SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU

5 Days
TREK DURATION

8 miles / day
DAILY DISTANCE

DIFFICULTY

The second most popular route to Machu Picchu. This trip combines stunning scenery with several cultural experiences.

  • All-inclusive trip! Click on "What's Included" to learn more
  • Professionally guided tour of several Inca Archeological Sites (including Machu Picchu)
  • Our guides are local to the Cusco Region, fluent in English and have several years of experience leading tours
  • Several cultural experiences throughout. Including visits to farms & communities
  • Wildlife present throughout the trek
  • Enjoy private campsites, only accessible to Kusa Treks customers
  • Multiple micro-climates, including cloud forests, rain forests and mountain scenery
  • Learn how to make coffee from scratch with local families!

Prices are per person and in U.S. Dollars ($)

GROUP TOUR PRICE: $600

A "group tour" means you will be paired with other people that are doing the same hike on the same date as you.

PRIVATE TOUR PRICES: A "private tour" is just your group and our guides.

  • 2 - 3 People: $790
  • 4 - 6 People: $715
  • 7 - 9 People: $660
  • 9+ People: $600

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NOTES:
  • A $200 deposit is required for each person. We use your deposit to secure your entrance tickets for Machu Picchu in advance. The $200 will be deducted from your total price.
  • A 5% Transaction Fee will be added to the total cost if you pay via credit/debit card. We are charged to convert and transfer money. We do our best to keep this rate as low as possible.
  • We HIGHLY recommended that reservations are made at least 2-3 weeks in advance. We cannot guarantee entrance ticket availability for trips requested less than 2 weeks in advance.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Transportation
  • Equipment Horse
  • Personal Porter
  • Food
  • Water
  • Professional Guides
  • Hiking Permit
  • Entrance Tickets
  • Medical Supplies
  • Accommodations

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Hiking Equipment - (Available for Rent):
  • Sleeping Bag: $25
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $15
  • Trekking Poles (2): $20 Guides
  • Huayna Picchu
  • Vista Dome Train


SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAIL:

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

TRANSPORTATION: All transportation is included. However, if you would like to take the Vistadome train back to Cusco after the trek, rather than the "normal" train, tickets are an additional $70.

FOOD: All food is provided. In fact, we'll be hiking with a professional chef! Our chef and his staff will cook you some of the best meals you've ever eaten, and they'll do it in the middle of the Andes. Please notify our staff of any food allergies or restrictions and we will ensure that the food is prepared properly.

WATER: Your guides will supply all of the water you'll need on the trek. The water will first be boiled, then filtered and then cooled. You will need to bring a container for the water (Camelback, Nalgene, etc.), we recommend carrying at least 2L of water. Your water containers will be refilled at each meal.

PROFESSIONAL GUIDES: Kusa Treks strives for greatness and this starts and ends with our people. All of our trek leaders are locals to this region and studied Tourism and/or Archaeology in University. They are all fluent in English and are passionate about their work. Trust me when I say, there is no better person to be on a trip with than a Kusa Treks guide, you will be in incredible hands.

PERMITS & TICKETS: Once you pay the trip deposit, we will purchase your hiking permits as well as your entrance tickets for Machu Picchu. The government issues permits in your name, under your passport number, and for a specific time-frame; they cannot be changed once confirmed, which is why the initial deposit is non-refundable. We will also secure your train ticket back to Cusco at this time.

MEDICAL EMERGENCY: Alright, emergency sounds a bit dramatic. However, you can be confident in your Trek Leader. All of Kusa Trek's guides receive extensive First Aid training from a qualified and licensed physician, and we conduct mandatory review/training sessions twice a year. Your Trek Leader will carry a Hiking First Aid kit (including oxygen), and should the need arise we will get you off of the trail and to a medical facility as quickly and comfortably as possible.

Note: We have never had to evacuate a hiker.

TENT: Your tents are provided, they are comfortable, roomy and cozy. Sleep well chicos!

