Salkantay Trek and Manu Park 11 Days

As you already know, it is no mystery that the favorite circuit to reach Machu Picchu is the Inca Trail, which attracts thousands of visitors a year due to the combination of wonderful landscapes and spectacular ruins. But there is another hidden path, which shows an unknown face of the area, making its way through mountains, snow-capped mountains and lagoons. Salkantay promises to take you through incredible landscapes and connect with the nature of the sacred mountains.
While the National Park of Manu, offers you one of the best circuits for nature tourism. Considered one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, this destination allows you to make intimate contact with nature in its most primitive and wild state.

  • Package / Tour: Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu & Manu 11D/10N
  • Price 2021: USD$ 1750 .00
  • Locations Visited: Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu & Manu 11D/10N
  • Frequency: 3 Times of week
  • Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5


Day 1 – Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa:

The pickup will be at 3:15 to 3:45 your respective accommodation. Departure at 04:00 am. On private bus heading towards “Mollepata” a small village located at an altitude of 2,850 m. temperate climate, jungle vegetation and around of the village we will see some snowy mountains that belong to the chain of Salkantay wich are an altitude of 4,000 – 5,000 meters. We will arrive to Mollepata approximately at 07:00 am, where will enjoy this beautiful landscape that is a part of the snowed mount of Salkantay which is located at an altitude of 6,200 meters. Where we will have our breakfast (optional), contemplating this landscape we will begin our walk which will last approximately 7-8 hours so we will be accompanied by the vegetation of the jungle, on the way we will have lunch, and then will continue until we reach to Soraypampa place of our first camp.

  • Foods: Lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Camping.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2.677 m.a.s.l. (Mollepata)
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,900 m.a.s.l. (Soraypampa)
  • Distance: 16 kilometers approximately.

Day 2 – Soraypampa – Chaullay:

The second day will be the longest trek. After a breakfast we will start trekking by a moderate ascent for two hours until get to “Salcantay Pass” (4,600 m. / 9800ft) after to leave a small gift to the mountains and take a group photo in front of the snowed mount of Salkantay. We will begin to descend two hours until lunch spot in Huayracmachay. After a quick break, we will continue our walk downhill to the jungle. After about two hours, we will get to Chaullay place where we will spend the night.

  • Foods: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping.
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,630 m.a.s.l. (Abra Salkantay)
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,800 m.a.s.l. (Chaullay)
  • Distance: 22 kilometers to Chaullay.

Day 3 – Chaullay – Playa Sahuayaco – Santa Teresa:

After breakfast at 06:30 am. We will start walking through the high jungle, crossing the river Lluskamayo and a variety of small streams. We will pass by magnificent valleys that have wonderful waterfalls, and some tropical plants and fruits, appreciating a variety of coca, considered the sacred leaf of the ancestors of the Inca Empire which is actually cultivated in tropical areas, this last section will be a descent trek to the “Playa Sahuayaco” and thence towards Santa Teresa where we will spend the night.

  • Foods: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,800 m.a.s.l. (Chaullay)
  • Minimum Altitude: 1,800 m.a.s.l. (Santa Teresa)
  • Distance: 16 kilometers aprox.

Day 04 – Santa Teresa – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes:

The sunrise will be in a place inside of a tropic zone, full of nature and history, there our breakfast awaits us, then we will continue our journey towards Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Village) to arrive at this town it will take a period of approximately 7 hours, passing by the known center of rest Hydroelectric (Hydro service station – Aguas Calientes : Optional) stopping at various places just to enjoy the scenery and full of waterfalls with stunning falls which come from the glaciers, arriving in the afternoon to the village known as ” Aguas Calientes ” where we will spend the night in a hostel at the bottom from the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

  • Foods: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hostel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Minimum Altitude: 1,800 m.a.s.l. (Santa Teresa)
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,040 m.a.s.l. (Aguas Calientes)
  • Distance: 16 kilometers aprox.

