The Salkantay Trek is the perfect trek for astrophotography, landscape, sunset, sunrise, it is the best trek in South America and an alternative to the traditional Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu. It presents a unique combination of culture and mysticism, proudly preserved by the Peruvian people, and is an incredible adventure and extraordinary natural beauty. The Salkantay trek is established on the highest peaks of the Humantay mountain, where the cold ice of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Andes. The trek is surrounded by the historic Machu Picchu (National Park and is considered one of the 25 best treks in the world). salcantay
If your passion is landscape photography, the milky way or interstellar dust with the stars, this tour is perfect for you because we will visit one of the most important destinations in the province of Saqsaywaman, Chinchero and the Cordillera de Cusco. Vilcabamba in the Salkantay part is unique and we will have the best opportunity to enjoy each day, it is a trek of very diverse and rich geography, Andean culture and history. The Vilcanota mountain range contains two of the twenty highest mountains in the Americas.
1 – 8 Guests
Experience | Difficulty
- Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
- DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
- Moderate schedule
- Travel by car or minibus
- Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking and hiking (none of our adventures have difficult hikes)
- (non-photographers also welcome)
Weather | Sun
May – Temps 70/40 F 20/2 C Sunrise 5:24 | Sunset 7:23 (19:23)
September – Temps 75/42 F 24/5 C Sunrise 6:10 | Sunset 6:35 (18:35)
- 6 days
- Travel, landscape, nature, wildlife and people photography
- Professional photographer | guide
- Photo walks & discussions
- Small group size (1-8 guests)
- 3 or 4-star hotels
- All Meals
- National Park Permits
- Local transportation
Arrival Airport:Cusco– Transfer time to hotel 30min
Departure Airport:Cusco – Transfer time to hotel 30min
Our adventure begins in the morning on the first day and ends at and of the last day.
Travel Visa: Note required
Salkantay landscape astrophotography trek to Machupícchu 6d/5n
Our team will pick you up from your hotel to head towards Mollepata, where we will stop for breakfast, we will continue towards Markoqasa, where we will begin the trek.
The climb has beautiful scenery as we go up through the area where we can see many birds, maybe even the Andean condor.
We will continue with the ascent to the viewpoint of the Turcarpay mountain where we will wait for a delicious lunch.
After lunch we will continue to Soraypampa where every moment the view will change its beauty.
Once we arrive to soraypampa we will have the most incredible views because Salkantay will be in front of us, we will transport the most beautiful mountains in this area and tonight we will accompany these 2 great mountains .
Depending on the clients, this morning we will get up very early, have a coffee and go up to the Humantay lagoon to take the sunrise photograph.
Then we will return to the camp for breakfast.
After recharging our energies, we will begin the ascent towards Salkantaypampa.
Once we arrive, the majestic Salkantay will be in front of us. After a rest, we will continue the ascent to the Japanese pampa.
Tonight we will have more options to take landscape pictures and at night we will be in the hotel with millions of stars and we will be able to photograph the Milky Way.
we will be there to help you compose the best pictures of the milky way, panorama of everything you want to photograph the milky way or the river of the incas.
We will rest in the Japanese pampa.
Depending on the type of Milky Way photography you want to take, we will get up early because we will climb the highest pass of our trip at 4900 meters above sea level. The idea is to be there for sunrise because it has an incredible view.
from the snowy salkantay or the wild mountain of the Incas, then we will return to the camp to have a good breakfast.
Then we will begin to descend towards salkantaypampa from there we will begin the ascent towards suyroqocha our camp
As soon as we arrive we will be served a delicious lunch.
Then we will have a little time to rest because then 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 camp for a hot dinner and prepare for another starry night. Tonight we will see the animals that the Andean astronomers saw on the milky way. It will be another magical night
This morning, those who want, we will wash the tempras again to have another opportunity to photograph the sunrise and then have breakfast and we will return 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 begin with the descent, it is recommended to look everywhere because we could see condors, perhaps 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 a light walk.
Those who wish will get up early for dawn because our landscape will be very different. We will have breakfast there and then we will start descending to Qolpapampa as we go further down the road there will be more vegetation 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 Hydroelectric and then we will take the train to Aguas Calientes.
Once we arrive we will go to the hotel to take 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 reached by the 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 essential for the development of agriculture: the source of life in the Andes. We will try to spend as much time as possible in the archaeological complex, depending on what time our train leaves back to the city of Cusco.
- 1 person : US$1750.00 per person
- 2 people : US$1300.00 per person
- 3 people: US$1250.00 per person
- 4 people : US$1200.00 per person
- 5 people : US$1150.00 per person
- 6 people : US$1100.00 per person
- 7+ people : US$1050.00 per person