Salkantay to Machu Picchu

Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, the best way to reach Machu Picchu if you are looking for a natural views.Discover its beauty landscapes and natural home of many animals and flowers.

4 Days
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Salkantay to Machu Picchu

It is a route from Salkantay trekking to Machupicchu; It is a magnificent alternative route of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, on the way you can enjoy spectacular landscapes of the original Inca Trail to Machupicchu. It is an alternative route for those tourists who have not been able to get an space for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and also for nature lovers, on their trek they will appreciate the snowcapped mountains of the Salcantay trek, rivers, waterfalls and typical villages, picturesque and you can also empathize with the inhabitants of these areas who survive thanks to livestock and agriculture within Salkantay trek. Also during this amazing trekking, you will enjoy the visit to the Humantay Lake, famous for the apahetas, an offer from tourist to the Apu Salkantay. Discover and enjoy in a different way onte of the most anventurous trek to Machu Picchu.


Quick Itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco - Soraypampa - Wayracmachay

Day 2: Huayracmachay - La Playa

Day 3: La Playa- Llactapata - Hidroelectrica -Aguas Calientes

Day 4: Machupicchu - Cusco


Why choose United Mice?


  •  Healthy Buffet Meals

   Nutritious, well-balanced, hearty and healthy buffet meals with fresh, high quality ingredients, high in energy value and prepared carefully to           avoid illness.

  • Specialist operators
    Specialist operators for international tour companies, Exodus, Dragoman, South American Safaris, Ventureco, – with top-notch English and Spanish speaking tour guides.
  • Peruvian Professional Staff
    United Mice hires Peruvian professional staff like guides, assistant guides, chefs, and porters and pay them with good wages far lots better than other tour companies do.
  • Honest Peruvian Company
    United Mice is recognized as a well-established tour operator by all Peruvian tourism institutions: SUNAT, AATC, DIRCETUR, ECOTUR, SERNANP, etc.


Day 1: Cusco - Soraypampa - Wayracmachay

Early morning pick up from your hotel, and then 2:30 hour private bus ride to breakfast (at Mollepata). We rejoin the bus journey for 2 more hours to trailhead at SoraypampaAfter a short briefing, and enjoying the first close views of the snow covered Mountain of Umantay (5,700mt) and the surrounding high mountainous landscape. We set off on the hike with a gentle pace at the head of the alpine scene valley to Salkantaypampa, and then the trail goes steep uphill and comes to a serie of zigzags. All around as you gradually ascend you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the majestic Mountain Salkantay, and soon arrive at lunch by a small lake named Soirococha (4,400mt).  After 4 hours hike, we finally reach the high pass (4,600m) from where we can get a stunning view and  take a close up of the sacred mountain in the Peruvian Andes SALKANTAY. That will compensate the great effort in reaching the top which is marked by a pile of stones that grows daily as each traveler adds his pebble to thank the Apus (mountain spirits) for a safe trip and good luck, from here we start a gradual descend leading us to a wide open scenic moraine and valley where we can spot chinchillas, Mountain cara cara(bird of prey), Andean gulls, and the world biggest  bird  “The Andean condor” on the way down to our campsite at Wayracmachay (3,700mt) with good views of the mountain ranges.

Day 2: Huayracmachay - La Playa

Today, we leave the beautiful pyramid shaped peak of Salkantay behind us. From now, the fauna and flora radically change as we enter the tropical rainforest, and discover its lush vegetation of wild orchids, bromeliads, native plants, and beautiful birds. Continuing our descent through the groves of bamboos; don't forget to keep looking back at the snow-peaks behind you, framed by bamboo fronds, we follow the river bank which flows through the valley, observing increasingly tall trees, some amazing untouched path where strawberries grow at your feet and passion fruit are above your head in a decor of begonias and purple orchids!. Lunch at Colpapampa. The trail continues down the valley into the woods, observing the different crops specially farmed on high steep slopes, and as we drop the weather gradually gets warmer, and we suddenly arrive to a banana and avocado, and coffee plantations.  We finally reach La Playa (1,900mt) for camping, take some time to relax and recover from the prior hike, and afterwards with visit some organic coffee plantations, or just relax and get ready for the next day uphill and downhill walking to see the back of Mountain Machupicchu from Llactapata Inca remains.

Day 3: La Playa- Llactapata - Hidroelectrica -Aguas Calientes

We early start an uphill climb on a proper Inca trail, which will give us some impressive views on the valley and the surrounding mountains. After 3 hours we arrive to Llactapata Inca remains, where we enjoy a break overlooking one of the main highlights in South America Machu Picchu. It is a magical view given to us that the main part of tourists will never see! Afterwards the trail easily leads the hikers into a forest of thick vegetation, and some bird watching opportunities! And enjoy the view of an imposing man-made waterfall before arriving at lunch (hydroelectric town). The last stretch of the trail, we follow the railway, which goes along the Urubamba River to Machupicchu. Overnight in a hostel

Day 4: Machupicchu - Cusco

Early morning set off for a bus ride up to Machu Picchu to enjoy the best photos opportunities and guided tour. Afterwards, spend as much of your time, exploring on your own. Finally bus down to Machupicchu town for the train back to Ollantaytambo, and a bus back to Cusco.


  • Predeparture briefing 
  • English speaking professional tour guide. (For groups larger than 9 persons, two tour guides)
  • Early morning transfer by private transport to trailhead at Soraypampa
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 3 dinners /3 afternoon hot drinks 
  • Drinking water Day 2 and 3  
  • Two-man Tents: (for a personal tent request, there is a surcharge of $35)
  • Foamy sleeping mat
  • Dining tent, cooking tent, cutlery, folding tables, and stools  
  • Chef and assistant
  • Mules, carrying heavy gear such as: food, tents, gas bottle, and cooking stuff, and 7kilograms/15 pounds of your belongings 
  • Emergency riding horse
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • Return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and tourist bus from Ollantaytambo back to Cusco.


  • Last day lunch (recommended in Aguas Calientes)
  • First day breakfast 
  • HUAYNAPICHCU TICKET (15USD entrance fee) : HUAYNA PICCHU is a mountain around which the Urubamba River bends. It rises over Machu Picchu, the so-called "lost city of the Incas" and divides it into sections. The Incas built a trail up the side of the HUAYNA PICCHU and built temples and terraces on its top. The peak of Huayna Picchu is about 2,720 metres (8,920 ft) above sea level, or about 360 metres (1,180 ft) higher than Machu Picchu.    
  • Sleeping bag (30USD for the whole trek)
  • Optional late train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes (18USD)
  • Bus up to Machu Picchu and back down to Aguas Calientes ($9 a single ticket)
  • Tipping your trekking stuff is customary.


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