Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu in 5 days by Llactapata


Salkantay trek offers places of Andean valleys that will be changing with each step taken.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Camping, Culture, Guided Tours, Trekking
  • Activity Level Extreme
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu in 5 days by Llactapata.

Salkantay trek offers places of Andean valleys that will be changing with each step taken to the magic Citadel of Machu Picchu.
Thanks to the unique experience the tour provides, National Geographic Traveler magazine included the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu as a prime destination in the world.
Salkantay has 2 different routes to Machu Picchu, Santa Teresa, and Llactapata, both of which offer that mysterious and long-desired sensation.
The route by Llactapata is most appreciate for combining snowy mountains, lagoons and rocky roads with part of the ancient Inca Trail to the sacred city of the Incas.
For all travelers who love hiking and are looking for a solitary and intimate way to interact with nature comfortably.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Transportation Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha
  • Chef
  • Horses and Porters (only carry camping equipment)
  • 4 breakfasts / 4 lunches / 4 dinners
  • Snacks
  • Professional Guide (English – Spanish)
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (MUYURINA – FLOWER HOUSE)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Matras
  • Tents and camping equipment
  • First aid kit
  • Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo return train
  • Transportation Ollantaytambo – Cusco
  • Oxygen balloon
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • The first breakfast (first day).
  • The last lunch (second day).
  • Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu-Mountain Entrance.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Entrance to Salkantay ( S/10.00 )
  • Aguas Calientes CONSETTUR Bus Tickets – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes.
  • Food not mentioned in the program.
  • Tips.
  • Expenses not mentioned in the itinerary.

    Early, our private transportation will pick you up from your hotel between 4:00 and 4:30 a.m. to head northwest towards Mollepata, a small district of Anta at 90 km from the city of Cusco.

    You can obtain water or breakfast (not included in the tour).

    The car trip continues until Challacancha, you will rest and prepare your trekking implements.

    A walk of 3 hours begins until our first camp in Soraypampa, on the road you will know the ”canaletas inkas” used to irrigate the fields of sowing, also we will taste of a delicious lunch.

    We will take a hike up for 3 hours in the afternoon to visit the Humantay lake then will return to our camp in Soraypampa, have dinner and the guide will give some recommendations for the next day.


    On waking you will taste a nutritious breakfast and prepare for the second day of walking.

    We will start a 4 hours hike up to the top of the pass Abra Salkantay at 4 620 masl which will be the hardest part of the tour.

    In this place, you will appreciate the beauty of the Vilcabamba mountain range.

    Traditionally, you will build ”apachetas” stone piles that have symbolic value because they are considered a sign of success, fortune, and luck for the traveler.

    We will descend for 2 hours until reach Arayanniyoq”, a small community at 3,600 masl and where you will rest and taste a traditional lunch prepared with local ingredients.

    The journey continues for 3 hours until you reach ”Chaullay” our second camp, you can have dinner and spend the night.


    We will wake up at 6:00 am to taste an Andean breakfast and start the third day of trekking.

    Our trip will begin with a 4-hour walk towards ”Collcapampa” through straight trails with abundant flora of the zone, we will also appreciate local villages and farms.

    We will arrive at the ”beach of Sahuayacco” known for being very close to the Salkantay basin and here we will taste an Andean lunch rich in proteins.

    Continuing the tour will connect with the long-awaited and popular Inca Trail, used in the time of the Incas to reach Machu Picchu. We will walk uphill for 3 hours across lush valleys until Llactapata, an archeological center with many platforms and Qolqas (food stores)

    Near Llactapata is our third camp (lodge), we will enjoy a traditional dinner and sleep until the following day.


    Compared to the previous day will wake up with warm weather and pleasant to the skin, we will have breakfast and prepare our trekking implements to continue with our trip.

    We will descend for 2 hours and a half until Hidroeléctrica, on the way will appreciate leafy vegetation, waterfalls, fruit trees and, birds.

    Arriving Hidroeléctrica will have lunch, then continuing our route will crossroads that are accompanying railways and tropical valleys to reach Aguas Calientes.

    You can take the train from Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes which costs is 35 DOLLARS (optional)

    We will meet in the main square of Aguas Calientes to head our hotel where we will have dinner and the guide will give us the necessary information for the next day.

  5. Day 5: Ride AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHUPICCHU - CUSCOthe Elephant

    To fully enjoy Machu Picchu we will wake up at 4:30 am, have breakfast and begin a 2-hour hike to the complex.

    This archaeological center opens at 6:00 am, we will begin the tour around the citadel with the guide for 2 hours, we will know the history that hides the streets, ceremonial centers, temples, squares and mansions of Machu Picchu.

    In the end, you will be able to climb the mountain ”Huayna Picchu” or ”Machu Picchu Mountain” (reservation in advance).

    You will return to Aguas Calientes, and take the train to Ollantaytambo station, our private transport awaits you.

    We will conclude our services, leaving you in the security of your hotel.

  • Carry a small backpack for the trip to the Salkantay trek – Machu Picchu
  • Flashlight for the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu
  • Thermal clothing, waterproof, sunscreen.
  • Mosquito repellent, lipstick.
  • Water bottle
  • Jacket or Poncho
  • Photo camera, external battery, photo memory

The answer is yes! But, as with all countries, traveling to Peru with pets does require paperwork, certifications, and fees. This applies whether it is an emotional support dog, mobility assistance dog, or just your best pal.

Overall Rating
Lejla Fizovic
Reviewed On 26/01/2017

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