Machu Picchu & Salkantay Trail
10 D / 9 N
Travel to the highlands of Peru and visit Cusco the inca empire and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Hike for four days through the amazing andean mountains with the spectacular Salkantay Trek and visit inca citadel Machu Picchu. Enjoy the best of the peruvian highlands with our partner team in 10 days.
Day 1 – Welcome to Lima
Upon arrival into Lima Airport, our partner travel team will welcome you and will transfer you to your hotel.
Day 2 – Flight from Lima to Cusco and to Sacred Valley
Today your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Lima to transfer you to Lima Airport, where you catch your flight to the Inca Empire capital Cusco. Upon arrival into Cusco your expert tour guide will pick you up and will transfer you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, for one and a half hour. The Sacred Valley is a stretch of picturesque villages and famous Inca ruins spread across the gentle mountain slopes of Cusco. This area is located a lower elevation (2800 m) and will help you to acclimatize to the high altitude of the Cusco area. Along the way to the Sacred Valley we can make some nice stops for sightseeing and photographing. Upon arrival we transfer you to your hotel.
Day 3 – Sacred Valley Tour
Your private tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley, to take you to the most interesting places of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First we drive you Pisaq, where you can visit the large Andean market and the Inca ruins on top of the village. After a delicious lunch, we drive to the Inca village Ollantaytambo. You will feel that you will step back in time as Ollantaytambo has original Inca houses and you will witness unfinished Inca walls. You will visit the impressive Ollantaytambo ruins, temples and terraces. After a full day of touring the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we will transfer you back to your hotel.
Day 4 – Salkantay Trek
Early in the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel to take you to Mollepata, where you will start the Salkantay Trek. Today you will hike into the valley of Rio Blanco and you will enjoy the spectacular views of Apu Salkantay and the lush Apurimac river. Along the way, you will pass through typical Andes villages, such as Cruzpata and Challacancha. After a delicious lunch in a beautiful scenic area, you will continue your hiking to the Soraypampa campsite, where we will spend the first night. After an energetic dinner, you will stretch your legs under a beautiful starry sky.
Day 5 – Salkantay Trek
After an early breakfast and some warm coca tea, we start our second day of the Salkantay Trek. We hike up for approximately 3 hours to Salkantaycocha, where you will enjoy an energetic lunch. After a little rest, we continue to climb steeply towards the Salkantay Pass, the highest point of the trek (4800 m). From here you will enjoy a spectacular view of the majestic mountains. After two and a half hours of hiking, we arrive at Challway, where we will spend the night.
Day 6 – Salkantay Trek
Today we continue the Salkantay Trek downhill to reach Santa Teresa, a little village at the shore of the Vilcanota river. Along the way, you will notice that the climate will change to high jungle. After approximately 6 hours hiking we arrive at Playa, and from here, we drive to Santa Teresa, where the hot springs wait to loosen your aching muscles and a hearty meal to replenish your energy levels. We overnight in Santa Teresa in a basic accommodation with shower and bath available.
Day 7 – Salkantay Trek
After an energetic breakfast, you start hiking along the Santa Teresa River and you will enjoy colorful sceneries, with plantations of coffee, banana and passion fruit. We hike towards hydroelectric, where we take our train to Aguas Calientes around 4 PM. You will overnight in Aguas Calientes, the town below the inca citadel Machu Picchu.
After an early breakfast, your tour guide will meet you at your hotel to take you for your Machu Picchu tour. We will take the 20-minute bus to go up to the archeological site of Machu Picchu, or the adventurous can hike up all the way (approximately 2 hours). Your guide will show you around at this sacred inca site, you will learn about the history and you will visit the most important temples, the temple of the Sun and the Condor. After the guided tour, you have plenty of time to wander around on your own. In the afternoon, we return back to Aguas Calientes, where we will board the train to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at the Ollantaytambo train station, your driver will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.
Day 9 – Cusco City Tour
In the morning, your tour guide and driver will meet you at your hotel to take you to the most interesting sites and attractions of Cusco. First we take you up to the impressive ruins of Saqsayhuaman, which are a very important religious and ceremonial site for the incan culture. Here you have time to wander around and you will get impressed by the uniquely shaped stones. After, we will visit the main square of Cusco and the UNESCO world heritage cathedral with Christian artifacts. Your tour will then take you to Qoricancha, the temple of the sun. This was the most important temple of the incas, dedicated to the Sun god, and it demonstrates the perfect construction technology of the inca´s. After your Cusco city tour, we transfer you back to your hotel and you will have the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 10 – Flight Cusco to Lima
Today your driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you to Cusco Airport for your domestic flight to Lima. You will arrive in time for your connecting international flight. We truly hope you had a wonderful trip in Peru with our partner travel team.
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Daily departures at a time we go to arrange with you
10 D / 9 N
Level of Difficulty
- Domestic flight (CUZ – LIM)
- All transfers and transportation by private van
- Tour Leader from Lima to Cusco
- Expert english speaking tour guide
- All tours & excursions
- All entrance tickets for sights and attractions
- Flight over the Nasca Lines
- Retour train ticket to Machu Picchu
- Retour bus to Machu Picchu
- All meals as indicated
- All accommodation
- International flight
- Airport taxes for Nasca Flight
- Tips for guide and driver
Frequently asked questions
What do I need to bring?
- Daypack with raincover
- Hiking boots
- Sleeping bag -10°C
- Windproof Jacket
- Waterproof boots
- One extra pair of clothes
- 6 liters of water
- Sun block, hat
- Extra money for souvenirs and food and beverages in Aguas Caliente
- Insect Repellent
- Rain Poncho
How much will a porter cost?
- The porter will carry your personal items up to 18kg, thus you will only need to carry a daypack with your personal items with you such as snacks, water, camera.
- He will charge $40 per person per day.
Cancellations made at least 7 days before the scheduled tour date will incur no cancellation fees. Cancellations made 3 days before the scheduled date will incur a 50% cancellation fee.