Tourist seeing a wonderful Inca construction on a tour in Cusco

Cusco Highlights tour 7 Days

7 Days & 6 Nights
Starting from US$795 per person
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Up to 12 People Group Size
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5,100 m / 16,732 ft Max. Altitude
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Easy to Challenging Difficulty

An Unmissable Journey through the Best of Cusco

Cusco City - The Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Humantay Lake - Salkantay Pass - Rainbow Mountain
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Sky Camp & Hotels Accommodation
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Up to 12 People Group Size
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5,100 m / 16,732 ft Max. Altitude
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Easy to Challenging Difficulty

Do you want to explore Cusco’s most iconic sites and best hiking adventures? If your answer is yes, this epic 7-day journey combines the best of both worlds. This trip will take you through Cusco’s impressive monuments, from its cobblestone streets to the emblematic Sacred Valley and to the legendary City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

And the real adventure starts when you take the exciting trek to the Humantay Lake, the spectacular Salkantay Mountain, and a stargazing night in our Sky Camp. Finish with a day trip to the famous Rainbow Mountain to round it all. Don’t miss out on this unmissable trip.

Journey to the unmissable Cusco Traditions and Adventure 7 Days Map The all in one unmissable journey of Cusco highlights 7 Days Map
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  Overview

Your adventure begins in the city of Cusco, exploring its most incredible monuments and archaeological sites: the Qoricancha Temple, the Cathedral, and the amazing Saqsayhuaman. This will be a great opportunity to immerse in the city's heritage and history as you take it easy and prepare for the following days.

On day 2, you’ll spend a day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting its iconic sites of Chinchero, Moray, Maras Salt Mines, and Ollantaytambo, trendy destinations in Peru. From there, you’ll travel by train across the rolling hills of the valley to the legendary citadel of Machu Picchu. Here, you’ll have a complete guided tour, learning all about the origins of this sacred place and admiring its imposing Inca architecture.

Once you’ve adjusted to the altitude of the Andes, you’ll be ready for the famous 2-day Salkantay Trek, which will take you to Humantay Lake and the imposing snow-capped Salkantay Mountain. You’ll also spend a night at our exclusive Sky Camp, enjoying a delectable dinner and a stargazing sleep in an igloo. Finally, you’ll embark on a trip to the famous Rainbow Mountain, with breathtaking views of the highest mountain in Cusco, the Ausangate. A memorable trip that is sure to stir your heart away!

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 01

    Explore the City of Cusco

    Arrive in the imperial Cusco in the morning and rest in your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the city’s most important sites and discover the incredible history and heritage.

  • Day 02

    Cusco - Chinchero - Moray - Maras Salt Mines - Urubamba - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

    Leave for Chinchero and to the agricultural laboratory of Moray. Later, explore the blazing pools of Maras Salt Mines and enjoy a tasty lunch in the Sacred Valley. Finally, visit Ollantaytambo and board the train to Aguas Calientes.

  • Day 03

    Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

    Wake up early for Machu Picchu and enjoy a complete guided tour of the Citadel. Have a leisurely lunch in Aguas Calientes before boarding the train to Ollantaytambo and returning to Cusco on our transport.

  • Day 04

    Cusco - Challacancha - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Sky Camp

    Travel to Challacancha and start hiking to Soraypampa. Hike up to Humantay Lake in the afternoon and spend the night in our exclusive Sky Camp.

  • Day 05

    Soraypampa - Salkantaypampa - Salkantay Pass - Soraypampa - Cusco

    This morning, climb to the Salkantay Pass along the Trail of the 7 Snakes. Enjoy the stunning views before lunch and return to Cusco for the night.

  • Day 06

    Cusco - Llacto - Rainbow Mountain of Vinicunca

    Set off early for an epic day hike to Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca. Explore the site at your pace and enjoy lunch before returning to Cusco in the afternoon.

  • Day 07

    Depart Cusco or continue your adventure

    Farewell with a transfer to Cusco airport or bus station. Or continue exploring amazing Cusco with our vast list of activities.

