Inka Trail – Salkantay 6D/5N

Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail

The Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks in the world; at one time it extended throughout all of the Incan Empire and today still exists in many parts of the Andes. One version is the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu that takes 4 days and 3 nights. The short Inca Trail is 2 days and 1 night. We recommend this shorter trail for people who do not have much time or do not feel physically capable of the longer trek. The description is as follows:

LENGTH 6 Days /5 Nights
AVAILABILITY March to January
ACTIVITY TYPE Cultural / Recreational / Adventure


We will pick up from your hotel in Cusco at 4.30 am in a private bus and drive to Mollepata. Along the four-and-a-half hour drive, we will stop in the town of Limatambo (2100 m.s.n.m.), an important point of access to the city of Cusco during the time of the Inca Empire. Here we will visit the archaeological remains of Tarawasi, where we can appreciate an Inca Usno, or place where ceremonies for mother earth were conducted. We will leave Limatambo and drive up a beaten track along the right shore of the Apurimac River, to reach Mollepata (2800 m.s.n.m.), where we will meet our horsemen and horses. From this point we will start the ascent on foot towards Sayllapata (3300 m.s.n.m.) along a slight climb where we will appreciate various plants, native birds, the Apurimac River canyon (which is one of the deepest in Peru), and a communitarian irrigation canal. In Soraypampa we will set up our first camp.


We will get up at 6.30 am , after the breakfast we continue the trek to INKA CHIRIASKA 4800 m.s.n.m , we can see the differents weathers and small houses the people who live in this places , wildbirds and th espectacular view of Huamantay ( 5902 m.s.n.m.). them aproximatly six hours more of trek We arrive to the second campamento Pass of the Inkas , in this point We can see the mountain of Salcantay (6271 m.s.n.m.) .


After the breakfast We continue to Wayllabamba ( conect to the inka trail ) the Firts four hours arrive to Chiriasca (4850 m.s.n.m.) the point more high this day , We will have incredibles view of the mountain of Salkantay (if We have a lucky We see the Condor), after

the lunch We are going to go to Pampacahuana its a interesting place . them We continue to Wayllabamba (3000 m.s.n.m.), four hours only trek We arrive to Wayllabamba , Our third night , in this point We will have to say bye our horseman and horses because in the INKA TRAIL dont enter horses , the porters will carry the equipement all the inka trail .


We wake up at around 6:00 am, and after breakfast we leave Wayllabamba behind to begin the most difficult part of the trek, which consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for 9 km. Along this climb, the landscape changes from sierra to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). On the way to the first mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuausca (Dead Womans Pass),

we see domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at that altitude. We also cross an area of the so called cloud forest, which is the habitat for many different kinds of birds like hummingbirds and sparrows and the Andean bear, which is also called the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus). We advise that on this day specially, your day pack is well stocked with candies, chocolates and coca leaves that will keep your sugar level high, and help with altitude sickness. Immediately after the pass, we descend into the Pacaymayo valley (3600 masl), where we camp after approximately 6h of hiking


This day is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting, due the number of archaeological sites that we visit and learn about from our guide. From Pacaymayo we climb to the second pass, the Abra de Runkurakay (3970 masl). Half way up, we visit the archaeological complex with the same name. This site, located at 3800 masl, consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower. After going over the pass, we descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud-forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3624 masl). This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. Continuing up an easy climb, we arrive at the third pass, the Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3700 masl). Along this climb we can appreciate the magnitude of the Incas ancient craft, by walking along paths semi-detached from the mountain, and seeing rocks that fill up ravines in perfect order, saving the trail from the multileveled Andean geography. We go through an Inca tunnel to later arrive at the aforementioned pass and down to the complex of the same name. This is one of the most complete and best-preserved archaeological complexes along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and is located on the highest point of a mountain. Curiously, Phuyupatamarca means town over the clouds. From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River valley and the long descending stone steps along which we will continue on to Wiaywayna (2700 masl). At this campsite we find a lodge with a restaurant, bar and bathrooms with hot showers. The campsite has the same name as the complex located only five minutes away from the lodge. Wiaywayna is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector

Wiaywayna an hour later and climb to Intipunku, or The Sun Gate. This point will take an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. Them one hour and a half more We arrive to MACHUPICCHU this day We only see it and down to Aguas Calientes town . We leave our personal tems in the Hostal in Aguas Calientes.


On this day we get up at 5.30 am. We start to walk until Machupicchu and 40 minutes later we enter the citadel from the highest point through the House of the Guardians. We then descend to the control point where we register ourselves and leave our backpacks. We immediately begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around, climb the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it, or visit the Temple of the Moon and the fabulous Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in the thermal baths other time . From here we take the train to the city of Cusco, where we will arrive after nightfall.


The Government office assigns us the campsites.
People who want to climb Huayna Picchu mountain must know that there is a limit of 400 people per day that can climb it.
The time of hiking will depend on the group. The guide can change the places for having lunch and camping according to the physical condition of the group.

Each guide has his own way of leading his groups but always his decisions will be for the benefit of the tourists.
If you would like an extra night in Aguas Calientes please let us know at the time of your reservation so that we do not have problems with your return train tickets.

SALKANTAY.and INKA TRAIL That is an adventure tour that we must enjoy, to the maximum with good weather or, if not, always we must have an open mind, a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.


  • An explanation two days before departing
  • Tranport in private bus to the start of the trek
  • Transfer to your hotel on return
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Meals according to the program (Vegetarian available)
  • Boiled water on all days for your bottles
  • Snacks before trekking
  • Camping tents for 2 and 4 persons depending on the requirements
  • Camping equipment, dining tents, kitchen, tables, chairs
  • Cook and assistent cook
  • Kitchen/eating utensils
  • Pack animals (mules and horses) to carry the baggage and equipment.
  • Emergency horse
  • Wranglers to care for the pack animals
  • Professional guide who speaks English, Spanish and Quechua
  • Assistant guide for groups larger than 8 people
  • Last night celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes in a restaurant.
  • Entrance into Machu Picchu
  • Bus up to and back down from Machupicchu.
  • Return train ticket to Cusco
  • First aid equipment and oxygen tank
  • igloo tents – 2 persons in each 4-person capacity tent with plenty of space for your backpacks
  • Camping equipment, dining tents, kitchen, tables, chairs
  • Porter to carry the baggage and equipment.
  • Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)


  • Breakfast the first day
  • Lunch the last day
  • Tips for personnel: guide, cook, wranglers (according to their job)
  • Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office)
  • Entrances to hot springs
  • If you would like to rent an additional horse, the cost is $10 per day


  • 1 small nylon reinforced backpack to carry the things you need for the trek (camera, drinks, etc.)
  • 1 large backpack or suitcase to keep the things you don‘t need in your hotel in Cusco until you return from your trek
  • Sleeping bag good for -5°C (which can be rented in Cusco)
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries
  • 1 water bottle (1 liter) or a small plastic throw away bottle
  • Hiking boots
  • Tennis shoes
  • 1 jacket (of nylon with hood and water and wind resistant)
  • 1 Fleece Jacket
  • 1 pair of gloves and hat of wool (they can be bought during your trip)
  • 3 or 4 short sleeved shirts (preferably “dryfit” that don’t retain water)
  • 2 pairs of shorts such as bermudas.
  • Socks: 4 pairs of wool and 4 of fiber (coolmax) for the trek (avoid cotton as these can retain water)
  • 1 sun hat and sunglasses
  • Personal medications and toiletries in small containers
  • Sunscreen for your skin and lips
  • Insect repellent
  • Moisturizer lotion to avoid the drying out of the skin
  • Bathing suit for the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes


  • Heated sleeping mat
  • Sleeping bags which can be rented in the office for $5 per day and good for – 10°C.
  • Professional walking sticks can be rented in the office for $2 per day
  • Energy foods: chocolates, granola bars, dried fruits, etc. (they can be purchased in Cusco.


Number of People 2 3 4 5 – 6 7 – 8 more ask for price
Price per person in $ $ $ $ $ $

If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour, letting us know which date you wish to leave, and you must make your reservation a week ahead of time so that we can organize your tour.
If you wish to go with other people, we can let you know what dates are available and you can join an existing group.
Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions


Students: $20 U.S. (only for students who have a current international student card (ISIC card)
Children: $20 U.S. (minors of 16 years with proof of passport)

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