Conquer the Salkantay Trek in the Andes, explore Inca ruins and Machu Picchu, trek through local communities and beautiful Andean scenery.
Salkantay has been dubbed the most spectacular peak in the Peruvian Andes. On this trip, you’ll trek in the shadows of this impressive mountain, interact with its inhabitants and explore its forgotten ruins. You’ll arrive at Santa Teresa – the backdoor of Machu Picchu – where you’ll catch the train to Aguas Calientes for an early-morning visit to Machu Picchu.
- Cusco Tourist Ticket. Guided tour of Sacred Valley and visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op, and lunch at the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village. 4-day trek on the Salkantay route to Machu Picchu with local guide, cooks, and porters. Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Salkantay Trek. Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
- 4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 3 Dinners. (Allow USD95-125 for meals not included.)
- Hotels (4 nts), camping (3 nts).
- Private van, hiking, train.
- Local guide throughout.
- Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 6
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Day 1 Cusco
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo/Cusco (1L)
Full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins along with a visit to a Planeterra weaving project in a local community. Visit the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village for lunch. Shopping opportunities at a local market before returning to Cusco.
Days 3-6 Salkantay Trek/Aguas Calientes (3B,4L,3D)
Transfer to the head of the trail and begin the Salkantay Trek. Stunning views and Inca ruins fill the days as you hike past the striking peaks of Salkantay, Humantay, and Ausangate, among others. Several high passes are traversed, including the highest at Tocto, reaching 4,900m (16,076 ft) before descending into valleys nestled in the mountains. Nights are spent camping under the stars. Spectacular mountain scenery and breathtaking views as the trek descends from the heights of the Andes to the lush subtropics surrounding Machu Picchu. Catch the train in the afternoon of Day 6 to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Salkantay Trek.
Day 7 Machu Picchu/Cusco (B)
Guided tour of Machu Picchu. Optional visit to the Inca Bridge and return to Cusco in the evening.
Day 8 Cusco
Depart at any time.
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