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The 5-day / 4-night Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the highlight of Peru a must-see for anyone coming to the country.

Daniel and I did it in July 2017 and I have to say, it’s one of the best travel experiences I’ve ever had. If you’re on the fence about booking this adventure, these Salkantay trek photos may just change your mind.

Get your next dose of travel inspo here and then learn everything you need to know about the Salkantay Trek to Macchu Picchu to find all the details on pricing, distances, the route, and more!


Humantay Lake on the Salkantay Trek

Humantay Lake


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The View from Humantay Lake


Salkantay Trek

Making New Friends


Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu


Salkantay Trek

Climbing up to Salkantay Pass


campsite puppy on the Salkantay Trek

Campsite Puppy!


Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Crossing Over Salkantay Pass


llama at Machu Picchu

Llama Grazing at Machu Picchu


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Horses on the Hike to Humantay Lake


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Heading to Camp on Day One


Salkantay Trek

Heading to Humantay Lake


Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu


glass tents on the Salkantay Trek

Glass-topped Tents on the Salkantay Trek


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Climbing to the Salkantay Pass


Salkantay Trek

Mountain Views on the Salkantay Trek


Salkantay Trek

Entering the Jungle Climate at Lower Elevation


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Dinner on Day One


Aquas Calientes

Aguas Calientes, the Last Stop Before Machu Picchu


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View of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate


Seriously, how beautiful is this trek?

If you’re still in your planning stages for your trip to Peru, I strongly suggest budgeting the time for this 5-day trek to Machu Picchu because it’s honestly unforgettable.

Read my full write-up about the trek to find everything you need to know about the prices, itinerary, and more, and then prepare for the adventure of a lifetime!

Ready to go?

Use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights to Peru and then explore accommodation like unique stays on Airbnb or the top-rated hotels on to plan your trip through the country.

Then, stick around to see the surreal landscape of Peru’s Rainbow Mountain and learn how to take these 7 easy day trips from Cusco


I’ve been traveling full-time for three years, these are the resources that make it happen:

➤ I exclusively use Airbnb for savings and security on long-term stays in furnished apartments.

➤ I use for short-term stays in hostels and hotels on weekend trips.

Skyscanner and the Scott's Cheap Flights newsletter help me find and book cheap flights and mistake fares.

Upwork allowed me to take the leap to travel full-time because they make it so easy to find freelance clients in any field. 

➤ The Superstar Blogging Travel Writing Course launched my travel writing career and helped me become a contributor at sites like Cincinnati Refined and International Living, and even get published in the Boston Globe.

➤ Finally, I love hosting my travel blog on SiteGround because they have helpful and responsive customer service and I love MediaVine and CJ for helping me make a living doing what I love!


  1. Fabulous photos!

    • Thank you!!


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