Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

8 days - 7 nights
Cusco, the Sacred Valley, hike to Machu Picchu
Overview

Prepare yourself for one of the top Five treks in the world, which leads to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Join our trekking team with our expert guides, cooks, wranglers and horses to climb the beautiful, impressive mountains surrounding the Apu Salkantay. This is a more remote path in the same region as the Inca trail where huge snow-capped mountains collide with tropical rainforests offering adventure seekers a more private and authentic trek. We plan your time before, giving you time to acclimatize visiting the most important sites in Cusco and in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Tour highlights:

  • Learn about the history, Inca myths and legends past down over the centuries. 
  • Visit the local traditional Andean market in Cusco to get an idea oif the lifestyle of the local people.
  • Explore the splendid temples and palaces of Cusco and the Sacred Valley
  • Take a quieter and more authentic route to Machu Picchu
  • Camp out beneath the huge overpowering peak of the Apu Salkantay
  • Take in the breath-taking views at Machu Picchu - the lost city
  • Upgrade to a luxury hotel in Aguas Calientes town

 

  1. Arrive in Cusco and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon City tour of Cusco. Overnight Cusco
  2. Day excursion in the Sacred Valley, visiting a weaving project, the market in Pisac, the town of Ollantaytambo and its archeological site. Overnight in Cusco
  3. Day three - Day six: Four day trek via Salkantay to Machu Picchu
  4. Guided tour or Machu Picchu. Free tiime to explore the site. Afternoon return to Cusco by train. Overnight Cusco
  5. Transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima
Departures:
Daily departures year round, except February
Destinations:
Cusco, the Sacred Valley, hike to Machu Picchu
Reservation code:
SLK7
Day by day

Day 1 City tour of Cusco

On arrival to Cusco our representative will be waiting to take you to your hotel. After your check in, we will give you a briefing on the upcoming activities and we will provide you with all your travel documents and answer any questions, you may have.

In the afternoon we will pick you up for your City Tour. First, we will visit the Cathedral of Cusco on the Plaza de Armas and continuously the temple of Qoricancha, also known as the temple of the Sun. After these visits, we will continue to the upper part of Cusco to visit several archaeological sites. The first stop will be at Sacsayhuaman, a ceremonial complex of the Incas. We will also visit Qenqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. At the end, we will return to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel.
 

Note: In private service you will first have a tour by foot through the city, visiting Qoricancha the Inca Sun Temple, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral, enjoying the atmosphere of the city by observing the well-preserved colonial architecture that conserves Incas original stone walls, evidence of a rich and complex history. We will continue our way until we get to San Pedro Central Market where the locals shop for Andean grains, fruits, natural medicine plants and more. Afterwards, drive up above Cusco for a visit of the spectacular Sacsayhuaman Inca complex with stupendous stonework, Qenko a place of rituals and then we will visit the house of Sulca to see the lovely textiles made by hand.

In the evening the guide for the trek will come to your hotel for a pre-trek trail briefing.
Overnight in Cusco
No meals

Day 2 Full day Sacred Valley Tour

This morning we depart from Cusco heading up and over the highlands towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We arrive to Pisac to visit the colourful Pisac village market where you can find a wide variety of handicraft. Then, we head up to Pisac ruins located high up overlooking the valley. After an hour exploring this magnificent site we head down through the valley until we reach the town of Urubamba. Here we take a buffet lunch before continuing to Ollantaytambo town to visit its ruins, which are located on top of the mountain that overlooks the town.Then we head to Chinchero which is a small Andean village located high up on the windswept plains of Anta at 3762m. There are beautiful views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the snow-capped peak of Salkantay dominating the western horizon. The village mainly comprises mud brick (adobe) houses, and locals still go about their business in traditional dresses. Here we will have a weaving demonstration and we will learn about the ancient techniques they use to make their textiles.
Return to Cusco.

Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 3 Salkantay Trek

Cusco-Mollepata – Salkantaypampa.

After an early breakfast, we are ready to start a 4-hour trek and begin our ascent to Salkantay Mountain Pass (4525m /14842ft). We'll have a magnificent view of the snow-capped surrounding Glaciers, as well as other interesting geological formations. With some luck we can spot condors here. We will start the descent to the village of Huayracmachay where we will have lunch and after a brief, we'll continue our descent to the village of Chaullay, where we will spend the second night. In our trek we will enjoy the geographical shift between cold, dry area we were in the past days to the most tropical zone, we will also enjoy the change in the flora and fauna and we will see several kinds of birds and orchids.Finally, at our campsite in Chaullay, we will have our dinner and the overnight.
(18 km -11.18 mi / 9-hour trek).

Overnight at campsite. 
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 4 Salkantay Trek

Salkantaypampa -Collpapampa.