Day 05 – Aguas – Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco:

By the early morning around 4:30 a.m. we will climb to the majestic Inca city of Machu Picchu, will visit accompanied by our guide approximately 2 hrs, and the rest of the day will be free and you can visit Huayna Picchu (Optional), Inti Punku, Temple of the Moon or just visit the citadel once more, then we will return to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village) by the afternoon,depending on the time of our return train, wich we will let you know, once you book your trip with our company, transfer to Ollantaytambo imperial city of Cusco.
The visit to Huayna Picchu includes (USD 25.00)
If you are interested to include Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu, you must to know that exist new regulations and the permits must to be purchased by forward, the cost of the entrance to Machu Picchu including the climb to Huayna Picchu, it costs USD 10.00 extra and we must have this confirmed at time of your booking.
(Include in the comment box on the booking form if you want to include the Huayna Picchu)

  • Foods: Breakfast.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,040 m.a.s.l. (Aguas Calientes)
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,430 m.a.s.l. (Machu Picchu)
  • Activity: Visit to Machu Picchu and return to Cusco.

Manu Park Tour:

In this tour, we will travel through the mountains to enter to the cloud forest, where we do will make some walks to observe several species of birds, orchids and maybe monkeys. After spending the night in our private lodge (Rainforest) we will continue 12hours by boat to the deep Manu Biosphere Reserve in the jungle, visiting hot springs on the way. We will sleep in lodges into the reserve zone a tree-house besides a mammal’s clay lick to watch out for tapirs, deer’s and other animals. The following day, we will explore the primary rainforest (untouched) with a chance to see many monkey species, birds like parrots and an unbelievable variability of plants like giant trees, palms and medical plants. At the end of the day, we will take night-walk to observe spiders (tarantulas), insects, frogs and snakes. On the last day, we will return to Cusco by boat and bus.

On this tour you will visit the places:

  • Cloud forest

Alto madre de Dios river:

  • Boca manu villaje
  • Manu biosphere reserve
  • Manu river
  • Oxbow lakes in Manu
  • Casa machiguenka lodge

This Tour includes the following activities:

  • Bird watching
  • Caiman Search
  • Turtle Search
  • Jaguar Search
  • Visit of Parrot’s Clay Lick
  • All Nights at the Lodge
  • Trek(s) in the Jungle
  • Night Walks. Survival Lessons
  • Jungle Exploration inside the Biosphere Res

Day 6 – Cusco – Pilcopata- Paradise Lodge:

On the first day of our adventure into the Jungle of Manu, we will pick you up at around 06:00 am from your hotel in Cusco, using Palotoa Tour’s Private transport. The first part of our excursion will take us through the majestic Andean mountains. We will visit the funeral towers of Ninamarca, a cemetery of the Lupacas Pre-Inca Culture, which we will visit briefly on our way to Paucartambo, which is known as the folkloric and Colonial town. At mid-day, we will arrive at the entrance of Manu National Park and access to one of the most protected natural areas in South America. We will continue on in our private transport down a dust road and on through the thick fog from which this section of the forest takes its name from Cloud Forest. Eventually, we will arrive at the home of the exotic Peruvian National Bird, the “Cock of the Rocks”, where it is known to gather with others of its kind for some sort of social gathering that seems reminiscent of a large courtship. You will find that this is quite an amazing spectacle complete with an impressive array of sounds and colours that can only be found in the jungle. For our first night, we will stay “Balcony Lodge”.

Day 7 – Paradise lodge – Boca Manu lodge:

Very early at 06:30 a.m., we will leave in the direction of Atalaya Port; on the way, we will make a few stops to visit the small local farmers who are known to be producers of many varieties of jungle fruits even the famous Coca plant. Later, we will begin the boating portion of our journey in a river excursion on the “Madre de Dios River”, one of the tributaries of the mighty Amazon River. During our day, we will have the chance to witness many types of colourful birds such as parrots, oropendolas, vultures and others species. We will have stop at the Natural Hot spring. Hopefully, we will make some sightings of some jungle mammals such as monkeys or the famous capybaras (jungle rodents that are as much as 2.5 ft. long, Towards the late afternoon, we will arrive to our next sleeping destination “Boca Manu Lodge” arriving approximately at 05:00 p.m. Here, there will be showers and other services available. We will have a night-walk in the dark, best time to see many insects, tarantulas, scorpions and snakes.

Day 8 – Boca Manu -Casa Matsiguenkas:

We will leave from Boca Manu Lodge, leaving the relatively clean waters of the “Madre de Dios River” behind; we’ll enter to the Clay Laden Waters of the Manu River. With a brief stop at the Park ranger station at Limonal to present our permits, we will travel for about five hours up the Manu. Beaches, especially in the dry season, are loaded with nesting birds and feeding Herons, Egrets, Orinoco Geese, Terns and Skimmers to the names but a few. Some beaches will host sunning White and Black Caimans, and breeding side-of necked turtles. Hundreds of Sand-coloured Nightjars roost during the day on logs and beaches and there is a chance of encountering a sunning Jaguar – the world’s third largest cat. We will see some species of primate on this river trip, possibly Red Howler Monkeys or the smaller Squirrel Monkeys. After having lunched by the river, we will arrive at “Casa Matsiguenka Lodge” near the Lake of Cocha Salvador. We’ll have the afternoon to explore some of the trails through the pristine rainforest in the area. A visit to the Lake of Cocha Otorongo is planned, where observation piers and a 20 meter-observation tower in the rainforest canopy overlooking the lake are available for observing wildlife. We will also be on the lookout for a large family of Giant Otters that inhabit this lake. Before or after dinner, an optional excursion into the forest at night is available with your guide in search of nocturnal creatures. The lakes are full of eye-shine of the large Black Caiman and if we are lucky we may encounter an Olingo Kinkajou or even an Ocelot on the trails. Certainly the night time noise of tree frogs and insects in the forest is an experience not to be forgotten. Night at “Casa Matsiguenka”, a rustic native owned lodge, managed by the Matsiguenkas themselves, with their own exclusive trail system. There are flush toilet and ambient temperature shower facilities and screened twin rooms, with comfortable beds and mosquito nets.

Day 9 – Casa Matsiguenkas – Cocha Salvador:

After breakfast, we’ll spend the morning at the lake of Cocha Salvador. Some of the time will be spent canoeing in the Lake on a floating platform observing ox-bow lake animal life from the water. We may encounter an Agami Heron or a Sun grebe and Brown Cappuchin Monkeys are usually feeding on fruits nearby. Specially constructed stones that jut out into the lake enable us to look for a family of Giant Otters that live here. These, the world’s largest freshwater carnivores, remain common only in Manu, having been hunted to extinction throughout most of their former range. Each animal consumes between 4 and 5 kilos of fish daily and often they can be seen eating large fish on logs at the lakeside. The rest of the day will be spent walking along the trails in the area in search of some of the 13 species of Monkeys found in the forest here. Your guide will explain some of the basics of rainforest ecosystems and point out some of the medicinal plants of the area used by local, indigenous groups. We may cross paths with a group of Peccaries – a species of wild boar found here. A late afternoon enjoy the sun sets. Night at “Casa Matsiguenka”.

Day 10 – Casa Matsiguenkas–Palotoa Ecological Reserve:

This day, we will leave “Casa Matsiguenka” and we will continue our trip around 4 hours down to the river of Boca Manu. The river trip may hold surprises and we’ll be attentive for any wildlife on the beaches. Leaving Boca Manu, we’ll head up to the “Madre de Dios River” for three hours to the comfortable Bonanza Lodge. This is strategically located lodge facility is jointly owned and run by Palotoa amazon travel a local conservation group and do a base for scientific birdwatchers research in the area and a center for visitors want to explore the rainforest. We should arrive in time for lunch, a shower and get to meet whoever researchers who are onsite. The afternoon is set aside to relax or, if you want, to explore a trail through the untouched forest to a lookout point on a cliff over the river to watch roosting flights of Parrots and Macaws as the sun sets. Those who wish can participate in a night walk with your guide in search of nocturnal animals. Night at “Palotoa Lodge”.