What's it like

Highlights

  • Explore the most important sites of Cusco in a City Tour: Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Qoricancha, and Qenqo, and its incredible cobblestone streets.
  • Go on an outdoor tour in the Sacred Valley and learn about the fascinating Andean culture and the Incas' architecture.
  • Travel by train through green farmlands along the Vilcanota River to the majestic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and explore it with a guide.
  • Admire the magical Humantay Lake and Salkantay Mountain on a 2-day challenging trek.
  • Spend a night in our exclusive Sky Camp and contemplate the stars and the beautiful mountain scenery.
  • Witness Rainbow Mountain’s hypnotic colors on the last day of this incredible adventure.

Why Travel with us

  Itinerary
Day 01

Explore the City of Cusco

Highlight of the day: Learn all about the ancient Inca culture and observe their incredible craftsmanship.

Touch Down in Cusco City and Explore the Sites

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5 Hours Walking Time
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3,400 m / 11,155 ft Starting Elevation
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Hotel in Cusco Accommodation

Arrive in the imperial city of Cusco, We will take you to your hotel to freshen up and settle in before a half-day city tour. This tour is very relaxed, and you won't have to exert too much on the first day. It is the perfect way to acclimatize to the altitude.

On the tour, you will visit some of the city's most important sites and monuments and learn all about its history. You've probably heard that Cusco was the home of the Incas, but there were also many cultures before them, since 1,000 BC, to be exact. The attractions you will visit on your tour of the city are:

  • The Cusco Cathedral
  • Qoricancha Temple and Santo Domingo Convent
  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Q’enqo
  • Puka Pukara
  • Tambomachay

Welcome to the Imperial City of Cusco, also known as the cultural capital of Peru. Upon arrival, you will be taken to your hotel to drop off your luggage and freshen up. This first day is to relax, so you’ll have enough time to rest before finding a place to have lunch. After lunch, we will take you on a half-day tour of this impressive city to acclimatize to the altitude (3,400 m.a.s.l.).

An unforgettable experience awaits you as you know the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas. People have lived in Cusco since approximately 1,000 BC and consider it the center of the regional culture known as Qosqo. It has played a significant role in all the civilizations that have lived in the area throughout history, starting with the native peoples of Peru, long before the Incas, with whom we usually associate the region today.

On this half-day city tour, you will learn much more about the history of Cusco and see some of the most important landmarks and archaeological sites.

The attractions on the tour include

The Cathedral of Cusco: One of the most emblematic places in Cusco is the Cathedral, located in the main square and has incredible artistic value. It is a colonial monument built over the Inca Palace of Wiracocha. Inside the Cathedral, you will find many carved, detailed, and refined wooden works: the choir, the pulpit, and the altars. There are also many beautiful paintings from the Cusco School of Art and impressive pieces of embossed silver.

Qoricancha Temple and Convent of Santo Domingo: This religious center was important to the Incas and was built to worship the sun, the deity par excellence for the ancient civilization. Inside, you will find smaller temples dedicated to various celestial bodies: the sun, the moon, and the stars. Outside, you will see beautiful gardens and royal fountains. What is most striking is the combination of extraordinary Inca and Spanish colonial architecture. More pieces from the Cusco School of Art are also on display.

Sacsayhuaman: 2 km from the city center, you will find this impressive site built with huge carved rocks that come together harmoniously. You will see that three superimposed platforms have an average length of 360 meters. Some stones rise over 9 meters high. Take some time to walk around and appreciate the fantastic architecture while enjoying the most spectacular view of Cusco and the surrounding mountainous landscape.

Q'enqo: 1.4 km from Sacsayhuaman is the Inca ceremonial center of Q'enqo. The most outstanding feature of this complex is an open space known as an amphitheater. Hundreds of years ago, Inca mummies would have been found in the various niches surrounding the site. Today, the amphitheater is only half its original height.

Puka Pukara: The name of this site means "red fort" due to the reddish tint that is the result of a large amount of iron in the rocks. Many believe it was an old warehouse (Tambo) that served as a place of rest and surveillance to protect Tambomachay. In this complex, you can appreciate impressive architecture, fountains, aqueducts, and several Inca enclosures.

Tambomachay: The last stop of the City Tour is this fascinating complex, where you can see finely carved stones, fountains, and aqueducts to transport water from nearby springs and hot springs. For this reason, Tambomachay is associated with the cult of water. In front of this construction, there is a tower that is believed to have served as a watchtower and communication tower.

Day 02

Cusco - Chinchero - Moray - Maras Salt Mines - Urubamba - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

Highlight of the day: Explore fascinating archaeological sites.

Epic day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Breakfast, Buffet Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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11-12 Hours Walking Time
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Hotel in Aguas Calientes Accommodation

Today, we will leave Cusco early in the morning and head to the Sacred Valley. You’ll start with Chinchero to learn about its textile art and visit a local craft center. Then, we will continue to the impressive agricultural laboratory of Moray. Next, we will head to the salt mines of Maras, where you will find more than 3,000 salt pools flooded with water from inside the earth. At noon, we will go to Urubamba for a delicious lunch and continue to visit Ollantaytambo Inca Town. Finally, you’ll board the train to Aguas Calientes for dinner and overnight in a hotel.

We will pick you up early from your hotel and head to the Sacred Valley. Our first stop is Chinchero, a beautiful place known not only for its breathtaking scenery but also for the quality of its textile art. Here, we will visit a local craft center, where we will learn about the leading textile techniques preserved from generation to generation.

We will continue appreciating diverse cultivated fields, small traditional communities, and substantial snow-capped peaks. We’ll arrive in Moray for a visit to its spectacular circular terraces. Studies have proven that Moray functioned as an agricultural laboratory where food from other altitudes and climatic regions was produced. Afterward, we will go to the salt mines of Maras, a place functioning since pre-Inca times. There, you will find more than 3,000 salt pools flooded daily with water coming from the underground.

At noon, we will head to Urubamba for a well-deserved lunch and continue through the Sacred Valley until we reach Ollantaytambo. This picturesque and charming place is considered the last Inca city, with many of its cobblestoned streets still kept intact today.

Once you’ve finished exploring this town, you will head to Ollantaytambo station and begin your train ride through the mountains and along agricultural fields. It will be an hour and forty-five minutes trip along the mighty Vilcanota River, one of the affluents of the Amazon River. Finally, we will arrive in Aguas Calientes, an intense miniature metropolis, where we will have dinner and spend the night in a comfortable hotel.

Day 03

Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Walking the ancient city and Wonder of Machu Picchu.

Discover the best-kept secrets of Machu Picchu

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Breakfast Meals
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Easy Difficulty
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2-3 hours exploring Machu Picchu Activity Duration
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2,430 m / 7,972 ft Machu Picchu Site Elevation
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Moderate to Challenging Optional Activities (Difficulty - Duration)
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3,000 m / 9,843 ft (3-4 hours) Machu Picchu Mountain Elevation
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2,720 m / 8,924 ft (2 hours) Huayna Picchu Mountain Elevation
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Wake up early for a good breakfast before boarding the bus to Machu Picchu. We will avoid the large crowds of tourists and go inside. You will watch the sunrise over the fantastic site and then have a guided tour of approximately two hours to all the most important sites. You can then tour one of the additional mountains if you have booked your tickets in advance. Around noon, you’ll descend by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes.

In town, you will enjoy a delicious lunch at a restaurant, then head to the train station and board the Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private transportation will take you back to your accommodation in Cusco.

Today, you will wake up early at 5:00 a.m. for a filling breakfast. This is the only way to board one of the first buses leaving for Machu Picchu, avoid the crowds of tourists, and enjoy the complex peacefully while the sun rises and casts on its enormous stones.

