Join us on an adventurous five-day trek through the magnificent Andes Mountains and Machu Picchu, exploring some of Peru’s most beautiful landscapes!
🙂 Salkantay Trek + Short Inca Trail + Machu Picchu plus Rainbow Mt.
5 Day Salkantay Trek – Spectacular Alternative Trail from Salkantay 5 Days to Machu Picchu. The adventure begins in Soraypampa near Mollepata; we ascend towards the Salkantay Pass to enjoy incredible scenic views and descend towards the Amazon jungle of Machu Picchu.
Discover Peru like never before with a 5-Day Salkantay Trek through Machu Picchu and the Andes Mountains! Tackle challenging trails, explore ancient ruins from the Inca civilization, and soak in the majestic beauty of nature as you go on this exciting journey. Join us for an unforgettable experience!
Live unexpected EXPERIENCES in the Andes that will never be repeated! Explore unique TOURS & HIKES with deep spiritual meaning. Connect with nature and awaken your senses to a new world, “Including meditation and ritual to Mother Nature with Coca leaves.”
Experience a unique departure from your usual routine as you embark on a 5-day adventure in the Andes Mountains leading to one of the most mysterious sites in the world – Salkantay to Machu Picchu. Get ready for incredible views and life-changing experiences!
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Embark on a captivating 5 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu! Explore the great Inca sites, marvel at nature’s wonders, and witness breathtaking sunsets as you stroll through some of the most beautiful lands in Peru.
AT A GLANCE
Day 1: Cusco – Soray Pampa: Horseback and Hiking
Day 2: Challhuay: Lucmabamba Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Pueblo
Day 3: Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Park
Day 4: Machu Picchu Guided Tour | PM Return to Cusco
Day 5: Hike to the Rainbow Mountain of Peru
Dare to trek through the rugged Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days adventure that leads you to the majestic Machu Picchu. Discover a new level of self-confidence and get ready for an unforgettable experience!
Take an unforgettable journey to Peru! Spend your days trekking the rugged Salkantay Trail while exploring the incredible landscapes of Machu Picchu and the Andes Mountains. With its intense terrain, intriguing ancient Incan sites, and fascinating culture, you won’t miss out on this 5-day adventure!
Travel from Cusco to Soraypampa – Conquer the Salkantay Pass on horseback with stunning views of the Andes – A spectacular hike from the Pass to Challway.
We start the vehicular trip from Cusco, heading northwest via Izcuchaca, Limatambo, and Mollepata. In Mollepata, there is a 30-minute stop for breakfast at one of the local restaurants, “optional, breakfast not included.” We continue along the dirt road until we reach the Soraypampa area.
In Soraypampa, we find saddle horses. We begin the horseback riding towards the Salkantay pass, “2 hours and a half on horseback.”
Before reaching the Salkantay pass, we already have impressive glacier views. In the Salcantay pass, a sign marks the height “classic photo of the whole group.” After resting, we descend for 05 hours until we reach our camp in Collpapampa, “two hours through the Andes and another 03 hours inside the cloud forest”.
It is imperative to fit both walking shoes and poles because, along the hiking trail, we see incredible stones of all sizes but with stunning panoramic views every half hour. Outdoor adventure time, like hiking, is healthy for our bodies and mind.
Additional note; It’s pretty cold tonight! Bring thermal clothing.
Travel locally from Challway to Lucmabamba – Hike the Lucamabamba Inca Trail. In the afternoon, board the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo from Hidroelectrica.
After breakfast, we travel by local transport to Lucamabamba, “40 minutes by car”, to start our beautiful walk on the Inca Trail of Lucmabamba.
Entering through the primary forest or jungle eyebrow, we observe tropical fruit plantations such as the passion fruit “granadilla,” organic red coffee, banana trees, wild berries such as the strawberry of the Andes, etc.
During the walk, we will always have the presence of the Aobamba river, the union of the Salkantay, Challhuay, and Totora snow-capped mountains; the color mix of the white river with the lush green vegetation makes the walk pleasant. There are several streams during the walk until we reach the Lucmabamba Pass.
