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Salkantay Trek - 5 Days

Salkantay Trek

Peru · Group Tour · 5 Days
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Take this alternate and more private route than the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as you cross high mountain passes in the majestic Andes Range with unmatched views of Salkantay mountain. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Cusco → Marcocasa → Soraypampa → Salkantaypampa
Day 2 - Salkantaypampa → Huayramachay → Chaullay
Day 3 - Chaullay → Wiñaypoko → Lucmabamba
Day 4 - Lucmabamba  → Hidroelectrica → Aguas Calientes
Day 5 - Aguas Calientes → Machu Picchu → Cusco

What is included

  • 3 nights accommodation in camping tents at campsites
  • 1 night accommodation at standard hotel
  • Private transportation Cusco-Marcocasa and Ollantaytambo-Cusco
  • Train Hidroeléctrica-Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition train Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo
  • Public bus Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu, return trip
  • Mules to carry your luggage during the trek (max. 8kg)
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • Official bilingual guide and cook at campsites
  • Meals as mentioned in this itinerary
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Activities not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Travel insurance

day
1
Cusco → Marcocasa → Soraypampa → Salkantaypampa

Early in the morning we will drive from Cusco to Mollepata (3h). We will continue our journey to the town of Marcocasa (a. 2900m) where we will start our trek (7h) climbing to Soraypampa (a. 3850m) and finally to Salkantaypampa (a. 4000m). 

Overnight at the camp. 

d
Mollepata → Salkantaypampa13 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Soraypampa Camp

Tent Soraypampa

day
2
Salkantaypampa → Huayramachay → Chaullay

Our second trekking day (7h) will take us to the highest point of the trek, the Apacheta Pass (a. 4580m), then we'll start descending to the impressive site of Huayramachay (a. 4000m) surrounded by breathtaking ice-capped mountains. From here most of the way will go down to the small village of Chaullay (a. 3500m). 

Overnight at the camp. 

d
Salkantaypampa → Chaullay16 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Chaullay Camp

Tent Chaullay

day
3
Chaullay → Wiñaypoko → Lucmabamba

On our third trekking day (7h) we will first cross the valley of Collpapampa (a. 3000m) along a mystical cloud forest. On the way we will start finding wild streams that eventually converge in the Urubamba River, as well as a myriad of plant species and thundering waterfalls. After crossing the village of La Playa we will finally arrive to our camp in Lucmabamba (a. 2200m). 

Overnight at the camp. 

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Chaullay → Lucmabamba 16 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Lucmabamba Camp

Tent Lucmabamba

day
4
Lucmabamba  → Hidroelectrica → Aguas Calientes

This day (3h) we will leave the Salkantay Trail and enter into the mythical Inca Trail, heading first to Llactapata (a. 2800m) to discover its ancient Inca ruins. After our exploration we will follow the path along the Urubamba River up to the Hidroeléctrica power plant, where we will take a local train that will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

d
Lucmabamba → Hidroelectrica7 km
M
Hidroelectrica → Aguas Calientes 20min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Hanaqpacha Hotel

Standard Room Aguas Calientes

day
5
Aguas Calientes → Machu Picchu → Cusco

Early in the morning, we will start our guided visit of the lost citadel of Machu Picchu, allowing plenty of time for exploration. In the afternoon we will take a train back to Cusco. Upon arrival to Ollantaytambo's train station, transfer to your hotel or to the airport. 

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Aguas Calientes → Machu Picchu 15min
M
Aguas Calientes → Ollantaytambo 1h 30min
Q
Ollantaytambo → Cusco 1h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Soraypampa
Y

Soraypampa Camp

Tent
Chaullay
Y

Chaullay Camp

Tent
Lucmabamba
Y

Lucmabamba Camp

Tent
Aguas Calientes
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Hanaqpacha Hotel

Standard Room

Price for standard experience

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