Lovely pic of the encounter of the natural habitants of Machu Picchu with a visitor, a llama and its guest in the Inca Sanctuary.

Private Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

4 Days & 3 Nights
Starting from US$1000 per person
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From 2 People Group Size
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4,215 m / 13,829 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

Inca Trail Private Tour - All Inclusive

Dead Woman’s Pass - Runkurakay - Sayacmarca - Phuyupatamarca - Wiñay Wayna - Sun Gate - Machu Picchu
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4,215 m / 13,829 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

Enjoy an exclusive tour designed according to your preferences: The Private Tour of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the best way to experience the most fantastic trek we have in Peru fully. Although we’ll follow the regular routes as group tours do, you’ll be able to customize your trip according to your needs, preferences, and speed. Walk with an elite team comprised of porters, chefs, and a tour guide just for the people in your group. This trek is ideal for couples, families with children, or a group of friends.

Private Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days  Map Day by Day (4D/3N) Private Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Map
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Additional Items
  • Before You Go
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Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an experience that will truly change your life forever. Over 40,000 km of Inca trails run all over South America to the ends of their far-reaching empire. This four-day hike to the crown jewel of Machu Picchu is considered to be the most iconic trail among all those other thousands of kilometers. Many magazines list this section of the Inca Trail as one of the TOP 5 treks in the world and, most certainly, the most famous trek of all South America. Along the way, you will be astounded by the complexity of these archeological sites in contrast with the striking beauty of the surrounding hills and valleys. This tour is ideal for those hungry for adventure and excitement to walk in our Andean ancestors' footsteps along the sacred route to Machu Picchu.

Along the rest of the route, you’ll be able to observe some truly stunning local flora and fauna, including over 250 types of orchids, 450 species of birds, and perhaps the spectacled bear, who Paddington was based on! You’ll also stop off at other fascinating archaeological sites, which include Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Intipata, Wiñay Wayna, and Inti Punku or Sun Gate.

On the last day, you’ll be entering Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate; something that only those who opt to hike the Inca Trail get the chance to do. Spread your arms as if you were a condor getting ready to take flight across this incredible New Wonder of the World. Explore the ancient Inca citadel with your guide and learn about its history and secrets before spending a few hours by yourself getting to know the place better. Take your time and relax as you soak up the magic of the Incas in this wonderful site before heading back to Cusco.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 01

    Cusco | Piscacucho (KM 82) - Canabamba - Llactapata - Huayllabamba - Ayapata

    • On your first day, your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, in our private transport around 4.30 am and transfer you to Piscacucho - KM 82 , where you’ll start your private Inca Trail!
    • The first day’s hike lasts around 7 hours along streams, ancient Inca sites, and awesome views from the Andes to Ayapata, where we’ll find the first campsite at 3,300 m (10,827 ft).
  • Day 02

    Ayapata | Dead Woman’s Pass - Pacaymayu – Runkurakay Pass – Sayacmarca - Chaquicocha

    • Wake up with a delicious coffee or coca tea and be prepared for the Inca Trail’s most challenging day.
    • Climb to the Dead Woman’s Pass at 4,215 m (13,829 ft) and the Runkurakay pass at 3,950 m (12,959 ft). We’ll find our camp in Chaquicocha, located at 3,600 m (11,811 ft).
  • Day 03

    Chaquicocha | Phuyupatamarca - Intipata - Wiñay Wayna

    • The third day is undoubtedly the most beautiful, with spectacular views of the mountains and different landscapes, visiting more Archaeological sites such as Phuyupatmarca, Intipata, and Wiñay Wayna at 2,650 m (8,694 ft).
    • Explore the magical site of Wiñay Wayna; an impressive Inca complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious and an urban sector, and all close to where our camp will set up that evening.
  • Day 04

    Wiñay Wayna | Sun Gate - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

    • Wake early for breakfast, then start walking the final stretch of the trail to the Sun Gate, and enjoy the breathtaking views of Machu Picchu.
    • You’ll visit the temples and palaces, and then you’ll have time to explore the Inca town on your own.

What's it like


  • Enjoy one of the 20 best treks in the world, as named by National Geographic.
  • Walk along an ancient path and visit incredible archaeological sites that’ll take you back in time.
  • Witness the sheer beauty of the Andes with its towering mountains and luscious, rolling, green hills.
  • Discover the secrets of the Incas along the way and imagine how they lived back then.
  • Spend your nights in the protective arms of Mother Nature in our comfortable campsites.
  • Enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate (Intipunku), a unique experience only for hikers on the Inca Trail.
  • Explore the astounding Inca citadel, Machu Picchu.

