Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu Via Llactapata Inca Ruins 5D/4N

Up to 8 people

Van, Train, Bus

A unique 5 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, specially designed with unsurpassable views of the snow-capped mountains of Humantay and Salkantay, the sacred Apus of the Incas. Trek OFF the beaten path, following our signature trekking route where you visit two incredible turquoise glacial lakes, Humantay and Salkantay. Hike through the Andes Mountain range with its spectacular scenery and views of the colorful valley landscapes below and camp at our private campsite which is more remote, less crowded and off the beaten track.

Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake – Soyroccocha

We start day one at 5 a.m. by driving you in our van from your hotel to Soraypampa. During this three-and-a-half-hour road trip, you’ll see the stunning Salkantay snow capped mountain and great views of the Limatambo and Iscuchaca districts, as well as spectacular valleys. Once we reach the trailhead in Soraypampa, we power up with breakfast while admiring the breathtaking views of the mountain glaciers of Humantay (19,356 feet) and Salkantay (20,396 feet). We then take a 2.5 hours round-trip hike up to check out the turquoise Humantay Lake. Next, we take about one and a half hours to ascend to Salkantay Pampa, where you can look forward to a great lunch in front of the majestic glacier. Next, we make our way to our first campsite at Soroccocha, situated at the foot of the towering Salkantay Mountain. At camp, will have afternoon tea to warm up and relax before dinner.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner
  • Accommodation: camping facilities
  • Time: around six hours
  • Distance : 6 miles / 9.6 km
  • Trekking difficulty:  level / moderate.

Day 2: Soyroccocha – Pass 4650mt – Colpapampa

After a delicious breakfast, we continue our Salkantay journey by going on a climb for about an hour to arrive at the trek’s highest point (15,367 feet). From here, we take time to be one with nature and enjoy looking at the massive snowcapped mountains (Huayanay, Humantay and Salkantay) and the lakes and rivers.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner
  • Accommodation: camping facilities
  • Time: approximately eight hours
  • Distance: 10 Miles/16km
  • Trekking difficulty: level / challenging.

Day 3: Colpapampa – the Hot Springs – Lucmabamba

This day marks the time we’ve passed our midway point. We start by walking to our next destination, Lucmabamaba. During this time, you’ll see a variety of wonders, including birds, fruit plantations with their flowering orchards and cacao and coffee trees. We’ll eventually reach our destination for lunch with plenty of time to relax. After lunch, we’ll tour a coffee plantation close to the campsite. We’ll start by checking out the fields, learning about the different kinds of beans and picking them. Besides coffee, the plantation has fields of avocados and tomatoes. You’ll pick the fresh produce that our trekking chef will use to make supper. By 3 p.m., we’ll take the local transport for half an hour to Cocalmayo where you can bathe in the natural hot springs.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner
  • Accommodation: camping facilities
  • Time: around five to six hours
  • Distance: 8.7 miles/14km
  • Trekking difficulty: level/ moderate

Day 4: Lucmabamba – Llactapata Inca ruins – Aguas Calientes

We resume our journey by travelling along the remote, ancient, uphill Inca Trail for three hours to the Puncuyoc Pass. During this journey, you’ll see the spectacular scenes of the fruit plantations and distinct valleys. Our next destination is the Inca Ruins in Llaqtapata. You’ll enjoy seeing the Citadel of Machu Picchu from across the valley, along with the neighboring mountains: Aobamba Canyon, Machu Picchu and Huyana Picchu. Next up is a two-hour trek down to the hydroelectric plant. This serves as Cusco’s primary power source — and our place for lunch. The last leg of your memorable Salkantay adventure involves traversing to Aguas Calientes via the National Park of Machu Picchu. We hope you get excited as you travel closer to the magnificent Machu Picchu and the ancient wall surrounding the ruins.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Intipunku Tambo or Wiracocha Inn Hotel
  • Accommodation: Intipunku Machu Picchu or Waman Machu Picchu
  • Accommodation: El Mapi or Tierra Viva Machu Picchu
  • Time: approximately nine hours
  • Distance: 9 miles/14.5km
  • Trekking difficulty: level / moderate.

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – and back to Cusco

We’ll wake you up early for a new day of mindfulness and adventure by visiting the incredible Machu Picchu. Travel along at the remote and ancient footsteps of the Lost City of Incas and listen to the cultural exchange of history — minus the crowds who get to the citadel at midday. Use this incredible opportunity to visit the Sun Gate, climb Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu mountain, take pictures and explore the ruins. On your 2.5 hours private tour, your guide will expertly direct you through the enigmatic ruins and its most important sites. You will see the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Sun Dial, Quarry, the House of the Inka, the urban areas, agricultural terraces and many different types of architecture. Afterward, we return to Aguas Calientes where you have time for a leisurely lunch. We take the train bound for Ollantaytambo station which departs at 14:55pm. From there, our private van will be waiting for you. We will drop you off at your hotel in Cusco. You can expect to arrive by 7:00 pm.

  • Meal included: breakfast only
  • Trekking difficulty: level /easy

If you have any questions about preparing for this trek, we encourage you to check out our FAQ page. You can also give us a call at (347) 480-1609. We look forward to seeing you on one of our incredible treks.


  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel
  • Pick up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
  • Private transport from Cusco to Soraypampa (starting point of the trek)
  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • English speaking, experienced professional guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itineraryCoilet tent
  • 2 Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer to your hotel in Cusco
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes in a tourist restaurant
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room and bathroom
  • Mules and horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen, 7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bags, etc
  • Provision of a horse in case of emergency such as illness so that to ensure the trek is completed by all participants
  • Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes


  • Sleeping Bag –$20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress –$20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles –$15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent- $30 USD – (Tent is for solo travelers only)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade  –$67 USD per person (Return Only)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain  –$75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Machu Picchu  Mountain – $75 USD per person  (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
  • 2 – 3 Trekkers: $697 USD per person
  • 4 – 5 Trekkers: $657 USD per person
  • 6 – 8 Trekkers: $617 USD per person



Per Person