Along the Salkantay trail, you will journey through varied terrain both challenging and awe-inspiring. Up-close views of glacier mountain peaks, mysterious fog surrounding fields of boulders, and cattle drives through the most remote of mountain areas are sights that will only enhance the spectacular topography, lush vegetation, and intriguing archaeological areas that you will encounter. 

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The beauty of the magnificent Salkantay Valley

Staying in enchanting mountain lodges

The legendary ruins at Machu Picchu

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Day by day Itinerary

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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Day 1

Cuzco - Salkantay Lodge

Visit Inca ruins and the mountain village of Mollepata before embarking on your first trek on the Camino Real. (L)(D)

Day 2

Humantay Lake

Trek to glacier-fed Lake Humantay with views of Mt. Salkantay. (B)(L)(D)
Trekking Time: Approximately 4 hours
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging

Day 3

Salkantay Pass

Today’s the big day—we reach the trek’s highest point on the Salkantay Pass.  (B)(L)(D)
Trekking Time: 6–8 hours
Hiking Level: Challenging, crossing a 4,640m/15,200 ft mountain pass

Day 4

Cloud Forest

Begin the descent along the Salkantay River, where warm air starts rising from the jungle, accompanied by colourful butterflies and striking orchids. (B)(L)(D)
Trekking Time: 3–4 hours
Hiking Level: Easy to Moderate

Day 5

Santa Teresa River Valley

Today hike through more populated rural areas, passing through banana, granadilla and avocado orchards. (B)(L)(D)
Trekking Time: 5–6 hours
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging 

Day 6

Llactapata Pass – Aguas Calientes

Trek along the Llactapata Pass and come upon a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary.  Board the train to Aguas Calientes. (B)(L)(D)
Trekking Time: 4–6 hours
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging

Day 7

Machu Picchu – Cuzco

Experience a guided tour of the ruins and then spend time exploring the site on your own or hike the steep Huayna Picchu.  Return to Cuzco by rail. (B)(L)

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