Day 1: Arrival to Cusco and afternoon city tour
We will greet you at the airport and settle you into your hotel in Cusco. In the afternoon, you will have a city tour of the historical sites in Cusco.
Day 2: The Sacred Valley of the Incas
We will pick you up from your hotel in the morning for a tour of the Sacred Valley. We will stop in Pisac to visit the market and the nearby ruins and continue to the scenic town of Ollantaytambo.
Day 3: Cusco – Mollepata – Salkantay Pass – Huayracmachay
Today we will start the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. We will start the Trek by climbing up to the Salkantay Pass, the highest point on the trek, before desending to our campsite in Huayracmachay.
Day 4: Huayracmachay – Colpapampa – Lucma Bamba
We will continue our downhill trek into the cloud forest of Qolpapampa. As we enter a sub-tropical climate, your guide will show you locally growing fruit and coffee plants.
Day 5: La Playa – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes
On the third day of the trek, we will hike to Llactapata, an Incan fort from which we will catch our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. After enjoying this view, we will head down to the Hydroelectric Plant in the valley where we will board our train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a hostel there.
Day 6: Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
In the morning we will have a tour of one of the modern wonders of the world, Machu Picchu. After exploring this amazing site, we will travel back to Cusco by train and bus.
Day 1: Arrival to Cusco and afternoon city tour
Upon your arrival in Cusco, we will transfer you to the hotel of your choice within the city. After you arrive, you will have free time to take a short rest and adjust to the high altitude of the city. In the afternoon, you will have a sightseeing tour of Cusco with stops at the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun, or “Korikancha”. We will continue the tour by driving out of the City to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, built strategically on a hill overlooking Cusco. This site is famous for its enormous carved stones laid with amazing precision to form the outer walls. Some of these stones stand over 9m / 30ft tall, and weight over 350 tons.
Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour
Our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel at 8:30 a.m. and you will travel by bus to the beautiful village of Pisac in the Sacred Valley. In Pisac, you can visit the lively artisan market to shop for handicrafts and later the Pisac ruins high above the Sacred Valley. We will continue our scenic journey to Urubamba, the heart of the Sacred Valley, where we will stop for lunch. Here you can try some of the famous Peruvian cuisine. Some of our favorites are: lomo saltado, alpaca steak, aji de gallina, or quinua soup. After lunch you will continue the tour to the amazing town of Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is a classic Incan city which still features the traditional urban construction of narrow streets adjacent to flowing streams. After your tour in Ollantaytambo is complete, our guide will show you your hostel in Ollantaytambo. In the evening, you will have more time for your own exploration of this town. We can also upgrade your hostel to a hotel if you prefer.
Hotel: Pakarictambo ***
Hotel: Palacio del Inca *****
Cusco – Mollepata – Salkantay Pass – Huayracmachay
We will pick you up at 5:00 a.m. from your hotel and travel by private van to the village of Mollepata in the lush Apurimac valley before continuing twards the village of Soraypamapa, at an elevation of (4000m/12,750ft). After a light breakfast that will be provided by our company, we will start hiking up a moderate climb for two and a half hours until we reach Soyrococha where we will stop for lunch. After an energizing lunch, We will continue walking uphill for one more hour until we reach the Salkantay Pass, located at (4600m/15,100ft). From this point, we can soak up the spectacular views of Salkantay Mountain and the surrounding peaks. It is traditional to leave a small rock carried from the bottom of the mountain at the pass as a present for the mountain spirit. After celebrating conquering the pass, we will continue downhill for two hours to our first campsite, Huayracmachay, located at (3800m/12,540ft). Once at the campsite, we will have dinner and get plenty of rest for the day to come.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Walking distance: 8.7 miles / 14 km (6-7 hours)
Campsite altitude: 3.600 meter high above sea level (chilled weathe
Weather: cold and windy
Huayracmachay – Colpapampa – Lucma Bamba
After breakfast, we will continue our downhill trek for three and a half hours to the beginning of the rain forest Qolpapampa 2500m/8350ft where we will stop for lunch. Then we will cross the Lluskamayo River and a variety of small streams. We will also pass through gorgeous valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls. Your guide will show you naturally growing tropical fruits and native plants and flowers along the way to our second campsite lucma bamba (2500m/8350ft).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Walking distance: 16 km ( 7-8 hours )
Campsite altitude: )
Area : Andes and the cloud forest.
