Trekking Salkantay by Car por Denomades
Trekking Salkantay en bus
Camino a Abra Salkantay
Vista hacia Machu Picchu

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (5 days)

Operative tour
Return by bus

Make the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu and be amazed with the alternative landscapes to the Inca Trail. Bus return and guide included..


  • Program for type of accommodations in Aguas Calientes:
  • Without accommodations:
  • Local price: US$ 199 per person.
  • International visitor price: US$ 219 per person.
  • Hostel Eco Mapi with shared room:
  • Local price: US$ 209 per person.
  • International visitor price: US$ 229 per person.
  • Hostel Presidente or similar with private room:
  • Local price: from US$ 239 per person.
  • International visitor price: from US$ 259 per person.
  • Hotel Tierra Viva or similar with private room:
  • Local price: from US$ 277 per person.
  • International visitor price: from US$ 297 per person.

*Local price for citizens of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia, and foreign residents of other nationalities in Peru.

*International visitor price for non-resident international visitors in Peru.


  • Teenagers from 14 to 17 years: US$ 10 on the local price and US$ 20 on the international visitor price.
  • Students**: US$ 10 on the local price and US$ 20 on the international visitor price.

*To access to these discounts, write us at reservas@denomades.com.

**See requirements in FAQ’s.


  • Pickup at the hotel in Cusco.
  • Transportation:
  • Shared transportation by bus from Cusco to Challacancha.
  • Shared transportation by bus from Hidroeléctrica to Cusco.
  • Accommodations:
  • 1st night in Soraypampa Campsite (shared double hut).
  • 2nd night in Chaullay Campsite (shared double room in lodge).
  • 3rd night in Santa Teresa Campsite (double shared tent).
  • Meals:
  • Breakfast, except the first day.
  • Lunch, except the last day.
  • Dinner, except the last day.
  • Campsite equipment (carried by a herder):
  • Sleeping pad.
  • Meals.
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
  • Carrying service, the first three days (5 kg per person).
  • Entrance ticket to Salkantay Route.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu (archaeological site).

Not included

  • 4th night of accommodations in Aguas Calientes, in case you choose the option without accommodations.
  • Shower at Soraypampa Campsite (no access)
  • Shower at Chaullay Campsite (S/. 10 per person).
  • Shower at Santa Teresa Campsite (S/. 5 per person).
  • Access to bathrooms during the trek.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Trek poles.
  • Extra weight for luggage (S/. 50 up to 12 kg).
  • Breakfast the first day (S/. 10 per person), lunch nor dinner the last day.
  • Water.
  • Entrance ticket to the Cocalmayo Hot Springs (optional activity, S/. 25 per person).
  • Zipline ticket (optional activity, S/. 100 per person).
  • Ticket to te Huayna Picchu Mountain.
  • Ticket to the Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Health-care coverage.

Optional services

  • Round trip shared bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu: US$ 24 per person.

*There is no possibility to add a mountain due to the time you have to leave the archaeological site to do the walking towards Hidroeléctrica and take the bus from that place to Cusco.

How to book

  1. Select the departure date from the calendar.
  2. Select the number of people.
  3. Click on "Add to cart".
  4. Pay the full price of the tour online.

What to bring

  • 30-liter backpack to bring things you will be using during the day.
  • Waterproof backpack cover.
  • Waterproof jacket and pants (Gore-Tex or similar).
  • Fleece clothing (Polartec or similar).
  • Thermal clothing (base layer).
  • Short and long-sleeved t-shirts.
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Plenty of batteries (there are no electrical sockets to charge batteries).
  • Earplugs.
  • Flip-flops (for showers and resting).
  • Bathing suite.
  • Towel.
  • Headlamp.
  • Lock.
  • Winter hat and gloves for the cold.
  • Cap to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Ziploc bags (to store garbage).
  • Trekking poles.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Toiletries.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Water (1 liter per person for the first day; you will be able to buy water during the trek).
  • Snacks.
  • At least S/. 200 for extra expenses not included in the trek (the amount considers optional activities).
  • Travel insurance.


  • Minimum age required of 14 years to make the activity.
  • Not allowed for pregnant women.
  • All passengers must have a full vaccination scheme document.
  • International visitors must complete a sworn statement within 72 hours before arriving to Peru.


