Salkantay-Santa Teresa-Machu Picchu 5D/4N trek 'From snow to jungles!' (Group)

  • Tour Description


    New and amazing!!! Have you missed out on doing the Inca Trail? Do not miss out on adventure!! Come and see Salcantay ('the savage') a mountain that plays a major role in MachuPicchu's function....enjoy Machu Picchu from a different perspective (valleys, grasslands, glaciers, cloud forests and jungles!!)

    Trek Difficulty level:

    Easy Moderate Moderately Difficult Very Difficult Impossible...nothing
    is impossible!

    Please Note: Difficulty level is highly dependent on your fitness level and how you acclimate to the altitude.



    Day 1: Mollepata - Soraypampa
    We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and travel by private vehicle to Mollepata Village. A 3 hour walk will take us to Cruzpata, where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains (Humantay 4120m/13500 ft. and Salcantay 6271m/20575ft, the highest and coldest campsite of the trip). Along the way we will take in the beautiful landscape.

    Day 2: Fabulous Salkantay!!.
    We will eat breakfast at around 5:30 a.m. and begin our walk to the highest pass on this trek (4650m/15200ft) located half way between two huge mountains -Salcantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. The views of the two snow-capped mountains from the pass are incredible. There is a possibility of snow here.
    After a short rest, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunku, where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach our second campsite, Colcapampa (3000m/9800ft).

    Day 3: Cloud Forest
    After breakfast at 6:30 a.m., we begin trekking through the upper jungle, crossing the Lluskamayo River and a variety of little brooks to reach La Playa, our lunch stop. During this day we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants. After we reach our camp site in Santa Teresa (1500m/4905ft) with a warm climate, we will go to the hot springs and enjoy the well-deserved soothing water!

    Day 4: Aguas Calientes
    After breakfast at 8:00 a.m., we will leave our campsite and Santa Teresa. We will cross the Santa Teresa bridge and follow the upward route of the river. We continue walking, passing a variety of crop plantations, including coca and banana, until we reach the hydroelectric station. At about 4 p.m. we will catch the train to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night.
    In Aguas Calientes you can just relax or enjoy the thermal springs in town, a real treat after finishing the trek! (Admission to the thermal springs is not included in tour price.)

    Day 5: Machu Picchu!!!!!!
    After breakfast at 5:30 a.m., we will catch the first bus to Machu Picchu (25 minute ride) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising and before other tour groups arrive.
    Your guide will give you a walking tour (approx. 3 hours). Then you are free to explore this mysterious city on your own. If you have enough energy, you might also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft). This climb takes about 1 hour, and it is best to arrange for it in advance.
    if desired, you may arrange an extra night’s stay in Aguas Calientes. This is a very popular option, as it allows you additional time the next day to explore Machu Picchu. Please let us know you would like to stay an extra night in Aguas Callientes when booking your tour.

    • Professional, bilingual Tour Guide
    Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the train staation……..
    • Return transportation (car to start of trail and tourist train back to Ollantaytambo)**
    • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
    • *4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 3 dinners (breakfast on day 01 and dinner and lunch in Aguas Calientes town are not included)
    • Dining tent with tables and chairs
    • Cook
    2-person tent
    Inflatable sleeping mattress
    • Horseman and mules (they carry cooking and camping equipment and up to 08 kilos of tourist’s belongings)
    • Extra oxygen
    • First Aid kit
    • *Vegetarian/special diet options available

    Expedition-class train is included in all tours to Machu Picchu. Your train departure time will be confirmed when we receive your full payment. The earliest train available leaves at 1:37 p.m. The last train leaves at 9:20 p.m. Our travel agency will arrange the transportation from Ollantaytambo back to your hotel in Cusco (by taxi or by bus).

    Please Note: train times are subject to change depending on Peru rail time table and availability. If arranged in advance, the train can be upgraded to Vistadome (larger windows than the backpacker Cerrojo train) for additional cost.

    What you need to take:
    • Original passport and Student card
    • Insurance card is essential
    • Sleeping bag (not included)
    • Walking boots
    • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
    • Warm jacket
    • Hat and gloves
    • T-shirts
    • Comfortable trousers
    • Sun hat
    • Sun protection cream
    • Insect Repellent
    • Water
    • Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended)
    • Toiletries
    • Personal medication
    Camera and film
    • Flashlight with spare batteries
    Optional items to take:
    • Shorts
    • Walking stick
    • Plasters and bandages
    • Sandals
    • Extra money
    • Bathing suit for hot springs in Santa Teresa or/and in Aguas Calientes town -not included in price-

    Optional services (not included):
    • Rent of sleeping bag – 5 season ($20)
    Rental of 5-season sleeping bag ($20)
    • Rental of Walking Stock ($10)
    Rental of day pack ($10)
    • Single supplement $25

    *Price 2017: Consult

    (Includes horses and porters to carry your personal belongings - up to 07 kilos).

    Our price INCLUDES mule to carry up to 7 kilos of your personal belongings AND a horse for emergency use (if you are too tired or ill).

    Trekking Tips !!!.