Salcantay Trek & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Only 7 Days
Salcantay Trek & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is ideal for those who seek to explore lesser-traveled routes and combine outstanding trails with even more impressive scenery.
Salcantay Trek Inca Trail is decorated with some of highest peak and deepest gorge of Cusco region in Peru; between Salcantay, “Umantay” mountains and “Vilcanota” range. Salcantay Trek Inca Trail is the less crushed trek to Machu Picchu. Here we get the higher chance to see some those mammals which are worlds rare and endangered like; spectacle bear, dears, Vicuñas and Pumas. This trek gives the dramatic altitude changing from start to end.
The Salcantay Trek Inca Trail leads to you to the attractive village of wild diversity of different ethnic group inhabitant, offering the majestic views of Salcantay, Hullunku and “Qesqha”. The highest pass on this trek is at 5,200m.(Inca “Chiriasqha”) After crossing the pass, the trail starts to descend to Wayllabamba where it joins to the traditional Inca Trail, then continues through the original Inca Trail until Machu Picchu.
The Salcantay Trek Inca Trail is an amazing adventure that combines the diversity of spectacular views of the Vilcabamba mountain range and also a chance to encounter vast number of ethnics during our journey. The highlights of Salcantay Trek Inca Trail are mainly the Salkantay peak, Umantay Peak, Inca Chiriasqha pass, the scenic Inca Trail, The Inca ruins along the trail the stunning Machu Picchu the forests with an abundance of wildlife, majestic waterfalls, including many other natural experiences.
- DURATION: 7-Days/ 6- Nights
- STARTING POINT: Pick up at 5:30 am From the hotel in Cusco.
- ENDING POINT: Drop off in Cusco at the main square around 9:00 pm, If you tell us, in advance, we can drop you at your hotel.
- DEPARTURE: The date that better suit you.
- ACCOMMODATIONS: 6-night camp
- MACHU PICCHU: Entrance ticket included
- “Scenic drive from Cusco to Soraypampa Valley with awesome panorama of mountains with view of Salkantay Mt. Within world heritage sites at Machu Picchu National park enriched with lovely Andean forest
- Explore the most picturesque lagoon of Humantay situated in the shortest of Salkantay Mountain.
- Explore traditional farm villages and Mysteries Inca settlements along the trail where your Trekking guide will explain you all about the Inca culture.
- Enchanting pristine forest filled with Andean, tropical and sub-tropical trees.
- Experience the dawn at Machu Picchu and enjoy an informative Tour.
At a glance:
- 1st Day: Aclimatization day: Cusco – Mollepata Umantay Lagoon – Soraypampa
- 2th Day: Easy day: Soraypampa – Pampajaponesa
- 3th Day: Top day: Pampajaponesa – Canal Inca
- 4th Day: Join the Classic Inca Trail. Canal Inca – Huayllabamba Ayapata.
- 5th Day: Top day: Ayapata – Pacaymayo – Chaquicocha
- 6th Day: Longest Day: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna
- 7th Day: Important day| – Explore Machu Picchu.
Why book with us?
- Stay within our exclusive private campsites with stand-up tents, thick mattresses and pillows.
- Enjoy hearty meals each day freshly prepared by our dedicated kitchen team. Drinking water included in the walk.
- Hike at a good pace led by experienced Tour Guides trained in nature first aid, equipped with a group medical kit and a portable Oxygen bottle.
Why Salcantay Trek and Inca Trail?
- Salcantay Trek Inca Trail is listed as one of the 25 best trekking dstination in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel magazine.
- Trekking Salcantay Trek & Inca Trail is definitely one of the best trekking adventures you will find in Peru and South American.
- Hikers can see natural bridges, snowy mountains, colorful valleys, waterfalls, wildlife, unique plants, and a cloud forest.
- Camping with fewer people allows you to be in control of your own trip and have the best views of these amazing mountains!
A typical day for Salcantay Trek Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
You will be woken up with a cup of “Coca tea” (Good for the altitude) in your tent at around 6.30 a.m., followed by a small bowl of warm water to wash. Before breakfast, put your gear in your duffle bag and go to enjoy your breakfast. The duffle bags will be carried by our horses and you won’t have access until it arrives to the next camp. After a healthy breakfast, we’re usually on the trail around 7:30 a.m. Depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk; We’ll walk for about 6-8 hours, then generally rest for lunch for about one hour where you can fill-up your water bottle. Some of our employees will walk forward and select an appropriate place to stop.
The afternoon walk is usually a bit shorter and the camp is generally arriving between 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Once we get to camp and the kitchen is ready, afternoon tea will be brewed. From there until dinner, it’s time to rest or explore the surroundings. Dinner is generally served between 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your flashlight and your water bottles in the dining room tent so they can be filled with boiling water. Trekking the nights give you some of the best memories of your walk, be it talking, playing cards, Chat with the crew or join the song and dance with the locals. A lot of The enjoyment of an expedition is on the journey itself.
What will you see?
This is a difficult question to answer since Peru has a variety of conditions. The best time is the dry season from May to November, and this is usually the period we recommend. But the walks are open all year.
While traveling through the Andes in Peru, some people will experience certain effects. If you plan to hike Salcantay Trek Inca Trail, we recommend that you arrive 2-3 days before begins to trek to acclimatize; while that you can take day trips to Cusco.
Please, it is very important to fill the blanks in the attached reservation form, we’ll send you an email with true and updated information so that we can make your reservations with the correct and appropriate information
The briefing is very important because that is when you will meet your guide. At this meeting, your guide will provide you with important details about the hike. If you participate in 7-day Salcantay Trek Inca Trail, you will receive a duffle bag for your personal belongings
Our guides are trained in case of illness. Unfortunately, it is illegal for us to provide you with altitude medicine, but we do our best to help you feel better in other ways. For example, we often make coca tea and the guides carry oxygen bottles with them. If you feel bad, you have the option to return to Cusco and join your group in the town of Aguas Calientes so as not to miss Machu Picchu. However, this will incur significant additional costs. You also have the option of using other means of transportation throughout the trek, such as: cars, horses and trains for a much lower cost.