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7 - Day experience

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Challenge yourself and follow the road less traveled to Machu Picchu on our signature Salkantay Trek.

The Salkantay Adventure goes beyond deluxe lodges and a great trek. It is also a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Andean culture as you learn about the Inca civilization and the extraordinary legacy that they left for generations to come.

We offer guaranteed departures from Cusco several times per week from March 1st through December 31st along with lodging and other services for before and after your MLP journey.



Location: El Mercado Hotel - one of our signature hotels located just 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas, Cusco’s main square.


    In the morning: Visit the Quillarumiyoc archaeological site on the way to the town of Mollepata.
    In the afternoon: Lunch at El Pedregal before your first trek to MLP’s flagship Salkantay Lodge

    OPTIONAL: Guests may opt out of the trek and continue by transport to Salkantay Lodge.

    • Salkantay Lodge (12,690’ / 3,869 m)
    • Approximately 3 hours
    • Easy to Moderate
    • From Challacancha to Soraypampa

    In the morning: Early morning round-trip hike to the turquoise waters of Lake Humantay
    In the afternoon: Lunch at Salkantay Lodge and afternoon at leisure

    OPTIONAL: Afternoon horseback riding at Soraypampa (subject to additional cost)

    • Salkantay Lodge (12,690’/3,869 m)
    • Approximately 4 hours
    • Moderate

    In the morning: Journey through the Salkantay River Valley as you begin your climb to the Salkantay Pass
    In the afternoon: After marveling at the majesty of the Salkantay Peak and patting yourself on the back for a job well-done, enjoy lunch on the mountain before heading down to Wayraccmachay

    OVERNIGHT: Wayra Lodge (12,812’ / 3,906 m)

    • From Soraypampa over the Salkantay Peak to Wayraccmachay (Max elevation: 15,200’/4,640m)
    • Approximately 7 hours
    • Challenging

    In the morning: Begin your descent into the cloud forest on the way to Colpa Lodge
    In the afternoon: Upon arrival, the staff will be waiting for us with a traditional Pachamanca lunch; afternoon at leisure

    Colpa Lodge (9,414’/2,870m)

    • From Wayraccmachayto Collpapampa.
    • Approximately 4 hours
    • Easy to Moderate

    In the morning: Descend along the Santa Teresa River towards Lucmabamba
    In the afternoon: Picnic lunch along the river, followed by a short hike & a van ride; afternoon visit to a local coffee plantation before arrival
    Zip Line in Santa Teresa: This is a full day activity that replaces the hike (subject to additional cost)

    Lucma Lodge (7,003’/2,135m)

    • From Collpapampa to Lucmabamba
    • Approximately 6 hours
    • Moderate to Challenging

    In the morning: Travel uphill through the cloud forest to the Llactapata Pass for a seldom-seen view of Machu Picchu.
    In the afternoon: Lunch en route followed by a winding descent to the Aobamba River Valley, ending the day with a 30-minute train ride to Aguas Calientes.

    Hotel in Aguas Calientes (6,232’/1,900m)

    • From Lucmabamba to Hidroelectrica train station
    • Approximately 5 hours
    • Moderate to Challenging

    In the morning: Early morning guided tour of Machu Picchu followed by free time for further exploration or a hike up Huayna Picchu.

    Please note: Huayna Picchu tickets are subject to availability. Please ask your MLP travel specialist for details upon booking.

    In the afternoon: Lunch in Aguas Calientes; afternoon train ride and van transport back to Cusco (11,021’/3,360m)

    • The citadel of Machu Picchu has many steps and uphill climbs
    • Approximately 4 hours
    • Machu Picchu: Easy to moderate


    Gallop through undulating open vistas, climb rugged high mountain trails, and meander beside rolling rivers on your way to Machu Picchu. We house the finest American Quarter Horses from top farms in Uruguay that have been extensively trained with the sole purpose of becoming perfect Salkantay trail companions for riders of varied levels. (Please note: Previous riding experience required.)

