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Trekking Salkantay to Machu Picchu

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Trekking Salkantay to Machu Picchu 5D

Located in Cusco department, Salkantay is the final part of the trek that combines a majestic setting with great natural beauty and the most famous pre-Hispanic ruins of the world which are Machu Picchu and Inca Trail, This trek perfectly combines cultural and natural beauty; we will enjoy the challenge of the ecosystem and the magnificent view of the snow-capped Salkantay. The route begins touring the old Inca road carved in rock that leads to Machu Picchu and crosses mountains that pass between the glaciers of Humantay and Salkantay (5,917 f), to finish on Aobamba valley and reach the archaeological site.


Day 01: Cusco - Mollepata (Marcoccasa) – Salkantay Pampa (6 or 7 hours of trekking)
Day 02: Salkantay Pampa – Salkantay Pass – Challway (7 hours of trekking)
Day 03: Challway – Wiñaypoco – La Playa - Lucmabamba
Day 04: Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes Town
Day 05: Aguas Calientes Town – Machu Picchu – Cusco



  • Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to Mollepata (Marcoccasa).
  • Transport from Lucmabamba to the Hydroelectric station (just for the equipment and everyone’s bag).
  • Tourist Train from the Hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes.
  • Tourist Bus from Machu Picchu town to Machu Picchu.
  • Tourist train from Machu Picchu town to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.
  • Hostel with Private Room and Bathroom in Aguas Calientes town or Machu Picchu town (Machu Picchu, Continental or similar).
  • Entrance fee to the National Park of Salkantay and Machu Picchu.
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
  • High quality camping equipment (Professional tent, Doite Cima 4, for 2 persons) Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent).
  • Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and tea time/Optional vegetarian).
  • Cook and assistant.
  • Horseman and mules for up to 7kg of a customer's personal equipment.
  • Emergency horse.
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle.

Not included:

  • Breakfast on day first and lunch on the last day in Machu Picchu town
  • Tourist Bus from Machu Picchu to Machu Picchu town (After Machu Picchu guiding you can discover more about Machu Picchu park then on the way back to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town you can do it hiking otherwise you can take a   bus at an extra cost $ 10.00 per person)
  • Sleeping bag (If you don't have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of renting a good quality – 10° for $ 6.00 per day).


  1. From the first to the third day (from Marcoccasa to La Playa) we are accompanied by horsemen and mules that will carry all camping equipment and the customer’s private luggage (up to 7 kg). On the fourth day all luggage will be transferred to the hydroelectric station by car.
  2. Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional US $ 15.00 and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well (This new State law  began since the 18th of July, 2011).
  3. Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children

Day 01: Cusco - Mollepata (Marcoccasa) - Salkantay Pampa

We will leave Cusco at 5:00 am and head forwards Marcoccasa, passing the village Mollepata . In Marcoccasa we will meet the horsemen and the rest of the group and start our trek. From Marcoccasa we start hiking into a magnificent valley surrounded by impressive snow-capped mountains, such as the Humanta and the Salkantay snow-covered. Our campsite will be at Salkantay pampa.

Day 02: Salkantay Pampa - Salkantay Pass - Challway

After breakfast, we will set off towards the Salkantay pass which offers an exceptional view of the snow-capped Salkantay. Thereafter, we will descend again and will have time to enjoy the increasing vegetation of the ecosystem. Our camp site for this day will be in Challway, in the middle of the tropical forest.



The hot springs nearby Collpapampa community is optional and it can be arranged with an extra cost.

Day 03: Challway - Wiaypoco - La Playa - Lucmabamba

This day is a perfect day to stay in contact with the local flora and its plantations. We will descent further to see the marvelous plantations of coffee, cacao and fruit. The way to this plantations lies in a beautiful forest, dominated by orchids, bromelias and other plants. Here we will also meet the local families, in Wiñaypoco and La Playa.
Even more interaction with the local people we will have in Lucmabamba, where we will learn how the local people harvest their crops such as coffee and cacao.
This afternoon you stay in contact with a local rural family from the forest in which you will have the opportunity to witness the cultivation and processing of coffee.



Dia 04: Lucmabamba - Llactapata - Aguas Calientes Town

Early in the morning we will visit the archaeological complex of Llactapata which is located in the midst of a marvelous forest. Here we have the time to enjoy the magnificent view over Machu Picchu and take a lot of pictures. Hereafter we head towards the hydroelectrical station where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes Town. In this town we will enjoy our lunch and have a good rest because tomorrow we have to get up early.

Day 05: Aguas Calientes Town - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We will leave our hotel early in the morning to go to Machu Picchu by tourist bus. In Machu Picchu, we will have a guided visit of aprox. 2 hours whereafter you will have the time to visit the site at your own pace, as well as Wayna Picchu (additionial). After the visit of Machu Picchu, you can go back to Aguas Calientes, where you can rest in the hot springs (additional cost of S./ 10.00). From here we have a train at 14:00 and at 18:00 to Cusco.


What do I need to bring?

  • Backpack with rain shelter.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and Hot Springs).
  • Woollen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
  • Rain poncho and a hat.
  • Bathing suit (for the Hot Springs in Machu Picchu town).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag).
  • Flash light and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
  • Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night. So take some clothes   to change.


  • Extra porter for personal equipment $ 110
  • Down sleeping bag $ 35 for five days

IMPORTANT: You must bring your original passport during the journey.

Conditions & Terms

  1. We require an immediate deposit of US $ 150 for all bookings
  2. For all tours and treks the balance can be paid up to 48 hours prior to the start of the program. In case of paying the balance in the office of Hierba Buena Tours we only accept cash payment. Failure to pay the trek balance will result in tour cancellation.
  3. If a participant decides to cancel during the breefing 2 days prior to departure, he or she has to pay the full amount of the trek. Hierba Buena Tours however, will cover the expenses (hotel and train ticket) made by that participant to visit Machu Picchu. This offer of ours must be confirmed at the breefing itself.
  4. The Client may cancel the Package booking at any time provided that the cancellation is communicated to reservas@hierbabuena.tours in writing. Cancellation charges will be applied as shown below calculated from the day written notification is received by reservas@hierbabuena.tours. All reservations cancelled less than 15 days prior to the departure date of the tour are subject to a cancellation fee.
  5. The Salkantay Trek is non-transferable, non-reimbursable and the participant cannot change the date of departure
  6. If during the length of the program the traveler abandons the excursion as a decision made by him- or herself, no reimbursement will be made and no claim will be accepted. Hierba Buena Tours does not cover the expenses made by the traveler for a hotel and the transport back to Cusco or to Aguas Calientes, as well as a hotel in Aguas Calientes. Also, the traveler will be accompanied by a co-worker of Hierba Buena Tours back to the train station
  7. Certain Services might be interrupted or even cancelled due to weather conditions, natural disasters or other disturbances. These are out of the control of hotels, Service suppliers, Hierba Buena Tours or its partners and therefore, no refund will be given.
  8. For the student discount of 5% we require a copy of a valid ISIC student card. In the event that we don't receive the scanned copy of the card along with your reservation form, we will process your reservation with adult price.
  9. If Hierba Buena Tours doesn't confirm the reservation, the deposit will be refunded
  10. In case of force majeur, when a trek cannot start or completed, Hierba Buena Tours will find an alternative to go to Machu Picchu. If this alternative is of lower value than the originally booked excursion, Hierba Buena Tours will refund the difference.
  11. It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accidents, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. Hierba Buena Tours cannot be considered responsible for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her acts.
N. persons Shared 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
USD per person 515 750 628 575 550 530 510 500 495 492


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