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Cusco & Salkantay Experience Tour – 8 Days

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Tour Details

Get to learn more about Peru and its history and beautiful landscapes with our Cusco & Salkantay Experience tour will fit you perfectly. You will venture in an unforgettable experience that will take you to the most beautiful sceneries of the Sacred Valley to then enjoy of a 5 days trek in the Salkantay route well known for its gorgeous panoramic and breathtaking views, and visit the Umantay lake to take pleasure and its emerald waters and crown this journey by uncovering Machu Picchu in your 2 hour guided visit and lost yourself in the citadel afterwards at your own pace.

Departure & Return Location

Alejandro Velasco Astete, Cusco airport.

Departure Time

It depends on the arrival time of your flight. We suggest you to arrive in the morning hours.

Price Includes

  • Professional English-speaking tour guide in all the excursion along the tour.
  • Admission fee to Sacred Valley ruins.
  • Salkantay Trek standard.
  • Transportation from Lucmabamba to the Hydroelectric.
  • Transportation by train and bus back to Cusco.
  • Admission fee to Salkantay and Machu Picchu.
  • Standard campsite accommodation and modern camping equipment.
  • One night of accommodation in Aguas Calientes.
  • Professional cook and meals included during the Trek (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches y 4 dinners), hot drinks and snacks.
  • Porters to carry all equipment.
  • Luggage of 5kg maximum per person will be carry by the horses.
  • First-aid kit and Oxygen tank.

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping bags (can be rent, please ask your travel specialist).
  • Walking sticks.
  • Breakfast on day 1, and lunch and dinner on last day (during trek portion).
  • One-way bus from Macchu Picchu to Aguas calientes.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips and additional expenses.
  • Walking sticks will not be included with your purchase of the tour, however, if you prefer, we can arrange to provide you with a pair of basic poles at an extra cost.
  • If you would like to climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, please take in mind that it is an unguided hike and does require an additional cost. If you are interested, please consult with your travel specialist as we will need to check availability far in advance.
  • At least 2 people is required for this tour.
  • Bring appropriate clothing for both the warm and cold weather.
  • Hiking/trekking shoes.
  • Rain poncho/waterproof jacket.
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, toilet paper, hand cleanser and a hat.
  • Snacks (e.g. granola bars and dried fruit).


Different sensations will have you; great experiences in this colorful city and much more that you will discover in this Land of the Incas were the engineering show you the richness and the beginning of this great culture

Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by our friendly Peru & U representative to take you to your Cusco hotel. The rest of the day is for you to acclimatize yourself to the high altitude and wonder around the city at your leisure. 


Insert into a tangible remnant of the Inca empire; envelops in a fertile agricultural landscape, punctuated by small villages of Quechua-speaking communities and dotted with the surviving remains of great Inca family estates

The day will start after your breakfast, as you will be picked up in order to reach the Sacred Valley to begin with our excursion. Our first stop is the village and ruins of Pisac, in the main square you can see the market on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, where the locals exchange their products and artisans from all over the area sell their woven alpaca wool clothing and banquets, as well as ponchos, antique reproductions, jewelry, and other beautiful handicrafts, do not miss this great opportunity to purchase some souvenirs. After lunch, you will visit Ollantaytambo, the ancient Inca town which was not overthrown by the Spaniards. Here you will have the time to explore all this ruins and the tower above the town. In the late afternoon you will return to Cusco, visiting the traditional market of Chinchero on the route.
By the evening and very importantly you will have a brief orientation about your Salkantay Trek along your guide to coordinate the last details.


The adventure and memories are coming with the very best landscapes, now you will enjoy the beauty of its land

Departing Cusco at 5:00am, we will directly go to Marcoccasa (3400m/11154 ft), passing through the village of Mollepata (3000m/9843 ft). Once we have arrived in Marcoccasa, we will have the chance to meet with the horsemen and the other members of the trek team prior to commencing the hike. You will fall in love with the majestic beauty of the snow-capped mountains that embellish the scenery such as Humantay (5217m/17116ft) as well as Salkantay (6264m/20551ft). Camp for the night at the nice location of Soraypampa (3900m/12795ft). Climate: cold
• Climate: cold
• Transport time: 3 hours
• Hiking time: 6 hours
• Notes: Before reaching Soray Pampa, we recommend that you take a 2-hour detour in order to reach Humantay Lake,so that you can observe the stunning snow-covered peak of Humantay.


The challenges and the effort begin but with a lot of enthusiasm

Once we have enjoyed your breakfast, we will embark on our hike to the Salkantay pass (4600m/15092ft) feeling blessed to witness the stunning views of the snow-capped Salkantay (6264m/20551ft). After spending some time admiring the ethereal beauty of nature, we will begin the descend while enjoying the vegetation and ever changing ecosystem. We will set up our camp at Rayanpata (3350m/10990ft) within the premises of the lush tropical forest.
• Climate: cold and warm with mosquitoes
• hiking time: 7-8 hours


Beautiful experiences with less effort and an incredible landscape

Our third day will be admiring and appreciating the region’s flora, as well as its coffee, cocoa and fruit plantations. Descending into a forest in order to enjoy the wide variety of orchids, bromeliads as well as a variety of other plants. We will also have the opportunity to meet local families in Chaullay (2950m/9678ft), Wiñaypoco (2650m/8694ft), La Playa (2100m/6890ft) and last but not least Lucmabamba (2000m/6561ft), the location where our campsite will be situated.
This afternoon, we will have the opportunity to meet with a local rural family in order to learn about cultivation as well as the process of coffee. Spend some time learning about the labor-intensive process about how your coffee comes from the tree to your cup. Feel free to ask the locals all about their work, they will be very glad to acknowledge your interest.
• Climate: warm during the day with mosquitoes
• Hiking time: 7 hour
• Note: We highly recommend that you take some time out to soak in the hotel mineral springs of Santa Teresa after all those days hiking, but the decision is yours to take. If you do wish to do so, please coordinate with your tour guide in order to arrange the transporation needed.


Have great expectations to finally see the wonder of the world

After enjoying breakfast, our hike to the Inca Trail will begin in order to arrive at the archaeological site of Llactapata (2650m/8694ft). Uncovering beautiful scenery along the way, the hike will feel like it takes no time at all. Enjoy the sights of flora, evidence of Inca culture. From this point, we will have some incredible views over the Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu as well as the Volcanota Canyon. In continuation of the hike, we will head in the direction of the Hydroelectric train station (1950m/6398ft) in order to take a short break before embarking on a train and heading towards Aguas Calientes (2050m/6726ft) in order to spend the night.
• Climate: warm with some mosquitos
• Hiking time: 6 hours


The day has arrived, one of the most incredible experiences will take you to the ancestral, to one of the world wonders; with no doubt you have to let yourself be and just enjoy

After a nourishing breakfast, we will be leaving the hotel at 5:30am in order to make our way to Machu Picchu (2400m/7874ft) by a tourist bus, arriving at the citadel approximately at 6:00 am. Enjoy a guided tour around the site, including learning about life and culture of the Inca Empire. Enjoy a hike up to Huayna Picchu (if you have reserved your spot in advance) or simply walk the premises of Machu Picchu and make sure you have taken some photos for your memories to live on. After enjoying your time at the citadel, you will begin your descend to Aguas Calientes, where you will enjoy some lunch, as well as have a time to relax in the natural springs. You will leave Aguas Calientes to head back.


Great and incredible memories you will have and invite you to be back very soon.  Peru has much to offer 

After breakfast at your hotel, this adventure has finally come to an end, your Peru & U representative will take you one last time to the airport in order for you to take the return flight home.

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