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Enjoy the modified Salkantay trek! This change is due to the landslides that occurred last March

Salkantay Trek 5 days

The perfect alternative to the Inca Trail in its full version

5 days
4.2 (1 reviews)

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Salkantay Trek 5 days tour information

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Pick up at your accommodation in Cusco at approximately 4:30 AM


Drop-off at Cusco center around 9:00 PM

This five-day tour in Salkantay is considered one of the most impressive treks in Cusco. This beautiful hike, consisting of pure nature, that will allow you to experience the incredible mountainous landscapes, majestic snowy peaks, waterfalls, rivers and small towns. This hiking trail is ideal for those who want to reach Machu Picchu in a different and more authentic way. This trek allows you to get closer to Andean communities and away from the hustle and bustle. It is what makes this Salkantay Trek the perfect alternative to the Inca Trail.

Tour itinerary

todayDAY 1 Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa

Initial elevation: 3320 m Highest elevation: 4200 m Elevation of the campsite: 3900 m Difficulty: moderate
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Around 4:30 AM, accommodations will pick you up in Cusco to head to Mollepata to have breakfast.This area has an altitude of 2,900 meters. After admiring the beauty over breakfast, go to Marcocasa. From there, we will hike until we get Soraypampa, where we will eat lunch.
After lunch, the group will continue to the gorgeous Humantay Lagoon, where you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the lagoon with snow in the background. This creates a landscape that is considered to be one of the most beautiful of the Andes. After the group will return to the camp in Soraypampa where there will be dinner and rest until the next morning.

todayDAY 2 Soraypampa - Soyrococha - Huayracmachay - Colpapampa

Hiking distance: 19 Km Initial elevation: 3900 m Highest elevation: 4615 m Elevation of the campsite: 2800 m Difficulty: moderate
Day two begins early with breakfast. Then you will start the ascent to the Salkantay pass, which is at 4,615 masl. This is the highest point of the whole route, from which we can observe the lovely valleys and the imposing snowy peaks. After marveling at this natural wonder, we will begin our descent to the town of Huayracmachay where we will have time to eat and recover strength to continue to our camp in Colpapampa. Upon arrival, we will have dinner and spend the night.

todayDAY 3 Colpapampa - Sahuayaco Beach - Santa Teresa - Cocalmayo

Hiking distance: 12 Km Initial elevation: 2800 m Highest elevation: 2800 m Elevation of the campsite: 1560 m Difficulty: moderate
After an early breakfast, we will begin our hike down, changing from an Andean high landscape to what is known as the ‘jungle eyebrow’, which is a more temperate climate. During the tour we will see stunning sceneries, more tropical flora such as orchids and begonias, as well as different species of birds.
When arriving to Saghuayaco, we will stop to eat lunch and rest a bit. Afterwards, a private bus will take us to Santa Teresa, where the night is spent. Those who would like to can go to the Cocalmayo hot springs once they are settled into the site.

todayDAY 4 Santa Teresa - Hidroeléctrica - Aguas Calientes

Hiking distance: 12 Km Initial elevation: 1560 m Highest elevation: 2000 m Elevation of the campsite: 2000 m Difficulty: moderate
After breakfast we will start the three hour hike that will take us to Hidroeléctrica. We will eat lunch there and after a short rest, we will continue on foot another three hours following the train line until we reach Aguas Calientes to have dinner. We will go to bed early, as the next day we will experience of the most special moments of our tour - the breathtaking fortress of Machu Picchu.

todayDAY 5 Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Hiking distance: 6 Km Initial elevation: 2000 m Elevation of the campsite: 2400 m Difficulty: moderate
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To begin our fifth and final day of our trek to Salkantay, and hike for approximately an hour and a half to Machu Picchu. Then we will enjoy a guided tour for two hours through the fortress, after which we will have free time to explore it at our own pace.
At the end of the visit, we will return to Aguas Calientes (if you want you can return by bus to avoid the walk, buying the one-way ticket there for $12 USD). You will have time to eat lunch and take the train that will take the group to Ollantaytambo, where our transportation will be waiting and will take us back to the center of Cusco.