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

HIKING EQUIPMENT: To complete a multi-day hike, you will need a sleeping bag, some type of camping mattress (ThermaRest), and walking poles (with rubber tips). If you do not wish to purchase or travel with these items, we have high quality equipment you can rent:

  • Sleeping Bag: $25
  • Inflatable Air Mattress: $15
  • Trekking Poles (2): $20

HUAYNA PICCHU (Wayna Picchu): Huayna Picchu is the pointy, tall mountain in the background of all the pictures of Machu Picchu. Tickets to climb it are available for travelers who wish to hike up an ancient staircase to the top of Machu Picchu's sister mountain. Hiking to the top of it provides adventurers with incredible, unique views of Machu Picchu. This secondary hike will have a 1-hour ascent, 15 minutes to take selfies and high-five at the top of the mountain, and then a 45-minute descent. FYI, the ascent and descent are pretty steep, but totally worth it! Price: $75/person

NOTE: tickets to ascend Huayna Picchu are limited, and are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.

VISTA DOME TRAIN: On the way back from Machu Picchu to Cusco, we will book tickets on a "regular" train. However, there is a company that offers a train ride in a "Vista Dome Train" through the Sacred Valley. This train has glass walls and a glass ceiling, which provide panoramic views of the surrounding beautiful Andes mountain-side. Tickets include in-trip meals and entertainment. Price: $70/ticket.

Salkantay Trek to MAchu Picchu 5-DAY ITINERARY:

Day 1: The Journey Begins!

Pick up from your hotel in Cusco. 3.5 hour drive to the trail head. 6-7 hours of hiking through beautiful scenary to Sorocchocha, our first campsite.

Day 2: On Top of the world!

Early start. Start with a hike uphill to the highest point of our trip. Incredible views from the peak of a mountain to the valley below. Decent into a private campsite in the village of Colpapampa.

Day 3: Coffee farm & the Inca Trail

Hike to a remote coffee farm in the Andes. Learn how to make coffee right from the Coca Plant. Trek for a few hours on the Inca Trail. Experience waterfalls, bamboo groves & soccer with local kids!

Day 4: Incredible views!

Visually stunning hike to the Puncuyoc Pass. Beautiful valleys, massive fruit plantations & the Inca Ruins at Llactapata. Final night of the trek will be in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Day 5: Machu Picchu

10-minute bus ride from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Option to climb Huyana Picchu. Train ride back to Cusco, arrival between 7-8pm.

SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAIL:

DAY 1: The Journey Begins!

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude: 15,300ft. (4,650m)
  • Min Altitude: 12,795ft. (3,550m)
  • Distance Hiked: ~6 miles (10 km)
  • Ascent: 2,362ft. (1,070m)
  • Walking Time: 6-7 hours
Note: Our trekking times are approximate, and will vary depending on: weather conditions, group ability and other factors.

Morning

Your first day will start early, 5:00AM early! Kusa Trek team members will pick you up from your hotel in private transportation and we'll drive about 3.5 hours to the trail head in Soraypampa, where we'll eat our first breakfast. All of the meals on this trek will be prepared by our professional chef and his cooking crew. During breakfast you'll meet the crew that will accompany you on this journey, including the Porters, Chef, assistant chef, and assistant guides.

Around 9:00AM we'll begin our hike, the first day will be a bit of a challenge, because your legs are warming up and the beginning trail has a lot of inclines, however you will be rewarded with incredible views. The first 2.5 hours we will gradually hike uphill to see the turquoise Umantay Lake.

Afternoon

We will continue our gradual climb for about 1.5 hours until we reach Salkantay Pampa. There we will eat a delicious, homemade lunch in front of a beautiful glacier, prepared by our trekking chefs.

After lunch, we will continue our trip for another hour, hiking uphill. We will arrive at our first campsite in Soroccocha, which is located at the foot of the majestic Salkantay Mountain.

EVENING

Each night we will have a family "tea-time", where we'll enjoy hot chocolate, a variety of teas and snacks together to wind down from the efforts of our hike. We'll swap stories and prepare to eat a delicious and hot dinner being prepared by our chef and his staff. If the weather allows, your guide will show you the Inca Constellations in the millions of bright stars that stretch overhead.

