-day trip

Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

Activity provider:Peru & U
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From US$ 488 per person

Likely to sell out

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.
Duration 5 days
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Small group available


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    Pickup location:


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    Soraypampa Camping, Peru

    Hiking, Camp activities, View

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    Humantay Lake


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    Hiking, View

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    Hiking, Camp activities, View

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    La Playa

    Lunch, Hiking, Coffee plantation

    Santa Teresa Hot Springs

    Hot spring

    Optional, Extra fee

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    Santa Teresa District

    Free time

  • Central Hidroelectrica Machu Picchu, Peru


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    Aguas Calientes

    Hiking, Camp activities

    Inca Trail to Machu Picchu



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    Machu Picchu

    Guided tour

    Huayna Picchu


    Optional, Extra fee

    Montana Machu Picchu, Peru


    Optional, Extra fee

  • Ollantaytambo

  • Arrive back at:


Main stop
Other stop

For reference only. Itineraries are subject to change.

  • 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



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.

  • 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

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Important information

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

3.9 /5

based on 28 reviews

Review summary

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The first two days were absolutely incredible. The hikes were challenging and the weather certainly played into that challenge. Day 3 was beautiful going through the rainforest but there was not enough hiking. We hiked about 4 hrs that day and could have continued hiking from where they picked us up by van. The base camp that night was a concrete building with tents set up inside. .. Not what I had in mind for this trip. Not to mention the party that raged far into the night. Our entire group tried to sleep early and could not due to the heavy base. Day 4 most of us went to the optional zip line course, Vertical Zipline, which I highly recommend. Again though the hike to Aguas Calientes was much too short and could have been longer. Our tour was a mix of multiple companies and I think that made it difficult to get organized and give consistent information. Multiple people had issues come up but were resolved. Overall, it was a great experience though and I would recommend it.

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October 7, 2019

Wir konnten eine wunderschöne Wanderung nach Machu Picchu machen mit einer tollen Gruppe. Das Briefing am Tag zuvor war leider etwas verwirrend aber dank der täglichen Übersicht welche der Guide uns erklärte, war es für uns immer sehr gut absehbar! Unser Highlight war sicherlich der Blick aus der Ferne auf Machu Picchu am Tag 4. Etwas schade ist es, dass sehr oft zusätzliche Kosten dazugekommen sind, z.B. Transportkosten für das Gepäck ab Tag 4, die Dusche, Trinkwasser und die Hotsprings. Jedoch wurden wir bereits über die Zusatzkosten beim Briefing informiert. Dafür war das Essen wirklich ausgezeichnet und es gab immer eine vegetarische Option. Coca Tee am morgen war super und sogar unseren eigenen Kaffee von der Bohne über das Rösten zum fertigen Espresso konnten wir selbst herstellen. Yonatan war ein super lieber Guide und hat seinen Job super gemacht, Danke dir!

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November 20, 2022

Das Trekking war sehr gut organisiert. Sowohl Jhonatan als Tourguidenals auch Braulio der Koch haben einen fantastischen Job gemacht. Einzig die Fahrt von Aguas Calientes zurück nach Cusco ist nicht begleitet und man muss sich selbst zurechtfinden. Bei sovielen Leuten und schlechten Spanischkenntnissen nicht ganz einfach.

June 4, 2022

Product ID: 114979