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8 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (land only)


USD 833

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  • 8 Days

Rene Hurtado Valencia

Valencia Travel Cusco

We offer travel packages to the most recognized parts of Peru.

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8 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (land only)

This breathtaking Salkantay trek takes you through diverse landscapes and altitudes, as we trek around the skirts of Mount Salkantay (6271m/20,568ft) and camp within sight of the snowcapped peaks. We ascend to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at (4,600m/15,088ft) and descend into a tropical area passing Andenes and Chaullay on the far side of the mountain.

Arrive in Cusco

After your arrival in Cusco a representative of Valencia travel Cusco will be waiting at the airport for you and pick you up in our private transport and take you to your hotel where you will spend the night. Then you will have all the day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cusco and it surroundings. OPTION 1: HALF DAY CITY TOUR (Extra cost USD 30 per person) We will pick you up at 1:00 pm from your hotel to start the tour and visiting the following places. • The Koricancha: Temple of the sun. • The Cathedral: Marvel of the religious art. • Sacsayhuaman: Majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons. • Q´enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth. • Puca Pucara: (reddish place) that was used as a military control center. • Tambomachay: (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water. Include: • Transportation • Professional English speaking guide. Not include: • Tourist ticket (extra PEN 105) • Dinner • Gratuity Read more

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Open Day at leisure

OPTION 2: FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY TOUR (Extra cost USD 45 per person) After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colorful Indian market in Pisac where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition and have an opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is (31km)/ (19mi) from Cusco, and at an altitude of (2,970m)/ (9,700 ft.). Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where you will have your lunch (NOT INCLUDED) Then we continue through to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give you a feeling of what it would be like to live during this time. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end, we will return you to the Plaza de Armas in Cuzco at approximately 6:30 pm. Include: • Transportation • Professional English speaking guide. Not include: • Tourist ticket (extra PEN 70) • Meals • Gratuity Read more


Cusco - Mollepata – Challacancha

Today we pick you up at 5:00 am and travel by bus to Mollepata. We will then take a 3 hour hike to Cruzpata where we will have lunch with the panoramic views of the beautiful snow-capped mountains of Humantay (4120m)/(13500ft) and Salkantay (6271m)/(20575ft) – just the start! We will begin our trek towards Soraypamapa, our first campsite at (4000m)/(12750ft); the highest and coldest campsite of the trip, taking in the beautiful landscape along the way. • Overnight: At the campsite Read more

Mollepata – Challacancha

Mighty Salkantay

We will have breakfast at around 5:30 am and begin our hike to the highest pass on this trek at (4650m)/(15200ft), located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left. From the pass, the view of the 2 snow-capped mountains is incredible. There is a possibility of snow here. After a rest, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunku, also known as Huayracmachay, where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch for approximately 3 hours towards the jungle until we reach our second campsite, Colcapampa (3000m)/ (9800ft). We may reach the other campsites of Challway or Andenes (depends on the pace of the group). • Overnight: At the campsite Read more


Cloud Forest - Hot Springs

After breakfast, at 6:30 am, we start trekking through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a series of small brooks/creeks. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants. We will camp in the warm climate of La Playa (2500m)/(8202ft). After a rest, we will go to the hot springs and enjoy the well-deserved, soothing water. A real treat after finishing the trek! • Overnight: At the campsite Read more

Hot Springs

Llactapata – Aguas Calientes

We will have breakfast at 6:30 am and then head for Llactapata, a 3 hour steady climb. Llactapata is an incredible Inca fort from which we will see Machu Picchu! After some photos and rest, we will continue on a 2 hour downhill hike passing a variety of plantations that produce coca, bananas, etc., until we reach the hydroelectric for lunch. And then we walk for a couple of hours until get Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night at the hotel. Read more

Puente Ruinas

Machu Picchu

You will have breakfast and then your Guide will pick you up from your hotel (5:40am). You will take the bus up to majestic Machu Picchu to catch the sunrise and then begin your walking tour (approximately 2 hours) with your guide, after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. You can meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (it can be reached by bus or on foot) for lunch and to be given your train tickets back to Cuzco. Please leave enough time to catch your train. It is a 20-minute bus ride from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes and buses leave when they are full. It is also necessary to be at the train station in good time (20 minutes before). Read more

Machu Picchu
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Transfer Out, Bye Cusco!

After breakfast, we will take you back to the airport according your flight itinerary (Please be ready between 2 and 2.30 hours prior to your departure time).

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Day in trip
Day 1
Location Cusco
Day 6
Location Aguas Calientes
Day 7
Location Cusco


Package includes

  • Price Includes:
  • All pick-ups from the airport to the hotel and vice versa
  • All hotel accommodations (the 3 star Casa Andina Cusco classic or similar standard)
  • All breakfast in the accommodations
  • Salkantay Trek 5 days includes:
  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Private transportation to the start of the trail, along the sacred valley with nice views
  • One night accommodation at Aguas Calientes
  • Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Transportation by train back to Ollantaytambo train station
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station back to Cusco
  • Entrance fee to Salkantay trek
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 3 dinners
  • Water (You will only need water for the first morning then we will provide you hot or cold boiled water)
  • Dining tent with table and chairs
  • Professional chef
  • Port

Package excludes

  • Not Included:
  • Single Supplement $400 USD(solo travelers)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Travel Insurance
  • Laundry services
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented)
  • Walking stick (can be rented)
  • Entrance ticket to the hot springs (15 soles)
  • First breakfast and last lunch at Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals that are not stated otherwise
  • Sacred valley tour and entrance fees
  • Gratitude for your crew (cooks, horsemen, guides, etc)

More information

  • Trip Preparation
  • A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas and driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal IDs and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while travelling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles.


5 Reviews

Jennifer Camp, United States

I had an absolutely wonderful time. I loved how willing the guides were to changing plans to accommodate us. Loved the authentic food and the great service. I fell so spoiled that don’t know if i can go back to regular backpacking!

Erin Milash, United States

Excellent service! amazing guides, beautiful scenery...very well organized.

Mican Lanezford, United States

One of the best experience of my life ,the guides were knowledge patient and encouraging, the food was excellent and satisfying, the porters were respected and seemed happy. They had a good shoes and clothing as new. We will definitely be booking more adventures thought Valencia in the future.



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