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Salkantay Trail

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, Cusco, null
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5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

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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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $904.99
4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Get off the beaten path to Machu Picchu during this 4-day, 3-night trip along the higher, more scenic and less-traveled Salkantay trekking route. Over the ...  Read more

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

From USD $676.00
Salkantay 5-Day Trekking Tour from Cusco, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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Salkantay 5-Day Trekking Tour from Cusco

Along the way passengers will have the chance to see snow capes, feeling close to the snowy summit of Salkantay, tropical fruit plants, farms, traditional ...  Read more

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

From USD $375.00
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 5 Days, Cusco, Walking Tours
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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 5 Days

Enjoy a breathtaking 5-day trek which takes you through diverse landscapes and altitudes as you hike around the skirts of Mount Salkantay and camp within sight ...  Read more

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

From USD $629.00
Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu, Cusco, Hiking & Camping
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Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu

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Take up the challenge of this rugged 5-day, 4-night trip to Machu Picchu along the Salkantay trekking route. This rigorous hike offers stunning views of both ...  Read more

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

From USD $642.00
5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Enjoy a 5-day trek to Machu Picchu. Called one of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, the Salkantay trek is a ...  Read more

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

From USD $645.00
5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with Optional Hot Spring Bath, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with Optional Hot Spring Bath

Are you looking for adventure trek to Machu Picchu? Experience the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu in 5 days with qualified guides. Avoid spending the whole day ...  Read more

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

From USD $437.50
7-Day Cusco Adventure Trekking Salkantay, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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7-Day Cusco Adventure Trekking Salkantay

This 7-day tour is not your typical Inca Trail and trek. By choosing to take the variant of the Salkantay path is far more quiet and a great alternative to the ...  Read more

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

From USD $725.00
8-Day Salkantay Trek Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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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 $999.00
5-Day All-Inclusive Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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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

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