Once at the Inca citadel, it’s important to show your passport; it’s your ticket to access the Wonder. Before you go on the tour, we will take some time to feel the powerful energy of this fantastic archaeological site. Happiness will flood you as you observe how the golden sunlight gradually covers every corner of Machu Picchu.

The guided tour will take approximately 2 hours walking through the most essential parts, including observatories, temples, alleys, and amazing terraces. Our expert guide will explain life in this city hundreds of years ago. It’s also a great place to learn about the local flora and fauna, including rarely-seen species like the famous spectacled bear and the vizcacha. Machu Picchu holds the title of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, so it won’t fail to impress you all day.

If you have booked tickets for Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, it's time to go hiking! They’ll offer spectacular views only a few can have. Next, you will return to Aguas Calientes by bus.

Back at Aguas Calientes, you’ll be free for lunch before taking the panoramic Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo. There, our transport will take you to Cusco and drop you off at the door of your accommodation. Your arrival time will depend on the time of your train ticket.

Day 04

Cusco - Challacancha - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Sky Camp

Highlight of the day: Reaching Humantay Lake and enjoying the drastic color contrast of white snow and turquoise.

Hike to the Turquoise Jewel in the Andean Mountains

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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12 km / 7.5 miles Walking Distance
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5-6 hours Walking Time
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4,200 m / 13,780 ft Humantay Lake Elevation
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3,900 m / 12,795 ft Campsite Elevation
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We’ll pick you up from your accommodation and head to Mollepata for breakfast before continuing to Challacancha. From there, we will spend the morning hiking to our exclusive Sky Camp located in Soraypampa, where you will have lunch and settle in before continuing with the tour.

In the afternoon, we will hike to the most turquoise and beautiful lagoon with a white and snowy background, the Humantay Lake. Before returning to Soraypampa for dinner, you will spend some time at the summit and capture some wonderful photos, gaze at the stars, and get some rest. In the evening, you will sleep in your Sky Camp.

Early today morning, your exciting 2-day adventure begins with a pick-up and transfer from your accommodation in Cusco. The first stop of the day will be in Mollepata for a nutritious breakfast. Then, we will continue driving until we reach Challacancha, the starting point of the trek.

From here, we will begin the hike to Soraypampa, admiring the unique scenery until we reach our campsite. This first stretch is not very challenging and will help you adapt to the altitude. You will walk along a small Inca canal most of the way, where you can contemplate the beautiful Andes and sheer Mollepata Valley.

We will arrive at our Sky Camp in front of the majestic and snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Humantay There, the chef will be waiting for us with an exquisite lunch. Afterward, you will have some time to rest in your igloo or walk around the site before preparing for our afternoon hike.

Then, you will ascend to the Humantay Lake (4,200 m / 13,780 ft). Once you reach the top, you will need to take it easy due to the altitude. Here, you will have time to enjoy the beautiful view of the lagoon that sparkles like a jewel amidst the white background of the snow-capped mountain.

Later, you will return to our Sky Camp to enjoy a nice dinner and contemplate the stars. Your guide will tell you all about Inca astronomy. When you go to bed, you can look out the roof of your igloo and let the constellations lull you to sleep.

Day 05

Soraypampa - Salkantaypampa - Salkantay Pass - Soraypampa - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Arrive at the Salkantay Pass and contemplate the incredible mountain scenery.

Beat The Trail of the Seven Snakes

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Breakfast and lunch Meals
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty
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14 km / 8.7 miles Walking Distance
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7 hours Walking Time
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4,630 m / 15,190 ft Salkantay Pass Elevation

Get up early to have a nutritious breakfast before starting the trek along the 7 Snakes Trail to the Salkantay pass. Once you reach the top, you will have plenty of time to rest and enjoy the fantastic views of the snow-capped mountain peaks, including Salkantay Mountain. Then, you will descend to the lunch spot.

