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Affordable Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

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5 Days/4 Nights
Availability : All Year

Regress to the wonderful views of nature on this 5-days affordable Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. Follow in the footsteps of the Incas, encountering rare orchids, waterfalls, lush greenery, and more, and arrive at their legendary “Lost City” to take a guided tour at your own leisure.

What to Expect
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Incas on this hike along the Salkantay Trek
  • Enjoy the stunning sight at the snow-capped mountains and wild waterfalls of the Andes
  • Explore the "Lost City of the Incas" with an expert guide
Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Your Hotel in Cusco Centro Histórico (Google Map)

Cusco Centro Histórico (Google Map)

Departure Time & Duration

4:00 am 

5 Days

Price Includes

  • Mountain Guide (Spanish/English)
  • Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu entrance fees
  • Transportation from Santa Teresa to the Hydroelectric
  • Transportation by train and bus back to Cusco.
  • One-way bus transport from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Campsite accommodation and Camping equipment
  • Cook and meals included (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners)
  • 1 night basic accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Porters to carry all equipment
  • Luggage carriage of 5 kg/11 lbs. maximum per person
  • First aid equipment and Oxygen supply
  • Pre-departure briefing

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping bags (can be rented, please ask your travel specialist)
  • Walking sticks
  • Breakfast on day 1, lunch and dinner on day 5
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities and additional expenses

Additional Information

  • Walking sticks can be included at extra cost
  • For safety reasons, the trek may be subject to modifications or cancellations due to heavy rains or extreme weather conditions
  • Cancellation policy: This tour is non-refundable

Day 1Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake (L, D)

Leave Cusco and venture into Challacancha for the start of your trek to Soraypampa, 3,850 meters above sea level. There you will have a break for lunch at the base camp where you will then continue to go on a round-trip hike to Humantay Lake.

Day 2Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Collpapampa (B, L, D)

Hike to the peak of the trail at Salkantay Pass in order to admire the views of the snow-capped mountains before a 2-hour hike downhill to reach the camp for lunch.

Then you will enter the upper part of the Amazon jungle on a hike through the “cloud forest.” Look for native wildlife on the way to the village of Collpapampa, where you will spend the night.

Day 3Chaullay - Collpapampa - La Playa - Santa Teresa (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we will start our walk appreciating a variety of crops, including the coca leaf, considered as sacred. This last section will be downhill to La Playa.

There we will have lunch prepared by the cook from this point we will be transferred for 40 minutes towards the next town called “Santa Teresa”. It is an attractive population that has spring waters. There we can take a well deserved and relaxing bath. We will spend the night in this town.

Day 4Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes (B, L, D)

Today after breakfast, along with our guide who will give us personalized attention throughout our tour, we will have an amazing view of some waterfalls on the way. We will also see coca leaf and coffee plantations that local people work.

By the afternoon we will arrive at Machupicchu town, where we will spend our last night in basic accommodation at the foot of the great Machupicchu.

Day 5Machu Picchu - Cusco (B)

At 4.30 am we will be heading to the Inka citadel of Machupicchu, through a walkway in the middle of the jungle, this will let us explore Machu Picchu in the early morning before the crowds for a better experience. Benefit from a 2-hour guided tour on your arrival, and learn more about the temples, palaces, priest houses, and more. Get some free time to explore at leisure, and use it to climb to Huaynapicchu or the Machu Picchu mountain, if you have booked in advance. Alternatively, you can trek to the Sun Gate at the main entrance of the Inka Trail.

Take the train to Ollantaytambo at approximately 6:30 PM and then catch the bus back to Cusco for a drop off at your hotel or hostel on arrival.