    MLP’s horses have been trained Western-style and are fitted with American endurance saddles. (English saddles are available upon request.) The team is cared for impeccably and is well-rested before each journey.

    Although each of our horses has been trained to adapt to varied experience levels, there may be certain characteristics that you prefer. Take a look to find your ideal travel companion!

    Each of our four beautifully-appointed mountain lodges is one of a kind. The eco-minded architecture effortlessly mixes traditional Andean building techniques with contemporary design to blend seamlessly into their environs.

    All of our guest rooms offer top-notch amenities. Hot showers, gourmet meals, fine linens, outdoor hot tubs, and highly personalized service from our local staff are just a few.

    Our flagship Salkantay Lodge was built on the flatlands of the Rio Blanco river valley, with a stunning, unobstructed view of the majestic Salkantay mountain peak. Its contemporary, eco-conscious design was the inspiration for all other MLP lodges. (12,690’/3,869 m)

    Wayra Lodge, a cozy mountain refuge with dramatic views of Mt. Humantay, is the most remote of our MLP lodges – and a welcome sight after a long day of trekking over the Salkantay Pass. (12,812’/3,906m)

    Surrounded by lush green mountains in a cloud forest, our Colpa Lodge is situated on a promontory at the confluence of three rivers (9,333’/2,845m). Sun-drenched in the afternoons, it is the perfect spot to relax or soak in the outdoor hot tub. (9,414’/2,870m)

    Situated in a lush avocado orchard at the edge of the Amazon jungle, our charming Lucma Lodge resembles a contemporary treehouse. The view through the multi-pane windows that stretch almost to the ceiling will give you the sensation of living amidst the beautiful foliage that surrounds you. (7,003’/2,135m)

    We offer guaranteed departures from Cusco several times per week from March 1st through December 31st.

    Trekking Program
    2019 / 2020

    March 1st – March 31st
    November 1st – December 14th
    US$ 2,990

    April 1st – October 31st
    December 15th – December 31st
    US$ 3,990

    Equestrian Program
    2019 / 2020

    March 1st – March 31st
    November 1st – December 14th
    US$ 3,125

    April 1st – October 31st
    December 15th – December 31st
    US$ 4,125

    Add-on lodging and services available:
    Option A)  Round-trip airport transfers, 2 nights lodging in Cusco before your MLP adventure, additional day/night in Machu Picchu, and 1 night lodging upon your return to Cusco.
    Option B)  Round-trip airport transfers, 2 nights lodging either before or after your MLP adventure, and additional day/night in Machu Picchu
    Option C)  Round-trip airport transfers and 2 nights lodging either before or after your MLP adventure

    Please ask your MLP travel specialist for more details.


    ● 7D/6N round-trip itinerary
    ● Rates are per person based on shared accommodations
    ● Single traveler accommodation request: Subject to a 50% supplemental charge
    ● Single traveler willing to share: Subject to a 25% supplemental charge
    ● A non-refundable deposit of US$500.00 per person is required to confirm a reservation.
    ● We recommend arriving in Cusco 1-2 days prior to your departure date for altitude acclimatization.
    ● Please review our full Terms and Conditions.


    ● Transportation from hotel in Cusco to Soraypampa on Day 1 and from Ollantaytambo back to hotel in Cusco on Day 7.
    ● Six (6) nights lodging: Five (5) nights in MLP lodges and one (1) night in Aguas Calientes (Inkaterra Pueblo or similar)
    ● All meals except breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 7.
    ● Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English) from Day 1 to Day 7. Tours are led in English.
    ● Transportation of personal belongings on the trek by pack horses/mules and/or porters.
    ● Guided visit to Machu Picchu (including entrance fee and transportation to site).
    ● Train service to Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo.
    ● Filtered water, tea, coffee, juice and soft drinks at all lodges (alcohol, sports drinks, and bottled water not included).
    ● Gratuities for the staff at the lodges and the staff in the field. Note: Gratuities for your guide are not included and are at your discretion. Feel free to follow the “Gratuities” guidelines in our FAQ’s