Live the Salkantay Trek tour towards Machu Picchu, a paradise on the
mountains. A magnificent trip through a magical land.
So, you must visit Machu Picchu. A
destination, considered one of the 7 modern wonders of the world that will
leave you breathless from the moment you first step on its mountains.
It is one of the main tourist attractions in Peru. If you are considering to
visit this place, it is likely that you have considered the Inca Trail to start
your adventure. However, due to the restrictions and limitations imposed by the
National Institute of Culture of the country to travel through this space, the
road Salkantay (or Salkantay trek) has now become the best option.
This is a different route, known as the alternate path to the Inka Trail. Best
of all, besides having the same scenery and beauty, it is less crowded than the
original Inca Trail, which makes it much more attractive. The snow-capped
Salkantay is one of the highest mountains in the Cusco region. It rises to
6,264 meters above sea level.
Exploring the Salkantay Trail is a unique experience that will become one of
the greatest adventures of your life. Actually, according to Unesco, this walk
is considered one of the best to enjoy in South America.
towering mountains, where the adventure begins... You will feel a strong connection with nature
from the very beginning, since the Salkantay Trail offers a very diverse and
rich journey where you can fully enjoy the geography of this Andean country.
Besides, it is an adventure of interesting yet contrasting experiences, with
the freezing cold of the mountains and the typical humid heat of the Andean jungle.
Arriving to Machu Picchu implies a 5-day experience. But it is a wonderful trip
that will definitely be worth it! Along this road you will have to trek on high
trails that exceed 3,000 (1) msnm and then
descend and traverse low areas with heights of approximately 1,500 meters above
sea level. This is a classic adventure tour that you can not miss.
If you have already decided to embark in this incredible adventure, discover
here the places that you will be visiting during each day of this wonderful
tour to this famous Inca sanctuary in Peru.
Cusco: Pick up from de hotel.
Whenever it is in the center of the city and previous coordination with the Operator.
For places outside these limits, you must coordinate with the Operator the feasibility of your pick-up or meeting point or additional cost.
[Departure from Cuzco] Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa (Lake Humantay)
The great adventure towards Machu Picchu begins in
Camping site elevation: 3,920 meters
above sea level.
Difficulty level of trekking:
This first day you
will depart to the town of Mollepata, located about two and a half hours by
car. The final destination of this first hike is the Soraypampa camp: there you
must travel 12 km and reach an altitude of 3,920 meters.
This first walk allows you to marvel at the natural landscape of the place. You
will see the incredible Nevado del Salkantay among the distant mountains, while
you approach the route you will also be able to observe the cultivation areas
of the local people. The best thing about this trip is that it is almost flat,
there are no steep slopes, so it will be like a warm-up for the crossing.
After about three hours of walking, you will get to Soraypampa where you can
continue climbing another hour until you reach Lake Humantay. This is one of
the natural wonders that you will have the privilege of knowing and that you
will surely love from the first moment ypu get there.
It is a lake with turquoise waters surrounded by imposing glaciers that reflect
in the water. If you dare, you can even bathe in its crystal clear waters, but
you should keep in mind that they are very cold so it’s only for the brave. In
any case, being in this place will make you feel as if someone had taken you to
a magical fairy tale. There are no words to describe the energy that you will
feel along this way.
[Departure from Soraypampa] Salkantay Pass - Wayra Punku - Chaullay
Elevation of the camping site: 2,750 meters above sea level.
Difficulty level of trekking: Challenging.
Accommodation: Huts camps.
At this point, you
will be more than excited to continue the adventure of discovering the natural
beauty of these mountains. After resting in Soraypampa, your trip will continue
to the next point. The distance to travel is approximately 22 km and the
objective is to get to Chaullay, but before you may go through other very
interesting places as well. On this second day, the area will be a bit more
difficult because it is uphill.
But there is nothing to worry about. The trip is very enjoyable due to the
company of your group. In addition, you will be surrounded by the magnificence
of the mountains, breathing pure air and filling with energy, which makes it an
experience of another level.
From the start of the journey to the first rest stop, Salkantay Pampa, you walk
for about an hour. Then you must continue the journey until you reach
Soirococha. At this point it will be at 4,400 meters, one of the highest it
will reach. The next one will be Salkantay Pass, the highest point of the whole
route: 4.630 (1) meters. Can you imagine being there on the mountain top?.
Throughout this journey you can enjoy a spectacular landscape. One of the most
interesting things you will see is the crystallizations of ice in the stones of
rivers that flows from the mountains, as well as many plants covered by the
The road continues until you pass Wayra Punku until finally reaching Chaullay
where this second day of tour ends. Once you have passed Salkantay Pass, the
trekking becomes a bit lighter because you will begin to descend. In fact, in
Chaullay you will be at 2,900 meters high.
[Departure from Chaullay] Collpapampa - La Playa - Lucmabamba
Elevation of the camping site: 2,400
meters above sea level.
