Salkantay Trek

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  • Trekking
  • Hiking
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 5 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 12+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru
  • Explore Machu Picchu, the hidden citadel of the Incas
  • See panoramic views of Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo mountains
  • Roam the ancient ruins of Llactapata
  • Visit the spectacular bluegreen Humantay Lake
The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an alternative to the Inca Trail and considered by most to be the best alternative route (or maybe even better!). This magnificent trail is perfect for adventurers who wish to experience changing ecosystems from one day to the next.

You will walk through sweeping, magical landscapes of a snowy mountain paradise to a tropical jungle with a wide range of animals and medicinal plants and flowers. Witness first-hand a living, but ancient, culture in remote villages hardly ever seen by foreigners!

Along the way hike up to the unforgettable Humantay Lake (4,200 m) with its unbelievable blue-green water reflecting the mountain glaciers of Apu Humantay.

At the end of the trek, reach Machu Picchu, and explore the numerous temples, palaces houses and sundials of the hidden royal citadel of the Incas.

  • Day 1: Cusco - Challancha - Soraypampa (Humantay Lake)
  • Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Wayracpunku - Chaullay
  • Day 3: Chaullay - Collpapamba - La Playa - Lucmabamba
  • Day 4: Lucmabamba - Llactapata - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes
  • Day 5: Machu Picchu
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Transport
  • Experienced bilingual guide
  • Personal accommodation in private campsites
  • Camping equipment
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Accomodation in Aguas Calientes
  • 1 duffle bag
  • Cargo mules
  • Trekking cook
  • Train tickets
  • Entrance fee to Salkantay Trail (USD 4 per person)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Walking sticks
  • Personal clothing
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Anything not mentioned in the 'What's Included' section of the itinerary
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20% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.


A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationPrices are per person based and requires a minimum of two people to do the trip
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