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8 Day Cusco and Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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Experience Peru like never before. The Salkantay trek is an ancient footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail, where massive snowcapped mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests.


  • Hike up and over the Salkantay Pass for breathtaking views of the valley below
  • Explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and the stunning archaeological site at Machu Picchu
  • Embark on a trail covering 15 different ecosystems
  • Learn the art of weaving in the rainbow city of Chinchero


Day 1: Arrival in Cusco. Firstly, upon your arrival at the airport in Cusco, a staff member will be there to greet you and take you to our partner hotel. After a 30 minutes trip to the city center, you will be dropped at your hotel. Likewise, you will have the rest of the day to rest and acclimatize to the altitude of the city and enjoy delicious coca tea. Lodging: Stay at the 3-star Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 2: Chinchero to Maras Salt Mines and Moray. Be collected around 8:00 AM and head to Moray. The drive is about 1 hour and 20 minutes and is absolutely beautiful. You will drive through the snow-capped peaks of the Andes and through lush yellow fields of wheat, past some villages. Finally, you will arrive at the fascinating display of terraces in Moray. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. When you are done exploring Moray, you will head to the salt mines of Maras, which is about 2 miles away. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back to pre-Inca times. The last place to visit will be Chinchero. Here, admire the well-preserved Inka walls of the main square as well as the many altars. Visit the beautiful colonial church, which is unique with its interior artwork and imagery. Moving on, participate in a wonderful introduction and learning experience of the art of Andean textiles. Once you are done, you will head back to the city in time to enjoy some lunch on your own. Lodging: Stay at the 3-star Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 3: Cusco to Mollepata to Soraypampa Trek. Leave from Cusco approximately between 4:30 AM and 5:00 AM. A bus will take you to the town of Mollepata at 2,900 meters above sea level at approximately 8:00 AM. Stop for last-minute supplies, leg-stretching, and using the restrooms. Continue to the trek starting point, Sayapata.  Meet the support staff, who will load the equipment onto horses and mules. Around 9:00 AM, begin the walk toward Soraypampa at 3,850 meters above sea level. During the trip, have panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. At about 1:00 PM, have a Peruvian lunch. Then, continue hiking toward Humantay Lake, which takes approximately 3 hours. This is a beautiful lake in the mountains. Return to the camp, where dinner and your tent will be ready for you.  Day 4: SorayPampa to Challway. Today, nature will change drastically from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, start the most difficult part of the trek. Being around 7:00 AM and hike to a place called Pampas Salkantay. Go toward the left side of the snowy peaks of Umantay, located next to the Apu Salkantay. At midday, you will reach the highest point at 4,600 meters above sea level.  Appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay at 6,264 meters above sea level, which is known as the second highest point of the Cusco region. At around 1:00 PM, have lunch in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of approximately 3 hours, arrive at your camp in Challway at 2,920 meters above sea level. At around 7:00 PM, recuperate from the trek and eat dinner. Day 5: Challway to La Playa to Lucmabamba. At around 7:00 AM, begin your trek and enjoy the beautiful sunrise. Walk for about 5 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco and during this period see a town called Collpabamba, which is also called the Forest Cloudy Brow where waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If you are lucky, you will be able to observe the famous bird called the Cock of the Rocks, which is the national bird of Peru. Once at Playa Sahuayaco have lunch then continue hiking for a couple of hours to get to Lucmabamba, which is your last campsite and the beginning of the Inca Trail of Llacta Pata.  Day 6: Lucmabamba to Llaptapata to Hydro-Electrical Power Plant to Aguas Calientes. At around 8:00 AM, begin the gradual hike up for about 2 hours. Reach Llapta Pata, a beautiful archeological site with connections to the Inca sites of Machupicchu and Sayacmarka. Have plenty of time to explore this Inca site. Then, start your descent to the hydro-electrical power plant, which takes about 1.5-hours. A pleasant 3-hour walk will bring you to Aguas Calientes, where you will stay in Aguas Calientes Hatun Samay Hotel or a similar hostel for the night. Go out and have dinner together in one of the many restaurants.  Day 7: Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Cusco. Today, rise very early to catch the first bus to Machu Picchu and enter the site as it opens. There will be a 2-3 hour guided tour of the site to show you some of the most important locations, altars, and constructions. You will learn about the history of this amazing place and the people who once lived here. After, if you have the permit to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, you can do it now. In the afternoon, your train will depart Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo then you will carry on by bus to Cusco. Lodging: Stay at the 3-star Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 8: Free day and fly to Lima. You have the morning to relax and spend free time exploring Cusco. In the afternoon, take the transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Lima.


Transfers, a professional English-speaking tour guide, and entrance fees before the Salkantay Trek 3 night’s accommodations in 3-star hotels with breakfast Pick up from your accommodation to the beginning of the trail A professional English-speaking tour guide on the trek An assistant guide with groups of more than nine people Accommodation in Hotel in Aguas Calientes or similar on day 4 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers Inflatable mattress Chef Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment and 6 kilograms of your personal items 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks, and 4 dinners Water after the first 4 hours of the trek for which you need to bring your own Dining tent with tables and chairs Oxygen bottle First aid kit Entrance fee to Machu Picchu Return transportation from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Important Information

  • You must provide the full name, date of birth, nationality, and passport number of each participant when booking because this information is required in order to confirm your entrance to Machu Picchu
  • You must bring a current valid passport
  • It is highly recommended to arrange travel insurance for the duration of your trip
  • It is recommended to bring a small backpack, good trekking shoes or boots, sandals, a fleece, a warm jacket, a rain jacket or poncho, comfortable trousers, t-shirts, shorts, a bathing suit, a towel, insect repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, gloves, a flashlight with spare batteries, toiletries, hand sanitizer, and personal medication
  • It is recommended that you bring some local currency as some places do not accept credit cards

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