Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail, 6 days to Machu Picchu, from Cusco

Juventino, an IFMGA-certified guide, will lead you on this truly special and unique 6-day adventure of the Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail to Machu Picchue in Peru, a strikingly beautiful path that goes through tropical forests and a wide variety of terrain, all while soaking up the local culture, customs and traditions.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

6 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

13 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Hike through the stunning forestry and scenery of the Salkantay Trek!

  • See the world famous and awe-inspiring Machu Picchu

  • Learn about the Incan culture, customs and traditions from local people

  • Witness some of the best views in all of South America

 

This 6-day trip to Machu Picchu, setting off from Cusco and going via the Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail, is astoundingly memorable and fun, and I will lead you on this epic adventure as we traipse and travail around the breathtaking forests, snow-capped mountains and vast valleys of the region, before reaching our ultimate destination, the world famous Machu Picchu.

The Salkantay Trek is one of the most popular alternatives to the oft-overbooked Inca Trail, and its relative peacefulness ensures the landscape around it remains in a pristine and untouched condition. The daylight in this region is particularly gorgeous and bright, ensuring an excellent view of the immediate surroundings and the scenery that stretches out in to the distance.

We start early on the first morning by departing from the city of Cusco, and from there we drive to the starting point of the trek, Cruz Pata. We then begin the Salkantay Trek in earnest, as the first 2 days are spent winding our way around this glorious route, culminating in reaching the highest mountain pass in the park of Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Pass (5200m), with magnificent views out across to the snow-capped Salkantay (6264m).

The subsequent 3 days involve much hiking through many truly beautiful and pretty areas, with creeks, rivers, valleys and more high passes such as the Warmiwanusca pass (4200m) featuring heavily.

There are many archaeological sites along the way, and the 5th day will include walking through an Inca tunnel and also meeting local farmers and weavers, who will impart their wisdom about the traditions and customs that still remain from one of the oldest cultures on earth.

The 6th and final day is when we reach our destination of the world famous Machu Picchu, a site that still maintains the ability to amaze despite its prominence, and we will have several hours to wander around before the trip finishes, this being the perfect way to end 6 days of awesome sights and sounds.

This trip promises to be 6 of the most memorable days of your life – book now so you don’t miss out!

For a different experience en route to Machu Picchu, try our 5-day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, here!

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
2110 USD

Group of 2
1055 USD

Group of 3
846 USD

Group of 4
775 USD

Group of 5
718 USD

Group of 6
678 USD

Group of 7
660 USD

Group of 8
660 USD

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
  • Transport during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 Group of 9-10: 638 USD. Group of 11-13: 616 USD.
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Cusco – Mollepata (Cruz Pata) – Soraypampa – Salkantay pampa

    We will leave Cusco at 5:45 am. After having passed the town Mollepata (3000m/9843f), we will head for Cruz Pata (3400m/11155f), where we will meet the rest of the group. From Cruz Pata we start hiking into a magnificent valley surrounded by impressive snow-capped mountains, such as the Humantay (5217m/17116f) and the Salkantay (6264m/20551f). Our campsite will be at Salkantay pampa (3900m/12795f).

  • Day 2Salkantay pampa – Salkantay pass – Sisay pampa

    After breakfast, we will continue our journey around midmorning and head for the highest mountain pass in the park of Machu Picchu: the Salkantay pass (5200m/17060f). From there, we will have an exceptional view of the snow-capped Salkantay (6264m/20551). Thereafter, we will descend to the next camping place, called Sisay pampa (3700m/12139f).

  • Day 3Sisay pampa – Canal of the Inca – Wayllabamba

    At dawn our trek leads us to the Secret Valley of the Incas. We will pass little creeks and visit several small archeological sites. Our last station for this day will be Wayllabamba (3000m/9843f), both our camping site and the starting point for the Classic Inca Trail on the next morning.

  • Day 4Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayu

    To enjoy the beautiful panorama and the cosy and mystical atmosphere, our day starts early in the morning. Our trek takes us to the valleys of Yuncachimpa (3300m/10827f) and Lulluchapampa (3850/12631f) and finally leads us to the Warmiwañusca pass (4200m/13780f), which offers an impressive view of the snow-capped Verónica. After a short moment at the summit, we will continue walking down to our camping place named Pacaymayu (3500m/11483f).

  • Day 5Pacaymayu – Runkurakay – Chaquicocha – Wiñayhuayna

    We begin with energy, after a delicious breakfast. This day is coming as the prettiest of the trek. The fir st place we are going to arrive is the archeological site of Runkurakay (3050 meters). Perched on a rocky outcrop, this site was supposed to be a Tambo. We continue the rise to a pass, at an altitude of 3950 meters, before coming down to the ruins of Sayacmarca (3600 m), a small city composed of a maze of narrow streets, plots, houses, terraces, fountains, etc.

    The path continues quietly amount, and we go by an Inca tunnel and then walk throughout a forest, before reaching the last pass, at an altitude of 3700 meters.

    Below, the ruin of Phuyupatamarca: “City above the clouds”, Inca relay, impresses by its circular walls and his ingenious system of aqueducts that still supplies the baths.

    We enjoy a tunel – Inca Trailsuperb view on the snowcapped peaks and the Urubamba Valley. The descent of the other side is done under a thick canopy of bamboo.

    On the merits, appear the extraordinary ruins of Wiñay Wayna (2650m) on a rocky spur at the heart of the forest and overlooking t he Urubamba Valley. Dominated by a vast array of Inca terraces, the urban complex is separated in two by a grand staircase leading to a ceremonial area.

    This is where we will spend our last night in tents.

  • Day 6Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes - Cusco

    After our breakfast around 5:00 am, we will head – equipped with our flashlights – to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) to watch the sun rise over Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu. Around 8:00 am we will visit the citadel of Machu Picchu (2400m//7874f) and enjoy its spiritual charm during a guided tour of about two hours. Thereafter, you will have enough time to explore the archeological site on your own. We will leave Aguas Calientes in the afternoon.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Pick up from your hotel in Cusco

Accommodation

Tent accommodation every night.

More info

Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).

Inca Trail programs must be booked 6 months prior to the beginning of the trip.

 

About the Guide

 
 

IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide from Peru.

He was born in 1960 in Huaraz / Peru. With his 15th Age he learned the world of trekking and mountaineering know by he accompanied his father on trips with his clients.

To this day he is still working as a mountain guide and tour operator. For many years he was able to acquire a lot of knowledge about the mountains, making it one of the most experienced certified mountain guides.

He runs a family travel agency based in Huaraz, which was founded by his father, and is now managed by Juventino and his son, Eric.

 
 

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