Salkantay has been dubbed the most spectacular peak in the Peruvian Andes. On this trip, youll trek in the shadows of this impressive mountain, interact with its inhabitants and explore its forgotten ruins. Youll arrive at the backdoor of Machu Picchu where youll catch the train to Aguas Calientes for an early-morning visit to Machu Picchu.
Arrive Cusco at any time. There are no planned activities so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. Our best advice for exploring Cusco is to wear a comfortable pair of shoes, arm yourself with a city map, and set off to explore!
We highly recommended arriving at least one day prior to the tour in order to acclimatize to the altitude prior to the trek. A full day spent in Cusco (3249m), taking it easy and drinking plenty of water, is usually enough time for most people to acclimatize.
Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Depart in the morning from Cusco towards Soraypampa for the start of the Salkantay trek.
Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products, for use on our treks. The purpose of this G Adventures for Good project was to empower local Cusqueña women to start their own business while lessening the environmental impact. Planeterra provided $10000 of seed funding for two young entrepreneurs to register their biodegradable products in order to sell to the tourism industry. "Esencia Andina" is now a successful business that produces biodegradable soaps, detergents, and natural products for use by travellers, guides, porters, and cooks on our treks. G Adventures is their biggest client, purchasing hundreds of their products per month!
Salkantay Trek - Day 1
Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))
Continue the trek downhill, passing through the town of Collpabamba on the way to Chaullay. Hike along the Sahuayaco River through lush cloud forest to your campsite for the evening, Playa Sahuayaco.
Salkantay Trek - Day 2
Hike to the Inca site Llaqtapata, where you can catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. Catch the train in the afternoon to Aguas Calientes.
Rise early to take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the early morning light. This is the best time to view the 'Lost City of the Incas'. Join the local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site and Inca history without the pressure of other tour groups that arrive at midday.
Later in the afternoon return by train to Ollantaytambo and transfer by van to Cusco, arriving in the evening.
Please note the tour ends upon arrival in the main square and does not include a post night in Cusco. If you wish to book a post night please contact a GCO or your agent for assistance.
Machu Picchu Guided Tour
Local bus (0.25 hour(s))
Local bus (0.25 hour(s))
Train (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)
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Trip Name: Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu
Duration: 5 Days
From Price: 637
Trip Code: 165838
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