Salkantay Trek 4 Days to Machu Picchu: An Efficient and Memorable Adventure

Embark on a breathtaking journey with our Salkantay Trek 4 days to Machu Picchu, the perfect adventure for those seeking the essence of the Salkantay experience in a shorter timeframe. This trek is expertly designed to offer an immersive experience in the stunning landscapes of the Salkantay mountains and glaciers, condensed into four action-packed days.

Your adventure begins with the awe-inspiring Humantay Lagoon on day one, followed by a restful night at the serene Quiswarniyoc private camp. The next day challenges you to reach the zenith of the trek, the majestic Salkantay Pass at 4,700 meters, a moment that marks the start of your descent to the welcoming Chawllay campsite. The third day is a journey of discovery through the captivating Santa Teresa Valley, rich with local agriculture, leading up to your arrival in Aguas Calientes by evening. This prepares you for the grand finale of your trek: the exploration of the iconic Machu Picchu on day four.

The Salkantay Trek 5 days is tailored for efficiency, differing from the 5-day version in its pace and focus. While the 5-day trek allows for leisurely pursuits like soaking in the hot springs and trekking to the Llactapata viewpoint of Machu Picchu, the 4-day variant optimizes your time. This approach omits certain activities to ensure a timely arrival at Machu Picchu, making it the ideal option for those with limited time who are eager to experience the natural beauty and cultural richness of the Salkantay trail and the majestic Machu Picchu.

The ticket to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is included in the package price, which we purchase in your name. Typically, we include circuits 1, 2, or 3 for the guided tour at Machu Picchu. To secure a spot on these popular circuits, it is essential to book your tour at least three months in advance. If these circuits are unavailable, the alternatives would be circuits 4 or 5.

The main difference between the circuits is their access points to Machu Picchu. Circuits 1, 2, and 3 provide access from the upper part of the site, offering panoramic views and opportunities for classic photos of Machu Picchu. In contrast, circuits 4 and 5 grant access from the lower part, which does not offer the classic view of Machu Picchu.

It is important to note that no circuit covers the entire Inca citadel. However, all circuits include a guided tour lasting between 2 to 2.5 hours with an expert guide, ensuring a comprehensive and educational experience at Machu Picchu.

If you are booking at the last minute and the circuits to visit Machu Picchu are unavailable, your final option is to purchase tickets to reach the town of Aguas Calientes. For more details, please see the information provided in the link.

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Pre-Tour Orientation (6 pm): Join us at the SALKANTAY TREKKERS PERU office in Cusco for a comprehensive pre-tour briefing. This essential meeting covers detailed itineraries, logistics, and answers to any questions, ensuring you’re fully prepared. You’ll also receive duffle bags for up to 7 kilograms of personal items and printed tickets for Machu Picchu and train travel.

Virtual Meeting Option: Can’t make it in person? No problem! Call us at +51962389295 for a thorough virtual orientation, ensuring you’re equally prepared and informed for the trek at a time that suits you.

Convenient Hotel Pick-Up Service (4:30 – 5:00 am): Your adventure starts with a hassle-free pick-up from your Cusco hotel or Airbnb. Our team ensures a smooth and prompt departure between 4:30 and 5:00 am, so you can focus on the excitement of the trek ahead.

Duffle Bag Service for Easy Trekking: Travel light and enjoy your hike with our duffle bag service. Pack up to 5 kilograms in the provided duffle bag, which our support team will transport throughout the trek. This service allows you to carry only the essentials, enhancing your comfort as you explore the beautiful Andean landscapes.

Exclusive Campsites: Experience the wonders of the Salkantay Trail at our handpicked campsites, chosen for their stunning views and immersive natural setting. Your journey begins at Quiawarniyoc, an exclusive, serene location with spectacular views of Salkantay Mountain. In the evenings, relax in our panoramic cabins or crystal domes, perfect for stargazers and nature lovers. These unique accommodations offer a blend of comfort, safety, and a profound connection with the wild.

