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Take the route less traveled to Machu Picchu on a multi-day trek from Cusco. Travel by bus to Mollepat and then embark on foot along Salkantay, a quiet alternative to the often-crowded Inca Trail. Four the next four day you'll hike in the shadow of snow-capped mountains and pass among tropical jungle, stopping at ancient archaeological sites en route. At night bed down in tents beneath the stars. Once reaching Llucmabamba hop the train to Aguas Calientes. The next day the Lost City of the Incas is yours to explore. 

Highlights

  • 5-day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu, round-trip from Cusco
  • Hike the Salkantay trail for four days with an expert guide
  • Sleep under snow-capped Salkantay Mountain at Huayracpampa Lake
  • Pass lush waterfalls en route to Santa Teresa in the Colcapampa District
  • Climb from the town of Llucmabamba to Llactapata for views of Machu Picchu, and ride the rails to Aguas Calientes
  • Small-group tour limited to 9 people ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

Trek to Machu Picchu!

Experience the Salkantay Trek over 4 days and 3 nights from Cusco with a hiking guide. It is recommended to spend at least 2-3 days acclimatizing to the higher altitude of your trek before departing Cusco. Plan to trek 5 to 8 miles (8 to 12 km) per day, assisted by pack mules, in an intimate group of 9 people or fewer. Off-trail transportation takes place in a comfortable vehicle, bus or train (vistadome or expedition option). Hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes is at your own expense.  

See Itinerary section below for full details. 

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

John T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great Trekking trip. Sandro and team were attentive to our every need. The trek was rigorous and at high altitudes but the scenery was like nothing I've ever seen.All details were handled well and the team was flexible to our needs. Highly recommend.

enrico c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Jani R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

My family 3 teenagers, my husband, and I went on the 5-day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco. We have been on trips throughout the world and have lived in different cultures. That being said, this trip trumped all of our other vacations/experiences. Our family was finally at a good age to partake in a great adventure - and an adventure we had!! The first day up, I got altitude sickness, which caused us to have to stop and camp beside the glacier the first night, it was beautiful. Sandro, our guide, made sure we were properly equipped extra sleeping bag for the cold night. We awoke every morning with Sandro at our tent door, handing us warm tea. The second day, we made it to the mountain peak and performed the Inca ritual of blowing on 3 coca leaves and building our power stones. This was honestly the highlight of the trip for me. I felt on top of the world, away from all the tourists and one with nature. We then started our trek down to the higher jungle, which held so much beauty and fresh air. An important point is that you don't have to be in top shape to do this trek. Your guide tailors the hike to your group's needs, which is so personal. Day 3 found us camping at a farm with interesting bathrooms and other hikers. Day 4 had us hiking through a coffee farm!! How cool is that. There is a little hut on the trail where the farmer has named the Andean Starbucks, where he was roasting his coffee beans and offering coffee for a small price. Day 5 found us at Machu Picchu! The best part was the hike itself, as we got nightly history lessons from our guide, Sandro. Some things to bring that saved us: snacks for the trail, wet wipes, mosquito repellant, plenty of cash for tips and water along the way, and a well-brimmed hat. If you are a gentleman, forget the baseball cap as your neck will get badly burned. Wear a hat that also covers your neck. Machu Picchu was wonderful, but full of tourists who were more worried about taking selfies.

Trina Tron USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

I definitely recommend this trek to anyone coming to Peru and looking for some adventure. This is the best way to get a sense for the country's incredible natural beauty and fascinating culture and history. Everywhere we went we were met with stunning scenery and warm greetings from locals. The hike itself was tough at times but always rewarding with the view from the top. You do need to be reasonably fit but the guides are good about tailoring the pace to your needs. And Machu Picchu on the last day is just the cherry on top! Totally worth doing - it was the highlight of our trip.

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