Machu Picchu Trek
About The Machu Picchu Trek
This six-day trek to reach the lost city of Machu Picchu is one of the most iconic in the world. Our journey on the Salkantay trail is widely considered the most beautiful route to the ruins. The trek is defined by massive snow-capped mountains which collide with lush tropical rainforests. We start our adventure with a stunning trek around Cusco taking in all the major sites while adjusting to the altitude. We then spend four days on the Salkantay trail and finish with a full day at Machu Picchu. The Salkantay trek starts near the base of the sacred Salkantay (6,271m) mountain, considered by locals to be the “Guardian Spirit of the Andes” and finishes at Aguas Calientes located at the foot of Machu Picchu. It's a diverse route taking us past high mountains and glaciers as well as thick tropical jungle full of stunning flora and fauna. We pass through traditional Andean villages learning about the Andean way of life as we go. Time permitting, we get to visit a coffee farm and local hot springs which are always a special experience after a long day trekking. Our final day on the Salkantay trek offers amazing views of Machu Picchu as it sits on a stunning saddle between Machu Picchu mountain and Wayna Picchu. The following day we have a guided tour of Machu Picchu and then finish with the tough but rewarding ascent of Machu Picchu mountain.
Enjoy three nights in Cusco the ancient Inca capital and the starting point of our expedition. The vivid sights and smells coupled with the interesting fusion of Spanish and Inca architecture make it a fantastic place to explore and enjoy some retail therapy!
Why Trek to Machu Picchu with Earth's Edge
What our clients say...
"We had a great trip from start to finish, anything that went wrong was out of every bodies hands, first 3 days very hard trekking, but scenery and the craic made up for that. Trekking in the morning and afternoon free was great, the hot springs came at the right time for relaxing aching muscles. The whole crew on the trip were great fun and up for a laugh, food was great and hotels were as good as could be expected in such locations. Scenery breath taking and walking over make shift bridges thrilling. A great trip overall with a smashing bunch of people. I miss them already lol" - Pat Cunningham, Co.Tipperary 2015.
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All our Machu Picchu Treks are led by an experienced Irish guide and doctor who travel with the group from Dublin.
Our packages are inclusive of flights from Dublin, in-country transport, a full local guiding & support team, accommodation, all meals on the trek, Machu Picchu entry fee, a celebratory meal & an Earth's Edge softshell jacket.
Our 11 day itinerary includes six days of trekking, a guided tour of Machu Picchu and plenty of time to explore the beautiful city of Cusco.
We use excellent local guides, cooks and porters. We have a strict Responsible Travel Policy and ensure our local partners are treated fairly while we trek to Machu Picchu.
Training Weekend – Meet an Earth's Edge expedition leader, an Earth's Edge expedition doctor and your fellow Machu Picchu trekkers two months before departure. Our training day consists of a full brief and a two hikes in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.
We have a strict Leave No Trace policy and do everything we can to ensure we leave the trail as we found it.
Our Machu Picchu Trek Itinerary & Costs
Day 1: Dublin to Lima.
Depart Dublin for Lima. Overnight hotel.
Day 2: Lima to Cusco (3,400m).
Fly from Lima to Cusco. Acclimatisation & sightseeing day. Overnight hotel.
Day 3: Acclimatisation Day in Cusco (3,700m), 5 hrs trekking.
Guided hike around Cusco to take in the sights. Overnight hotel.
Day 4: Cusco to Soraypampa to Soyrococha (4,410m), 4 hrs trekking.
Drive from Cusco to the trail head stopping at a famous Incan site along the way. Trek to our first camp greeting local farmers and shepherds as we go. Overnight camp.
Day 5: Soryrococha to Collpapampa (2,950m), 9 hrs trekking.
Ascend to a high pass at 4,570 metres tall and admire stunning views of the sacred Salkantay and Umantay mountains and lakes. Overnight camp.
Day 6: Collpapampa to Santa Teresa (1,550m), 6 hrs trekking.
Today we trek through a valley and pass a number of waterfalls, while flocks of tropical birds fly over our heads! Overnight camp.
Day 7: Santa Teresa to Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes (2,040m), 4 hrs trekking.
After driving to Hydroelectric station we enjoy a beautiful walk alongside the train tracks through thick forest. Overnight hotel.
Day 8: Machu Picchu Day, 5-7 hrs trekking.
Visit Machu Picchu very early in the morning, enjoy a guided tour of the ruins followed by a hike up the steep steps of Machu Picchu Mountain. Take some time to explore by yourself before we head back to Aguas Calientes. Overnight hotel.
Day 9: Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
Take the train back to Cusco in the morning. Time to do some last minute shopping in the Cusco markets before a celebratory dinner in the evening. Overnight hotel.
Day 10: Cusco to Lima.
Fly Cusco to Lima. Depart Lima in the evening for Dublin. Overnight flight.
Day 11: Lima to Dublin
Arrive back in Dublin in the evening. Expedition ends.
€399 deposit at the time of booking & €2,900 balance payment at least two months prior to departure – Total €3,299. Read our best price guarantee.
*If you would like to book this expedition excluding international flights, please contact us for a land only price.
Costs include international flights to Lima, domestic flights to Cusco, an expedition leader & doctor travelling with the group from Dublin, all transport in Peru, all meals on the trek, all accommodation based on twin sharing in hotels & camping, local support team & an Earth’s Edge softshell jacket.
*Prices were set on September 14th, 2015.
Interesting Facts about Machu Picchu
Hailed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1983 and one of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, Machu Picchu is truly spectacular. This pre-Colombian city was once inhabited by the Ancient Incas in Peru, and is now known as one of the most unique archaeological gems of South America.
Machu Picchu is a direct translation of the phrase, the Old Mountain or Old Peak.
At the ruins themselves, there are rules of entrance. One of the lesser-known is that you may not enter dressed in the traditional costume of another country!
There is wildlife thriving within the Machu Picchu estate. Some of which are on the brink of extinction including; The Long-tailed weasel, Pampas cat, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Peruvian Dwarf Brocket, Neotropical Otter, Spectacle Bear and the Andean Condor.
One of the most striking features that is evident throughout this naturally beautiful place is its architecture. Sixty percent of the total land mass of Machu Picchu is dedicated to the construction of terraces that were built on steep slopes of the mountain.
The first Westerner credited with unveiling Machu Picchu to the outside world was Hiram Bingham, a notable historian of Yale University in 1911. While journeying through the treacherous trails beyond the city of Cusco, he met with several native Quechuans who pointed him towards a trail to a city high above the mountain which he duly followed.
Unlike Inca cities and fortresses that were located in lower grounds, only the city of Machu Picchu was left uncovered during the Spanish invasion in the 16th century. Upon close scrutiny, Machu Picchu was found to have no trace or proof that it was invaded by Spaniards. The strategic location of Machu Picchu was advantageous in that outsiders never gained access into this one-of-a-kind fortress.
Local porters & guides traditionally take a shiny metal object or mirror with them on the trail as this protects them against ancient spirits who may still be residing in Machu Picchu.
Despite the high altitude, it doesn't snow in Machu Picchu. It currently experiences two seasons; dry and rainy!
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