Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu

View of the Lost Incan City of Machu Picchu near Cusco, Peru. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
IDEAL LENGTH 12 nights
Price From £4,560 pp
When to Go Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu

Avoid the crowds and regular camp sites along classic Inca trail and opt for the Salkantay trek instead. As one of the top treks in Peru, you can enjoy it in comfort and style, staying at lodges along the way. Expect vistas that are out of this world as you trek towards Machu Picchu – think towering snow-capped Andes mountains as well as cloud forest and small villages to wander through.

Day 1,2

Day 1

You’ll be met upon arrival in Lima and transferred to your accommodation. The rest of your day will be spent at your leisure.

You'll have our list of recommendations as well as private guides on hand to enjoy the city. Your Lightfoot Travel Designer will be able to arrange a number of activities prior to your trip and recommend activities that are most suitable to your interests.

Day 3,4

Day 2
Lima - Cusco

This morning you’ll be escorted to the airport for your flight to Cusco.

Upon arrival you’ll be escorted to your accommodation. You'll have our list of recommendations, and Lightfoot Travel can also arrange excursions prior to your departure.

Day 5

Day 3
On The Way To Soraypampa

Enjoy an escorted tour to the Inca ruins of Tarawasi, followed by a visit to the mountain village of Mollepata where you can see El Pedregal, a beautiful farmhouse. You’ll then head to Challacancha to begin your hike to Soraypampa along the “Camino Real” (Royal Path).

Day 6

Day 4
Hike To Lake Humantay

Head on a hike to Lake Humantay that takes you up the slopes that border the plateau behind Salkantay Lodge. Once at the top you’ll have a chance to take in the tranquility of this magical spot.

The second half of your day will be spent at your leisure.

Day 7

Day 5
Crossing Salkantay Pass

Hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak and encounter expansive plateaus dotted with boulders. After reaching the Salkantay Pass embark on a descent through fields to a hot picnic lunch.

Day 8

Day 6
Descending Into The Cloud Forest

Continue along the banks of the Salkantay River and spend the afternoon lounging in the sun or relaxing in the outdoor jacuzzi with the lush green mountains surrounding you.

Day 9

Day 7
Following The Santa Teresa River Valley

Start your day hiking in the Santa Teresa River valley before beginning the Llactapata Inca Trail. Visit an organic coffee plantation on the way.

Day 10

Day 8
Exploring Llactapata Pass

Today’s climb takes you towards the Aobamaba River valley that connects you to Machu Picchu. After lunch you’ll end the hike at the Hidroelectrica train station. A one-hour scenic train ride delivers you to Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu.

Day 11

Day 9
Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley

Visit Machu Picchu early in the morning and witness the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences in their glory.

This afternoon take the Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley.

Day 12

Day 10
Chinchero, Maras & Moray

Enjoy exploring the Sacred Valley.

Start at Chinchero, a small town best known for its marketplace selling textiles. Next, head to the famous salt mines of Maras before completing your tour with a visit to Moray’s terraced pits.

Day 13

Day 11

Today you will be escorted to Cusco airport for your onward journey.


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itinerary highlights
  • A picnic lunch overlooking Lake Humantay

  • Conquering mountain switchbacks as you trek to the Salkantay Pass

  • Relaxing in an outdoor jacuzzi surrounded by the cloud forest

  • A scenic train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes

  • Visiting Machu Picchu early in the morning as the sun rises

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