Effortless Online Booking: Book your Salkantay Trek seamlessly through our easy-to-use online system, ensuring competitive rates and minimal card payment fees. Your adventure planning is just a few clicks away.

Complimentary Storage Service: Take advantage of our free storage service at our Cusco office. Leave any extra luggage securely with us during your trek and finalize all logistics at the pre-tour briefing, giving you peace of mind as you start your Andean journey.




Per person


  • Student: 240 USA
  • Adult: 260 USA


  • Student: 310 USA
  • Adult: 330 USA

Group Size:

Max. 15 People

Physical Level:


Tour location:

Cusco - Peru

Tour type:



5 B, 4 D, 4 L


Daily departures



  • The Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu begins in Cusco with hotel pickups scheduled between 4:30 and 5:00 AM. During this period, the guide will gather participants from their respective hotels in Cusco. After assembling the group, you will depart from Cusco around 5:15 AM, heading towards the town of Mollepata by car, a journey of approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival in Mollepata, you’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast at one of the local restaurants, included in the tour. Typically, the stay in Mollepata, including breakfast and last-minute supplies shopping, lasts about an hour.
  • Post breakfast, the journey continues by car towards Soraypampa for another hour. Once at Soraypampa, you will meet the team of muleteers and horses, marking the start of the Salkantay trek. Before beginning the hike, all equipment and duffle bags will be handed over to the muleteers and horses. The trek from Soraypampa to Humantay Lagoon starts at an elevation of 3,900 meters and ascends to 4,200 meters, the location of the lagoon. The initial part of the trek involves a gradual ascent for about an hour, followed by a steeper climb for the last hour. The total hike to the lagoon takes approximately 2 hours.
  • Upon reaching Humantay Lagoon, you’ll have free time to enjoy the breathtaking views, take photos, and listen to the guide’s insights. The stay at the lagoon typically lasts between 1 to 1.5 hours, weather permitting. After visiting the lagoon, the descent begins towards the Quiswarniyoc campsite. This part of the trek involves a 1-hour downhill walk followed by a 45-minute nearly flat trek.
  • Upon arriving at the Quiswarniyoc campsite, usually around 2:00 PM, you will be treated to a delicious lunch prepared by the cooking team. After lunch, the guide will show you to your respective sleeping quarters for some well-deserved rest. The afternoon, post-lunch, is free of scheduled hikes, allowing you to take short walks and explore the vast Quiswarniyoc area, enjoying the imposing views of Salkantay, which looms directly in front of the campsite. Around 6:00 PM, a warm dinner will be served. After dinner, you will receive important information about Day 02 of the trek, which involves reaching the highest point of the entire route.


  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Sky Hut
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Hiking Distance: 10 kilometers (approximately 6 miles)
  • Estimated Trekking Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Campsite Elevation: 4,000 meters above sea level
  • Weather Forecast: Expect cold and windy nights during the dry season (May to August), with temperatures potentially dropping to -5 degrees Celsius.
  • Additional Note: This day serves as a period of training and preparation. It is ideal for acclimatizing in anticipation of Day 02, which poses the most significant challenge of the entire trek.


Early Morning Awakening:

  • The day begins at 5 AM with a coca leaf tea known as “te despierto,” served by the kitchen team to assist with acclimatization to the altitude.
  • After waking, you have about 30 minutes to get ready and pack for the day.


  • Breakfast is typically served at 5:30 AM.
  • After enjoying your meal, there’s a brief period for last-minute backpack checks and bathroom use before starting the hike to the highest point of the Salkantay trek.

Ascent to Salkantay Pass:

  • The trek from Quiswarniyoc to the trek’s highest point, the Salkantay Pass at 4700 meters above sea level, begins around 6 AM.
  • The uphill walk from the camp to the pass takes between 3 to 3.5 hours at a steady pace, with extended breaks every hour for rest and energy replenishment.
  • The ascent is manageable with proper acclimatization; the main challenge lies in adapting to the altitude.