After an early breakfast, we are ready to start a 3-hour trek and begin our ascent to Salkantay Mountain Pass (4525m /14842ft). We'll have a magnificent view of the snow-capped surrounding Glaciers, as well as other interesting geological formations. With some luck we can spot condors here. After a brief rest, we'll continue our trek downwards into the cloud forest along the Salkantay river. The climate changes as we descend into a tropical climate and in the late afternoon we will arrive at our campsite in Collcapampa to spend the night.
(16 km - 10mi / 8 hour trek).Overnight at campsite. 
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 5 Salkantay Trek

Collpapampa - Lucmabamba
 

We will start our walk to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley. During the walk we will see wild orchids, coffee, tea, banana and avocado plantations. We will pass through a town called Colpapampa, also called the "front cloud forest" where we could see waterfalls, hot springs, fruit trees and birds and a varied flora. After lunch, we will hike for about 1 hour to our base camp called Lucmabamba (2400 MASL - 7874 feet).

We are going to explore the tropical forest for a while and have a lovely visit at an organic coffee farm. Here you can taste the coffee prepared by the local people. Coffee is the main agricultural industry of the local people here in the jungle and they grow many hectares of coffee for export the US, Asia and Europe.

(16 km – 9.94 mi / 5-hour trek). Overnight at campsite. 
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 6 Salkantay Trek

Lucmabamba –Llactapata –Hidroelectrica -Aguas Calientes

On this day we will climb up about 3 hours, through an original Inca Trail till to get to the first archeological site of this trail in this part of the mountain you will see a lot of vegetation, flowers, shrubs, trees of high forest once we reach the archaeological site of Llactapata. We also have the view of Machu Picchu from a different mountain chain. After having a guided tour of Llactapata, we will start to descent for about 2 hours to the Urubamba valley until we reach the Hydroelectric Plant where we will have the last lunch. In the afternoon we take a short train ride to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hostel.

(12km - 7.45mi / 5-hour trek).
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Breakfast & lunch included

Day 7 Tour of Machu Picchu

After breakfast your guide will accompany you for an early bus for the sunrise at Machu Picchu. The first buses start leaving at 5.30am and take 30 minutes to get to Machu Picchu. The doors to Machu Picchu open at 6am.You will have about 4 hours for your visit in the Citadel when you will be able to enjoy this magnificent place before the crowds arrive later in the morning. Our professional guide will slowly show you around the main areas recounting myths and legends passed down over the centuries and explaining about some of the advanced building techniques the Incas used. After the tour will be time to head back down to the town by bus. Here you can find many restaurants offering lunch and afterwards you will board the return train through the Sacred Valley to Poroy town with a transfer back to Cusco arriving at approximately 8.30pm.

Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included.

Day 8 Departure from Cusco

Transfer to the airport for your flight to LIma.
Breakfast included

Included

Included

Hotels included:
three nights in Cusco , one night in Aguas Calientes and three nights in campsites on the Salkantay Trek
Entrance tickets:
All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the program
Excursions:
All excursions mentioned in the program
Guide:
Official guides during excursions
Machupicchu:
Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary on day
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in program
Train:
Expedition Train from Machupicchu to Cusco

Not included:

  • Flights:International flights
  • Flights: Domestic flights Lima/ Cusco/Lima
  • Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
  • Insurance: Travel insurance
Hotels

Hotels

Cusco

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    Category: Economic

    Eco Inn Cusco

    Hotel Eco Inn in Cusco is operating since October 2007 in a big white prominent building at the end of Sol Avenue and in front of the Artesanal Market and waterfall. The entry and lobby are enormous and are flooded with natural light coming in from the impressive roof. Next to this lobby you'll find a stylish restaurant with the tables set up next to the river which was beautifully constructed through the restaurant. The suites and traditional rooms are divided among 4 floors and 3 elevators can be used to avoid climbing stairs.

    In the basement of the Hotel Eco Inn you can discover the greatness of their Inca Spa. A completely different world with a unique atmosphere will make you feel fresh, clean and above all full of vitality and energy. They combine ancient Inca methods, elements and techniques during their rituals, massages and facial or body treatments.

    Hotel Eco Inn is a great option for a comfortable and new hotel at an accesable price.

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    Category: Economic

    Casa San Blas

    Casa San Blas Boutique is small attractive hotel in the middle of the historic artisan San Blas district and located at a quiet spot. It houses in an finely restored colonial mansion and the rooms are decorated with beautiful handmade weavings.

    The entire staff has been carefully selected and trained about exactly how to please a customer. Flexibility is a key word in their customer service style. Casa San Blas Boutique lodge offers you free Internet, spacious rooms, clean and roomy bathrooms, cable TV in every room and extra long beds. Besides these amenities it also offers visitors Tika, a small cosy restaurant where you can have your breakfast, lunch or dinner in a romantic setting.

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    Category: Economic

    Casa Andina Classic San Blas Cusco

    The Casa Andina Classic San Blas Hotel is a hotel made for visitors looking for a relaxed, stress-free place to stay individually or with a family. With its restaurant, interior courtyard, fountain, 3 wood burning chimneys and, above all, the helpful staff; this hotel can compete with the best hotels in town.

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    Category: Economic

    Casa Andina Classic Plaza Cusco

    asa Andina is a famous hotel chain in Peru and has 5 hotels in Cusco. Their hotels are divided in two categories, the Casa Andina "Classic" Hotels and the Casa Andina "Private Collection" Hotels. Their slogan is "Casa Andina, inspired by a sense of place" and all the hotels are known for their superior value and top-notch locations. 

    The special feature you'll notice in Casa Andina Classis Cusco Plaza hotel is the elevator which will make it a bit easier to get to the 4th floor.

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    Category: Economic

    Casa Andina Classic Koricancha Cusco

    Casa Andina is a famous hotel chain in Peru and has 5 hotels in Cusco. Their hotels are divided in two categories, the Casa Andina "Classic" Hotels and the Casa Andina "Private Collection" Hotels. Their slogan is "Casa Andina, inspired by a sense of place" and all the hotels are known for their superior value and top-notch locations.

    Casa Andina Classic Koricancha is the largest of the Casa Andina chain in Cusco with 54 rooms. With the two interior patios it can offer its clients a peaceful and comfortable stay in the busy city of Cusco.

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    Category: Economic

    Encantada

    Hotel Encantada is far from the noisy streets, but still located in the centre and close to the Sacsayhuaman ruins. The Encantada Boutique Hotel is a marvellous place located in the higher part of Cusco's city centre.

    All 15 rooms are divided among three floors in this modern styled hotel; on the upper floor there is a rooftop terracce and a spa. From both places you'll have an excellent view over the city, the surrounding mountains and the rooftops of San Blas while listening to the sound of the birds in the trees close by. The services of the Spa are exclusive guests of the hotel and must be reserved in advance. 

    The lobby is decorated in a very modern way with leather furniture, dark brown colours and offers a tranquil atmosphere, especially with the fire burning. The Internet, fruits and hot water for drinks are free to use and can be found in the hotel's lobby.

    Plenty of natural light enters the spacious rooms because of the large windows.

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    Category: Economic

    Casa Andina Cathedral Cusco

    The Hotel Casa Andina Classic Cathedral is situated as close as possible to the main square, though it is devoid of the busy traffic and street noise, which creates an ideal accommodation in Cusco. Its location, not even 50 metres from Cusco's Cathedral, gives it many advantages and with double thick windows in the rooms on the street side you won't be bothered by the traffic below.

    Several of the brightly coloured rooms have perfect views over the Plaza de Armas, the Santa Catalina Convent or the Compania de Jesus Church.

    The hotel was built in a colonial building and still has the beautiful green balconies which makes it fit perfectly in the Cusco centre city style.

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    Category: Economic

    Andenes Al Cielo

    Hotel Andenes al Cielo is the perfect combination of a guesthouse and a modern hotel. It has all the facilities and services of a modern hotel, but offers you the personal service of a small guesthouse. 

    Andenes al Cielo is located on Choquecheka Street, at the beginning of the San Blas district,  The hotel offers its guests many advantages. Only two blocks from the main square, the hotel is close to restaurants, bars, pubs and shops in the San Blas area.
     
    The hotel itself maintains the ancient colonial style for which Cusco is very famous. Arches, handcrafted furniture and stones combined with the andenes (terraces) and the wooden balconies give Andenes al Cielo this colonial "look".
     
    All the rooms have a flat screen television and a private bathroom. The Deluxe rooms are even more comfortable with a fireplace, sitting area and balconies.

Machu Picchu Pueblo

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    Category: Economic

    Andina Luxury

    Rooms at the Hotel Andina are spacious and the riverside rooms have spectacular views of the mountains and river. All rooms have a bathtub and the six luxury rooms of the hotel include a Jacuzzi. All rooms have flat screen 32'' plasma TVs with cable. Hotel Andina Luxury has a sauna, a hot whirlpool, a massage centre and a restaurant in the basement; these new facilities are available to enjoy since a few monts.

    Hotel Andina is the perfect choice when looking for a modern, new hotel at a reasonable price.

    The hotel also has a conference room, which can be used by groups for free.

Prices

  Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5* Luxury Superior 5*+
Prices in US$. Double room US $  US $  US $  Please consult us.
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* Prices for 2022 ( we are working on it)
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