Salkantay Trek



Salkantay Trek




The Salkantay trek is 5 days long and a great alternative to the Inca Trail. There are fewer tourists on this trek and the landscapes are even more impressive. You will not see as many ruins as on the Inca Trail though. On the fourth day, you arrive in Aguas Calientes and on the fifth day, you visit Machu Picchu.

5 Days /
4 Nights
Aguas Calientes
Machu Picchu


Route & Map



Packing List

Destinations: Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu

The Salkantay trek is 5 days long and a great alternative to the Inca Trail. There are fewer tourists on this trek and the landscapes are even more impressive. You will not see as many ruins as on the Inca Trail though. On the fourth day, you arrive in Aguas Calientes and on the fifth day you visit Machu Picchu.

4 Nights

12 Meals



English Speaking

Private Guides

Route & Map



Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa

We pick you up early at your hotel for the 2,5 hour drive to Mollepata where we will have breakfast. On the way to this charming village you will make a short visit to Tarahuasi, a fascinating Inca temple. In Mollepata you start the 3 hour trek up to Sayllapata where you will have lunch. After lunch there is time to rest before you continue for 4 hours to the final destination of the day, Soraypampa (altitude: 4000m). Here we set up the campsite and have a nice dinner

Lunch, Dinner

Camp - Soraypampa

Bus ride to Mollepata

Camping Equipment

Day 2: Soraypampa - Collpapampa

An early wake up for breakfast. Then you hike for 4 hours up to an altitude of 4700 meters from where you will have stunning views of the Salkantay mountain range. You will have lunch in Huayracpampa (altitude: 3600m). After lunch you continue downhill into the cloud forest where lush vegetation awaits. After a 4 hour trek you reach Collpapampa (altitude: 2900m). Here we set up the camp and have dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Camp - Collpapampa

Camping Equipment

Day 3: Collpapampa - Playa - Santa Teresa

Early wake up for breakfast and then you start the hike down the valley. Today´s hike will provide great opportunities for spotting birdlife. After lunch you cross the Santa Teresa River and from there you follow a nice flat hike to Lucmabamba where we set up the camp and have dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Camp - Lucmabamba

Camping Equipment

Day 4: Santa Teresa - La Oroya - Agua Calientes

Today is the final day of trekking. An early breakfast and then a challenging climb to the Aobamba pass (altitude: 2700m). From there a short descend to the Inca ruins of Llaptapata. Then you continue downhill in the tropical vegetation with more chances for bird-spotting. When you reach the Hydroelectric Plant you follow the rail lines until you reach the destination Puente Ruinas in the town of Aguas Calientes. Overnight in a hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel - Aguas Calientes

Train from Hidroelectrica
to Aguas Calientes

Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

An early wake up to catch the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Then a guided tour for around 2 hours where your guide will explain everything there is to know about this wonder. After the tour you will have some free time to explore the ruins and take more photos. A popular alternative is to climb the mountain next to Machu Picchu; Huayna Picchu (2 hours). It is quite tough but if you reach the top you will have a spectacular view over Machu Picchu and the surroundings. In the afternoon you take the train back to Cusco. You are picked up and transferred to your hotel.


Hotel - Cusco

Bus to & from Machu Picchu

Train back to Cusco


  • Transfer to Mollepata in a bus
  • Transfer to Santa Teresa
  • Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes (can be upgraded)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • All meals (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners)
  • Bilingual guide
  • Tents (4-people tents for 2 people)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Inflatable mattress Thermarest
  • Bus to and from Machu Picchu


  • Tips
  • Tips

What To Bring

  • Warm Clothing
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Hat
  • Sun Block
  • Sunglasses
  • Swim Clothes
  • Camera
  • Water Bottle
  • Medicine For Altitude Sickness
  • Insect Repellant
  • Tips


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