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    Tierras Vivas Travel > Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail

    If your goal is Machu Picchu and you want to achieve it by hiking, but you cannot decide whether to trek the famous Inca Trail or the adventurous Salkantay Trek, now you do not miss even one of them, since you can undertake the Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail with us. This trekking expedition takes you to the foothill of the sacred snowy peak of Salkantay (6,271 m/20,700 ft), considered by local native people to be the “Guardian Spirit of the Jungle”. The first part of the trek provides you with an opportunity to observe remote native communities and enjoy gorgeous mountain scenaries before joining the Classic Inca Trail.  This second part enables you to dicover remote Incan ruins that are hidden to common visitors as they are not accessible by means of transport! In the end, you experience the once-in-a-lifetime atmosphere of the New Wonder of the World – Machu Picchu.

    Salkantay to Inca Trail is one of the most complete authentical Inca’s paths that you can find! On the way, you can watch quick landscape changes as going through diverse microclimates. This offers fantastic views so do not forget to have your camera ready. The trek is challenging and is designed for experienced trekkers that would like to try something new and uncommon. The first part of the trip is supported by horses and the second by Porters (due to strict Inca Trail regulations). We also provide you with a top quality camping equipment and a very balanced and energetic diet so that you do not need to be worried about any facility and just enjoy the trek, which is an unforgettable experience.

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    Salkantay Inca Trail Overview

    Sustainable Tourism: At Tierras Vivas, we are happy to promote and practice sustainable tourism by being eco-friendly and supporting local communities. We are again supporting Sernamp this Inca Trail 2022 with picking up trash and clearing the trail
    Service Level: Superior service all inclusive, extra horses for your equipment and private transport.
    Physical Rating: 3 – Demanding –  Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers
    Age requirement: 8+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
    Salkantay and Inca Trail Tour Operator: Tierras Vivas Travel
    Crew: A Tierras Vivas representative in Cusco and a professional Tour Guige, a Cook, a Horseman and Porters for the Salkantay Trek vs Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
    The horses and porters will carry your personal belonging (7 kg)
    Accommodation: Campsites (6 nights).
    Meals: 6x breakfast, 6x lunch, 6x dinner, 6x afternoon tea.
    Transportation: Transportation by private van, 1x train
    Group Availiable: Mix: 2  Max: 8 Trekkers

    7 Day Inca Trail Itinerary:

    Day 01: Cusco – Soraypampa
    Day 02: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pampa
    Day 03: Salkantay Pampa – Pampacahuarina
    Day 04: Pampacahuarina – Llullucha Pampa
    Day 05: Llucha Pampa – Chaquicocha
    Day 06: Chaquicocha – Wiñayhuayna
    Day 07: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu

    Highlights of the Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail:

    • Discovery of a more complete Incan path
    • Opportunity for experienced trekkers to enjoy a challenging hike
    • Trekking to the Sacred Mountain of “Salkantay
    • Hiking the Classic Inca Trail 
    • 7 day hike accompanied by explanations of a professional bilingual Tour Guide
    • Lovely mountain landscapes observation
    • Amazing and hidden Incan sites discovery
    • Guided tour of the amazing Inca citadel – Machu Picchu
    • Guided tour during the 3 day hike to Salkantay and 4 day Inca Trail

    Starting and Meeting point

    Departure Point: Cusco – We pick you up from your hotel.
    Departure Time: 05:30
    Briefing Point: Our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek
    Briefing Time: Between 17:00 – 18:00
    Return Point: Cusco – Our driver will drop-off in your hotel or Airbnb department

    Salkantay Inca Trail Avalaibility

    We recommend you contact by WhatsApp our staff (+51 984004472), we will reply to you ASAP, and you can book online your 7 day Inca Trail combo. In case you want to talk with our info department, we can coordinate a meeting via google meet or WhatsApp

    How to book the Salkantay to Inca Trail 7 Days?

    The Inca Trail starts on the fourth day of the Salkantay Inca Trail!
    For Example: if you like to start the tour on the 10th of May, you need to check Inca Trail availability on May 13th!. If there is still availability of the Inca Trail on the date requested at the time of your booking.

    Salkantay to Inca Trail Permits 2023

    You can check the Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail Permits Availability for 2023! Please click on Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail 2023 and Book Online!. Chose the best month and day for your Hike to Machu Picchu. Remenber. Once booked, It is not refunded and you can´t change your travel date. We recommend to book in advance.

