South America Peru Land Tour

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

This 7- or 9-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu lodge-to-lodge private 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 starts and ends via the XO Art House in Cusco, Peru (former capital of the Inca empire) at 11,000 feet. Follow 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, with a special stay at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Each day’s trek ends with a hot shower in a cozy private lodge within the Salkantay collection of Mountain Lodges of Peru, 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—or make it private with just your own friends and family. 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.

AdventureSmith’s Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is typically booked as a complete 9-day Peru travel package. However, the 7-day trek-only itinerary (and trekking portion of the full 9-day itinerary) 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 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 Llactapacta Trail). Please call AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing and more details. 

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