Montaña Trekking Salkantay
Salkantay a Machu Picchu
Personas cruzando un río en el trekking Salkantay.
Laguna Humantay en el camino a Machu Picchu
Refugios en el trekking Salkantay.
Burros en Salkantay

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (5 days)

Return by train
Operative tour

Salkantay trek ending in Machu Picchu, the most popular alternative route to the Inca Trail. Watch the landscape change from mountains to jungle.


Price

  • Program for type of accommodations in Aguas Calientes:
    • Without accommodations:
      • Local price: US$ 299 per person.
      • International visitor price: US$ 319 per person.
    • Hostel Eco Mapi with shared room:
      • Local price: US$ 309 per person.
      • International visitor price: US$ 329 per person.
    • Hostel Presidente or similar with private room:
      • Local price: from US$ 339 per person.
      • International visitor price: from US$ 359 per person.
    • Hotel Tierra Viva or similar with private room:
      • Local price: from US$ 377 per person.
      • International visitor price: from US$ 397 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.

Discounts

  • 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.

Includes

  • Pickup at the hotel in Cusco.
  • Drop-off in downtown Cusco.
  • Transport:
    • Shared transport from Cusco to Challacancha.
    • Shared transport via Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
    • Shared transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Accommodations:
    • 1st night in the Soraypampa camp (shared double hut).
    • 2nd night in the Chaullay camp (shared lodge).
    • 3rd night in the Santa Teresa camp (shared double tent).
  • Meals:
    • Breakfast (every day except for the first and last).
    • Lunch (every day except the last).
    • Dinner (every day except the last day).
  • Camping gear (carried by a herder and mules):
    • Tent.
    • Sleeping pad.
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
  • Luggage carrying service the 3 first days (up to 5 kg (11 lbs.) per person).
  • Entrance ticket to the Salkantay Route.
  • Entrance ticket to the Machu Picchu citadel (archaeological site).

Not included

  • 4th night of accommodations in Aguas Calientes, in case you choose the option without accommodations.
  • Showers at Soraypampa camp (no access).
  • Showers at Chaullay camp (S/. 10 per person).
  • Showers at Santa Teresa camp (S/. 5 per person).
  • Bathroom access along the route.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Trekking poles.
  • Extra luggage weight (S/. 50 for up to 12 kg (26.5 lbs.)).
  • Breakfast on the first day (S/. 7 per person), lunch and dinner the last day.
  • Drinks at dinner on the fourth day.
  • Water.
  • Entrance ticket to the Cocalmayo Hot Springs (optional activity, S/. 25 per person).
  • Zipline ticket (optional activity, S/. 100 per person).
  • Health insurance.

Optional services

  • Train upgrade to Vistadome category: US$ 35 per person.
  • Entramce ticket to Machu Picchu Mountain: US$ 20 per person.
  • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu Mountain: US$ 20 per person.
  • Roun-trip bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu: US$ 24 per person.

*It is not possible to climb up both mountains, Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu, during the same tour.

*Due to the pandemic, the optional mountains Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu are closed to the public until further notice. In case you include one of them in your booking and during the date of your trip still remains closed, we will make the corresponding refund.

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.

Restrictions

  • Minimum age of 14 required for this activity.
  • Not allowed for pregnant women.

Itinerary

Start: Day 1 at 4:30 am at your hotel in Cusco.
End: Day 5 around midnight in downtown Cusco.

Day 1: Cusco – Challacancha – Soraypampa (16 km or 10 miles, 6 hours). We will pick you up at your hotel to start the trip towards our starting point, and will head off towards Mollepata, which is a 3-hour trip. Once we arrive there, we will have to pay our entrance fee to the community and then we will have breakfast (not included) in a restaurant of a local family. There will be enough time to buy some last items before meeting with the group with whom we will make the trek. After receiving the guide’s instructions, we will board the bus again that will take us to Challacancha, where we will start the trek. We will hike the trail while observing the initial landscapes with mountains and valleys. After 3 hours, we will reach the Soraypampa camp at an altitude of 3,900 meters (12,795 ft.). Here we will have lunch and then have some time to rest and recover. In the afternoon we will go up to the Humantay Lagoon, a natural sight one and a half hours from the camp and at an altitude of 4,100 meters (13,451 ft.), where it is possible to see the glacier with the same name in the background if weather permits. Once back at the camp, we will rest for a moment before having dinner, where we will spend time together and listen to the guide’s instructions for the next day before going to sleep in our tents.

