Cusco: 5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with Tickets

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Discover breathtaking mountains and picturesque valleys on this 5-day guided hike from Cusco to Machu Picchu. Pass by lakes and waterfalls on this tour that includes meals and camping gear.


  • Visit the Humantay Lake and Llaqtapata
  • Get involved in coffee tours and Pachamanca Barbecue
  • Camp in Llactapata facing Machu Picchu
  • Return on the panoramic Vistadome train


Embark on the Ultimate Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, an adventure through the heart of the majestic Andes. Discover sacred mountains, breathtaking landscapes, and the mystical allure of ancient trails. This journey offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature, challenge your limits, and explore the legendary Machu Picchu. Book now for an unforgettable experience that goes beyond the ordinary, awakening the spirit of adventure in every traveler. Day 1: Cusco Humantay Lake - Salkantay Basecamp Begin the trek with a 4:30 am hotel pickup and a 3-hour drive to the trailhead. After breakfast, meet your support team and hike to Soraypampa at 3,800 m, taking about 3 hours. Enjoy lunch, then hike 2 hours to Humantay Lake at 4,200 m, exploring its stunning views. Continue another 2 hours to Salkantay Pampa campsite at 4,150 m. End the day with dinner under the stars. Day 2: Basecamp - Salkantay Pass - Cloud Forest Start with coffee or coca tea, then a 2-hour ascent to the trek's highest point at 4,630 m. Explore the area and a nearby lake, then descend for 3 hours to Wayracmachay for lunch. Continue 3 more hours downhill through a temperature and landscape shift to the cloud forest, ending at the Collpapampa campsite next to a village at 2,770 m (9,087 ft). Day 3: Campsite - Pachamanca Barbecue - Llactapata After breakfast, start the day hiking through scenic paths, wooden bridges, waterfalls, and plantations to Lucmabamba for lunch at 2,000 m. Participate in a traditional Pachamanca Barbecue and visit organic coffee farms. Then, embark on a 3-hour ascent on the ancient Inca Trail to Llaqtapata at 2,750 m, an Inca site offering views of Machu Picchu. You'll camp facing the iconic citadel. Day 4: Llactapata - Hydroelectrica - Aguas Calientes Start with a view of Machu Picchu from your tent while you enjoy a cup of our freshly brewed coffee and breakfast. Descend 2 hours to the hydroelectric station for a final brunch with your trekking team before a 3-hour hike along the railway and Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes. Explore the Mandor Botanical Gardens, home to diverse bird species and orchids. Arrive in Aguas Calientes, check into your hotel, then enjoy the evening in the city or the hot springs and dinner at a local restaurant. Day 5: Explore Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco The climax of the Salkantay Trek is visiting Machu Picchu, one of the world's new seven wonders. After an early breakfast at your hotel, take the first buses to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu. Enjoy a 2 to 3 hours guided tour exploring famous sites and uncovering the mysteries of this Inca citadel. After Machu Picchu, you can hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch, retrieve your belongings from the hotel, and board the Panoramic Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo, followed by a private van back to Cusco, arriving around 7:30 pm.


Pre-departure briefing Pickup from your hotel Bus ride from Cusco to trailhead Pickup from Ollantaytambo to Cusco on the last day Porters to carry food and equipment Horse, horsemen, and emergency horse Chef to prepare all meals Professional English-speaking local tour guides All meals included except the final day's lunch in Machupicchu 4 person tents for every 2 people Sleeping pad One night hostel in Aguas Calientes Entrance tickets Medical kit Drinking water Hot water Hand towels Sheets Pillows Rain Poncho Train back to Cusco

Important Information

  • Dietary options available please advise at time of booking.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Passport details needed at the time of booking.
  • It is recommended that you bring a lightweight and comfortable backpack no larger than 25L as larger backpacks cannot be taken into Machu Picchu.
  • Bring a hat and sunglasses, rain gear and warm layers, sun cream, bug spray, sanitiser, toilet paper, personal medication, band-aids, a camera, extra batteries and a head torch.

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