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Salkantay - Inca Trail To Machupicchu

Duration: 7 Days
Departures: 4:00 am
Level: High
Service: In group.
Frequency: All Year – Except January and February
Reserves We recommend booking the Salkantay - Inca Trail Tour at least 5 Months in advance, because the entrances for this trail are gone quickly.

Description of the trek

The Salkantay - Inca Trail to Machupicchu in Cusco is one of the most famous and amazing trails in the world. A combination of adventure, natural beauty, history and mysterious Inca culture.

It is a walking route that leads through the mountains near to Salkantay ice mountain, god in the time of the Incas. Then we will visit the Inca Trail above the Urubamba River, following the course of an old Inca roadway that leads to the breathtaking Machupicchu Sanctuary. The trail itself brings us a combination of landscapes of high altitude mountain ranges (the Andes) and dense subtropical forest.

The Inca Trail is part of a 30000 kilometers highway system that integrated the vast Inca Empire of Tahuantinsuyu (The Four Ways), running from southern Colombia to central Chile passing through the cities of Quito (Ecuador), Cajamarca, Huanuco, Jauja, Huamanga, Cusco (Peru), La Paz and Cochabamba (Bolivia) and finishing in Salta and Tucuman (Argentina).

These highways run mainly by the coast, through the highlands and in some cases reached the tropical mountains near the Amazon forest.


DAY 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Markokasa

We will pick you up from your hotel and travel by bus to the town of Mollepata. Along the way, we will pass through the picturesque towns of Pampa de Anta (Izcuchaca, Zurite, and Ancahuasi). Our journey will take us into the Limatambo Valley, where we will see the ruins of Tarawasi, and then toward Mollepata, where we will begin our adventure. At Mollepata, we will complete the arrangements for our trek and then hike to our first camp at Markokasa.


DAY 2: Markokasa - Choquekiclla - Soraypampa

We will begin Day 2 with a trek to Choquekiclla, where we will view the majestic Salkantay Humantay, a sacred mountain capped with snow peaks and on whose skirts we will make camp (4,000 meters/13,123 feet above sea level).


DAY 3: Soraypampa - Pampa Japonesa - Canal Inca

Day 3 will be in a spectacular day, hiking through the pass of Salkantay, close to the mountain's eternal snowcaps. Afterwards, we will descend toward the Inca Canal. During our trek, we will be able to fully appreciate and take in the imposing Andean topography.


DAY 4: Canal Inca - Tres Piedras - Llulluchapampa

We begin Day 4 by hiking through the Inca Canal, which leads us to Paucarcancha. At Paucarcancha, we will enter the Cusichaca Valley and hike onward to Llulluchapampa (Incaracay).


DAY 5: Llulluchapampa - Pakaymayu - Sayacmarka

On Day 5, we ascend the pass of Warmiwañuska at 4,200 meters/13,780 feet above sea level. This is the highest point on the Inca Trail. From here, we descend toward the Pakaymayu Valley and continue our journey onward to Sayacmarka.


DAY 6: Sayacmarka - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñaywayna

Day 6 of our trek will bring a noticeable change in climate (warmer), flora, and fauna, as we move close to Peru's cloud forest. During the course of the day, we will visit several archaeological sites.


DAY 7: Wiñaywayna - Machupicchu - Cusco

Our reward at the end of our epic 7-day journey is the amazing panorama as we arrive to the great Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. We will enjoy a 2 1/2 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu and then take the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will catch the train back to Cusco. We will transport you from the train station in Cusco to your hotel.



  • Private Transportation: Cusco - Mollepata / Train Station Ollantaytambo – Cusco Hotel
  • Expedition train service: Aguas Calientes - Cusco
  • Entrance Ticket: Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Bus ticket: Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
  • Guide: Professional English and Spanish speaking guide; 2 guides for groups over 9 people
  • Cook: In charge of meal preparation
  • Horsemen and horses (Salkantay segment): Carry tents, cooking equipment and also carry backpacks, sleeping bags and mattresses (Max. 15 kg/ 33 lbs per person)
  • Porters (Inca Trail segment): Carry tents and cooking equipment
  • Personal porters (Inca Trail segment): carry backpacks, sleeping bags and mattresses (Max. 15 kg/ 33 lbs per person)
  • Meals: 6 Breakfasts/6 Lunches/6 Dinners/Snacks and afternoon tea
  • Equipment: tents (2 people in each, 3-person-capacity), Therm-a-rest sleeping pad, dinner tent, special biodegradable bathroom tent, kitchen tent, shower tent, tables and chairs, table settings, first aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.

Not Include:

  • Breakfast: 1st day.
  • Dinner: 7ht day
  • Sleeping bag
  • Walking poles
  • Tips


  • Sleeping Bag (- 10 Cº): $ 30
  • Extra Porter (10 Kilos): $ 100
  • Walking Stick: $ 15
  • Personal Tent: $ 60
  • Extra Night: $ 60 (Single accomodation) / $ 80 (Doble accommodation)

Recommended Items To Bring:

  • Oficial papers: Original passport.
  • Sleeping Gear: Sleeping bag (You can rent it in our office if you don't have one).
  • Clothing: Fleece pants or tights. // Mid weight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool. // Hiking pants. // Hiking shorts. // Long-sleeve shirts. // T-shirts. // Underwear and casual socks. // Hiking socks. // Liner socks, synthetic. // Swimminsuit. //Cap. // Fleece hat.
  • Footwear: Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof, lightweight, broken-in, aggressive tread. // Camp shoes such as tennis shoes or sandals or other comfortable footwear to use in our campsites.
  • Travel Accessories: Bottle of water or Camelback. // Flashlight. // 3 roll of toilet paper. // Sunglasses and retainer // strap. // Sun block and lip balm. // Toiletry kit. // Small Washcloth. // Personal first-aid kit. // Hand sanitizer gel. // Insect repellent. // Several Ziploc plastic bags.
  • Extra: Money for drinks // tips and souvenirs.


briefing one day prior to departure at the agency.

Cost per person:

Ask about our prices.

Prices per person 2012 - 2013

We offer discount of a group of the passengers, the larger the group the lower the price per person.

Please contac us, specifying:

  • Trekking program.
  • Number of people in the trek.
  • Departure date.
  • Requested train service: Backpacker (Tourist train) or Vistadome (Superior).

Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative):

Students: US$ 35.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)

Teenagers: US$ 35.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)

Children: US$ 70.00 (up to 5 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)