Salkantay Trek Explorer

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Both of our Salkantay Trek Explorer itineraries are perfect if you have only about a week to experience Peru. The pristine hike will take your through places you can only imagine. This trek was ranked among the 25 best in the World by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.

adventure overview

Day 1Welcome to Lima
Day 2Fly to Cusco and explore the Inca city
Day 3Salkantay trek to Salcantaypampa
Day 4Salkantay trek to Qollpapampa
Day 5Salkantay trek to Lucmachayoc
Day 6Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu town
Day 7Second day at Machu Picchu
Day 8Morning free before flight to Lima

Itinerary details

Day 1 - Lima

   Lima Arrival after 3pm

Welcome to Lima! Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in the beautiful area of Miraflores. If time permits, venture out and begin to explore Peru's amazing culture and cuisine.

   Casa Andina Miraflores or similar

Day 2 - Lima / Cusco

   Lima to Cusco - Fly before 9am

Early flight to Cusco (11,152 ft). Welcome upon arrival and transfer to your hotel. During the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of Cusco with its ancient cathedrals and amazingly crafted Inca walls. You will also visit the ruins at Kenko, Tambomachay, Puka Pukara, and Saqsaywaman.

   Casa Andina Plaza or similar

    Breakfast

Day 3 - Cusco / Salkantay (Hike 1)

   8.1 miles (6-7 hrs) Elev. Gain: +4,100 ft

Early drive to the village of Mollepata, an Indian village perfect for growing citrus due to its subtropical altitude (9,196 ft.). If time permits, visit the Incan archaeological site of Limatambo (Tarawasi). Next, begin the trek to Cruzpata, a spectacular location overlooking the deep valley of the Rio Apurimac. After lunch, begin a slow ascent to camp at Salcantaypampa near the tiny settlement of Soraypampa. Enjoy great views of Humantay (19,400 ft.) and the majestic Salkantay mountain range. The campsite is at 13,100ft., with possible nighttime temperatures of 32 F.

   Campsite

   Breakfast  |  Lunch  |  Dinner

Day 4 - Salkantay (Hike 2)

   13.7 miles (9-10 hrs) Elev. Gain: +2,430 ft

After an early breakfast, start trekking at around 6:00 AM. The hike will take you close to the glacier moraine of Salkantay (14,750 ft.). Then, descend to Huarachmachay for lunch. This portion of the hike features some of the original Inca Trail cobbled-stone paths. Arrive to the campsite at Qollpapampa in the afternoon.

   Campsite

   Breakfast  |  Lunch  |  Dinner

Day 5 - Salkantay (Hike 3)

   9.9 miles (5-6 hrs) Mostly Downhill

Today, you will descend through a narrow path toward the banks of the River Cachora. Be sure to notice the changes in vegetation in conjunction with the change in altitude. You will have an opportunity to observe small pools of thermal waters, gorgeous scenery, and a triple-cascade waterfall. Lunch will be served once you arrive at the "Playa site." After lunch, continue the trek close to the banks of the river. To end the day, you will pass Sahuayaco, a small village of about 20 families before arriving at the campsite in Lucmachayoc.

   Campsite

   Breakfast  |  Lunch  |  Dinner

Day 6 - Salkantay (Hike 4)

   11.8 miles (6-7 hrs) Elev. Gain: +1,440 ft

Your hike today begins at around 7:30 AM. While descending you will pass close to Llactapata, the last ruins on the trail. The terraces provide a beautiful spot for a break from hiking. From this point, you can see Machu Picchu in the distance. Continue hiking close to the banks of the Aobamba River, then enjoy a hearty lunch before saying goodbye to our porters. After lunch, start the hike towards the town of Aguas Calientes, situated at the base of the mountain where Machu Picchu is located.

   Ferré Machu Picchu or similar

    Breakfast

Day 7 - Machu Picchu / Cusco

   Machu Picchu to Cusco Train

Early in the morning you will enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. After the tour, you can go back to your favorite spot in the sanctuary or climb Huayna Picchu. If passes for Huayna Picchu are not available, you can climb Machu Picchu mountain instead. You will return to Cusco by train in the afternoon.

   Casa Andina Plaza or similar

    Breakfast

Day 8 - Cusco / Lima

   Cusco to Lima - Fly anytime

Enjoy an early morning walk in Cusco before your departure to Lima or continue on one of our extensions.

    Breakfast

Bon Voyage!


Important Notice: Actual day-by-day itineraries may vary from those shown in order to take advantage of local sightseeing options, trains or flight schedule changes, or other unforeseen events.

Train to or from Machu Picchu: May to December: trains between Cusco and Machu Picchu depart from Poroy station (about 20 minutes from downtown Cusco). Between January and April, trains depart from Pachar station, about 1.5 hours from Cusco. Transfers are included for both options and total travel time is about the same.

