Trek the majestic Salkantay Trail towards Machu Picchu and stay with remote island communities on Lake Titicaca
This 12 day Peruvian adventure begins with time to explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley, takes in a classic 5-day trek beneath the snow-capped peak of Salkantay (6270m), and visits Machu Picchu, before finally concluding on the waters of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America. Taking a day in Cusco to acclimatize to the higher altitudes, we will explore all of the main sights before heading across the altiplano to the Sacred Valley where we will visit the Ollantaytambo and the Maras Salt Pans before starting our trek. Our trail through the Cordillera Vilcabamba will take us on a scenic journey through some of Peru’s most beautiful and diverse landscapes. As we traverse around Mt Salkantay (approaching Machu Picchu in the opposite direction to the Inca Trial), we will pass through small traditional Andean communities, cocoa and coffee plantations, high altitude jungles, passing forgotten Inca ruins along the way.
We will also cross the Salkantay Pass (4600m) where we will get some exquisite Andean views! Being less well-known than the 'Inca Trail' the Salkantay Trail also offers tranquil camping spots and peaceful paths. At the end of our trek we will take a short train transfer to Aguas Calientes, from where we spend a day at Machu Picchu to discovering all the secrets of this most magnificent of Inca ruins before we round-off this incredible journey at Lake Titicaca. High on the Andean altiplano, on the border between Peru and Bolivia, this is the largest navigable lake in the world and we will visit the traditional Uros communities who have made their home on floating totora reed ‘islands’ and spend time touring the waters of South America's most incredible lake.