An extraordinary hike combining the Salkantay trek + Inca Trail, trekking through the high Andes is a remarkable way to experience both worlds at once. Get a taste of the Sacred Apu Salkantay and then connect to the infamous Inca Trail. Revel in the scenery changes and ruins in route to the long awaited eye-opening magical Machu Picchu. Stroll through the complex known to the local people but hidden from the world until it was rediscovered in the early 20th century.
Horses are used for the Salcantay trek portion and human porters for the Inca Trail.
Please, consider purchasing the Inca Trail permits at least 3-6 months in advance because they sell out quickly by the official system.
We travel northwest of Cusco, by transport to Mollepata (2,850mt/9,348ft), continuing to Soraypampa along the Rio Blanco Valley, there we will meet a horsemen to start our hike, where you will catch vistas of the lovely Vilcabamba range. Then ascend gradually to Soraypampa (3,800mt/ 12,464ft) and continue walking up to Humantay lagoon to take in spectacular views of the mountains. Thereafter, we walk down to our campsite at Salkantaypampa (4,100mt/13,451ft).
Meals: L, D
After breakfast we will climb the highest pass of this fabulous exciting trek to reach the Incachiriasca pass (5,200mt - 17.060ft). Catch views of the surrounding mountains of Humantay, Salcantay, Tucarhuay, etc. Descend to our next campsite of Sisaypampa (3,750mt - 12,303ft) where you will see more flora and fauna.
Meals: B, L, D
This morning our trek leads us to the Sacred Valley of the Incas passing the Inca canals to reach Huayllabamba (3,000mt/9,842ft) that connects us to the Inca trail. Here, we will meet our porters to start the Inca trail the next day. In route we will visit the Pampacahua and Paucarcancha ruins.
Meals: B. L, D
After breakfast we trek the up to Llulluchapampa where the hike becomes truly spectacular with scenery that more than compensates for the effort. Vegetation thins and the day warms on the approach to the highest point of the trail - Warmiwañusqa Pass (4,236mt/13,894ft). We camp at the Pacaymayo Valley (3,526mt /11,566ft).
Meals: B, L, D
Today we climb the Inca stairway to Runkurakay ruins, the final push to the Runkurakay pass (3,962mt/12,996ft). After visiting the amazing ruins of Sayacmarca (3,657mt/11,998ft) perched on a mountain, continue on to the Phuyupatamarca ruins (3521mt/11,552ft). The trail becomes increasingly more dramatic as it leads down to the next campsite at Wiñaywayna (2,740mt/8,990ft).
Meals: B, L, D
Morning arrival to the grand Machu Picchu entering through Intipunku (Sun Gate). Enjoy a professional guided walking tour of the stupendous ruins visiting the sacred temples and more. Later return by bus to Machu Picchu town for lunch (on your own) before boarding the train to Poroy. You will be met at the train station by our staff and private transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Optional: (extra cost) Huayna Picchu climb overlooking the sanctuary and valley below.
Meal B Extra day in Machu Picchu: If you would like to spend an extra day in Machu Picchu, please advise us so we can change the date on your return train ticket to Cusco. Please be aware that you will have to pay for a second day entrance ticket to the Machu Picchu ruins, round trip bus and hotel at your expense.
Extension tours from Lima or Cusco: Ask us about our extension tour packages from Lima and Cusco to Paracas/Ballestas Islands, Nazca Lines, Arequipa/Colca Canyon, Puno/Lake Titicaca, Tambopata National Park (Puerto Maldonado), and more.
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