Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu

  • Peru

Conquer the Salkantay Trek in the Andes, explore Inca ruins and Machu Picchu, trek through local communities and beautiful Andean scenery.

Salkantay has been dubbed the most spectacular peak in the Peruvian Andes. On this trip, you’ll trek in the shadows of this impressive mountain, interact with its inhabitants, and explore its forgotten ruins. Catch the train to Aguas Calientes for an early-morning visit to Machu Picchu.

was €6495 days from €459

(€91.80 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
Travel Style
Service Level
Physical Grading
4 - Demanding
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 16, Avg 6
Private van, hiking, train.
Hotels (2 nights), camping (2 nights).
4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Trek on the Salkantay route to Machu Picchu with local guide, cooks, and porters (3 days)
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu itinerary
  • Day 1Cusco

    Arrive at any time.

    Arrive Cusco at any time. There are no planned activities so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. Our best advice for exploring Cusco is to wear a comfortable pair of shoes, arm yourself with a city map, and set off to explore! Meet the group at the welcome meeting, check for the start time on the welcome note at the hotel.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting with G Representative

    The adventure begins today. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. Your G Representative will review the details of your tour.


    Cusco Pardo Hotel

    Optional Activities:

    • Cusco Tourist Ticket

      This ticket allows admission at 16 sights of the city of Cusco including many popular museums and cathedrals, the ticket also provides entrance to Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, and sights in the South Valley of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

    • Inka Museum

      Get ready to explore the artifacts from the Inca Empire, including mummies, jewelry, skulls, and ceramics at this museum of archaeology.

    • Cusco City Tour

      Tour runs from 2:00PM. All of it is done by car, with walks around the visited ruins. Clothing depends on the weather, sunblock and a hat are recommended.

      Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman.

    We highly recommended arriving at least one day prior to the tour in order to acclimatize to the altitude prior to the trek. A full day spent in Cusco (3249m), taking it easy and drinking plenty of water, is usually enough time for most people to acclimatize. Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

  • Day 2

    Transfer to the start of the trail and begin the Salkantay Trek. Stunning views and Inca ruins fill the days as you hike past the striking peaks of Salkantay, Humantay, and Ausangate, among others. Traverse high passes the highest point reaching 4,600m (15,092 ft) before descending into valleys nestled in the mountains. Spend the nights camping under the stars. Enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery and breathtaking views as the trek descends from the heights of the Andes to the lush subtropics surrounding Machu Picchu.

    Depart in the morning from Cusco towards Soraypampa for the start of the Salkantay trek.

    Private Vehicle

    Salkantay Trek - Day 1

    Start trekking accompanied by support staff and horses/mules, pass by spectacular views of the majestic Salkantay Peak and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. Start the ascent up to Humantay lagoon (4,200m/13,780 ft), a stunning glacier-fed emerald pool sitting at the bottom of the glacier. Continue on until Salkantaypampa (3,900m/12,795 ft) where you'll stop for a scenic lunch. After lunch, ascend past snowy peaks to the highest point of the trek, Salkantay pass reaching 4,600 metres (15,092 ft) above sea level. From here the views are spectacular towards the mountains of Umantay and Apu Salkantay. Descend from the pass and hike down to the campsite for the night, Wayraqmachay (3900m/12,795 ft).

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products, for use on our treks. The purpose of this G Adventures for Good project was to empower local Cusqueña women to start their own business while lessening the environmental impact. Planeterra provided $10000 of seed funding for two young entrepreneurs to register their biodegradable products in order to sell to the tourism industry. "Esencia Andina" is now a successful business that produces biodegradable soaps, detergents, and natural products for use by travellers, guides, porters, and cooks on our treks. G Adventures is their biggest client, purchasing hundreds of their products per month!

  • Day 3Salkantaypampa / Sahuayaco

    Continue the trek downhill, passing through the town of Collpabamba on the way to Chaullay. Hike along the Sahuayaco River through lush cloud forest to your campsite for the evening, Playa Sahuayaco.

    Salkantay Trek - Day 2

    Trek to the town of Collpabamba, keeping an eye out for flora and fauna along the way. Stop for lunch at the village of Chaullay (2,900m/9,514 ft). Watch the scenery change from mountain landscapes to lush, cloud forest as you descend down to the Sahuayaco River and walk alongside it to Playa Sahuayaco (2,100m/6,890 ft), the campsite for the night.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4Sahuayaco / Aguas Calientes

    Hike to the Inca site Llactapata, where you can catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. Catch the train in the afternoon to Aguas Calientes.

    Llactapata Hike

    Enjoy one last hike up to the ruins of Llactapata and look out towards Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. Explore the well-preserved ruins and learn more about the site thought to have been used primarily for crop storage and production.


    Kantu Inn

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 5Aguas Calientes / Cusco

    Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Optional visit to the Inca Bridge and return to Cusco in the evening where the tour ends upon arrival.

    Rise early to take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the early morning light. This is the best time to view the 'Lost City of the Incas'. Join the local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site and Inca history without the pressure of other tour groups that arrive at midday.

    Later in the afternoon return by train to Ollantaytambo and transfer by van to Cusco, arriving in the evening.

    Local bus

    Machu Picchu Guided Tour

    Rise and shine – the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach’ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).

    Local bus


    Private Vehicle

    Optional Activities:

    • Inca Bridge Visit

      Use any leftover energy from your Machu Picchu hike to visit the Inca Bridge site nearby (thought by some to be a secret back entrance to Machu Picchu). Trek up to the bridge that's cleaving to a 579m (1,900 ft) cliff, and soak in amazing views of cloud forest along the way.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast

    Please note the tour ends upon arrival in the main square and does not include a post night in Cusco. If you wish to book a post night please contact a GCO or your agent for assistance.

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