Inca Trail 7 Days
Inca Trail & Salkantay Trek 7 Days
Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek 7 Days offers a fantastic blend of our top two Cusco treks, Salkantay and Inca Trail. You’ll relish the lush rainforest surroundings and breathtaking vistas of the Salkantay glacier (6200 m/20341 feet), all while encountering ancient Inca ruins during your journey.
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Sap Adventures, our locally-run company, boasts a team of accomplished, well-educated, and enthusiastic head guides who will skillfully lead your Inca Trail 7-day expedition while addressing all your inquiries. Additionally, we have a remarkable crew of porters who will assist in transporting all necessary camping equipment and personal belongings. To top it off, our accomplished chef is dedicated to preparing delectable restaurant-style meals at each camping site, ensuring that you have ample energy to fully savor the breathtaking landscapes offered by the 7-day Inca Trail.
Why should you hike inca trail 7 days with us?
- “At Sap Adventures, we prioritize the well-being and dignity of our porters and horsemen. We ensure they receive fair compensation, comfortable tents with padded bedding, nutritious meals, and proper equipment. Our commitment extends to their health, the welfare of their families, and active involvement in social projects aimed at enhancing their lives.
- We take pride in our reputation as a practical, punctual, and dependable travel company that warmly welcomes both individuals and groups. You can verify our outstanding track record by reading the reviews on TripAdvisor.
- What sets us apart is our prompt salary disbursement to our porters, guides, drivers, and cooks upon completion of their duties. We guarantee exclusive experiences by not combining our Inca Trail 7-day groups with other travel companies. Our focus remains on smaller groups of 2 to 8 participants, distinguishing us from operators catering to larger crowds.
- Sap Adventures is a 100% locally owned travel company, fully licensed as an Inca Trail operator. Our tour guides are committed to continuous professional development, ensuring they stay up-to-date and well-equipped to showcase the incredible wonder that is the Inca Trail.
- To optimize your experience, your return train ticket on day 5 is scheduled for 02:55 pm from Aguas Calientes, allowing you ample rest for any tours you wish to embark on the following day.
- Lastly, we want to assure you that our Inca Trail porters have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and are fully prepared to resume their valuable work with the utmost safety and dedication.”
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Salkantay trek and Inca Trail 7 Days Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Marcocasa
Our journey begins gently, allowing us to ease into the trek. We commence with a visit to the significant Inca site of Tarawasi, a two-hour drive from Cusco. After exploring this historical site, we proceed to Mollepata, where our trek officially starts. Our route differs from most, providing an opportunity to encounter native plants, flowers, and birds, all while enjoying splendid vistas of the valley below.
We spend the night at Marcocasa (elevation: 3500m / 11482ft), where we are treated to breathtaking views of the snow-capped Rayuska peak (elevation: 5350m / 17552 ft). The tranquility of this location, rarely frequented by other campers, allows us to fully appreciate its beauty.
Day 2: Marcocasa – Salkantaypampa
Departing from Marcocasa, we continue along the trail toward Soraypampa, where we merge with the main Salkantay trek route. Today’s trek is relatively manageable in terms of distance covered, offering spectacular views of towering peaks. Upon reaching Soraypampa, we’ll be greeted by the region’s three primary peaks: Humantay (elevation: 5917m / 19412 ft.), Tucurway (elevation: 5910m / 19389 ft.), and Salkantay (elevation: 6217m / 20573ft.).
Our campsite for the night is Salkantaypampa (elevation: 4100m / 13451 ft.), where the high altitude may lead to chilly nights, so it’s advisable to don your hat and gloves before settling in.
Day 3: Salkantaypampa – Pampacawana
Today, we venture off the main trekking route, heading towards the Inca Trail. We proceed up the valley towards Salkantay, taking a side path that leads us over the Incachiriaska Pass (Frozen Inca Pass, elevation: 5028m / 16495 ft.), the highest point of our trek. From the pass, we descend to the small community of Pampacawana (elevation: 4000m / 13123 ft.), where we camp for the night.
The day offers stunning views, especially as we ascend over Salkantay’s shoulder, where the mountain’s immense size becomes apparent, offering a glimpse into why the Incas revered it as a deity. The area is dotted with colorful mountain lakes and wildlife, potentially including Viscachas, White-Tailed Deer, and even rare Andean creatures like Condors, Guanacos, and Vicunas.
Day 4: Pampacawana – Llulluchapampa
Starting from Pampacawana, we descend the valley to meet the Inca Trail at Wayllabamba. Along the way, we pass by our first Inca site of the trek, ‘Paucarcancha.’ At Wayllabamba, we transition from mules carrying our gear to human porters to preserve the Inca Trail.
Our campsite for tonight is Llulluchapampa (elevation: 3800m / 12460ft.), the closest site to Dead Woman’s Pass. As we ascend to Llulluchapampa, we traverse various biozones, including the low sierra, cloud forest, and high puna. There are ample opportunities to observe diverse plant and birdlife, and if fortunate, spot White-Tailed Deer once more.
Day 5: Llulluchapampa – Chaquicocha
Today presents a challenging journey as we cross two passes, although our proximity to the first pass makes it more manageable compared to most Inca Trail trekkers who camp much lower in the valley.
The day rewards us with breathtaking views as we traverse the two passes and visit two Inca sites, Runcuraccay and Sayacmarca. As we enter the cloud forest region, there are opportunities to encounter diverse plant and wildlife. Our campsite for the night, Chaquicocha (elevation: 3600m / 11800ft), offers peaceful surroundings and a magnificent sunset view over distant mountains.
Day 6: Chaquicocha – Winay Wayna
Having successfully crossed two passes the previous day, we now enjoy a more leisurely journey through some of the Inca Trail’s most picturesque scenery. Along the gently undulating terrain known as Inca Flat, we relish the lush, green cloud forest surroundings and captivating vistas of the Andes.
This day includes visits to two Inca sites, Phuyupatamarca and Winay Wayna, making it one of the most impressive stages of the trek. Our campsite for the night is Winay Wayna (elevation: 2680m / 8792ft), where we arrive early afternoon and have the opportunity for an extended guided tour of the site.
Day 7: Winay Wayna – Machu Picchu
After breakfast, we embark on the final leg of our 7-day Salkantay Inca Trail journey, culminating in the discovery of the Lost City of Machu Picchu. Our route takes us to Inti Punku, also known as the “Sun Gate,” offering an inspiring panoramic view of the Machu Picchu citadel. We then descend to Machu Picchu, register, and enjoy a two-hour guided tour of this remarkable sanctuary-city.
Following the tour, we return to Aguas Calientes either by bus or by walking part of the Inca Trail. In Aguas Calientes, we savor lunch and free time to explore the town before taking the train to Ollantaytambo and a bus back to Cusco.
Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek 7 days
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