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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (7d/6n) (7 days)

Peru Empire Co.

Cusco, Peru To Cusco, Peru

Valid for Departures Now Through: 19 Nov 2019

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (7d/6n) (7 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Cusco, Peru
Mountain Lodges Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Cusco to Salkantay Lodge

Visit Inca ruins and the mountain village of Mollepata before embarking on your first trek on the Camino Real. Your destination: the welcoming Salkantay Lodge, named for the majestic peak at the head of the valley, where you’ll find jacuzzis, aperitifs, and a crackling fire in the fireplace.

Overnight: Salkantay Lodge (3,869 m/12,690 ft)

Trekking Time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch en route)

Hiking Level: Moderate

Day 2
Cusco, Peru
Mountain Lodges Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Hike to Humantay

Whet your appetite for trekking and scenery with an acclimatization hike from the lodge to glacier-fed Lake Humantay with views of Mt. Salkantay, a sacred mountain in Incan mythology.

Overnight: Salkantay Lodge (3,869 m/12,690 ft)

Trekking Time: Approximately 4 hours

Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging

Day 3
Cusco, Peru
Mountain Lodges Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Crossing the Salkantay Pass

Today’s the big day—we reach the trek’s highest point on the Salkantay Pass (4,638 m/15,213 ft). Take in views of snowcapped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction and the glaciated south face of Mt. Salkantay towering above.

Overnight: Wayra Lodge (3,906 m/12,812 ft)

Trekking Time: 6–8 hours (including lunch)

Hiking Level: Challenging, crossing a 4,640m/15,200 ft mountain pass

Day 4
Cusco, Peru
Mountain Lodges Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Descending into the Cloud Forest

We begin our descent along the Salkantay River, where warm air starts rising from the jungle, accompanied by colorful butterflies and striking orchids. At Colpa Lodge, we’ll be greeted with a Pachamanca, a traditional Peruvian meal.

Overnight: Colpa Lodge (2,870 m/9,414 ft)

Trekking Time: 3–4 hours

Hiking Level: Easy to Moderate

Day 5
Cusco, Peru
Mountain Lodges Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Following the Santa Teresa River Valley

Today we hike through more populated rural areas, passing through banana, granadilla and avocado orchards. We’ll picnic by the river, and later tour a coffee plantation before arriving at Lucma Lodge, which is surrounded by its own avocado trees.

Overnight: Lucma Lodge (2,135 m/7,003 ft)

Trekking Time: 5–6 hours (including lunch)

Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging (because of distance, not terrain)

Day 6
Cusco, Peru
Mountain Lodges Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

First Views of Machu Picchu from Llactapata Pass

On our last trekking day, we hike along the Llactapata Pass and come upon a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast, a view few travelers ever get a chance to admire. Then we’ll make our way to the train bound for our ultimate destination: Machu Picchu.

Overnight: Aguas Calientes (1,900 m/6,232 ft)

Trekking Time: 4–6 hours

Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging

Day 7
Cusco, Peru
None Breakfast

Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary

We will take an introductory two-hour guided tour of the ruins, after which we have the rest of the morning to explore the site on our own or hike the steep Huayna Picchu for expansive views.

Return to Cusco (3,360 m/11,021 ft)

*Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets are subject to availability

Mountain Lodges have brought together traditional Inca building techniques and sensitivity to the surrounding environment with all the comforts of home. At the end of each day, you will enjoy hot showers, fine gourmet meals, select wines, goose-down bedding, massages, outdoor jacuzzis and highly personalized service from our local staff.

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Along the Salkantay trail, you will journey through varied terrain both challenging and awe-inspiring. Up-close views of glacier mountain peaks, mysterious fog surrounding fields of boulders, and cattle drives through the most remote of mountain areas are sights that will only enhance the spectacular topography, lush vegetation, and intriguing archaeological areas that you will encounter.

About Us

Peru Empire Co. offers tailor-made itineraries designed to match each traveler’s personal interests, style and preferences to create ideal Peru trips. We believe in structured yet flexible itineraries to facilitate discovery and exploration complemented by great service, the best guides and extraordinary hotels. Our programs are all inclusive, complete with a private vehicle and driver, a bilingual guide, upon request and an Experience Concierge. This innovative concept of Peru Empire Co., means that the trip is monitored and traveler’s needs are taken care of appropriately.

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