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Salkantay Trek with Short Inca Trail

Inca Trail
Salkantay camp
Machu Picchu Tour

Join Southamerica Planet on a 4 day trek through the Salkantay route with a short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.


4 Days

All year




This route is a great way to combine the three most exclusive treks in Cusco and the Inca World, which offer an unparalleled variety of flora and fauna, historical events, and culture. The first day is spent on one of the standard Salkantay trails, which includes a stop at the Humantay Lagoon. The second day is spent on a less well-known road with great views, and the third day is spent connecting with the famous Inca Trail. On day 4, we visit Machu Picchu and continue along the Inca Trail until we reach Puerta del Sol.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Snacks

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

Along with the guiding fee, the price also includes pick-up from your hotel, transportation to the start of the trail, horses for carrying supplies, cooking, bus tickets to go to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes and back, entrance fees, mattress, hotel accommodation in Ollantaytambo, train ticket to start the Inca trail part + back to Poroy or Ollantaytambo, meals, camping equipment, and transfers.

However, the price does not include breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day, extra nights in Aguas Calientes, a personal horse (you can rent it for 150 USD for 3 days), entrance fee to hot springs, walking sticks, sleeping bag (you can rent one for 20 USD for the 4 days), single room occupancy in Ollantaytambo (you can have it for 15 USD extra) and gratuities.


Day 1: Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Ichupata

We will pick you up early from your hotel and take you for a scenic three-hour drive to Mollepata, where we will eat breakfast (not included) in a local house.

We will meet our support staff at Soraypampa, the Salkantay trek's trailhead, at this point, where they will load the equipment onto the horses and pack everything for the trek. We will begin by walking to the stunning Humantay lagoon. We'll walk back to Soraypampa after taking in the scenery and taking photographs.

Today's hike is uphill from Soraypampa to Ichupata in the upper valley, 4,500 meters (14,673 feet). This is a 5- to 6-hour hike. Our lunch spot, Salkantay Pampa, will be visible to us as we travel.

Our overnight camp is Ichupata. We'll settle in and have dinner when we arrive.

Meals: lunch and dinner

Coverage: 12 km / 7 1/2 miles

Walking time: approximately 5 – 6 hours

Lowest Altitude: 3,800 meters, or 12,467 feet

Highest Altitude: 4,500 meters, or 14,673 feet

Difficulty: Challenging

Day 2: Day 2: Ichupata – Incachiriasca – Pampacahuana

After a power breakfast, we will begin the three to four-hour climb to the Incachiriasca pass, the highest point on the entire route, at 4950 meters (16240 feet). During this portion, we will have breathtaking views of Apu Salkantay and the glacial moraines. We will make a stop at the summit of the pass to take pictures and admire the breathtaking view.

Then, we'll descend to our lunch spot in Sisaypampa, a flat area with views of the Salkantay valleys nearby. We might get a chance to see Andean condors in this area, hopefully.

After lunch, we continue on to the Pampacahuana community, which is 3,700 meters, or 12,136 feet, above an old Inca canal. This is our overnight camp.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Coverage: 14 kilometers, or 8 and a half miles,

Walking time: 7 – 8 hours.

Lowest Altitude: 12,136 ft

Highest point: 4,950 meters, or 16,240 feet

Difficulty level: Challenging

Day 3: Day 3: Pampacahuana – Paucarcancha – Huayllabamba – Inca Trail at Km 82 – Ollantaytambo

Today, we join the Classic Inca Trail to slow down. From Pampacahuana to Paucarcancha, we begin by walking downhill for two hours (3,133 m/10,276 ft). After the tour, we will visit the same-named Inca site. Then, we will walk downhill for five hours on the Original Inca Trail until we reach Km 82, the beginning of the Classic Inca Trail. We will be able to see the Inca site of Llactapata in this section of the classic Inca Trail. Near Kilometer 82, our chef will prepare a delicious lunch for us.

After lunch, we'll travel to Ollantaytambo, which is 2,792 meters, or 9,158 feet, from Kilometer 82. Here, we'll say our goodbyes to the people who helped us through those exciting days, and we'll have dinner in a restaurant.

Accommodation: Ollantaytambo Hotel

Meals at the Ollantaytambo Hotel: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Highest point: 3,700 meters, or 12,136 feet

Lowest Point: 2,792 meters, or 9,158 feet

Estimated walking time: 16 km/10 miles 8 hours.

Level of difficulty: Medium

Day 4: Day 4 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Wiñaywayna - Aguas Calientes)

At 2100 meters above sea level, this is where the famous Inca Trail begins. You will visit the Inca site of Chachabamba after crossing the Willkamayu river via a bridge. After learning about the Incas, you'll start walking, which will take about six hours.

You will arrive at the Wiaywayna archaeological site (2650 m) after three hours of walking. After Machu Picchu, Winaywayna (also known as Box Lunch) is considered to be the most impressive archaeological site. An excellent illustration of Inca terraced agriculture can be found here. We will continue our trek through the tropical jungle on a narrow path until we reach Inti Punku (Sun Gate) after exploring this beautiful location. You will have a fantastic view of Machu Picchu from this vantage point. After a break, we will continue our journey to the enigmatic Machu Picchu. The ancient Inca citadel known as Machu Picchu is at an elevation of 2360 meters, which is significantly lower than Cusco. Your tour guide will take you around two hours to show you the citadel. We will travel to Aguas Calientes by bus (included in the price) after you have finished exploring Machu Picchu. The Ministry of Culture has implemented fixed circuits as of November 2021; we will visit the one that is available on the reservation dates based on availability. The ticket can only be used once to enter.