Tour details


  • Transportation from Cusco to Mollepata
  • 4 breakfasts / 4 lunches / 4 dinners
  • Mules to carry luggage (5kg per person)
  • Two-person tent
  • Transportation from Sawayaco Beach to Santa Teres
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes (at an inn)
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Train from Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo (expedition category)
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Bilingual Spanish and English guide
  • Oxygen bottles and first aid kit
  • Chef throughout the trek

Not included

  • Sleeping bag (rent for 50 soles)*
  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance to Cocalmayo hot springs
  • Water
  • Personal hygiene items
Payment is made at the destination. Also, please indicate this when booking your trip to ensure availability.

error_outlineImportant information

Train times and access to additional archaeological zones may vary depending on availability. For this reason, we recommend booking as early as possible.
The order of the visits could be altered, but it will not affect the content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transports could be subject to modifications.
This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation policy

Free cancellation! You can cancel this tour and you'll receive 100% refund of the amount paid if you cancel more than 8 weeks in advance. After this time, or in case you do not show up, no refunds will be given.

What to bring to Salkantay Trek 5 days

Aguas Calientes is 1000 meters lower than Cuzco, and the weather varies depending on the time of year, especially during the rainy season. As it is a variable climate we recommend to take:
  • Passport and migration card (given by the Immigration Officer upon arrival)
  • Sleeping bag (-15°C)
  • Walking sticks
  • Medium trekking backpack (20 litres)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Thermal clothing
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat or cap
  • Hiking boots (waterproof if possible)
  • Poncho for the rain
  • Sneakers or sport shoes
  • Sandals / flip flops
  • Swimsuite
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Refillable water botle
  • Personal hygiene products and medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Snacks
  • Camera and charger
  • Pocket money in soles or USD

Where does the tour Salkantay Trek 5 days start

Cuzco is the main tourist city of Peru and is very well connected. If your starting point is Lima you can get a bus (24 hours trip) or take a plane that has a route of one hour. The flight options vary between low cost airlines such as Peruvian Airlines, LCP or StarPeru, or other airlines such as Latam or Avianca. If you arrive from Arequipa, the bus trip is ten hours. If you decide to travel by plane, the only airline that offers direct flights is Latam. If you arrive from Puno the best option is to do it by bus, a journey of six and a half hours. We also offer a trip on a tourist bus that stops at the most important places on the route. The departure is at 7:00 am and you will arrive in Cusco at 5:30 pm.

Salkantay Trek 5 days tour reviews with Howlanders

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Claire Perkins · May 23, 2019
This trip was absolutely stunning! It's perfect for those who love adventure and want to push themselves to new limits. I had wanted to do something like this type of trip for years and was worried about traveling alone. I'm so glad I did it, I was able to make new friends from all over the world and experience Salkantay in a new way. Also Howlanders really helped with any questions I had throughout the preparation of the trip. I would recommend to any adventurer like myself.

Questions & Answers

What is the difference between Huayna Picchu and Montaña de Machu Picchu?
Both are optional visit zones located within the citadel of Machu Picchu. The main difference is that Huayna Picchu walk time is approximately an hour and a half. Due to many steps and the inclines, it is not suitable for people with vertigo. On the other hand, the Mountain of Machu Picchu is a route of approximately three and a half hours, the road is wider, and it has a more suitable walk with less incline. Keep in mind that when selecting the Machu Picchu mountain the duration of the visit is longer, you will have less time to explore Machu Picchu on your own, and the train back is later.

What is the Hidroeléctrica - Aguas Calientes train?
It is the train that runs the last stretch of the walk, a 9 km route that connects Hidroeléctrica with Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town). This section can be done by walking or by way of the emblematic train that connects Aguas Calientes with the other towns.

What is the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)?
It is the bus that goes from Aguas Calientes to the citadel of Machu Picchu. It's a 20 minute trip. The time of the climb depends on the time of access to Machu Picchu. This is a way to avoid the long lines that were given in recent years. The route has a large slope, takes an hour and a half and can be done by walking.

What is the size of the group?
In order to enjoy this route better, groups are small, with a maximum of 16 people.

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