Time at Salkantay Pass:

  • Upon reaching the summit, you’ll have time to soak in the stunning views, photograph the mountains, and feel the proximity to Salkantay Mountain.
  • The guide will often provide insights into the area and may involve you in a local ritual to express gratitude to the Apus, the mountain gods in local beliefs.
  • You’ll spend about 30 to 45 minutes at the peak.

Descent to Lunch Spot:

  • The descent starts with a 2-hour trek from the Salkantay Pass to the lunch spot at Wayracmachay.
  • Here, the kitchen team awaits with a nutritious lunch.

Post-Lunch Rest and Second Descent:

  • After lunch, there’s a short time for rest, weather permitting.
  • The final descent segment for the day is from the lunch spot to the second camp at Chawllay.
  • This descent, lasting between 2.5 to 3 hours, is slightly steep but offers incredible views as you transition from the Andes to the Amazon region.

Arrival at Chawllay:

  • Upon arrival at Chawllay, the second campsite at 2900 meters, the guide will show you to your accommodations for the night.
  • The day concludes with a delicious dinner prepared by the cooking team.
  • This itinerary for Day 02 of the hike is crafted to balance challenging ascents and descents with ample opportunities to appreciate the natural beauty and cultural significance of the Salkantay region.


  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Sky Hut
  • Difficulty Level: Challenging
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,700 meters at Salkantay Pass
  • Hiking Distance: 22 kilometers (approximately 14 miles)
  • Estimated Trekking Duration: 9 to 10 hours
  • Camping Altitude: 2,900 meters
  • Weather Forecast: Warm and hot at lower elevations.
  • Additional Note: Day 02 is the most difficult day of the entire trek. However, you will have the entire day to complete it and reach Campsite 02. It is also the most beautiful day due to the stunning views of the mountains and Salkantay.


Morning Start:

  • The day begins with a wake-up tea at 5:30 AM as the kitchen team assists you in waking up, followed by time for packing and preparing for the day’s hike.
  • Breakfast is served around 6:00 AM, setting you up for the trek ahead.

Trek from Chawllay to Lucmabamba:

  • The hike commences at approximately 6:30 AM from Chawllay, heading towards the third campsite, Lucmabamba.
  • This 5-hour trek predominantly features flat terrain through the Santa Teresa valley, offering a chance to observe diverse flora and fauna, culminating in an immersive coffee tour experience upon arrival in Lucmabamba.

Coffee Tour Experience:

  • In Lucmabamba, you’ll visit a local family to engage in a coffee tour, where you’ll taste the renowned Santa Teresa coffee and learn about the entire coffee production process in the area.

Lunch at Lucmabamba:

  • After the coffee tour, return to the campsite for a nutritious and delicious lunch prepared by the cooking team.
  • Post-lunch, no further hiking is scheduled, but you can opt for the additional activity of visiting the Santa Teresa hot springs.

Afternoon Options Post-Lunch:

  • The afternoon is free for relaxation, with the option to visit the rejuvenating Santa Teresa hot springs, especially rewarding after three days of trekking.
  • The additional cost for the hot springs visit is about 40 soles, covering transportation to and from the springs (about an hour each way) and the entry fee of 10 soles.
  • You can decide whether to participate in this activity at the campsite, with coordination from your guide, or choose to rest at the Lucmabamba campsite.

Visit to Santa Teresa Hot Springs:

  • If you opt for the hot springs, you’ll be taken there by local transport, spending about 2 hours at the springs before returning to the Lucmabamba campsite.
  • A delicious dinner prepared by the cooking team awaits you at the campsite, usually served around 7 PM.

Evening and Preparation for the Next Day:

  • After dinner, you will receive information and details for the next day’s itinerary, which leads to the base town of Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes.