La Playa – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes
In the morning, we will leave the village of La Playa and start a three hour climb to reach Llactapata, located at (2.700m/8910ft). Llactapata is an incredible Inca fort from which we will enjoy our first view of Machu Picchu! After pausing to take some incredible pictures and a brief rest, we will descend for two hours to the Hydroelectric Plant where we will have our final lunch. At 4:00 p.m. we will take a train to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night. Once in Aguas Calientes, we will enjoy a celebratory dinner and the comfort of beds and hot showers at a local hostel. You will also have the option to take advantage of the thermal springs in the evening which give the town its name. Entrance to the springs is 10 soles.
Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
We will wake up early for breakfast on the final day of the trek. You will have two options to arrive to Machu Picchu: 1) You can hike for one and a half hours from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu by way of the famous stairs, or 2) You can take a bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes. By waking up early, you will witness the magnificent sunrise at this ancient Inca city and have a few hours to explore before most of the tourists arrive. Once you enter Machu Picchu, you will have a 2 hour guided tour of the city. After the tour, you will have free time for you own exploration of this ancient Inca site. When you finish exploring Machu Picchu, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch where he/she will give you your train ticket for your return trip to Cusco. Once we arrive in Cusco, the tour will end and we will wish you safe travels to wherever your journey takes you.
When choosing this itinerary, we will ask you to let us know which class of hotels you are interested in. The prices below reflect the hotel you choose.
For packages including 3 Star hotels:
Single Traveller (With Single Rooms): US $1155 per person
Groups of 2 or more (with double, matrimonial or triple rooms): US $1085 per person
For packages including 4 and 5 Star hotels:
Single Traveller (With Single Rooms): US $2075 per person
Groups of 2 or more (with double, matrimonial or triple rooms): US $1500 per person
Hotels we book in Cusco:
Tierra Viva. Website: tierravivahoteles.com/
Polacio del Inka. Website: tinyurl.com/Palacio-del-Inka
All trains are Tourist Expedition Train but if you want to upgrade to Vistadome train US $65 per person, each way.
Included / Not Included
What is Included:
All of your transportation including pick up and drop off at the airport
All entrance fees including your permit for the Inca Trail, entrance to Machu Picchu and entrance for the Sacred Valley tour sites
For the Inca trail we provide guide, amazing food, and equipment. For further information, please check our Inca Trail Itinerary at: tinyurl.com/Inca-Trail-Trek
2 nights Hotel in Cusco (based on availability)
1 nights Hotel in Ollantaytambo (based on availability)
Local flights and taxes
Meals that are not mentioned in your itinerary
Hiking equipment, such as walking poles or rain ponchos for the Inca Trail
Please read our Itinerary for the Inca Trail and the “INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED” section carefully at: tinyurl.com/Inca-Trail-Trek
Make sure to pack accordingly to this list. (You don’t want to be caught in the rain without a Poncho!)
It is very important that you meet in our office for you pre-departure briefing with your tour guide. In the briefing, we will go over the Itinerary for the Trek, finalize payment, and you will receive your duffle bag for the Inca Trail
How much is the tourist ticket? Where can I buy the tickets?
You have two options. You can either buy the partial tourist ticket which costs 70 soles and lasts 2days. This allows you to visit three places. The other option is the full tourist ticket which costs 130 soles which allows you visit 16 places and is valid for 10 days.
The tickets can be bought on the way.
Important: This ticket does not include:
-Entrance to Qoricancha or Santo Domingo Convent (10 soles)
-Entrance to the Cathedral (25 soles)
How many places do you visit on the Sacred Valley tour?
you will visit three places: Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero.
How many days do I need to acclimatize before the Salkantay Trek?
It is really important to be well acclimatized before exerting yourself on a trek. This is why we require everyone to be in Cusco for a minimum of 2 days prior to regular treks like the Inca Trail. However, if you are doing one of our longer treks like the 6 day Combined Salkantay/Inca Trail you require at least 4 days to acclimatize because these treks occur at much higher altitudes than Cusco. You can use this time to visit the city of Cusco, nearby Inca ruins, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
What about altitude sickness on the Salkantay Trek?
To avoid altitude sickness on the trek, we recommend that you spend time in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley. If you have never been in high altitude, we recommend that you spend a day in the Sacred Valley because it is at a lower altitude than Cusco city.
Is the Salkantay trek difficult?
All of the treks are fairly difficult and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting the trek. You have to be moderately fit to complete this hike. Try walking 10km in a day or start going to the gym a month before the trek because we will cover a lot of distance in the first 2 days.The good news is that everyone in the last few years who started a trek has finished it! If you are really struggling, we have emergency horses that you can ride if you are not fit for the trek.