Salkantay Trail Tours

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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 to Machu Picchu with Optional Hot Spring Bath

Head to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu on the 5-day Salkantay Trek. Traverse various climates including the impressive snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Humantay Mountains as well as the lush jungle of the cloud forest. Explore the ruins of Machu Picchu with your tour guide and learn about the Inca Empire before returning to Cusco. The Salkantay Trek is a great alternative to the crowded Inca Trail.
  • Duration: 5 days
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US$375.00
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  • Duration: 5 days
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Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu

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 snow-covered Andean peaks and lush jungle, plus a trip through a mountain pass at 15,200 feet (4,650 meters). You’ll also get up close with Peruvian indigenous communities as you explore villages like Soraypampa and Santa Teresa, before finishing your trek at the unforgettable Machu Picchu with a guided tour. This Salkantay trek also features hotel pickup, guide three nights of camping and one night of hostel accommodation, bus and train transfers, four days of meals and three snacks, entrance fees and horseman and mules to help carry gear.
  • Duration: 5 days
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US$690.00
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  • Duration: 5 days
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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 course of this 4-day trip you’ll enjoy incredible vistas of snow-capped Andean peaks, and cross a mountain pass at 15,200 feet (4,650 meters) before eventually descending back into the jungle landscapes at lower altitude. Cap it all off with your final day at Machu Picchu, the unforgettable ‘Lost City of the Incas,’ with a 2-hour tour of the site and time to explore on your own. Your Salkantay trekking experience also features hotel pickup, two nights of camping and one night of hostel accommodations, bus and train transfers, three days of meals and two snacks, entrance fees and a horseman and mules to help carry gear.
  • Duration: 4 days
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  • Duration: 4 days
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5-Day Salkantay Trail Trekking Tour from Cusco

If you’re looking for an alternative to the busy and often booked-up Inca Trail, look no further than this 5-day Salkantay Trail trekking tour from Cusco. Suited to travelers with a good level of fitness, this hike takes you through glaciers, high jungle, rushing rivers, and Andean mountain villages. The tour culminates with a visit to Machu Picchu, UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New7Wonders of the World. All meals, overnight camping or lodge accommodation, and entrance fees are included.  
  • Duration: 5 days
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US$440.00
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SALKANTAY TREK 5 DAYS

Hike the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu on a 5-day, guided adventure that’s a gorgeous alternative to the crowded Inca Trail. Starting the hike at Soraypampa—instead of Mollepata—saves you a grueling walk over a dirt road, and you’ll take in dramatic Andean terrain and local culture before exploring the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Duration: 5 days
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  • Duration: 5 days
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5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Embark on a 5-day hike along Peru's Salkantay Trek, culminating with a visit to Machu Picchu: one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. Less congested than the popular Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is just as spectacular You'll wind your way over mountain passes, past incredible Andes peaks, through cloud forest and along riverbeds—stopping to soak in thermal baths as you go. Enjoy an early morning tour of the 'Lost Inca City' and extra time to explore on your own. This guided multi-day journey includes round-trip Cusco transport.
  • Duration: 5 days
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US$663.00
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5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

Take the route less traveled to Machu Picchu on a multi-day trek from Cusco. Travel by bus to Mollepat and then embark on foot along Salkantay, a quiet alternative to the often-crowded Inca Trail. Four the next four day you'll hike in the shadow of snow-capped mountains and pass among tropical jungle, stopping at ancient archaeological sites en route. At night bed down in tents beneath the stars. Once reaching Llucmabamba hop the train to Aguas Calientes. The next day the Lost City of the Incas is yours to explore.
  • Duration: 5 days
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5-Day Tour to Machu Picchu: Salkantay Trek

Discover a lesser-known route to Machu Picchu and gain intimate insight into Peru’s natural landscape on a 5-day hike via Salkantay and Santa Teresa, avoiding the crowds of the typical trails. Along the way, see local plantations, hot springs, and, of course, Inca ruins. Save time finding a meeting point with included hotel pickup, and avoid hidden costs with accommodation, meals, and entrance fees included as per itinerary.
  • Duration: 5 days
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US$560.00
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  • Duration: 5 days
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Humantay Lake and Machupicchu 2-Day in 3-Star Hotel

Discover the beautiful Humantay Lake and Salkantay Mountain on your way to Machu Picchu on this 2-day tour. Explore the picturesque scenery of Peru as you hike to the Humantay Lake and stand at the base of the imposing Salkantay Mountain. Then head to the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and learn about the history of the Incas as you admire the panoramic views of the jungle ruins.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$487.50
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  • Duration: 2 days
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8-Day Salkantay Trek Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with an 8-day Machu Picchu trip via the rugged Salkantay Trek. Spend two days exploring the Inca and colonial history in Cusco and nearby Chinchero. Then set off on an unforgettable hike amid Andean mountains and gorgeous valleys. Along the way you'll traverse various climate zones, encounter fascinating wildlife and explore magnificent Inca ruins before arriving at Aguas Calientes. From here, it's an early start to watch the sun rise over Machu Picchu and spend a day discovering this famed Inca Citadel. 
  • Duration: 8 days
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  • Duration: 8 days
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Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu 5-days

