Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in Style

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in Style



The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is known around the world, and is hands-down one of the best hikes in South America. This seven-day journey to the Lost City of the Incas is steeping in Outside GO style.

from $3,890 pp    7 Days/6 Nights     $555/Day

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Stand back Inca Trail—there's more than just one famous hike near Machu Picchu. Introducing the Salkantay Trek. This seven-day hike is popular for good reason. Each day you'll travel deeper in the mountains for stunning views and each night you'll recharge at luxurious mountain lodges. The perfect combination for a week in the land of the Incas.


This seven-day journey to the Lost City of the Incas is steeped in Outside GO style, delivering everything from cozy quarters to full-service Peruvian cuisine to fuel your trek. There are few journeys you can take in your lifetime that will combine as much rugged wilderness and luxurious comfort as this trip does. As you begin your trek each day you can fully enjoy each majestic vista and each new bend in the trail, knowing that at the end of the day a hot, hearty meal and the comforts of a cozy Peruvian lodge will be waiting to welcome you. All your needs will be looked after, leaving you free to soak in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as you walk in the footsteps of alpacas and llamas who called this place home.

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Days 1, 2

Cusco, Peru



You'll begin your stay getting acclimated at the Salkantay Lodge, where you'll be welcomed with tea and cookies after a day-hike on Camino Real to familiarize yourself with the thin mountain air. The lodge takes its name from the second most sacred peak in Inca mythology, Mount Salkantay, which reaches a height of 20,600 feet and is truly breathtaking in every sense of the the term. After a second day of hiking, this time to striking glacial Lake Humantay, you'll retire to the lodge for another night before the real trek begins.


Days 3, 4

The Trek Begins



Start early on the morning of day three and hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay Peak. Today marks the highest point on the trek—Salkantay Pass at 15,213 feet. There, stop to take in views of snowcapped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction and the glaciated south face of Salkantay towering above. Keep an eye out for Andean condors, often visible in this area! From the pass, it's onward to Wayra Lodge to unwind for the evening. The next morning presents a moderate hike descending further to Colpa Lodge, where you'll be greeted with a traditional festive Peruvian meal cooked by layering meat and vegetables with hot stones and plantain leaves. It is also worth mentioning that they have a jacuzzi with views!


Day 5

Santa Teresa River Valley



On day five you'll hike along the Santa Teresa River Valley through more populated but still rural areas. Pass through banana, granadilla, and avocado orchards and coffee plantations (said to be one of the most truly organic coffee-producing areas in the world). After a picnic lunch by the river, continue on to Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard. On the way you'll visit an organic coffee plantation and join the owner on a short tour of the farm to learn how coffee is grown, harvested, dried, and processed. This cultural pit-stop is often one of our guests' favorite part of the trip.


Day 6

Machu Picchu from Llactapata Pass



The last day of the trek is the next morning, up and over 8,974-foot Llactapata Pass. Here you will have the privilege of your first spectacular view of Machu Picchu from the southeast—a view few Westerners ever have the chance to see. Enjoy your lunch at a scenic viewpoint overlooking Machu Picchu. Take in the scene before descending to the Aobamba River, cloaked in lush bamboo forests and orchards. A short train ride takes you to Agua Calientes, the town of Machu Picchu. There, a plush bed awaits at an award winning hotel along with a celebration dinner with your guides. 


Day 7

Machu Picchu + Departure


The final day of your Peruvian adventure starts early with a buffet breakfast before the train ride to the entrance of Machu Picchu. Here you'll have a guided tour as well as a chance to trek up the steep staircase to Huayna Picchu. It's a challenging climb, but with unparalleled views of Machu Picchu once you've ascended. Once back in Aguas Calientes, you'll be transported back to Cusco to begin your journey home. But if you feel the need to extend your stay in beautiful Peru, we certainly won't blame you!



  • A once in a lifetime physical, cultural, and spiritual journey that takes you through the magnificent Salkantay Inca Trail to the legendary ruins at Machu Picchu
  • Witness environmental and social initiatives to maintain the natural integrity and improve quality of life in the region
  • Marvel at the beauty of the Salkantay Peak and Humantay Glacier Lake
  • Share in the culture and customs of local Andean families who maintain centuries-old traditions
  • Challenge yourself as you hike through nine different bio-zones and varied terrain
  • Indulge in the comfort of enchanting mountain lodges, gourmet cuisine, a welcoming culture, and a daily retreat to a Shangri-La for recovery of mind and body



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