6-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu from Cuzco

  • Tour code: 422-2404
  • Available: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun
  • Depart from: Cuzco, Peru
  • Duration: 6 Days 5 Nights
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Forget the Inca Trail and hike to Machu Picchu along the higher, more beautiful and less touristy Salkantay Trail! Discover a different side of the great Andes mountain range and get the most amazing views of the mountains by taking this alternative route to Machu Picchu.

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Single: $728
Double (/Person): $698
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Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Cuzco
  • Day 2 Cuzco - Mollepata - Sayallapata(5726 km)
  • Day 3 Sayallapata - Challhuay - Colcapampa
  • Day 4 Colcapampa - Santa Teresa(18 km)
  • Day 5 Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes(12 km)
  • Day 6 Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cuzco(76 km)
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Day 1 Cuzco

Today we will gather in Cuzco, CUS, Peru. After making their way to the Milhouse Backpackers & Hotel and checking in, guests may spend the day however they choose. There is a mandatory pre-departure briefing today (please see in Stop Note).
Standard Hotel: Dorm, Single, Double Accommodation

Day 2 Cuzco - Mollepata - Sayallapata(5726 km)

In the very early morning, we will be bussed to Mollepata, CUS for breakfast. After making final preparations and double checking our equipment, we will make the 4-hour hike us to Sayllapata, where we will get to view Salkantay. We will then begin the climb to our first campsite, Soraypampa, the harshest we will experience. We will spend the night there.
Standard Hotel: Single travelers will share a tent with 1 other traveler, couples will have a tent to themselves

Day 3 Sayallapata - Challhuay - Colcapampa

At about 6:00am we will begin our four-hour ascent to the highest point of our hike. A two-hour downhill walk will bring us to the Huayracpampa campsite, where we will have lunch. From their we will journey three hours to Colcapampa or Challhuay to spend the night outdoors.
Standard Hotel: Single travelers will share a tent with 1 other traveler, couples will have a tent to themselves

Day 4 Colcapampa - Santa Teresa(18 km)

After breakfast at 6:30 am, we will make our way across the Urubamba River. We will have lunch in the village of La Playa and spend some time in Santa Teresa. Guests will have the chance to visit the Cocalmayo Hot Springs at their own expense.
Standard Hotel: Single travelers will share a tent with 1 other traveler, couples will have a tent to themselves

Day 5 Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes(12 km)

Take an easy 3-hour hike along the train tracks to Hydroelectric Station where you will stop for lunch. Continue 3 more hours on foot or take an optional train ride to Aguas Calientes Town where we will have a chance to bathe in the eponymous Hot Springs at their own expense.
Optional Activity in Santa Teresa: Canopy Zip-Line. Fly through the treetops on a 2-hour morning canopy excursion on South America's highest and Peru's first canopy zip-line. Traverse over 2,500 meters of cables with the longest ride covering 400 meters and the highest at 150 meters.
Standard Hotel: Single travelers will share a room with 1 other traveler, couples will have a private room

Day 6 Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cuzco(76 km)

From Aguas Calientes, we will catch a dawn bus to Machu Picchu. After a two-hour guided tour of the ruins, guests will have time to explore at their leisure. There is an optional climb of the Huayna Picchu Peak for those who wish to push themselves even further. In the afternoon we will travel by train to Ollantaytambo, CUS and from there return to Cuzco by bus.

The famous citadel of the Inca sits atop a scraggy mountain peak overlooking the valley that was sacred to those people. These ruins feature many temples and the famous terraced-gardens the Inca developed for agriculture in the Andes.

This small town north of Cuzco is built around an archaeological site. At the height off the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti. It is one of the starting points of the Inca Trail.

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