Our seven-day EcoCamp Salkantay to Machu Picchu tour is for the spirited traveler looking to reconnect with nature. Explore the spectacular scenery and wildlife while resting comfortably at our EcoCamps that utilize green technology for a sustainable camping experience.
Avoid the crowds of the Inca Trail and get lost in the majesty of the sacred Salkantay and Humantay mountains, visit the Humantay Lake and observe the flight of the Condor.
On this tour you will trek the Salkantay Pass at 4,664m / 15,300ft, where ice-capped mountains soar and newly revealed glacial landscapes inspire awe. The best is saved for last a with a visit to Machu Picchu - the ruins of an ancient Incan empire at the peak of its power and an engineering marvel.
The trip begins and ends in vibrant Cusco, Peru where you can enjoy the intriguing bled of Spanish and Inca culture. The Salkantay route is an ancient, remote trail where snow clad mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests with its highest point at 15,200 feet above sea level, located at Salkantay Pass. Once in Aguas Calientes a bus ride gets you to Machu Picchu; the 15th-century citadel sits high, stacked on a hillside in terraces amongst rising Andean peaks. Accommodations will be at EcoCamp sites, unless otherwise noted.
Our hand-picked guides are certified multilingual and offer expertise of Machu Picchu’s highlights and will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable hike. In addition, Peru is home to some of the happiest people, the most dramatic landscape on the planet and a variety of cultural traditions that are rich in ancient history. Ready. Set. Escape! The 7 Day EcoCamp Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu hike awaits you.
Arrive Cusco with a transfer to your hotel; a welcome meeting will be organized by your guide for a quick briefing of the tour. The rest of the day can be spent exploring Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, set in the Andes Mountains. Discover Spanish churches and mansions that sit alongside Inca remains and enjoy the vibrant nightlife or sampling Peruvian restaurants.
Cusco - Pincopata Camp
You will be picked up from your hotel at 8 am and driven to the Condor Viewing Point at Chonta, with a stop along the way to explore one of two archaeological sites: Quillarumiyoc or Tarawasi. These sites were important ceremonial sites to the Inca. Quillarumiyoc was dedicated to warship of the moon, and Tarahuasi was a ceremonial and rest stop on the road to Chinchaysuyo. You will enjoy vistas of the Limatambo valley dotted with small farming communities. Once in Chonta, you will hike for approximately one hour through the Apurimac Canyon, one of the deepest in Peru. After enjoying a boxed lunch at the condor viewing point we continue to Pincopata EcoCamp – luxurious glamping at its finest. You will be welcomed with a freshly prepared fruit juice and tempted with an optional massage or if you are feeling active you can embark on an optional horseback or mountain biking tour. The day ends with a tasty three-course Peruvian meal. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, we drive 15 minutes to Marcoccasa, where the trail begins follows an aqueduct overlooking the spectacular Rio Blanco Valley and surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Humantay and Salkantay Mountains. We arrive at Soray Ecocamp in time for a lunch, during the afternoon you can hike to Lake Humantay (about an hour and a half hike) a breathtaking glacially fed lake nestled between glacial moraines, remnants of once larger glaciers that covered the area near the base of the southern face of the mountain.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The day begins trekking from the bottom of the valley that gradually ascends while crossing several small grasslands. The final climb to Abra Pass is challenging but rewards with magnificent views of Salkantay's snowy and rugged south face. You then descend the pass for lunch and after return to Soray to be transport back to Pincopata EcoCamp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
Today you will travel through small Quechua villages in the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo where you will catch the train that takes you to the village of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) and enjoy lunch on the train. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, you will travel with our local guide by bus to the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. Here you will discover the mysteries and magnificence of the sacred city of Machu Picchu. Options during this visit include climbing Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain. These climbs are physically challenging, but the outstanding views from the peak of both mountains make the effort worthwhile. Once back in Aguas Calientes, we will relax at our hotel for the night. For an additional fee, you can take advantage of the hot springs in the town. (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, you take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will transfer by road to Cusco. You will have the afternoon free to explore Cusco and later enjoy a nice farewell dinner in town while celebrating the completing of your beautiful journey. (Breakfast)
After breakfast you will be safely transferred to Cusco airport for your departures.(Breakfast)
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- Airport transfers
- Ground transportation
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
- Entrance fee to Salkantay
- Water (boiled)
- Meals described in itinerary
- Oxygen bottle and first aid kit
- Expert guides, assistant guides,
- Trekking/hiking poles
- Meals NOT described in itinerary
- Hot Springs