Start: Day 1 at 4:30 am at your hotel in Cusco.

End: Day 5 at 10:00 pm in San Francisco Square in Cusco.

Day 1: Cusco – Challacancha – Soraypampa (9.9 miles of trek, 6 hours). We will pick you up at your hotel to go to the starting point of the tour. We will begin a 3-hour trip to Mollepata, place where we will be able to have breakfast in a local restaurant. We will have the possibility to buy the last elements before gather with what will be our group for the next 5 days. Our guide will give the last directions before boarding again our transportation to go to Challacancha, from where starts the trek. We will know the mountain landscape until reaching our first campsite: Soraypampa. In this place, at 12,795 ft. of altitude, we will have our first lunch, after what we will be able to rest. In the afternoon, there is the possibility to make the Humantay Lagon Trek, lagoon located at 13,451 ft. of altitude. In this place, besides the lagoon and if the clouds allow it, we will be able to see the hanging glacier in the mountain and take very good pictures of the surroundings. Once we are back in the camp, we will be able to rest before dinner and receive some directions for the next day.

Day 2: Soraypampa – Abra Salkantay – Chaullay (13.7 miles of trek, 10 hours). When we wake up, we will drink coca tea to get up with energy for facing the altitude. We will pick up our things and have breakfast, after what we will begin the trek through the ravine that allows us to climb the mountain. We will see the difference of landscape compared with the previous day, with bigger rocks, some water streams and, of course, the snow of the surrounding mountains. While we gain altitude, we will make some stops for resting and taking pictures, besides eating snacks to recover energy. We will arrive at the Abra Salkantay, at 15,091 ft. of altitude where, if the weather allows it, we will have views of the Humantay Glacier and the Salkantay Mountain. This is the highest points of the trek, where with our guide we will make a small ceremony to thank the Pachamama and the surrounding Apus (mountains). After this moment, we will continue our way to Huaracmachay, at 12,467 ft. of altitude, where we will have our lunch of the day. After recovering energy, we will follow the route down and we will be able to see the change from a mountain landscape to a pre-jungle one, where is located the Chaullay Campsite, at 9,514 ft. of altitude. Here, we will get some rest and have dinner, so then we go to sleep.

Day 3: Chaullay – Santa Teresa (6.8 miles of trek, 5 hours). We will begin the day with a coca tea to wake up with energy and pick up our things before breakfast. On this day we will say good bye to hour herder, because he will go ahead with the luggage to our next accommodations. We will go walking with our own rhythm, watching different plantations in the area: quinoa and pomegranate, for example. The guide will give us some explanations about plants and the importance that they have for the Andean culture. We will reach the Sahuayacu Beach, where we will have our lunch and the opportunity to buy some products of the area. After a moment to rest, we will take the bus to go to Santa Teresa, place where we will spend our third night. During the afternoon, it will be possible to visit the Cocalmayo Hot Springs (optional), complex with three pools of different temperatures and, that way, get relaxed and recover ourselves of the walking done the previous days. By night, we will have our dinner, some directions for the next day (especially those who want to make the zipline) and some time to share with the rest of the group before going to sleep.

Day 4: Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes (9.9 miles of trek, 6 hours). We will have breakfast early in the morning to begin the walking to Hidroleléctrica. We will continue watching the diversity of the landscape, because we will be walking between 5,557 and 6,562 ft. of altitude, where is possible to watch a jungle landscape until our destination. Moreover, those who decide making the zipline will be able to go over a considerable distance from hill to hill, and even will cross a hanging bridge, having other perspectives of the landscape. For those who take the zipline, it is included the transportation to Hidroeléctrica.

Once the group is gathered again for lunch, we will prepare our luggage to take only what it is necessary for the next day of excursion. The rest, we will leave it there in Hidroeléctrica, so we pick up it the next day before taking the bus back to Cusco.