After four amazing days, we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo or Cusco in the afternoon, where we will take you to your hotel. You will arrive late at night.

Altitude: 2196 - 2758 m. / 7204 – 9048 ft.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate (Medium)

Food: breakfast and lunch (Box Lunch)

Walking distance: 11 Km + visit Machu picchu



What is the average distance and altitude gain that we will hike each day?

Here's how much we'll travel each day:

Day 1:

Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles

Hiking time: 5-6 hours

Lowest elevation: 3,800 m / 12,467 ft

Highest elevation: 4,500 m / 14,673 ft

Day 2:

Distance: 14 km / 8.5 miles

Hiking time: 7-8 hours

Lowest elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136 ft

Highest elevation: 4,950 m / 16,240 ft

Day 3:

Distance: 16 km / 10 miles

Hiking time: 8 hours

Highest elevation: 3,700 m / 12,136 ft

Lowest elevation: 2,792 m / 9,158 ft

Day 4:

Distance: 11 km / 6.8 miles

Activity: Visit Machu Picchu

Altitude: 2,196-2,758 m / 7,204-9,048 ft

What experience do I need to have? How fit do I need to be? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

Prior hiking experience and acclimatization are recommended, as well as a minimum age of 10 years.

How can I get to the trailhead/meeting point?

Pick up and drop from hotel in Cusco

How will accommodation and meals be handled during the trek?

We have 2 nights in 2 persons tent and 1 night in Hostal in Ollantaytambo . Meals 3 breakfast 3 lunch 3 diners

Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that I need to consider before the tour?

You need a permit for the two-day Inca Trail, but they are usually available. It is also a good idea to have insurance.

What is the best time of the year for this hike?

The Inca Trail is closed in February, but it is open from March to the end of November, before the rainy season begins.

Can I join a group?

Yes, you are welcome to join a group.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

The tour will go on even in bad weather, so be prepared for all seasons.

What makes this trek different to the normal salkantay hike ?

This hike combines the best of the Salkantay and Inca Trails, with a bonus first view of Machu Picchu from Sun Gate, which is not possible on the regular Salkantay hike.

What's included in the price?

The price includes:

-All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks)


-Transportation to and from the start and end of the trip

-Transportation during the trip

-Permit and entrance fees

-Mountain guide expenses

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

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About the guide

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Tour Operator

We “Southamerica planet” are a Belgian / Peruvian travel agency. Our main offices are located in the INCA capital “Cusco”+ Lima

Vicky (Peruvian who work many years for tourists in Cusco and Arequipa) and Dirk (Belgian who traveled many years around South America as tourist and tour leader) are the owners.

Southamerica planet have already 18 years experience in the travel industry. We started 18 years ago in cusco. We like to show you this amazing different continent. With our professional team we show you this adventure in individual tours or in a tour group with professional tour leader.Read our clients travel reports, all happy with our service!

Also this year 2021-2022 we are official Inca trail operator. With all good tents and material, good cooks and good English speaking guides.

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What people are saying about Southamericaplanet


I booked the 4 day Inca trail trek with this company. All round it was a pretty great experience. Food on the trip was simply amazing and our guide did everything he could to make our trip comfortable and enjoyable. Our group was 5, smaller than other companies, which was great on the trail. There were a couple of miscommunications between the office, but these were solved in the end and didn't create any major issues. I would book again with this company.


Amazing experience. They are respectful, responsible and reliable. It was our first time in Cusco and we were a bit hesitant but all the team gave us great satisfaction from day one. We had a great time! Ask for Edi and Carlos they are patient and seek to fit our whole group needs. Machu picchu at the end was just like a dream !


We had a lovely time in Peru and we enjoyed every moment of it! Everything was organised perfectly and we did not have to worry about anything! the Machu Picchu Inca trail was amazing and we are very happy and proud that we have done it. We would like to thank you all, especially Dirk. He has informed us well and was always available for our questions :) We also want to mention that Francesco, our trekking guide, was really good. He guided us well and provided with detailed information about Peru and machu picchu. The food on the trail was amazing, even better than any restaurant in our Peru trip. If everyone wants to travel to Peru, we would definitely recommend SAP :)


We cannot begin to express our thanks for organizing our trip to Salkantay and Machu Picchu.  The trip was perfect.  Every transfer and tour went without a problem.  The hike was great and we even got perfect sunshine in Machu Picchu.  We are extremely tired from our hike to Machu Picchu but were very happy we got the chance to do that rather than HP based on what we heard from others along the way. You not only gave me what I asked for but also what I didn't know to ask for - including a lovely spot for lunch on the Sacred Valley tour and seats on the correct side of the train, when we traveled during daylight.  Thank you. And as for the trip, based on the famous words of our very enthusiastic tour guide at Machu Picchu.  Incredible, Fantastic, Gorgeous!


We just returned home from a great holiday in Peru. The team of South America Planet has made this trip a big success. We have done the tour with 4 friends. Together with South America Planet we have set-up a tour where there was enough balance between visiting all the highlights in Peru and time to relax and visiting nice cities on our own pace. All agreed tours were delivered as planned with very experienced guides. On top of this we had a 24H emergency number from South America planet that we could call or reach via WhatsApp whenever it was needed. Thanks Warry for you support! Next to this we had regularly contact with Dirk who wanted to know if everything was OK. A dream holiday where we had the feeling there was really taken care about us. Our 2 Days incatrail trekking we never forget, amazing to see Machu Picchu from the sungate .We recommend South America Planet to everyone who wants to travel through South-America If there are people who wants to know more about this great trip, they can always contact us. Thanks Dirk and the team of South America Planet !!!!!

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