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Unleash Your Adventurous Spirit: Conquer the Inca Trail and Salkantay + Trek in 7 Thrilling Days!

Inca Trail Salkantay Trek, which means Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail together? Yes, venturing through the two most famous trekking routes in Peru is truly an adventure without equal. A true journey through incredible landscapes that unites the Andes Mountains with the best of the Peruvian high jungle. There are 7 days of trekking with the only objective of getting to know the main tourist attraction of Peru, Machupicchu.

If you are planning to do this incredible trek, in this blog we will explain everything you need to know about the 7 days of Salkantay and Inca Trail: Inca Trail Salkantay Trek .

Salkantay y camino inca

What is Salkantay Trek?

The Salkantay trek is one of the trekking that has the purpose of reaching Machupicchu, it is 75 kilometers/46.6 miles of demanding journey. This typical trek starts very early in the city of Cusco and goes through very typical highland countries. Salkantay offers to the adventurers a route that perfectly mixes two climates, the intense cold of the Peruvian Andes and the hot jungle eyebrow. The most outstanding attractions along the way are the Humantay Lake, Humantay snow-capped mountain, Salkantay pass, Salkantay snow-capped mountain, and above all Machupicchu.

This trekking has different versions from which you can choose:

Inicia de la caminata a Salkantay Trek

What is the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail to Machupicchu is a 43 kilometers/26.7 miles trekking route (4 days) this trekking is of a medium-high demand, the tour is given mainly by trails that were built during the Inca empire in the fifteenth century. Like Salkantay, the main objective of this trail is to get to know Machupicchu. Along the way you can also visit some archaeological sites such as Runkurakay, Sayamarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñaywayna.

Types of Inca Trail

Disfruta de tu viaje camino inca 2 días 1 noche a Machi Picchu

7 days of Salkantay and Inca Trail

Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Salkantaypampa

The trip begins at 5:00 a.m. in the city of Cusco, you will travel by car to the town of Soraypampa to enjoy the first breakfast and start the hike. First we will start with the ascent of approximately 1 hour to the Humantay lake (4,200m./13,779ft.). After the visit to the lake we will continue for approximately 3 hours to reach the first camp in the village of Salkantaypampa (4,100m./13,451ft.).

Second day: Salkantaypampa – Ichupata

This day tends to be a little more hectic than the previous one since we will ascend from Salkantaypampa to the Salkantay pass (4,600m./15,091.86ft.) and observe from there the majesty of the snow-capped mountain. Descending we will arrive at the second camp of Ichupata at 4250m/13,943.57ft.

Day 3: Ichupata – Chiriasca Inca Pass – Inca Canal

This is the last day of the Salkantay trek because this day will be connected directly to the Inca Trail. What stands out more this day is the great scenic beauty, as you will feel so small before the snowy Salkantay that accompanies much of the hike. We will arrive at the pass of Inca Chiriasca (5,028m./16,496ft.) to descend to the small community of Canal Inca (3,800m./12,467ft.) where we will camp for the third time.

Porteadores, personas importantes en el Camino Inca a Machu Picchu

Fourth day: Inca Canal – Wayllabamba

This day begins by walking the first stretch before reaching the first Inca trails and you can also visit the first archaeological sites of the Inca Trail, such as Paucarcancha. The tour ends in the village of Wayllambaba, here the mules are no longer used to carry luggage, here are the porters who help the group to carry the luggage, since mules are prohibited on the Inca Trail.

Fifth day: Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca – Pacasmayo

This day is complicated because we will walk 3 hours of pure ascent until we arrive to the pass of Warmiwañusca (this is the highest pass of the Inca Trail 4 days, it is at 4,200m./13779.53ft.). This place is a strategic point because from here we start to differentiate the different micro climates along the route. We will begin the descent to reach the 5th camp in Pacaymayo.

Sixth day: Pacaymayo – Wiñay Wayna

The penultimate day of the Inca Trail is really incredible because this day you will know more archaeological sites that were of great importance in the Inca period. Among the most outstanding sites are Runcu Raccay, Sayamarca, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñay Wayna. This will be the last camp (2,680m./8,792ft.).

