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Salkantay trek & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Tour Code: TR1707
6 days / 5 nights
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US$ 919

Difficulty
Difficult/5

Description

The joint Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an incredible journey, combining beautiful landscapes and ancient routes. On this Inca Trail alternative, we’ll see many different Inca ruins that will help us understand Andean life and Inca culture. It is said that the Inca nobility took this Inca Trail on their pilgrimage to the Apu Salkantay (the Protector Mountain God). For this reason, this Inca Trail alternative is longer and more interesting than the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4d/3n. This does, however, connect up with the classic Inca Trail on Day 3.

The hike along the Salkantay and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu lasts 6 days and 5 nights, with the final day taking us to Machu Picchu. We’ll enter by the Sun Gate, with its stunning view of Machu Picchu and the entire valley.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Salkantaypampa

Pick up at 5:00am from your hotel to head to Mollepata and pass through the plains of Anta, which contains the towns of Izcuchaca, Zurite, and Ancahuasi. We then enter the Limatambo Valley and, after 2 hours by bus, arrive at Mollepata to begin our Salkantay trek. We’ll have lunch after about 4 hours of hiking, and after a further 4 hours’ walk arrive at our campsite at Salkantaypampa.

Day 2: Salkantaypampa – Pampa Japonesa – Canal Inca

On this part of the route we will see the snowy Salkantay (6,271m / 20,574ft) at its best. We’ll take in the steep Andean surroundings as we skirt the mountain and descend the Inca Canal to get to the second camp on the same canal.

Day 3: Canal Inca – Tres Piedras – Llulluchapampa

We will begin our hike today towards Paucarcancha. Notice the changing scenery and ecology along the way, looking for birds as well other wildlife. Later we will join and walk through the Cusichaca Valley to Llulluchapampa, known as “Incaracay.” In this part of the route, we will connect with the Classic Inca Trail.

Day 4: Llulluchapampa – Pakaymayu – Sayacmarka

This day will be one of hardest days on the Inca Trail. We will ascend steeply and interminably to the first high pass of the route, Warmiwañuska Pass (Dead Woman’s Pass – 4,200m / 13,779ft). Our exertions are rewarded with a feast for the eyes: views of the entire Vilcabamba mountain range. Afterwards, we will walk to Pakaymayu and camp at the ruins site of Sayacmarka.

Day 5: Sayacmarka – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna

We will begin our trek early in the morning along this part of the Classic Inca Trail, crossing the high jungle and seeing beautiful orchids and local animals. We will also see and take time to explore the amazing archeological remains along the Inca Trail, including Phuyupatamarca and Wiñaywayna. In this part of the trek, the temperature begins to increase as we enter a more temperate ecological zone.

Day 6: Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

We will wake up at 4:30am for a satisfying breakfast and to begin our walk to be the first ones in Machu Picchu for the sunrise. We will descend through cloud forest into the high Inca jungle ecological zone, inhabited by orchids and many kinds of hummingbirds.

We’ll continue by descending this royal trail until we reach Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. You will have a guided visit of this modern Wonder of the World and will have free time to explore on your own. Then we will take the train and a private bus back to Cusco.

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