After lunch, you will continue to Sky Camp and hike for another half hour to board your private transport. Enjoy the last panoramic views from the window as we take you back to your accommodation in Cusco.

Today is the toughest day as you’ll reach the highest point of the trip, the Salkantay Pass. You will encounter beautiful landscapes surrounded by impressive mountains. After breakfast, you’ll gradually ascend to Salkantaypampa and traverse the challenging trail known as "The 7 Snakes Trail". You’ll reach the impressive Salkantay pass (4,630 m / 15,190 ft). around 10 a.m., where you’ll spend some time taking memorable photos and enjoying the fantastic scenery.

After contemplating the view of the snow-capped mountains and feeling the force of nature, we will pass through rocky landscapes and begin our descent until we reach our lunch spot in Soraypampa. You’ll be treated to a filling lunch prepared by our chef and have a view of the great forest of snow-covered stones in the distance. All your efforts will be greatly rewarded with incredible scenery all around.

Once we arrive at Sky Camp, we will have a break to drink water or eat some snacks before we embark on the final stretch for half an hour to board the transport. Throughout this last part of the trip, you will have plenty of opportunities to take great pictures of valleys, mountains, rivers, and farmland. Finally, we will arrive in Cusco and drop you off at your accommodation for a well-deserved rest.

Day 06

Cusco - Llacto - Rainbow Mountain of Vinicunca

Highlight of the day: Arrive at the spectacular Rainbow Mountain and enjoy the amazing panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

Hike to the Rainbow Mountain

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Breakfast and Lunch Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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7 km / 4.4 miles Walking Distance
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2-3 hours Walking Time
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4,630 m / 15,190 ft Starting Elevation
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5,100 m / 16,732 ft Highest Elevation
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We will pick you up early to begin our adventure. On the way, we will stop for breakfast and get the energy we need. Afterward, we will continue the journey to the start of our hike. We will drive for an hour and a half through beautiful landscapes and observe the unique Andean wildlife as we make our way along the challenging trail to the Rainbow Mountain (Colored Mountain). Once there, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the 360° view and take memorable photos.

Later, we will descend for an hour until we reach the starting point of the hike, from where our transportation will take us to a restaurant for lunch and then return to the city of Cusco. End the day when we drop you off at your accommodation and take a relaxing break after an incredible adventure.

Your last adventure begins at 4:00 a.m. We will pick you up in our transportation and drive to Cusco's South Valley for three hours. Despite the early start, you will have the opportunity to sleep a little longer on the way.

Along the way, we will observe picturesque Andean villages, Inca-era agricultural terraces, fertile valleys, and beautiful mountain gorges. We will stop to appreciate the herds of llamas and alpacas before enjoying a tasty breakfast that will give you the boost to start the trek.

We will continue our journey until we reach the starting point of the trek, Llacto; from there, we will follow a winding path in the middle of the Andean mountains. As we ascend, you will be rewarded with the breathtaking view of Ausangate Mountain (6,372 m / 20,905 ft). This remote region is home to many people, and you will have the opportunity to be amazed to see the traditional clothing they wear and make, thanks to the artistic textile talents inherited from their ancestors.

After an hour and a half hike, we will arrive at Rainbow Mountain (5,100 m / 16,732 ft). Take your time to admire the astonishing beauty of this impressive natural formation and feel the thrill of witnessing a unique natural site. You will also see the imposing Ausangate Mountain at the distance, considered an Andean deity. You will explore the surroundings and admire the breathtaking scenery while the guide explains the theories about the origin of this mountain that looks taken out of a dream.

Take some amazing pictures or simply immerse yourself in the scenery. We will spend about 30 minutes to an hour at the top, depending on your pace and the weather conditions. If you want to stay longer, let your expert guide know.

It will take us another hour to start the hike; from this point, we will board our transportation to the restaurant in Quiquijana, where we will enjoy a buffet lunch. Then, we will continue back to Cusco. We will leave you at the door of your accommodation to rest after an incredible day.