We will make the walking following the train rail until reaching Aguas Calientes, where we will be able to settle down in our corresponding accommodations, relax and take a shower, before gather with the rest of the group for dinner. After dinner, the guide will give us the last directions for the next day.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco. We will get up early to walk from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. We will make the check-in in the bridge, where control people will see our entrance ticket and we will go up by the stairs up to the entrance of the archaeological site. Here we will gather with our guide to enter to Machu Picchu and have a 1-hour tour, in which he will give us the main details of the place. After that, we will have time to go over freely and taking pictures. Because you have to take the bus back to Cusco that leaves between 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm, our recommendation is you to leave the archaeological site at 10:00 am, so you have time to walk from the bridge to Hidroeléctrica, without passing again by Aguas Calientes. In Hidroeléctrica, we will pick up our luggage and take the bus that will take us back to the San Francisco Square in Cusco, where our tour ends.

Time in the archaeological site

The time you have for visiting the Machu Picchu archaeological site is of three hours in total. These hours have to be distributed in one hour for the guided tour and, the rest, visiting the archaeological site on your own.

Cancellation policy

  • The cancellation of this tour does not have a full refund.
  • If you cancel with more than 6 days in advance, only will receive US$ 40 per person of the advance deposit paid for the booking.
  • If you cancel with less than 6 days in advance, you will not receive nothing of the advance deposit paid for booking.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do meals include during the Salkantay trek?

    During this activity, breakfast includes coca tea, hot beverage, bread, butter, jam and eggs. For lunch and dinner, salad, main course with protein and carbs (for the trek) and juice. Remember telling us if you are vegetarian or if you have any food allergies writing at reservas@denomades.com once you make the booking.

  • How long does it take the visit to Machu Picchu?

    The visita has a duration of three hours. The first hour, we will make the guided tour by the citadel. Then, you will have the rest of the time to go over freely by the citadel.

  • What document to I need to prove that I am a student?

    The students discount is valid as long as you are maximum 25 years old. The same way the discount is valid if, at the moment of booking, you send us a copy or picture of your university ID card. This card needs to have the following information: * Full name of the university. * Full name of the student. * Picture of the student. * Year on which it is valid (if you will viist Machu Picchu during 2020, the card must indicate 2020 on it). The following documents are not valid to prove you are a student: * Registration voucher. * Regular student certificate. * Transportation card for students. * ISIC card.

  • How far in advance should I book the tour?

    We receive bookings with minimum 48 hours in advance. However, the places are limited and are always subject to availability. The entry tickets to the Machu Picchu citadel have a high demand, running out of tickets, in some cases, with months in advance. Because of that, our recommendation is to make the booking as far in advance as possible.

  • For the children discount, is it valid the age the children have at the moment of bokking or when we are going to do the tour?

    The discount for children applies according to the age they have at the moment of making the tour. Separate from that, you have to send us the travel document at the moment of booking.

  • How is the weather in Machu Picchu?

    Machu Picchu is located between the Andes Mountain Range and the Amazonas Jungle, having a warm and mild weather, with a minimum average temperature of 12°C and a maximum average temperature of 24°C. From April to October is the dry season in the place, that is to say, during this period there is a lower possibility of having rain, while from November to March is the rain season, that is to say, during this period there is a higher possibility of having rain. Nevertheless, during the whole year there is possibility of rain, because we are talking about a subtropical area.

  • I have already bought my entry ticket to Machu Picchu, is it possible to book the program without the entry ticket added to the total price?

    Yes. To make the booking in this way, you have to write us at [reservas@denomades.com](mailto:reservas@denomades.com), indicating the number of people travelling and the date you want to begin the program, and we will send to you the corresponding quotation along with the instructions to make the booking.

  • Is it possible to add an accommodation night in Aguas Calientes and return to Cusco a day after the tour?

    Yes. To make the booking in this way, you have to write us at [reservas@denomades.com](mailto:reservas@denomades.com), indicating the number of people travelling and the date you want to begin the program, and we will send to you the corresponding quotation along with the instructions to make the booking.

  • Why there are prices for type of accommodations in Aguas Calientes?

    The idea is be able to offer an option according to what you want to pay by the tour, even giving you the possibility to choose the accommodations in Aguas Calientes on your own.

  • What are the differences between accommodations?

    * Mapi Hostel: triple or quadruple shared room, with shared bathroom. Includes box lunch for breakfast. * Presidente Hostel or similar: single or double private room, with private bathroom. Includes box lunch for breakfast. * Tierra Viva Hotel (3 stars) or similar: single or double private room, with private bathroom. Includes breakfast.

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