Why Travel with us

Day 01

Cusco | Piscacucho (KM 82) - Canabamba - Llactapata - Huayllabamba - Ayapata

Highlight of the day: Explore archaeological sites and take in the stunning Andean landscapes.

The Adventure Begins on the Ancient Paths

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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14 km / 8.7 mi Walking Distance
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14 km / 8.7 mi Walking Time
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2,700 m / 8,858 ft Starting Elevation
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3,300 m / 10,827 ft Highest Elevation
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3,300 m / 10,827 ft Campsite Elevation

Start your adventure early today as we pick you up at 4 am for a quick breakfast in Ollantaytambo before heading on to Piscacucho - KM 82 to start the hike. Today, you’ll be enjoying some spectacular scenery and archaeological sites, including Canabamba and Llactapata. You’ll be able to feel the magic of the Incas accompany you on their ancient trail. Your guide will tell you all about their history and the surrounding region. Spend the night in Ayapata and unwind after your day’s trekking.

Our tour guide and hiking team will pick you up early in the morning from your hotel. If you’re in Cusco, we will stop by you between 4:30 and 5:00 am; if you’re in Urubamba, between 5:30 and 6:00 am, and if you’re in Ollantaytambo, you can sleep a little more because we’ll pick you up between 6:30 and 7:00 am.

You'll board our private transportation that will take you to the place known as Piscacucho, Km 82, the starting point of the hike. There, our cook will have time to prepare the breakfast, while you can organize your backpack and the last necessary things for the trek. Then you’ll meet the entire team that will accompany you on this exciting adventure and will guarantee you some unforgettable memories in the middle of the sacred mountains of Cusco. Please be sure to take your original passport with you to enter the Inca Trail.

Now, we have to go through the checkpoint and start the experience!

The first 2 hours of the path are relatively flat. In this beautiful valley, we'll walk between agricultural fields of potatoes, corn, barley, and others, always in the company of the Sacred river of Urubamba and the imponent glacier of la Veronica.

Then, we will go to Wilkarakay and admire the archaeological site of Llactapata that shows its stone constructions amid three valleys. We will continue for 20 minutes more until we get to Tarayoc, our lunch spot. You’ll be surprised by the delicacies we’ve prepared for you.

We have 3:30 walking hours to arrive at our first campsite located in Ayapata (3,300 m / 10,827 ft). If you need to buy something to eat or drink, or maybe you forgot your camera batteries, don't worry. In this last part, we’ll go through 2 small communities where you can make your purchases. We’ll arrive at the camp at approximately 5:00 pm. Now just relax while sipping a snack or a hot drink. Dinner will be ready at 7:30 pm, and then a deserved night of rest awaits you.

Day 02

Ayapata | Dead Woman’s Pass - Pacaymayu – Runkurakay Pass – Sayacmarca - Chaquicocha

Highlight of the day: Reaching the highest point of the trek at Dead Woman’s Pass and appreciating the view all around you.

The Amazing Views of the Andean Mountain Range

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Challenging Difficulty
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16 km / 9.94 mi Walking Distance
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9 to 10 hours Walking Time
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3,300 m / 10,827 ft Starting Elevation
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4,215 m / 13,829 ft Highest Elevation
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3,600 m / 11,811 ft Campsite Elevation

Today is the most challenging day of trekking as you’ll be walking up to the highest part of the route, Dead Woman’s Pass, at 4,215 masl/13,829 fasl. The hike is about 4 hours uphill, and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views all-around at the top of the towering mountains. After descending, you’ll visit the Runkurakay archaeological site and ascend to the next pass. Enjoy a small ceremony and offering before you visit Sayacmarca ruins. End the day’s hike by watching the sun descend on the final stretch until you reach the campsite at Chaquicocha where you can observe the Andean night’s sky and Inca constellations.

We’ll wake you up very early with a hot coca tea in your tent, which will help you start the day in the best way possible. Today awaits us the longest and most exhausting day of the path. We’ll go uphill for 4 hours to the highest point of the trek, the Dead Woman’s Pass, at 4,215 m / 13,829 ft. Open all your senses and connect your soul with those immense mountains range surrounding you. Feel the spirit of those thousands of ancient Peruvians who walked these roads in complete harmony with nature.

