8 Day Salkantay to Machu Picchu

Get to know the diversity of the Peruvian highlands. This alternative hike will take you in 5 days to the amazing site of Machu Picchu. You will hike ancient Inca roads, large highland plains and even cross some sections of cloud forest before entering the mythical city of Machu Picchu on the 5th day of your hike. 

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • 4 Nights in hotels based on US standards
  • 3 Nights camping, including equipment (except sleeping bag)
  • Tours in Cusco and Machu Picchu
  • Daily Departures
  • Domestic flights not included at this stage (flight prices can vary according to the dates of travel)
Who is this for?

This 8 day package is designed for people who do not have too much time but want to get to know Machu Picchu with a little bit of adventure. The 5 day Salkantay Trek takes you along the mountain chain south of Machu Picchu and is an amazing alternative to the classic trail which will take you through many of Peru’s diverse terrains. You will also have some days in Cusco before setting off so you can acclimatize before starting this adventure of a lifetime!

Destinations visited:
DAY 1 - Cusco

On arrival in Cusco you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel in the city centre. Later today you will be picked up for a Cusco city tour. You will not only visit the Cusco city center with its historic buildings but also the amazing Inca sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay located just outside the city.

DAY 2 - Cusco - Sacred Valley

In the morning will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will start with a visit to Pisac market, without doubts one of the best artisan markets in South America. From here we will set course for Ollantaytambo, a small village located at the foot of some impressive ruins and more or less the gateway to Machu Picchu. At the end of the day you will be taken back to Cusco to spend the night.

DAY 3 - Start of the 5 Day Salkantay Trek

Today you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley and taken to Molepata from where you will start hiking to the camping site located at 3900 meters surrounded by lakes and snowcapped mountains

DAY 4 - Salkantay Trek

The next day you have the hardest climb ahead; crossing the Apacheta Pass at 4590 meters but one of the most rewarding views of the surrounding countryside during this trek. From here you will head down to your camping site where you can relax for the night.

DAY 5 - Salkantay Trek

On day 3 you will be confronted with dramatically changing countryside as you will go down from the highlands into the “Ceja de la Selva” – the eyebrow of the jungle. You will feel the climate changing and vegetation getting much denser. From here will set pace for La Playa where you will spend your last night of camping.

DAY 6 - Salkantay Trek

Today you will head down to the hydroelectric plant from where you will continue to Aguas Calientes and your hotel to relax for the night before your Machu Picchu adventure the next day.

DAY 7 - Machu Picchu

Early in the morning you will have a whole day to spend at the site of Machu Picchu. You will head up early in the morning and have a guided tour and free time before taking the train back to Cusco from Aguas Calientes.

DAY 8 - Cusco Airport


Today you will have a couple of hours to enjoy Cusco some more before you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport for your outgoing flight. 

All our tours are completely customizable and hence you can opt for a combination of different hotels and services depending on your personal preferences. Nevertheless in order to give you an idea of the prices, hereunder you can find the prices for this package in 3 different comfort levels.

  • Good value 3* hotels based on US standards
  • All shared tours (except Machu Picchu)
  • Expedition Train to Machu Picchu
  • All private and shared transfers
  • All entrance fees
  • All breakfasts included
From US$ 1075 Per Person
  • All premium 4* hotels based on US standards
  • Combination of shared & private tours
  • Private Machu Picchu Tour
  • Superior Train to Machu Picchu
  • All private transfers
  • All entrance fees
  • All breakfasts included
From US$ 1295 Per Person
  • All top end 5* hotels based on US standards
  • All private tours
  • Private Machu Picchu Tour
  • Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu
  • All private transfers
  • All entrance fees
  • All breakfasts included
From US$ 1955 Per Person
All our packages are completely customizable and can be combined to your preferences.
Please note that flights have not been included at this stage.
Please note that all package prices are based on a minimum of 2 people travelling together (sharing a double room). Single travellers, please contact us for the single surplus costs.

For information about any type of South America vacation you may be looking for, please do not hesitate to contact your personal travel expert now!!!