  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping Tents
  • Difficulty Level: Easy Day Hike
  • Hiking Distance: 16 kilometers (approximately 10 miles)
  • Estimated Trekking Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Camping Altitude: 2,000 meters
  • Weather Forecast: Hot and humid during the day, chilly at night
  • Additional Note: This third day of the Salkantay Trek offers a relaxed exploration of the Amazonian part of the route, featuring the unique coffee tour and an optional visit to the rejuvenating Santa Teresa hot springs.


  • Morning Start: We will wake you up at 6:00 AM, giving you time to pack, followed by breakfast served at 6:30 AM. The hike begins around 7:00 AM from the Lucmabamba campsite to the archaeological site of Llactapata.
  • Hike to Llactapata: A 3-hour ascent on an original and well-maintained Inca trail leads to the small archaeological site of Llactapata. From Llactapata, you will gain a unique view of Machu Picchu, Waynapicchu, and the surrounding mountains, offering a different perspective of Machu Picchu’s location in the mountains. There will be time to explore the Llactapata ruins and appreciate the view, and after the visit, it’s time to start the descent towards Hidroeléctrica.
  • Descent to Hidroelectrica Central: The path from Llactapata to Hidroeléctrica is somewhat steep, arguably the most pronounced descent of the trek. In this part, trekking poles are very helpful. It’s a 2-hour descent from Llactapata to the Hydroelectric station, where you will have lunch.
  • Lunch and Rest at Hidroelectrica Central: Upon arrival at the hydroelectric station, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will have time to relax before continuing towards the town of Aguas Calientes.
  • Final Hike to Aguas Calientes: The last part of the day involves a 3-hour walk along the railway from the Hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes, the base town for Machu Picchu. Throughout this walk, you can also see parts of Machu Picchu from the valley. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, the guide will take you to the hostel for the night, where you can rest, shower, and prepare for the last dinner in the town.
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes: Dinner is planned around 7:00 PM at a local restaurant in Aguas Calientes. After dinner, make the final preparations for the next day’s adventure in Machu Picchu.


  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Overnight Hotel Stay in Aguas Calientes
  • Difficulty Level: Challenging
  • Hiking Distance: 24 kilometers (approximately 15 miles)
  • Estimated Trekking Duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,700 meters at Llactapata
  • Altitude of Aguas Calientes Base Town: 2,000 meters
  • Weather Forecast: Hot
  • Additional Note: This fourth day of the Salkantay Trekkers combines historical exploration at the Llactapata archaeological site with a panoramic descent through the Amazonian forest, culminating in a relaxing evening in Aguas Calientes, preparing for the visit to Machu Picchu. The trail to Llactapata and the site itself are nestled in the dense vegetation of the Peruvian Amazon, offering a sense of untouched nature waiting to be discovered.


The final day of our tour is a thrilling experience:

  • visiting Machu Picchu, a highly anticipated highlight. We rise at dawn, around 4 a.m., to enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Around 4:30 am, we begin our hike towards the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. The hike from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu takes about 1.5 hours, blending 30 minutes of a flat trail with an hour’s ascent through historic stone steps leading directly to Machu Picchu’s main entrance.

Alternative Route: Bus to Machu Picchu

  • For those preferring a less strenuous option, there’s an alternative to take a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. This convenient option can be booked the night before or on the morning itself. The first buses from Aguas Calientes depart at 5:30 am and cost $12 per trip, taking approximately 25 minutes.

Arrival and Entry Procedures

  • The goal is to arrive at the Machu Picchu gate by 6:00 am, whether on foot or by bus. At the main control, you must show your Machu Picchu tickets and original passports. If you booked as a student, you also need to present your original student ID.

Machu Picchu Guided Tour

  • After passing through the controls, we head to the upper part of Machu Picchu for iconic photo opportunities. You’ll have time to capture images and enjoy the breathtaking views. Then, our expert Machu Picchu guide will lead a 2.5-hour tour through the Inca citadel. During this tour, you’ll discover all the secrets and history that make Machu Picchu a world wonder.

Independent Exploration Time

  • Following the guided tour at Machu Picchu, you will have around 30 minutes of free time to continue exploring the circuit on your own. Remember, the maximum allowed visiting time at Machu Picchu is 3 hours according to park regulations.

