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The Apu Salkantay (6,271m / 20551ft) is a sacred mountain in the Vilcabamba range, located to the south of the Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu.

This mountain, together with the Southern Cross, served as a point of reference for astrological observation developed by the Incas (from Machu Picchu), especially during the June and December solstices. Its location supports the concept of “sacred geography”, under which the Incas developed Andean civilization.

The best time of year to visit the Apu Salkantay is during the winter, from April to October. Temperatures range from -5º C / 41 ºF to 23º C / 73 ºF; with a scarce chance of rain. The maximum altitude we will reach is 4643m / 15233ft at the Salkantay pass, with the minimum altitude being 2000m / 6562ft in the town of Aguas Calientes.

The ecological levels we will experience will vary from Quechua, Suni, Puna and Janca (inter-Andean valleys and rainforest) with their characteristic flora and fauna. You will experience all of this amid spectacular geology, and with the detailed explanations of your guide, Flavio. He will also share his specialist photography knowledge with you during this trek, helping you to capture beautiful photos of the stunning locations you will visit. The native flora and fauna will provide excellent opportunities to hone your skills and experiment with macro photography, while the campsites will give you unrivalled access to amazing sunrises, sunsets and night photography. On clear nights, you will be able to develop your lightpainting skills, while the days will provide us with endless opportunities for landscape and mountain photography. We want to send you home not only having had an amazing experience exploring the Andes and Inca sites, but having learnt something new.

Day 1: Cusco- Mollepata -Markoqasa- Soraypampa


Our team will pick you up from your hotel to head towards mollepata where we will stop for breakfast we will continue to markoqasa where we will start the walk.
The climb has beautiful scenery as we go up the area where we can see many birds, perhaps even the Andean condor.
We will continue with the ascent to the viewpoint of the Turcarpay mountain where we will await a delicious lunch.
After lunch we will continue towards Soraypampa where every moment the view will change its beauty. once we arrive at soraypampa we will have the most incredible views because they will be in
front of us Salkantay, tucarway the most beautiful mountains in this area and tonight we will accompany these 2 great mountains.

Dia 2.- Soraypampa- humantay- lake- pampa- japonesa


Depending on the clients, this morning we will get up very early, we will just have some coffee and we will go up to the humantay lagoon to take the photograph of the sunrise. Then we will go back to camp for breakfast.after re-energizing we will start the climb towards salkantaypampa.
Once we arrive, the majestic Salkantay will be in front of us. After a break, we will continue the climb to the Japanese pampa.
tonight we will have more options to take landscape photography and at night we will be at the hotel with millions of stars and we will be able to photograph the milky way.
we will be there to assist you to compose the best photographs of the milky way, panoramic everything you want to photograph the milky way or the river of the incas. We will rest in the Japanese pampa.

Día 3.- Pampa japonesa- suyroqocha


According to the type of photograph of the Milky Way that you want to take, we will get up early because we will go up to the highest pass of our trip at 4900 meters above sea level. The idea is to be there for the sunrise because it has an incredible view. from the snowy salkantay or the wild mountain of the incas, afterwards we will return to the camp for a good breakfast.
Then we will start descending towards salkantaypampa from there we will start the climb towards suyroqocha our next camp. As soon as we arrive they will serve us the delicious lunch. Afterwards we will have some time to rest because later we will go up to the Salkantay Pass for
the sunset which is wonderful because we will be closer to the Apu Salkantay.
After sunset we return to the camp for a hot dinner and get ready for another starry night. Tonight we will see the animals that the Andean astronomers spotted on the via latea. It will be another magical night.

4.- Suyroqocha -Wayracmachay


This morning those who want we will wash again tempra for another opportunity to
photograph the sunrise and then have breakfast and we will go back up to the salkantay pass once we arrive we will do our ceremony of respect to the apu salkantay or the wild mountain.
from there we will start with the descent it is recommended to look everywhere because we could see condors, maybe the chinchilla a rodent from the Andes.
and many high altitude birds until we reach our next camp for tonight. Another opportunity to photograph the sunset and the Milky Way, and perhaps with those
who wish we can do light paiting.

5.- Wayrac -Qolpapampa, Hidrolectric Aguas calientes.


Those who wish will get up early for sunrise because our landscape will be very different. We
will have breakfast there and then begin to go down to Qolpapampa as we go down the road
will be with more begetacion and it will also be warmer.
Lunch will be in Qolapampa.once we arrive we will have lunch and then we will take a vehicle
that will take us to hidroeletric and then take the train to Aguas Calientes
once we arrive we will go to the hotel for a fresh shower.

