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salkantay trek



This amazing trek hugs the bottom of the sacred Salkantay mountain as it passes through Quechua communities and lesser-known Inca ruins before finally ending at Aguas Calientes. On our last day we will explore the imfamous and impressive Sacred Inca city of Machupicchu. For good reasons, this trip is an ever-increasingly popular alternative trek to the Inca Trail.

Why this tour is

perfect for you?


Live it up in luxury! We are a one off company who provides luxury, private tours. We invest in our equipment, staff and food to bring you simply the best the historical Capital has to offer. We go above and beyond and can provide


Do it properly! Accredited and Peruvian owned, Inca Trail operator with local, qualified tour guides who are with you every step of the way. Eat local Peruvian food, trek the original Inca steps and do it all with the people that know!


Give Back! Southern Peru Explorers is an eco friendly, green company who sources local food and staff. Give something back with your holiday by investing in a company who invests in the environment.


Do more! We make it easy to add on extra experiences and tours to the Inca Trail Trek. Why not take a day trip to the Scared Valley to visit the living towns of the Incas? Or discover the infamous Rainbow Mountain and its awe inspiring colors? 

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Day 01: Cusco- mollepata - salkantaypampa

Our first day, we leave Cusco at 5 am in a private bus and start our scenic four-hour morning ride to our starting point at Soraypampa. Along the way, we will travel through the town of Limatambo, an important point of access to the city of Cusco during the time of the Inca Empire. Here the archaeological remains of Tarawasi are located. Our passage continues up a beaten track along the shore of the Apurimac River, and then continues into the town of Mollepata and the small community of Cruzpata before finally arriving inChallacancha, where we meet our wranglers and horses and eat a quick breakfast. Afterwards, we start our hike towards Mt. Salkantay. First, we will gently ascend to Salkantaypampa to eat lunch, before beginning a 2-hour steep ascent to our campsite at Soyroccocha, a mountain located just next to the impressive glacier of Salkantay. Sleeping next to a glacier can get pretty cold, warm clothes are a must.

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Day 02: salkantay pampa - collpapampa

We will wake up to an early breakfast and begin a 3.5 hour hike up to the Salkantay Mountain Pass This is a beautiful spot to take in stunning views of glaciers and snow-capped peaks. This is also native-habitat for chinchillas and condors. From the top, we travel leisurely down towards the cloud forest.

As we walk, we will we can see the remains of an ancient Inca path before arriving late afternoon to our campsite at Andenes. Late afternoon, we will arrive at our camp in Qollpapampa, a beautiful spot with natural hot springs for some well-deserved relaxation.

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Today we continue our hike with an easy downhill walk along the banks of the Santa Teresa River and Totora River. Along our walk we will enjoy abundant flora, waterfalls, plantations of delicious fruits and coffee, parrots and possibly even a spectacled-bear. The dry landscape will gradually turn into cloud forest filled with orchids and bromeliads. We arrive in Chaullay and shortly after the town of Collpapampa. We will relax for a while, before passing the Coripacchi waterfalls, the settlement in Wiñaypoko, and the lively town of La Playa. At the end of our hike, we will arrive at our second camp at Lucmabamba where we can sit-back and enjoy a cup of coffee before bed.

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After breakfast, we will climb for around two and a half hours up to El Mirador or Abra Q’elloqasa, a location that provides a unique and exceptional view of the legendary Machupicchu. We enjoy our last lunch together at our next lookout point of Llaqtapata. At Llaqtapata you can observe both Machupicchu and the Salkantay Mountain, enjoy the recently-restored ruins of Llactapata, and enjoy a good rest. Afterwards, we will complete a 2-hour descent towards the Aobamba River crossing bamboo forests, orchards, and coffee plantations. This descent will bring us to the hydroelectric plant of Machupicchu from where we board a train for a scenic ride to Aguas Calientes and your chosen accomidation.