Hike the Short Inca Trail to the scenic view of Machu Picchu from the SUN GATE “Inti Punku.”
At 05:30, we start the moderate walk following the train tracks up the Urubamba River for 1 hour and 40 minutes until we reach km 104 of the railway. We cross to the other side of the river by the suspension bridge to control our entrance passes to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and thus officially start the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
From km 104, we have 3 hours of walking along the Inca Trail until we reach the ruins of Wiñaywayna. From Wiñaywayna, the path is semi-flat until reaching Inti Punku; from Inti Punku to the balcony of the Inca, the panoramic views of Machu Picchu surprise all walkers.
During the morning, a guided visit to Machu Picchu for 02 hours – In the afternoon, return to Cusco by train and car
The guided visit to Machu Picchu for Salkantay trekkers is through circuit number 5. If clients require another circuit in Machu Picchu, buying a new entrance ticket is possible! Write us, and we will gladly answer you in less than 24 hours.
We start the activities with the pick-up service at your hotel and then go to the bus station that will transfer us to the Inca citadel, “30 minutes of travel”.
At Machupicchu control, we present our electronic tickets on the walkers’ cell phones. We start the guided tour by visiting the watchman’s house for fantastic panoramic views of the Inca citadel. After visiting and exploring the world’s seventh wonder, we board the shared bus service to Aguas Calientes and then travel by train to Cusco. In the town of Ollantaytambo, the private vehicle awaits us to continue the trip to Cusco; in total, there are 03 hours and 10 minutes of travel.
When you get to the OLLANTAYTAMBO train station, Be met at the train arrivals area. Just look for a KONDOR PATH TOURS sign with your name on it.” Group name: Salkantay 5 Day Trek
Final hike through the spectacular Rainbow Mountains south of Cusco in Peru – 100-minute round trip hike
At 5:30, we start the trip to the south of Cusco, following the road to Puno; In the town of Cusipata, we take a dirt road to ascend to Llaqtoc, the “beginning of the walk.”
The one-way hike takes approximately 70 minutes to reach the top of Rainbow Mountain, and the return hike takes about 30 minutes because it is downhill. Enjoy the incredible panoramic views of Vinicunca in all its splendor from above.
Active itinerary with unique landscape and cultural experiences
Local guide (s) with command of the English language
Private transport service for excursions and transfers
Local Lodges & HOTEL 3 Star
1st. Day: SALKANTAY Trail
2nd. Day: SALKANTAY Trail
3rd. Day: Short Inca Trail
4th. Day: Machupicchu
5th. Day: Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca after the Salkantay Trail
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Go on an adventure and explore Peru’s stunning Machu Picchu on a 5-day trek along the Salkantay Trail! Take in breathtaking views, see fascinating Inca ruins, challenge yourself with the trail’s rugged terrain, and experience a unique South American culture.
No, there is no age limit, but if you are older, you should have a medical check-up before traveling and try to acclimate at altitude (see altitude sickness). We have had children as young as seven years old and people up to 68 years old many times, don’t worry; we are here to help you do it! When there is a will, if possible.
Yes, you can change the departure but not the date of entry to the citadel of Machu Picchu tickets are purchased well in advance; if you change the tour departure, your tour could become one of four or three days, depending on the program book. Remember to schedule your trip to Peru in advance to avoid problems and stay in Cusco 3 or 4 days before the trip). Please note that on this trip, you will meet people of different gender and nationality than yours; we are an agency that cannot guarantee the gender and ethnicity of our tourists.
We have an excellent kitchen that offers a fantastic variety of dishes:
Breakfast: Varies depending on the difficulty of the Journey ahead. Usually, a wide selection of products: oatmeal, eggs, pancakes, bread, and jam. You can have hot chocolate, coffee, English tea, and herbal tea (chamomile, lemongrass, tea, or traditional coca).
Lunch and dinner: always have a bowl of soup followed by a main course (chicken, meat, fish, etc., with rice or pasta). This is followed by dessert and a herbal drink for good.
