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Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu – 5D/4N

  • 5 days and 4 nights
  • Max people: 7+
  • Min age: 12+
  • Cusco, Peru
  • Mollepata, Soraypampa, Chaullay, Salkantay, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu
  • Daily departures

This tour and trek is full of beautiful landscapes and visits to the Humantay lake, Salkantay, Santa Teresa, Colcalmayo (thermal baths), Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes), the archaeological site of Machu Picchu (wonder of the modern world) and Huayna Picchu o Mountain (optional).

  • Perfect for all ages and skill levels.
  • Get advice from a local.
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour.


Price Includes


  • All Transfer services
  • Transportation back from Hydroelectric to Cusco


  • Food as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Vegetarian options available.

Entrances fees

  • Entrance ticket to Mollepata- Salkantay route
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.


  • 3 nights campsite
  • 2 nights campsite


  • Professional bilingual guide,
  • chef and assistants.
  • Spacious dining tent and kitchen.

Not include in the price

  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu ($24 USD)
  • Train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo ($80 USD)
  • Personal care items.
  • Tips for the guide and the horsemen.
  • Breakfast on the first day, lunch and dinner on the last day.
  • Cocalmayo hot springs (you can pay at the same place).
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Zip Line Activity

We suggest bringing

  • Strong walking shoes for trekking.
  • Lightweight backpack of 20 liters
  • Some cash in small bills.
  • Hat or cap.
  • Long sleeve shirt.
  • Long and short pants.
  • Rain coat.
  • Sweater and thick jacket.
  • Plastic bags.
  • Optional plastic raincoat (poncho)
  • Eco-friendly Tomatodo (canteen).
  • Lantern.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunblock with a 40 UV factor of at least .
  • Medical or personal items.

Briefing in our office, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. of the day before the trip, detailed explanation of the tour with our guide.

Recommendation: Arrive 24 hours before the trip at the office of Conde Travel.


Day 1:Cusco - Humantay lake - Salkantay pampa

We will begin our adventure by picking up each passenger from their respective hotels before embarking on a 3:30 hour bus ride. Halfway through the trip, we will stop in Mollepata at an altitude of 2900 m.a.s.l. for a 30 minute rest, then we will continue our journey directly to the last bus stop in Soraypampa (3900 m.a.s.l.), where we will meet our horsemen and horses, who will carry all the camping equipment and begin our hike to the Humantay lake (4200 m.a.s.l.).

After the visit to the Humantay lake we will return to Soraypampa where our cook will be waiting for us with lunch, then we will go to our Salkantaypampa camp from where we can enjoy the beautiful views of the snowy peak of Salkantay, and in the afternoon we will enjoy an afternoon tea and a delicious dinner.

Day 2:Soraypampa - Chaullay

Early in the morning we will have our breakfast and then we will start a 3-hours trek until we will reach the highest point of our expedition, the Salkantay Pass (4600 m.a.s.l.). From there, we’ll walk towards Wayrac Machaq, to have our lunch. Then, trekking will continue into the high jungle where we will observe large trees with their arms extended over the streams, all full of bromeliads and orchids. This walk will take about 5 hours to reach our camp in Chaullay for dinner and rest.

Day 3:Chaullay - La Playa - Santa Teresa

After having breakfast around 6:30 am, we’ll start the trek to Sawayaco (La Playa 2100 m.a.s.l.). We will have lunch in this place and then continue with our trip in a transport to Santa Teresa (1550 m.a.s.l.) Here the group will spend the night in accommodation. Then we will have a traditional Peruvian dinner and rest for the next day.

Note: After settling into accommodation, you can access the Cocalmayo hot springs after coordinating with the guide.

Day 4:Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town)

Early in the morning the group will have breakfast. Continuing with the program you will walk for 3 hours, you will appreciate that the road is surrounded by impressive mountains and abundant vegetation, our next objective will be the hydroelectric, where we will have lunch and after a short rest we will continue the walk of approx. 3 hours until arriving to the town of Aguas Calientes. The group will return to the lodge in Aguas Calientes and in the evening everyone will arrive together for dinner.

Optional: On this day there is an alternative way to visit the archaeological complex called Llactapata for an extra charge.

Day 5:Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town) - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We are ready around 4:00 am to go up to Machu Picchu, the trek will follow an ascending path crossing the high jungle, just in time to see the spectacular sunrise. After passing the control entrance around 6:00 am our group will have a private guided tour for 2 hours in the Inca citadel, later the passengers will be free to enjoy Machu Picchu by themselves. Then we will descend walking to Aguas Calientes for about 40 minutes, and then you will walk back to Hidroeléctrica to take our private transport at 3pm, and transfer you to the city of Cusco the transport will arrive in Cusco around 10 pm, the last bus stop would be in the Plaza San Francisco.

Optional: You can book train back service from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (USD $ 80.00). and the Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (USD $ 24.00).


What is the Salkantay trek?

Salkantay trek is another of the Inca roads that leads to Machupicchu and also other wonders such as Choquequirao and Vilcabamba discovered approximately 20 years ago.

What is in the Salkantay trek?

In Salkantay Trek we find adventure activities, local people who are dedicated to the agriculture that works the coffee, the coca among other products of the zone also we found medicinal and exotic plants and also we found types of birds.

Why is the Salkantay Way an alternative Inca trail?

It is called the ALTERNATIVE TRAIL because it is another way to get to Machu Picchu besides the already famous Inca Trail, which is in great demand and must be booked 8 months in advance.

The Salkantay Trek is the only alternative road specialized in adventure for different activities such as cycling, rafts, zip lines, hiking

Can Machu Picchu be visited by people of any age?

Yes, it can be visited by people of all ages. However, in order to ascend Huayna Picchu mountain, it can only be visited by people older than 12 years old.

From what time can I enter Machu Picchu?

Public access is from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What to see in Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is home to almost 150 amazing constructions, these are some of the places that stand out:

• The Temple of the Sun.
• The Intihuatana.
• The Temple of the 3 Windows.
• The Temple of the Condor.
• The Hall of Mirrors.
• The Ladder of the Fountains.
• Huayna Picchu Mountain.
• The Temple of the Moon.
• The Door of the Sun (Intipunku).
• The Main Square.
• The Royal Tomb.
• The Sacred Rock.