Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

8 days / 7 nights

Challenge yourself and follow the road less traveled to Machu Picchu on one of the top 25 treks in the world, according to National Geographic. Immerse yourself in the spectacular natural beauty of the Peruvian Andes from the turquoise blue waters of Humantay Lake, to the stunning Salkantay peak, and the Cloud Forest, coffee plantations and orchids of the Santa Teresa River valley, before arriving at Machu Picchu. Learn about Andean culture and the extraordinary legacy that they left for generations to come, while enjoying the luxury of our deluxe lodges along the route.

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What’s Included
  • Ground transportation from Cusco
What’s Not Included
  • Flights to and from Peru
  • Ground transportation to and from Cusco airport
WEATHER IN CUSCO The weather in Cusco is defined by two seasons: green (rainy) and dry. The Green season typically runs from November through March, with the heaviest rains in January and February and an average daytime temperature of 56 F, 13 C. During the dry season, the daytime average termperature is 62-68 F or 17-20 C. Temperatures are lower during the early morning and evenings. ACCLIMATIZATION TO HIGH ALTITUDES Altitude sickness is common at elevations above 1,900 m (6,500 ft) as the body needs to adjust to a decreased amount of oxygen. Symptoms can include lightheadedness, nausea, headaches and dehydration. As the Salkantay trek goes as high as 4,600 m, we recommend arriving in Cusco at least two days before your departure for optimal altitude acclimitization. PREPARATION The Salkantay trek can be quite strenuous at times, so we recommend beginning an intensive cardio-intensive fitness regimen that includes vigorous walking or hiking three months before your trip. Wear broken-in hiking shoes or boots with adequate ankle supports and use hiking poles or walking sticks during the hikes for greater agility and ankle support. ARRIVING IN PERU All international flights arrive at the Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima, where travelers must go through immigration and customs before continuing on to Cusco. There are two airlines that fly round-trip between Lima and Cusco: LATAM and Avianca. BAGGAGE LIMITATIONS There is a baggage weight limit of 22 lbs/10 kg on the train to and from Machu Picchu. If your bag exceeds this weight, extra luggage can be stored in Cusco. TRAVEL INSURANCE All guests are required to provide valid proof of travel insurance, including specific coverage for adventure travel activities in Peru.