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Salkantay – Santa Teresa – Machupicchu

Duration: 5 Days
Departures: 4:00 am
Level: High
Service: In group.
Frequency: All Year
Reserves: We recommend booking the Salkantay - Machupicchu Tour at least 2 Months in advance, because the entrances for this trail are gone quickly.

DAY 1: Cusco - Sayllapata - Soyrococha.

At 6:00 AM we'll pick you up from your selected hotel. We'll leave by our private transport to Mollepata 2800 meters, beautiful scenic journey through Limatambo, stopping for panoramic views of the Apurimac Valley, where you can have a breakfast in a typical restaurant. After that we'll drive for 1hr until our trailhead called Sayllapata (3200 meters), there we'll meet our arrieros "horsemen" and trek staff, 2 1/2 hrs hiking through traditional Andean communities like Cruzpata, Challacancha , unspoiled Andean villages to Soraypampa (3750 meters), where we'll have the lunch. Then after 4 hours we'll arrive to our first campsite, Soyrococha ( 4 200 meters).


DAY 2: Soyrococha - Huayraqmachay - Collpapampa

The second day we'll ascent to the highest point of our trek, Salkantay Pass 4600 meters from this point we can appreciate the special views of the Mountain Salkantay, a stunning snow capped mountain (6271 meters), 3 hours walking with spectacular views of the mountains Humantay and Huayanay, small lakes and morraines arriving to our lunch site, Huayraqmachay ( 3700meters), then we'll go down for 3 1/2 hrs until our second campsite, Collpapampa ( 2600 meters).


DAY 3: Collpapampa - Playa – Santa Teresa

The third day, the group will walk for 4 hrs, downhill easy hike, we will be introduced to a high Jungle niche called Ceja de Selva where coffee, coca and fruits plantations can be observed, time to shower in a waterfall, take amazing pictures, with luck we can observe the famous Peruvian National Bird " Gallito de las Rocas " stop in Playa (2250 meters) for lunch, then we take a local transportation for 45 minutes until Santa Teresa, where we have our third campsite.


DAY 4: Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

After breakfast , we will cross the river and then walk to Hidroelectrica Train station (Km 116), where we have our last camping lunch. Then continue walking for two and a half more hours to Aguas Calientes (2 000 meters).

Hostel accommodation in Aguas Calientes.


DAY 5: Machupicchu - Cusco

Early wake up in order to take the bus to the Citadel of Machupicchu, guided tour for 2 hours and plenty of free time to explore more, optional time to Climb the mountain Huayna Picchu, Temple of the Moon, or the Sun gate, after that you have to take the bus to go down to Aguas Calientes and wait for the train to return, arrive in Cusco and transfer to the hotel.


The Service Includes:

  • Transportation to and from: Cusco - Sayllapata / Poroy train station - Cusco Hotel
  • Expedition train Service: Aguas Calientes - Poroy train station
  • Entrance fee: Machu Picchu
  • Bus ticket: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
  • Local bus: Playa - Santa Teresa
  • Hotel: Double accommodation in Aguas Calientes (4th day)
  • Guide: Professional English and Spanish speaking guide; 2 guides for groups over 12 people
  • Cook: In charge of meal preparation
  • Horsemen and horses: Carry tents, cooking equipment and also carry backpacks, sleeping bags and mattresses (Max. 8 kilos / 17 lbs per person)
  • Emergency Horse: Just in case someone needs help
  • Meals: 4 Breakfasts/4 Lunches/4 Dinners/Snacks and afternoon tea
  • Equipment: tents (2 people in each 3-person-capacity), sleeping pad, dinner tent, toilet tent, kitchen tent, tables and chairs, table
  • settings, first aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.

Doesn't Include:

  • Breakfast: 1st day.
  • Lunch: 4ht day
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tips


  • Sleeping Bag (- 10 Cē): $ 20
  • Extra Mule (10 Kilos): $ 60
  • Walking Stick: $ 15
  • Personal Tent: $ 30

Recommended Items To Bring:

  • Oficial papers: Original passport.
  • Sleeping Gear: Sleeping bag (You can rent it in our office if you don't have one).
  • Clothing: Fleece pants or tights. // Mid weight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool. // Hiking pants. // Hiking shorts. // Long-sleeve shirts. // T-shirts. // Underwear and casual socks. // Hiking socks. // Liner socks, synthetic. // Swimminsuit. //Cap. // Fleece hat.
  • Footwear: Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof, lightweight, broken-in, aggressive tread. // Camp shoes such as tennis shoes or sandals or other comfortable footwear to use in our campsites.
  • Travel Accessories: Bottle of water or Camelback. // Flashlight. // 3 roll of toilet paper. // Sunglasses and retainer // strap. // Sun block and lip balm. // Toiletry kit. // Small Washcloth. // Personal first-aid kit. // Hand sanitizer gel. // Insect repellent. // Several Ziploc plastic bags.
  • Extra: Money for drinks // tips and souvenirs.


briefing one day prior to departure at the agency.

Cost per person:

USD $ 280 or 7,80 New Suns (Minimum 02 People)

Prices per person 2012 - 2013

We offer discount of a group of the passengers, the larger the group the lower the price per person.

Please contac us, specifying:

  • Trekking program.
  • Number of people in the trek.
  • Departure date.
  • Requested train service: Backpacker (Tourist train) or Vistadome (Superior).

Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative):

Students: US$ 25.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)

Teenagers: US$ 25.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)