Day 07

Depart Cusco or continue your adventure

Highlight of the day:

Say goodbye to Imperial Cusco

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It's time to bid farewell, but keep the best memories of this trip. At the most convenient time, we will take you to the airport or bus station.

Or continue exploring the countless activities Cusco has to offer. There is so much to see, and we are here to plan your perfect vacation. Feel free to consult our specialists for more details.

It's time to bid farewell, but keep the best memories of this trip. At the most convenient time, we will take you to the airport or bus station.

Or continue exploring the countless activities Cusco has to offer. There is so much to see, and we are here to plan your perfect vacation. Feel free to consult our specialists for more details.

  Inclusions

At Salkantay Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details to avoid missing anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

What Is Included?

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entry to Humantay Lake and Salkantay Trek
  • Entry to the Rainbow Mountain
  • Entry to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site

High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure Briefing - The day before the trip, at 5:00 pm you will meet your trekking guide.

  • All Tours and Activities according to the itinerary
  • Experienced Tour Guide - All our guides have professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness and passion, which will make your trip safe and comfortable.

    Our official tour guides speak English and Spanish and are professionally trained and certified. We choose them for their experience, responsibility, unbridled passion for exploring, and pride in sharing our culture and history. In every experience, they will keep you safe and comfortable so you can enjoy your time worry-free!

  • Sleeping Bag (Day 4)
  • Medical Kit or First AID Kit

    All Salkantay Trekking guides have specialized first aid training and attend mandatory training sessions every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit and oxygen to handle basic emergencies (altitude sickness, diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.). If needed, we will evacuate you from the trail as quickly as possible and ensure you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

  • Extras Included in our Service - You’ll receive a cover to protect your backpack on the road and a rain poncho.

    We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. For the Salkantay Trek and the Rainbow Mountain, you’ll receive a pair of trekking poles and a rain poncho.

  • 24/7 Customer Service

    We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication and preparation with the agency leading up to your tour.

Accommodation

  • Accommodation in our exclusive Sky Camp (Day 4)

    You will spend 1 night at our Sky Camp located in front of the impressive Humantay and Salkantay mountains. From your glass-toped igloo, you will be able to sleep calmly under a deep and clear sky with exceptional views of the constellations.

  • Hotel in Cusco (Day 1, 3, 5, and 6)

    4 Nights in a hotel in Cusco.

  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Day 2)

    1 night in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes that includes luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu.

Meals

  • 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 2 Dinners
    • Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel in Cusco, Buffet Lunch in the Sacred Valley, and Dinner in Aguas Calientes.
    • Day 3: Breakfast at the hotel in Aguas Calientes.
    • Day 4: Breakfast in Mollepata. At our Sky Camp, you’ll enjoy lunch and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks, served on the spot by our expert cooks and staff. (Vegetarian and vegan options are available at no cost.)
    • Day 5: Breakfast and Lunch at our Sky Camp
    • Day 6: Breakfast and Lunch in the Rainbow Mountain Trek
    • Day 7: Breakfast at your hotel in Cusco
  • Water (Days 4,5,6)
    • For Salkantay: A good supply of boiled, filtered, and cooled water. Please bring a camel bag or an empty bottle (2 liters recommended) which you can refill during each meal.
    • For Rainbow Mountain: A water bottle
  • Wake up tea (Day 5)

    You'll wake up at the Sky Camp with a cup of hot coca tea! It'll be brought to your igloo so you can warm up before you start the day.

  • Snacks (Day 4,5,6)

    For the hikes, we'll provide you with snacks of local fruits, cookies, chocolate, caramels, etc., to enjoy during the walk. To avoid the use of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, you'll receive a cloth bag.