Following are some extra days that can be added on to your package. If you are interested in finding out some more information about these packages please ask one of our sales representatives or add it to the extra comments in the contact form.

2 Day Ica & the Ballestas Islands


Visit Ica, the Oasis of Huacachina, optional you can enjoy a buggy ride in the desert and the next morning embark your boat for a visit to the Ballestas Islands. Here you can see penguins, sea lions and with some luck maybe even a whale. 

2 Day Nazca Lines


Visit Ica and Huacachina, a true natural oasis in the middle of the desert before continuing to Nazca for a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines to see this mystery with your own eyes...

2 Day Puno & Lake Titicaca


This 2 day extension will introduce you to Lake Titicaca the highest navigable lake in the world. Located at 3811 meters above sea level, this is not only one of the higher lakes in the world; it is also the second biggest in South America. You will get to know Puno, the Peruvian city located at the shores and from here embark a boat taking you to the Floating Islands of Uros and the Island of Taquile for an unforgettable day. Optional you can also spend the night on the island. 

3 Day Arequipa & Colca Canyon


This 3 day extension will give you the chance to get to know Peru second most important city; Arequipa. Nicknamed “White City” Arequipa has one of the most beautiful plazas in Peru and one of the oldest Monasteries in South America. The next day you will head for the second deepest canyon in the world; The Colca Canyon. In the Colca canyon you will also visit Cruz del Condor and with a bit of luck marvel at these majestic birds, the largest flying birds in the world, soaring right over your head. 

3 Day Chiclayo & Trujillo

This 3 day extension takes you to the lesser known Peru. Maybe lesser known but not less impressive, amazing sites such as the Temple of the Sun and the Moon, the Sipan Museum and of course Chan Chan, the biggest adobe city in the world awaits you in this part of Peru. 

3 Day Mancora beaches


In order to complete your holiday with some time at the beach, we can offer you this extension to Mancora. Nice weather, large beaches, palm trees and great seafood, what else would one need to relax in this part of Peru after visiting all the amazing sites.

3 or 4 Day Jungle Excursion


This 3 or 4 day excursion (more days can be added) will take you to one of the most pristine parts of the Amazon Rainforest. Tambopata National Reserve is known for being one of the most pristine parts of the Amazon Rainforest and a good chance on seeing wildlife. You will enjoy walks through the forests, climbing a canopy tower to see the jungle from above, evening walks and piranha fishing, all under the guidance of great and knowledgeable guides. 

Full Day Chincheros, Maras & Moray


This full day tour starts in Cusco (optionally in the Sacred Valley) and takes you first to the Inca Ruins of Chincheros, one of the older villages between Cusco and the Sacred Valley. From here you will continue to Maras, one of the few Inca agricultural “laboratories”. This is a collection of unique Inca terraces built in a natural depression and served to make different crops resistant to different altitudes and climates. Finally we will take you to Moray, an open salt mine still in use today. 

Full Day Lima Culinary Tour


This full day tour gives you the chance to get to know “the new culinary capital” of South America; Lima. You will visit a local market to do the shopping for the day. Later you will be assisted by a local family in making some of the Peruvian specialties and in the evening you will be taken to one of the great restaurants and bodegas in Lima. 

Full Day Wild River Rafting (Cusco & Arequipa)


For the adventure seekers we can offer several different wild water rafting adventures on several different rivers in Peru. The most famous places to do one or multiday rafting is in the Cusco and the Arequipa regions. 

Lima Culture & Contrasts tour

This one day add on is for people who are looking to discover the real Peru. Lima, a city of over 10 million people or one third of Peru’s population is the economic and political heart of Peru. This metropolitan city is essential to Peru and discovering Lima is like discovering the soul of Peru. This day you will be taken all over Lima and will see the known but also the (maybe even more interesting) lesser known side of this metropolitan city. You will see Lima’s colonial charm, the city’s modern and economic centers and the bohemian seaside barrios all in this one day amazing tour of this fascinating city. 

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