Salkantay trek 5 days | 4 nights

Enjoy one of the best treks in the world. Hike Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu trail, a highly popular alternative of the Inca trail.

DAY ONE: Challacancha - Soraypampa
We pick you up from your hotel and then we druve by bus for about 3 hours to Mollepata where we will have breakfast. This first breakfast needs to be ordered in a local restaurant in Mollepata. After that, we take the private transport again until Challacancha where we are going to start our trek. A 2:30 hours, the walk will take us to Soraypampa, our first lunch spot and campside. After lunch, we climb up to the Humantay Lake 4150m, which takes 1:30 hours up and 1 hour down back to the camp where we spend the night.

DAY TWO: Soraypampa –Chaullay or Collpapampa (Mighty Salkantay)

We will have breakfast at around 5.30am and begin our walk to the highest pass on this trek (4650m/15200ft) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible. There is a possibility of snow here. After a rest, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud of forest towards Huayracmachay, where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach our second campsite, Chaullay on Colcapampa (3000m/9800ft).

Salkantay trek map 
DAY THREE: Chaullay –La Playa - Lucmabamba (The Coffee Plantation)

After breakfast, at 6.30am, we start trekking for the day through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of little brooks to reach La Playa, walking about 5 hours where we will take a bus to Lucmabamba, a coffee plantation where we will have lunch and learn about the process of the coffee we will harvest, toast, and ground as part of this trek. After that, as an extra activity, we have to visit the natural hot springs in Santa Teresa (optional) where we can spend few hours, after that we drive back to the camp Lucmabamba.
DAY FOUR: Lucmabamba to Llactapata or Santa Teresa –Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

We will have breakfast at 6am and leave our campsite Lucmabamba so we will do the original Inca Trail trail of Lacctapata. From this place we can see Machupicchu in a distance and Huaynapicchu from far, after we arrive to Hydrolectric, where we are going to have our lunch then we continue walking, passing a variety of crop plantations, cocoa, and banana. We will be walking about 3 hours along the train road till we reach the town of Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a hotel.

DAY FIVE: Machu Picchu

We wake up early morning about 4 am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and leave to walk up to Machu Picchu which takes one and half hours up to MAchu Picchu, but there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30 to Machu Picchu (25-minutes long) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising.
A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! It takes 45 minutes to reach the top. You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) to be given your train tickets back to Cusco or Ollantaytambo. The first train usually leaves at 15:55 and we will arrive back in Cusco at about 20:20 for the second train which leaves 4:20 and goes to Ollantaytambo, where someone will be waiting for you with your guide's name who will take you to take a bus to Cusco .
If desired, an extra night in the town of Aguas Calientes can be arranged. (Please let us know whether you would like to stay an extra night when booking your tour.)


  •  Professional bilingual tour guide
  •  Second day Andean ceremony, offering to the mother earth
  •  Collection from your hotel (we pick you up from where you are staying)
  •  Private transport to Mollepata Challacancha ( trailhead)
  •  Tourist train back to ollantaytambo ( expedition service will be at ,18:20pm leaving from Aguas calientes).
  •  Private transport back from Ollamtaytambo to Cusco
  •  Entrance fee Machu Picchu
  •  Food: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn)
    and 4 dinners
  •  Cook
  •  2 people per tent, only to have more space to store your luggage (4 season tent)
  •  Camping equipment (tent, cooking and eating tent. Chairs and tables)
  •  Thermarest (air mat) sleeping pad
  •  Horseman, mules, or porters (they just carry cooking stuff and camping equipment)
  •  7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carry by the horses
  •  1 night accommodation in a hostel Aguas Calientes (private room, cable tv, wi-fi)
  •  Oxygen balloon for any emergency
  •  First Aid kit
  •  *Vegetarian/special diet options available

Not included:

  •  Entrance fees to Waynapicchu. ( if you take this entrance there will be and extra charge 20 dollars to the original price)
  •  Sleeping bag
  •  Breakfast on first day and lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
  •  Entrances to the hot spring waters or transportation to get there (50 soles round trip)
  •  Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (optional) $24 dollars round trip 
  • One way 12 dollars and you can buy it at the Aguas Calientes bus station
  •  Extra horse to ride or for any extra backpack