Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

8 days, Cusco to Cusco

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.

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.

8 days

Cusco to Cusco

From$1349 USD
Trip Code: SPSK

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.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Active

Hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: Challenging

Serious high-altitude hikes, cycling, or other instances of heavy exercise. Come prepared to sweat a bit.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 6

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

8 days

Cusco to Cusco

From$1349 USD
Trip Code: SPSK
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Places visited

Inca Trail & Lares Trek

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at any time.

Day 2

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.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3

Transfer to the start of the trail and begin the Salkantay Trek. Stunning views and Inca ruins fill the days as the 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. Enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery and breathtaking views as the trek descends from the heights of the Andes to the lush subtropics surrounding Machu Picchu.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4

During the second day of the Salkantay Trek reach the highest point of the trek and enjoy the breathtaking views of Umantay and Apu Salkantay.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5

Continue the trek, passing through the town of Collpabamba en route to Lucmabamba.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6

The final day of trekking leads to Santa Teresa. Catch the train in the afternoon to Aguas Calientes.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7

Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Optional visit to the Inca Bridge and return to Cusco in the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Places visited

Inca Trail & Lares Trek

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What's Included

  • 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 Qosqo, an indigenous village
  • Trek on the Salkantay route to Machu Picchu with local guide, cooks, and porters (4-day)
  • Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Salkantay Trek
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (4 nts), camping (3 nts).

Meals

7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 3 Dinners. (Allow USD95-125 for meals not included.)

Transportation

Private van, hiking, train.

Staff & experts

Local guide throughout.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

My Own Room - $299.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

| 8 days - Cusco to Cusco - from $1349 USD