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5 Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

Cusco, Peru

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Take the route less traveled to Machu Picchu on a multi-day trek from Cusco. Travel by bus to Mollepat and then embark on foot along Salkantay, a quiet alternative to the often-crowded Inca Trail. Four the next four day you'll hike in the shadow of snow-capped mountains and pass among tropical jungle, stopping at ancient archaeological sites en route. At night bed down in tents beneath the stars. Once reaching Llucmabamba hop the train to Aguas Calientes. The next day the Lost City of the Incas is yours to explore.
  • 5-day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu, round-trip from Cusco
  • Hike the Salkantay trail for four days with an expert guide
  • Sleep under snow-capped Salkantay Mountain at Huayracpampa Lake
  • Pass lush waterfalls en route to Santa Teresa in the Colcapampa District
  • Climb from the town of Llucmabamba to Llactapata for views of Machu Picchu, and ride the rails to Aguas Calientes
  • Small-group tour limited to 9 people ensures a personalized experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

The physically-demanding Salkantay route has a fraction of the Inca Trail crowds and the most diverse scenery.
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3 nights accommodation
Professional guide
Assistant guide for every nine clients
Warm meals during the trip: 03 breakfasts, 04 lunches, 03 dinners, 03 teas, 04 snacks.
Bipersonal tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, cooks and kitchen personnel, tables, benches
Hotel pickup & drop-off.Note: Some hotels are in areas where the access by vehicle is not permitted.
Breakfast (3)
Lunch (4)
Dinner (3)
Accommodation in Aguas Calientes
Walking sticks (available for rent)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
This activity includes roundtrip transfer from your hotel, apartment or home. Some locations are in areas where the access by vehicle is not permitted. Send your details in order to arrange your pickup and drop-off in a nearby place.

Departure Time

5:30 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Trek difficulty level is moderate
  • It is recommended that your bring a: rain jacket, coat, sunscreen, hat, down sleeping bag and hiking shoes
  • Note: hikers should have spent at least 2 to 3 days acclimatizing to the higher altitudes in the Cusco region prior to embarking on this trek
  • Maximum of 9 passengers per tour
  • Recommended travel is between April-November. The months of December-March are rainy season
  • Please note: Poroy Station will be closed from 1st January to 30th April 2017. The Vistadome, Expedition and Executive trains will be departing from Ollataytambo or Pachar station, located approximately 1.5 hours from Cusco, during this period. Transfers to the stations from Cusco are included.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Viajes Pacifico

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during 5 Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco?
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Let me tell you how to use Viator...
Austin D
, Jul 2017
Let me tell you how to use Viator. Close out your browser and forget you ever heard or read about it. I purchased 3 tickets for the salkantey trek to Machu picchu. $900 a piece (Cheapest ones Viator had). We met the other hikers in our group and we're informed they spent between 250-350 a piece.
Great Trekking trip. Sandro and team...
John T
, Jul 2016
Great Trekking trip. Sandro and team were attentive to our every need. The trek was rigorous and at high altitudes but the scenery was like nothing I've ever seen.All details were handled well and the team was flexible to our needs. Highly recommend.
I definitely recommend this trek to...
Trina Tron
, Jul 2013
I definitely recommend this trek to anyone coming to Peru and looking for some adventure. This is the best way to get a sense for the country's incredible natural beauty and fascinating culture and history. Everywhere we went we were met with stunning scenery and warm greetings from locals. The hike itself was tough at times but always rewarding with the view from the top. You do need to be reasonably fit but the guides are good about tailoring the pace to your needs. And Machu Picchu on the last day is just the cherry on top! Totally worth doing - it was the highlight of our trip.

Product code: 5243SALK

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