Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Destinations Destinations
Cusco, Machu Picchu
Activity Activity
Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Trekking
Tour Type Tour Type
Custom itinerary, Private tour
Physical Level Physical Level
Strenuous

Good to know

  • Fully-guided Salkantay trek
  • Top quality camping equipment included
  • Guided tours of Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lima
  • Flexible, year-round departures
  • High demand – advance booking essential!
  • 24/7 support and assistance

Trek to Machu Picchu by going “off the beaten Inca Trail” on the exotic Salkantay Trek. Described by National Geographic as “the cool way” to get to the ancient Incan citadel, this challenging hike takes you through Andean peaks, cloud forests, Incan ruins and small villages where people still live as they have for hundreds of years. You’ll camp in style, beat the crowds to Machu Picchu, and visit cosmopolitan Lima and charming Cusco, the erstwhile capital of the Incas.

This is a suggested itinerary which can be changed to suit your preferences. Contact an SA Expeditions travel advisor now who will be happy to help.

Suggested itinerary

All days can be adjusted as required

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This is a customisable trip

Use the following itinerary for inspiration. Send us your preferences and we'll connect you with a specialist tour operator who will be happy to advise: all days, hotels and activities can be altered.

Arriving in Lima you'll be met by a SA Expeditions representative and taken to a carefully selected airport hotel, in order to minimise transit times the following morning.

Lima to Cusco

You'll take the short flight to Cusco, and enjoy a free day acclimatising to the altitude and exploring the ancient capital of the Incas.

Includes: breakfast
Private Cusco City Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of Cusco, with stops at the Incan sites of Sacsayhuaman and Koricancha, and Cusco Cathedral.

Includes: breakfast

Your trekking adventure begins! Visit Andean villages and Incan sites, before camping at the high mountain peak of Salkantaypampa.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trek Salkantaypampa to Collpapampa

Ascend to the Glacier Lake of Soyrococha, hike to the highest pass with staggering views, descend through forests, bamboo groves and villages.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Descend through a valley of orchids, corn fields and fruit groves, with waterfalls flowing from above. Camp at La Playa.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Climb, then descend through to the terraced Incan site at Llactapata, before descending to the Urubamba River. Train to Aguas Calientes.

Includes: breakfast, lunch
Machu Picchu to Cusco

Beat the crowds to Machu Picchu, enjoy a guided tour of the citadel, explore on your own, then journey back to Cusco by train.

Includes: breakfast

Return from Cusco to Lima. Time allowing, you can take in a tour of the capital city’s key sites before bidding farewell to Peru.

Includes: breakfast

Tour inclusions

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Included Accommodation

Five nights in preferred properties hand selected for comfort, convenience and quality

Three nights on guided small-group Salkantay Trail Trek which includes: all camping gear and nutritious meals, snacks and water, upgraded thermarest sleeping mats & sleeping bags, private portable bathroom to supplement camp-site restrooms, and porter assistance to carry your personal belongings.

Included Guided excursions

Privately guided tours with your own personal guide and driver.

Included All meals

All breakfasts in hotels, plus three freshly prepared meals per day, plus snacks and water, on the trek.

Included Ground transfers

All private airport transfers with English speaking assistance.

Return Vistadome train to Machu Picchu Pueblo.

Not included International flights

Domestic flights are not included in the price but can be arranged on request.

Days

9

From only

$1,990 pp

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