South America Peru Land Tour

Salkantay: Trek to Machu Picchu

This 9-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu lodge-to-lodge trekking experience follows a historic section of the Inca trail through 15 different eco-systems, traversing a mountain pass over 15,000 feet in elevation and exploring villages where locals still maintain age-old traditions. 

The journey begins in Cusco, Peru, former capital of the Inca empire at 11,000 feet, and follows a little-known route through the Vilcabamba range, a spellbinding region of misty foothills blanketed in lush greenery and high Andes peaks cloaked in white. Cross a mountain pass at nearly 15,000 feet, marvel at hidden ruins and visit isolated communities where traditions of pre-Columbian cultures still thrive. Complete the journey by rediscovering the mystical beauty of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of the Inca Empire. 

Each day’s trek ends with a hot shower in a cozy lodge, complemented by a massage or a dip in an outdoor jacuzzi, followed by a gourmet meal with select wines and highly personalized service by local staff. The Salkantay experience goes beyond deluxe lodges and a great trek; it is a unique opportunity to experience ancient history in the Land of the Incas, as well as the most interesting and exotic variety of flora and fauna, all in the company of new friends and like-minded souls. Spend evenings unwinding at a variety of mountain trekking lodges, each offering a full bar, hot tub and views of snow-clad peaks or subtropical hillsides.

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu may be booked as a complete 9-day Peru travel package or as a 7-day trek only. The trekking portion consists of 6 days (2 days the hikes are optional) of moderate to strenuous hiking at elevations of 6,600 to 15,000 feet and up to 6 miles per day along diverse trails that range from flat and grassy to steep and rocky slopes. Read on to view the 9-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Full Itinerary, which includes pre- and post-trek accommodations in Cusco, as well as a guided city tour. There is also a 7-day trek-only option and a 7-day Lodge-to-Lodge Equestrian Adventure that includes 5 days of horseback riding on fine American Quarter Horses from top farms in Uruguay and 1 day hiking (as horses cannot travel over the newly restored Llactapacta Trail). Please call AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing and more details. 

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Peru tours.