After the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is the 2nd most popular trek to Machu Picchu and is listed as one of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. On this 3 day hike to the Salkantay snowy, considered a god in Cusco with 6271 meters of altitude, we will cross over beautiful Andean landscapes, and we will have the possibility of observing Condors and Alpacas in their natural habitat. It is a new alternative to the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The train is an avant-garde adventure experience for travelers seeking authenticity or more privacy, offering spectacular landscapes. With more impressive surroundings, the Salkantay hike offers you the chance of calm but rich meditation, the trek offers tranquility and contemplation of nature.
The Salkantay Trek intrepid involves a 3-day hike from the head trail of Salkantay - Soraypampa to the Inca city Machu Picchu. Observe the flora, and fauna of the zone. Ascend the Llactapata Inca ruins and view the Inca city from this mountain.
Sustainable Tourism: At Salkantay Trek Machu, we are happy to promote and practice sustainable tourism and support local communities.
Service Level: Superior service all inclusive, extra horses for your equipment, and private transport.
Physical Rating: 3 - Demanding - Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travelers
Age requirement: 4+ / All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Tour Operator: Salkantay Trek Machu
Crew: A professional Tour Guide, A Cook, Horseman, and Horses.
Accommodation: Campsites (2 nights)
Meals: 2x breakfast, 2x lunch, 2x dinner, 1x afternoon hot beverage.
Transportation: Private transportation, 1x train.
Camping equipment: Double tent, Sleeping bag, Inflatable mattress, a blanket, a pillow, day pack and duffel bag. You can view our Salkantay Trek camping equipment.
Day 01: Cusco – Soraypampa – Wayracmachay – Los Andenes
Day 02: Los Andenes – Luscamayo – La Playa – Hidroeléctrica (transport) – Puente Ruinas
Day 03: Puente Ruinas – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Departure Point: Cusco - We pick you up from your hotel.
Departure Time: 05:30
Briefing Point: Our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek
Briefing Time: Between 17:00 - 18:00
Return Point: Cusco - Our driver will drop-off in your hotel or Airbnb department
Early in the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel for a 3 hour ride to Mollepata. We stop for breakfast and can buy some last minute supplies. Then, we carry on to Soraypampa. Here we meet with the support staff that will help us to pack all our gear. We begin our hike. The first few hours are uphill. Vegetation is not natural at this altitude, so the landscape is quite stark apart from some grass that has adjusted to the altitude. Eventually we reach the highest point of the hike: the Apacheta path (4,590 m.a.s.l.).
The Salkantay Mountain is at 6,271 meters above sea level. Salkantay is a Quechua word that means "Wild Mountain". The rest of the trekking today is easy, we descend to 2,890 meters, where there is more vegetation and warm weather, to our campsite.
After a nice breakfast, we continue our hike through the upper jungle. Each step of the way the surroundings are altering, there is more plant life, waterfalls, and warmer weather, some small brooks, pass the Lluscamayo River. After a five hour hike we reach the settlement of Lluscamayo where we have lunch. Then we trek for 3 hours more, passing an awesome waterfall where we can catch our breath and take some photos. The backdrop here, of course, is astonishing. Green valleys, mountains, trees, a diversity of birds and if your lucks in you might see the Peruvain national bird, the "gallito de las rocas". Finally we get to the village of La Playa. From this point we take the local bus to Hydroelectric Plant.
From her the hike to Puente Ruins is moderated level. In route you will hear a roaring sound which is a powerful waterfall that cools us down with its spray as we pass by. Once in the Hydroelectric Plant, we have our lunch break.
It’s hard to explain the great happiness when we finally arrive to the Puente Ruinas campsite, you will notice for the first time in many days people that look clean with fresh clothing. Day trippers!
We finally arrive to our camping! Then we have dinner and plan the next day.
We have a very early morning start (before dawn), so we can get to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate or Intipunku before the crowds. We trek the last 2 hours up to the mysterious city of Machu Picchu. We are one of the first to arrive and revel in the view of the sun rising over the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu that we have waited for so long to see. It takes about an hour and a half to reach Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes. Once there you will have a two hour guided tour, also time to take plenty of pictures and spare time to discover and explore the ruins at Machu Picchu and walk around on your own.
Then, you will return to Aguas Calientes where you can have lunch (not included) and take the train back to Cusco.