Hike the incredible Salkantay Trek before reaching the incredible and awe-inspiring Incan sanctuary of Machu Picchu on this 8 day tour. You'll pass through high mountains, lush tropical jungle and be dazzled by incredible scenery. Spend time exploring the beautiful city of Cusco and discover the incredible colourful markets of the Sacred Valley, in anticipation of your exciting trek to come.
Welcome to Cusco, upon arrival at the airport you'll be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of this beautiful city. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to walk the stunning cobbled streets, discover Spanish colonial churches and enjoy the vibrant nightlife.
Please note: You may wish to arrive a day or two earlier in order to adjust to the altitude. Pre tour accommodation can be booked upon request.
Cusco - Sacred Valley - Cusco. This morning we'll head away from Cusco and down to the incredible Sacred Valley. We'll make our way to Pisac market this morning, this vibrant display of local goods is a great place to pick up some hand-made souvenirs. Test your battering skills as you interact with local craftsmen and traders.
After a delicious lunch, created from locally grown organic ingredients taken from the region, we'll continue to Ollantaytambo. A fantastic example of Inca architecture, the narrow streets have changed little since they were built, with many people still inhabiting the area leading to it being known as a living Inca town.
Later this afternoon we'll visit another colourful market, that of Chinchero. This small, charming town sits between Urabamba and Cusco and is home to many fascinating Inca ruins. After time to explore we'll return to Cusco this evening.
Overnight: Cusco | Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 of the tour marks the beginning of the exhilarating Salkantay Trek. We have an early start this morning as we begin our journey by bus to Mollepata, from here the trekking begins with our first stop 3 hours later at Cruzpata. There'll be time for lunch with stunning panoramic views of the Humantay and Salkantay mountains in the distance. After lunch the trek continues through stunning mountainous scenery until our first campsite is reached at Soraypampa.
Reaching over 4,600 metres above sea level, day 4 will bring the highest altitude on the trek as our path takes us between two huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. After reaching our peak we'll head downhill through the dramatic landscape of the cloud forests, reaching Huayrachmachay where we'll stop for lunch. Our trek continues after lunch as we head towards the jungle and our campsite for the night, Colcapampa.
On day 5 we start our trek through the upper jungle, crossing the Lluskamayo River via a series of small brooks and creeks. Our route takes us through valleys with breathtaking views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and dazzling plants. Our campsite for the night is at La Playa, nearby are some hot springs where you can enjoy a well deserved soak after another long day of rewarding hiking.
Overnight: Salkantay Trek | Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Final Day of the Trek
Today marks the final day of the Salkantay Trek, another early start sees a steady climb as we make our way to Llactapata. At Llactapata we'll find an incredible Incan fort, whilst beautiful and enchanting in it's own right it also offers distant views across to Machu Picchu, a little teaser of what's to come. After a rest stop we'll continue on a two hour downhill hike which will take us past plantations growing things such as coca and bananas. Reaching the hydroelectric dam we'll stop for a lunch break before making our final stretch of the trek, arriving into Aguas Calientes this afternoon.
With time to explore the area you might wish to visit the hot springs located close to your hotel.
Overnight: Aguas Calientes | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After 4 days of fulfilling hiking, we set off early this morning to the world famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Arriving in time for sunrise, we'll then enjoy a guided tour of this incredible Citadel. Learn all about the history of this magical place and how it lay almost totally undisturbed for hundreds of years. After our guided tour you'll have some free time to explore this legendary area.
This afternoon we'll head back to Aguas Calientes to board the Expedition Train for a scenic journey to Poroy where we disembark and complete our journey back to Cusco by road. The rest of the evening is free for you to explore Cusco at your own pace.
Overnight: Cusco | Breakfast
Today marks the end of your fantastic trip through the Salkantay and Cusco region. A transfer will be provided to take you to the airport for you onward flight.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Casa Andina Standard Cusco Plaza, Cusco
Located in the heart of central Cusco, just a stones throw away from the Plaza de Armas and the Cusco Cathedral, the Casa Andina Standard Cusco Plaza is an ideal base from which to explore the charming streets of this wonderful city. Housed in a beautiful colonial building, the hotel offers modern amenities including free WiFi throughout. The Sama restaurant and cafe serves up casual meal options and the friendly reception staff will be happy to assist you with recommendations on other great places to dine in Cusco.
Hatun Inti Boutique , Aguas Calientes
With views over the Urubamba river on one side and the main street of Aguas Calientes the other, the Hatun Inti Boutque hotel offers a fantastic location. With a charming wooden decor, rooms are spacious and all feature ensuite bathrooms. You'll find complimentary WiFi in the common areas and a cafe in which to relax with a hot beverage. Just a 10 minute walk from the hotel are the Aguas Calientes Hot Spring.
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