Salkantay plus Inca Trek to Machu Picchu - AdventureTripr


Salkantay plus Inca Trek to Machu Picchu

duration: 7 days

difficulty: Strenuous

group size: 8

experience: Beginner


The Salkantay trek is a tougher and more scenic alternative to the Inca Trail trek. However, on this amazing combo trek, you will get to experience the best of both worlds - the natural scenic beauty of the Salkantay route as well as the ruins along the Inca trail. This ultimate itinerary, including Humantay Blue Lagoon, and has been created particularly for those looking for a trek more challenging than just the Inca trail or the Salkantay trek.  


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Raul C

Raul Ccolque, has lived in the Andes all of his life. Since he was 18-years-old he has worked on the Inca Trail on every trek to Macchu Picchu, as both a porter and a tour guide. Born and raised in a small village called Seque Raccay, Ccolque attended a Quechuan speaking elementary and high school. He then went on to Cusco University to further his studies in tourism. Growing up in a small Quechuan village ignited his passion for hiking the surrounding mountains and exploring his heritage.


Day 1: Cusco - Marccoccasa - Sorapampa (Elevation gain of approximately 3,000 feet over 6.8 miles)

On Day 1, your guide, chef, and porters will pick you up from your hotel (must be located in Cusco) at 4:30 a.m., and drive you to the trailhead, Marccoccasa (2.5 hours away). You will go from 9,500 feet to about 12,500 feet elevation at your trailhead.  

At the trailhead you will meet your horseman and horses, and have some time to prepare for the day and enjoy your breakfast. You will experience views of the Andes, lush green valleys, and beautiful waterfalls. Today will be a moderate in difficulty day, but one of the longer days of hiking. There will be a gradual uphill climb lasting about three and a half hours until lunch. After lunch, the hike will be less of an incline and more of a relaxed walk.  

The views along the Salkantay vs Inca Trail change drastically as you go. The trailhead is all green, lush valleys, but in the afternoon, you will be right at the foot of the Humantay snow-capped mountain. You will also experience a temperature drop from warm to cold. Be sure to have your warm jacket, and gloves in your daypack for the cold afternoon. After arriving at the Soyapamapa campsite (12,500 feet), your team will welcome you and provide warm drinks and dinner.  

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On day 1, for 7 days




All meals
Admission fees
Guide fees


Alcoholic beverages
Travel insurance
Personal gear
Luggage transfers
Airport transfer
International flights
Domestic flights
Local guide
Some meals

Do not forget to arrange for the requisite passport, visa and travel insurance, if you are booking an international trip.

We try our best to ensure accurate and up-to-date guide information, but in some cases this may change due to emergencies or other unforeseen guide scheduling challenges. In any case, another highly-rated, certified guide with similar experience would lead your trip and you will be kept informed of any such case.

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* You will receive a full refund minus $100 cancellation fee. For our full cancellation policy, see our Terms & Conditions


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