Post-Visit Itineraries

  • After visiting Machu Picchu, the journey continues, but at this point, each group member will follow their own itinerary based on the options they chose at the time of booking. Those who have reserved tickets for Waynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will receive guidance from our guide to access the entry points of these mountains. It’s important to remember that these tickets must be reserved in advance through Machu Picchu Reservations.

After Machu Picchu Return Options to Cusco

  • Car Return Option: If you choose the car return option, you must start a roughly 3-hour hike from Machu Picchu to Hydroelectric. Be at Hydroelectric by 2:30 pm to take the car that will transport you from Hydroelectric to Cusco. This trip takes about 6 hours, arriving in Cusco around 10 pm, with the final stop at Plaza Regocijo in the center of Cusco city. This return option does not provide enough time for additional hikes to Waynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, as they require about 3 extra hours. To catch the car at 2:30 pm at Hydroelectric, it’s recommended to leave Machu Picchu no later than 11:30 am.
  • Train Return Option: If you opt for the train return, you’ll need to go back to the town of Aguas Calientes, which can be done by walking for approximately 1.5 hours or taking a 25-minute bus ride for $12. Once in Aguas Calientes, you’ll have time to explore the town and perhaps have lunch, as the last lunch is not included in the tour. Then, head to the train station to catch the 2:30 or 3:30 pm train to Ollantaytambo, a journey of about 1.5 hours. In Ollantaytambo, our transfer service will be waiting to take you back to Cusco by car, a trip of approximately two hours, arriving in Cusco around 6:30 pm. The train option allows for more time at Machu Picchu and is sufficient for the optional mountain hikes. It is faster and more comfortable, making the return to Cusco less tiring.


  • The itinerary for the final day at Machu Picchu is subject to the availability of tickets for Machu Picchu. The proposed schedule works seamlessly with tickets for Machu Picchu for Circuit 02, available for entry times at 6, 7, or 8 am  – check availability at
  • In the event that tickets for Circuit 02 are not available for the 6, 7, or 8 am entry times at the time of your trek reservation, the itinerary will require adjustments. For alternative itinerary options in such cases, especially if there are no morning entry times available or if Circuit 02 tickets are fully booked, please refer to the following link: Alternative Itinerary Options for Machu Picchu Visit.
  • This link will guide you through the possible alternatives, ensuring you still have a fulfilling experience at Machu Picchu despite the changes in schedule or circuit availability.


  • Included Machu Picchu Tickets: The price of the Salkantay Trek, regardless of the chosen option, be it return by car or train, includes a ticket to visit Machu Picchu. Typically, this ticket grants access to Circuit 02 of Llaqta Machu Picchu -MORE INFO HERE-, subject to availability at the time of your reservation. If Circuit 02 is not available, we’ll arrange for an alternative such as Circuit 01, 04, or 03. For more details, [click here], and ensure you don’t miss out on the unforgettable visit to Machu Picchu.
  • Pre-Trek Briefing: Ensure you’re trek-ready by attending our detailed briefing at 7:00 pm the day before your departure, held at the Machu Picchu Reservations office. Can’t make it in person? No problem. Just contact us at +51974217700 to set up a virtual briefing. For a seamless setup, please reach out at least 48 hours in advance so we can arrange a personalized session with your tour guide.
  • Duffle Bag Service for 7 Kilos: During the informational briefing, you’ll receive a duffle bag to pack up to 7 kilos of your personal gear. Our team will transport these duffle bags on horses throughout the entire trek, and you’ll have access to them at the campsites. This allows you to hike comfortably with just your daypack. Once your trek concludes and you return to Cusco, you can conveniently leave the duffle bags at the Machu Picchu Reservations office.
  • Experienced Guides: Our tours are led by official bilingual (English and Spanish) tourism guides. All guides working with Machu Picchu Reservations are licensed by the Peruvian government, having received their qualifications from recognized universities or tourism institutes in Peru. This ensures you receive knowledgeable and professional guidance throughout your journey.
  • Cooking Team: The chef and kitchen assistants are dedicated to preparing the delicious meals you’ll enjoy on the Salkantay route. Trained to properly handle food in remote locations like the Salkantay Trek, these cooks are adept at crafting balanced and nutritious dishes to energize every adventurer. They are proficient in creating vegetarian or vegan options and will be attentive to any allergies or specific dietary restrictions you may have.
  • Kitchen Equipment and Utensils: We provide all the necessary kitchen equipment and utensils for preparing and serving meals. Our team ensures these are transported to each campsite so you can enjoy your food properly and in optimal conditions.
  • Muleteer and Horse Team: Our dedicated team of muleteers and horses plays a crucial role in ensuring a smooth trek. They are responsible for the careful transportation of all equipment and personal luggage to each campsite. This includes food, camping gear, sleeping bags, and your 7-kilo duffle bags containing personal items. They expertly organize and manage the luggage to ensure timely delivery at each camp, even preparing for adverse weather conditions like rain. With their hard work, you can focus on the journey while your belongings are safely and efficiently handled.
  • Convenient Hotel Pick-Up Service (4:30 – 5:00 am): Begin your tour with ease using our direct pick-up service from your Cusco hotel or Airbnb. Our team ensures a prompt and smooth start between 4:30 and 5:00 am, freeing you to focus entirely on the excitement of your adventure ahead.
  • Private Group Transportation: Our service includes private transportation for your group from Cusco to the starting point of the trek at Soraypampa. You’ll travel in a comfortable tourist vehicle from the city of Cusco directly to Soraypampa, where you’ll meet with the support team to begin your trekking adventure. This journey by car takes approximately 3 hours, offering a convenient and efficient way to start your trek with ease and comfort.
  • Meals and Refreshments: Our tour provides a comprehensive dining experience with 4 nutritious lunches4 delicious dinners, and 5 comforting breakfasts, ensuring you’re well-fueled for the trek. Additionally, we offer morning teas and snacks at the camps for that extra boost. Notably, the first breakfast is also included in your package. All these meals are thoughtfully prepared by our skilled kitchen team to offer you a blend of taste and energy essential for your journey.
  • Included Accommodations: Dive into nature’s embrace with our thoughtfully organized accommodations on the 5-day tour. Spend 2 nights in spacious panoramic cabins, a magical night under the stars in a glass dome, and conclude with a warm stay in a cozy hostel in Aguas Calientes. Our camp accommodations are spacious, comfortably fitting 4 people, but we typically assign them to just 2 for enhanced privacy and comfort. We’re flexible, however, and can accommodate groups of 3 or 4 wishing to stay together. Each site is equipped with comfortable mattresses and pillows for restorative sleep. Just remember to bring or rent a sleeping bag. Anticipate a serene and cozy retreat, deeply connected with the scenic wonders of your journey.
  • Hostel Stay in Aguas Calientes: Spend a rejuvenating night in a cozy hostel in Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Town, the gateway to the iconic Inca citadel. Our selected hostels provide a range of comfortable rooms with private bathrooms, hot showers, and Wi-Fi access, catering to couples or groups with double and triple room options. This relaxing environment offers all the essential amenities to rest and refresh after your trek, setting you up perfectly for your visit to the magnificent Machu Picchu.
  • Machu Picchu Guided Tour: Your package includes a scheduled 3-hour visit to Machu Picchu. Within this, we offer an extensive 2.5-hour guided tour by one of our expert guides. Designed to enrich your understanding of this historic site, the tour adapts to your ticket’s entry time and circuit. After the engaging exploration, enjoy 30 minutes of personal time to absorb Machu Picchu’s beauty before continuing your journey.
  • Return Trip Options from Machu Picchu: Regardless of your choice between BY CAR AND BY TRAIN, we include the return trip after your Machu Picchu visit.
    • Train Option: Your train ticket is typically for 2:30 pm, 2:55 pm, or 3:20 pm, depending on availability. To catch the train, return to Aguas Calientes either by a one-hour walk or a $12 bus ride. Spend some time exploring the picturesque town, having lunch, and relaxing. Arrive at the train station 30 minutes before departure. The train journey takes around 1.5 hours to Ollantaytambo, where a Machu Picchu Reservations transfer with your name awaits. You’ll then travel by car back to Cusco for an additional 2 hours, with a drop-off at Plaza Regocijo, marking the end of your tour. You can expect to be back in Cusco around 6:30 pm
    • Car Option: If you choose the car option, start a 3-hour walk from Machu Picchu to the hydroelectric station, beginning no later than 11 am. This walk involves an initial 30-40-minute descent and approximately 1.5-2 hours of flat terrain along train tracks. Arrive at the hydroelectric station by 2:30 pm to catch the 3 pm car. The car journey lasts around 6-7 hours, returning you to Cusco at about 10 pm, with a final stop at Plaza Regocijo in Cusco’s center.
  • Vegetarian and Vegan Dining: We offer the choice of vegetarian and vegan meals, and we can also accommodate dietary restrictions such as gluten-free options. These changes do not incur any additional cost; just let us know when making your reservation.
  • Emergency Provisions: In anticipation of urgent scenarios, the facility ensures that during tours, the tour guide is equipped with an essential oxygen bottle and a comprehensively stocked first aid kit for immediate assistance.

