This seven-day trek is a fantastic and unique way to really experience the rugged beauty of the Peruvian Andes. You’ll hike during the day and stay in lodges overnight on an ancient and pristine trail known as the Salkantay route.
You’ll journey through varied terrain, enjoying views of glacier mountain peaks, fields of boulders shrouded in fog, and cattle drives through the most remote of mountain areas. All the while you’ll be surrounded by spectacular topography, lush vegetation and intriguing archaeological sites. Along the way you will encounter locals, still proudly attached to their Andean heritage, and get a glimpse into their world.
You’ll spend your first two nights acclimatising and you’ll enjoy visiting Inca ruins and a trek to the glacier-fed Lake Humantay with views of Mt. Salkantay. After reaching the highest point on the trek on the third day, you’ll then start to descend along the Salkantay River and follow it along the Santa Teresa Valley. On day six you’ll hike along the Llactapata Pass and get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu, before catching the train to the citadel itself. On the final day enjoy a guided tour of the ruins before returning to Cusco.
Treks are done in small groups. Please ask for a full description of the tour plan if you are interested in including hiking in your luxury trip to Peru. It is also possible to do a shorter private version of the trek on a camping basis.
When to go
The Peruvian winter is the best time to do this trek as you're likely to be rewarded with clear blue skies and wonderful views.