7-Day Luxury Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Peru Eco Exepditions has partnered with Mountain Lodges of Peru to offer the most luxurious trekking experience to Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

The Salkantay 7-day/6-night Trek to Machu Picchu is a once-in-a-lifetime physical and spiritual journey through the magnificent Salkantay region. This intermediate/advanced trek travels up and down through nine distinct microclimates, across promontories and fields of boulders, over a 15,000 ft mountain pass, along rivers, and up original Inca steps at the edge of the Amazon jungle.

Along the Salkantay trail, you will journey through varied terrain both challenging and awe-inspiring. Up-close views of glacier mountain peaks, mysterious fog surrounding fields of boulders, and cattle drives through the most remote of mountain areas are sights that will only enhance the spectacular topography, lush vegetation, and intriguing archaeological areas that you will encounter. Locals, still proudly attached to their Andean heritage, will greet you along the way and give you a glimpse into their rarely seen world.  Led by well-respected and extremely knowledgeable Mountain Lodges of Peru guides, you are guaranteed personal attention and a commitment to safety. The staff at our mountain-luxury lodges, situated in pristine locations along the trail, will welcome you warmly at the end of each day with the utmost in service and amenities.

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Physical Preparation:
Trekkers considering this route must be in good physical condition.  It is recommended that each participant has a preliminary 2 to 3 day acclimation stage prior to embarking on this trek as the trail ascends high altitude mountain passes.    It is also important that hikers stay extremely well hydrated prior to and during the trek as a way to prevent altitude sickness.

Important Facts:
Total Distance Covered:          68 kilometers / 42 miles
Maximum Altitude:                  4,638 meters (15,213 feet)
Minimum Altitude:                   1,771 meters (5,809 feet)

Pre-Day – Pre-Departure Briefing in Cusco:|
Meet & greet with other guests where you receive important information for a great trekking experience.

Day 1 – Cusco – Salkantay Lodge:
Visit Inca ruins and the mountain village of Mollepata before embarking on your first trek on the Camino Real. Your destination: the welcoming Salkantay Lodge, named for the majestic peak at the head of the valley, where you’ll find jacuzzis, aperitifs, and a crackling fire in the fireplace.

Overnight:            Salkantay Lodge (3,869 m/12,690 ft)
Trekking Time:     Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch)
Hiking Level:        Moderate

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Day 2 – Hike to Humantay Lake:
Wet your appetite for trekking and scenery with an acclimatization hike from the lodge to glacier-fed Lake Humantay with views of Mt. Salkantay, a sacred mountain in Incan mythology.

Overnight:          Salkantay Lodge (3,869 m/12,690 ft)
Trekking Time:   Approximately 4 hours
Hiking Level:      Moderate to Challenging

Humantay Lake

Day 3 – Crossing the Salkantay Pass:
Today’s the big day—we reach the trek’s highest point on the Salkantay Pass (4,638 m/15,213 ft). Take in views of snowcapped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction and the glaciated south face of Mt. Salkantay towering above.

Overnight:           Wayra Lodge (3,906 m/12,812 ft)
Trekking Time:    6–8 hours (including lunch)
Hiking Level:       Challenging, crossing a 4,640m/15,200 ft mountain pass

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Day 4 – Descending into the Cloud Forest:
We begin our descent along the Salkantay River, where warm air starts rising from the jungle, accompanied by colorful butterflies and striking orchids. At Colpa Lodge, we’ll be greeted with a Pachamanca, a traditional Peruvian meal.

Overnight:           Colpa Lodge (2,870 m/9,414 ft)
Trekking Time:     3–4 hours
Hiking Level:       Easy to Moderate

Day 5 – Following the Santa Teresa River Valley:
Today we hike through more populated rural areas, passing through banana, granadilla and avocado orchards. We’ll picnic by the river, and later tour a coffee plantation before arriving at Lucma Lodge, which is surrounded by its own avocado trees.

Overnight:             Lucma Lodge (2,135 m/7,003 ft)
Trekking Time:      5–6 hours (including lunch)
Hiking Level:         Moderate to Challenging (because of distance, not terrain)

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Day 6 – First Views of Machu Picchu from Llactapata Pass:
On our last trekking day, we hike along the Llactapata Pass and come upon a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast, a view few travelers ever get a chance to admire. Then we’ll make our way to the train bound for our ultimate destination: Machu Picchu.

Overnight:            Aguas Calientes (1,900 m/6,232 ft)
Trekking Time:     4–6 hours
Hiking Level:        Moderate to Challenging

Day 7 – Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary:
We will take an introductory two-hour guided tour of the ruins, after which we have the rest of the morning to explore the site on our own or hike the steep Huayna Picchu for expansive views (Huayna Picchu tickets must be purchased in advance).

 Return to Cusco:         (3,360 m/11,021 ft)

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Included Services:
– All services from pick-up in Cusco on Day 1 to drop-off in Cusco on Day 7.
– Transportation from hotel in Cusco to Soraypampa on Day 1 and from Ollantaytambo  back to hotel on Day 7.
– 6 nights lodging (5 nights in Mountain Lodges Peru lodges and 1 night in Aguas  Calientes in a 4 star hotel.
– All meals except breakfast on Day 1 and Dinner on Day 7.
– Service of bilingual guide (Spanish / English) from Day 1 to Day 7. Tours are led in  English.
– Transportation of personal belongings on the trek by pack horses / mules and/or  porters.
– Guided visit to Machu Picchu Sanctuary (including entrance and transportation to site).
– Transportation (Train to Aguas Calientes & Ollantaytambo).
– At the lodges we provide filtered sparkling water, tea & coffee, juice & soft drinks free  of charge. Alcohol, sports drinks & natural bottled water are no included.

Not Included:
– International & Domestic Flights
– Guide Gratuity
Suggested $10.00 Per Trekker Per Day for Primary Guide
Suggested $5.00 Per Trekker Per Day for Assistant Guide
– All Other Staff Gratuity is Included

$2,990.00 USD Per Person (March 1 – March 31 & November 1 – December    14)
$3,990.00 USD Per Person (April 1 – October 31 & December 15 – 31)

*Rates are current for 2019.

Rates are based on shared accommodations.   Trip rate is subject to  change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control.  Single supplement is 50% of per person cost additional.  If a guest is a single willing to share, we will do our best to pair up the guest with another traveler of the same gender.  If no roommate is found then guest would be subject to a 25% supplement of per person cost.

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