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5-Day Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek

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From Cusco, we drive north across Antapampa into the Apurimac watershed. Mollepata is the starting point of our five day trek across the Cordillera Vilcabamba, past Mt. Humantay and Salkantay into the headwaters of the Santa Teresa valley. Hiking down this cloudforest area we ascend to the Pass of Paltallacta in whose vicinity we camp. Great views of Machu Picchu from a different perspective. Hike into the Aobamba Valley and arrive near the hydroelectric works, downriver from the citadel, board the train at the hydroelectric station, ride to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night. Next morning we will visit Machu Picchu ruins before heading back to Cusco.

This trek is a good alternative to the Inca Trail when permits are sold out!

Note: Set departures for 2017 are on Sundays only!

Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1: Drive from Cusco to trailhead at Soraypampa by way of Mollepata, hike to Salkantaypampa, camp overnight
  • DAY 2: Hike to Collpapamapa
  • DAY 3: Hike to Lucamabamba, camp overnight
  • DAY 4: Hike to Hidroelectra Station, train to Aguas Calientes
  • DAY 5: Shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu, train return to Cusco


  • Mt Salkantay and Humantay
  • Great views!
  • Machu Picchu

LOCATIONS: Cusco, Machu Picchu

ACTIVITIES: Mountain Trekking

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