The Salkantay (6264m/20551f) is the most representative mountain of the Inca, situated in the mountain range of Vilcabamba. The daylight in this region is particularly beautiful and offers a wonderful view of the diverse landscape and the tropical forest. During our journey we will also visit local farmers and get to know their Andean life, customs and traditions. Therefore Salkantay trek perfectly combines cultural and natural beauty.
- Duration: 4 days
- Arrival: Daily
- Departure: Daily
- Destinations: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Salkantay, Machu Picchu
- Activities: Adventure, Trekking, Camping
|Day 1||Salkantay Trek: Cusco – Mollepata (Marcoccasa) – Salkantay Pampa||(L) (D)||Camping|
|Day 2||Salkantay Trek: Salkantay Pampa – Salkantay Pass – Collpapampa – Lucmabamba||(B) (L) (D)||Camping|
|Day 3||Salkantay Trek: : Lucmabamba – Llactapata Inca Site – Hydroelectric Station – Aguas Calientes town||(B) (L) (D)||Hotel|
|Day 4||Salkantay Trek: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco||(B)||—–|
Day 01: Cusco – Mollepata (Marcoccasa) – Salkantay Pampa
We will leave Cusco at 5:00 am and head forwards Marcoccasa (3400m/11154f), passing the village Mollepata (3000m/9843f).
In Marcoccasa we will meet the horsemen and the rest of the group and start our trek.
From Marcoccasa we start hiking into a magnificent valley surrounded by impressive snow-capped mountains, such as the Humantay (5217m/17116f) and the Salkantay snow-covered (6264m/20551f).
Our campsite will be at Salkantay pampa (3900m/12795f).
- Transporting time: 3hrs 30
- Climate: moderate and cold during the night
- Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours
Day 02: Salkantay Pampa – Salkantay Pass – Collpapampa – Lucmabamba
After breakfast, we will set off towards the Salkantay pass (4600m/15092f) which offers an exceptional view of the snow-capped Salkantay (6264m). Thereafter, we will descend again and will have time to enjoy the increasing vegetation of the ecosystem.
Later on, we take a vehicle (A Lorry or any local vehicle) from Collpapampa (3000m/9842ft) to Lucmabamba (2000m/6561ft) where we set up our camping site, amidst the tropical forest with warm climate and mosquitoes.
- Hiking time: 7 hours
- Transport time: 1hour 30
- Optional: The hot springs nearby Collpapampa community is optional and it can be arranged with an extra cost.
Day 03: Lucmabamba – Llactapata Inca Site – Hydroelectric Station – Aguas Calientes town (B), (L), (D)
Early in the morning after you see the presentation about coffee cultivation and processing, we will hike up on the Inca trail to the archaeological site of Llactapata at 2650m/8694f (Beautiful scenery for discovering flora and evidence of Inca culture).
From here we will have an outstanding view over Machu Picchu Mountain and Vilcanota Canyon). Afterwards we will continue down to Hydroelectric train station (1950m/6398f), where you are able to take the train to Aguas Calientes town (2050m/6726f).
Overnight in Hotel of Aguas Calientes town.
- Climate: warm during the day with mosquitoes
- Hiking time: 6 hours
Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco (B)
We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 5:30 am and head for Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f) by tourist bus.
We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00 am. After a guided tour around the archeological site, including information about life and culture of the Incas, you will have enough time to enjoy Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (2750m/9022f) on your own.
We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 4:35 pm or at 6:35 pm. Until then, you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants. Moreover, you can visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax a bit.
- Hiking time: 02 hours
- Clean transport
- Comfortable seats
- Professional drivers
- Transportation for solo customers or couples
- Transportation for small groups
- Transportation for large groups
Train to/from Machu Picchu
- Private transport from the hotel to the village of Mollepata (Marcoccasa)
- A Vehicle (A Lorry o any local vehicle) from Collpapampa to Lucmabamba
- Transport from Lucmabamba to Hydroelectric train station
- Train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes
- Bus tickets, from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes town to Cusco.
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Professional bilingual tour guide (Spanish and English)
- High quality camping equipment, Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent.
- Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea time/Option vegetarian)
- Cook and assistant
- Horsemen and mules
- Emergency horse
- First-aid kit and oxygen bottle
- Breakfast on Day 1st and Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the 4th Day
- Sleeping bag
All prices listed below are per passenger and cover only the land-based portion of the trip, not flights.
|Economy class||USD $ 410.00 /person|
|Standard||USD $ 490.00 /person|
|Comfort||USD $ 550.00 /person|
|Luxury||USD $ 730.00 /person|
Cusco covers a total area of 70,015.30 Km2. In this beautiful land, it is possible to find colorful Andean valleys, snowy peaks, small and big lakes, rivers, waterfalls, coffee plantations, the beautiful Andean jungle, hundreds of Inca and pre-Inca sites, and several Andean communities. These Andean communities are connected by thousands of paths. Some of these paths have been used before the Spaniards arrived to Peru. One of these paths is the one connecting the Andean valley of Mollepata with the Santa Teresa town located in the Andean Jungle. This path in tourism is well-known as the Salkantay Trek. After the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is the most beautiful and popular one. Indeed, the magazine National Geographic Adventure rated the Salkantay Trek as one of the best 25 treks all over the world.
There are two different ways to hike the Salkantay Trek. The first one is by staying at beautiful lodges along the way and the second one is by staying at tents and the last night at a lodge or hotel. The most popular one is the second one. Whatever you choose, the Salkantay Trek will challenge you and astonish you.
Our company offers two Salkantay Treks: The Short Salkantay Trek (4 Days / 3 Nights) and the Long Salkantay Trek (5 Days / 4 Nights). In our opinion, the second one is the most beautiful one because the hot springs of Cocalmayo, located in Santa Teresa, and the ruins of Llactapata can be visited. From Llactapata, Machu Picchu can be observed from far. Both hikes include one night at a hotel in Machu Picchu town, also known as Aguas Calientes, and a guided visit to Machu Picchu.
The Long Salkantay Trek can be considered as a moderate to difficult trek because the distances to be walked in total are in average 89 kilometers or 55.5 miles. Also, the highest point reaches about 4,600.00 m.a.s.l. or 15,000.00 f.a.s.l. Our company is prepared to provide the necessary equipment, nutritional meals, bilingual guides, and staff to make of your experience, the best one.