Day 2: Soraypampa – Abra Salkantay – Chaullay (22 km or 13.67 miles, 10 hours). We will begin the day with a coca tea in our tents to wake up with energy. After packing up and getting our things ready to go, we will meet for breakfast and then get ready to begin the trek. We will begin to go up the mountains while observing the different landscape from the previous day and making stops to rest as we gain altitude. Our destination is the Abra Salkantay at an altitude of 4,650 meters (15,256 ft.), where we will have views of the Humantay Glacier and the snowcapped Salkantay Mountain. At this highest point of the trek, we will perform a small ceremony of thanks to the Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the surrounding Apus (mountains), and then we will continue on to Huayracmachay for lunch, at an altitude of 3,800 meters (12,467 ft.). After recovering some energy, we will continue our descent while going from a cold, mountain landscape to a warmer jungle landscape until reaching the Chaullay camp (2,900 meters, 9,514 ft.), where we will have dinner and then go to sleep in our tents.

Day 3: Chaullay – Santa Teresa (11 km or 6.8 miles, 5 hours). We will begin the morning with a coca tea in our tents to wake up and then get our things together. After breakfast, we will say goodbye to the porter, who will go on ahead with our luggage, and then we will begin our hike. We will see different types of plantations along the route such as quinoa and pomegranate, and the guide will tell us about different flowers and their importance in the Andean culture. After hiking for 5 hours, we will reach Playa Sahuayacu to have lunch. After resting for a little while, we will then continue our journey by bus to Santa Teresa, where we will spend our third night. Here we can go to the Cocalmayo Hot Springs (optional, not included) during the afternoon to help our muscles recover from the days of hiking, which has 3 pools with different temperatures. At night we will eat dinner, receive instructions for the next day, and have time to hang out with the group and rest.

Day 4: Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes (16 km or 10 miles, 6 hours). The day begins with breakfast so we have energy to make the hike to Hidroeléctrica. We will continue observing the diverse landscapes, now at altitudes ranging from 1,700 to 2,000 meters (5,577 to 6,562 ft.), where we can see the jungle landscape all the way to our destination. There is also the option to take a zipline during the morning which covers several kilometers of cable among the hills, as well as a hanging bridge, and it includes transportation to Hidroeléctrica for lunch. After lunch once the group has already reunited, we will walk alongside the railroad track for 3 hours to get to Aguas Calientes. Here, we will get settled into our hostel and then at dinnertime we will go to a restaurant in the town. After dinner, we will receive the guide’s instructions for the following day, as well as a snack for the trek between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu, and then we will leave to go to the hostel to sleep.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco. We will get up very early to hike from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. A climb up the stairs to the citadel will be awaiting us, where we will meet with our guide to take a 1-hour tour with explanations about how the site was discovered, the time period in which it was built and the techniques used to build it, as well as other interesting information. Then, we will have some free time to explore on our own and take pictures or climb up one of the mountains (Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu) if you included this optional service. After touring the site, we have to go back to Aguas Calientes to pick up our things and go to the train station a half an hour before the departure time of the train to Ollantaytambo. From there we will take a vehicle that will drop us off in downtown Cusco.


Time in the citadel

The time available for visiting Machu Picchu is three hours in total. This time must be administrated as follows: one hour of guided tour, and the rest for visiting the citadel freely or climbing one of the mountains: Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu.


Map

Green line: transportation by vehicle | Red line: trekking | Yellow line: train transportation

Cancellation policy

  • If you cancel this tour, you will not receive a full refund.
  • If you cancel more than six days in advance, you will only receive a refund of US$ 40 per person from the advance deposit made at the time of booking.
  • If you cancel less than six days in advance, you will not receive any refund.

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.

  • What is the difference between the Machu Picchu citadel, Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain?

    What commonly is known as "Machu Picchu" corresponds to the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, which is formed by different areas, among them the Machu Picchu citadel (archaeological center or ruins) and its two adjacent mountains: Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. The tour includes the entry ticket to the citadel, but not the entry to climb up one of the mountains, which you can add as an optional to your booking. You can check the technical details, similarities and differences of the mountains [here](https://www.denomades.com/blog/montana-huayna-picchu-vs-montana-machu-picchu-cual-elegir).

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

    The visit has a duration of three hours, and is divided as follows: 1 hour for a guided tour by the citadel, and two hours to climb up and go down one of the optional mountains, or to go over freely by the citadel.

  • Which are the differences between the Expedition and Vistadome train categories?

    The Expedition category as well as the Vistadome category offer comfortable leather seats, and include a snack, and a cold or hot beverage per person. The first and main difference between both categories is that the Vistadome train has roof windows in the wagons, which allows you to have a panoramic view of the exterior. The second difference is that the Vistadome train offers entertainment services on board, like traditional dances and parades.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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