inca trail & salkantay trek
Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the two favorite treks to
Our classic Salkantay Trek is an alternative to the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, but Do you imagine the possibility to trek both? Really it is more rewarding to enjoy both. The Sacred Way is a cutting-edge experience for adventure travelers looking for a little more privacy and authenticity. With spectacular views, Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu offers quiet and rich experience of nature and Inca Trail offers unique remains that can be only seen by this path.
- Day 01: Cusco – Soraypampa
- Day 02: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pampa
- Day 03: Salkantay Pampa – Pampacahuarina
- Day 04: Pampacahuarina – Llullucha Pampa
- Day 05: Llucha Pampa – Chaquicocha
- Day 06: Chaquicocha – Wiñayhuayna
- Day 07: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SALKANTAY TREK AND INCA TRAIL:
- Enjoy a more complete travel than others.
- Opportunity for experienced trekkers to enjoy a challenging hike
- Trekking to the sacred mountain of Salkantay
- Hiking the Classic Inca Trail
- 7 day hike accompanied by explanations of a professional bilingual Tour Guide
- Salkantay Mountain landscapes observation
- Amazing and hidden Incan sites discovery at Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
- Guided tour of the amazing Inca citadal – Machu Picchu
WHY INCA TRAIL & SALKANTAY TREK?
This path is the most complete since it joins two excursions in one as it starts in the area called Salkantay and then enters the Sacred Inca Trail that connects to the lost city of the Incas, Machupicchu. The ideal option for those who are looking for a complete alternative. You can appreciate the change of the different ecological floors, from subtropical zones and impressive glacial peaks, until arriving at the Lost City of the Incas, Machupicchu.
DAY 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA
We will pick you up from your hotel and travel by bus to the town of Mollepata. On the way, we will pass through the picturesque villages of the Pampa de Anta, Izcuchaca, Zurite and Ancahuasi. Our trip will take us to the Limatambo Valley, and then to Mollepata, where we will begin our adventure hike. In Mollepata, we will complete the arrangements for our hike and then hike to our first camp in Soraypampa.
DAY 02: SORAYPAMPA – SISAYPAMPA
After a delicious breakfast, we get to Salkantaypampa (4,100 m/13,451 ft) where we join the main route of the Salkantay Trek. From there, it takes approximately an 2 hour to reach Salkantay Pampa, a place of our campsite to lunch. Also in this day we will have the opportunity to observe an amazing scenery of the sacred mountains of Humantay and Salkantay!!. From this point, we can admire the closest view of Salkantay and whole this area dotted with small mountain lagoons and old glaciers of diverse shades of blue! Finally we will arrive at Sisaypampa. Once in Sisaypampa, we set a campsite to be later served dinner. The night might be a bit colder due to its altitude so please don’t forget to pack some warm clothes.
DAY 03: SISAYPAMPA – PAMPACAHUARINA
After a good breakfast we prepared to undertake the hardest trek of the trek leaving at 07:00 a.m. We cross the whole site called Pampa Japonesa and then go to the right side of the Salkantay mountain, at 12:00 p.m. We will be at the highest point – Salkantay Pass at 4,500 m. On this site we observe the snow and glaciers of Salkantay and we will appreciate the magnificent view of the fall of the snow avalanches and then descend to Pampacahuarina where we will camp.
DAY 04: PAMPACAHUARINA – LLULLUCHA PAMPA
On this day, we will have a hard trekking. To start our hike, we will walk for approx. 3 hours to get Paucarcancha (3,205 m/10,515 ft). There, our Tour Guide shows you Inkaracay an amazing inca remain! Then we descend for a couple of minutes to the town of Wayllabamba . There, we say good-bye to our horseman and horses and welcome our Porters as we join the route of Inca Trail where only Porters are permited. Before we continue climbing, we enjoy lunch. During hiking, we can appreciate a cloud forest with its native trees, orchids, mosses, ferns as well as birds. Finally we get to our next campsite at Llullucha Pampa.
DAY 05: LLUCHA PAMPA – CHAQUICOCHA
On this day you will feel the most high altitude at Warmiwañusca Pass. From Warmiwañusqa, you will descend to the Pacaymayo Valley (3,300 m), where you have a lunch break. Then you continue hiking, we will explore Runkuraray, a magnificent inca remain along the path. Afterwards, you climb up and get over the second pass Runkurakay Pass (3,860m) walking on this «Royal Inca’s Highway» down to the next Incan site Sayacmarca. On the way, you pass the Yanacocha Lake. In the end, we get to our campsite Chaquicocha (3,670 m).
DAY 6: CHAQUICOCHA – WIÑAYWAYNA
After breakfast we will pass the Inca tunnel down to Phuyupatamarca where we will have lunch and then we will visit the archaeological center of Phuyupatamarca, we will go through another Inca tunnel finally arriving at Wyñaywayna, the place of our last night of camping.
DAY 7: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO.
