Cusco, Peru




5 days

Trip Type

The famous Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu was recently included among the 25 best routes in the world. The route from Cusco to Machu Picchu is an ancient and remote Inca Trail, which is in the same region “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu”, where huge heaps of snow combined with lush tropical forests.

Located 60 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco in south central Peru, near the Cordillera Vilcabamba, the 6271 meters above sea level (20.574 feet).

The path to Salkantay is close to a glacier whose summit was revered for thousands of years by the native of Peru. The Salkantay name is a Quechua word meaning “wild mountain”.

The road to Salkantay is designed as an alternative route to the traditional Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Outside the traditional way, this is a new experience for travelers looking for adventure, on a walk with more privacy and authenticity. With spectacular views, the tour offers a variety of climates and microclimates that will be difficult to forget.

Trip Plan

We started the day with its withdrawal from their respective accommodation from 4:00 am to 4:30 am Approx. From Cusco, we will go to the town of Mollepata (About 2:30 hours after starting Cusco), there will be a small stop 30 to 45 minutes for breakfast. Since the time breakfast was over, we will continue to place called Challacancha, starting point of the walk toward Soraypampa "SKY LODGE" (Duration 3:30 hours approx. / 8 km). After lunch in "SKY LODGE" and a short break, we will continue for 2 hours / 2 km to Humantay Lagoon, where you You will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the turquoise lagoon at the foot of the mountain. Let's go down for 2 hours / 2 km back to our SKY LODGE and spend a night accompanied of thousands of stars and constellations.
Once agreed with the first ray of light to 5:30 a.m. (approx.) And breakfast, we will start the day hike to the highest point of the entire route. (Open Salkantay) approx. 7 km to be covered on average four hours. The rise will be in rocky and steep terrain in the middle of the valley and Imposing Apu Salkantay with sections that prove not only resistance but also good acclimatization. Once at the top, you will enjoy the spectacular views Salkantay snow-covered landscapes, the second highest mountain in the Cusco region. During a short break you will have enough time to rest and enjoy the unique landscape of Abra Salkantay, we will continue down a rocky terrain to arrive at our lunch spot in Huayracmachay. We will continue to walk up to approx. From 14.30 until reaching Chaullay where we spend the night in a typical hot climate of the area.
At 6 in the morning, after breakfast, we will start a walk along surrounded by wildlife paths and now cloud forest where you can enjoy the great variety of different fruits such as bananas, avocados, passion fruit and passion fruit, our walk through the valley are approx. 6 hours / 17 km. During the walk, we will continue to appreciate landscapes with small waterfalls, orchids and animals of the region. Our lunch will be in our field called beach, during your free afternoon you have the option to enjoy a guided tour of a coffee plantation and also has the option to take a refreshing dip in the hot springs of Cocalmayo.
After money, começaemos our long walk for approx. 2 hours for "Llactapata" por un sendero original Inca whose rumbo in dirigire for a small archaeological site and enjoy a panoramic view of the impressive Urubamba and Machu Picchu Valley a la distance. After enjoying great guided tour we descend until you reach Hydropower for exquisito almuerzo and continue our long walk by Carilla del tren to reach Aguas Calientes 3 hours / 10 km. in el camino haremos una visita al llamado Intiwatana - famous solar Reloj. Approximately a las 5pm arrive at Aguas Calientes.
After breakfast very early in your hotel, we will go to Machu Picchu sanctuary and we will enjoy a guided tour of the main buildings of the citadel for approximately. 2 hours. For those seeking a more physical challenge, we have the option to climb the mountain Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu, where you will have great views of Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, you must return to the village of Aguas Calientes to pick up their belongings from hosting and catch your train back to Ollantaytambo at 18:20 hours, where we will be expecting our transport back to Cusco approx. 10:00 am


  • Boots / walking shoes (waterproof)
  • Backpack (30 to 40 liters)
  • Comfortable clothes for walking
  • rain gear or poncho
  • wool socks (keep warm when wet)
  • Sandals or camping lightweight shoes
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, wool
  • thermal clothing (sleep)
  • Sleeping bag
  • walking sticks
  • Flashlight batteries + extras
  • Camera
  • Hat (sun, rain and cold)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • bottle of water
  • medical team kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • appetizers
  • Swimsuit
  • Spending money (soles)
  • original passport
  • ISIC card (if applicable)


  • Briefing before traveling
  • Transport Cusco-Mollepata
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Hot drinks and evening meals
  • Mules to carry individual equipment 5kgs
  •  Transport Beach-Santa Teresa
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  •  2 - hour guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Aguas Calientes train shipping - Ollantaytambo at 21:30 (21:30)
  • Shuttle bus Ollantaytambo-Cusco
  • Professional guide in English and Spanish during the trip
  • Occupation of double tents
  • Mats
  • Kitchen tent and dinner
  • Hostal in Aguas Calientes
  •  First breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • water
  • Sleeping bag
  • Walking sticks
  • Taxi and hot springs in Santa Teresa (10 + 5 soles)
  • Zip Line in Santa Teresa (US $ 25)
  • Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes (optional, $ 12 by the way)
  • Entrance fee for $ 15.00 Huayna Picchu

Tour Amenities

Acepta tarjetas de crédito
Aparcamiento de coches
Asientos al aire libre
Conexión inalámbrica a internet
Cupones gratis
Fumar está permitido
Servicio de lavandería


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