Multi-day trip

From Cusco: Classic Salkantay Trek with Return by Train

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Activity provider: Haku Travel E.I.R.L

From Cusco: Classic Salkantay Trek with Return by Train

Activity provider: Haku Travel E.I.R.L

From US$ 325 per person

Enjoy a multi-day trek through scenic mountain and jungle scenery to Machu Picchu, and enjoy a comfortable return to Cusco by train.

About this activity

Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details. Learn more
Duration 4 - 5 days
Check availability to see starting times.
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 15 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Take part in a renowned trek to reach the lost city of the Incas
  • Explore one of the most scenic trails in Peru to reach Machu Picchu
  • Be amazed by views of glacier-covered mountains and picturesque lakes
Full description

Make the most of your time in Peru with a 4 or 5-day hike along the famous Salkantay Trek. Take in panoramic views of Humantay Mountain, enjoy an optional visit to the Cocalmayo Hot Springs, and watch the sunrise at Macchu Picchu. Campsite accommodation and transfers are included.

Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha - Laguna Humantay - Soraypampa After getting picked up from your accommodation in Cusco, drive through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo before arriving at Mollepata, where you can buy a light breakfast and water.

Continue to Challacancha, where the 3-hour walk to Soraypampa begins. Stop for lunch and then walk around 1-2 hours to the Humantay Lagoon. Return to Soraypampa and overnight at camp with tent and dinner.

Day 2: Soraypampa - Soyrococha - Salkantay - Huayracmachay - Chaullay Wake up with the first light of the day at 5:30 AM and have a quick breakfast. Start your walk to the highest point of the trail: the Salkantay Pass (4650 meters/15255 feet), where you can appreciate the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay, and Pumasillo mountains.

The downward hike is snake-shaped, leading to the Huayracmachay camp, where you will stop for lunch. At the end of this exceptional hike, arrive at Chaullay Village (2900 meters/9514 feet) for a break from a long day of hiking. Enjoy dinner at the camp before heading to your tent for the night.

Day 3: Chaullay - Playa Sahuayaco - Lucmabamba - Santa Teresa (optional Cocalmayo) After breakfast, hike to the small town of La Playa through the Santa Teresa Valley where you will stop for lunch.

After lunch, board a bus to the camp in Santa Teresa, where you can enjoy an optional visit to the Cocalmayo Hot Springs, which have medicinal and therapeutic waters. Enjoy dinner at the camp before heading to your tent for the night. If you choose the 4-day option, you will be taken by bus to Hydroelectric right after your lunch. From there, start a walk on the train tracks through the native jungle to Aguas Calientes, about a 3-hour trek. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, enjoy free time before dinner to rest or walk through the town.

Day 4 for 5-day option: Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes After breakfast, start the 3-hour walk to the Hydroelectric through the valley floor. Upon arrival, recharge with lunch. You can add on a zip line adventure after breakfast; in this case, after the activity, you will be taken to the beginning of the trail to Aguas Calientes at Hydroelectric. From Hydroelectric, hike on the train tracks through the jungle to Aguas Calientes, about a 3-hour trek. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will have free time before dinner to rest or walk through the town.

Day 4 for 4-day option / Day 5 for 5-day option: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco Get up early to start the trek to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. After a steep 1.5-hour walk, be rewarded with views of the sunrise from the Inca citadel before the crowds arrive (you can replace the hike with a bus ride for an additional cost if required).

Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu and the surrounding sites. Enjoy free time to take photos and look around the citadel. If you choose one of the add-on hikes to the mountains, you will split ways with the group to go by yourself to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. Leave Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes (walking or by bus, depending on what you choose). Once in Aguas Calientes, board your train to Ollantaytambo, and take a minivan from there to Cusco.

Arrive back in Cusco around 9:30 - 10:00 PM. The drop-off will be in Plaza San Francisco in the historic center, near the Plaza de Armas.

Includes
  • Bilingual guide
  • Machu Picchu entry ticket
  • Campsite accommodation and equipment (tents and mats)
  • 1-night accommodation in a hostel in Aguas Calientes with a private bathroom
  • Cargo mules on days 1 and 2
  • 1 duffle bag for up to 5 kg of luggage
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition or Voyager)
  • Transfer by shared car/van from Cusco to Challacancha and from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Breakfast on first day and lunch after the visit to Machu Picchu
  • Bus to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes or vice versa (available as add-on)
  • Machu Pichu Mountain or Huayna Picchu hikes (available as add-on)
  • Zipline (available as add-on)
  • Entrance to Colcamayo Hot Springs (can be paid on-site)
  • Entrance to the Humantay Lagoon (10 sol per person, must be paid on spot)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • Masks are optional for this activity
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants must also bring a valid form of ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, identity card, student card, etc)

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Windbreaker
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Sleeping bag
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Trekking gear

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Bring your own sleeping bag (suggestion -15º) and a trekking backpack (between 30 and 35 liters)
  • When booking, please provide your passport details in order to confirm your admission ticket to Machu Picchu
  • You can add a bus to or from Machu Picchu as an add-on at checkout, for the tour to be less physically demanding for you. You can also pay for this add-on on location
  • The additional hikes for Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are subject to availability. The activity provider will contact you in case the option you chose is fully booked to offer an alternative or cancellation
  • In high season, tickets for the first shift may not be guaranteed. In this case, you will be provided an alternative schedule
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 21 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.1/5
  • Value for money
    3.9/5

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The trek and guides were great! However, we are not satisfied with the booking through GetyourGuide. Our ticket said that we should go to the agency for a briefing the day before. Unfortunately, this could not be found at the address given. Now we had to start looking for WiFi access again to contact GetyourGuide. We were then sent to a new address, to which we had to walk another half hour from the center of Cusco. The agency was very difficult to find and also not recognizable from the outside at first glance. On site, we then came across an employee who only had limited knowledge of English. She informed us that the following day a guide would come to our hostel and give us more information about the tour we had booked. In summary, we could have saved ourselves all the effort by correctly describing the processes on the ticket.

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August 12, 2022

I enjoyed the trek and was looked after well the local tour guides, especially when I fell ill. The food was very nutritious and tasty, though not a lot of variety. This wasn't a problem, we understood it was necessary when buying food for 15-30 people for 5 days that needed to be transported high into the mountains, I mention this so others don't come expecting variety. We were a little disappointed on the final day to be left in the rain at the gates to Machu Picchu for 1 hour before our guides turned up, but I am happy to report this was dealt with very efficiently and professionally by GetYourGuide! I would recommend this trek to others! Be prepared as it isn't an easy walk, and be prepared for cloud cover when you arrive, it's luck of the draw!

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June 7, 2022

Unfortunately I couldn’t do the whole trail because I got sick because of the altitude. The guide Dorian did everything very well and kept us updated all the time! I think he made it a unique experience for all of us, even if I wasn’t able to finish it myself! The breakfast at the first day wasn’t good at all and I think this needs to be improved!

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May 3, 2022

Product ID: 387079