Transportation

  • Transfers
    • Day 1: A representative of Salkantay Trekking will be waiting for you at the Cusco Airport to take you to your hotel.
    • Day 7: Private transfer from your hotel in Cusco to the Airport or Bus Station.
  • Train Tickets
    • Day 2: From Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (Expedition Train)
    • Day 3: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Vistadome Train)

    The PeruRail Vistadome Train Service offers a unique and different way to travel to Machu Picchu. Each one of its cars features panoramic windows, enabling you to feel part of the surroundings. The Vistadome approaches you to the amazing landscapes and nature on the route, creating a real connection.

  • Round-Trip Bus Transport Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu (Day 3)

What Is Not Included?

  • Cusco Tourist Ticket

    This ticket is necessary and allows you admission to many of the most popular attractions in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, including archaeological sites and museums.

    • From PEN 70.00 (US$ 20.00) to PEN 150.00 (US$ 45.00) per person.
  • Cusco’s Cathedral Entrance Ticket
    • Adult: PEN 40.00 (US$ 12.00)
    • Students and Children (11-17): PEN 25.00 (US$ 8.00)
    • Children (under 10): Free
  • Qoricancha Entrance Ticket
    • Adult: PEN 20.00 (US$ 6.00)
    • Students and Children (11-17): PEN 8.00 (US$ 3.00)
    • Children (under 10): Free
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain - If you want to visit this famous mountain it has an extra cost of US$ 60.00 per person (remember to book at least one month in advance).

    You can climb the famous mountain you always see in the photos behind the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It’s 45 minutes uphill, and coming back down can be scary if you fear heights. You can take this excursion once your guided tour to Machu Picchu ends. The permit must be issued at least one month in advance due to high demand. Consider that there could be changes to protect your integrity, mainly due to weather conditions.

    • The ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 60.00 per person.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain- If you want to visit this famous mountain it has an extra cost of US$ 60.00 per person (remember to book at least one month in advance).

    Machu Picchu Mountain is another of the mountains that surround the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It offers less steep, wider, and visually less frightening trails than Huayna Picchu, and it takes 1.5 hours to reach the top. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can secure for you if we have time in advance.

    • The ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 60.00 per person.
  • Meals and Drinks not Indicated
  • Personal Hiking Gear
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff

    Tipping is usual on any excursion to Peru. Although we pay good salaries to our team, something extra is always welcome.

  • Additional costs or delays beyond our control

    Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemia, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.

  Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as carefree as possible. In this section, you’ll find the answers to all the questions you have about traveling with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

Briefing or Informative Meeting

All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Salkantay Trekking office.

Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco)

If you still have a pending balance, you must pay it 2 days before your hike/tour. Otherwise, your trip reservation will not be confirmed.

If possible, it would be greatly appreciated if you could settle the remaining balance for the trek/tour in cash, either in US dollars or the local currency, at our office in Cusco. You can withdraw funds from various ATMs located along Avenida Sol, offering both US dollars and Peruvian Soles. Alternatively, you have the option to pay using a credit/debit card or PAYPAL, either online or in person, but please note that a 5% service charge will be applied by our payment gateway (Niubiz) and PAYPAL. We regret to inform you that we are unable to accept bank checks or traveler's checks as forms of payment for the balance.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it with us on the briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you won’t need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags; put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests

Please note:

  • All pickups are within Cusco City, but we recommend booking a hotel in the historic center for its convenient location.
  • Our guide or staff will confirm the pickup time the day before the tour.
  • Due to traffic conditions, the pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes.
  • Cusco is an old city and has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs are located on streets without car access or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. For such reasons, we strongly advise you to book accommodation with good access.

Return to Cusco

Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!

  • In Machu Picchu, you’ll board a bus that’ll take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes, you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo. Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 1:45 hours.
  • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Salkantay Trekking clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Cusco or directly to your hotel. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Cusco takes 1:30 hours.
  • In Cusco, depending on your hotel’s location, we’ll take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route.

It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date.

Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

Por favor, presta atención al lugar donde dejas tus cosas y recuerda recogerlo todo cada vez que salgas de un lugar o transporte. Tú eres el único responsable de tus cosas durante el tour.

  Packing List

WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING?