Refreshments (Happy Hour): After the hike, every day, there will be hot drinks, popcorn, cookies, bread and jam, chocolate, milo, etc.)
Snacks: Before starting the hike for the day, you will be given – a piece of fruit, a chocolate bar, a packet of cookies, and some candy.
Vegetarian/unique diet options are available upon request (see below).
Yes, we offer vegetarian food. Please specify your dietary needs when making your reservation.
Yes, we provide water previously boiled for at least 5 minutes (water purification tablets are unnecessary). Therefore, you only need a bottle of water for the first part, for Lunch, the first day, and then, from there, refill your bottles to Machu Picchu.
The tents for all our tours are for four people, but the modern man is very tall, and only two people fit in each tent, which allows more space and comfort. If you are traveling alone, you must share the tent with another person unless you request a private tent (single tent $25).
Tipping is a personal decision depending on the job performance of each person accompanying you on this trip.
All hostels and hotels in Cusco have a storage room to keep the tourists’ belongings; to make this trip, you must leave it in place.
We have a shallow rate of people returning once the trip has started. Our priority is to help you complete the trip; our guides are well-trained and have a first aid kit and emergency oxygen. Please don’t think this (that you are in good hands).
In Cusco, we only have two seasons rainy for six months and dry for 06 months; the dry season starts in April and October; the days are usually sunny and warm, but keep in mind that the weather is very variable in the high and mountain towns, from November to March rainy days and many unstable months, where the rains can be heavy.
Note: Temperatures are for the Cusco Valley 3400m. And temperatures change depending on altitude (higher altitude = cold or vice versa).
The train included in all tours is the (Expedition Service); the schedules are the available spaces in the wagons once the agencies make the full payment. The first train can be taken at 18:20 hours and the last at 22:50 hours: Salkantay Expeditions. Arrange transportation back to Cusco (by cab or bus).
Note: Trains are sometimes subject to change depending on Peru Rail train operators. The train can be modified for a better service with a corresponding price increase if desired.
You must arrive before the city of Cusco, where it will be necessary to go with a guide to direct the way to make your adventure tours of Salkantay treks.
The Salkantay trek is located in Cusco, about 60 km northwest of Cusco. The proximity of Salkantay to Machu Picchu makes trekking around it an alternative to the Inca Trail.
You should bring a series of accessories for the trail. As a backpack that will be your companion during the five days of the tour, carry the following.
The Salkantay trek is approximately 72 kilometers distributed over five days and four nights through beautiful Cusco to reach Machu Picchu.
The five-day Salkantay trek is available for all adventurers traveling to Cusco in 2023.
The best season for the Salkantay trek is during the dry season in Cusco, April, and October.
No, the route is signposted, and the professional team you will travel with will ensure no incidents occur.
This is a five-day trek, where we will be going up and down trails for more than 70 kilometers in the known altitude of Cusco; for this reason, it is advisable to be prepared for the trek.
Training hard will not be necessary, but it does help to do cardiovascular exercises, such as walking three times a week for at least three months before the tour.
Also, spending a couple of days acclimatizing to the altitude of Cusco before the tour will help us a lot.
To do the Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu, you should know that the level of trekking varies from moderate to complex. Therefore, it is recommended to be in good physical condition. In addition, it is recommended to use good trekking shoes, preferably that they are already molded to your feet; this will facilitate the walk and will not have any problems.
The best time to do the Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu with good weather is between April – October, as we have the presence of clear skies and smaller-scale rainfall. Mainly the driest months are between June – August, which is winter in the Andes. However, it is suggested to foresee the type of clothing to use during these months, because during the day you can enjoy the sun, while at night you can feel intense cold.
The number 1 reason we did the Salkantay trek was the environment you are in. You hike for five days in very different backgrounds. On other trekking tours, the walk to Machu Picchu, the environment often remains the same, becoming monotonous. This is not the case with the Salkantay trek at all.
With each step, the landscape changes, and the mountains reveal something new; the rolling clouds, the breathtaking terrain, the towering mountains, and the smiling locals.
