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Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail Hike  - 10 Days

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Trek along the alternative route to Machu Picchu on a rewarding journey around the amazing Salkantay Mountain.

The Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail Hike is a unique and rewarding journey to Machu Picchu, offering travelers the best of both worlds. Many adventurers struggle to choose between these treks, but this combined experience provides the ideal solution. This comprehensive trek involves 7 days of hiking, making it more challenging than the Classic Inca Trail Trek and suitable for experienced hikers in the Peruvian Andes.

 

This epic journey allows you to visit the Humantay Lake sitting like a jewel among the white mountain peaks. You get to see the imposing Salkantay Mountain before joining the ancient Inca trail leading to Machu Picchu. The best time to trek to Machu Picchu is during the dry season, which runs from late April to early October. This period, especially from May to September, offers the most favorable weather conditions with minimal rainfall and warm, sunny days.

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  • Two routes to Machu Picchu in one awesome trip
  • Hiking the original Inca trail
  • Dramatic micro-climatic change from plateaus to high snowy peaks to lush tropical areas.
  • Important sites along the trail feature beautiful scenery, fascinating ancient ruins, and archaeological monuments.

Overview

Arrival City
Arrival City Cusco,Peru
Departure City
Departure City Cusco,Peru
Lodging Level
Lodging Level
Hotel (Tierra Viva Cusco)
Meals
Meals 8 dinner, 9 breakfast, 6 lunch
Trip Grade
Trip Grade Moderate
Max Altitude
Maximum Altitude 6,271m/20,575ft
Attraction
Attractions Machu Picchu, The Dead Woman’s Pass, Incan sites, Farming in Wayllabamba, The Sacred Valley, Archeological Park
Activity
Activity Trekking and Hiking
Styles
Styles Active Adventures, Family Holiday

Outline Itinerary

Itinerary Maximum Altitude Walking/Hiking
Day 01 Arrive at Cusco International Airport, Peru 3,400m/11,155ft -
Day 02 Sacred Valley Tour; Pisac and Ollantaytambo Ruins 2,972m/9,751ft -
Day 03 Cusco to Soraypampa 3,850m/12,632ft -
Day 04 Soraypampa - Salkantaypampa- Pampa Japonesa 6,271m/20,575ft 6-8 hrs
Day 05 Pampa Japonesa – Incachiriaska – Canal Inca 5,158m/16,923ft 7-8 hrs
Day 06 Inca Aquaduct – Huayllabamba – Ayapata 3,475m/11,401ft 6-8 hrs
Day 07 Ayapata – Warmiwañusqa – Chaquicocha 3,970m/13,026ft 7-8 hrs
Day 08 Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna 2,650m/8,695ft 6-8 hrs
Day 09 Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu – return to Cusco 2,745m/9,006ft 4-6 hrs
Day 10 Final Departure 3,400m/11,155ft -

INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in 3 stars category Hotel on Twin Sharing Basis.
  • Entrance fee for the places to visit during the itinerary
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner in Cusco.
  • All Private Ground Transportation Including Airport Transfers
  • Pick-up and drop-off in Cusco airport

During the Salkantay & inca trail:

  • 1 Duffle Bag
  • English-speaking professional tour guide.
  • Ticket to Machu Picchu, the ticket to Salkantay & permits for the Inca Trail.
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-person- capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and safekeeping of backpacks.
  • Porter
  • 8 Dinners, 9 Breakfasts, and 6 lunches.
  • Foam mats or sleeping pads
  • Trekking Cook

Meals

During your Salkantay trek and Inca trail hike, in Cusco, you will be served a welcome dinner upon arrival and will enjoy a farewell dinner before your departure, along with nourishing breakfasts at the hotel where you stay overnight. Throughout the trek, you will have access to three-course meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A professional trekking cook will be responsible for preparing your meals. Additionally, during the trek, you can look forward to afternoon snacks, often referred to as 'Happy Hours.' (Please let us know ahead of time if you have any dietary preferences or restrictions (vegetarian, non-vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free) so that we may meet your needs during the trek.)

Accommodation

Throughout, your Salkantay trail and Inca trail hike, you will be accommodated at Hotel Moaf Boutique or a similar category of hotel in Cusco. Similarly, as you explore the Soraypampa, you’ll be accommodated in tented camps, experiencing the unique atmosphere of the Winaywayna, known as “the mountain of eternal youth”. While on the Salkantay trek and the Inca trail hiking, hotels serve rooms on the basis of twin-sharing with an attached bathroom and hot shower facilities. Single supplement rooms are served with an extra charge.

