Salcantay Trek & Machu Picchu 5D/4N

This journey is the perfect alternative hike for those who were unable to book the Inca Trail. The adventure trail traverses a high Andean plateau, crossing one pass as high as 4,600mt/15,092ft for an up-close view of the sacred Inca peak, Salkantay (6,280mt/20,598ft). Then the trail descends into the beautiful Santa Teresa Valley with its tropical climate and vegetation.  On the fourth day you will walk to Machu Picchu village to spend the night in a cozy hostel. On the last day you will visit Machu Picchu the “Lost City of the Incas". See the intricate stonework of these enigmatic ruins which is one of the finest examples of Inca masonry.

Additional Info

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Locations: Cusco Salcantay Mt Machu Picchu
  • Rating: 4
  • Category: Trekking
  • Difficulty: Moderate - Difficult
  • Minimun Required: 04 Passengers
  • Price From: 559
  • Itinerary:
    Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata –Salcantaypampa

    Pick up in the morning from your hotel and drive from Cusco to Mollepata (3,000mt/9,843ft) and continue to Challacancha a place with magnificent scenery of valleys, and mountains. From here, we start our hike upwards until reaching Soraypampa (3,800m/12,464ft), continuing to our camp Salcantaypampa (4,100mt/13,451ft) that is located at the foot of the Tucarhuay mountain.
    Meals: L, D

    Day 2: Salcantaypampa- Salkantay pass - Collpapampa

    In the morning we will walk the most difficult part of the trek, the highest point, to the Salkantay Pass (4,600mt/15,092ft). Then we start our descent observing the change of the constant ecological scenery. Finally, we arrive at our next camp at Collpapampa(3,200mt /10,496ft).
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 3: Collpapampa- Wiñaypoco - La Playa - Santa Teresa

    After breakfast we will walk down through a colorful forest seeing bright vegetation. We will also meet with some ancestral families during the trek, en route to La Playa (2,100mt/ 6,890ft), to have lunch. Thereafter, we  will take transport to Santa Teresa where we can enjoy a dip at the hot springs.
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 4: La Playa - Llactapata - Machu Picchu Town

    This morning we will take transport to the Hydroelectric Station (1,950mt/6,398ft). From here we will walk to Machu Picchu village (2,050mt /6,726ft) along the Urubamba River enjoying the beautiful vegetation. You will have the opportunity to observe the north side of Machu Picchu. Arriving in the afternoon and check in to your hostel.
    Meals: B, L
    Hostel in Machu Picchu town.

    Day 5: Machu Picchu village - Machu Picchu - Cusco

    Pick up in the early morning to take the bus up to the magical Sanctuary. Enjoy a professional guided walking tour of the grand Machu Picchu (2,400mt/7,874ft). Visit the extraordinary Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Three Windows features huge trapezoidal windows and much more.   Then return by bus to Machu Picchu village for lunch (on your own) before boarding the train to Poroy. You will be met at the train station by our staff and private transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

    Optional: (extra cost) Head over to the entrance of Huayna Picchu to climb a narrow path until reaching the top for splendid vistas of Machu Picchu and the valley below.
    Meal B

    Optional: Huayna Picchu climb extra cost US$15.
    Upgrade: Expedition train to Vistadome or Hiram Bingham train at extra cost.
    Upgrade: Hostel to standard, 4 or 5 star hotel at extra cost.



  • Services Included:

    Services Included: 

    • Trek briefing with your guide.
    • Professional English/Spanish Guide
    • Transportation from Cusco to the trailhead.
    • High quality camping equipment (Professional tents for 2 persons, air beds (Thermarest), dining/Kitchen tents with table and chairs, bathroom tent).
    • Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. Vegetarian, vegan or gluten free meals on request at no extra cost.
    • Cook, waiter and assistant.
    • Carriers and mules for all our equipment and personal belongings. Maximum weight per person 7kg/15bs carried by horses. Trekperu will provide a duffel bag for this purpose.
    • Emergency horse.
    • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu ruins.
    • Round trip Bus Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu.
    • Tourist train from Machu Picchu town to Poroy
    • First-aid kit, and oxygen bottle.
    • Hostel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom, breakfast and hot water.
    • Trekperu uses walkie-talkies on all treks
    • All trash produced during the trek returns to Cusco.

    Services NOT Included:

    • Hotels in Cusco (we can book for you).
    • Domestic flights (we can book for you).
    • Travel and healh insurance.
    • Additional extra price for the entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu.
    • Breakfast on first day, dinner on fourth night, and lunch on last day in Machu Picchu town.
    • Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc.,shall be covered by the passenger as a whole.  Also if you, or for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and emergency evacuation needed all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger´s expense. For all of these reasons, we recommend taking out travel and health insurance to be able to cover these costs.  This is money well invested! Of course, Trekperu will help you obtain all necessary documents for you to be refunded in full by your insurance company.
    • Personal items like individual gear, sleeping bag (Trekperu rents sleeping bags: $25 per person for entire trek), medicines, laundry, phone calls, etc.
    • Single tent available: $25 per person for entire trip.
    • Passengers should bring a lightweight pack (25 liters) for their personal effects (Bottle water, suncream, insect repelent, camera, jacket, rain gear, cap, etc.).
    • Towel for washing.
    • Gratuities
  • Picture Gallery: salcantay

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