ESSENTIAL

Valid Passport
Valid Passport
Extra money (recommended soles)
Extra money (recommended soles)
Personal medication
Personal medication
Water bottle or CamelBak
Water bottle or CamelBak
Sunblock: factor 70 or more
Sunblock: factor 70 or more
Insect repellent
Insect repellent
Personal Care Products
Personal Care Products

CLOTHING

Hiking boots or shoes (preferably waterproof)
Hiking boots or shoes (preferably waterproof)
Light footwear or sandals
Light footwear or sandals
Trekking pants (*)
Trekking pants (*)
Trekking socks
Trekking socks
Pair of thermal pants
Pair of thermal pants
Shorts
Shorts
Long sleeve t-shirts
Long sleeve t-shirts
Warm jacket
Warm jacket
Waterproof jacket
Waterproof jacket
Raincoat or rain poncho
Raincoat or rain poncho
Waterproof or wool gloves
Waterproof or wool gloves
Sun hat to protect neck and face
Sun hat to protect neck and face
Wool hat for the cold
Wool hat for the cold
Neck gaiter or buff
Neck gaiter or buff
Sunglasses with UV protection
Sunglasses with UV protection

EQUIPMENT

Sleeping bag (-15°C)
Sleeping bag (-15°C)
Trekking poles
Trekking poles
Medium trekking backpack (15 - 25 liter)
Medium trekking backpack (15 - 25 liter)

RECOMMENDED

Camera and charger
Camera and charger
Power bank
Power bank
Snacks: Energy bars, chocolate, candies, dried fruits, etc.
Snacks: Energy bars, chocolate, candies, dried fruits, etc.
Bathing suit
Bathing suit
Towel
Towel
Flashlight
Flashlight
  Pricing

"Cusco Highlights tour 7 Days" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We don’t operate this itinerary in February because of the rainy season & maintenance of the route.

2024 Land Cost

Group Price: US$ 795.00 per person.

Required Pre-payment: US$ 400.00 per person.

Balance (Cusco): US$ 395.00 (Commonly paid in Cusco after the briefing).

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 5%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of its service. This tax is just for online deposits so that you will pay the remaining in cash (the briefing day in Cusco) without charges.

Hotel

All the related tours to Machu Picchu end in or before Aguas Calientes, so you’ll spend the night in the village in a 2 to 3 star hotel (shared room within a double, matrimonial, or triple occupancy room). If you’d like to upgrade your hotel or prefer a single room, please consider that there will be an additional cost.

Extras & Upgrades

There are complementary services and upgrades you can include in this trip.

  • Huayna Picchu:  US$ 60.00
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:  US$ 60.00
  • Huchuy Picchu Mountain:  US$ 45.00
  • Single Supplement (Hotel at Aguas Calientes):  US$ 30.00
  • Extra Night at Aguas Calientes:  US$ 50.00
  • Vistadome Train (Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo):  US$ 70.00

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Peru Adventure.

  • Rainbow Mountain:  US$ 100.00  US$ 80.00
  • Sacred Valley:  US$ 100.00  US$ 80.00
  • City Tour:  US$ 50.00 US$ 40.00

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed, we guarantee the price won’t increase, whatever the circumstances. So please, before booking, ensure you’ve read all our important tour information.

Student Discount

US$20.00 off

Student discounts apply to anyone 17 years old or younger. To receive the discount, we require a copy or clear photo of the passport at the time of booking. It must be valid and not expire within the travel dates. Please send it to info@salkantaytrekking.com.

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Trip Details

Cusco Highlights Tour 7D
14 years and above
Below 14 years
7 + 3 =

Remember |  One of our Travel Experts will contact you soon to confirm the availability of the trip you chose, give you more information, and/or provide you alternative options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 958 191 179 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.

Note |  Due to the rainy season and trail maintenance, we don't offer this trek during the whole month of february. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service!

Feel free to reach us via email at info@salkantaytrekking.com or by calling us directly at (+51) 958 191 179

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