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  • Discover stunning mountains and steep peaks
  • Enjoy the best of natural beauty and wildlife
  • Visit Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas
  • Explore the Salkantay Circuit, one of the greatest attractions of Peru
“Salkantay” is the Apu snow-capped mountain of Cusco that rises to an altitude of 6,271 meters. Discover the beautiful and great snow-capped mountain of Salkantay (6,271 m), bathe in natural hot springs, see the Condor and alpaca as well as several fruit trees and a variety of orchids, and enjoy some of Peru’s rich coffee from “Quillabamba La Convención”. This tour is surely going to be incredibly special!

The Salkantay circuit is one of the greatest attractions of Cusco. The Mountain Range of Vilcabamba where the massif of Salkantay lies is a beautiful and secluded area. Dominated by Apu Salkantay, it has many snowy peaks such as Tucarhuay (5,910 masl), Veronica (5,682 masl) and Huacayhuilca (5,361 masl). These peaks are visible from Salkantay, on the way to Machu Picchu. The Salkantay is also surrounded by deep valleys and gorges, making this an extremely interesting journey.
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5.0 - Excellent Based on 2 reviews
Amazing 5D Salkantay with the condor warriors
Anonymous At
5 - Excellent
“My girlfriend and I just came back from our amazing 4 weeks in Peru. We went from amazement to wonder across many different landscape and cultures. And without any doubt, our trek to Machu Picchu with Carlos and his team was the highest point (both literally and figuratively).

The organization was impeccable. We were provided with everything we needed, assisted by the team with every questions, both prior and during the trip. The sleeping locations, and the activities proposed, were all unique and made you feel closer to the wonderful and various scenery all along the trek. Helping with this organization was our two horsemen, Gilbert and José, that did an impressive job, bringing our stuff when and where we needed them.

5 days of trekking is hard, and a good meal at the end of the day helps a lot in recovering. The food prepared by our “world-class chefs”, Gido and Elvis, was simply among the best dishes we had, in terms of taste, variety, colors and quantities.

This trek brings you through sacred Apus (mountains), in the wilderness of the jungle and all its secrets to end up in this magic place that is Machu Picchu. And all covered with Quechua’s culture, mythology and science. We experienced it fully thanks to our amazing guide Carlos “the mountain king”. He created a very familiar atmosphere between everybody from the very first moment, and rewarded us with all his knowledge of the fauna, flora, local cultures and history that brought a whole new level to our experience.

This trek is an amazing experience and I would recommend it 100%. It is strenuous, with very long walking days, but the treasures and natural beauty that you find along the way are worth every drop of sweat.

SULPAYKI WAIKIS to all team for this amazing adventure.”
The best way to discover Machu Picchu
Víctor Raul At
5 - Excellent
“I did the 4 day, 3 night classic Inca trail . I booked it as part of a longer trip to Peru INCA TRAIL. The Inca Trail was everything I expected & more. It was physically & mentally tough but the support I received from the amazing porters and CEO (Gerson) was fantastic, and, of course, the coca tea!! I have to admit I was very close to turning back on day 1 in the morning as I found the initial hill very hard and two people from another group had given up and were walking in the opposite direction back down to the start, it was a tough moment. However, I ploughed on, and dropped my pace and took regular breaks to catch my breath and was rewarded with stunning views and scenery, and making it to the Sun gate early morning on day 4 to see Machu Picchu appear from the clouds was a simply magical moment in my life. Although I was prepared for the infamous squat toilets, I was surprised to find there were some flush toilets along the route and locals selling drinks & sweets on the first 2 days too.”
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We leave the city of Cuzco en route to Mollepata, a town located at 2,803 m, and continue the journey on a packed dirt road until reaching Challacancha. Awaiting us there are the pack horses that will carry our baggage and their drivers. From here, we begin our ascent to Salcantaypampa, arriving first at Soroycocha (4,491 m), which is the campsite and where we catch our first glimpses of Mount Salkantay.
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We begin a long trek towards Qollpapampa, our second campsite. The first section leads us to the Salkantay Pass (4535 m), the highest point on the route, where the incredible views of glaciers hanging from the Vilcabamba Cordillera and south face of Mount Sakcantay will amaze us. Continuing onwards, we will reach our lunch site: Huayracmachay, and shortly thereafter descend to a cloud forest, following the Salcantay River.
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We will continue descending along a narrow trail next to the Cachora River. We will soon take note of a change in the weather and the scenery: hotter, more humid, and greener. In the afternoon, we will continue trekking to Sahuayaco, a small community of 20 families, and set up camp rather close by at Lucmabamba.
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We will cross the river and ascend to the Q’elloqasa Lookout or Pass (2860 m), where we catch our first exceptional view of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, and partake of our last outdoor lunch on the trip.


Our next stop is Llactapata, a place with an amazing system of terraced hillsides. Afterwards, we continue our descent to the Aobamba River and stop at the Machu Picchu Hydroelectric Plant to board the train to the town of Aguas Calientes.
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Today, we will catch the first bus to Machu Picchu, one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, and you will have free time to explore the complex. Then, it’s back to Aguas Calientes to re board the train that will take us to Ollantaytambo, where a bus awaits to transport you to your hotel.
what’s included
  • Pick-up from the hotel 30 minutes before the departure of Cusco.
  • Private transfer to Mollepata, starting point of the tour
  • Professional Spanish and Inglés Guide.
  • Entrance ticket to Salkantay Trail. Entrance to Machu Picchu Archaeological Sanctuary.
  • Porters and horses to carry all the equipment, tents, food, cooking equipment, restaurants and tents, equipment passenger (6 kilos maximum)
  • Permits and tickets for our porters and chefs.
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 snacks, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners. All These meals are prepared by our chef and his assistant
  • Coca tea is served every morning in your tent.
  • Boiled water after breakfast, to refill Their water bottles (one liter per person).
  • Lunch with hot drinks like tea and coffee coke. Appetizers every morning or snacks.
  • Oxygen and first aid kit.
  • Vegetarian and special diets on request.
  • All equipment, Including tents for personnel.
  • 2-hour guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Expedition train back to Ollantaytambo and then a by bus to Cusco.
  • Hotel 01 night in Aguas Calientes
what's excluded
  • Lunch on the fifth day.
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented in our office $ 25 for the entire trip).
  • Entrance to the mountain Huayna Picchu ($ 20 USD).
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 5 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Age Requirement 5 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English, japanese, portuguese & spanish
Maximum altitude 5000 meters
Trek difficulty Medium
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in cusco, Peru
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