DATES & PRICES

All our published dates are guaranteed departures. If the dates don’t match with your travel plans, we are more than happy to create your desired date. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for and our travel experts will help plan your tailor-made trips in your dream destination.

Dates
Arrival - Departure
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July 2024
Tuesday 30 Jul, 2024
Thursday 08 Aug, 2024
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August 2024
Wednesday 14 Aug, 2024
Friday 23 Aug, 2024
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September 2024
Sunday 22 Sep, 2024
Tuesday 01 Oct, 2024
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October 2024
Monday 07 Oct, 2024
Wednesday 16 Oct, 2024
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December 2024
Tuesday 03 Dec, 2024
Thursday 12 Dec, 2024
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FAQs

This Incan citadel is located in the Machupicchu District within Urubamba Province above the Sacred Valley, in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru. It lies on a mountain range with an altitude of 2,430m (7,970ft.). Machu Picchu is often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”. The site is actually located on two mountains – Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu. These mountains belong to a chain of high mountains forming parts of the south central Andes. In short, the Machu Picchu site is located in a highly unapproachable part of the upper rainforest region, at nearly 8,000ft., with the Urubamba River flowing past it.
When we talk about Peru, the first thing that comes in mind is Machu Picchu. However, to be straight, the best time to visit Peru totally depends on the area of your interest. Normally, Peru is divided into 3 main areas: the coast, the Amazon Jungle, and the Andes Mountains. Rainy season in Peru lasts from December through March, which obviously isn’t the best season to visit Peru. The shoulder season, i.e. the months of April and May is an excellent time for trekking in the Andes Mountain – including Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain. Nevertheless, the peak months to visit Peru is June through August, which sees a lot of visitors. The hotels and the hiking trails get jam-packed. Another best time to visit Peru is from September through November when temperature gradually begins to rise. The numbers of tourist decrease, making these months excellent for hiking to Machu Picchu. To sum up, the best time for Andean and Amazonian adventures is June to August, Similarly, the best time for quiet hikes and surfing, without any crowds is September to November. Likewise, the best budget travelers and festival maniacs.
The Inca Trail is a hiking trail in Peru that basically starts at Cusco and ends in Machu Picchu. There are three overlapping trails to reach Machu Picchu. The trail is located in the Andes Mountain range passing through cloud forests and alpine tundra. On the Inca Trail, hikers will encounter various settlements, tunnels, and Incan ruins before ending the boundary at the Sun Gate on Machu Picchu Mountain. Trekkers usually take the 4 or 5-day Classic Inca Trail, but there is also a possibility of a 2-day trek from KM 104. Altitude sickness can occur if you haven’t spent enough time acclimatizing at Cusco before trekking the trail.
Peru is a legendary country with magical natural attractions, incredible vistas, and majestic temples. This fabulous country has the hugest historical and cultural heritage in the world. Best places to visit in Peru are numerous. Peru is also known to have some of the friendliest people in the world. From the long list of best places to visit in Peru, some prominent destinations are:
  • Machu Picchu
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Amazon River
  • Sacred Valleys of the Incas
  • Rainbow Mountain
  • Inca Trail
  • Salkantay
  • The Baths of the Inca
Peru is filled with so many things that perhaps, a single visit to this fairy-tale country would not be sufficient. Right from its gastronomy and the cultural heritages to its biodiversity, and mountains, jungles and seas, Peru is suitable for almost everyone in the world. So, it’s time that you make a separate bucket-list to visit some of the best places to visit in Peru!
The distance from Lima to Machu Picchu is 503km (312mi) in a straight line, but when traveling, the total route covers 1280km (795mi). There is no option of reaching Machu Picchu from Lima directly. First, you have to get to Cusco from Lima. You can reach Cusco either by a domestic flight, car, bus, or train. Apparently, taking a flight to Cusco from Lima is the fastest way, which takes just over an hour and a half, to reach the destination.
The government of Peru have introduced various controls to minimize human impact on the trail up to the ancient city. They have restricted the number of people, including visitors, guides and porters to 500 each day. It simply means that if you wish to trek on the Inca Trail, you have to get your permit beforehand. You can get a permit to the Inca trail only through a government registered travel operator. It means that you are not allowed to trek the Inca trail independently. It is quite interesting to know that all of the year’s permits are released in October and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

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