Salkantay 5 Days
This is a challenging trek to Machu Picchu, including some of the most exquisite views as you trek through high mountain passes and down into the high-altitude jungle on your way through the backdoor to Machu Picchu.
From $ 380
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Salkantay 5 Days
Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata - Soraypampa (L)(D)
Pick up from your hotel in Cusco at 5:00a.m. Our car will take us to the Mollepata village (2900 m.a.s.l.) where we will arrive at 7:30 a.m., we will stop for last minute supplies, leg-stretching or to use the restrooms at a local restaurant. We will continue our journey to Sayapata, our trek starting point. Around 9:00 a.m., we will begin our hike toward Soraypampa (3850 m.a.s.l.). During the hike we will have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. Around 1:00p.m., we will have a Peruvian lunch. After lunch, we will visit Humantay Lake, a marvelous lake in the mountains, (3 hours hike) and we will come back to our campsite where the tents will be ready for you as well as your dinner.
Day 2: Soraypampa - Challway (B)(L)(D)
After breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek. In Soraypampa we are going to see in front of us the Umantay snow capped mountain. Here We have to climb up for four hours to the first pass of SALKANTAY mountain. Which is over 4.540 m.a.s.l. here on the top of this Salkantay mountain (highest point). We stop for around 25 minutes to take group pictures, because from here, we will have great views of range of the mountains and we will find some heaps of stones (Apachayta) around this pass. After this, We are going dawn for 4 hours through a nice trail to Chaullay, which is over lower than first campsite 2.900 m.a.s.l where we have our tea time and dinner.
Day 3: Challway – Playa Sahuayaco - Santa Teresa - Cocalmayo Hot Springs (B)(L)(D)
At 8:00 o'clock AM, we will walk until Colcapampa, go in to the forest brow, where the plantation of coca, coffee and fruits will be able to be appreciated, also we will give ourselves time for see an beautiful Waterfall and if we are lucky we will be able to observe the famous cockerel of the rocks, we make a stop for the banks of the river to eat lunch and to take free time to relax and to rest. After that, a local bus will take us to Santa Teresa, where you will enjoy and relax at the Cocalmayo hot springs. You will have dinner and camping there.
Day 4: Santa Teresa - Llactapata -Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes (B)(L)(D)
After breakfast, you will take a local transportantion to Lucmabamba village. Here you will start the ascent hike toward Llactapata (3 three hours hiking). Llactapata is a beautiful observatory where you will have a wonderful view of the Citadel of Machupicchu with a lot of clarity. A descending trail will take you to the Hydroelectric where you will eat lunch at a local restaurant. After this spectacular experience we keep going for 2 more hours to Aguas Calientes town ( Your will arrive around 7:00 pm).
Overnight: Hotel in Aguas Calientes town (private bathroom, hot water, storage).
Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu - Cusco (B)
Breakfast will be served from 5:00 am. Then you will take the bus to visit the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
The exciting exploration begins with a visit to the world famous Machupicchu Sacred Temples (Sun Temple, Condor Temple) agricultural terraces, sacred rocks, water fountains, the famous Intihuatana and other important Inca buildings. During the tour, our guide will explain the meanings , importance and story of Machupicchu while we walk around the Machu picchu city for around 2 hours. After your tour you'll have free time to explore the site by yourself.
Later in the afternoon you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes where you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then carry on by car to Cusco, where we will arrive late at night.
All departure and arrival times are approximate.
Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
- Pick-up from your hotel
- Tourist bus from Cusco to Mollepata village starting point.
- A local experienced English - Spanish tour guide.
- Entrance fees to tourist sites.
- Return train ticket on the last day from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Collection from train station (Ollantaytambo) and transfer to Cusco city.
- Drop-off at your hotel
- Round trip Bus ticket (Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu Sanctuary - Aguas Calientes).
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Sanctuary
- Hot water every morning and evening after the trek for washing purposes + filtered and boiled water to fill up your water bottle every morning, night, and at lunch time if requested.
- Professional chef, Chefs helper, cooking equipment ( surgical steel )
- Horses to carry the camping equipment.
- Two hours Machu Picchu guided tour.
- Assistant Tour Guide (for groups of 9 or more people).
- 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 4 Dinners
- Vegetarian food available upon request with no extra charge
- Entrance fee for Cocalmayo hot springs
- 01 night of Hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes town.
- Camping gear: Double waterproof tents ( 4 person capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and keeping the backpacks ) + dining tent with tables and chairs + kitchen tent + toilet tent + tent for our guides, and staff.
- 24 hours emergency oxygen assistance.
- First aid kid.
- Bio-degradable personal hand soaps and detergents.
What is not included
- Tips or gratuities for guides, drivers, cooks, porters, etc.
- Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes
- Breakfast (first day) and the last lunch( last day).
- Sleeping bag and walking sticks
Prices in U.S. dollars are based on per person, departures are guaranteed.
This tour includes the Expedition Service. The Expedition train has fully covered wagons with panoramic windows to allow travelers to immerse in the beauty of the natural landscape, and make your experience at Machu Picchu begins on the train.
All hotels included in our programs are three stars (Tourist class). Rooms are equipped with cable TV, hote water 24 hours, and bathrooms with free toiletries. Free wifi. Some rooms have air conditioning. Featuring a restaurant and a coffee shop.
- Machu Picchu Student Discount, $ 20.00 per person (Requires ISIC Card to qualify, you will need to e-mail us a copy of your ISIC)
- Machu Picchu Children, $ 20.00 per person (Passengers under 18 years old receive the same discount as a student. If you are claiming a child discount you must send us a scanned copy of your child's passport by email).
- Machu Picchu Andean Community: Peru, Colombia, Bolivia and Ecuador : $ 20.00 per person.
- EARLY BIRD SAVING: 90 days prior to the trip: 10% off.
NOTE: INCA PLANET TRAVEL GUIDE reserves the right to make the final decision regarding amount of discount. Also we offer special discounts for groups.
Extensions and additional services
- Upgrade to Vistadome train (one way): $65.00 per person
- Huaynapicchu mountain ticket: $20.00 per person
- Machupicchu mountain ticket: $20.00 per person
- Sleeping Bag: $25.00 per person
- Walking Pole: $20.00 per person
- Inflatable Mattress: $15.00 per person
- Single Tent Supplement: $25.00 per person
- Extra horse to carry extra 15kg of personal items:$50.00
Things to bring
- Hat or cap to protect from the sun.
- Sun cream (factor 35 recommended), lip salve, sun glasses.
- Money belt + emergency money
- Water bottle (mineral water can be bought throughout Peru)
- Camera + Batteries (Batteries can easily be bought in Peru and is of excellent quality).
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Original passport.
- Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs.
- Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
- Insect repellent
- Comfortable walking boots with good ankle support.
- Sleeping bag.
- Backpack (65 litres should be quite sufficient).
- Clothes: long trousers (lightweight), T-shirts, short-sleeved shirt, long-sleeved shirt, pair shorts, Underwear and socks (thermal underwear is highly recommended, being light, warm and makes good nightwear on cold nights), Fleece jacket.