Day 6.-Machupicchu Full Day – Cusco


Those who wish will get up early for sunrise because our landscape will be very different. We will have breakfast there and then begin to go down to Qolpapampa as we go down the road will be with more begetacion and it will also be warmer.
Lunch will be in Qolapampa.once we arrive we will have lunch and then we will take a vehicle that will take us to hidroeletric and then take the train to Aguas Calientes
once we arrive we will go to the hotel for a fresh shower. Early in the morning we take the bus from the town of Aguas Calientes to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. We have the opportunity to climb the difficult path to the top of the
Huayna Picchu mountain, which offers spectacular and different views, it is even possible to see the Apu Salkantay.
The tour of Machu Picchu allows us to appreciate the high level of development achieved by Andean civilization through the Incas. A supremely religious site, Machu Picchu demonstrates
the superior knowledge achieved in astronomy and astrology. This knowledge of measuring the rainy and dry seasons through the solstices is indispensable for the development of agriculture: the life-source of the Andes. We will try to spend as long as possible in the archaeological complex, depending on what time our train back to the city of Cusco .


  • 551 Night hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • 1 extra porter for each 2 trekers for carrying photography equipment
  • Private transportation Cusco – Soraypampa
  • Guide photographer service in Spanish/ English
  • Inflatable sleeping pad (Therm A Rest) – available in private service
  • Cook and assistant
  • Cooking equipment
  • Snacks
  • Daily tea service
  • Dining equipment including chairs and tables
  • Food (6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners)
  • Vegetarian meals available on request at no extra cost
  • Lunch on 6th day at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge  – available in private service
  • Vegetarian menu at no extra cost
  • Two man tents (3-man tents used as doubles – 4 seasons)
  • Single tents available at extra cost 
  • Mule-handlers & mules – for transportation of our camping equipment and transportation of personal belongings (available in private service)
  • Saddled horse (for every 6 passengers there is one saddled horse)
  • First-aid kit with emergency oxygen bottle
  • Water resistant duffel bag for carrying personal items (on loan)
  • Pre departure briefing
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu 2 fees Per Person
  • Round trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket
  • Transportation from Poroy station to the hotel in Cusco

Not Included:

  • Gratuities
  • Extra expenses
  • Travel insurance

We recommended you bring:

  • Water-resistant trekking shoes and sandals
  • Warm clothing (thermal underwear, fleece, hat, gloves, socks)
  • Waterproof clothing (poncho)
  • Synthetic or cotton clothing (socks, trousers, shorts, t-shirts)
  • Sunhat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream and insect repellent
  • Water bottles such as Nalgene
  • Basic medication
  • Walking poles
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Personal items
  • Personal snacks
  • Original passport

Considering an extra night in Aguas Calientes? We can change the date of your train ticket to the following day. Hotel and other costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. Please also note that your entry ticket to Machu Picchu is valid for one day only, if you wish to visit the ruins on a second consecutive day you will need to purchase another ticket.

Aguas Calientes Extra Day Upgrade Package (optional)

With hikes that trek the traditional Inca Trail, the standard package has clients returning to Cusco at the end of the trek, and they don’t spend a night in Aguas Calientes. This package provides clients the opportunity to stay in Aguas Calientes for an extra night, visit Machu Picchu for a second day and then return to Cusco by the comfortable Vistadome train.

  • Cost: $195 per person on twin share basis. This price doesn’t change depending on the number of people in the group.
  • Second day’s entry to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, valued at $60
  • Bus up and down to ruins on extra day, valued at $17
  • 1  night in a 3 star hotel, like Killa Inn Plaza Andina. These are nice hotels, well decorated, and clean.
  • With limited eating choices at Machu Picchu hunger tends to send clients to Aguas Calientes; by including the buffet lunch we find that clients can visit Machu Picchu early, then go to the buffet to try lots of different Peruvian (and Western) dishes, rest and go back for a second look at Machu Picchu.
  • Return in Vistadome train rather than Expedition train, which gives you the opportunity for a more varied timetable and to return in a nicer train, with big windows in the roof.

** Please contact us for a price for the same package but with 2 star accomodation and return in Expedition Train service **

*Please note: We need 2 people to open one group. In the case that you are a solo traveler and there is no other group you could join, we will apply the price according to the number of people.*


  • Student Discount: $35 off per personStudent Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to [email protected]
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$35.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$50.00

Private: Service Price 2021

  • 1 person:   US$1850.00 per person
  • 2 people:   US$1450.00 per person
  • 3 people:   US$1350.00 per person
  • 4 people:   US$1250.00 per person
  • 5 people:   US$1150.00 per person
  • 6 people:   US$1050.00 per person
  • 7+ people: US$950.00 per person


As you see in our Additional Items under Trip Overview, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huaynapicchu: $65 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $65 per person

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