The excitement of our 5-day Salkantay adventure to Machu Picchu will kick off from Cusco. We will head to Mollepata in the early hours of the morning, then continue on to Challacancha. Here, we’ll begin our trek towards Soraypampa, cradled amidst the grandeur of the Salkantay Mountain, also known as the ‘Wild Mountain’. By late afternoon, we’ll find ourselves at the stunning Humantay Lagoon with plenty of time to enjoy its serene beauty.
We’ll rise early to ascend the challenging Salkantay Pass, located 15,000 feet (or 4,600 meters) above sea level. Here, you’ll marvel at breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Andes Mountains. Our descent will lead us to Wayracpunku. Then, Chaullay where we’ll spend the night in anticipation of the next day’s journey.
Day three will see us trek from Chaullay to Collpapampa, trekking through lush forests and crossing bridges along the way. Our journey will continue to La Playa and finally to Santa Teresa. There you will relax and rejuvenate your muscles in the region’s warm and welcoming hot springs.
The fourth day will take us from Santa Teresa to Hidroeléctrica. There we’ll trek along the train tracks surrounded by beautiful landscapes. At Aguas Calientes, you will rest here for the night, dreaming of the magnificent lost city of the Incas.
On the final and most crucial day, we will start early to seize the day at Machu Picchu. We’ll enjoy a guided tour of the site, immersing ourselves in the mystic charm of this incredible Inca Citadel. After exploring, you will have some free time to wander independently and create memories that will last a lifetime. As the sun sets, we’ll board a train back to Ollantaytambo, then a bus back to Cusco.
The Salkantay Trek has moderate difficulty. Keep in mind, this hike involves some high-altitude trekking and you’ll need to be reasonably fit to conquer it. We recommend acclimatizing to the altitude in Cusco
before starting the trek.
The best time for the Salkantay Trek is during the dry season, between April and October. However, it’s open all year round.
It’s not mandatory. However, having a guide by your side is a game-changer. They’ll fill you in on the local culture, wildlife, plants, and the history of the place.
Essentials for the Salkantay Trek include warm clothing, a good quality sleeping bag, hiking boots, waterproof jackets, sunscreen, hats. Also, water purification tablets, high-energy snacks, and a first-aid kit.
When it comes to accommodation, you’ve got options. Pick whatever floats your boat. They usually involve camping, with some operators providing the option for budget lodges or guesthouses.
Most tour operators provide cooks who prepare local and international meals. If you have any special dietary requirements, just give us a heads up beforehand.
You can book the Salkantay Trek through a reputable tour operator. It’s advisable to book a few months in
advance, especially during peak season.
Unlike the Inca Trail, you do not need a special permit for the Salkantay Trek. However, you will need a ticket to enter Machu Picchu.
Most reputable ones will have first aid kits and emergency horses, and some even have satellite phones in case of emergencies.
The Salkantay Trek was an awe-inspiring adventure! The stunning landscapes, challenging terrain, and rich cultural experiences made it a truly unforgettable journey. Highly recommended for adventurous souls.