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    Day 01Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa

    We pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 am to take you by private transport for a 3-hour ride from Cusco (3,400 m) to Mollepata (2,803 m/9,196 ft). On the way, we stop in Limatambo (a small town) to visit Tarawasi – very important religious Incan remains! Then, we continue our ride to a one and half an hour far away town of Mollepata where we have breakfast. Then we continue by driving to Challacancha head trail. There we start hiking up to Soraypampa (3,500 m/11,482 ft) and we take then wide gradually ascend to passing various Andean forests and steppes on the route giving us many opportunities to take fantastic photos of birds, flowers, and various plants! In Soraypampa, we are given stunning views of the snow-capped peak of Rayuska (5,350 m/17,552 ft). At the end of the day, we get to the place of our first campsite at Soraypampa (3,600 m/10,200 ft).

    Estimated trekking time: 6 hours
    Trekking distance: 14 km
    Max. elevation: 3,600 m (10,200 ft)
    Min. elevation: 2,803 m (9,196 ft)
    Difficulty: Easy


    Day 02Soraypampa – Salkantay Pampa – Sisaypampa

    After an early breakfast, we start our today´s trek. First, we get to Salkantaypampa (4,100 m/13,451 ft) where we join the main route of the Salkantay Trek. From there, it takes approximately an 2 hour to reach Salkantay Pampa, a place of our campsite for lunch. Before we do so, we are given an opportunity to observe a breathtaking scenery of the sacred mountains of Humantay (5,917 m/19,412 ft) and Salkantay (6,271 m/20,574 ft)!! Especially, the Salkantay Mountain is considered by Andean cultures to be “Apus” (a mountain god) of a great importance!!  So we continue first through a lovely valley with native flowers and impresive views of the Mountain in front of us at the left side passing through the indigenous villages. Then, we ascend to the Incachiriaska Pass (Frozen Inca Pass;  5,100 m/16,700 ft), the highest point on the entire trek. From this point, we can admire the closest view of Salkantay and the whole this area dotted with small mountain lagoons and old glaciers of diverse shades of blue! If we are lucky, we can see a variety of viscachas (chinchillas) and white-tailed deer and hopefully some rare animals such as a condor, guanaco, and vicunha! After the pass we will be hiking down for 20 minutes until Ichupata ( Andean grass place) where we have a stop for a break and pictures, afterward we will descend until Sisay pampa Camp (3790m), at this section we will be able to fully appreciate and take in the imposing Andean topography, quiet and cozy place where you can see Llamas, Alpacas and with luck, we might see a condor. Camp near the local kid’s school. ( 7-8 hours walking ). When in Sisaypampa, we set a campsite to be later served dinner. The night might be a bit colder due to its altitude so do not forget to pack a sufficient number of warm clothes please.

    Estimated trekking time: 8 hours
    Trekking distance: 15 km
    Max. elevation: 4,100 m (13,451 ft)
    Min. elevation: 3,600 m (10,200 ft)
    Difficulty: Moderate – Difficult


    Day 03:Sisaypampa – Pampacahuarina

    Today, we leave the main route of the Salkantay Trek to change to the route of the Inca Trail. From our campsite, after breakfast, We start descending to the Cusichaca Valley until the small village of Pampacawana (4,000 m/13,123 ft), a place where we can appreciate old Incan channels! We set up a next campsite nearby and after dinner, we go to sleep.

    Estimated trekking time: 6 hours
    Trekking distance: 14 km
    Max. elevation: 5,100 m/16,700 ft
    Min. elevation: 4,000 m/13,123 ft
    Difficulty: Moderate


    Day 04Pampacahuarina – Llullucha Pampa

    Hard trekking expects us today so we finish our breakfast to gain more energy and get ready for the trek. First, we hike for 3 hours to get to  Paucarcancha (3,205 m/10,515 ft). There, our Tour Guide shows you around antique Inca ruins called Inkaracay! Then we descend for a couple of minutes to the town of Wayllabamba (3,000 m/9,842 ft). There, we say goodbye to our horsemen and horses and welcome our Porters as we join the route of the Inca Trail where only Porters are permitted. Before we continue climbing, we enjoy lunch. During hiking, we can appreciate a cloud forest with its native trees, orchids, mosses, ferns as well as birds. Finally, we get to our next campsite at Llullucha Pampa (3,855 m/12,650 ft)

    Estimated trekking time: 7 hours
    Trekking distance: 13 km
    Max. elevation: 3,855 m/12,650 ft
    Min. elevation: 3,000 m/9,842 ft
    Difficulty: Difficult


