Salkantay Cultural Trek - 05D / 04N

New and surprising! (We offer an alternative to the traditional Inca Trail where you can see microclimates, enjoy valleys, meadows, glaciers, cloud forests and enjoy the Classic Inca Trail!)

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Useful information
Starting altitude - 3000 meters.
Maxima 5,220 m altitude /16.200
Distance - 60.5 km / 37.5 m
Longest Day - Day 2, approximately 21 kilometers / 12 m
Coldest night - 1st around 0 degrees Celsius
Difficulty - difficult / Moderate

*Difficulty level depends a lot on your fitness and acclimatization.


We pick you up from your hotel and travel by bus about 03 hours to Mollepata (2.700.msnm) where we have a technique for breakfast and to use the bathrooms and make the last shopping this place will continue to Challacancha, where we start our walk near 4 hours by a beautiful road that will take us to Soraypampa (camp 3.800.msnm) for lunch with panoramic snowy mountains (Humantay; 5.720my Salkantay; 6271.msnm) views the afternoon visit the lagoon Humantay, return to Soraypampa here and we walk for 1 hr, to Salkantaypampa campsite. Overnight

Meals: Lunch - tea - dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities
Minimum altitude: 2850 m
Maximum altitude: 3850 m
Distance: 11km / 9miles
Time: 5h approximately
Difficulty: Moderate


This day we got up very early, since it is the most difficult day of travel will have breakfast at 5:30 and begin our trek of approximately 3 hours, climb to the pass of Incachiriaska (5.200.m .. m, point highest of the trip) this place you can see the Cordillera Vilcabamba, after a short break we started down a very narrow path of stones Sisaypampa lunch place (4.200.msnm) after lunch we start walking for a place d quiet where we see many animals in the area and lots of straw (i'chu) and houses of typical local materials and observe the famous Inca channel construction considerable distances. And finally reach our camp. Overnight.

Meals: Breakfast - lunch - tea - dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities
Minimum altitude: 2920 m
Maximum altitude: 4650 m
Distance: 21km / 13.5 miles
Time: 9h about
Difficult: challenge


After a typical Andean breakfast, we begin our trek through a beautiful valley, flora and varied fauna to reach the archaeological site of Paucarcancha. Where we will have a guided tour and free to explore, take photographs of the area while and then continue along the Inca Trail to Hatunchaca for lunch and a short break. After lunch, we continue to Patallacta to visit the Inca place and continue to our camp, dinner. Overnight

Meals: Breakfast - lunch - tea - dinner
Accommodation: Camping facilities
Minimum altitude: 2620msnm
Maximum altitude: 4,000m
Distance: 16km / 10 miles
Time: about 8 hours
Difficulty: Moderate


We woke up around 6:30 am to enjoy a varied breakfast overlooking the most famous mountain in the Sacred Valley, Veronica. After breakfast, we begin our trek to visit the archaeological site Qanabamba, Salapunku and get to the train station Piskacucho (lunch) train service to the town of Aguas Calientes, installation in the designated hotel. Dinner. Overnight

Meals: Breakfast - lunch - tea-dinner
82 km from the train to Aguas Calientes.
Lodging: Hotel
Maximum altitude: 2690 m
Minimum altitude: 2040 m
Distance - 09km / 10 miles
Time: 5h approximately
Difficulty: Moderate


After an early breakfast 5:30 am, we will go to the station to board the first bus to Machu Picchu (25 minutes), get there early and watch the sunrise take the first photographs of the city and enjoy the tour on for 2 hours and then you have free time to explore the city on your own. To return to the hot springs have 2 options you can be by bus or walking (optional) railway station is in the same population to return to the city of Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast
Maximum height: 2, 440m
Difficulty: Easy.

Note: In all our services Expedition Station includes Piskacucho train to the town of Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo station. Salkantay Expeditions arrange transportation back to Cusco (by taxi or bus)


  • Pick up the hotel transfer to Mollepata
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Transportation (rail roundtrip)
  • The entrance to Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu mountain.
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners and snacks from 16:00 (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) (1st breakfast and dinner and lunch in Aguas Calientes are not included)
  • Camping equipment, tents for 2 people, the floor mat.
  • Horsemen and mules (leading kitchen equipment and camp and up to 05 kg of belongings of tourists)
  • 1 night in Aguas Calientes
  • Extra oxygen
  • First aid box
  • Vegetarian / special diet options available.


  • First breakfast
  • Sleeping bag
  • Lunch last day
  • Extra expenses.

Note: In all of our services is included the Expedition train station Piskacucho to the town of Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo station. Pacha Expeditions organize transport back to Cusco (by taxi or bus)



  • Original passport (student card if applicable (ISIC)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Walking Shoes
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Thick layer
  • Hat and gloves.
  • Shirts
  • Comfortable pants
  • Sun hat
  • Sunblock (factor 50 recommended)
  • Insect repellent
  • Water (you can buy on the way)
  • Toiletries
  • Medical staff
  • Camera and battery.
  • Flashlights with extra batteries


  • Sleeping bag - 10th c (25)
  • Personal tent ($.25)
  • Walking stick ($ 15)

"We explored Native places in the Andes."

We operate our own programs, we have a highly qualified for the job, offer a private and personalized service. Our tours are designed for the most demanding tourists have a proper camping equipment for each zone, as the Andes, offer a variety of climates and microclimates.

Our Guides: They are educated professionals at the National University of Cusco and institutes are native language, Quechua and Spanish and the specialists working languages: English, French, Italian, German, Portugués... etc.

Our Cooks: They are professionals with research institutes cuisine in the city and are trained annually in Peru and Andean cuisine of Novo, which is revolutionizing the world.

Our food: it is varied and rich in quantity and quality, we use products from our region, and often the places where we work to support local people. During our travels we offer, varied breakfasts, lunches or dinners with nutrition that the Pacha Mama gives us, for our tourists enjoy the local cuisine. The support staff. Are people in the areas, where Pacha Expeditions works. And we provide work and employment opportunities to the local community, provide support for school children and adults

Our camping equipment: we have a proper camping equipment for all the different geographical areas of our Andes, sleeping bags feather and synthetic, inflables.etc mattresses.

We develop a responsible and sustainable work: in each of the locations and routes where it operates Pacha Adventure Expeditions, protect nature and the environment in general for future generations.


The concept of responsible tourism refers to a specific niche market comprising various forms of tourism characterized by sustainability principles consciously raise and / or aim at generating profits for local societies and ecosystems. Responsible tourism is to generate and promote tourist offers small format (unlike mass tourism) This concept of responsible tourism has generated the interest of the business sector.

Seven years ago I undertook this adventure, to launch a different travel agency. Convinced that tourism is a means of unity and understanding between different peoples and cultures, Salkantay Expeditions. We are committed to the principles of Responsible Tourism as the best way to travel.

  • Preservation of the environment
  • The beauty and diversity of Peru is impressive - we want to continue, protecting and spreading the wonder of our country.
  • In all our travels, we have a policy of cleanliness that must be respected by all our employees and tourists, not dirty places to visit.
  • Use the proper fuel for the preparation of our food and not harm the environment.
  • Ensure proper use of pollutants to keep clean rivers, lakes and nature in general.
  • Prohibit deforestation and to fire and prevent others from doing so.
  • Avoid activities that threaten wildlife, or may be potentially damaging to our natural environment


Sustainable tourism or sustainable tourism is a form of tourism that follows the principles of sustainability. Sustainable tourism is committed to making a low impact on the environment and local culture industry, while helping to generate income and employment for local people.
Solidarity tourism is understood as a form of travel that is based on respect for travelers to people and places visited by a deeper reality of the country and a positive cultural exchange between the two sides approach. In addition to contributing to the economic development of the area with the accommodation managed by the community places, consuming fair trade products and visiting and working in solidarity projects that are carried out there. In short, a way of traveling that have a positive impact on the communities they visit and the traveler himself.
In organizing all our tours, we incorporate the universal principle of tourism; protect the environment and benefit the community and local culture. Therefore Expeditions Salkantay. Jobs for the local population is created; porters, cooks, porters, guides. We provide educational support for children in communities.


Salkantay Expeditions, committed to welfare and employment for the local population and ensuring the benefits of tourism for all and not just a social class company, the help offered by Salkantay Expeditions to remote communities City Cusco where we do different campaigns for children and adults.
We work all year and part of our savings are assigned to carry this helps communities to support education, health, infrastructure (Javier Mendoza Zarate Guide and Administrator Salkantay Expeditions) Thank you for your trust and we appreciate your trust in our project)



Total Duration: 05D / 04 N
Destination: MACHU PICCHU
Difficulty Level: EASY
Trip Category: TREK