7Day Inca Trail

This tour combines the best trekking tours around Cusco, The Salkantay Trek with the Inca Trail, enjoy the beautiful landscape of Salkantay and the ancient Incan archeological sites along the Inca trail.

Tour Specifications:

  • Tour Package: 7day Salkantay Trek plus Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 
  • Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights 
  • Type of Tour: Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu + Traditional Inca Trail 
  • Group Size: Private Tour starting with 4 people 
  • Departures Day: Close on February, this tour must be booked 5 to 6 months in advance.
  • Difficulty degree of this Trek: Challenging due to the altitude, we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco or over 3000m/9840ft.

NOTE 01: Day 6: The Peruvian National Institute of Culture has established that some groups stay overnight in Wiñayhuayna. Usually the groups that get to stay overnight in Wiñayhuayna are those who made their registration in advance for that date. Once the camp at Wiñayhuayna is full groups must spend the night in Phuyupatamarca which is located a few hours before Wiñayhuayna. There is no way to choose this. We advise to book your tour as far in advance as possible.

NOTE 02: Day 7: The Huaynapicchu a mountain is located behind Machu Picchu. From the top of Huaynapicchu you will get a great aerial view of the Inca citadel. There is a checkpoint at Machu Picchu to climb Huaynapicchu. Entrances to climb up Huaynapicchu must now be reserved with a new entrance ticket to Machu Picchu because the entrance ticket for the Inca Trail does include only Machu Picchu and not Huaynapicchu. This is the time you must enter and climb up Huaynapicchu. The tour guide will provide information on where the entrance to climb up Huaynapicchu is located inside of Machu Picchu.

Salkantay Trek Plus Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata/CRUZPATA – Soraypampa

This tour starts very early; we will pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 am. In a private bus we will then drive to Mollepata, passing through the communities of Izcuchaca and Limatambo. In Mollepata we will stop for a delicious breakfast. After this, we begin our ascent on foot to Cruzpata at 3100m. During the hike you can appreciate different types of plants, native birds, the Apurimac River (which is the deepest in Peru) and an irrigation canal for local communities. After about six hours of walking we will arrive at our first camp Soraypampa 3900m. From here we can appreciate the majestic Apu Salkantay. Overnight in Soraypampa.

Day 2: Soraypampa – Paso de Salkantay – Inca Chiriasca

After our breakfast, we leave in the direction of the Abra de Salkantay. During the hike we will climb through several different climates in which we will see small groups of houses, flora, small wild birds and spectacular views of the Humantay snow peak (5902masl). After about six hours walk we arrive at our second camp Inca chiriasca (3980masl) from here we can appreciate the majestic mountains of Salkantay 6271masl. Overnight in Inca chiriasca.

Day 3: Inca Chiriasca – Sisay Pampa – Canal Inca

After a good night sleep and breakfast, we begin our 4 hour steep climb to the pass of Inca Sisay Pampa (4850msnm). Once we reach the top of our hike, we will have breathtaking views of snow-covered Salkantay. We will then descend to our lunch point Sisay Pampa, a flat area from which one can see the neighboring valleys of Salkantay (you may see condors in this area.) After lunch we will descend to Pampacahuana community where we can appreciate an original Inca canal. Here we will spend our third night.

Day 4: Canal Inca – Inca Rakay – Huayllabamba (inca Trail)

We wake up about 7:00 am, after enjoying breakfast we start our hike. Today will be the hardest hiking day. The walk is a precipitous rise and narrow (9 km). Along this climb, the landscape changes from sierra to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). We will continue to the community of Wayllabamba (3000 m) where we will visit the archaeological complex of Inca Racay (Paucar court). This site is composed of various buildings such as plazas, walls, and rectangular terraces. In Wayllabamba, we will enjoy lunch. This is the point at which we begin our Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. As pack animals are not allowed on the Inca Trail, so we bid farewell to our horsemen and horses and in their place we were introduced to the porters who will take care of loading the camping equipment and food for the rest of the tour.