    Day 05:Llucha Pampa – Chaquicocha

    Early after breakfast, you start ascending towards the highest point of the trail – Abra Warmiwañusqa (Dead Woman´s Pass) at 4,200 meters passing through the cloud forests of Yunkachimpa and Corral Punku offering excellent views of surrounding snowcapped peaks. From Warmiwañusqa, you descend to the Pacaymayo Valley (3,300 m), where you have a lunch break. Then you continue hiking through the valley to the Inca ruins of Runkuracay where a guided tour follows. Afterward, you climb up and get over the second pass – Abra Runkurakay (3,860m) walking on this “Royal Inca´s Highway” down to the next Incan site – Sayacmarca. On the way, you pass  Yanacocha Lake. In the end, we get to our second campsite – Chaquicocha (3,670 m).

    Estimated trekking time: 7-8 hours
    Trekking distance: 12 km
    Max. elevation: 4,200 m (12,630 ft)
    Min. elevation: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)
    Difficulty: Challenging


    Day 06Chaquicocha – Winayhuayna

    Today, we start hiking passing through lovely subtropical vegetation and many important archaeological sites. Before we reach the first site, we get over Phuyupatamarca Pass (3,670 m) and just behind it, we can see the Phuyupatamarca Incan complex (3,600 m), one of the best preserved and most completed sites of the trek. The complex is located on the top of a mountain and it corresponds with its Quechuan name that means the “Town above the Clouds”. After a guided tour, we have lunch there. Then, we start a steep descent via a cloud forest offering an opportunity to see beautiful orchids and different bird species on the way to our last campsite at Wiñay Wayna (2,700 m). There we have a guided tour of the same-named impressive archaeological complex consisting of a religious sector, urban sector and an agricultural center with lots of stepped terraces. Afterwards, we are served dinner and then we go to sleep to get ready for the “icing on the cake” of the trail – Machu Picchu!!

    Estimated trekking time: 5-6 hours
    Trekking distance: 10 km
    Max. elevation: 3,670 m (12,040 ft)
    Min. elevation: 2,700 m (8,860 ft)
    Difficulty: Moderate


    Day 07: Winayhuayna – Machu Picchu

    Early morning of the last day, we climb antique steps to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) to see the sunrise above the long-expected citadel of Machu Picchu!! Then, you enjoy a 2 and half an hour guided visit of the so called “Lost City of the Incas”!! Afterwards, you have an opportunity to climb the peak of Wayna Picchu (45 minutes up and the same time back) on your own to take some panoramic pictures of Machu Picchu!! In the afternoon, you descend to the town of Aguas Calientes to take a train back to Cusco. Arrival in the evening.

    Estimated trekking time: 3 hours
    Trekking distance: 4 km
    Max. elevation: 2,700 m (8,860 ft)
    Min. elevation: 2,400 m (7,875 ft)
    Difficulty: Easy to moderate


    Salkantay Inca Trial All-Inclusive

    • Pre-trek briefing with your Tour Guide (our guide will visit your hotel a day before);
    • Transfer by private vehicle to Soraypampa – the initial point of the trek;
    • Accommodation: Campsites (6 nights);
    • Entrance fees to the red of Salkantay, an Inca Trail Permit and Machu Picchu fee;
    • Meals: 6x breakfast, 6x lunch, 6x dinner and 6x afternoon hot beverages (please advice us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost);
    • Professional bilingual Tour Guide (a group of up to 10 participants receives 1 Guide, a group over 10 persons receives 2 Guides);
    • Trekking chef;
    • Super Horseman;
    • Super Horses and Porters to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and personal belonging (7 kg), Porters to do so in the second part (due to very strict Inca Trail regulations);
    • Camping equipment: Eureka Mountain Personal double tents (3 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks);
    • Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress);
    • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C);
    • A blanket per person
    • A pillow
    • Rain Ponchos;
    • A pair hiking poles;
    • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings);
    • A T-shirt of the Salkantay Trek and Inca Trail Map;
    • Water every day (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own);
    • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas;
    • Food;
    • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu citadel to Aguas Calientes Town;
    • A Tourist train from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
    • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

    Not Included:

    • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day;
    • A shuttle bus high from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu ($12- one way);
    • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain ($ 85);
    • International and domestic flights nor airport departure taxes;
    • Travel insurance Peru;
    • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
    • Other extras not mentioned.

    Extra porter and horse: Usually it is not necesary, becuase it is included in our service, but If you want to take the extra personal equipment more up 7 kg, you can rent the extra horse and porter to carry your personal belonging (USD 150)

    Solo Travelers: Please note that if you have booked the “Solo Traveler” option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights.

    Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek’s price!. If you need to book the flight, let us know, we can try to get the best price, contact us.


    Tipping & extra money to the hike

    It’s very important to take Extra Money. You need to take at least 200-300 soles emergency money:

    • The local people built the small markets in the route and you can find the water, snack, chocolate, cola etc.
    • Your first breakfast, last lunch are not included
    • Entrance fee to the hot spring
    • If you cannot walk to the Salkantay trek, our guide will help you to up the horse.
    • Tip to Salkantay Inca Trail: If at the end of your trek, you felt your trekking guide(s), and staff did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference: however as a guideline we suggest each hiker contributes USD 50 per person to a collective tipping pool, more is always appreciated.

    Luggage and duffel bag for you trekking

    Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. The horses carry your luggage from Soraypampa (1st day) to Huayllabamba (3th day). 4 day Inca Trail hike our porter carry your luggage from Huayllabamba to Wiñayhuayna. Our porter takes your luggage to the Aguas Calientes town. They will leave in a restaurant your luggage and that finishing the trek, you can meet. We recommend keeping the weight under 7 kg/15lb.

    If very important your take best cover backpacker, because the weather in Salkantay trek and Inca Trail is change every date, we can’t predict it raining or no. If you don’t have, we recommended to put your clothes, sleeping bag and other personal equipment inside the plastic bag

    Inca Trail Wheather

    Climate in Cusco: The highland region of Cusco has well defined winter and summer seasons. Winter days (June – August) are very sunny and warm, but the temperature drops to near freezing at night. Rainy season is from January to March. December and January are two of the nicest months for trekking with only the occasional shower and blooming flowers.

    Appropriate clothing along this hike

    Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the five, Six and seven day (if sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machu Picchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.

    What we recommend that you bring

    • Original passport,
    • Original ISIC (an international student card if applicable)
    • Travel insurance,
    • Pocket money in Nuevos Soles,
    • A small rucksack,
    • Rain gear (a rain-jacket and a waterproof trousers),
    • Resistible footwear, waterproof trekking shoes are recommended,
    • Sandals (for a higher comfort while at a campsite),
    • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping),
    • Hat or a cap (to protect you against the Sun, rain as well as cold),
    • Sun cream or sun block,
    • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body,
    • Insect repellent – recommended minimum is 20% DEET (please note that no malaria cases have been reported during this trip!),
    • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions),
    • Flashlight/headlamp + batteries,
    • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper,
    • Small towel and toiletries,
    • Sufficient reserve of underwear,
    • Swimsuit (to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes),
    • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.)
      Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu.
    • Bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle to be refill.
    • Optional: walking sticks; you can also rent it from us,
    • Please note: we provide with filtered boiled water during the entire trek, but if you like to use water from streams along the trail, you need to take some water-purifying tablets with you.

    Inca Trail Trek vs Salkantay Trek

    Many are the routes that are included in Machu Picchu Vacation Packages, but none is like the Inca Trail, the most famous pedestrian path in the Americas. After flying from the capital of Perú, Lima, you will arrive in Cusco to walk for four days along a path through forests and dense fog, millenary stone steps and discovering the ruins of ancient fortifications and Inca cities, and all the time enjoying majestic views.

    Few travel excursions will top as many bucket lists as the Inca Trail Tours to Machu Picchu and for good reason. Combining sub-tropical jungle, lush cloud forests and staggering alpine scenery, the 44-kilometre trek is ranked among the finest in the world.

    But there are certain drawbacks. With an increasing number of travellers looking for their piece of the action – 2012 saw 62,789 pass the main gate of the trail. This is one adventure that’s fast becoming the most popular trek in the world.

    In a bid to minimise environmental impact, the Peruvian Government now issues just 500 permits a day (with up to 300 of those going to cooks, porters and guides), meaning those looking to travel in peak season, May to September will often need to apply for permits months in advance. But to avoid crowds and red tape, a great option is to look at some of the lesser-known alternative treks. The exhilarating, high-altitude Salkantay Trek is steadily growing a reputation.

    Encompassing five different ecosystems over the same number of days, the ancient path offers a mind-blowing mix of snow-capped glacial mountains, lush tropical rainforests and vast Lord of the Rings-style plains across Mt Salkantay rising 6,271 metres above sea level.

    And while the Salkantay may not possess the international brag factor of the Inca Trail, its advantages are many. The Salkantay Trek offers a different experience to the Inca Trail and delivers the best vistas of the Salkantay mountain as well as superb hiking.

