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Peru - Trekking the Salcantay Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
2016 Rates
Premium Service
2 3-5 6-8
5 days / 4 nights
Salcantay Trail - Mountains & Jungles
$818 $739 $672
6 days / 5 nights
Salcantay Trail to Machu Picchu
$1122 $998 $897

Departures any day March through December
Rates do not include hotel nor the entrance fee for Machu Pichu ($40) or Inca Trail ($80). Rates do not include return train to Cusco ($65 for Vistadome). All rates are per person, in US dollars and subject to change at any time. Itineraries are subject to change at any time

If you would like to trek this trail but stay in comfortable mountain lodges please see our Mountain Lodges of Peru Trek

A remote and ancient footpath in the same region of the Inca trail, but less traveled and offering more spectacular views. This route provides a magnificent wilderness alternative for those who wish to escape the more congested trekking routes.

This trek was recently named among the 25 best treks in the world, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.

Salcantay
The trail less traveled

 

On the trail, we pass through an amazing progression of ecological zones, from sparsely vegetated alpine meadows flanking two spectacular 20,000 foot glaciated peaks, down through subtropical forest into the Inca Trail. We arrive later to Machu Picchu -  "Lost City of the Inca's"..

A new and different alternative for the conventional Inca trail trekking route on the south face of the Salcantay Glacier. This trek combines high mountains and jungles before arriving to MachuPicchu , the "lost city of the Incas". We will be trekking on the Vilcabamba range, that goes though different ecological niches, from a high 4,700 meter pass down to 1000 meters bypassing coffee, bananas and papaya plantations. Good opportunities for bird watching as we follow the tropical high jungle Santa Teresa River where we can bathe.

5 day / 4 night Itinerary

DAY 1:
CUSCO / SORAYPAMPA
Departure from Cusco, 3.400 m to Mollepata above the Apurimac River .A 5 hour scenic drive takes us to our camp at Soraypampa 4000 m. This is a unique camp located between two high peaks the Salcantay and the Humantay, with spectacular views of the glaciers. (B+L+D)

Salcantay Trek, View of Soraypampa
View of Soraypampa

DAY 2:
SORAYPAPAMPA / HUAYRAJMACHAY
Today we trek over a high pass at 4,700 meters , with the Salcantay Glacier on our right side and the glaciered peak of Humantay, 5,990 meters on the other. Then down to camp in the valley below. We trek into a hidden part of the high Andes, our path is the only access into this remote area. During four days, we will be passing though some of the most spectacular scenery in Peru, trekking over icy passes, across high planes and down into the jungle. We will be provided with double occupancy sleeping tents, kitchen and dining tents, latrine tent and the services of arrieros (wranglers). Breathtaking view of the massive Salcantay peak 6,150 m the highest peak in the Vilcabamba Range. (B+L+D)

Trekking through Salcantay Pass
Trekking through Salcantay Pass

DAY 3:
HUAYRAJMACHAY / HUINYPOCO
As we follow the Santa Teresa River, the weather will become warmer and our surroundings more tropical. You will trek into the "Ceja de Selva" (the eyebrow of the jungle), with colorful orchids, hummingbirds and flocks of parrots. The contrast between this lush area and the peaks we have trekking amongst is very impressive. This afternoon we can swim in pools along the river. (B+L+D)

Salcantay Trail - Trekking down to the Santa Teresa River
Trekking down to the Santa Teresa River

DAY 4: HUINYPOCO/ AGUAS CALIENTES
Early Morning breakfast we go through different coffee and banana plantations. We will walk up another pass then down to at a most scenic place to have lunch with the a most spectacular view of the back wall of Machu Picchu, then down to the hydroelectric plant for a short train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes, to relax in the local hot springs. Overnight at a hotel of your choice (B+L+D) 

Urubamba River
Urubamba River

Salcantay Trek - Machu Picchu

DAY 5:
MACHUPICCHU /CUSCO
All day visit to the Sacred City, escorted by an experienced guides. Early afternoon train back to Cusco.

 

6 days / 5 nights Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO / SORAYPAMPA
Departure from Cusco, 3,400 m to Mollepata above the Apurimac River. A 5 hour scenic drive takes us to our camp at Soraypampa 4000 m. This is a unique camp located between two high peaks the Salcantay and the Humantay, with spectacular views of the glaciers. (B+L+D)

DAY 2: SORAYPAPAMPA / HUAYRAJMACHAY
Today we trek over a high pass at 4,700 meters, with the Salcantay Glacier on our right side and the glaciered peak of Humantay, 5,990 meters on the other. Then down to camp in the valley below. We trek into a hidden part of the high Andes, our path is the only access into this remote area. During four days, we will be passing though some of the most spectacular scenery in Peru, trekking over icy passes, across high planes and down into the jungle. We will be provided with double occupancy sleeping tents, kitchen and dining tents, latrine tent and the services of arrieros (wranglers). Breathtaking view of the massive Salcantay peak 6,150 m the highest peak in the Vilcabamba Range. (B+L+D)

DAY 3: HUAYRAJMACHAY / HUINYPOCO
As we follow the Santa Teresa River, the weather will become warmer and our surroundings more tropical. You will trek into the "Ceja de Selva"(the eyebrow of the jungle), with colorful orchids, hummingbirds and flocks of parrots. The contrast between this lush area and the peaks we have trekking amongst is very impressive. This afternoon we can swim in pools along the river. (B+L+D)

DAY 4: HUINYPOCO /VAQUERIA
After an early breakfast we go through different coffee and banana plantations. We will walk up another pass then down to camp at a most scenic place, with a breathtaking view of the back wall of MachuPicchu (B+L+D)

 DAY 5: VAQUERIA / AGUASCALIENTES
Trek down to the hydroelectric plant for a short train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes , to relax in the local hot springs. Overnight at a hotel of your choice, (not included in package price). (B+L)

DAY 6: MACHUPICCHU
All day visit to the Sacred City, escorted by an experienced guides. Late afternoon train back to Cusco (not included).
 

INCLUDES: DOES NOT INCLUDE: YOU SHOULD BRING:
  • Transportation to the head of the trail 
  • Mules, horses, and porters
  • All the meals during the trek 
  • Professional bilingual guide, cook, assistant cook
  • Double-occupancy tents
  • Dining tent, kitchen tent, latrine tent
  • International or local airfare.
  • Hotels
  • Transfers in and out of Cusco
  • Entrance to Salcantay Trail
  • Overnight at MachuPicchu 
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Train back to Cusco

 

  • Trekking shoes
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Personal clothing
  • Insect repellent
  • Day pack

Reservations

Gate of the Sun Inti Travel and Tours, Box 1586, Banff, Alberta, Canada, T1L 1B5
Phone 1-403-760-3565 / Fax 1-403-760-3566