min 2 / max 10
2430 m / 7932 ft
There is something adventurous about going on a long trek to visit an ancient civilization. If this is something that you would love to experience and have the time to do it, then the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is the journey of a lifetime you’ve been waiting for.
Adventure and wonder await as the 5 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu will fill you a rush of adrenaline as you experience the local people’s cultural beauty amongst the natural landscape.
If you also want to disconnect from your everyday busy life and visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, then the 5 day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is a truly unique experience. This is one of the best trails to Machu Picchu.
While many opt for the esteemed Inca Trail, the Salkantay Mountain Trek isn’t just the best trip around but has also been ranked as a top 25 trek by National geographic travel Magazine.
Your 5 day trek is a mysterious journey into the known and unknown that will heal your mind, body, and soul. You’ll a rejuvenated sense of joy as you and many others make this trek to ease their minds and rejuvenate their bodies.
While on this trek, our Tour Leader will guide you to explore the many opportunities along the way and help you create memories that will last a lifetime. This 5 day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is truly the best option for you.
The trip starts with a pick up at 5 am. We will then drive to Molletapa (2hrs approx) where we will have breakfast. From there, we make the one hour trip to Challacancha, this is where the adventure begins! We climb up for 30 mins and then hike a flat path with unique views for 3 hours.
Once we arrive at Soraypampa (12631 ft/3850m), there will be lunch available and we will camp for the night. The afternoon will be left to acclimatize, rest and relax. If you feel a bit adventurous, Machu Picchu Tours do recommend the option to walk the famous Humantay Lagoon.
Please note, Bring warm clothing as the temperature could reach to 0 degrees o even snow (which is not that common)
Today may be the longest day but with exceptional views! We will climb for approx. 3 hours and be very close to the snow of Salkantay and reach the top of the Salkantay Pass (15255 ft/4650m).
When we reach towards the top, we will have time to take photos and take in all the glorious views. Then me make our way down and stop at our lunch spot which is about an hour and a half.
After lunch we will continue to descent (approx. 4 hours) down the hills and make our way to our campsite in Ccollpapampa (9,842 ft/3,000 m)
Today will be an early morning hike (5 hours approx.) along a quiet pathway surrounding yourself with the flora and fauna of the valleys. Once we arrive at our campsite at La Playa (6716 ft/2000m), we will have lunch and the rest of the afternoon to sightsee or perhaps organize to go to the hot springs of Cocalmayo.
An early start to the day with 4 hours of hiking uphill to Llactapata (8694 ft/2650m). We descend another 2 hours downhill until we reach the hydroelectric power station for lunch.
There we will bid farewell to our team of Machu Picchu Tours, and venture on with our Tour Leader by train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes where we will stay the night at a hotel and the following day we will visit the mystical site of Machu Picchu.
Today we hop on a bus and make the journey (30 minutes drive approx.) to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Our guide will welcome you with a 2 hour guided tour and take you to the most important temples and enclosures Machu Picchu has to offer. After the tour, you will have free time to explore the citadel on your own.
In the afternoon, we will be departing Aguas Calientes to board the train at 2:30pm (depending on availability) and arrive to Cusco at roughly 7:00 p.m.
At Machu Picchu Tours & Treks, a representative will organize a simple meeting the night before your tour or trek starts. During this meeting, you meet fellow adventures or tourists and gain valuable information regarding all aspects of your trip. If you do arrive late, your Machu Picchu Tours representative will leave you a message regarding the time and meeting details for the next morning.
All extra luggage can be left safely in Cusco at your hotel or the Machu Picchu Tours & Treks office depot while you enjoy your tour or trek. We’ll take them from you on the morning of your journey and return them once you’re back in Cusco. Make sure your bags are appropriately identified, so it’s easy to locate them.
Please note any type of bag or bagged when visiting Machu Picchu. A bag can be no bigger than 40cm, or 157 inches high X 35cm or 14 inches wide X 20cm or 8 inches deep as anything bigger won’t be permitted into the citadel. There is storage near the citadel. Even if your bags are already tagged with ID tags, please use any Machu Picchu Tours & Treks luggage tags. This makes it easier for Machu Picchu Tours & Treks staff to find and manage your luggage for you.
Yes! Please bring your original passport. It must be the same passport number information you sent us when you booked your entrance into Machu Picchu, train ticket(s), and other entrances or reservations. The site rangers will check your passport when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also do the same before you board.
If you do happen to renew your passport, you can send us your old passport information to secure your permit. Once you get the new one, we change it for a nominal USD$10 fee per person. Keep in mind, and we need an old copy of your passport and the new one to make any changes. Before you make any changes, keep your old one.
Note: If you don’t want to pay this fee, bring both passports to Peru. You can enter Peru with your most recent passport but will need to show both to be allowed entrance into Machu Picchu or on the train. If you don’t have both, then you won’t be allowed access. This is a strict policy that must always be adhered to.
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