We’ll descend for 1:30 hours to the bottom of the valley, Pacaymayu, our lunch place (remember that here you can refill your water bottles). After enjoying lunch and a rest, we’ll ascend for 45 minutes to the Inca place of Runkurakay. We’ll explore this little Archaeological complex and observe two immense waterfalls on the mountain’s slopes (mainly in the rainy season). Then we´ll continue to the summit for around 45 more minutes to reach the Runkurakay pass. Leave your backpack for a moment, rest, and enjoy the landscapes surrounding you because this is the last section of the Andes in the path. This place is good to make a little ceremony and leave an offering to the mountains and our Mother Earth.

Later, we’ll descend for 1 hour to the Archaeological site of Sayacmarca, located in an almost inaccessible but worth visiting place. We’ll stop here to discover the secrets of this ancient site in the company of our guide. The Incas’ mysteries will be revealed, little by little, as the sun descends and reddens the Vilcabamba mountain range.

There’re only 25 more minutes until we reach our second campsite in Chaquicocha (3,600 m / 11,811 ft). After dinner, we’ll be able to observe the stars and learn a little more about the fascinating constellations in the Andean skies, far away from the cities artificial lighting.

Day 03

Chaquicocha | Phuyupatamarca - Intipata - Wiñay Wayna

Highlight of the day: Transporting back in time at Wiñay Wayna and celebrating with your trekking team.

Travel Back in Time at Inca Paths & Cities

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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9 km / 5.59 mi Walking Distance
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4 to 5 hours Walking Time
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3,600 m / 11,811 ft Starting Elevation
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3,650 m / 11,975 ft Highest Elevation
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2,650 m / 8,694 ft Campsite Elevation

The toughest day is done, and you’ll be rewarded today with beautiful sights. As you walk, the jungle will begin to thicken around you, and you’ll look back to see the Salkantay glacier behind you. Panoramic views of the Vilcabamba mountain range will amaze you. After enjoying scenes of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Urubamba River, you’ll hike to your camp for the night near the Wiñay Wayna archaeological site to have lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the site and then come back for a celebration with your trekking team to thank them for all that they’ve done and to toast your time together. Head to bed early to wake up before sunrise.

After resting in our comfortable tents and enjoying breakfast, we’ll begin our day at 6:30 am. Remember to look to the left side of the valley to see the majestic glacier of Salkantay on the top of the Aobamba Valley. We’ll walk for 1:30 hours to the last summit of the path, Phuyupatamarca (3,650 m / 11,975 ft). From this place, you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, accompanied by significant vegetation, trees, bamboos, and a blanket of clouds that cover the mountains. Then we'll visit the Phuyupatamarca archaeological site, from where we will see the Machu Picchu mountain surrounded by the Urubamba range.

Then, in the middle of the extensive vegetation and bird sounds, we’ll descend for 2:30 hours until Intipata, an amazing agricultural place with big terraces. From where you will have a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Urubamba River, which crosses the Valley like a snake in the middle of great mountains.

Thirty minutes more await us until our campsite near the Wiñay Wayna archaeological site. This complex, whose name means “forever young,” is considered the most impressive of the entire route, not counting Machu Picchu, of course. You are now very close to the lost city of the Incas! We’ll arrive at the camp at approximately 1:00 pm for lunch.

At approximately 4:00 pm, you’ll take a guided visit to the Wiñay Wayna archaeological site. The words from our guide will make this remote place come alive once again. You'll discover water sources, Sacred places dedicated to the natural Deities like Rainbow Temple, and beautiful agricultural platforms. Wiñay Wayna is the perfect place to learn a little more about the impressive history of the Incas. Before the end of the day, we’ll have a small celebration with all the team that has accompanied us: porters and cooks. Remember that they have worked very hard to make you feel comfortable and calm during these hike days. By doing this, we thank them for all their care and affection. Naturally, you can also thank them with some tips. Here we’ll say goodbye to our team of cooks and porters.

After finishing the meeting with our friends, we recommend you go to sleep because we'll start the next day very early. One of the Seven Wonders of the World awaits us, Machu Picchu.

Day 04

Wiñay Wayna | Sun Gate - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Exploring the amazing Machu Picchu and learning all of its secrets.