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Day 05: Machu Picchu - aguas calientes -Return to cusco

We wake up early and board a bus to Machupicchu. Upon arrival to Machu Picchu you’ll have a 2 hour guided tour of all the most significant sites learning about Incan history and culture. Afterwards free time will be given to wander around the citadel or climb Huayna Picchu, the highest peaked mountain of Machu Picchu with even more Inca structures at the peak (we can help you book the mandatory tickets for this unforgettable hike in advance). Together, we will return to the Aguas Calientes by bus, where you can have your choice of restaurants for lunch. After lunch, we will take the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and then the van back to Cusco.

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Slightly different for each of the Inca treks especially with different requests. However below is an overview of what is our basis for all Inca packages

Tour Guides

All of our guides have studied both English and Tourism. They are native to the region and have a true passion for teaching others about their culture and heritage. All our guides are experienced with the Inca Trail and other high altitude treks. They will support you and ensure you are safe and happy throughout your trip.


We are one of the few tour operators authorized to both book your permits and operate on the Inca Trail. Permits are registered in your name with a specific date and cannot be modified after confirmation. Your tickets will be purchased by us and looked after by your guide until the time they are needed. These include:


Our highly trained chefs cook delectable, nutrient-rich meals that honor your food restrictions while surprising you with International and Peruvian flavors. Prepare for a superb culinary experience to accompany this unforgettable expedition. Food is normally served family-style, three times a day


Included with your trek is a team of porters who along with our horses carry all equipment and materials necessary for the trek. They usually walk ahead and set up your camp so everything such as your tent, the kitchen and food is ready for your arrival. Your duffel bag is also carried with the porters.

Duffel Bag

During your briefing, you will receive a personal duffel bag to pack all of your belongings in and will be carried by our porters, and thus should not exceed more than 6kgs /15.4 lbs, including your sleeping bag,  all personal items needed should be packed in a personal day pack.


We consistently maintain and renew 4-season tents to ensure peak performance in the field. To ensure maximum comfort, we provide you with a four-person tent to sleep you and only one other hiker.  Our first class tents designed for two persons for personal use. comfortably


We will always make sure you have clean drinking water at all mealtimes, and enough for you to refill your bottle when needed. We use fresh spring water running down from the mountains. We require that you bring a water bottle/s or Camelbak. To care for our spectacular environment, we humbly request that you use a reusable non-single-use plastic bottle.


Your transportation from and to this trek is included. You will be picked up directly from your hotel in Cusco and taken to start of your trek in Ollantaytambo.  After your return riverside journey on the train, you will reach the train station where you will be picked up by van to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

fisrt aid

Every guide Outdoor first aid trained and carries a first-aid kit and oxygen for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.). In case of emergencies, every guide is equipped with a satellite phone which will allow for a quick exit off the trail to get you directly to a clinic for treatment.


You will receive either our North Face or Therm-a-rest’s down alpine mummy bag which has an impressive temperature limit of -10C. Boasting quilted blanket interior, foot warmer pocket and cinchable fitted design. Best of all, these sleeping bag are certified for responsible, sustainable down manufacturing. We carry extra blankets, pillows and sleeping bags for your comfort


The night before your Machu Picchu hike, we will visit to your hotel (lobby) also flexible in our office for your briefing. During the briefing, you will meet your fellow travelers for the next couple of days, your guides who explain the itinerary in detail and will give you duffel bags where you should pack your stuff and which will be carried by porters later.


We believe it´s the attention to small details that separates us from our competitors. Every hiker receives a small pillow to sleep with, a foam mattress for insulation, a day pack cover to protect their things while hiking, and a rain poncho. We will work hard to create your best experience for a lifetime



These unforgettable experiences, designed just for you, along any of the available routes, with the possibility of being. So, if you plan to make this hike, take note of all our tips to fully enjoy it.


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To hike the Inca Trail, you must have a permit, which we will obtain for you. The first step to booking your trek is to make sure government permits are still available for your desired start date

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  • 1 People 1350$
  • 2 People 1300$
  • 3 People 1190$
  • 4 People 990$
  • 5 People 880$
  • 6 People 790$





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