Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu

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  • duration 5 days
  • tour type Small group
  • age requirement 5-79 yrs
  • max group size 15
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Maximum altitude 4615 meters
  • Trek difficulty Medium
  • Tour Code BM-491
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  • Operated in English, Spanish
  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru
  • One of "the best 25 new treks in the world" by National Geographic
  • Salkantay is a majestic peak of over 6300 meters (20,000 feet!)
  • The trek combines hiking in the Andes with the cloud forest
  • Great views of Salkantay and other snow-capped mountains of the Vilcabamba Range
This 5-day 4-night Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an excellent substitute for the Inca Trail — considered by most to be the best alternative route, and maybe even better!

This magnificent trail is perfect for adventurers who wish to become personally integrated in changing ecosystems from one day to the next. You will walk through sweeping, magical landscapes of a snowy mountain paradise to a tropical jungle where you will find a wide range of animals, medicinal plants and flower varieties. Witness with your own eyes a living but ancient culture in remote villages hardly ever seen by foreigners. End your trek at the famed Machu Picchu for an experience of a lifetime.

Let’s start exploring the mountains!
  • Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Markokasa - Soraypampa
  • Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Huayracmachay - Collpampa
  • Day 3: Collpapampa - Playa Sawayaco - Santa teresa
  • Day 4: Santa teresa - Hydroelectrica - Machu Picchu town
  • Day 5: Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco
  • Hotel pickup
  • Transfer to trek starting point
  • 1 night hostel accommodation in Aguas Calientes on the last night
  • Group porters (to carry tents and food) and cook
  • Group horses (to carry 5 kg of personal gear)
  • Waterproof tents
  • Equipment - safety gear for zip lines provided when booking optional excursion.
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners)
  • Guided Machu Picchu tour
  • Machu Picchu general admission
  • Return expedition train and bus transport to Cusco
  • First aid & oxygen
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Sleeping Bag - can be rented at additional cost
  • Private horses - can be hired at additional cost to either carry backpacks or to ride
  • Zip lines - not included in base price, available at additional cost
  • Santa Teresa Hot Springs admission
  • Optional bottled water - can be purchased on the trail
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