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Cusco: 5-Day Salkantay Ultimate Trek to Machu Picchu

Product ID: 182522
On this journey you will trek from 3,900m/12,800ft to 2,100m/6,900ft, traversing across magnificent mountain passes near enormous majestic snow-capped peaks, immersing yourself in nature in its purest form and exploring more than 15 different ecosystems.
About this activity
Duration: 5 days
Starting time 5:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Pick-up from any hotel around Cusco city centre.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants, date and language:



  • Hike up and over Salkantay Pass for breathtaking views of the valley below
  • Stay with a family in Lucmabamba to learn about their local coffee farm
  • Benefit from a small group of not more than 10 people
Full description
Begin your walk towards Soraypampa with panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay and Humantay mountains. By mid day its time for a classic Peruvian lunch. After lunch, your trail continues upwards toward Humantay Lake. Then arrive at camp where your tents will be ready for you, as well as dinner.

The next day, the natural surroundings will change drastically from barren alpine to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, you will start the most difficult part of the trek. But, the views from the end point are literally breathtaking – not only Salkantay but also the surrounding peaks and valleys below.

After a night's sleep, you wake early in the morning to start your trek through the high jungles. After about 5 hours you will arrive to Playa Sahuayaco near the town of Collpabamba, traversing an altitude known as the “eyebrow of the Amazon,” where waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, and diverse flora and fauna manifest in absolute abundance. In the afternoon,you arrive to the town of Lucmabamba, your last camp site and also the beginning of the Inca Trail to Llactapata.

In the morning begin to gradually hike upwards for about 2 hours to the archeological site of Llactapata, an impressive center with connections to Machu Picchu and Sayacmarka. You will have plenty of time to explore this beautiful Inca site before descending to the Hydro-Electrica (hydro station) which takes roughly 1.5 hours.

On your last day, begin early and catch one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. It is important to start early to avoid the main crowds and also see the citadel during the first rays of morning light. Your guide will start the day with a tour of the most important locations, altars and constructions around Machu Picchu. During this walk they will also share with you what they know about the history of this place and the people who lived here. Following the tour you will have free time to explore the site on your own.
  • Pre-departure briefing (You will meet your guide and group in the office for orientation. Here you will be provided with duffle bags that will be on horse-back during the trek)
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+.
  • Professional Cook
  • Horses to carry all equipment and 7 kg of your personal items
  • Pick-up and transportation from your hotel
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own).
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 4 Dinners. If you have a dietary request (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free, etc) or allergy please advise the supplier upon booking and re-confirm the day of the briefing
  • Wake up tea: every morning staff will bring tea to your tent
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Double thickness foam sleeping mattress
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Bus
What’s Not Included
  • Sleeping Bag (can be hired) US$25.00
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 5
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$35.00
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended for your entire trip)

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Comfortable clothes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Alcohol and drugs
Know before you go
• This is a small group tour with a maximum of 10 people per group
• All accommodation is camping and hotel.
• There will be a tour briefing one or two days before your departure date
• This tour will operate with a minimum of 2 participants
• Please bring a valid passport during the tour activities
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It was physically and mentally difficult but well worth it!

August 19, 2019

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Inkayni Peru Tours

Product ID: 182522