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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private

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Duration5 Days / 4 Nights
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Walking levelModerate - Demanding
Max Altitude15,190 ft / 4,630 masl
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      Trip Overview

      Of all the various treks to Machu Picchu, none can compete with the Salkantay Trek in terms of scenery. It’s a spectacular route, passing through jungles and mountain passes, and dotted with azure lagoons. And at the heart of the trek is Salkantay Mountain, which at 6,271 m (20,574 ft) is the highest peak in the Vilcabamba mountain range and the twelfth-highest in Peru. 

      Our 5 day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu traverses the flank of this sacred mountain, offering some of the most awe-inspiring views in Peru. It’s one of the more challenging alternative routes to Machu Picchu, simply because of the high altitude. But it also receives far fewer trekkers than the classic Inca Trail, so you can walk through this natural and remote paradise comparatively free from fellow humans – but you might have to share the stunning scenery with Andean condors and other local wildlife.

      Day by day schedule

      Day 1: Salkantay Trek to Soraypampa Camp

      Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
      Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
      Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
      Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
      Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private

      Our Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu begins when we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at around 5 a.m. We’ll then travel in our private bus to Mollepata, which takes about four hours. It’s a lengthy trip, but it’s needed to get out to this relatively remote region. On the way, you’ll be able to enjoy the wonderful scenery, including views of the Izcuchaca and Limatambo mountain ranges.

      Eventually, we’ll arrive at the colorful Andean village of Mo...

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      • Itinerary Service Type IconMeals: All Included
      • Itinerary Service Type IconCamp site: Salkantaypampa
      • Itinerary Service Type IconEntrance fee: Included

      Day 2: Salkantay Trek Through the Mountains

      Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
      Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
      Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
      Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
      Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private

      We will wake early and have breakfast around 5:30 a.m. We have a long day of trekking ahead of us, through some of the most incredible scenery in Peru. This will be our most challenging day, as we ascend to the highest point on the trail. 

      We first make the climb to a mountain pass at 4,650 m (15,200 ft) – the highest location on the trek. From here, we’ll have sublime views of two huge snow-capped mountains: Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. A...

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        Day 3: Salkantay Trek Through the Cloud Forest

        Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
        Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
        Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
        Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
        Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private

        Waking at 6: 30 a.m., we’ll have a hearty breakfast before setting off. Today, much of our trekking takes us through a region of jungle known as the ceja de selva: the swathe of jungle that lies between the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. We’ll cross the Lluskamayo River and find ourselves in a world of waterfalls, tropical fruits and colorful birds. If we’re lucky, we might even see a cock of the rock, Peru’s national bird. The temperature will be much warmer...

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          Day 4: Salkantay Trek to Llactapata and onto Aguas Calientes

          Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
          Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
          Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private

          On our final day of trekking we’ll have breakfast at 6:30 a.m. before setting off towards Llactapata. It will be a steady three-hour climb, and as we ascend we’ll have wonderful views of the Santa Teresa Valley below us. Eventually we’ll reach Llactapata, an impressive Inca ruin that may have served as an important rest stop and roadside shrine on the journey to Machu Picchu, which it is connected to via the Inca Trail. From here we get our very first glimpse of our ...

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            Day 5: Machu Picchu in all its Glory (and Return to Cusco)

            Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
            Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
            Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
            Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
            Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private
            Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - Private

            To best appreciated Machu Picchu, we’ll wake up early in the morning so we can get to the citadel in good time. You’ll have time for breakfast first, and then your guide will pick you up from the hotel at around 5:40 a.m. We’ll then walk to the bus departure point for the short but zigzagging ascent up the road to Machu Picchu. We’ll then pass through the gates into the Machu Picchu archaeological site. Here you’ll begin your guided walking tour with an e...

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              What's included

              • Accommodation: Soraypampa Camp (1night), Challway or Andenes Camp (1 night), La Playa Camp (1night
              • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunch, 4 dinner
              • Transport: Private or share
              • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Salkantay Trail and Machupicchu 
              • Arrival and departure transfer 
              • Briefing to the tour one day before the trek at 19h00.
              • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities 
              • Professional guide who speaks English
              • Salkantay and Machupicchu entrance fee
              • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
              • First aid kit
              • Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back 
              • 24/7 support and emergency line available throughout the itinerary

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              • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes
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              • Personal equipment such as trekking equipment
              • Camping equipment such as sleeping bag or walking stick
              • Damages caused by the client to the bus or to the camping equipment

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