Salcantay Base Camp to Machu Picchu Trek

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Trek difficulty Easy
  • Starts Lima, Peru
  • Ends Lima , Peru
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  • Enjoy the lessertrekked route to Mount Salcantay before walking the last day of the classic Inca Trail
  • Explore the iconic ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu at the best time of day
  • Trek among the lush valleys, alpine lakes and rugged snowcapped peaks of the Peruvian Andes
  • Experience historic Cusco along with world class restaurants, museums and galleries in the bustling capital of Lima
The trip Salcantay Base Camp To Machu Picchu Trek starts from and ends in Lima. It is a trekking tour that takes 15 days taking you through Pampacahuana, Inca Trail, Ollantaytambo and 7 other destinations in Peru. Salcantay Base Camp To Machu Picchu Trek is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Experience one of Peru's best treks and the delights of Cusco. The soaring peaks of the Andes and the cultural legacies of the Incas are two of Peru’s most compelling attractions. We discover both and much more on this amazing two-week adventure. After savouring the historical and cultural highlights of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas while we take our time acclimatising, we commence our trek. This little-visited trail takes us through breathtaking mountain scenery as we make our way to the foothills of the majestic snow-capped peaks of Salcantay, Humantay and Huayanay. For a week we explore the stunning wilderness of the Peruvian Andes, following trails to 5,000 m in the Cordillera Vilcabamba and establishing camp beneath the spectacular 6,220m Mount Salcantay. This stunning trail is much quieter than the busier Inca Trail and is highly regarded by past trekkers. On the final day we join the classic Inca Trail for the unforgettable sight of Machu Picchu from the ‘Sun Gate’. Rather than rushing back to Cusco, we spend a night in nearby Aguas Calientes for a well-deserved soak in the local hot springs before heading back to Machu Picchu the next day at the best time, as the sun is rising over these dramatic ruins. If you’re looking for an unforgettable encounter with Peruvian culture, history and wilderness—one that gets you off the beaten track but takes in the must-see sights of Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu—then this is the adventure for you!
5 - Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 25 2017
“The Inca Wilderness Trek exceeded all our expectations. We had an outstanding guide, Tina, a great crew, and the scenery was amazing. A particular highlight was the itinerary, which took us off the tourist track to remote communities, just amazing.”
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 13 2016
“For someone that enjoys the challenge of trekking and loves different cultures this is quite an experience - the wilderness part was amazing and the crafts were fascinating. It's a majestic walk.”
  • Day 1 : Arrive Lima
  • Day 2 : Fly to Cusco
  • Day 3 : In Cusco, sightseeing
  • Day 4 : To Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Day 5 : In Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Day 6 : Drive to Mollepata, commence trek (trekking approx 5-6hrs ,10-12km)
  • Day 7 : Trek up the valley between Salcantay and Humantay (trekking approx 6hrs ,10km)
  • Day 8 : Trek over Incachiriasca pass to Acobamba (trekking approx 6-7hrs ,10-12km)
  • Day 9 : Descend to Paucarcancha and up to the village of Q’esca (trekking approx 7-8hrs ,10km)
  • Day 10 : Trek over the Ancascocha Pass (trekking approx 6-7hrs ,10-12km)
  • Day 11 : Descend to the Sacred Valley at Chilca (trekking approx 5-6hrs ,10-12km)
  • Day 12 : Trek to Machu Picchu (trekking approx 6hrs ,10km)
  • Day 13 : Explore Machu Picchu, return to Cusco
  • Day 14 : Cusco - free day
  • Day 15 : Drive to Cusco airport, trip concludes
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  • Comfortable and central hotels primarily Casa Andina Classic hotels
  • 14 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Airport transfers if arriving/departing on first or last day
  • Private internal transportation
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu on two occasions
  • Group medical kit
  • The use of a gear pack including sleeping bag, fibre filled jacket, thermarest and headtorch
  • Group camping equipment & porters to carry personal gear
  • Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed (including Machu Picchu entrance fee)
  • International flights and taxes
  • Internal flights Flights Lima/Cusco/Lima are not included. The domestic flights in Peru will be quoted separately as they can often change considerably and depends on the international airline that you fly with to Peru. Certain airlines flying to Peru offer special discounted fares for domestic flights if booked in conjunction with the international ticket. Domestic flights have become increasingly expensive, and rather than charge everyone a set amount, our intention is to find you the best possible domestic flight deal in conjunction with your international ticket. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more details and a flight quote. If you are booking the internal flights yourself, please contact us so we can advise which flights are suitable.
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Excess baggage costs
  • Medical treatment
  • Cost of laundry and alcoholic beverages (except wine on last trek day)
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Salcantay Base Camp to Machu Picchu Trek tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.


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Salcantay Base Camp to Machu Picchu Trek tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Salcantay Base Camp to Machu Picchu Trek tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

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