Enter the Incredible Inca City of Machu Picchu

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Breakfast, Buffet Lunch Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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5 km / 3.11 mi Walking Distance
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2 to 3 hours Walking Time
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2,650 m / 8,694 ft Starting Elevation
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2,720 m / 8,924 ft Highest Elevation
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2,430 m / 7,972 ft Machu Picchu Inca Town Elevation

Finally, the day you’ve been waiting for is here! You’ll need to wake at 3:30 am to reach the Inca citadel before other trekkers. First, you’ll arrive at the exclusive Inca rail entrance to Machu Picchu, the Sun Gate. From here, you can enjoy the first astounding views of the archaeological site. Then, you’ll make your way down to the lost city itself for a 2-hour guided tour of all the important areas. After, you’ll have a few more hours to explore by yourself before heading down to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then catching the train to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private transportation will take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Every effort has its reward. We’ll wake up at 3:30 am so we’ll have enough time to organize our backpack and the necessary to visit Machu Picchu. Then, we’ll provide you breakfast and water for your bottle. At 4:00 am, we’ll go to the checkpoint to be one of the first groups to enter. At 5:30 am We’ll start to walk approximately 1 hour to Sun the Gate (Inti Punku). Get ready because from there, you’ll see this marvel of Inca architecture and engineering for the first time.

Congrats, you made it! You are already in Machu Picchu. Bow down to this holy place that has quietly waited for your visit to change something that’s hidden deep within you. We have 1 more hour of walking to enter the Machu Picchu Inca Town, the Lost City of the Incas. At approximately 8:00 am, we’ll arrive at the last control point and after a deserved rest, we will back to enjoy a 2-hour guided tour.

The intimate connection between human beings and nature is revealed powerfully in Machu Picchu. Immense stones harmoniously linked together form Temples, alleys, houses, and aqueducts still working after five centuries. Machu Picchu was built in an inaccessible place to resist the fierce attack of oppression and oblivion and to remind modern men that only in true communion with Pacha Mama, our Mother Earth, we can fully exist.

After the tour, we’ll give you the bus tickets so you can go to Aguas Calientes. Thus, you’ll have all the time available to explore this sacred Inca city on your own. You will meet with your guide in Aguas Calientes, where you’ll enjoy your last lunch in a local restaurant. Your guide will then give your train tickets (Vistadome Panoramic PeruRain exclusive Service) and the last information to return back to Cusco. You’ll arrive at Ollantaytambo or Poroy train station. There, a representative of Salkantay Trekking will be waiting to take you in our private transport to the door of your hotel.


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, so you don’t miss anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

What Is Included?

High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure Briefing

    You’ll meet your tour guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. There, we’ll provide you with the duffle bags, which our porters will carry. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.

  • Experienced Guide

    All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. We choose them for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploring, and sincere desire to proudly share in our culture and history. He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!

  • Medical Kit - First Aid Kit

    All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers' diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

  • Important Personal Equipment

    All our travelers need a sleeping bag to camp. In addition, inflatable mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are highly recommended. If you do not have them, don’t worry, your Private Inca trail includes them.

  • Camping Equipment

    Salkantay Trekking uses the best equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Every two people will share Eureka Timberline tents or Mountain Hardwear with a capacity for four people. Besides, you’ll have a spacious dining tent where you can enjoy your food without problems.

  • One Duffle Bag

    There, you can carry your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15 lbs (this weight includes your sleeping bag).

  • Sleeping Bag

    Our sleeping bags are effective and durable to protect you from temperatures as low as -18ºC (0ºF). They are mummy-form and include a sleeping liner. The bags are cleaned after every use and have a maximum usage of 30 trips.

  • Trekking Poles with rubber tips
  • Extras included in our service

    We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress, a duffle bag, a cover to protect your backpack on the road, and a rain poncho.

  • Customer Service 24/7

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

  • Satellite phones

    Our main priority will always be the tranquillity of our clients. All of our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains; however, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps you feel more secure. For this reason, each Salkantay Trekking guide has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to call anywhere in the world.


  • Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 3 Dinners

    Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets: vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost, so let us know if you have any particular restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks.

  • Water

    From the first lunch to the last breakfast, Salkantay Trekking will provide you with all the water you need. We will provide boiled water, filtered, and cooled. You need to bring a camel bag or an empty bottle. We recommend a capacity of 2 liters. You’ll be able to fill your bottles during each meal.

  • Wake up tea

    Every morning at the campsite, you’ll be woken up with a cup of coca tea. Our staff will bring the tea to your bed so that you’re warmed from the inside out before you start your day.

