Are you looking for a real adventure on your way to Machu Picchu? The rough and challenging Salkantay Trek will meet your expectations! The 4-days hike takes you around one of the highest mountains of Peru, over high mountain passes up to 4600m and through tropical cloud forest. You will enjoy stunning views, camp under the stars, take a dip in the hot springs and finally arrive at the highlight of the trip: Machu Picchu – the lost city in the heart of the Andes.
Day 1: Trekking to Mollepata
We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco at around 4:30 in the morning. After an 2,5 hour power nap during our drive to Mollepata, we’ll make a stop and have time for breakfast and do some last minute shopping for the trekking. After another short bus ride, we’ll arrive at the starting point of our trek, where we will meet the local horsemen that will accompany you with their horses and mules for the next days.* We start our trekking, getting spoiled with beautiful views of the valley and – on clear days – the snowcapped peak of Mount Salkantay. After approx. 5 hours we arrive at our first campsite Soraypampa. You will enjoy a tasty lunch prepared by the cook and have time for a short “siesta”. Those who still have energy can go for another optional short hike to a beautiful lagoon close to the campsite (approx. 1 hour). Returning to the camp, a delicious dinner will be served, then it’s time to go to bed and take a rest for the next day.
*Note: On the Salkantay Trek, 5kg personal luggage per person will be carried by the horses until Playa Sahuayaco (5kg including your sleeping bag). On day 4, you will have to carry all of your equipment yourself until AguasCalientes.
Day 2: Climbing the Salkantay Pass!
Early in the morning we will start the longest day of our trekking: After a nutritious breakfast we will start hiking the hardest part, hiking up to the Salkantay Pass at 4600m. Arriving at the pass, you will take a break to catch your breath while your guide will be explaining a little about the “Apu” Salkantay”, the history of the Incas and the Andean People. Then, we begin to descend until arriving at Huayracmachay where our cook awaits us with a nice lunch. We continue descending from the high mountains into the cloud forest, enjoying the changing landscapes, until we arrive at our second campsite, Chawllay where we spend the night.
Day 3: Coffee, fruits and hot springs
Waking up in the mysterious scene of the cloud forest, you will start your day with a special energy. On our way down, we will pass various Coca, Coffee and fruit plantations. You may grab one of the tasty Mangos or Passion fruits yourself, or buy some from the locals we will meet along the way. We arrive at Playa Sahuayaco, where say goodbye to the horsemen and horses that will return all the way to Mollepata. A bus will bring us to our campsite in Santa Teresa where you’ll have a little time to relax. Later the afternoon, we will visit the nearby hot springs – there’s nothing better than taking a relaxing bath after such a trekking! Back at the campsite, we will enjoy a last delicious dinner prepared by our cook.
Day 4: Trekking to AguasCalientes (Optional: Zip Lining)
After breakfast we will start our last day of trekking along a flat and dusty road until Hidroeléctrica. For those who are up to some more fun and action, a Zip Line adventure is waiting for you at the nearby Zip Line Park. The group meets again at Hidroeléctrica, then we’ll start the final part of the trek, walking approx. 3 hours along the railway – with the mountain Machu Picchu in sight. You will finally arrive at AguasCalientes, Machu Picchu town, and check into your hotel. At dinner at a local restaurant, you will have a little briefing about the next day and your guide will provide you with your Machu Picchu and train tickets. You will spend the night in a nice cozy bed in a hostel in AguasCalientes.
Day 5: Machu Picchu is waiting
Getting up early today is totally worth it – Machu Picchu is waiting! At approx. 4:30am you will start walking up steep Inca stairs for approx. 1,5 hours to be one of the first at Machu Picchu and experience the sunrise (optional you cantake the first bus up at 5:30am). Your guide will give you a comprehensive tour through the Inca city, showing you the most important attractions and places of interest. After the tour (approx. 1,5 hours), you will have time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. You can spend the whole day at the site, or return to AguasCalientesearlier to do some souvenir shopping and have lunch and/or dinner. Those who are looking for another challenge can climb up Huayna Picchu (the “young mountain”) or Machu Picchu (the “old mountain”) – a previous reservation is necessary! In the evening at 09.30pm, you take the train from AguasCalientes to Ollantaytambo where we’ll pick you up at the train station and take you back to Cusco (arrival at approx. 1:30am at night, optional you can take an earlier train leaving AguasCalientes at 18.30 or 19.00, arrival in Cusco at around 10:30pm, extra cost US$ 10.00).
- Information Briefing at your hostel before the trekking
- Pick up at your hotel in Cusco
- Transport Cusco – Mollepata (starting point)
- Professional English and Spanish speaking guide + Assistant guide (for groups of more than 10 people)
- Camping equipment (2-people-tents, foam mattress, cooking equipment, cooking tent)
- Cook, horsemen, horses and mules (they carry camping equipment and 5kg of personal luggage per person, including your sleeping bag)
- 4 x breakfast, 4 x lunch, 4 x dinner (vegetarian and vegan options upon request)
- Transport Playa Sahuayaco – Santa Teresa onday 3
- Accommodation in AguasCalientes
- Entrance ticket for Machu Picchu
- Train ticket AguasCalientes – Ollantaytambo
- Transport Ollantaytambo – Cusco (drop-off at Plaza San Francisco)
- Sleeping bag (you can rent one from us!)
- First breakfast in Mollepata, last lunch and dinner in AguasCalientes
- Water and snacks
- Tips for your cook, horsemen and guide (optional)
- Personal expenses
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu mountain: US$ 10.00
- Entrance to Machu Picchu mountain: US$ 6.00
- Transport and entrance to the hot springs in Santa Teresa: 15 Soles (approx. US$ 15.00)
- Zip Lining in Santa Teresa: US$ 30.00
- Bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes:
One way: US$ 12.00
Round trip: US$ 24.00
We rent equipment!
- Sleeping bag: US$ 15.00
- Backpack (35 liters): US$ 15.00
- Walking sticks (pair): US$ 10.00
- Comfortable air mattress: US$ 25.00