TO MACHU PICCHU
5 Days and 4 nights
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The Salkantay Trek 4 days to Machu Picchu is one of the most spectacular treks you can do in all of South America.
If you are thinking of trekking to Machu Picchu and want to be away from it all, in the middle of the mountains, close to the Andean communities and appreciate the diverse nature of Peru, this is your ideal route. A 5-day guided trek, with which you will enjoy unique and diverse landscapes such as snow-capped mountains, Andean villages, tropical forests and even a dense jungle to finally get to know Machu Picchu like a real trekker.
The Salkantay trek is a trekking route that takes the visitor to the Inca City of Machu Picchu. The total trekking distance is approximately 70 kilometers (5 days of trekking).
Salkantay Classic Trek 5 days is a complete trek with a different and varied route to meet again with the classic Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu.
The Salkantay trail route will take us through a path around the Sacred Mountain of Salkantay with a varied climate with incredible panoramic views, the Urubamba and Apurimac rivers make the tour take color and beauty. The Salkantay trek begins near Humantay and takes us through arid landscapes typical of the Andes to the jungle of Cusco where you will see abundant tropical forests in beautiful snowy peaks.
The Salkantay mt located northwest of Cusco is the highest peak of all the mountain ranges and reaches 6, 271 meters above sea level. The trek is well known because it is a quiet trail and is considered one of the best treks in the world and the best alternative to the Inca Trail 4 days.
Our Salkantay trekking route takes us through beautiful valleys where we will see varied flora and fauna that are not at all invidious for those who make the Inca Trail.
Salkantay trek has become more than an alternative to the Inca Trail, now many choose this route because it takes us through mountains with snow, lakes, and roads with unique vegetation to reach Machu Picchu.
Salkantay Trek does not have a limit of entrances or special permits like the classic Inca Trail, which is why it is also a good option. The 2 routes demand almost the same strength.
- Day 01
Cusco – Laguna Humantay – Suyruccocha
Our Salkantay Trek adventure begins with a visit to the famous Humantay Lagoon, then lunch and prepare for the trek to Suyruccocha camp.
- Day 02
Suyrucocha – Salkantay Pass – Collpapampa
The second day we will arrive at the Salkantay Pass, which is the highest point of the route. Here we will be able to take pictures and enjoy the magnificence of the Salkantay mountain.
- Day 03
Collpapampa – Sahuayaco – Lucmabamba
The third day we will continue descending through amazing landscapes and accompanied by mountains with snow and weather changes.
- Day 04
Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes
The fourth day we will be in the middle of the high jungle of Cusco, we will walk until we reach Aguas Calientes and rest the night in this town.
Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
The fifth day of the Salkantay trek is when we will visit Machu Picchu and in the afternoon we will return to Cusco.
*Read the Complete Itinerary of Salkantay Trek 5 Days in the Itinerary Tab.
Frequently Asked Questions
The snow-capped “Salkantay” is the highest peak of the Vilcabamba mountain range, which is part of the Peruvian Andes. It is located 60 km northwest of the city of Cusco. It is the 38th highest peak in the Andes and the 12th highest in Peru.
This trail has a moderate to hard difficulty, it is recommended to have a good physical preparation, and to arrive in Cusco at least 2 days before starting the trek to acclimatize.
The Salkantay trek unlike the traditional Inca Trail, where it is mandatory to hire an agency and it is difficult to acquire an entrance ticket, the Salkantay trek allows you to do it on your own. The trek begins in the town of Mollepata, where you must pay a registration fee at the checkpoint in the main square, which costs approximately 130 soles or 40 dollars.
The Salkantay mountain reaches 6,271 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.). The trekking route that leads to Machu Picchu has its highest point in the ‘Abra Salcantay’, at 4,650 meters above sea level. From there you can see the peak of the snow-capped mountain.
The Salkantay is a snow-capped mountain whose name translated from Quechua would mean ‘Wild Mountain’. This summit is known as ‘Apu’ (‘Lord’) for its majesty and elevation.
Yes, this route is the best alternative to the classic Inca Trail. Unlike the Inca Trail, Salkantay trekking takes 5 days to reach Machu Picchu.
The snow-capped mountain has an extremely cold climate (several degrees Celsius below 0º).
The weather during the Salkantay trek, on the other hand, is varied. The intense sun and the cold at night in the first days change for the tropical atmosphere of the last days.
During the 5 days and 4 nights that the Salkantay trek lasts, you will travel through landscapes with a great variety of flora and fauna. Among the species of flowers and plants, the orchid and the ichu (Andean grass) stand out. Among the species of birds and animals, it is worth mentioning the llama, alpaca, vizcacha, condor, spectacled bear and the cock of the rock (national bird of Peru).