1. Peru
  2. Cusco Region
  3. Cusco
  4. Machu Picchu

Cusco: 5-day Machu Picchu Trek along the Salkantay Trail

Product ID: 313453
Spend an unforgettable 5-days trekking across the Salkantay Trail in Machu Picchu and travel through the jungles, valleys, and villages of the Andes Mountain range.
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

Pickup from your Cusco accommodation (central area only) between 5:00 - 5:15am. Please get in touch with us at least a week before your departure date so we can arrange your pickup details.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Push yourself on this challenging yet rewarding 5-day trek to Machu Picchu
  • Cross through snowy mountain passes and tropical jungle landscapes
  • Soak up incredible scenic views of the Andes Mountains
  • Explore the quaint town of Santa Teresa and relax during a hot spring experience
  • Enjoy a 2-hour tour of Machu Picchu plus free time to discover the city alone
Full description
Your adventure begins with early morning pickup on day 1 and heads by bus to Mollepata where you can stretch your legs and buy some snacks. Continue onto Challacancha next for final preparations and to double check your equipment. From here, embark on an exciting 3-hour walk to Soraypampa, then enjoy lunch whilst admiring panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. Hike up to Laguna de Humantay for more breathtaking views of the Andes, then head to your campsite for the night.

After a restful night’s sleep, wake up to an early breakfast before beginning a 4-hour walk to the highest pass of the trek, located halfway between 2 huge mountains — Salkantay and Humantay. After a stop over to marvel at the mountain views, hike 2-hours down to Huayracampa where a well-deserved lunch awaits, followed by a 3-hour trek to the next campsite at Challhuay or Colcapampa. On day 3, trek through the upper jungle region of the area and cross the Santa Teresa River, home to a variety of little brooks. Pass through the valleys and soak up magnificent views of waterfalls, tropical plants, and more. Enjoy lunch at La Playa then travel by car to Santa Teresa town, where you’ll spend the night in warmer climates. In the town, enjoy some free time to explore and treat yourself to a relaxing hot spring experience.

Depart from Santa Teresa on day 4 and stroll along a relaxing path for 3-hours to reach the hydroelectric station, where a picnic lunch will be served. From here, walk uphill for another 3-hours to Aguas Calientes where you can recharge your batteries while preparing for your visit to Machu Picchu. Wake up early on day 5 to catch one of the first buses to Machu Picchu in order to appreciate the magnificent city in the early morning light as the mist dissipates. Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour of this fascinating site, and then explore this mysterious city on your own. At the end of an unforgettable 5-day experience, return by train to Ollantaytambo then take the bus back to Cusco, arriving in the late evening at Plaza San Francisco.
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Cusco accommodation pickup
  • Van from Cusco to Mollepata then Challacancha (starting point of trek)
  • Car transfer from La Playa to Santa Teresa
  • Round-trip tourist bus transfer from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Tourist train transfer from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Professional bilingual guide on trek and Machu Picchu tour
  • Camping accommodation during trek (including basic sleeping pad and tent for 2 people)
  • 1-night 3* hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Meals during the trip, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, and 3 snacks
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Horseman and mules to carry cooking and camping equipment plus a total of 7 kilos for each trekker. (This includes 3 kilos for your sleeping bag and mattress plus 4 kilos of personal items)
  • Foam sleeping mat
  • Emergency oxygen bottle
What’s Not Included
  • Airport pickup or drop-off (please make your own way)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Breakfast on day 1, and lunch and dinner on day 5
  • Bottled water
  • Guide for bus and train transfers (these journeys are on your own)
  • Optional services, for example horse rental to reach high pass and hot springs in Santa Teresa
  • Accommodation in Cusco
  • Trekking permit - The Peruvian government may require a trekking permit for Salkantay. If this is approved, the rates will be around 133 soles for adults and 67 soles for students
  • Gratuities (please remember that tipping is 100% optional and depends entirely on the service you received. It is customary to give tips in Latin America, however it is not mandatory. If you do wish to give a tip, the recommended guidelines are; 40-60 soles for the guide, 30-40 soles for the assistant guide, 60-80 soles for each horseman, 150-200 soles for the cook from the whole group)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sandals
  • Camera
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Gloves
  • Flashlight
Know before you go
• On days 1-3, single travelers will share a tent with another traveler, and couples will have a tent to themselves
• On day 4, single travelers will share a room with another traveler, and couples will have a private room
• This hike is physically demanding, it is important to be in good physical condition
• There are important temperature changes associated with altitude changes (from 4000 meters to 2000 meters)
• Please bring hiking poles (available to rent in Cusco), rain pants, rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals, warm socks, sweater, thermals, hat, gloves, sun hat, sun block, sun glasses, flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and a memory card (there is limited to no electricity available during the trek), waterproof bags for your camera, hand sanitizer, personal first aid kit, water bottle. Bring extra cash for snacks, water, gatorade (which doubles or triples in price along the trail). Bathing suit for hot springs in Santa Teresa Town