Salkantay To Machu Picchu Trek




A fascinating and alternative route to Machu Picchu to the traditional well known and crowded IncaTrail is to undertake a hike along an ancient trail where the high Apu Salkantay (6261 meters, second highest mountain in the Cusco area) is a very impressive highlight.

This alternative is reserved for lovers of adventure challenges and real nature. The trip begins in Cusco, passing by  Mollepata, where you have a short stop. Drive to Challacancha, meet with our mule drivers and animals. Short trek to Soraypampa, the  starting point for a spectacular trek across the Cordillera Vilcabamba. This range of steep mountains and snow covered peaks stretches over about 100 kilometers between Cusco and Apurimac, showing an excellent example of south Peru’s Andean biodiversity. At the end of the four days trek there is Aguas Calientes, the main gate to Machu Picchu.


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This service is arranged just for you and your party has the advantage of adapting the pace to your physical condition, but also usually means enjoying all the archeological


Day 1


Our private car will pick up us between 04:30 a.m. to 05:00 a.m. in Cusco, and then we’ll travel to Mollepata, which is located southwest of Cusco (3 and 1/2 hours drive).  We will arrive in Mollepata (2690 mts. above sea level) for a brief breakfast (not included) Then continue driving to Challacancha, our trekking start point, walking to Soraypampa, where we will have our lunch. After a brief break.  Time to do a 2 hours trek to enjoy the view of the Humantay deep blue water. Return to Soraypampa to our campsite. Dinner. (L.D)

Day 2


Early in the morning (at 7 a.m.) we’ll begin to walk to Salkantaypampa and to Soyrococha (with magnificent views of huge Salkantay and its glaciers, as well as Umantay and Tucarway mountains nearby) and to El Paso del Salkantay, which is about 2 hours ahead (a 4600 meters high pass), then we’ll trek head down to Huayracpampa, for lunch. trek continues to Chaullay (at 2900 meters), already in the cloud forest vegetation. Campsite, dinner. (B,L,D)a

Day 3


At 7 a.m. we’ll begin to walk, passing the waterfalls of Tinajayoc. After these, we’ll continue trekking along the Santa Teresa river down to La Playa (at 2500 meters), where temperature is quite enjoyable. Lunch, Campsite in La Playa or in Lucmabamba, on the way to Santa Teresa (1550 meters altitude). (B,L,D)

Day 4


From Santa Teresa we’ll be optionally driven to Lucmabamba to take the trail  uphill to Llactapata. From the small Inca ruins we´ll have a first view across the deep Aobamba gorge of the Machu Picchu ruins, and then continue down on a long and hot trail to the Machu Picchu Hydroelectric Plant located besides the Urubamba river valley. (Luggage will be taken by car from Santa Teresa to the hydroelectric plant train station). After lunch there, we’ll visit an archaeological site near the river called Intihuatana. From the hydroelectric train station we’ll trek for 3 hours to go to Aguas Calientes (8 km), arriving there at about 5 p.m. In Aguas Calientes you will have accommodation in your planned hotel. (B,L).

Day 5


  Early in the morning, after the hotel Breakfast your will be taken by your guide to the bus station to drive to the ruins gate and have a 2 and a half guided private visit to spectacular Machupicchu. Then, drive  back to Aguas Calientes for and optional lunch. In the early evening you’ll take your train back to Ollantaytambo and continue to your hotel in Cusco.


  • English Speaking Guide
  • Private Transportation until Soraypampa (The first campsite)
  • Experienced Cook
  • All meals during the trek until arriving in Aguas Calientes (vegetarian options available)
  • Complete Camping Equipment (2 person tents, Dining Tent, Kitchen & Toilet huts)
  • Mattress
  • Horses, to carry all the equipment
  • Extra horses for the clients in case of emergency

Not Included

  • The hotel for the last night in Aguas Calientes
  • The Wayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain tickets
  • Walking sticks
  • Personal trip insurances


  • Sleeping Bag (If you don’t have one, please ask for assistance)
  • Water bottle for the first day until lunch time
  • Extra money for expenses in Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu
  • Original Passport in hermetic plastic bag, it could get wet
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Sun cream, Sunglasses
  • Head sun protection
  • Flashlight
  • Tablets for altitude sickness (Easily to buy in the drugstores in Cusco)
  • Heavy clothes (Hat, Scarf, Wind Breaker, Poncho, Gloves)
  • Hiking Boots
  • Extra pairs of socks (Feet can get wet, is really important to have dry and warm socks)
  • Personal gear, medicines
  • Camera + Film


People who stayed in this apartment, have only the best opinions about it.

We toured Peru by car for 2 weeks and were completely enthusiastic about the entire trip. Nora and Mario responded to all our wishes and put together a perfect and individual trip for us: the hotels were great, the excursions were great, the organization was perfect! We didn't have to worry about anything - everything was as described
Migu Tinman
Andean Origins ist eine Reiseagentur, welche als eine von wenigen Fly-and-Drive anbietet. Wir haben uns für eine zweiwöchige RdReise durch Südperu entschieden. Schon während der Reiseplanung und -vorbereitung waren wir von der Aufmerksamkeit und Professionalität überzeugt. Das Vorschläge konnten von uns abgeändert werden und wurden perfekt aufgenommen bzw. integriert. Von der Ankunft am Flughafen in Lima, über die Übergabe des KFZ, bis hin zur Deponierung von Eintrittskarten in den Hotels war alles durchdacht und für uns vorbereitet. Auch während eines "incidents" vor Ort, war Andean Origins erreichbar und hat sich um uns gekümmert. Sehr begeistert waren wir auch von den ausgewählten Hotels (Standard, Location, Sauberkeit,...). Andean Origins bleibt unser Ansprechpartner für die nächste Reise und ist absolut empfehlenswert. Zusammengefasst: es war wunderbar. Danke für alles.
We have booked a three-week round trip with a car as a self-driver. All the hotels were excellently chosen the journey very well thought out. We received an exact map (using an app) and were able to navigate very well. Even before a road blockade (strike) we were informed and were able to avoid a traffic jam. The selected guides were exceptionally qualified and quickly responded to all special requests. The excursion to Rainbow Mountain suggested as an alternative was also sensational and very well described. We would book here again and again. Many thanks for everything
Fritz K


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