For those who don’t want to book their tour dates six months in advance for the Inca Trail (especially during high season from June through August, when permits sell out quickly), the Salkantay Trail is a great alternative. Not only is it easier to plan because you don’t need to book in advance, it’s more affordable, less touristy and is often said to have a more authentic feel than the classic Inca Trail. Salkantay is a remote and scenic trek located in the same region as the Inca Trail, and immerses you in a world of glaciers, villages, lakes, tropical valleys, mountains, jungle and more, with postcard-worthy views every step of the way.

Keep a lookout for the snow-capped Salkantay Mountain, an impressive peak at 20,570 feet (6,270 meters). On the fourth day of the trek you come to the cloud forest-covered town of Aguas Calientes, named for its hot thermal baths which you can rest your tired muscles in.

Typically hikers spend the night in a hotel before taking an early morning train to Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the highlight of the journey. After hiking the challenging Salkantay Trek for four days, you’ll really feel like you earned the right to be there. Keep in mind you’ll be trekking at high altitudes, so make sure to arrive in Cusco a few days early to acclimatize.

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5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

Hike for four days on the Salkantay Trek, a scenic alternative to the more traditional Inca Trail, and visit the amazing ruins of Machu Picchu – a UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $823.99

8-Day Salkantay Trek Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco

We have created an adventure in which you will be able to experience Peru at its best and like never before. Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote footpath ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,099.00

5-Day All-Inclusive Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu

This 5-day tour is adventure which will allow you to experience Peru like never before. You will trek the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu. An ancient and ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $620.00

Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail: 7-Day Expedition

The Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most complete authentical Inca´s paths that you can find. You will hike for 7-day and cover ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $800.00

4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Forget the Inca Trail and hike to Machu Picchu along the higher, more beautiful and less touristy Salkantay Trail. Along the way, you will discover a different ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $655.00

Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu

Take a doable 5-day the Salkantay route as you cross over 4,650 meters high to marvel at the Salkantay and Humantay peaks standing over 6,000 meters high. Pass ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $618.00

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