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Salkantay & Inca to Machu Picchu


Duration 6 Days
Difficulty Hard
Range of Altitude 2,380m to 4,600m / 7,800ft to 15,092ft
Distance Covered Approximately 50km

One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu needs no further introduction. Visit Peru’s most renowned attraction and one of the most important archaeological sites in the world on both the Salkantay and Inca Trails.

Experience the best of both worlds as you spend the first two days on the Salkantay Trail, before joining the Classic 4D3N Inca Trail on day three. For those with time to spare, this is definitely an experience not to be missed!




  • We depart Cusco early in the morning by private transportation for a nice scenic morning ride to Cruzpata, the starting point of the trek. Along the four hour drive, we drive through the town of Limatambo (2,100m/6,888ft), an important point of access to the city of Cusco during the time of the Inca Empire, where the archaeological remains of Tarawasi are located

  • At Cruzpata, we begin our ascent towards Soraypampa. We arrive after approximately five hours, and set up camp for the first night

  • Enjoy the amazing Mount Salkantay (6,271m/20,574ft) in the distance
  • We begin the day with a four hour steep climb towards the Incachiriasca pass (4,850m/15,908ft), the highest point of the trek

  • We then descend towards our lunch spot at Sisaypampa, a flat area from which one can observe Salkantay´s neighbouring valleys

  • After lunch we continue towards the Pampacahuana community, located next to an original Inca canal, where we set our second camp and spend the night
  • We begin with an easy downhill walk along the Pampacahuana River towards the Wayllabamba community. Along the way we visit the Incaracay archaeological complex

  • After approximately four hours, we arrive at the farming community of Wayllabamba (3,000m/9,840ft) where we stop for lunch. This is the point where the Salkantay Trail joins the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

  • We next embark on the most difficult part of the trek, which is a steep ascent that stretches for 9 km to the 1st mountain pass called Abra Warmihuanusca or Dead Woman’s pass (4,200m/13,776ft). We only climb half way up the pass to stop at Llulluchapampa (3,800m/12,467ft) to set up our campsite for the night
  • After breakfast, we continue our hike up towards Abra Warmihuanusca (4,200m/13,776ft), reaching after approximately two hours

  • We then descend into the Pacaymayo valley (3,600m/11,808ft), from which we then start to climb to the 2nd pass, Abra Runkurakay (3,970m/13,022ft). Halfway up, we visit an archaeological complex (of the same name), which consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower

  • After the pass, we descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3,624m/11,887ft). This is a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, enclosures at different levels, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals

  • We set up camp at Chaquicocha, located 20 minutes away
  • We start with an easy climb to the 3rd and final pass, Abra Phuyupatamarca (3,700m/12,136ft). We go through an Inca tunnel to arrive at this pass and down to the complex of the same name. This is one of the most complete and best-preserved archaeological complexes along the Inca Trail to Machupicchu, and is located on the highest point of a mountain. From above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, with impressive views of the Urubamba River valley

  • We take a long descent to Winaywayna (2,650m/8,692ft), which is the biggest archaeological site in the Inca Trail apart from Machu Picchu, and consists of an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector, with spectacular views of the Urubamba River valley

  • Total hiking is about 16km or eight hours
  • We hike for an hour to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), from where you will enjoy panoramic views of the sacred Inca City of Machu Picchu. We may see the sunrise as well

  • From Inti Punku, a short walk brings us down to the entrance from where we continue with a guided tour of Machu Picchu that will take approximately two hours

  • You will have free time to walk around, climb up the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it (note that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day), visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge

  • In the afternoon, we reconvene in the town of Aguas Calientes where you can visit and relax in its hot springs if you like. We then take the train back to Cusco, where we arrive after nightfall

  • Total hiking is about 4km or two hours (excluding the tour of Machu Picchu)


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