Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (5 Days)

As you already know, it is no mystery that the favorite circuit to reach Machu Picchu is the Inca Trail, which attracts thousands of visitors a year due to the combination of wonderful landscapes and spectacular ruins.

But there is another hidden path, which shows an unknown face of the area, making its way through mountains, snow-capped mountains and lagoons. Salkantay promises to take you through incredible landscapes and connect with the nature of the sacred mountains.
While the National Park of Manu, offers you one of the best circuits for nature tourism.

Considered one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, this destination allows you to make intimate contact with nature in its most primitive and wild state.

  • Package / Tour: Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu & Manu 11D/10N
  • Price 2023: USD$ 1750 .00
  • Locations Visited: Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu & Manu 11D/10N
  • Frequency: 3 Times of week
  • Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5


Day 1 – Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa:

The pickup will be at 3:15 to 3:45 your respective accommodation. Departure at 04:00 am. On private bus heading towards “Mollepata” a small village located at an altitude of 2,850 m. temperate climate, jungle vegetation and around of the village we will see some snowy mountains that belong to the chain of Salkantay wich are an altitude of 4,000 – 5,000 meters.

We will arrive to Mollepata approximately at 07:00 am, where will enjoy this beautiful landscape that is a part of the snowed mount of Salkantay which is located at an altitude of 6,200 meters. Where we will have our breakfast (optional), contemplating this landscape we will begin our walk which will last approximately 7-8 hours so we will be accompanied by the vegetation of the jungle, on the way we will have lunch, and then will continue until we reach to Soraypampa place of our first camp.

  • Foods: Lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2.677 m.a.s.l. (Mollepata)
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,900 m.a.s.l. (Soraypampa)
  • Distance: 16 kilometers approximately.

Day 2 – Soraypampa – Chaullay:

The second day will be the longest trek. After a breakfast we will start trekking by a moderate ascent for two hours until get to “Salcantay Pass” (4,600 m. / 9800ft) after to leave a small gift to the mountains and take a group photo in front of the snowed mount of Salkantay. We will begin to descend two hours until lunch spot in Huayracmachay. After a quick break, we will continue our walk downhill to the jungle. After about two hours, we will get to Chaullay place where we will spend the night.

  • Foods: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping.
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,630 m.a.s.l. (Abra Salkantay)
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,800 m.a.s.l. (Chaullay)
  • Distance: 22 kilometers to Chaullay.

Day 3 – Chaullay – Playa Sahuayaco – Santa Teresa:

After breakfast at 06:30 am. We will start walking through the high jungle, crossing the river Lluskamayo and a variety of small streams. We will pass by magnificent valleys that have wonderful waterfalls, and some tropical plants and fruits, appreciating a variety of coca, considered the sacred leaf of the ancestors of the Inca Empire which is actually cultivated in tropical areas, this last section will be a descent trek to the “Playa Sahuayaco” and thence towards Santa Teresa where we will spend the night.

  • Foods: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,800 m.a.s.l. (Chaullay)
  • Minimum Altitude: 1,800 m.a.s.l. (Santa Teresa)
  • Distance: 16 kilometers aprox.

Day 04 – Santa Teresa – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes:

The sunrise will be in a place inside of a tropic zone, full of nature and history, there our breakfast awaits us, then we will continue our journey towards Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Village) to arrive at this town it will take a period of approximately 7 hours, passing by the known center of rest Hydroelectric (Hydro service station – Aguas Calientes : Optional) stopping at various places just to enjoy the scenery and full of waterfalls with stunning falls which come from the glaciers, arriving in the afternoon to the village known as ” Aguas Calientes ” where we will spend the night in a hostel at the bottom from the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

  • Foods: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hostel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Minimum Altitude: 1,800 m.a.s.l. (Santa Teresa)
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,040 m.a.s.l. (Aguas Calientes)
  • Distance: 16 kilometers aprox.

Day 05 – Aguas – Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco:

By the early morning around 4:30 a.m. we will climb to the majestic Inca city of Machu Picchu, will visit accompanied by our guide approximately 2 hrs, and the rest of the day will be free and you can visit Huayna Picchu (Optional), Inti Punku, Temple of the Moon or just visit the citadel once more, then we will return to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village) by the afternoon,depending on the time of our return train, wich we will let you know, once you book your trip with our company, transfer to Ollantaytambo imperial city of Cusco.

The visit to Huayna Picchu includes (USD 25.00). If you are interested to include Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu, you must to know that exist new regulations and the permits must to be purchased by forwarding, the cost of the entrance to Machu Picchu including the climb to Huayna Picchu, it costs USD 10.00 extra and we must have this confirmed at time of your booking.
(Include in the comment box on the booking form if you want to include the Huayna Picchu)


  • Foods: Breakfast.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,040 m.a.s.l. (Aguas Calientes)
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,430 m.a.s.l. (Machu Picchu)
  • Activity: Visit to Machu Picchu and return to Cusco.


Palotoa Amazon Travel


Salkantay Includes

  • Pick up from Hotel / Accommodation.
  • Bus from Cusco to Mollepata.
  • Bilingual Tour Guide (Shared).
  • Chef.
  • Box Lunch (2 apples, 2 bananas, chocolate, biscuit, juice “Frugos” granola bar)
  • 1 mineral water, 1 Powerade
  • Rain Coat.
  • Food: 04 breakfasts, 04 lunches, 04 dinners.
  • Camping Equipment: Sleeping Tent for 4 people, every 2 people, mattress
  • Kitchen, tables, chairs, dishes.
  • Porters.
  • Mules to carry the equipment, food, and 5 KILOS OF PASSENGER BAGGAGE (includes sleeping and mattresses) only for 3 days. THEN YOU MUST CARRY FOR OWN THE 5 KILOS CARRIED BY THE MULES.
  • Emergency Horse.
  • 01 Hostel Night DWB in Aguas Calientes (Hot Water, Wifi, Lcd, Breakfast).
  • ONE WAY BUS (Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu).
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Turistic Train of Return from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo 18:35 hours.
  • Return Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco 22:30 hour’s approx.
  • First aid kid.
  • Option vegetarian food – no additional cost.
  • Dufle bag to carry 5 kilos.
  • Inflatable mattress Doite.

Manu Includes

  • Private transportation (bus and boat)
  • Rubber boots and rain poncho
  • All accommodations and Lodges
  • Professional bilingual guide from the jungle.
  • Mineral water every time.
  • First-Aid Kit
  • 3 meals per day, includes vegetarian food option and snack
  • Professional Chef
  • Entrance to the Hot Spring Entrance to “Palotoa Ecological Reserve” Entrance Fee to “Manu National Park.


  • Original (and * International Student card (ISIC) if applicable) passport.
  • Travel insurance is essential.
  • Hike
  • Rain  poncho or rain jacket.
  • Long sleeve shirts.
  • Comfortable pants, Shorts.
  • Sun hat.
  • Sunscreen (factor 20 recommended).
  • 15% insect repellent DEET.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended).
  • Personal medications.
  • Photographic and movie camera.
  • Swimwear (for hot springs of Santa Teresa.
  • Repellent with a minimum of 40% deet
  • Good Binoculars
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Sun lotion
  • Pocket money
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
  • Sandals
  • Sun hat
  • Swimming suit and toilet paper.

Price 2024:
USD$ 1750.00


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