The Salkantay trek is a walk through diverse landscapes that culminates with a tour of the magical city of Machu Picchu on the 5th day.

Trip Overview


Salcantay, Machu Picchu


1,870m | 6,135ft
4,600m | 15,090ft.


Trekking, Historical


5 Days




Rain, Sun

This trip offers spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, turquoise lakes, Andean plateaus, waterfalls and high jungle. It even includes an original Inca trail to a small Inca ruin and a distant view of Machu Picchu, before arriving at the famous city. This hike is approximately 60 km long and reaches an altitude of 4,600 m. This is the second most popular hike in the Cusco region (after the Inca Trail), so it is quite busy.

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The Salkantay trail is at a high altitude, so the weather can be quite cold and unpredictable. The nights on this trip are usually around 20F/-7C. During the day it can be quite hot if the sun is out; anywhere from 60-75F/15-24C. Keep in mind that if the weather is rainy or cloudy, it will be colder, and that the weather can change in an instant, particularly when passing at high altitude. Often there is also quite a bit of wind at the top of the passes. As with any high-altitude hike, you will need to wear many layers to adjust to fluctuations in temperature and conditions, as well as adequate protection from sun and rain.

The hike to Salcantay can be done all year round, but the best months are from March to November.

This hike is classified as a moderate to strenuous hike considering the high altitudes, the multiple steps and the duration of the hike, especially on the 2nd day. It is recommended that you acclimatize in Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the hike.

You don’t have to worry about the entrance fees, this tour includes entrance fees for both Machu Picchu and Laguna Humantay.

If you want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you have to add 15 USD and book the tour well in advance, like 3 months or more, especially for the months of May, June and July.

If you wish to volunteer or donate, we can put you in touch with various communities in Cusco, who need help in various aspects, our main contact is:
Cristo Rey Tikari School: Located in Ocongate distric, close to Ausangate Mountain. They need some basic things like: clothes, toys, books, pens, pencils, brushes, etc.


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