Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
4 Days / 3 Nights
$800 - $955 USD per person
Peak Elevation :
4,600 m / 15,090 ft
1,810 m / 5,940 ft
Please note that all distances and elevations are approximate. Trek times are estimated; various factors -- such as weather conditions, individual fitness levels, and how each trekker manages at altitude -- may affect the time it takes to reach each point.
The evening before your trek, you will meet with your tour guide at your place of lodging (hotel, hostel, etc.). Your guide will give you an overview of your trek to help you prepare and pace yourself for the physical and mental challenges that lie ahead. S/he will answer any questions and address any concerns you may have regarding the trek, and can offer suggestions on where you may purchase last-minute supplies. You will receive a duffel bag to hold up to 7 kg / 15 lbs of your personal belongings; this will be carried by the horse accompanying you on your journey. Your pick-up time will be confirmed.
Cusco | Soraypampa | Salkantaypampa | Salkantay Pass | Wayracmachay
You will be picked-up at your place of lodging around 5 am. You will travel by private transport to Soraypampa (3.5 hours from Cusco), where you will stop for breakfast. From there, you will begin your trek. It's 2 hours along an uphill path with spectacular views of Salkantay Mountain's snow-capped peak. Once your reach Salkantaypampa, the Banderitas team will be waiting with a freshly prepared lunch. You'll continue for about 1.5 hours along siete vueltas, a steep, zig-zagged uphill path to Soyrococha. Then it's a gentle 1-hour climb to Salkantay Pass, the highest point of the day. Then, it's back down for another 2 hours along an intermittently steep and rocky path until you reach Wayracmachay. This is where you will camp for the night. Afternoon tea will be served at 5 pm. Dinner will follow at 7 pm. May you sleep soundly under the stars...
Wayracmachay | Collpapampa | La Playa |
Santa Teresa Hot Springs (Cocalmayo)
5:30 wake-up. Breakfast will be served at 6. At 7, you will begin your 4-hour gradual descent to Collpapampa. Have your bug repellant handy! Observe the dramatic change in scenery and the rise in temperature and humidity as you move from the mountains into the ceja de la selva or the eyebrow or edge of the jungle. You'll stop for lunch, and your horseman will wish you a farewell and head home now that's he's completed his job. You'll depart for a, mostly flat, 5-hour trek along the Salkantay River. You'll pass coffee plantations and exotic fruit orchards -- like passionfruit and avocado. Once you reach the town of La Playa, you'll head to the Cocalmayo hot springs, about 1 hour by car. You'll be camping right there, so for the rest of the afternoon, you will be free to relax and recover in the medicinal thermal baths or simply hang out at camp. Tea will be served at 6 pm, followed by Dinner at 7. Que descansas bien.
Colcalmayo Hot Springs | Hidroeléctrica | Aguas Calientes
6:30 am wake up. Breakfast will be served at 7, and you'll depart from your campsite at 8. You'll trek along the Urubamba River for about 3.5 hours to Hidroeléctrica for your final Banderitas lunch. You'll be parting ways with your cook today. He'll take your Banderitas duffel bag to the hotel in Aguas Calientes, while you continue for another 3 hours following alongside the railroad tracks -- and the base of Machu Picchu -- to Aguas Calientes. You'll check into your hotel, freshen up, and meet your guide to head to a restaurant for dinner. Buenas noches.
Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu Citadel | Ollantaytambo | Cusco
You should be up by 4:45 to have breakfast at the hotel and meet up with your guide to catch the early bus to Machu Picchu at 5:30. You'll have a 2-3 hour guided tour of the archaeological complex. Afterwards, you are free to explore the citadel, Sun Gate, or Incan Bridge on your own. Or, if you had already pre-purchased a ticket, you may proceed to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain.
You will then take the bus back down to Aquas Calientes, grab lunch on your own, retrieve your gear at the hotel, and wait for your return train to Ollantaytambo. Private transport will await you there to take you back to your hotel in Cusco. Please leave your empty Banderitas duffel bag at the front desk of your hotel. Thank you!