Also known as the "Salkantay" trek, this tour is regarded as one of the 25 best treks in the world
by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, the Salkantay trek is a remote footpath
where massive snow-capped mountains join with lush tropical rain forests. Hiking from Mollepata
town in the province of Cusco to Machu Picchu, the adventure traveller gets the chance to admire
the Salkantay mountain (6,271 m.a.s.l. or 2,0574 ft), part of the Vilcabamba mountain chain.
This is an "off the beaten path"; not many people take this route to Machu Picchu. Therefore,
you'll get a better opportunity to really enjoy the spectacular views in quiet contemplation and to
appreciate the tranquility and beauty of what the local people call the "Savage Mountain"
Early in the morning, we leave Cusi Wasi by private bus to go to Mollepata (2,800 meters high)
crossing some beautiful landscapes and some indigenous villages. There, our trek begins and
we´ll start our long walk to Shalla Cancha (3,500 meters high) which offers beautiful views. In
June and July, it is possible to find snow at this altitude, presenting some wonderful sights. We
camp at Shalla Cancha.
After breakfast, we’ll walk along the Huaytac mountain to go to the Soraypampa valley. Along the
way, we may benefit from beautiful views in which the valley and 3 snow-peaked mountains are
blended: Salkantay (6,264 meters high), Humantay (5,473 meters high) and Tucarhuay (5,450m).
This part of the trek is not really difficult whereas the other days are harder....
We hike up the Colpabamba pass (3,300 m.a.s.l.) afterwards descending the high Andean
Plateau. This is where we visit the Lluscamayo community where we camp.
This day we will begin our walk early to go to Aguas Calientes. We’ll leave the Lluscamayo valley
while admire wonderful mountains views before joining the jungle which surrounds Machu Picchu.
In the afternoon, we’ll arrive at Aguas Calientes (2,050 meters high). As you will see, the wildlife
is really different; after mountain landscapes, the jungle in that area offers another sort of views
which you will enjoy.
After walking for an hour and a half, we will enjoy the splendour of the lost city of the Incas in a
guided tour, after which you may discover the citadel yourself. We advice you to climb the Wayna
Picchu to have the best view above the citadel (the go round might be between 40 and 90
minutes, it depends how fast you walk).
In the afternoon, depending on when our train leaves, we’ll go down to Aguas Calientes for
lunch (it isn’t included because there are many restaurants there with different prices ).
Afterwards we return, first by train to Ollantaytambo, where we board the bus to Cusco.
- Bus to Mollepata
- Professional bilingual guide (English / Spanish)
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Meals (5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners)
- Cook and camping equipment
- Horses and horseman
- 1 night in a hostel in Aguas Calientes
- Round-trip bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
- First aid kit
- Train ticket to Ollantaytambo
- Bus Ollantaytambo - Cusco
We recommend that you bring:
- Sleeping bag (rental costs: US$30)
- Entrance to the hot springs
- Lunch (day 5)
Cost per person:
- Sweater and jacket
- Raincoat or poncho
- Bottle of water, flashlight, hat, toilet paper
- Sun block, insect repellent
- Light clothes (T-shirts, short, long pants)
- Swimsuit, sandals
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking shoes
- Chocolates, candies
US$299 - shared group (up to 15 participants)
US$469 - private group (minimum of 2 participants)
Inka Trail - 5D/4N
Your home in the Inka's land