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Machu Picchu- Salkantay 12 day Trek

Salkantay Machu Picchu

Join peruvian expert guide Miguel, one of the few fully IFMGA certified guides in Peru on this unforgettable trekking experience. Discover the beauties that Machu Picchu and Salkantay have to offer you on this 12 day trip.

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12 Days

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Fit

Intermediate


Description

Are you interested in discovering the hidden beauties of Machu Picchu, Salkantay and its surroundings? Then this trip is for you. Let me be your guide in this incomparable experience. I will take you through timeless paths, where lush forests protect majestic mountains, covered in snow. 

There are many ways to reach Machu Picchu, but walking along the Salktantay is one of the best options. The Salkantay is a sacred road that connects Cuzco to Machu Picchu, via Mollepata.  This road is considered one of the top 25 trips from around the world by National Geographic Adventure.

The Salkantay is a unique opportunity to unveil Peru’s best guarded treasures. It is located 50 km northeast of Cuzco, in the Vilcabamba mountain range, in the south of Peru. During our trip, we will reach high altitudes, passing through Humantay (4,800 m) and Challhuay (3,900 m).  

Not only will you experience the enchanting atmosphere of the Salkantay, you will also see other wonderful places. You will venture through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, just outside of Cuzco. Beautiful towns such as Aguascalientes, Calca, Urumbamba, Santa Teresa and Pisac, will be the scenarios of countless adventures. An array of mesmerizing spots will enchant you, from a well preserved Inca mural, to thermal waters and coffee plantations.

In addition to the star of our trip, Machu Picchu, you will have the opportunity to see other archaeological sites.  I will guide you to Moray, near the Maras Salt Mines. We will also contemplate Ollantaytambo, a religious, agricultural and military center that was built to protect the valley.

Please note you will need to be in good physical condition to join this trip.

If you are interested in taking this journey with me, please send me a request. Allow me to share some of Peru’s most beloved places with you.

For a longer adventure, join me on this 24 day expedition through Pisco, Alpamayo and Huascaran.


Itinerary

Day 1: Lima

Our representative will pick you up from the airport in Lima and take you to your hotel.

Day 2: Lima-Cuzco

Today you will travel to the city of Cuzco, visit the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Sun Temple or Korikancha. You will visit the Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and Sascsayhuaman Fortress.

Day 3: Sacred Valley

Today you will explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Ollantaytambo. You will visit the towns of Pisac, Calca, and Urumbamba. If there is enough time, we will go to Chinchero, to see the Inca Mural in its main plaza.

Day 4: Maras-Moray

Today you will visit the archeological site of Moray, near the Maras Salt Mines. You will have the opportunity to observe ancient techniques of salt gathering.

Day 5: Cusco-Mollepata-Soraypampa

Today we will begin our journey to Mollepata, until we reach the Soraypampa camp.

Day 6: Soraypampa-Paso Humantay-Challhuay

Today we will ascend to the Humantay Pass, where we will be able to contemplate the Salkantay, the Santa Teresa valley and some other gorgeous mountains and lakes. Before dawn we will descent to Challhuay.

Day 7: Chalhuay-Santa Teresa

After a nutritious breakfast, today you will be refreshed by thermal waters and tropical fruits. You will be able to see coffee plantations and enjoy the refreshing weather this region has to offer.

Day 8: Santa Teresa-Aguas Calientes

Today you will head to the Santa Teresa town, where we will begin our final stretch of the walk to reach Machu Picchu. You will board a train to Aguas Calientes.

Day 9: Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu - Cuzco

Today we will walk to  Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes (1 hour).You will also have the option of doing it by bus. We will have a guided visit in Machu Picchu for about 2 hours. After enjoying some free time to explore the area, we will return to Aguas Calientes at midday and take the train back to Cuzco in the afternoon.

Day 10: Cuzco - rest day

Recommended for exploration, shopping and relaxing.

Day 11: Cuzco - Lima

Today we will explore the city of Lima, visiting the Gold Museum and the San Francisco Convent.

Day 12: Lima - Airport

Today we’ll take you to the airport so you can catch your flight back home.

 

Details

Accommodation

Hotels and campings

Meeting point

Lima airport

About the guide

IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide from Perú, based in Huaraz, Cordillera Blanca.

I like mountaineering and skiing. I recently completed the ski certification in Argentina, so I'm one of the few fully IFMGA certified guides in Peru. I've also guided in Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina and the Alps.

Some of my favourite trips are climbing in the Dolomites, Fitz Roy in El Chalten, and mountain biking across Peru, Bolivia and Chile.

Languages

Italian | French | English

Residence

Huaraz, Perú


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