    Also, you don’t need porters. Most travellers on the Salkantay Trek use animals, such as mules or horses. You get close to the majestic Mt Salkantay, and it’s possible to stay either in lodges or camps. It’s important to note the Salkantay Trek will require a permit from 2015. It doesn’t lead directly to Machu Picchu though it does still culminate at the site following a brief transfer from nearby Aguas Calientes on the final morning.

    The Salkantay Trek is also a more strenuous alternative to the Inca Trail, the altitude is higher in several places and there is some steep, rugged terrain to tackle. That said, a little bit of prior fitness training goes a long way and people of all ages, in good physical condition, with some hiking experience will do fine on this trek.
    If you have the time and energy many people trek both trails as they a really both unique unto themselves.

    Inca Trail vs Salkantay Altitude
    4 Day Inca Trail

    Max. elevation: Dead Woman’s Pass 4,250 meters / 13943.57 feet
    5 Day Salkantay Trek

    Max. elevation: Salkantay Mountain’s Pass 4,620 meters / 15157.48 feet

    Inca Trail to Salkantay Trek cost

    Inca Trail: U$ 680 per person included the porters for your personal belonging

    Salkantay Trek: U$ 550 per person included the horses for your personal belonging
    In the both hike, it is included all camping equipment such sleeping bag, pillow, blanket, hiking poles.

    Inca Trail and Salkantay Permits

    Inca Trail: it is included the Inca Trail permits and Official Machu Picchu tickets, it is very important to book in advance, because there are only 500 spaces available everyday included trekkers, guides and porters.

    Salkantay Trek: It is included the Salkantay and Machu Picchu tickets. Book in advance, there are limited for the Machu Picchu tickets. Usually the all tour operator require the entrance fee between to 6:00 am or 7:00 am for your guided tour.

    What do you views during the hike to the Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek?

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    Salkantay Tre and Inca Trail Map


    Salkantay Inca Trail Trek

    Salkantay Inca Trail Trek involves a 5-day hike on the famous Salkantay route and 2 day along the original Inca Trail. This hike is the best alternative hike to the 7-day Salkantay to Inca Trail trek. Not along the typical tourist trail path, this is an innovative adventure for travelers who want a little more solitude and individuality on their journey. With impressive views, the Salkantay to Machu Picchu Trek gives you the privacy for the peaceful reflection that such a sacred path deserves. Salkantay Inca Trail Trek

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    5 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    The traditional, wildly popular Inca trail is hiked in completion on this trek, with three full days of hiking and two separate visits to the city of Machu Picchu, once through the Sun Gate from the Inca Trail and once from the city of Aguas Calientes. This extra time means that the last two days of the trip are completely dedicated to exploring the lost Incan city and rejuvenating from the trek, regardless of if that means napping in a hotel or relaxing in the hot springs. The Inca trail itself passes several other incredible ruins, and is a challenging experience but worth every step – due to its popularity and the government regulations, try to get one of the 500 daily slots as early as possible to take this trek.
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    Choquequirao Trek 5 days

    This trek visits one of the most underappreciated Incan cities in Peru. So few people visit this site because it can only be reached by hiking, there is no train or bus for the hike back. The city of Choquequirao was the last fortress of the Incas against the Spanish conquerors and has been largely passed over in favor of the sister city of Machu Picchu. This trek is equally incredible, scenic, and rich with Incan history and culture. There are two days of hiking in each direction, and the third day is spent almost entirely at the site, where there is both a guided tour and time for individual exploration.

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    Salkanytay Trek and Condor Sight 5 days

    This trek includes a visit to Machu Picchu on the final day as well as a visit to the Condor Canyon lookout, which is a good opportunity to see the massive birds, which have a wingspan of 7 to 8 feet and can live almost as long as humans. The Salkantay trail shows examples of the different Andean ecosystems, which range from vibrant cloud forests to the snowy peaks of the towering mountains. Aside from the condors, this trip is relatively secluded, as most tourists opt for the traditional Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

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    Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days

    This incredible trek is full of breathtaking views and unique experiences. Salkantay is less popular than the Inca Trail, so the trip is more personalized and isolated, with many fewer tourists. For example, on the third day of the trip, there are options for visiting the Llactapata ruins or the hot springs of Santa Teresa. Instead of joining up with the famous Inca trail, this trip continues directly to Aguas Calientes via a different route and then goes up to Machu Picchu on the final day. There is a wide variety of plants and animals, as well as beautiful mountains and a waterfall, to see along this trek.
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