The classic hike to Salkantay was chosen by Nat Geo Traveler as one of the 25 most beautiful hikes in the world. IncaGo Expeditions has planned the Classic Salkantay Trekking with yoga and meditation sessions; that prepare you physically, emotionally and spiritually for a satisfying Ayahuasca experience in the Peruvian Amazon jungle of Cusco. On this unique 5-day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu Ayahuasca retreat in the Peruvian Amazon we will ensure that our expert cooks prepare a proper diet and food for you to have satisfying Ayahuasca retreats. This Classic Salkantay trek in preparation for mother Ayahuasca, can be combined with our Ayahuasca retreats of 3, 5 and 7 days. Our group tours to the Salkantay Trek with sessions of meditation, yoga and proper diet for Ayahuasca leave every Tuesday and Wednesday; and they are automatically connected to our Ayahuasca retreats that start every Monday. In the case of people who want to take a private tour in the Salkantay Trek and Ayahuasca retreat, they can depart any day of the year.
The Machu Picchu Salkantay Trekking; is considered one of the 25 most amazing treks in the world. Each travel agency has different itineraries and activities. However keep in mind that the most prominent places and activities of the Classic Salkantay Trek are: the wonderful turquoise lagoon of Humantay, camping at the foot of the Salkantay snow-capped mountain, being part of the process of making artisan coffee; and camping at Llactapata: the Machu Picchu overlook.
The hike through the Salkantay Trekking will lead you to the Salkantay Pass; is located at 4600 meters. From this place you have a 360 degree view of the second highest snow-capped mountain in the Cusco region. It also allows you to experience 11 life zones; there are a great variety of birds, 450 types of orchids and an unique camping experience.
Within our excursions in Salkantay Trekking; we have the following alternatives.
- First, the Classic Salkantay Trek by Llactapata; which has a duration of 5 days and allows you to spend the night in a beautiful Machu Picchu overlook.
- Second, the Short Salkantay Trek By Llactapata; excursion that lasts 4 days and allows you to hike through Llactapata.
- Third, the Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail Tour; which has a duration of 6 days and allows you to combine, two of the best trails in the world.
We have 3 Salkantay Trekking Tours for you to choose from: all of them are in group service; However, if you want to hike only with your friends or family, we also have the option of private service.
If you only have 4 days for a trek to Machu Picchu and the spots for the classic Inca trail are already sold out, then this short hike on the Salkantay Trek is for you. National Geographic magazine chose the Salkantay Trek as one of the 25 best treks in the world. The difference between this short alternative and the Classic Salkantay Trek is that this, 4-day Salkantay hike to Machu Picchu does not offer you the possibility of camping at the Machu Picchu viewpoint.
If you are one of those adventurous people, who love nature and also love to explore the best hiking trails in the world, then the Salkantay Trek to the world wonder of Machu Picchu is perfectly designed for you. Our exclusive 5-day Classic Salkantay Trek by Llactapata is the best-known trekking alternative to the Classic Inca Trail. National Geographic magazine considers it one of the 25 best hiking trails in the world. We have designed a premium Salkantay itinerary that allows you to be the first to reach the Humantay lagoon and the first to reach the Salkantay mountain and contemplate a beautiful sunrise, without the presence of the other 500 people who are daily in Humantay and Salkantay. This itinerary allows you to enjoy a sunset and sunrise in Llactapata, since we sleep in the most beautiful remote viewpoint of Machu Picchu. Most of the agencies offer Llactapata as a waypoint and not as a camping place and the best thing about Llactapata is to spend the night there and contemplate the stars of Machu Picchu at night. On day 1, you will hike to Humantay, an electric turquoise color lake adorned by an imposing white snow backdrop. On day 2, a challenging trek will be undertaken towards the Salkantay mountain pass, which is the highest point of the Salkantay Trek. On the third day, you will have an unforgettable organic coffee experience and camp in front of Machu Picchu; The Llactapata viewpoint is considered the best place to appreciate the sunset in front of one of the 7 wonders of the world. On day 4, you will enter the beginning of the Amazon jungle, hike around thick vegetation, conducive to bird watching and arrive at Machu Picchu town, also called Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night in a 3-star hotel. Finally, on the fifth day, the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will be visited; After a guided tour of 3 hours, you will have the freedom to visit the Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, from where you will be able to obtain incredible 360 degree views of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Do not miss the opportunity to hike the best 5-day itinerary in the Classic Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.
The Salkantay Trek & Inca Trail combines the best of natural and human artistic beauty.The Salkantay Trek is one of the 25 best trails in the world and the Inca Trail is one of the top 5 most beautiful trails on the entire planet. IncaGo Expeditions has prepared the best combined itinerary of two of the best treks to Machu Picchu. On the first day, we visit the blue-green Humantay lake and camp at the foot of the Salkantay glacier. On day two we arrive at the Incachiriaska Pass, the highest point of the Salkantay Trek, from where you can see two blue lagoons and the Salkantay glacier in 360 degrees. On the third day, we will hike through an amazing path surrounded by medicinal bushes and enter the classic Inca trail. During the fourth day, we reach the highest point of the Inca trail and camp at Phuyupatamarca, considered the best place for star and constellation observation; In addition to having a privileged panoramic view of the Machu Picchu mountain. On the fifth day, you enter the cloud forest of Machu Picchu and see the best sections of the original Inca trail and visit the best Inca ruins of the classic Inca trail; In addition to entering Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate and observing the lost city of the Incas at sunset. Finally, on day sixth, after having taken a hot shower and sleeping comfortably in a 3-star hotel, we visit the viewpoints of Machu Picchu, from where postcard photos are taken and a 3-hour guided tour is made showing the most outstanding points of the Inca citadel.