After dinner your Tour Guides will go over our plans for the next great day. Buenas Noches!


DAY 2: ON TOP OF THE WORLD!

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude: 12,795ft. (3,550m)
  • Min Altitude: 7,217ft. (2,200m)
  • Distance Traveled: 6 miles (10 km)
  • Descent: 5,578ft. (1,350m)
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Morning

Every morning the Porters and guides will wake you up with a smile and a fresh cup of something hot, admittedly, it can be alarming the first time, but there are worse ways to start a morning! After a soul-warming breakfast we will begin our hike with a gradual climb, and in an about an hour we will reach the highest point of our trek. We will feel on top of the world as we look around at the surreal snow-capped mountains. There we will spend 30 minutes enjoying the amazing panoramic view.

AFTERNOON

We will continue our trek by hiking downhill to Rayanniyoc for another lunch prepared by our professional chefs. After resting our legs, we will push toward the finish line for that day and arrive at our private campsite in the small village of Colpapampa.

If we’re lucky, we'll see some of the hundreds of species of birds that inhabit this area; including: hummingbirds, falcons, and perhaps, the Condor, also known as the king of the Andean Mountains.

Evening

Once we reach the campsite, our tea-time will already set up and waiting for us. After enjoying each others company we'll share another spectacular meal and turn in for the night. Sleep well chicos.


DAY 3: coffee farm & the Inca Trail

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude: 8,758ft. (2,700m)
  • Minimum Altitude: 7,217ft. (2,200m)
  • Distance Traveled: 8.7 miles (14 km)
  • Ascent: 1,514ft. (500m)
  • Walking Time: 7-8 hours

Morning

After waking up to the sweet sound of a hot drink knocking at our tent door, we will eat breakfast, and prepare for today's hike. Our first steps for this day will be continuing down the valley and into a forest filled will groves of bamboo and birds. Flocks of colorful tropical birds fill the forest, with cascades of waterfalls where the water is warm enough for you to bathe in!

From this incredible slice of paradise the trail will actually intersect with the world famous Inca Trail, which we will walk on for the next 3 hours. The Inca Trail was built in the 13th century as a series of roads to connect the vast Inca Empire across much of modern-day South America.

Afternoon

Our afternoon will consist of a visit to a local organic coffee farm, situated deep in the Andes. Coffee is one of the main exports of Peru, as the high mountain climate of the Andes allows various types of the Cocoa plant to flourish.

You will have the opportunity to learn from local farmers how to harvest, roast and prepare the best cup of coffee you've ever tasted! There is a tremendous difference between fresh, organic coffee and a grande mocha latte with skim milk and cream. After our visit to the coffee farm we'll continue on our journey to another small village where we will set up camp for the night.

Evening

Once we reach our campsite we will enjoy a late lunch prepared by our incredible chef! You will have the remaining hours of the afternoon to explore the wonderful area we find ourselves in. From great sites to a local school where tourists often come to connect with the children through playful games of soccer. We can promise you will enjoy your afternoon here.

We will have our tea-time and dinner later that night, where we enjoy sharing great stories and eating great food. We'll retire to our tents and prepare for our final day of trekking tomorrow.


DAY 4: Incredible views!

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Maximum Altitude: 8,758ft. (2,700m)
  • Minimum Altitude: 5,971ft. (1,820m)
  • Distance Traveled: 9.3 miles (15 km)
  • Descent: 2,787ft. (880m)
  • Walking Time: 8-9 hours

Morning

After having our last breakfast prepared by our chefs we will start the trek with a 3 hour hike uphill that will take us to Puncuyoc Pass. This just might be the prettiest 3 hours you will ever hike in your life. Filled with views of deep valleys and giant fruit plantations, you will be amazed at these sites. After the hike we will arrive at Llactapata Inca Ruins, located in front of Machu Picchu where we will enjoy of the great view of Machu Picchu, Huyana Picchu and the Aobamba Canyon.

You will spend a few hours learning about the Llactapata ruins from your guide. We will also take some time to take pictures of Machu Picchu, which can be seen in the distance. Not to overstate this part of the trip...but this truly is an incredible part of the world full of nature and wonder!

Afternoon

Unfortunately, we cannot stay here forever, we will descend for 2 more hours to the primary hydroelectric plant of Cusco, where will enjoy lunch. Our final portion of walking on this trip will be through the National Park of Machu Picchu to reach the city of Aguas Calientes where we will stay during our final night.

EVENING

Kusa Treks will arrange all of the accomodations in Aguas Calientes, you will stay in a wonderful, quaint hotel where you'll enjoy a hot shower after 4 days of hiking! We will share a meal together at a local restaurant, where you'll experience delicious local cuisine and prepare for the day ahead...Machu Picchu.

DAY 5: Machu Picchu

  • Meals: Breakfast

Morning

It is entirely up to the group when you would like to start this exciting day! Today you will discover Machu Picchu, the world famous Sacred City of the Incas. The majority of travelers choose to wake up around 4:30AM, so that we can eat a quick breakfast and head over the bus station where we will catch the first bus from Aguas Calientes, drive 20 minutes to Machu Picchu, and arrive right when the gates open at 6AM as the sun is rising over the lost city. It is truly magical to experience a sunrise over these ruins, as the mists part and the city rises from the clouds stone by stone.

All of our guides have been to Machu Picchu hundreds of times and will lead you to the best places to view the ruins before the "crowds" arrive that day. Once the city begins to fill with more tourists we will start our walking, guided tour, which will start with the impressive Temple of the Sun. We will see several iconic areas of Machu Picchu including: The Citadel, The Royal Tomb, the Main Plaza, the Condor Temple and much more.

After the guided tour you will have plenty of time to explore the City of the Clouds on your own; those who have secured permits to climb Huayna Picchu will do that hike at this time. If you chose not to hike Huayna Picchu you can join your guide on an hour long walk on the Inca Trail up to the Sun Gate, where you will enjoy a spectacular view of Machu Picchu.

Afternoon

After we've had our fill of the incredible Lost City we will head back to the entrance of Machu Picchu Park to the bus station. The bus back to Aguas Calientes will depart between 2:30-3:00PM, we will enjoy a lunch together before you head to the train station to go back to Cusco. We usually book the 4:20PM train back to Ollantaytambo, where our private van will be waiting for you to take you the remaining 2-3 hours back to Cusco.

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Recent Reviews from TripAdvisor

Reviewed October 21, 2017

LARES & INCA TRAIL

Just got back a couple weeks ago from the 4 day LARES/INCA trail trek and had an absolutely amazing time! It ended up being a private tour with two other friends and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. Michael, our contact back in the states, made planning effortless. He was always available for questions and made sure everything was ready to go once we arrived in Peru. Our guide, Eric, was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable about everywhere we visited and could tell he was passionate and truly cared about everything he taught us. He was also great about maintaining a sustainable trekking pace since none of us were used to the altitude. Truly blown away by the food from our chef during the hike and all the hard work our porter did for us! Camp was always set up and ready to go once we arrived. Food was delicious! Overall would definitely recommend to anyone coming to Peru to use Kusa Treks! Only wish we had done our other tours through them as well!


Reviewed October 21, 2017

Huchuy Qosqo trek

3D/2N trek to Machu Picchu was amazing with the KUSA TREKS. Very professional and friendly approach.


Reviewed October 21, 2017

FIRST CLASS SERVICE πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘

My friend and I booked a 2 day tour of the Sacred Valley, Macchupicchu and Waynapicchu with Kusa Treks. We are so happy with our experience . The service and proffesionalism was great. We definitely recommend anyone to this company. Eric was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about every place we visited. The entire trip was so well coordinated with all our tickets and itineraries provided. Eric and his company did an outstanding job.