“This trip changed my life!” – that’s how most clients describe this walk. You will have the unique chance to walk back in time on an ancient Inca trail, one that is only accessible on foot or by horseback. Seeing the plains and high mountains in this fashion offers you not only a firsthand experience with the lovely Quechua people and the ancient Incan traditions, but you will have an intimate portrait of life and travel on the Inca Trail as well as a tour of the ancient city of Machu Picchu. And due to this trails’ remote location, you won’t run into crowds of people.

Your trip begins and ends in the Incan capitol city of Cusco. After a tour of the city, you will be taken by vehicle to the start of your trek in the outskirts of the village of Mollepata, a quaint village situated on top of a mountain. You will walk on roads and ancient Incan trails each day as you travel from private eco luxury lodge to lodge.

The trails range from mountain roads to narrow paths along ridges, the views all the while, incredible. During the walk you will pass through lush valleys, cross gurgling streams and pass between the peaks of Humantay and Salkantay mountains, the highest elevation on the walk rounding out at 15,000 feet. You’ll see Quechua villages, llamas, alpacas and if you look up, the mighty condor.

As you walk down out of the pass you enter a lush tropical forest that boasts over 100 types of orchids and you will welcome the shady trees that overhang your trail. Each night your accommodations are in private, well appointed luxury eco lodges. Each lodge was designed to blend into the surrounding area and features warm, comfortable beds with fluffy down comforters, a home prepared three course meal and a welcoming Jacuzzi under the stars. The staff are local Quechua people that live and farm the area and maintain the link to their ancient ancestral roots.

Rates & Dates:
Low Season: $3,240.00 USD (March 1 – 31, November 1 – December 14)
High Season: $3,750.00 USD (April 1 – October 31, December 15 – 31)

Rates are per person for the 7-day/6-night lodge trek program, based on shared accommodations in a twin, double or triple room.

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Dear Stacey and Carol,

My daughters ( 7 and 12 years old ) and I did the Salkantay Trek with Active Travel, Inc. in June of 2012. This is an extremely challenging hike and thankfully we had spent our lives inadvertently training for it by hiking frequently back home and maintaining a very active, healthy lifestyle. Active Travel arranged for a fabulous little pack horse with handler to carry my 7 year old when her legs got tired. The 12 year old hiked the whole way and was, in fact, the first to reach the top of the pass. Needless to say, we did not represent the typical demographic on this trip.

The lodges were Andean luxury with fluffy down comforters, jacuzzis with mountain views, beautiful bathrooms, and incredible food. The journey over the Salkantay pass was magical. An invigorating dip in a glacier fed lake, a Shaman Ceremony, views that took my breath away despite having lived in beautiful Aspen, Colorado for over a decade. The Andes are a feast for the eyes and the soul. There was literally a time when I thought to myself, ” Whatever this trip costs, it is worth EVERY penny and some!”.

Our guides were top notch. They were professional, spoke several languages fluently, had extensive knowledge of local history and mountaineering, were safety oriented – exhibiting extreme caution with my younger child, and they made the trip FUN!

Our agent at Active Travel was very helpful and provided me with excellent service, responding quickly to every question I came up with. I’m usually not a ” tour group ” type of traveler but there is a time and a place. I wouldn’t venture along the Salkantay Trail alone ! When I got home I logged onto their web site to decide where we are going next!!!

– Whitney