Peru Treks

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu & Cusco

Cusco - Machu Picchu

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8 Days, 7 Nights

from $ 1112

itinerary

  • Day 1 . Arrival to Cusco

    Upon your arrival in Cusco, you’ll be met by an Inka Experience representative and transferred to your comfortable hotel.

    Take the day to acclimatize to the altitude in Cusco (14,200 ft. above sea level)

  • Day 2. Sacred Valley

    Your full-day Sacred Valley tour begins with a scenic drive to Pisac, where you will visit its famous, lively market. Hundreds of traditionally-dressed artisans and sellers journey from surrounding villages to sell their crafts and produce at this market. Ceramics, carvings, weavings, and jewelry are popular items.

    You will stop in Urubamba where you will have some free time to explore the town and have lunch (included).

    Continue to the ancient and serene town of Ollantaytambo, which has been continuously inhabited since the 13th century, and visit its impressive hillside fortress ruins.

    Enjoy the breathtaking scenery during your return trip to Cusco.

    Overnight in Cusco.

  • Day 3. City tour

    In the afternoon, after lunch, you’ll take a guided tour of the city and surrounding area. You’ll visit the cathedral, main plaza, ruins of Sachsayhuaman, Koricancha, Puca Pucara, Qenko, and Tambomachay.

    You’ll also get a taste of the mixture between the Inca architecture and Spanish colonial architecture dominated by the city.

    You’ll have the evening to yourselves.

    Overnight in your comfortable Cusco hotel.

  • Day 4. CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA –...

    On this first day, we will leave Cusco very early in our private transport to the village of Mollepata where we will stay for half an hour to have our breakfast. Then we continue our trip in the car until Soraypampa (3900msnm). From here we climb gently for about 3 hours to Salkantaycocha. We have lunch very close to Salkantay Mountain and glaciers. After lunch and a rest we continue to climb steeply to the Salkantay pass where we will make small offerings to the apus (mountain spirits). This is the highest point of the trip (4,600 msnm/13451 feet). From here we descend for 2 to 3 hours to the campsite at Huayraqmachay.

  • Day 5. HUAYRACMACHAY - ARRAYANNIYOC – LA PLAYA

    Today, we continue our descent from the mountain range to the cloud forest for 1.5 hours when we reach Arrayanniyoc village. There we start about 1 hour ascent through exuberant cloud forest vegetation. Afterwards we continue the descent 4 more hours in the subtropical zone. We will take our lunch in the village of Wiñaypocco. After 2 hours walking we reach our camp site in La Playa village (2100msnm). Our walking time this day will be 8 to 9 hours.

  • Day 6. LA PLAYA - SANTA TERESA -...

    When we get up on this day, we will take our transport to the village of Santa Teresa (1700msnm), where we will have the opportunity to relax at the beautiful baths of Cocalmayu. Then we continue our trek through the valley and along the Vilcanota River for approximately 3 hours until we reach the hydroelectric plant where we will have our lunch. Before continuing to walk another 9 km more along the train tracks to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we can rest in a comfortable hotel.It is possible to take a local train from hydroelectric plant to Aguas Calientes.

  • Day 7. A.CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU

    We´ll have early breakfast. Then at 5:30 am we will catch the first bus to Machu Picchu (navel of the world) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising.

    A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves.

    Later, we will again descend to Aguas Calientes town to take the train return to Ollantaytambo and then by bus to Cusco, and transfer to your hotel.

  • Day 8. Transfer to the airport

    After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the  Cusco airport for your flight to Lima.

    In  Lima , take your  flight  back to home.

    Safe Journey home!

    End of our services

  • Additional Information

    Passport requirements

    • A passport valid for 6 months after the date of your arrival to Peru is necessary for all travels

     

    Included

    • Excellent quality hotels based on U.S. standards
    • 4 nights in Cusco, 1 night in Aguas Calientes  & program 4 days – 3 night  Salcantay trek.
    • All breakfast
    •  Machu Picchu expeditions train servicie to Ollantaytambo.
    • Multi-lingual, Professional tour guides
    • All transfers and entrance fees
    • Travel insurance

     

    Not Included

    • Domestic flights

     

    Salcantay trek Included

    • Salcantay trek Briefing
    • Cooks and porters to assist in carrying equipment
    • All Camping equipment (sleeping bag not included)
    • All meals during trek
    • All entrance fees Professional Bilingual Guide.
    • First aid kit and Oxygen balloon.
    • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
    • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu.
    • Expeditions Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
    • Pick Up train station Cusco / to your hotel

     

    Not Included

    • Sleeping bag
    • Dinner the 3rd day upon your arrival to Aguas Calientes
    •  & lunch the 4th day

     

    Additional services

    • For rent: Sleeping bag $30 / Trekking poles $30
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OVERVIEW

Explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Inkas, and tour Machu Picchu on this dynamic experience trekking the Salkantay Trek. This 8-Day Peru adventure includes a mix of standard excursions to Cusco and the Sacred Valley along with a 4-Day trek to Machu Picchu. The Salkantray Trek is the top alternative to the 4-Day Inka Trail trek and is also considered one of the top 25 treks in the world according to National Geographic. Take-in this magical experience and explore Machu Picchu on this amazing 8-Day Machu Picchu adventure.

ROUTE:

  • Day 1. Arrival to Cusco
  • Day 2. Sacred Valley
  • Day 3. City tour
  • Day 4. Salcantay trek
  • Day 5. Salcantay trek
  • Day 6. Salcantay trek & Overnight in Aguas Calientes
  • Day 7. Machu Picchu
  • Day 8. Departure from Cusco

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EXTRA ACTIVITIES

RAFTING

The Cusco region offers exceptional opportunities for fans of river rafting. The rivers, both the Apurimac and the Urubamba river are good and the scenery fabulous.

Sky Lodge

Located in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, Peru, the exclusive Skylodge  offers you the chance to sleep within a completely transparent hanging bedroom, that allows you to appreciate the impressive view of this magic and mystic valley.

To sleep at Skylodge, people must climb 400 mt. of Via Ferrata or hike an intrepid trail through ziplines. One night at this place will make your dreams come true.

MARAS

The Salineras de Maras are about 10km off the road to Maras on a clearly marked, rough, unpaved road. These are pools on the mountainside that are used to collect salt. The soil in the Maras region has large amounts of salt in it, and a saline underground stream runs to the salineras. Here, the water is diverted into hundreds of pools, which are then sealed off, and through evaporation salt is left in the pools. Each pool is owned by a separate family, who collects the salt to sell. The sight of the salineras is truly unique, with hundreds of white terraces against the green mountains and the blue skies, and creates some wonderful photo opportunities.

 

MORAY

Moray is a very different Inca site, about 7km beyond Maras, and was used as an agricultural experimentation centre. It consists of many levels of terraces in concentric circles at different elevations, and each different level was used to try out different crop strains. Due to the position of Moray, the temperature of the different terraces can vary significantly, creating very different climatic conditions in a very small area.

Zip Line

The ZIP-Line Sacred Valley offers the opportunity to people of all ages can fly this magnificent place. A safe and fun way, the zip-line It has 6 lines or cables 100 to 500 meters, for a total of 2000 mt.

It’s a unique experience where the emotion and the safety are guaranteed

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