Cordillera Vilcabamba, Perú

Salkantay & Machu Picchu

When: MAR-OCT

Length: 5 days

Level: Intermediate

Price: $760

Overview

An epic trek alternative that takes you all the way to Machu Picchu

From the white-capped peaks of the high Andes to the vibrant ecosystem of the cloud forest, the Salkantay Trail passes through the iconic layers signature to Peru’s tropical sierras

Often considered an alternative to the reservation-heavy itinerary of the Inca Trail, the Salkantay is a nature lover’s paradise. Camp adjacent to alpine glaciers, drop down through orchid-spotted cloud forests, witness cascading waterfalls break through dense jungle and stroll along coffee plantations and tropical fruit orchards in lush valleys and forests.

From the highest pass at Huaracpampa down to the bustling town of Aguas Calientes, you will literally feel the oxygen levels shift along with the surrounding landscape.

Upon reaching the sub-tropical archeological site of Llactapata, the silhouette of Machu Picchu graces the horizon, luring you in to discover her mysteries on the final day of your adventure.

Read more about your upcoming adventure on the Salkantay trail.

"One of the joys of this trek was seeing how much our local team revered and respected the awesome environment we were surrounded by."
- Cindy Fisher

There are a number of options for this trek, including staying in locally owned cabins - instead of camping - as well as entering Aguas Calientes along an abandoned railway line. You can also combine this trip with a number of local mountain climbs and/or other hikes in the mountains around Cusco.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 -

Early pickup and travel by bus to Mollepata, a small town situated on the slopes of the Apurimac River. A three hour hike to Cruzpata for lunch will provide panoramic views of snow-capped Humantay and Salkantay (6271m/20575ft). Head towards your first campsite at Soraypampa, the highest and coldest campsite of the trip, situated at 4000m/12750ft.

Day 2 -

Start the day climbing for the highest pass on the trek, located at 4650m/15200ft and nestled halfway between two looming giants: Salkantay and Tucarhuay. After marveling at these high altitude spectacles, you will witness a rapid environmental transition from high mountain landscapes to tropical jungle. After lunching at Huayracmachay, hike approximately three hours more to your second campsite, Colcapampa.

Day 3 -

Pass through valleys with wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants. Set up camp in the warmth of La Playa (2500m/8202ft), and after some rest, head to the nearby hot springs and enjoy a well-deserved soak in its soothing waters (Optional).

Day 4 -

A three hour steady climb through lush sub-tropical forest brings you to Llactapata, an incredible Incan fort from which you will see the backside of Machu Picchu against the surrounding mountain tops. Arrival at Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night (optional hot spring in town).

Day 5 -

Enjoy an early morning visit to the fabled ruins, witnessing Machu Picchu awake with the sunrise, and spend the day in both guided and individual exploration. Optional climb of Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft). Meet with your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch and receive your train tickets back to Cusco.

What's Included

Can be included

  • All in-country transport during trip
  • First class bus tickets
  • Hotel accommodations for specified time
  • Professional, certified English-speaking guides
  • All acclimatisation activities and for the duration of the expedition
  • Professional outdoor cook, 3 healthy meals a day plus snacks during the wilderness components of the trip
  • All national park entrance fees
  • All camping and cooking equipment
  • Donkeys or llamas and porters where applicable
  • Sleeping tents
  • Sleeping mats
  • Cook tent, eating tent, tables, chairs, and bathroom tent
  • First aid kit stocked for wilderness expeditions

Not usually included:

  • International flights and applicable airport taxes
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • All food during in-town days except the Celebration Banquet
  • Incidental personal expenditures, including emergency evacuations and medical expenditures
  • Insurance: personal travel, high mountain and/or medical insurance

Scheduled Trips

19th Jun 2018 - 23rd Jun 2018

All inclusive from Cusco to Cusco, this trek takes you through the famous Salkantay Valley, camping each night among the stars. The itinerary returns to Cusco by train. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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10th Jul 2018 - 14th Jul 2018

All inclusive from Cusco to Cusco, this trek takes you through the famous Salkantay Valley, camping each night among the stars. The itinerary returns to Cusco by train. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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17th Jul 2018 - 21st Jul 2018

All inclusive from Cusco to Cusco, this trek takes you through the famous Salkantay Valley, camping each night among the stars. The itinerary returns to Cusco by train. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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5th Aug 2018 - 9th Aug 2018

All inclusive from Cusco to Cusco, this trek takes you through the famous Salkantay Valley, camping each night among the stars. The itinerary returns to Cusco by train. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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14th Aug 2018 - 18th Aug 2018

All inclusive from Cusco to Cusco, this trek takes you through the famous Salkantay Valley, camping each night among the stars. The itinerary returns to Cusco by train. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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21st Aug 2018 - 25th Aug 2018

All inclusive from Cusco to Cusco, this trek takes you through the famous Salkantay Valley, camping each night among the stars. The itinerary returns to Cusco by train. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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9th Sep 2018 - 13th Sep 2018

All inclusive from Cusco to Cusco, this trek takes you through the famous Salkantay Valley, camping each night among the stars. The itinerary returns to Cusco by train. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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7th Oct 2018 - 11th Oct 2018

All inclusive from Cusco to Cusco, this trek takes you through the famous Salkantay Valley, camping each night among the stars. The itinerary returns to Cusco by train. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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9th Oct 2018 - 13th Oct 2018

All inclusive from Cusco to Cusco, this trek takes you through the famous Salkantay Valley, camping each night among the stars. The itinerary returns to Cusco by train. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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16th Oct 2018 - 20th Oct 2018

All inclusive from Cusco to Cusco, this trek takes you through the famous Salkantay Valley, camping each night among the stars. The itinerary returns to Cusco by train. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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23rd Oct 2018 - 27th Oct 2018

All inclusive from Cusco to Cusco, this trek takes you through the famous Salkantay Valley, camping each night among the stars. The itinerary returns to Cusco by train. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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25th Dec 2018 - 29th Dec 2018

All inclusive from Cusco to Cusco, this trek takes you through the famous Salkantay Valley, camping each night among the stars. The itinerary returns to Cusco by train. Exact dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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