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This is one of the most famous alternative treks to Machu Picchu. The hike is located in the Vilcabamba mountain range that runs under the magnificent Salkantay mountain (6,200 m – 26,570 ft.), the second highest mountain of our region. You will experience 3 days of hiking through various landscapes, including the Highlands, cloud forest, rain forest, and dry mountain. The Salkantay trek was recently named among the 25 top treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel. It is one of the popular alternatives to the traditional Inca trail to Machu Picchu, but if you do not have time, the traditional Inca Trail is your best choice.

On the first night you will feel close to the stars, while the variety of sites, in addition to the beautiful sky include Apu Salkantay and Humantay mountain glaciers, and morays (natural formations of small hills caused by the pressure of ice falls from the glaciers above). Passing through different ecosystems of flora and fauna, you will have a tour of a coffee plantation where you can interact with locals purchase local goods.



You will be picked up at your hotel between 6:30 and 7:00am, where we will direct you to our transportation to leave towards the town of Mollepata, approximately a 3 hour ride located 2,850 meters above sea level, considered the Andean high place. Before the halfway point, we will visit the archaeological site of Tarawasi, the place of the last battle between the Incas and Chancas, then continue and arrive at the town of Mollepata. Here we will have a light breakfast (not included), then travel towards Challacancha, where will get ready to start our hike for the Inca canal to reach our camp. At the camp we will take lunch in Soraypampa. Along the way you can see valleys as well as the first snow-peaked mountain called Humantay. After a short break, we will continue our hike, which is a 3 hour journey by the Inca canal up to Soraypampa at 3,850 meters above sea level.
Our cook will be waiting for us with a lunch to replenish some energy, then after a short break, we will climb about 2 hours to the lagoon of Humantay, where we can appreciate the immensity of the snow-capped peaks, then we will descend towards the camp. We will spend the first night here and enjoy dinner. Usually it is very cold at night here as the camp is located at the foot of the snow-capped mountains.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,850 m / 12,600 ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,658 m/ 11,979 ft
  • Hiking Distance: 8 km / 4 miles
  • Approximate Hike Duration: 3 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate.


We start this day where we take our breakfast early where we can see the dawn and appreciate the majestic Salktantay, where after a 4 hour ascent we will arrive at the Summit (4,650 m. / 15,255 ft.). It is here where we will have the best views of the area, and we will fund several piles of stones called “apachetas” as we pass through different heights, where we will also visit the Salkantay lagoon. After a brief rest, we will descend for an hour until we reach our lunch spot in Ichupata, then continue onward to our camp in Huayracmachay in the foothills of the majestic Humantay.
After the break, we will continue 4 hours to the camp where we will pass through some native forest and observe the flora and fauna of the zone. When we reach Chaullay we will have dinner and rest in this area.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,650 m / 15,255 ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 3,906 m/ 12,814 ft
  • Hiking Distance: 12 km / 7 miles
  • Approximate Hike Duration: 6 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate.


After having our breakfast, we will leave around 7:30am where it will all be downhill for about 4 hours on some trails with abundant flora and fauna of the region, as well as what are considered to be some of the most beautiful orchids. You will be able to appreciate and enjoy the beautiful scenery of this place, which is known as ceja de selva (sub-tropical climate), and arrive at the town of Chaullay within 45 minutes. Our camp is located in the village of Collpapampa (2,900 m. / 9,514 ft).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,906 m / 12,814 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,900 m/ 9,514 ft.
  • Hiking Distance: 9 km / 5 miles
  • Approximate Hike Duration: 3 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate.


After having an exhausting day, this day is rewarded with a very nice hike and beautiful landscapes, as well as the most beautiful waterfall that there is on the trail. After breakfast, we will have hike about 5 or 6 hours, past valleys along the Santa Teresa river, appreciating some fruit plantations including avocado, bananas and passion fruit.
Our camp will be in Lucmabamba where we will rest and have our lunch to replenish some energy. In the afternoon, In the afternoon we will visit one of the local families, who will show the process of coffee which we will all participate in, and if you are a coffee lover can buy it from this family and thus be able to support them. We will also see some fruit tres that are typical of this region.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,900 m / 9,514 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,130 m/ 6,988 ft.
  • Hiking Distance: 17 km / 10.5 miles
  • Approximate Hike Duration: 6 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate.


From approximately 7: 00 a.m. we begin to hike about 7 hours along the Inca Trail to the hydro-electric dam. Enjoy the beautiful landscape along the way, as well as the vast flora and fauna of the sector. After approximately 4 hours of climbing, we reach the peak and then we descend to the archaeological site of Llactapata, where you can see the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. After descending for about two hours we will appreciate the fruit plantations of the Aobamba Valley on the way to the station at the hydroelectric plant. Lunch will be at the dam site, and then we can board the train in the afternoon, which will take us heading to Aguas Calientes, where we overnight at the hotel, dinner and rest.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,100 m / 10,170 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 1,800 m/ 5,905 ft.
  • Hike Distance: 13 km / 8 miles
  • Approximate Hike Duration: 7 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate


After having breakfast very early in the hotel, we will direct you to the bus station to ascend to the citadel for a period of approximately 30 minutes in the bus. Afterwards, take a guided tour for approximately 2 hours of the different sectors such as: the agricultural sector, ceremonial fountains, and “inti huatana” or solar clock. After the tour, you will have free time to take photos and taking in some of the other areas. We recommend ascending to Inti Punku, panoramic view of the Citadel. Finally, we will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes then go to the station and wait for the departure of our train that will take us to the village of Ollantaytambo. We will then be picked up by bus and arrive in the city of Cusco in the evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,440 m / 8,038 ft
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,040 m/ 6,725 ft
  • Hiking Distance: 8 km / 4 miles



The best time to visit Apu Salkantay is during the beginning of the winter season, from May to November. Temperatures range between – 5 ° C / 41 ° F and 23 ° C / 73 ° F; with little chance of rain. The maximum height reached will be 4,643 m / 15,233 feet in Abra Salkantay and the minimum of 2,000 m / 6,562 feet in the town of Aguas Calientes.



The time from December to March is very rainy and the trail is closed during these months.
Something else…
El Salkantay is also called the magic mountain. It rises out of the Vilcanota mountain range like a surprising place from where you can have a panoramic view of the Citadel of Machu Picchu. It is also the point signaled by a hike that combines a geographical and natural interest of great beauty which includes the numerous archeological vestiges of the Incan era in which you can find the most inhospitable places.
You can plan: The Historic Sanctuary of Machu PICCHU and the Inca Trail.

  • Student discount (only with an active green ISIC card) US $20.00
  • Under 15 years old pay as a student: US $ 20.00
  • Under 7 years old discount: US $ 35.00


  • Walking Sticks $ 20.00 USD (pair) for the entire trip.
  • Sleeping Bag $ 35.00 USD
  • Private Tent $ 40.00 USD
  • Horse for riding $ 130.00 USD

Huayna Picchu: If you are interested in ascending to this famous mountain of Huayna Picchu, where you can see a beautiful view of the entire citadel of Machupicchu, there is an additional cost of $75.00 per person to be able to buy your entry ticket. These spaces are limited and you must confirm and thus be able to reserve your ticket of entry depending on the availability of spaces that the Ministry of Culture grants.

VistaDomeTrain: Our price includes a return train ticket in the expedition service, but if you want to improve your service to the Vistadome train the price is $55.00 USD per person.




The best time to visit the Apu Salkantay is during the beginning of the winter season, from May to November. Temperatures range between -5º C / 41ºF and 23º C / 73ºF; with little chance of rain. The maximum height it will reach will be 4,643 meters above sea level / 15233 feet in the Abra Salkantay and the minimum of 2,000 meters above sea level / 6562 feet in the town of Aguas Calientes.



In the season from December to March it is very rainy reason why the path is closed in these months.
Anything else…
The Salkantay also called the magic mountain It rises in the Vilcanota mountain range as an amazing place from which you can have a panoramic view of the Citadel of Machu Picchu. It is also the designated point of a walk that combines a geographical and natural interest of great beauty with the interest that the numerous archaeological remains of the Inca era contain, among which are the most inhospitable places.
Celebres: Historic Sanctuary of MACHUPICCHU and the Inca Trail.

Recommended for: 

Those people who want to experience their way of living together with the local Andean people and an excellent place to take some unforgettable photos of their trip. NOT RECOMMENDED.- For people suffering from obesity and with poor physical conditions, as well as people suffering from respiratory arrest problems.

Activity:  Hike
Location: Vilcabamba mountain range – Cusco
Difficulty level:  Easy – Moderate depending on your physical level.
Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Max height: 4.650 m. / 13.776 feet
Acclimatization:   To be able to perform it is necessary that you are well acclimatized so we recommend you not to have this altitude sickness to spend at least 2 days in the city of Cusco or surroundings before starting this incredible adventure.
About the spaces In order to carry out this activity, it does not require permits, which we always have spaces but nevertheless it will be better to make the reservation months before to be able to secure the entrance tickets to the citadel of Machupicchu and the train tickets.
Distance: 65 km / 40.380 miles
Weather: cold / warm tropical
Departures: All Year. – Except January-February (for rainy season and bad weather)
Overnight: Camp / Hotel (depending on its category).



  • Briefing one day before the trek.
  • Transportation Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha.
  • Tickets for entry to Tarawasi.
  • Cook.
  • Muleteer (mule handler).
  • Baggage Check 7 kg / 15 lbs per passenger.
  • Pack horses for food and camping equipment.
  • Emergency horse.
  • Transportation from Sahuayaco (Beach), dam
  • Ticket tickets from Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes.
  • Pillow and Blanket for the hike
  • Hot water for washing.
  • Return train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (Expeditions).
  • Entrance ticket to the Citadel of Machupicchu.
  • Bilingual Professional Guide (English-Spanish) throughout the tour.
  • Meals: 05 breakfasts, 05 lunches, 05 dinners.
  • Tent bathroom and portable toilet.
  • Ascent to Machu Picchu bus.
  • Bus Ollantaytambo – Cusco.
  • One night hotel with private bathroom and hot water.
  • Camping equipment: 2 or 4 person tents (according to your required accommodation), mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, chairs, tables, menagerie
  • First aid equipment oxygen tank, emergency kit and radios.
  • Vegetarian option at no additional cost.

Not Included

Not Included:

  • Sleeping bag, can be rented in our office ($ 35.00 for the entire trip).
  • Walking Sticks, can be rented in our office ($ 20.00 for the entire trip).
  • Ascent to Wayna Picchu and mountain of Machupicchu (add $. 75.00)
  • Upgrade your train to Vistadome (add $. 55.00).
  • 1st breakfast and last lunch
  • Horse to ride.
  • Tips (guides, cooks and muleteers)
  • Additional costs.



Times depend a lot on the train schedule you are given. You have to arrive at least half an hour before your train’s departure at the station. Rates are subject to any increase or readjustment as determined by the Ministry of Culture and PERU RAIL S. A (railway company).

What you should take:
Passengers should carry the following personal items:
Travel insurance, personal items, first aid kit, fever/ upset stomach/altitude sickness pills, water purifier, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, rain ponchos, canes, hiking boots, camera, cap for the sun and the cold, thermal clothes for in the night and light clothing for the day, money (at personal discretion) and original documents: Passport, DNI, and for students, their original ISIC card.


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