This is the best, luxury trekking tour package for the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu. Focused on the adventure, comfort, safety of all trekkers and taking time to have many outstanding moments in these awe inspiring mountains, cloud forests and famous ruins. Completion of the trek at the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) at Machu Picchu, is the beginning of your day in this magical citadel. The bliss and challenge of trekking on these ancient Incan carved stone paths and earthen trails to reach One of the Seven Wonders of the World is a once in a lifetime opportunity never forgotten!
Salkantay is the name of the snow mountain which stands at 6371 m, and is situated in the south of Machu Picchu. Trekking up close to this stunning mountain you will see the transformation of eco systems along the way as the environmental factors vary. This memorable trip ends in the lost city of the Incas - MACHU PICCHU.
Our Salkantay Trek luxury includes all the services that others and our extra fine services at an incredible price.
Salkantay trek to Machupicchu is one of the most picturesque trips offered in the Cusco region, which will take you near the sacred peak of the snow of Sankantay (6,271 meters), considered by Andean Peruvians as the "spiritual protector" of this Trekking adventure It is the main option offered to visitors because the famous Inca Trail is so crowded and spaces are bumpy.
The trek is an ancient Inca trail that forms a vast network of Inca roads. Its path through the highlands of the Peruvian Andes, past the peaks of glaciers and deep into the forest of tropical clouds that surrounds the famous lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. The Salkantay trek is a perfect choice for travelers seeking alternative hikes to Machu Picchu
Day 1: Arrival to Cusco
Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas
Day 3: Trek Cusco (Soraypampa - Wayracmachay)
Day 4: Wayracmachay - Collpapampa
Day 5: Collpapampa - La Playa
Day 6: La Playa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes
Day 7: Machu Picchu - Cusco
Day 8: Departure Day
We will be waiting for your arrival, whatever the time of day to transfer you from the airport to your hotel. Have a wander around the atmospheric streets of Cusco. Our recommendations are: The Cathedral of Cusco, in the main plaza, Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca, Pucara, Tambomachay, and the Qoricancha temple. Try and get some rest as well to acclimatize yourself before your luxury hike to Salkantay
Full day tour includes visit to the local market of Pisaq, the mountain town of Chinchero, Urubamba for lunch and Ollantaytambo.
Early morning we take a 3 hour drive from Cusco to Mollepata where we stop for breakfast. Then we carry on till Soraypampa where we start a gentle hike to a valley. After a four hour hike we reach the Salkantay and Huamantay pass, where we step back to view the spectacular scenery. We then drop gently down to the Soirococha lagoon where we have lunch. After we carry on till Wayracmachay, our first campsite where you are served dinner and relax for the night.
After an early breakfast we say goodbye to the Salkantay Mountain. We enter a tropical cloud forest, seeing beautiful flowers, plants and birds along the way. After a four hour descent we reach Collpapampa where we set up our next campsite and have lunch. Then we can relax or have a walk around the area.
After a hearty breakfast we keep descending through the forest through increasingly tall trees and bamboo groves providing bird watching opportunities, and viewing the Santa Teresa River. We then take an untamed path, with wild fruit growing all around, decorated by colorful flowers until we arrive at our third campsite, La Playa.
We rise early today to begin an uphill walk with amazing views. After a 3 hour hike we arrive at Abra Q'elloqasa (or El Mirador) which overlooks Machu Picchu. We view the recently restored Inca ruins at Llactapampa from where we can view both Machu Picchu and the Salkantay Mountain. Then we descend for 3 hours through bamboo groves, orchards and coffee plantations to the hydroelectric plant where we have our lunch. Then on to our last campsite at Aguas Calientes at the foothills of Machu Picchu.
After an early breakfast we traverse up Machu Picchu mountain for about 2 hours where we enter the site nice and early for the best photo opportunities. We get our tour of the Incan City, then we can enjoy trekking around Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu at our leisure. In the afternoon we take the train back to Cusco.
Meal budget: Please allow USD 100-150 for meals not included.
Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you receive your own single room for all overnights and a single tent for the Salkantay Trek.
Local flights: It not included in the cost of your tour.
Many people include Peru in their “Things to do” list before they depart the planet, the main reason being to Trek the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, although what most people don’t know is that there are various Inca Trails Trips to Machu Picchu to pick from in the Cusco region. The difference lies in what kind of an experience you want, hiking the Inca trail and how challenging you like your treks.
If you want to say that you’ve hiked the famous hike to Machu Picchu, then the Classic Inca Trail is for you. but usually you will need to book in advance, in case it is fully booked, we recommend other best alternatives:
The camping equipment to Inca Trail will be returned to Cusco on day 4th, you need to give to chef the sleeping bag, mattress.
Camping (double tent) provided in 1st, 2nd, 3rd nights
The hike to Inca Trail is included the extra porter. Our porters will carry your clothes, sleeping (5 kg per person). You will need to carry only your a daypack: Camera, water bottle, snacks, cold weather and a poncho in case of rain (unlikely in Dry season May to October)- but as a precaution.
It’s very important to take EXTRA MONEY. You need to take at least 200-300 soles emergency money: