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Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu
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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.

Latin America
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Wildlife, Parks & Nature Reserves, Trekking, Hiking, History, Local Culture & Cuisine
  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SPST/165838
  • Starts: Cusco, Peru
  • Finishes: Aguas Calientes, Peru
You will Visit
  • Cusco
  • Cusco

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cusco

Arrive at any time.
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! Meet the group at the welcome meeting, check for the start time on the welcome note at the hotel.

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Day 2: Cusco/Wayraqmachay

Transfer to the start of the trail and begin the Salkantay Trek. Stunning views and Inca ruins fill the days as you hike past the striking peaks of Salkantay, Humantay, and Ausangate, among others. Traverse high passes the highest point reaching 4,600m (15,092 ft) before descending into valleys nestled in the mountains. Spend the nights camping under the stars. Enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery and breathtaking views as the trek descends from the heights of the Andes to the lush subtropics surrounding Machu Picchu.
Depart in the morning from Cusco towards Soraypampa for the start of the Salkantay trek.

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Day 3: Salkantaypampa/Sahuayaco

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.

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Day 4: Sahuayaco/Aguas Calientes

Hike to the Inca site Llactapata, where you can catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. Catch the train in the afternoon to Aguas Calientes.

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Day 5: Aguas Calientes/Cusco

Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Optional visit to the Inca Bridge and return to Cusco in the evening where the tour ends upon arrival.
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.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Trek on the Salkantay route to Machu Picchu with local guide, cooks, and porters (3 days)
    • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (2 nts), camping (2 nts)
    • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van, hiking, train
    Group Leader
    • G Representative in Cusco, specialist Salkantay guide on hike
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Tour Highlights:
  • Conquer the Salkantay Trek in the Andes
  • Explore Inca ruins and Machu Picchu
  • Trek through local communities and beautiful Andean scenery.