Not Included

We detail below the services and expenses not included in the Salkantay Trek package. These are optional and can be paid directly on-site. Typically, the local community provides these services, and they are common across all companies operating the Salkantay Trek. Our goal is to offer clear and accurate information.

    • Entrance Ticket to Humantay Lagoon: On the first day of the trek, you will visit Humantay Lagoon. This site requires an entrance ticket, which is paid to the local government of Mollepata. The cost is 20 soles for foreigners (approximately 6 dollars) and 10 soles for Peruvians (approximately 3 dollars). Payment is made in soles and in cash at the entrance to the lagoon.
    • Sleeping Bag: If you do not have a suitable sleeping bag for the mountains, you can rent one from us. The sleeping bags we offer are specially designed to withstand the low temperatures of the Salkantay Trek, up to 10 degrees below zero. The rental cost is 10 dollars for the entire route.
    • Trekking Poles: You can rent a pair of professional trekking poles from us. These poles are adjustable according to the type of terrain and are very helpful, especially on steep and rough terrains. They optimize your performance, and the rental cost is 10 dollars for the entire trek.
    • Drinking Water for Bottles: We do not include refilling of water bottles, but we provide water for hot and cold drinks at each meal. For bottle water, you have two options: buy mineral water at small shops along the Salkantay Trail, with prices ranging from 5 to 12 soles per 2.5-liter bottle, or carry a filter or purification tablets for mountain water.
    • Santa Teresa Hot Springs: On the third day, you will have free time and the option to visit the Santa Teresa hot springs. After 3 days of trekking, it’s a great way to relax. If you choose this option, transport is organized from the camp to the baths. The journey takes approximately one hour and costs a total of about 40 soles, including round trip and entry. This payment is made directly on-site.
    • Internet Connection: There is no cell signal from 9 am on the first day until reaching the second camp. At this camp, you can access Wi-Fi for 10 soles. After the third day, you will generally have cell signal and internet access.
    • Showers and Toilets along the Trail: Toilets are available at the campsites at no cost, but locals may charge 1 sol for using theirs along the way. As for showers, the second camp offers hot showers for 10 soles, while cold showers are free. You also have the option to visit the hot springs on the third day or use the hot showers at the Aguas Calientes hostel on the fourth day. Generally, there are no showers available at the first camp due to the low temperatures.
    • Tips: Tips are optional. Feel free to tip or not, but in this tourism service industry, the individuals involved in the course of this trek expect a tip, which occurs not only in our company but also in all trekking companies in Cusco. Everyone working at Machu Picchu Reservations is paid fairly for the work they perform; we even pay much more than companies that charge very high costs for the same trek. Feel free to give a tip or not, but we want to clarify that it is optional, not mandatory.
    • We do not include travel insurance. We suggest acquiring one in your country, as it can be difficult to obtain travel insurance in Peru.



Packing efficiently for the 5-day Salkantay trek is crucial for a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Here’s a detailed packing list to guide you:

  • Original Passport: Confirm it’s valid throughout your trip.
  • Student Card: Present it at check-in if you booked as student.
  • Daypack: Choose a small, ergonomic pack for comfort on hikes.
  • Water Storage: Carry 1.5-2 liters; consider a Camelbak or similar system.
  • Hiking Boots: Select lightweight options with good traction.
  • Headlamp: A must-have for visibility during early or late hours.


  • 2-3 moisture-wicking t-shirts
  • 2-3 pairs of hiking pants
  • 3 sets of undergarments
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 fleece and 1 warm down jacket for cold nights
  • 1 rain jacket and pants for unpredictable weather
  • 1 sun hat and 1 wool hat for various temperatures
  • Comfortable shoes for camp and sturdy walking boots


  • Waterproof gloves (ski gloves are fine)
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho for heavy rain
  • Quick-dry towel (larger than what’s provided, if preferred)
  • Small soap bottle for personal hygiene
  • Battery charger (power sources are scarce on the trail)
  • Large plastic bags for organizing and protecting items
  • Sleeping bag (rated for at least -10C for cold nights)
  • Toiletries:
  • Sunscreen and face moisturizer for skin protection
  • Bug spray and hand sanitizer for hygiene
  • Wet wipes for quick clean-ups
  • Toothbrush and paste for oral hygiene
  • Toilet paper for personal use
  • Personal medication and a basic first aid kit


For Machu Picchu, bags over 25L are not permitted inside. Larger bags must be stored outside.

  • Water: Bring enough for the first morning; subsequent refills will be provided.
  • Rain gear and fleece: Stay adaptable to changing weather.
  • Camera or smartphone: Capture the memories.
  • Music: An iPhone or similar for entertainment.
  • Hand sanitizer: Maintain cleanliness.
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag: Manage waste responsibly.
  • Extra Money: For additional purchases and gratuities.
  • Earplugs: For a peaceful rest.


  • Waterproofing: Protect your items from rain and dampness.
  • Comfort: Wear well-fitted, broken-in footwear to avoid blisters.
  • Organization: Utilize compartments to keep essentials at hand.

Following this comprehensive list will help ensure a memorable and comfortable experience during your Salkantay trek.


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5 Days - 4 Nights
$240.00 Per person (Group service)
Amazing trek with the best guide I did the Inca trail to Machupicchu for 4 days and 3 nights, with Salkantay Trekkers Peru. Our organization was excellent I joined a group of 6 people. We had the briefing one night before our departure where our guide Jose gave us full information and some suggestions. The service was very good, with all the staff that we went from the first day between them it is worth mentioning the service of our Cheff and our porters who were the people who took our travel luggage. The whole group saw the desire to work as a team, and in a professional manner. Our Guide Jose very kind and attentive with all the group of tourists and the staff of the Agency. I had the best travel experience with this group and very organized, I congratulate the whole group for making me part of this unforgettable experience. I recommend this travel agency in Cusco, for those people who are interested in traveling to Machu Picchu.
Belen F
Belen F
El mejor!! Machu Picchu mi Excursión con ellos. Organizaros perfectamente. Salimos a tiempo y la guía fue informativo y servicial. Disfrutamos cada momento de la excursión y nos sentimos en manos seguras. Lo recomiendo para cualquier excursión en Cusco y alrededor de la ciudad.
Sreeram Hariharan
Sreeram Hariharan
Servicio impresionante Fui a Salkantay Trek con la agencia. Estaba bien organizado y las guías son conocedores e informativos.

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