After breakfast, very early, we went to Inti Punku (The Sun Gate), the entrance to the ancient Inca city of Machupicchu from this point is an unforgettable experience after descending we will travel this magical place and we will have a guided tour about 2 hours in the citadel of Machu Picchu. In the afternoon we will take the train back to Cusco and arrive at approximately 20:30 hrs. To Cusco and then we will have transfer to your hotel.
- Pre-trek briefing with your Tour Guide (our guide will visit your hotel a day before);
- Transfer by private vehicle to Soraypampa – the initial point of the trek;
- Accommodation: Campsites (6 nights);
- Entrance fees to the red of Salkantay, an Inca Trail Permit and Machu Picchu fee;
- Meals: 6x breakfast, 6x lunch, 6x dinner and 6x afternoon hot beverages (please advice us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost);
- Professional bilingual Tour Guide (a group of up to 10 participants receives 1 Guide, a group over 10 persons receives 2 Guides);
- Professional Cook;
- Horses and Porters to carry food, camping equipment,cooking equipment and personal belonging (7 kg), Porters to do so in the second part (due to very strict Inca Trail regulations;
- Camping equipment: Eureka Mountain Personal double tents (3 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
- Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress);
- A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
- A blanket per person
- A pillow
- Day Pack Rain Covers;
- Rain Ponchos;
- Duffel bag (for your personal belongings);
- A T-shirt of the Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail Map;
- Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own);
- Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
- A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu citadel to Aguas Calientes Town;
- A Tourist train from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo (Expedition Service);
Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day;
- A shuttle bus high from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu ($12- one way);
- Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain ($ 85);
- Extra porter and horses to carry your personal belonging (USD 130)
- International and domestic flights nor airport departure taxes;
- Travel insurance;
- Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
- Other extras not mentioned.
WHAT ABOUT THE CLIMATE?
The climate varies according to the months some with presence of rains, sunny days, cloudy days, cold nights; then we detail the Inca Trail and Salkantay Climate per month:
- In the months of January and March the rains are persistent, mostly at night, the days are cloudy but there are nice and sunny days, if we have good luck.
- In the month of April, the rainy season ends little by little, and the days get warmer and more pleasant, with sporadic rains.
Between May and October, the climate is warm and cool, with little rain, sunny days and quite bright.
- The months of June, July, August and September are undoubtedly the best months to do the Inca Trail, during the day it is clear and you can clearly observe the landscapes, the days are fresher, however, the nights are cold in the high areas.
- During November and December, it is the time when the rainy season begins, the days are sunny, but at any moment it can rain, as well as, there are cloudy days without rain.
Now it is only your decision, decide in what month to make the Inca Trail & Salkantay, and enjoy your adventure, among the ancestral mountains, which were witnesses of the greatness of the Inca Empire.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK ?
Note that for Inca Trail only 500 people are allowed to enter on any given day; around 200 of these go to tourists, the rest go to guides, porters and other trekking personnel. If you think it sounds limited, it’s true.
While alternative walks will provide opportunities for last minute walks to Machu Picchu; hiking on the Inca Trail; Whether it’s two days, four days or more, it requires a reservation in advance to get a space on this hike.
If you arrive in Cusco with the idea of finding a space on the Inca Trail, there is a high probability that you will be deeply disappointed when you do not find any space.
Frequently Asked Questions
Experiment the most excitement adventure though the two most important and known inca paths. Now the most frequent questions about Inca Trail & Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu.
Is there an age limit for the Inca
Trail & Salkantay Trek Trail?
No, there is no age limit, but if it is older, it is recommended to have a medical check-up before traveling, try to acclimatize in height. We have had children from 7 years old and people up to age 68 many times. Do not worry, we are here to help you do it! When there is a will, it is possible!!!
What happen if I’m too slow?
You have to measure your capacity, usually the second day is the most difficult of all this hike doing a route of 20 kilometers 8 hours approximately, this day you have the option of renting a horse so that it can help you. Also the tour guide will at any time with you the road is just one and if you are at final don´t doubt that he or she will help you to do it!
What happens if I get sick and
need to return?
We have a very low rate of people returning back once the road has started. Our priority is to help complete it; All of our guides are well trained and have a first aid bottle and emergency oxygen first.
Do you provide us with drinking
Yes. We provide water that has previously been boiled or at least 5 minutes (it is not necessary purification tablets). Therefore, you only need a bottle of water for the first part, you can refill your bottles all the way to Machu Picchu.
Once I have booked my place,
can I change my departure date?
No, you can not change the departure date because of the entry to the citadel of Machu Picchu tickets are purchased well in advance. Remember to schedule your trip to Peru in advance to avoid problems and stay in Cusco 3 or 4 days before the trip.
What about the train back to
The train included in all excursions is the Expedition service, the schedules are available for spaces in the wagons.
Note: Trains are sometimes subject to change depending on Peru Rail train operator. Also if you want another service train you can ask us to upgrade your train service (extra cost)