Seventh day: Wiñay Wayna- Machu picchu

If the sixth day is incredible, the last day is magical. Very early in the morning we start the trek to Inti Punku – Puerta del Sol, from this place we have the first panoramic view of Machu Picchu. Two more hours of trekking and finally we arrive to Machupicchu. At the end of the 2 hours tour in Machupicchu, we will take the cars to the town of Aguas Calientes, then we will use the train to return to Cusco.

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Tourist attractions not to be missed during the Inca Trail Salkantay Trek

Humantay Lake

The Humantay Lake is one of the places with a great scenic beauty, is located at 4,200m/13,779ft. at the foot of the snowy of the same name. Its turquoise and light blue color is the perfect mix to be the charm of many people who decide to make the 2 hour trek to see it. The difficulty of the trip is medium, the stretch is a steady climb, if you want you can also rent a horse (only uphill).

Salkantay snow-capped mountain

Located 60 kilometers/37 miles from the city of Cusco, it is the highest mountain in Cusco (6,271m./20574 ft.) and considered a protective Apu. During the Salkantay trekking tour, this snow-capped mountain rises imposingly and accompanies the traveler’s journey. Its incredible ice walls blend perfectly with the green color of the high Andean landscapes.

Warmiwañusca Mountain Pass

This is the highest point of the Inca Trail and is visited on the second day of the journey (4-day Inca Trail), this place allows you to have a panoramic view of the entire Andean mountain range. Its name comes from the Quechua word that in Spanish would be interpreted as “dead woman”. To get there you have to hike uphill, enjoying the mountainous geography.

Apachetas en la Laguna Humantay

Wiñay Wayna

Its name comes from the Quechua word “young mountain”, this archaeological site was built on the slopes of a mountain overlooking the Urubamba River. Among the most outstanding things that can be observed in this place are: The Inca’s house, the tower, the water fountains. You can also find Andean terraces, this site is of great importance during the Inca period.

Inti Punku

Inti Punku or Sun Gate, is one of the most important constructions around Machupicchu. It is located at 2,745m./9,005ft., the Inti Punku is the main entrance to Machupicchu for people who make the Inca Trail. Located southeast of Machupicchu the sun in each summer solstice the sun passes through the gate.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is the tourist destination of all tourists visiting Peru. This amazing construction was discovered to the world in 1911 by the archaeologist explorer Hiram Bingham. From that year on, Machupicchu became a great tourist attraction and also a research attraction due to the great complexity of its construction. Its construction style is classic, among the main constructions are: Intihuatana, Temple of the Sun, and the room of the three windows. Machupicchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary and World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and in 2007 was declared one of the 7 wonders of the modern world.

Nuestros pasajeros disfrutando alegremente de su estadía en Machu Picchu

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the difficulty of the trip?

There are 7 exhausted days of travel and the difficulty is demanding, they are different geographical floors for which you need to be with physical preparation days before your trip. It demands a lot of physical and mental resistance.

2. Can I do this tour on my own?

No, this tour is very important that you do it with a travel agency, since it is totally forbidden to do this trekking on your own.

3. What is the weather like during the trip?

It is very varied, with different temperatures as you travel through different altitudes. In the first part of the trip the weather is cold Andean, in the second part of the trip the weather is a little warmer, but it also depends on the season of the visit.

4. What do I need to bring?

The travel agencies usually include the necessary services for you to enjoy your trip, among the personal things you should bring are:

  • Change of clothes
  • Rain poncho or waterproof jackets
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, repellent
  • Personal cleaning utensils
  • Personal documents
  • Cash money

5. What is the best season for the trip?

The best time to travel is between the months of April – October, since during these months there is no rain.

6. Why are mules prohibited on the Inca Trail?

To avoid the deterioration of the roads and the contamination of the area by the feces of the mules or horses.

7. What things are prohibited on the Inca Trail?

  • Making bonfires
  • Painting graffiti
  • Carrying pets
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages
  • Carrying firearms, sharp-edged weapons, etc.

¿Qué llevar al tour Salkantay Machu Picchu?

Although this tour may seem very tiring and extremely exhausting, it will be worth every day. It is a hike that connects you to nature and to enjoy the sound of the rivers, birds, wind and all the things that surround you. If you want to visit an impressive trip Inkayni Peru Tours is a great option to make your dream come true. We are an agency specialized in organizing trekking trips and more, passionate about our work and with the purpose of creating great experiences for our travelers.

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