Hiking the 5-day Salkantay Trek will give you a unique oportunity to experience the biodiversity of Peru, from the high cold mountains to the lush vegetation of the Cloud Forest. along the way you will see beautiful snow capped mountains, lakes, hundreds of orchids, bromeliads, hummingbirds, coffee and coca farms finishing the trek in Machupicchu Highlights Free airport transfer when arrive and leaveLive history shows, yoga & meditation sessionsSpiritual ceremonies, hot showers, buffet serviceProfessional highly trained tour guidesExperience different landscapes from the Highlands to the Cloud ForestVisit Coffee farms and participate in the harvesting processCamp in Llaqtapata right in front of Machupicchu
  • Duration: 5 days
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US$510.00
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  • Duration: 5 days
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Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu 5 days

Salkantay Trek is one of the most famous Treks in Cusco, combining beautiful landscapes; from the highlands of Peru to the dense vegetation of the Cloud Forest. This is a perfect alternative trek if you planning hike to Machupicchu along the off the beaten path. On the way you will find beautiful snowcapped mountains, lakes, hundreds of orchids, bromeliads, hummingbirds, coffee and coca farms.Highlights Live history shows, yoga & meditation sessionsSpiritual ceremonies, hot showers, buffet serviceProfessional highly trained tour guidesExperience different landscapes from the Highlands to the Cloud ForestVisit Coffee farms and participate in the harvesting processCamp in Llaqtapata right in front of Machupicchu
  • Duration: 5 days
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US$540.00
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5-Day All-Inclusive Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu

Enjoy an adventure like no other on the remote Salkantay Trail, enjoying a 5-day hiking adventure to the celebrated Inca city of Machu Picchu. This ancient Inca-era footpath offers an alternative to the famous Inca Trail, spanning a spectacular range of 15 different ecosystems from 6,900 feet (2,100m) to 12,800 feet (3,900m) including everything from lush rainforests to rugged high-altitude mountain passes. Along the way you'll also have the chance to interact with friendly Peruvian locals and stop at fascinating archaeological ruins from the Inca civilization. Your Salkantay trek also includes a professional guide, most meals, accommodation, entrance fees and transportation.
  • Duration: 5 days
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US$620.00
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Salkantay Trek short

The Salkantay Trek Short is one of the greatest alternative treks to the Inca Trail reaching to Machu Picchu. The Salkantay trek is a great opportunity to get in touch with nature and see local villages as you hike past the Salkantay Mountain and a rural area of Peru. Before the trek, your guide will meet you at your hotel for an in-depth briefing. This provides an opportunity to ask questions and do any last-minute shopping before leaving Cusco. The itinerary below is an example. Hiking times are an average and will vary depending on the group. Additionally, lunch and camp sites may change to meet the needs of the group and conditions.
  • Duration: 4 days
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US$350.00
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7-Day Cusco Adventure Trekking Salkantay

Take an alternative trail to the famous Machu Picchu on this 7-day Salkantay trek. Discover the changing terrain of Peru, from snow-capped mountains to lush jungles, as you make your way from Soraypampa to Aguas Calientes. Hike the last stretch of the Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu and then explore the ancient Inca ruins before heading back to Cusco.
  • Duration: 8 days
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  • Duration: 8 days
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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 5 Days

Make a 5-day, 4-night pilgrimage to the sacred site of Machu Picchu along the rugged-but-beautiful Salkantay trekking route. Hike amidst towering, snow-capped mountain peaks and travel through sky-high mountain passes reaching 15,200 feet (4,650 meters). You’ll also traverse diverse terrain of cloud forests and jungle on your way to Machu Picchu, where you’ll enjoy a dramatic sunrise visit and guided tour on your final day. This Salkantay trek also features hotel pickup, bus and train transfers, four days of meals and snacks, camping equipment, three nights of camping and one night of hostel accommodation and horsemen and mules to carry gear.
  • Duration: 5 days
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US$728.00
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11-Day Semi-Private Tour: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu

Go on this semi-private classic adventure to the Incan Empire. Visit Cusco City "The Capital of the Incas", The Sacred Valley of the Incas and go trekking through the great mountain of Salkantay until you reach the Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu. While in Cusco you will participate in our Color your Journey Experience in order for you to get a more cultural experience in Cusco. While traveling with your tour guide, you will learn all about the Incan and Peruvian Culture, how it was in the past but also today.
  • Duration: 11 days
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US$1,319.24
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  • Duration: 11 days
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