This Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu & Zipline, is one the top six alternative trek to Machu Picchu, situated in the mountain range of Vilcabamba. The daylight in this region is particularly beautiful and offers a wonderful view of the diverse landscape and the tropical forest.

During our journey, we will also visit local farmers to get to know their Andean life, customs and traditions. Therefore, this trek perfectly combines cultural and natural beauty.



BRIEFING: The day before the trek, you will meet with your trekking guide at our EXPLORE ADVENTURES office and meet all the members of your group. Your guide will explain to you about the trek, route and all the necessary recommendations will be provided to you. This will take approximately 40 minutes, where you will receive your duffel bags that will carried by horses along the trail.


Day 1. Cusco - Soraypampa- Soyrococha

  • Pick up from your hotel at 5 am
  • breakfast at Mollepata 
  • hiking to the Humantay lake
  • camping at Soyrococha
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Walking hours: 7-9 hours
    Low altitude: 3,800 masl / 9,676 ft asl
    High altitude: 4,200 masl / 14,989 ft asl
    Campsite altitude: 4,200 masl / 9,676 ft asl

Day 2. Soyrococha - Salkantay Pass - Lake - Collpapampa

  • The morning we cross the highest pass
  • We hike to the beautiful lake located at base of Salkantay mountain
  • Lunch at Andenes ancient Inca terraces
  • Camping at Collpapampa
  • Distance: 16 Km
    Walking hours: 7-9 hours.
    Low altitude: 2,950 msl / 9,676 ft asl
    High altitude: 4,600 masl / 14,989 ft asl
  • Campsite altitude: 2,950 masl / 9,676 ft asl

Day 3. Collpapampa - Playa - Santa Teresa ´Hot Spring`

  • camping at the Santa Teresa ´hot spring´
  • hiking at the cloud forets
  • Distance: 15 km
    Walking hours: 6-7 hours
    Low altitude: 1,850 masl / 6,068 ft asl
    High altitude: 2,950 masl / 9,676 ft asl
  • Campsite altitude: 1,850 masl / 6,068 ft asl

Day 4. Santa Teresa `Hot Spring` - ZIP LINE - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

  • Distance: 12 km
    Walking hours: 4-6 hours.
    Low altitude: 1,850 masl / 6,068 ft asl
    High altitude: 2,700 masl / 8,900 ft asl
    Aguas Calientes: 2,050 masl / 6,724 ft asl

Day 5. Machupicchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

  • Tour in Machu Picchu
  • Train back to Cusco



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Our Treks: Alternatives treks - MoonStone Trek -Salkantay Trek  - Llama Lares trek 


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