  • Tea Time or Happy Hour

    Every afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide you popcorn, biscuits, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won’t have to wait until dinner to relax, warm-up, and enjoy a bite to eat.

  • Snacks on the trail daily

    Every morning we’ll give you snacks so you can enjoy them during the walk. Your tour leader will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, biscuits, chocolate, caramels, etc., at the beginning of each day.

  • One cloth snack bag per person

    To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we will give you a cloth bag for your snacks.

  • Products for hygiene

    You’ll be provided with a small towel and soap before each meal to clean your hands.


  • Private Transport
    • Day 1: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel by private transport to Piscacucho KM 82, the starting point of the trek.
    • Day 4: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • One Way Consettur Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (Day 4)
  • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Day 4)

    PeruRail Vistadome Train Service

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

  • Porters Team

    The Porters (our Kallpa Team) carry all from personal tents, clothing, and sleeping bags to extra dining and kitchen tents, food, water, tables, chairs, and a gas bottle stove.

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Permits and ticket for Inca Trail

    As soon as we receive your complete information and the deposit that secures your reservation, we’ll buy all the necessary permits (subject to availability). These permits are issued for a specific date and will be in your name. They cannot be changed under any circumstances. Change of passport number is only allowed for renewal reasons. In that case, you must bring both your old and new passport.

  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site

What Is Not Included?

  • Dinner in Cusco (Day 4)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff

    Tipping is usual on any excursion to Machu Picchu. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering their hard work. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the horsemen and chefs together.

  • 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.

  Additional Items

Here we leave you with a brief list of extras that you can enjoy during this package.

Huayna Picchu Mountain

Huayna Picchu is the mountain behind Machu Picchu and which can be climbed in 45 minutes. Although this excursion is up to you, our guide will take you to the place of entry. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can assure for you if we have enough time in advance.

Your entry ticket will be purchased to coincide with the dates of your excursion on the Inca Trail. The entry can be done in two shifts: from 7:00 am to 8:00 am or from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. We buy the tickets in the second shift so that our clients can fully enjoy their guided tour of Machu Picchu. Remember, the shifts only indicate the time of entry. You can go up and down Huayna Picchu without haste.

The ticket for Huayna Picchu costs US$ 60.00 per person.

Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu Mountain is another of the mountains that surround the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It offers even more incredible views than Huayna Picchu, but it takes 1.5 hours to reach the top. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can assure for you if we have time in advance.

The excursion entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain is open in two shifts as well, the first from 7:00 am to 8:00 am, and the second from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

The ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain costs US$ 60.00 per person.

  Before You Go

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

Have another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap!

How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Trek?

It is very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek. We do recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you become acclimatized and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.

Suppose you have already been in another area of Peru at a high altitude before arriving in Cusco. In that case, we still recommend you have a whole day in Cusco to rest, recover from your travel, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before departing for the trek.

Here some suggestions for activities to do in the Cusco vicinity before starting your adventure trek:

The Briefing

This meeting will take place the night before the trek’s departure at 5 pm at our office which is located at Triunfo Street 392, Office 212 (second floor). We are 1 block from the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) of Cusco.

Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before your departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Duffle Bag or Canvas Case

You’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm long x 36 cm wide (2 ft x 1 ft).

A maximum of 7 kg / 15 lbs is allowed for each duffel bag, including the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes, and other personal items.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the hike, you can store your main luggage 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 will not 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 all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.


Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.

Cusco is an old city; therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you 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 will take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to your arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes, you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo (or Poroy). 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 will 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 usually 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 excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date.

In case of changes or cancellations, all situations 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

Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our buses, tents, or restaurants. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.


The "Private Inca Trail to Machu Picchu" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.

2022 Land Cost

Group Price: US$ 1000.00 per person

Required Pre-payment: US$ 400.00 per person

Balance (Cusco): US$ 600.00 (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.

Please, after your deposit, send us the transfer number to; only after that, we'll be able to confirm your deposit and reservation.

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

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Salkantay Adventure:

  • Rainbow Mountain:  US$ 100.00  US$ 80.00
  • Sacred Valley:  US$ 60.00  US$ 50.00
  • City Tour:  US$ 30.00 US$ 20.00

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information

Student Discount

US$20.00 off

Student discounts apply to anyone 17-years-old or younger, and we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to

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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!

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Monday - Friday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

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