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Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu

Travel back in time to the 15th century on this epic 5-7 day Salkantay Trek across majestic landscapes and into perhaps the world’s most spectacular man-made construction project, Machu Picchu. Created by the Inca tribe over 500 years ago, this incredible UNESCO world heritage site is a testament to the power and ingenuity of one of the world’s great civilizations. At its peak, this spanned an area from modern day Ecuador into Chile, which is equal to nearly the horizontal width of the United States.

Shrouded in mystery, Machu Picchu is thought to have been a ceremonial site, military stronghold, or a retreat for Incan nobility. Abandoned just 100 years after it’s completion and with no written records to confirm, the true purpose may never be known. On this adventure, you’ll discover for yourself the mystique and majesty of this special and sacred place in the most authentic way possible, on foot and under your own strength as the original inhabitants once did.

ruins of Machu Picchu from above, with a large mountain behind
looking through a gap between large rocks onto the ruins of Machu Picchu at the end of the Salkantay Trek
snow covered mountains along the Salkantay Trek

 

 

 

 

 

About The Salkantay Trek

Duration: Typically 5 days | Luxury experience – 7 days 
Distance: 74km, which is 30km longer than the Inca trail
• Elevation: 4,600m
Wildlife: chinchillas, bears, deer
Difficulty: Moderate – Challenging

Best Time To Go

The busiest time to hike is in July and August, however unlike the Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek can be made year-round which means smaller groups and no crowds. It only depends on your tolerance for rain and mud.

Optimal Conditions:

Late April & Early October will allow you to enjoy great weather with the fewest hikers possible.

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What To Pack

Embarking on the Salkantay Trek will take you through a variety of climates. Hike through lush valleys, dense rainforests and snow capped peaks. For this adventure, you’ll want to pack as light as possible with a priority on layers and waterproof apparel.

a lady wearing a turquoise coat and purple backpack hikes the Salkantay Trek

How Much Does It Cost

Depending on the experience that you are seeking, the trek with a guide can be done for as little as $250 USD. This typically includes: transportation to trail head, Machu Picchu entry ticket, return train to Cusco, meals and camping equipment.

For a premium luxury experience over 7 days, the costs start at $1480 – $3995 USD.

Helpful Tip

The Salkantay Trek is one of the most rewarding hikes in all of Peru, however it can be quite challenging. In order to prepare, it is highly recommended that you spend atleast 2 days in Cuzco in order to acclimatize to the elevation before setting off on the trek.

Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru