Discover Salkantay via Llactapata 5d/4

05 Days / 04 Nights 58 km 2800 msnm – 4600 msnm moderate Cusco – Sayllapata Machu Picchu – Cusco

This is an ancient trek, which offers marvelous scenery and is less travelled than the Inca Trail. It is the second most popular trek to Machu Picchu. On this trek, we can appreciate a progression of the diverse types of ecological zones from subtropical through puna to glacier peak of magnificent Salkantay mountain (6.271m/20569ft). We can enjoy interesting archeological site of Llactapata before finally arriving at the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

This trek has been considered by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine one of the 25 best treks in the world.

The pickup will be from 6:00 to 6:30 am at the various hostals, and we will then head for the village of Mollepata (2800msnm) where we will stop to take our breakfast, afterwards returning to our transport until we reach Sayllapata, another 30 minutes more. From this place, we will begin our trek but not before enjoying the beautiful view of the two mountains in the area, Humantay (5850msnm) and Salkantay (6272msnm. This first day, we will walk about 3 to 4 hours until we reach our first campsite at Salkantaypampa (4100msnm). Along the way, we will have our lunch at a place called Soraypampa (3900msnm).
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.


The dawn will be impressive and we will get up before so that we can appreciate the majestic mountain of Salkantay (6272msnm). This second day may be the most difficult but it is not impossible. After our breakfast, we will continue our ascent for 3 or 4 hours to the highest point of our trek, the Salkantay pass (4600msnm) where we will have in front of us the impressive mountain, Salkantay. We can enjoy the mountain range of Vilcabamba as we descend some 1300m until our lunch place, Anden (3300msnm). Here we can begin to observe the change in vegetation from the mountainous to the subtropical. Afterwards, we continue our descent until our new campsite, Collpapampa (2850msnm) where we will spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

It is the beginning of a new day and of a new landscape and new climate. Here begins the temperate climate that is appropriate to the beginning of the edge of the jungle. After breakfast, we continue along our journey, today it will be in the middle of valleys where we can see different birds, mammals, insects and other animals that live here.  We will have the opportunity to observe how people live in the villages of this area and to enjoy the thermal baths at Collpapampa and the waterfalls at Wuiñaypoco. (Always when we have time.) Next we continue our journey that will last approximately 5 to 6 hours until we arrive at our lunch and camp spot, la Playa Sahuayaco (2100msnm).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


We leave early and climb for about three hours through the jungle before slightly descending to the interesting Inca archeological site of Llactapata. The place was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham. From here we have our first view of Machu Picchu, in the saddle of the mountain opposite. We descend for 2 hours to the hydroelectric plant where we will have lunch. From here, we can appreciate the nearby Inca site and later we can visit the small archaeological site of Intihuatana before continuing to walk another 10 km more along the train tracks to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we can rest in a comfortable hostal and later have dinner in a restaurant. It is possible to take a local train from hydroelectric plant to Aguas Calientes.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in restaurant.



The most important day of trekking, when we get to know the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu (2400msnm), a Wonder of the World. On this day, we will plan to leave very early to take the first bus to Machu Picchu which leaves at 5:30 so that we can be at the citadel early to see the sun rise. In this place, we will have a thorough explanation of the Inca construction, at a time where there will be the least number of people. We can also secure our entry to the mountain of Waynapichu from where we can appreciate Machu Picchu from a different vantage point. Later, we will again descend to the pueblo of Aguas Calientes to take our return train to Cusco, and then return you to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast in the hotel.


  • The time of hiking will depend on the group. The guide can change the places for having lunch and camping according to the physical condition of the group.
  • Each guide has his own way of leading his groups but always his decisions will be for the benefit of the tourists.
  • If you would like an extra night in Aguas Calientes please let us know at the time of your reservation so that we can make appropriate arrangements with the return train tickets.
  • SALKANTAY. This is an adventure trek. To enjoy it in full – bring an open mind, a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.

  • An explanation two days before departing
  • Transport in private bus to the start of the trek.
  • Transfer to your hotel on return.
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Meals according to the program (Vegetarian option available).
  • Boiled water on all days for your bottles.
  • Snacks for trekking.
  • Camping tents for 2 and 3 persons depending on the requirements.
  • Inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest)
  • Camping equipment, dining tents, kitchen, tables, chairs.
  • Cook and assistant cook.
  • Kitchen/eating utensils.
  • Pack animals (mules and horses) to carry the baggage and equipment.
  • Emergency horse.
  • Wranglers to care for the pack animals.
  • Professional guide who speaks English, Spanish and Quechua.
  • Assistant guide for groups larger than 8 people.
  • Last night celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes in a restaurant.
  • Transport from La Playa to Santa Teresa.
  • Entrance into Machu Picchu.
  • Bus up to and back down from Machu Picchu.
  • Return train ticket to Cusco.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom and hot water.
  • First aid equipment and oxygen tank.


  • Breakfast the first day
  • Dinner the last day
  • Tips for personnel: guide, cook, wranglers (according to their job)
  • Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office)
  • Entrances to hot springs
  • If you would like to rent an additional horse, the cost is $10 per day
  • One small nylon reinforced backpack to carry the things you need for the trek (camera, drinks, etc.)
  • One large backpack or suitcase to keep the things you don‘t need in your hotel in Cusco until you return from your trek
  • Sleeping bag good for -5°C (which can be rented in Cusco)
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries
  • One water bottle (1 liter) or a small plastic throw away bottle
  • Hiking boots
  • Tennis shoes
  • One jacket (of nylon with hood and water and wind resistant)
  • One Fleece Jacket
  • One pair of gloves and hat of wool (they can be bought during your trip)
  • 3 or 4 short sleeved shirts (preferably “dryfit” that don’t retain water)
  • 2 pairs of shorts such as bermudas
  • Socks: 4 pairs of wool and 4 of fiber (coolmax) for the trek (avoid cotton as these can retain water)
  • 1 sun hat and sunglasses
  • Binoculars for birdwatching
  • Personal medications and toiletries in small containers
  • Sunscreen for your skin and lips
  • Insect repellent
  • Moisturizer lotion to avoid the drying out of the skin
  • Bathing suit for the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes
  • Energy foods according to your needs: chocolates, granola bars, dried fruits, etc. (they can be purchased in Cusco).


  • Sleeping bags which can be rented in the office for $5 per day and good for – 10°C.
  • Professional walking sticks can be rented in the office for $2 per day

Discover Salkantay via Llactapata 5d/4n – 2015/2016

PRICE PER PERSON IN USD $ 1,555 $ 1,180 $ 1,070 $ 965 ask us for prices
  • If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour, letting us know which date you wish to leave, and you must make your reservation a week ahead of time so that we can organize your tour.
  • If you wish to go with other people, check our group departures site to join an existing group.
  • Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions


  • Students: $20 U.S. (only for students who have a current international student card – ISIC card) – due to the differences in entrance ticket prices
  • Children: $20 U.S. (minors of 16 years with proof of passport) – due to the differences in entrance ticket prices.
  • Volunteers in Peru: $20 U.S. (with a confirmation of volunteering activities)