The seven-day Salkantay + Inca Trail adventure is a hiker´s delight. By combining two fabulous routes, the IncaTrail and the Salkantay route, we’ve come up with a trekking experience never to be forgotten. The walk traverses high passes with dramatic high mountain views, down through the cloud forest with its semi-tropical climate and abundant flora and fauna before arriving to the archaeological wonder of the world – Machu Picchu. Salkantay (6,270mt-20,565ft) was one the most sacred mountains (Apu) in Inca mythology. It is home to the Gods; “Apus”- the spirits influencing all aspects of life. The trek’s highest point - 4,950mt-16,236ft - passes so close to this magnificent peak that it seems you can reach out and touch it. The trail then descends down into the Pampacahuana Valley, hiking through Andean communities, before connecting with the Inca Trail. This world-famous passage is a true marvel with breath-taking vistas, impressive Inca sites and a wide array of flora and fauna. After this exhilarating experience, arrive at Intipunku – the sun gate – for your first awe-inspiring glimpse of the exhilarating Machu Picchu.
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Beginning of Program - In Private Service - Minimum 2 persons
Day 1: Traveling northwest of Cusco, crossing the plateau before descending into the Limatambo River Valley; location of the Tarahuasi Archaeological Site. Continue our drive to Mollepata (2,850m/9,348ft), then trekking through the spectacular Vilcabamba Range. A gradual ascent takes us to our campsite, Soray Pampa (4,000m/13,100ft). Meals (L, D)
Day 2: Today, we'll reach the highest pass of the trek, Inca Chiriaska (4,950m/16,200ft) passing close to the southeast face of Salkantay. After, spending time at the pass and enjoying the panoramic views, start descending to Pampacahuana Valley. Our campsite is at Sisay Pampa (4,000m/13,200ft). Meals (B, L, D)
Day 3: Weather permitting, we'll see a dramatic sunrise over the east face of Salkantay and Palkay. The trail continues descending into the Pampacahuna Valley, hiking through Andean Communties. Enjoy the change in vegetation as we continue our descent to our campsite at the Paucarcancha Archaeological Site (3,200m/10,496ft). Meals (B, L, D)
Day 4: Today, we'll start the hike along the Inca Trail. After, registration at the check point we start our ascent to the second high pass, the Warmiwañusqa Pass (4,200m/13,700ft). Then descend to our campsite in the Pacaymayu Valley (3,350m/10,988ft). Meals (B, L, D)
Day 5: The trail continues climbing the Inca stairs as we approach the third pass, Runkurayay (3,850m/12,631ft). Up ahead observe the Inca site of Sayacmarca (3,600m/11,811ft). After, passing through an ancient tunnel we'll reach our campsite at Phuyupatamarca (3,650m/11,975ft). Meals (B, L, D)
Day 6: This morning, bid farewell to our porters. Then continue down to the next Inca Site, Wiñay Wayna (2,650m/8,692ft) entering the cloud forest. Arriving, at Intipunku (Sun Gate), we'll rest and then hike down to Machupicchu (2,400m/7,874ft). After, touring the enigmatic ruins, we'll take the bus to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a hostel. Meals (B, L, D)
Day 7: Take the first bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu so that you'll have the opportunity to climb Huaynapicchu (2,700m/8,856ft), the jutting peak overlooking the ruins. Then enjoy a guided tour of the magical Machupicchu. In mid-afternoon, return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then board the train to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel. Meal (B)
End of Program
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