Difficulty level of trekking: Easy.
The third day of this tour begins with an incredible energy attributed to the
fog descending on the mountains. In this area, there is also a hut made of
stones which is located at the base of a huge rock that offers an amazing view.
It is, without a doubt, a dream landscape that you will never find in any other
From Chaullay to Lucmabamba the road goes down and once there you will continue
to find more and more surprises. Do you like flowers? While trekking you won’t
take your eyes off the road because one of the elements that stands out is the
flora. The narrow paths are surrounded by numerous leafy plants and wildflowers
such as different the types of orchids.
From this point on, the climate changes. You will no longer feel the breeze of
the mountains, but the warmth of the forest. On the walk through the exuberant
jungle, you will find wild fruits such as banana, avocado and passion fruit.
You will also enjoy incredible waterfalls and streams where you can cool off
for a while. You will arrive to a small town called La Playa and then, to
Lucmabamba where you will rest to recover some energy for the next day.
[Departure from Lucmabamba] Llactapata - Hydroelectric Plant - Aguas Calientes
Elevation of the camping site: 2,000
meters above sea level.
Difficulty level of trekking:
Moderate to challenging.
In the fourth day, the tour fills up with the emotion to arrive at the famous
Inca town. The first key point of this trek is Llactapata, which is a legendary
Inca archaeological site. In this place you will feel much closer to Machu
Picchu because from this point you can see the entire Valley that surrounds it.
In the past, Llactapata was used by the Incas as a temple and a resting place.
Then a descending path will take you to the Hydroelectric Plant, which is 1,890
meters high and then go to Aguas Calientes. This route is not difficult to
trek, since the section is flat and there are no slopes. This means that you
can go a little more relaxed, enjoying the scenery without having to make much
The route starts along the train rails and the journey lasts between two and
three hours. This path is also surrounded by lots of flora and fauna, so you
can continue to appreciate the many wonders of nature.
Aguas Calientes is known as “Machu Picchu town” due to its proximity to Machu
Picchu. In fact, in some parts of the way you can see part of the wonderful
buildings of the famous Inca citadel at the top of the cliffs. Once in Aguas
Calientes, you can relax in the hot springs, an amazing place to relax the
muscles that have been active during the four days of walking.
This day you will enjoy a restful night in a hotel with all the comforts. Thus,
with the bath in the thermal waters and the comfortable night rest, you will be
completely ready for the most important day of the tour.
No more trekking, let the adventure begin... Welcome to Machu Picchu!
Duration of the activity: minimum of
2 to 5 hours exploring.
Finally, you will know the magical land of Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of
engineering and architecture. Your emotion as well as your energy will increase
as you go through the forest. It will be a bit different route to the previous
ones, in which you will find a path with the steps that separate you from your
It is likely that the desire to get to Machu Picchu will motivate you to go
faster. But do not worry, you'll have plenty of time to explore this world
wonder. Its magnificence will leave you breathless and you can not believe how
the Incas were so skilled to build, without modern tools, a city so perfectly
balanced. This may be a mystery that humanity will never solve, but the most
important thing is that today you can enjoy a natural beauty like no other.
Are you ready to experience one
of the greatest adventures of your life?
Knowing Machu Picchu
is a unique experience you will never forget. This is for sure one of those
dream destinations that you must visit at least once in a lifetime. So, why not
do it now? It is something you will definitely never regret.
Pre-departure Salkantay trek briefing, presented by your tour guides
Duffle bag to get ready 7 kilos of your personal belonging be carry by horses
Weight Allowance: 7 Kilograms per trekker (weights to be carried by horses)
Transfer Ollantaytambo train station to downtown Cusco
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Vegetarian food available on request with no extra charge
First Aid equipment and Oxygen bottle for emergencies Personal
Travel Advisor assigned for you to customize the rest of your Peru Trip
Personal clothing and gear.
Extra expenses, Tips and gratitudes.
Flora, wildlife observation (included)
Hike, trekking (included)
Archaeological visits (included)
Cultural visits (included)
Guided visits (included)
Historical visits (included)
What you need to pack?
A beanie hat or ear warmer.
A mid weight sweater.
A longsleeve t-shirt.
1 – 2 t-shirts.
A lightweight suater or vest.
A pair of long pants.
An extra pair of shoe.
2 – 3 pairs wool socks.
A small towel.
Service is subject to variation without prior notice, due to weather (rain, mudslides, overflows, etc.) and / or any other event that does not allow the normal development of the itinerary.
Any cancellation of the service for the indicated reasons, does not apply return.
In this case, the Operator could carry out a contingency plan with an alternative tour, being able to vary the itinerary according to criteria, always to guarantee the safety of the traveler and the best development of the service in its entirety.
If you decide to withdraw before the end of the service, no refund applies either.
If you bring or buy snacks during the tours, preferably they are light (dried fruits, cookies and water).
If you do not attend the service day, it will be considered "Done" without any Claims, Delays or Returns.