There is something magical about walking in the area on the Salkantay trail. All you have to do is walk and enjoy. You have no stress, and there are not many things you must think about during your hike. Just enjoy the walk. Great.
You can book the Inca Trail by contacting us through the website or the following email email@example.com. You only need to fill out the reservation form and provide us with your personal information, such as full name, date of birth, Passport or Identity Card number precisely as indicated in your document, and the exact date of the excursion. Otherwise, please send your inquiry to our email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salkantay trek It is not recommended because the conditions are not the best. The Salkantay Majestic hike is accessible to all hikers, but it is recommended to be accompanied by certified expert guides who know the trail well.
No, We refer to security in terms of being robbed, assaulted, or similar during the route. We heard before doing this route that it could be, but it is false. The most significant danger you face is the altitude, so I recommend you look at this altitude sickness guide.
Yes and no. Acclimatized and in relatively good shape, I can do the Salkantay trek. It is a route that many people take, which can give you a clue that it is not about climbing the Himalayas. Still, it would be best to be realistic with your physical condition and, above all, with your acclimatization level.
Yes, absolutely, yes. We recommend that you spend at least two or three days in Cusco. Drink plenty of water (as much as it bothers us all, beer is not water), get plenty of rest, and take some walks to measure yourself. If you feel that your body reacts more or less regularly (considering that you are at more than 3500 meters above sea level), you are ready for the adventure.
Salkantay trek vs. Inca trail: Choose the Salkantay Trail Peru.
Explore parts of Peru that few people see on this five-day trek in the Salkantay Mountains! Hike through stunning terrain, meet friendly locals, and experience a lifetime of unforgettable memories.
PRICES PER PERSON [USD] 2022 – 2023. We carry out this trekking circuit along the 5 Days Salkantay Trek trail.
Solo travel is USD$ 1,609.
02 participants USD$ 1,090. “Prices reduce if more people are in your group.”
03 participants USD$ 950.
04 participants USD$ 835.
05 participants USD$ 795.
06 participants USD$ 740.
07 participants USD$ 720.
08 participants + USD$ 683.
Private tours are available and priced based on group size.
Prepare for a five-day journey across some of Peru’s most beautiful scenery on the exciting Salkantay trek. A must for adrenaline seekers!
PERU TRAINS By PeruRail / PER PERSON
+$45. Vistadome train (Inbound Journey: MACHUPICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO)
+$498.00 Hiram Bingham train (Inbound Journey: Train MACHUPICCHU – POROY)
+$75 Huayna Picchu
+$60 RE-ENTRY TO MACHU PICCHU
Our alternative 5 Days Salkantay Trek ends in Aguas Calientes. The last night we stayed in a hotel instead of camping. The 3-star hotel does include the trek cost based on a shared room. We can upgrade the service if you want to improve the hotel category or other services.
Gringo Bill’s Machupicchu – 3-Star Hotel
Inti Punku Machupicchu – 3-Star Hotel
+$39. Junior Suite
+$63. Senior Suite
Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu – 3-Star Hotel
Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu – 3-Star Hotel
+$35. Standard SGL/DBL
Jaya Suite Machupicchu – 3-Star Hotel
El MaPi ByInkaterra – 4-Star Hotel
+$69. Superior Deluxe SGL or DBL
+$91. Suite SGL o DBL
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel – 5-Star Hotel
+$271. Superior Deluxe
+$298. Junior Suite
+$389. Junior Suite Deluxe
+$555. Inkaterra Suite
This applies to the following services
Machu Picchu Fee
College students$25 off
Regulation of Machupicchu
Please take part in a journey unlike any other with our 5-day Salkantay Tour! Hike through stunning mountaintops and discover breathtaking vistas at Machu Picchu.
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days – Get ready to embark on an adventure of a lifetime! This 5-day Salkantay trek will take you through stunning Inca ruins and the majestic Andes.
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Embark on a journey of exploration and wonder as you immerse yourself in five days of adrenaline-filled outdoor activities during your Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu. Be prepared to be awe-struck!