Day 5: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacaymayo

After our breakfast, we start our walk, through Tres Piedras, Llulluchapampa reaching the peak of the Inca Trail Warmiwañusca (dead woman) at 4200masl. Continuing the path we will descend to our camp Pacaymayo (3500masl), here we will spend our fifth night.

Day 6: Pacaymayu – Runkurakay – Sayacmarca – Wiñayhuayna

After our breakfast, the sixth day of the trek includes tours to the ruins of Runkurakay and Sayacmarca We will also enjoy lunch at the ruins. Then we will walk the road to get Puyupatamarca (cloud city) another important archaeological site. After visiting this site we will have a short walk to our last camp Wiñayhuayna (forever young). Visit the resort. Camp, dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

Before sunrise, about 4:30 am, after our breakfast we begin a short hike up to Inti Punku (Puerta del Sol), which has a fantastic view of Machu Picchu. From here we have reached our destination of Machu Picchu. You will get a guided tour lasting approximately to two hours. During the tour you will receive an explanation of the most important places in the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. You will then have free time to climb Huaynapicchu. In the afternoon you will go to the town of Aguas Calientes where you will catch the train to Ollantaytambo and then a bus back to Cusco.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Inclusions

  • Transportation from Cusco to Cruzpata or Chayllacancha.
  • English/Spanish speaker professional guide during all the tour
  • Entrance ticket to the Salkantay Trek, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Meals (07B, 06L, 06D + wake; up tea)
  • Snacks
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Personal pad (double foam)
  • 3-4Person Tents only for 2Person in each tent
  • Mules for the Salkantay Trek
  • Local porters (service to carry the food and camping equipment only)
  • Dinning tent, portable chairs and table
  • Guided visit to Machu Picchu and the ruins along the trail.
  • Bus ticket down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco
  • Vegetarian food available, with no extra charge
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Last day lunch and dinner
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal equipment
  • Personal Porter
  • Private Mule
  • Beers
  • Entrance to the Hot spring in Aguas Calientes

Bring

Original Passport, Backpack, sleeping bag, rain jacket, strong footwear (walking boots are recommended as they provide support to the ankle which reduces the risk of injury especially when trekking in the wet season (December – March). However it is important that your boots are comfortable and well worn-in and not brand new. Many people prefer to trek in tennis shoes but extra care should be taken. We do not recommend trekking in sandals. One complete change of clothing, sweater, jacket (something warm), water bottle and sterilizing tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco), flashlight and batteries, broad-brim or peaked cap, sun block, insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper, selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc, camera.

Price

The tour price of this tour based on 4 people as minimum is 850.00USD per person.

Services

While getting physically and mentally prepared for the Inca Trail we will recommend you to stay in Cusco at least two days before the tour starts and if you are and active person we would recommend you to do with us a City or Sacred Valley Tour. The City Tour is a half day tour and the Sacred Valley is a full day tour, the tours are mostly by bus but the do also include some short walks.
Didn’t bring a sleeping bag? Don’t worry, you can rent it from us, below are the list of the trek gear you can rent from us.
Sleeping Bag: 20.00USD
Walking Pole: 8.00USD
Extra Tent (in case you want a private one) 30.00USD
Need a Personal Porter? 100.00USD is the price for the whole tour, please consider that personal porters can carry only 7kg (15pounds). The full payment will be handled to your personal porter and if you need prove of it we will be very happy to give you a receive photocopy signed by your porter (you can also talk to him in person about it).

Discounts

Discounts! We do give a 35.00USD of discount for all students with a valid ISIC student card, in order to apply for the student discount you will need to send us a photocopy of you ISIC card together with your booking information. Please do not forget to bring with you your original ISIC card as well as your original passports for the tour.
Child Discount! Children under 16 years old also do receive a discount of 35.00USD, in order to apply for this discount you have to send us a photocopy of your passport.

Tour Map

Inca Trail tour map: