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Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Imperial Trek 10 days in Peru

Salkantay Imperial Trek is truly a hidden gem of Peru; with its Inca and Peruvian style villages; stunning barren landscape and picturesque mountain peaks. The regions holds a centuries old cultures, untouched by the modern world. The trip requires crossing of the one high pass known as the Salkantay Pas at 4,600m; involve long climbs and long descents. Thi trekking in this region is challenging, but it is highly rewarded with the most stunning landscapes, spectacular mountain views and an insightful cultural exposure.

Tour package of Salkantay Imperial Trek; is an exciting adventure that combines trekking in the spectacular foothills of the Salkantay Mountain; with the Amazon Jungle at Puerto Maldonado in Peru. On the trek, we follow trails through high Andean valley, Rocky Mountains and pristine forest to Machu Picchu that affords remarkable views of Salkantay Mountain and Machu Picchu Inca sanctuary.

The Salkantay Imperial Trek brings you to hike the Salkantay trek and explore the Amazon Jungle. The scenery is quite different from most other classic treks to Machu Picchu; because the views are less expansive and more vertical. You’ll find yourself looking almost straight up to see the mountains towering above you. It certainly deserves its reputation; thanks to its history, its great views and the Inca culture.

Salkantay Imperial Trek

Salkantay Imperial Trek offers a fascinating combination of beauty, History and contrasts in scenery, wildlife and cultures— whether you are scanning the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive Jungle Lodge or climbing the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu



TIMING: 10 days and 9 nights.
ENDING POINT: Puerto Maldonado Airport .
DEPARTURE DATES: Daily Departure group service and private service.
TYPE OF TOUR: Adventure, Cultural and History.
TRANSPORT: Bus, trekking, train and airplane.
DIFFICULTY: Does involve some narrow trails, so sturdy footwear is required to help you enjoy it fully.


Ten-day Salkantay Imperial Trek is a wonderful trip that crosses from the Peruvian Andes to the Amazon Jungle. The Salkantay Imperial Trek begins in the mysterious city of Cusco, and then travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you’ll enjoy the local cuisine and explore the Inca ruins of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo; continue to the Salkantay Trek and explore the iconic Machu Picchu. Fly 45 minutes to Puerto Maldonado and explore the Amazon Jungle.

During the Salkantay Imperial Trek we include hotels of 3-strs category located near the main square which gives you easy access to most of tourist facilities like: restaurants, coffee shops and more.

The Salkantay Imperial Trek is an alternative to the Inca Trail and considered by most to be the best alternative route (and maybe even better!). This magnificent trail is perfect for adventurers who wish to become personally integrated in changing ecosystems from one day to the next. You will walk through sweeping, magical landscapes of a snowy mountain paradise to a tropical jungle where you will find a wide range of animals and medicinal plants and flower varieties. Witness with your own eyes a living, but ancient, culture in remote villages hardly ever seen by foreigners!


  • Visit the city of Cusco and the nearby Inca ruins.
  • Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas which includes the Inca ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo and the colourful local market of the town of Pisac.
  • The Salkantay Trek is listed among the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.
  • The Salkantay Trek is definitely one of the best hiking adventures that you will find in Peru.
  • After the Inca Trail the Salkantay Trek is the second most popular trek to Machu Picchu, and a lot less crowded.
  • The hike alongside the magnificent Apu Salkantay and the arrival at the ruins of Machu Picchu is one of the best experiences known to mankind.
  • See natural bridges, snowcapped mountains, cascades, wildlife and cloud forests.
  • Camping with less people to make your own trip and have the best look on these incredible mountains.
  •  Fly one hour from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado and explore the deepest of the Amazon Jungle.

How difficult is the Salkantay Imperial Trek?

Regardless of the Salkantay topography, people of all demographics can complete the Salkantay Imperial Trek. It has received a moderate trip grading thus, you do not need to have previous trekking experience in order to take this trekking route.

As Salkantay landscape consists of hills, Valleys and flat-lands, you will mostly do up-hill and down-hill trekking in relatively flat-lands. Identically, you As a result, this will provide you ample acclimatization time.


The Peruvian Amazon is the area that comprises 60% of the country and is marked by a large degree of biodiversity. Peru has the second largest portion of the Amazon rainforest after the Brazilian festival.

The Peruvian Amazon is traditionally divided into two distinct Eco-regions: The lowland jungle (in Spanish “Selva Baja”) is also known as Omagua region, Walla, Anti-Amazonian rainforest or Amazon basin. This ecoregion is the largest of Peru, standing between 80 and 1,000 meters above sea level. It has very warm weather with an average temperature of 28°C, high relative humidity (over 75%) and yearly rainfall of approximately 260 cm (100 in). Its soils are very heterogeneous, but almost all have river origins, and because of high temperatures and high rainfall they are poor soils with few nutrients.


  • City of Cusco
  • Sacred Valley Tour
  • Guided Salkantay Trail
  • Machu Picchu Tour
  • Amazon Jungle Trip


DAY 1:  Cusco

Arrival to Cusco at any time. Our staff will wait for you in the airport and transfer you to the designated hotel; in the afternoon, free time.

DAY 2: Sacred Valley tour

A full day-tour through the Sacred Valley of the Incas; you’ll visit the local market of Pisac and the Inca ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

DAYS 3-5: Salkantay Trek

We’ll leave at 05.30 a.m the city of Cusco and travel for 3 hours in our private bus to Mollepata village from where we’ll start the trek for 3 days over the mountains and through the cloud forest, the last day we’ll explore the “Lost City of the Incas” – Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, we’ll return to Cusco arriving there in the evening.

Day 6: Machu Picchu

The whole day can be dedicated to explore the stunning Machu Picchu; optionally, you can climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or walk up to the Sungate.

DAY 7: Free day in Cusco

You can explore the city of Cusco or take an extra tour (see with our staff once you arrive to Cusco)

DAYS 8-9: Amazon Jungle

You’ll be transferred to the airport for one-hour flight to Puerto Maldonado and then, you’ll travel by motorized canoe to the lodge from where you’ll start to explore the Amazon Jungle with our local guide.

DAY 10: Return to Cusco or Lima

It’s subject to your itinerary, you’ll return to Cusco or Lima.



DAY 1: Arrival to Cusco

The Salkantay Imperial Trek begins when you arrival to Cusco at any time. Our staff will meet you in the airport and transfer you to the designated hotel. There are no planned activities today for enjoying the city; if you arrive in the morning you probably can do optimally our city tour program which starts at 01:30 p.m and finish at 06:3 0 p.m where you’ll visit the Cathedral, the Qorikancha or the Temple of the Sun of the Incas, the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay.

DAY 2: Sacred Valley Tour: Pisac – Urubamba – Ollantaytambo – Chinchero – Cusco

Salkantay Imperial Trek

Salkantay Imperial Trek in Peru

After breakfast, we’ll take our private bus and travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visit the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (market days only) and the large ruin site of Ollantaytambo that lies adjacent to the town of the same name, then we’ll return to Cusco on the way, we’ll stop at the town of Chinchero to visit the wonderful colonial church; from where will take us 30 minutes to get to Cusco and return to the Hotel.

Pisac is a Peruvian village in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It’s situated at the Willcamayu River. The village is well known every day for its colourful market. Pisac is perhaps best known for its Inca ruins, known as Inca Pisac, which lies atop a hill at the entrance to the valley. The ruins are separated along the ridge into four groups: P’isaqa, Inti Watana, Qalla Q’asa, and Kinchiraqay. Inti Watana group includes the Temple of the Sun, baths, altars, water fountains, a ceremonial platform, and an Inti Watana, a volcanic outcrop carved into a “Hitching Post for the Sun” (or Inti). The angles of its base suggest that it served to define the changes of the seasons. Qalla Q’asa, which is built onto a natural spur and overlooks the valley.

The town and fortress of Ollantaytambo are strategically situated overlooking the beautiful Valley of Urubamba River. This major ruin site is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. It is admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the Inca Fortress and for being one of the few places where the Spaniards lost a major battle during the conquest.

DAYS 3-5: Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Salkantay Imperial Trek

Salkantay Imperial Trek in Peru

At 05:30 a.m, we’ll leave the city of Cusco towards the town of Mollepata where we’ll stop for breakfast and purchase some items for the trek, then we’ll continue one more hour to Soraypampa zone from where we’ll start “Salkantay Trek”. Accompanied by our support staff and horses/mules, the trek will take us by spectacular views (weather permitting of course) of the majestic Salkantay Peak as well the Umantay Peak.

The first trekking-day is the hardest because we’ll reach 4,600 meters above sea level. From here, the views are spectacular towards the mountains of Umantay and Apu Salkantay. Descending from the pass, we will have lunch before continuing on to set up camp near Andenes. The second trekking day begins early again as we’ll continue the trek past the town of Qollpa and through a lush and beautiful scenery, keeping our eyes opened for flora and fauna along the way.

The third trekking day takes us down further into the semi-tropical surroundings and to the second pass of Llactapata from where you see the mountains of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. We will finish the trek in the nearby town of “Aguas Calientes” where we could put our feet up and take a well-deserved rest after the trek. The nearby hot springs which give the town its name are a great option as well to soak any sore muscles. We’ll spend the night in a hotel at “Aguas Calientes” before rising early for the visit to Machu Picchu the next day.

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Andenes

Approximate distance: 18 km
Estimated hiking time: 6 -7 hours
Starting Altitude: 3,800 masl
Finish Altitude: 3,900 masl

Day 2: Andenes to “Playa Sawayaku”

Approximate distance: 17km
Estimated hiking time: 9 hours
Starting Altitude: 3900 masl
Finishing Altitude: 2,200 masl

Day 3: “Playa Sawayaku” to the town of “Aguas  Calientes”

Approximate distance: 13 km
Estimated hiking time: 6 hours and half
Starting Altitude: 2,200 masl
Finishing Altitude: 2,100 masl

Day 6: Machu Picchu Tour – Cusco

Salkantay Imperial Trek

Salkantay Imperial Trek in Peru

After an early breakfast we’ll take the bus at 05:45 a.m to be early at the entrance and take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the early morning light. This is the best time to view the ‘Lost City of the Incas’. The tour guide will explain you about Machu Picchu for 2 or 3 hours after that you’ll have free time to explore alone or optionally you can climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain (extra US$ 30 for the Entrance fee). At noon approximately, you’ll need to return to the town of “Aguas Calientes” to enjoy your lunch. Later in the afternoon, we’ll return by train to Ollantaytambo and will then be transferred by van to Cusco arriving in the evening.

DAY 7: Free day in  Cusco

You can explore the city of Cusco or take an extra tour (see with our staff when you arrive to Cusco).

DAYS 8-9: Amazon Trip – Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Monkey Island – Explore the Amazon Jungle.

Salkantay Imperial Trek

Salkantay Imperial Trek in Peru

After breakfast in the hotel, we’ll head to the airport and fly from Cusco, high in the Andes, to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon jungle; once in Pureto Maldonado, we’ll visit the city and then head to the port and travel by motorized canoe to our lodge located in the bank of the “Madre de Dios “river in the Tambopata Rainforest Area, which holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area. Explore the jungle with experienced local guides based in the Amazon before flying back to Cusco or Lima.

During our Jungle exploration, you’ll have the chance to see bird species typical of the river or forest edge such as Black Skimmers, Pied Lapwings, Capped Herons, Jabiru Storks, Roadside Hawks and several species of kingfishers, swallows, and flycatchers, this area includes habitats ranging from the Andean highlands around the rivers’ headwaters through some of the last remaining intact cloud forests to the lowland rainforests of the Amazon basin.

The area is renowned for its diverse plant and animal populations; and include over 1,300 bird species (including 32 parrot species – 10% of the world’s total), 200 mammal species including 4 species of primates, 90 frog species, 1,200 butterfly species and 10,000 species of higher plants—all protected within the reserve.

The lodge itself combines native architectural style and materials with low-impact eco-friendly technology. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with mosquito netting, flush toilets, showers (no hot water).

DAY 10: Return to Cusco or Lima

It’s subject to your itinerary, you’ll return to Cusco or Lima.



 Expedition class  US$ 1,390
 Vistadome class  US$
 Hiram Bimgham class


  • Student Discount: US$40 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
  • Under 18’s Discount: US$40
Optional Extras:
  • Sleeping Bag US$40
  • Walking Pole US$12
  • Inflatable Mattress US$30
  • Single Tent Supplement US$45
  • Personal Porter to carry extra 7kg of personal items US$120



Private Salkantay Trek                 


  • All necessary things for Salkantay Imperial trek .
  • TRANSPORTATION: transfer in/out airport/hotel/airport, private bus for the Sacred Valley Tour, tourist bus from Cusco to Soraypampa starting point of the Salkantay trek, bus up and down from Machu Picchu to “Aguas Calientes”, tourist train from “Aguas Calientes” to Cusco, transfer to your hotel, round-trip flight tickets from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado (Jungle).
  • ENTRANCE FEE: For the Sacred Valley Tour and Machu Picchu.
  • MEALS: All breakfasts in the hotels, as well the meals in the jungle lodge and delicious meals on the Salkantay Trek ( 3B, 3 L, 3D ).
  • GUIDE & PORTERS: Licensed bilingual tour guide (2 guides over 8 people), porters or horses to carry the camping equipment and your personal items (6kg) in duffel bags that we provide. You must carry your daypack. Local guide for the Amazon Jungle.
  • CAMPING EQUIPMENT: We provide brand new 4 season four people capacity tents for two people, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, seats, tables, tent for the guides, tent for the porters, kitchen gear and backpacks, warm clothes and life insurance for the porters.
  • ACCOMMODATIONS: Room based on double occupancy: 4 nights in Cusco ***Hotel; 3 nights in camping tents, 2 nights at Jungle Lodge.
  • OTHERS: Local guide for permanent assistance, first-aid kit, oxygen bottle.


  • Lunch and dinner while you stay in the city of Cusco and the town of “Aguas Calientes” (Machu Picchu); You must consider a budget from US$20 to US$25 for each meal.
  • Sleeping Bag: Can be rented in our office for US $20 for the entire trek. Airport taxes and tips for the staff.



Experience for Salkantay Trek

The Salkantay Trek is not a forced march and the pace is always slow, the days generally being shorter than a day hike at home.

We do recommend that you embark on a good fitness programme prior to your trip though, and one that builds up general stamina and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a rucksack to train for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, so the best advice is to get out into the hills as often as you can. You are likely to carry about 4 kilos in your day sack so this is a good weight to work with.

If you are going to be using the gym then concentrate on step machines which work on the thigh and calf muscles, and try to build your heart rate up to 50% above resting rate. Any cardiovascular activity is good, but remembers that swimming will not train the correct muscle groups so it must be added to other exercises to be effective. Exercise groups like body pump, Pilates and aerobic are all excellent preparation for a trek like this, especially those which work on core strength, balance and stability.

Support Team

Salkantay Trek Support team

The horses will carry your main bag up to a maximum weight of 7 kgs and cater for all the group needs, including assisting you if you need to go back down the valley. Unless specifically tenting, all accommodation is in tents which are top quality; except the last night will be in a 3-stars category hotel.

We run our Salkantay Trekss from a permanently staffed office in Cusco and our dedicated team provides an excellent service.

All of the guides have been employed for over ten years with us, and they have been trained to our high standards personally by Director and high altitude trekking leaders. They know how to deal with medical emergencies and speak good English. They are very attentive and after so many years have a good understanding of western needs.


If you think all the travel companies are same then it is time you change your concept! Yes, we are different and we don’t just say it, we can prove it! We create, organize and guide all by ourselves! Sunrise Peru Trek has been organizing and guiding travel groups since 1999, and every time we travel, the trips just keep getting better and better! We have been turning the dreams of thousands of our visitors into memories by providing first-class services. We are dedicated to offering our customers the best service and support throughout your journey to Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. With professional and experienced team, there is no better travelling companion than Sunrise Peru Trek Team. Let us enlighten you why we are different!


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Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek