Off the beaten path Salkantay 8 Days Cusco and Machu Picchu

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from USD 829.00

Trip Summary

  • Duration : 8 days / 7 nights
  • Trip style : Active Hiking - Salkantay Trail Peru
  • Starting and Ending point : Cusco
  • Highlights : 2 nights in Cusco before the trek, 1 night by Machu Picchu, complete 5 days Salkantay Trek package, 1 last night in Cusco
  • Activities : Archaeological, Cultural, Ecological, Hiking and Camping.
  • Airport Transfer : Our complimentary transfer-in and out are included.
  • Accommodations : 2 nights in Cusco before the trek, 1 night by Machu Picchu, complete 5 days Salkantay Trek package, 1 last night in Cusco Tourist class. Upgrade options available.
  • Price : from 829 Price includes all credit card transaction fees and taxes
  • Trip Code : SALK8D

Peru Trekking Off the beaten path Tour to Machu Picchu

Peru is considered by many the best trekking destination in the world, apart from this, we have a wide variety trekking regions which are still unspoiled where the natural and cultural heritage await, in most of these parts of the trekking, the guest house and lodges are not built, So, the trekking has to be organized in camping style, and you will get to experience the meaning of the trekking in these areas.

Trekking in these remote areas offer an opportunity to get closer to nature and enjoy the pristine beauty of the Andes. Far-flung villages with a variety of different cultures and lifestyles, virgin forests with exotic plants and animals, hidden mountain valleys, rivers and waterfalls are other highlights of this kind of trekking. Some of the trails are rough and steep. The region features an incredible range of landscapes of mountains and glaciers terrain, through scenarios of grazing llamas, alpacas and spectacular vicunas and giant orchid forests can be seen in full blooms during spring.

Our trekking itinerary to this region is well researched, reasonable and tailored. This adventure trip is accompanied by expert guides who are enthusiastic in providing the best adventure experiences with good local knowledge and who share our vision of responsible tourism.

Salcantay Route to Machu Picchu
Salcantay Route to Machu Picchu


Cusco, Machu Picchu and Salkantay Trek8 days / 7 nights

  • Day 1 : CUSCO

    Assistance at your arrival to Velazco Astete Airport (CUZ) and transfer to your Hotel after a quick tour of the beautiful Plaza De Armas. Overnight at your hotel.

  • Day 2: CUSCO

    Today you are free to relax, acclimatize to the altitude (3309masl/10856 ft) and get ready for next day's Salkantay Trail. Overnight in Cusco.

    Meals included: Breakfast Hotel

    We will leave from Cusco approximately between 5:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. A bus will take us to the town of Mollepata (2900 meters above sea level) where we will arrive approximately at 8:00 in the morning, we will stop for breakfast, last minute supplies, leg-stretching or to use the restrooms. We will continue to our trek starting point, Soraypampa (3850 meters above sea level). We will meet with our support staff, load the equipment on horses and mules. Around 9:00 a.m., we will begin our walk toward Humantay Lake. On our way we will have a beautiful view of the majestic Salkantay, other mountains covered with snow, and the Valley of Apurimac River. About 1:00p.m., we will have a traditional Peruvian lunch and dinner at the campsite in Quiswarniyoc at 4000 meters above sea level. After lunch, we will walk to the Salkantay lookup point to watch the sunset. Then back to the campsite for snacks and dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Distance covered: 13 Km. Trekking time: 5 hours Height gain: +200m Mountain Domes

    Today, nature will change drastically from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek. We will start the hike around 6:30 in the morning. We will hike for about three hours, gradually ascending, until reaching the highest point (4600 meters above sea level). We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level) which is known as the second highest point of the Cusco region. On our way down we will visit the amazing 'intense blue' Salkantay Lake. Around 1:00 p.m., we will have our lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive to our camp in Challway (2920 meters above sea level). Around 7:00 p.m., we will recuperate from the trek and eat dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Distance covered: 20 Km. Trekking time: 8 hours Height gain: +630m Descent: - 1710m Four Season Tents

    Around 7:30a.m., we will start our trek. We will walk for about 5 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco and during this period; we will observe a town called Collpabamba, also called the "Forest Cloudy Brow" where waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the "Cock of the Rocks". At 12:00 p.m. a local bus will take us to Santa Teresa Hot Springs, where we will have lunch. You will enjoy and relax at the hot pools in the afternoon. Around 7:00p.m., we will have dinner and camping in Santa Teresa.

    Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Distance covered: 16 Km. Trekking time: 5 hours Descent: - 1370m Four Season Tents

    After an early breakfast, we will take a local transportation to Lucmabamba. Once at the Llactapata entrance, you will start an ascent hike towards the ruins of Llactapata. On the way you will observe coffee plantations, beautiful landscapes as well as diverse flora and fauna. After three hours, you will arrive at Llactapata where you will have an amazing view of Machu Picchu. Here you will have time to rest and enjoy the scenery. A descending trail will take you to the Hydroelectric where you will eat lunch at a local restaurant. The last part of the trek, an approximately 3 hours walk, takes us to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town). Upon arrival, you will be accommodated at the hostel or hotel of your choice (included on this package). You will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant at about 7:00p.m.

    Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Distance covered: 22 Km. Trekking time: 8 hours Height gain: +490m Hotel

    Today, you will start early at around 4:30a.m. to take the bus to Machu Picchu. In Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for about two hours. You will be free to explore the Citadel and take more pictures after the guided tour, if you desire, walk up to the Sun Gate or ascent toward Huayna Picchu Mountain (you will need a reservation to access Huayna Picchu). At your convenience walk back down to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town) and catch the train to Ollantaytambo later on (Normally at 6:20 pm. unless you request a different one). From there, a bus will drive you to Cusco.

    Meals included: Breakfast 2 hours Machu Picchu Tour Hotel
  • Day 8: CUSCO

    Morning transfer to the airport for the return flight to Lima. This marks the end of our services. Trip extensions to other regions or extra days in Lima or Cusco can be arranged.

    Meals included: Breakfast


  • Transportation
  • Transfers in/out Cusco (please specify arrival and departure times as well as flight numbers)
  • Transportation to Soraypampa (trek starting point)
  • Transportation to Santa Teresa hot springs
  • Bus ticket Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Expedition train ticket Aguas Calientes / Ollantaytambo (VistaDome Train upgrade may be necessary in busy seasons based on availability)
  • Transfer Ollantaytambo train station to downtown Cusco
  • Horses (to carry the tents and cooking equipment)
  • Accommodation
  • 3 nights Cusco Accommodation
  • 1 night Machu Picchu Accommodation
  • Salcantay Trek group service package - 3 nights camping
  • Accomodation in double or triple rooms
  • Personal pad (double foam)
  • Mountain Domes the third night
  • Four Season Tents (Kailas and ProAconcagua)
  • Meals
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Vegetarian or vegan food available upon request with no extra charge.
  • Expert Staff
  • English/Spanish-speaking professional guide
  • Mountain Cheff (cook) and cooking equipment
  • Informative presentation about the Salkantay Trail in our Cusco office
  • Personal Travel Advisor assigned for you to customize the rest of your Peru Trip
  • Activities
  • Guided visit to Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu entrance ticket
  • Salkantay Trail ticket
  • Weight allowance during the trek: 7 Kilograms or 16 pounds (weight to be carried by horse)
  • First Aid equipment
  • Important
  • Horses will carry the heavy gear (tents, cooking equipment, food, etc). If you are considering bringing some photography equipment or other heavy accessories, or just simply don't want to carry anything, please request additional weight service, this way you will freely enjoy the hike. (This is highly recommended if you have never hiked over 10000 feet). Cooks handle all the kitchen chores.
  • Not Included:
  • Single supplement: USD 129.00
  • Additional horse/weight: USD 70.00 (10kg)
  • Personal trekking gear, sleeping bag, tips and gratuities. You can rent a sleeping bag for USD $25.00. All sleeping bags are laundered between each trek. Please request this rental in advance.
NOTE: We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons we may be forced to offer substitutes of same category. We will endeavour to confirm final hotel bookings as soon as possible.
Machu Picchu Tour 8 Days
Machu Picchu Tour 8 Days

Package Price

Off the beaten Path Salkantay 8 Days

USD 829.00

Per adult double occupancy

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