Day 11 – Palotoa Ecological Reserve – Cusco:

We will leave Palotoa Lodge early in the morning to arrive to the Port of Atalaya from here; we will take the van directly to Cusco passing through Cloud Forest and the Andes, arriving to Cusco at 07:30 p.m.



Salkantay Includes

  • Pick up from Hotel / Accommodation.
  • Bus from Cusco to Mollepata.
  • Bilingual Tour Guide (Shared).
  • Chef.
  • Box Lunch (2 apples, 2 bananas, chocolate, biscuit, juice “Frugos” granola bar)
  • 1 mineral water, 1 Powerade
  • Rain Coat.
  • Food: 04 breakfasts, 04 lunches, 04 dinners.
  • Camping Equipment: Sleeping Tent for 4 people, every 2 people, mattress
  • Kitchen, tables, chairs, dishes.
  • Porters.
  • Mules to carry the equipment, food, and 5 KILOS OF PASSENGER BAGGAGE (includes sleeping and mattresses) only for 3 days. THEN YOU MUST CARRY FOR OWN THE 5 KILOS CARRIED BY THE MULES.
  • Emergency Horse.
  • 01 Hostel Night DWB in Aguas Calientes (Hot Water, Wifi, Lcd, Breakfast).
  • ONE WAY BUS (Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu).
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Turistic Train of Return from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo 18:35 hours.
  • Return Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco 22:30 hour’s approx.
  • First aid kid.
  • Option vegetarian food – no additional cost.
  • Dufle bag to carry 5 kilos.
  • Inflatable mattress Doite.

Manu Includes

  • Private transportation (bus and boat)
  • Rubber boots and rain poncho
  • All accommodations and Lodges
  • Professional bilingual guide from the jungle.
  • Mineral water every time.
  • First-Aid Kit
  • 3 meals per day, includes vegetarian food option and snack
  • Professional Chef
  • Entrance to the Hot Spring Entrance to “Palotoa Ecological Reserve” Entrance Fee to “Manu National Park.


  • Original (and * International Student card (ISIC) if applicable) passport.
  • Travel insurance is essential.
  • Hike
  • Rain  poncho or rain jacket.
  • Long sleeve shirts.
  • Comfortable pants, Shorts.
  • Sun hat.
  • Sunscreen (factor 20 recommended).
  • 15% insect repellent DEET.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended).
  • Personal medications.
  • Photographic and movie camera.
  • Swimwear (for hot springs of Santa Teresa.
  • Repellent with a minimum of 40% deet
  • Good Binoculars
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Sun lotion
  • Pocket money
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
  • Sandals
  • Sun hat
  • Swimming suit and toilet paper.


    We had an unforgettable 4 days experience with an excellent guide: Darwin. Everything is well organized: lodges, rubber boots ( ah you will need them…!), delicious food, experienced guide, boat trips, bus rides, animals spots…. 


    TripAdvisor, Palotoa Amazon Travel

    Shortly said, it was a unique experience which i will never forget. It was the highlight of my 3-weeks journey through Peru. Being out there in the wild with nothing but nature & animals around is incredible and really intense…


    TripAdvisor, Palotoa Amazon Travel

    Being able to explore the amazon with Abel was such a pleasure. Abel taught us so much and showed us the beauty and art that lie within the amazon. Without Abel, our exploration of the amazon would never be the same…

    Kuan Ting L

    TripAdvisor, Palotoa Amazon Travel