Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – Salkantay Trail

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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Details
Embark on an unforgettable adventure with the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. In the future, get ready to venture through the stunning Andes Mountain range and soak in those jaw-dropping panoramic views. Along the trail, we will encounter the Salkantay Pass, a highlight of this classic Salkantay Trek.

You will also traverse through diverse environments, including the lush cloud forest teeming with unique wildlife. To combat altitude sickness, you will have coca tea, a local remedy known for its efficiency. It’s worth noting that the trek is best during the dry months, avoiding the rainy season for optimal conditions.

To really make the most of this hike, it’s best to start prepping a few months in advance. Trust us, it’s worth it. Our guided tour has got your back when it comes to safety. We’ll make sure to give you all the juicy details about the places we pass.

After the trek, a visit to Aguas Calientes will rejuvenate your senses. Here, you will have the option to soak in the Santa Teresa hot springs. A well-deserved reward after the rigorous hike.

Finally, the journey culminates with a visit to the iconic Machu Picchu. Unlike the classic Inca trail, the Salkantay Trek offers a unique, less crowded path to this world-renowned archaeological site. On this trek to Machu Picchu, you’re forging your own path through history and natural wonder.

Why choose Magical Cusco Travel Agency to do the Salkantay Trek?
Choosing to do the Salkantay Trek with us at Magical Cusco is a decision you will cherish. On this trail to Machu Picchu, we ensure you have an unforgettable experience. Our team will take care of your safety and comfort, but we also strive to make your journey educational and enriching. Our professional guides will share fascinating insights about the historic Inca Trail and the stunning landscapes that unfold around you.

Our passengers evidence our attention to detail and commitment to excellence by our glowing reviews on TripAdvisor. On this trek, you will get ample time to acclimatize and truly appreciate the natural beauty of Peru. The hike to Machu Picchu is no ordinary trek, and with us, you’ll experience it in the best possible way. Our promise is to make this trek a highlight of your travel experiences.


  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • 04 Breakfasts, 04 lunches and 04 dinners
  • Horses (carry camping equipment, food, 5 kilos p/p
  • Camping equipment
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Return train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo


  • Breakfast on the first day, lunch and dinner on the last day
  • Bus up and down to Machu Picchu
  • Train of Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes
5 - day Salkantay Trek Itinerary

Day 1Cusco, Mollepata, Challacancha, Soraypampa (Humantay Lake)

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.

Day 2Soraypampa, Salkantay Pass, Wayracpunku, Chaullay

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 3Chaullay Collpapampa, La Playa, Santa Teresa

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.

Day 4Santa Teresa, Hydroelectric, Aguas Calientes

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.

Day 5The Most Important Day - Visit to Machu Picchu

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.


1How physically demanding is the Salkantay Trek?

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.

2What is the best time to do the Salkantay Trek?

The best time for the Salkantay Trek is during the dry season, between April and October. However, it’s open all year round.

3Do I need a guide for the Salkantay Trek?

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.

4What should I pack for the Salkantay Trek?

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.

5What kind of accommodation do we provide on the Salkantay Trek?

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.

6What can I expect in terms of food on the Salkantay Trek?

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.

7What's the process for booking the Salkantay Trek?

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.

8Do I need any special permits for the Salkantay Trek?

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.

9What safety measures are in place during the trek?

Most reputable ones will have first aid kits and emergency horses, and some even have satellite phones in case of emergencies.

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Michael Smith

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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.

March 1, 2023