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From Cusco: 5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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Take a dream-like journey through the Peruvian mountains to Machu Picchu. Enjoy the breathtaking nature and wildlife on your path and have a soak in luxurious hot springs at the end of your journey.


  • Ascend the Sayllapata for some fresh mountain air
  • Lose yourself in the majestic Peruvian highlands
  • Trek through the paradise like Collpabamba
  • Trace the banks of the Vilcanota River
  • Arrive at Machu Picchu at first light


Day 1 Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa Take an early ride from Cusco to Mollepata. Wake up to the panoramic views of Salkantay, and the magestic mountains of the Apurimac River Valley. Hike up the tall Sayllapata, and ascend ever higher towards the small Soraypampa villages reaching up to 3 850 meters above sea level. Day 2 Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Huayracpunku - Chaullay Lose yourself in the majestic Peruvian Highlands. As you pass the snow capped Salkantay take a better look at it and its adjacent mountains Humantay and Huayanay. The valleys here are laced with rivers, lakes, and moraines. After a long day, take a much needed lunch break in Huayrachpunku, and then head down to  Collpapampa where you will be camping. Day 3 Chaullay – Collpapampa – La Playa – Santa Teresa (Cocalmayo Hot Spring) Cross the path from Chaullay to Playa Sahuayaco. On your way pass Collpabamba, a paradise complete with waterfalls, thermal hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora and many magnificent birds. Finish a long day of walking with a leisurely evening in Santa Teresa, and its luxurious hot springs. Day 4 Santa Teresa – Hidroelectryc – Aguas Calientes Follow the trail to the small village of Colpani. As you walk you will see the luscious coffee, banana, and passion fruit plantations. Trace the banks of the Vilcanota River until you arrive at a break in the woods. Hike the rest of the way, or take a small car to Hidroelectirca. From Hidroelectrica you will be able to see views of the Machu Picchu sanctuary. Spend the night at Aguas Calientes, dipping in the famous hot springs, or taking a stroll around the town. Day 5 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco Arrive at Machu Picchu early in the morning and enjoy an intimate tour of the ruins with your professional guide. Explore the citadel on your own. If you have a sense of adventure you may go up the Huaynapicchu mountain or climb the taller face of Machu Picchu. You will return to Cusco late in the evening.


Hotel pick-up Pre-departure briefing Transportation to hike starting point Roomy personal tents with a maximum of 2 people per tent English speaking tour guides Professional chef Meals which include 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, morning snack, tea for all but the last day Accommodation at Aguas Calientes Pack animals on days 1 to 3 First aid kit with an emergency oxygen bottle Machu Picchu entrance fee Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo Transport back to Cusco
Sleeping bag Entrance to Salkantay (10 Soles) Lunch and dinner on last day Cocalmayo and Aguas Calientes hot spring entrance fees Alcohol Huayna Picchu Entrance Fee (US$20 and must be booked in advance) Machu Picchu Mountain entrance fee

Important Information

  • An additional night in Aguas Calientes may be arranged upon request
  • There is a maximum weight of 6 kg per person for baggage
  • Dietary requirements can be catered for
  • You are able to rent a -20°C sleeping bag for US$5 per day

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