What Is Included

  • Hotels
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals as indicated
  • Excursions as part of a group
  • Bilingual guides
  • Gratuities except to guides
  • Train to and from Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu entrance permit
  • All camping gear
  • Porters
    • Two-day passes to Machu Picchu
    • Huayna Picchu passes (if available) or Machu Picchu Mountain

    Pricing Terms

  • Price is per person based on double occupancy
  • Single supplement applies
  • Add 3% if paying via credit card
  • Flights are NOT included
  • overview
    itinerary
    pricing

    adventure overview

    Day 1Welcome to Lima
    Day 2Fly to Cusco and explore the Inca city
    Day 3Salkantay trek to Salcantaypampa
    Day 4Salkantay trek to Qollpapampa
    Day 5Salkantay trek to Lucmachayoc
    Day 6Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu town
    Day 7Second day at Machu Picchu
    Day 8Morning free before flight to Lima

    Itinerary details

    Day 1 - Lima

       Lima Arrival after 3pm

    Welcome to Lima! Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in the beautiful area of Miraflores. If time permits, venture out and begin to explore Peru's amazing culture and cuisine.

       Casa Andina Miraflores or similar

    Day 2 - Lima / Cusco

       Lima to Cusco - Fly before 9am

    Early flight to Cusco (11,152 ft). Welcome upon arrival and transfer to your hotel. During the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of Cusco with its ancient cathedrals and amazingly crafted Inca walls. You will also visit the ruins at Kenko, Tambomachay, Puka Pukara, and Saqsaywaman.

       Casa Andina Plaza or similar

        Breakfast

    Day 3 - Cusco / Salkantay (Hike 1)

       8.1 miles (6-7 hrs) Elev. Gain: +4,100 ft

    Early drive to the village of Mollepata, an Indian village perfect for growing citrus due to its subtropical altitude (9,196 ft.). If time permits, visit the Incan archaeological site of Limatambo (Tarawasi). Next, begin the trek to Cruzpata, a spectacular location overlooking the deep valley of the Rio Apurimac. After lunch, begin a slow ascent to camp at Salcantaypampa near the tiny settlement of Soraypampa. Enjoy great views of Humantay (19,400 ft.) and the majestic Salkantay mountain range. The campsite is at 13,100ft., with possible nighttime temperatures of 32 F.

       Campsite

       Breakfast  |  Lunch  |  Dinner

    Day 4 - Salkantay (Hike 2)

       13.7 miles (9-10 hrs) Elev. Gain: +2,430 ft

    After an early breakfast, start trekking at around 6:00 AM. The hike will take you close to the glacier moraine of Salkantay (14,750 ft.). Then, descend to Huarachmachay for lunch. This portion of the hike features some of the original Inca Trail cobbled-stone paths. Arrive to the campsite at Qollpapampa in the afternoon.

       Campsite

       Breakfast  |  Lunch  |  Dinner

    Day 5 - Salkantay (Hike 3)

       9.9 miles (5-6 hrs) Mostly Downhill

    Today, you will descend through a narrow path toward the banks of the River Cachora. Be sure to notice the changes in vegetation in conjunction with the change in altitude. You will have an opportunity to observe small pools of thermal waters, gorgeous scenery, and a triple-cascade waterfall. Lunch will be served once you arrive at the "Playa site." After lunch, continue the trek close to the banks of the river. To end the day, you will pass Sahuayaco, a small village of about 20 families before arriving at the campsite in Lucmachayoc.

       Campsite

       Breakfast  |  Lunch  |  Dinner

    Day 6 - Salkantay (Hike 4)

       11.8 miles (6-7 hrs) Elev. Gain: +1,440 ft

    Your hike today begins at around 7:30 AM. While descending you will pass close to Llactapata, the last ruins on the trail. The terraces provide a beautiful spot for a break from hiking. From this point, you can see Machu Picchu in the distance. Continue hiking close to the banks of the Aobamba River, then enjoy a hearty lunch before saying goodbye to our porters. After lunch, start the hike towards the town of Aguas Calientes, situated at the base of the mountain where Machu Picchu is located.

       Ferré Machu Picchu or similar

        Breakfast

    Day 7 - Machu Picchu / Cusco

       Machu Picchu to Cusco Train

    Early in the morning you will enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. After the tour, you can go back to your favorite spot in the sanctuary or climb Huayna Picchu. If passes for Huayna Picchu are not available, you can climb Machu Picchu mountain instead. You will return to Cusco by train in the afternoon.

       Casa Andina Plaza or similar

        Breakfast

    Day 8 - Cusco / Lima

       Cusco to Lima - Fly anytime

    Enjoy an early morning walk in Cusco before your departure to Lima or continue on one of our extensions.

        Breakfast

    Bon Voyage!


    Important Notice: Actual day-by-day itineraries may vary from those shown in order to take advantage of local sightseeing options, trains or flight schedule changes, or other unforeseen events.

    Train to or from Machu Picchu: May to December: trains between Cusco and Machu Picchu depart from Poroy station (about 20 minutes from downtown Cusco). Between January and April, trains depart from Pachar station, about 1.5 hours from Cusco. Transfers are included for both options and total travel time is about the same.

    What Is Included

  • Hotels
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals as indicated
  • Excursions as part of a group
  • Bilingual guides
  • Gratuities except to guides
  • Train to and from Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu entrance permit
  • All camping gear
  • Porters
    • Two-day passes to Machu Picchu
    • Huayna Picchu passes (if available) or Machu Picchu Mountain

    Pricing Terms

  • Price is per person based on double occupancy
  • Single supplement applies
  • Add 3% if paying via credit card
  • Flights are NOT included
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