The peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba ascend to form a fragmented chain between the districts two big rivers: the Urubamba and the Apurimac. Along the Cordillera's northern side huge glacial summits meet with abundant tropical rain forests. Situated northwest of Cusco, Nevado de Salkantay, the Cordilleras highest summit is at the east side of the chain and reches 6271 meters above sea level. The name Salkantay translates to Savage Mountain in Quechua. The Salkantay to Machu Picchu hike usually takes 7 days and has become well-known with hikers who want a peaceful path less trodden that culminate in the Inca ruins to Machu Picchu. The first 4 days you will trek through glorious surroundings and hardly see any other tourists, fromt her you will join the Inca Trail at Wayllabamba and carry on to Machu Picchu, which we arrive at early in the morning on the seventh day. This hike is slightly more challenging than the classic Inca Trail. Horses are used the first days to carry equipment and food. As horses are not allowed on the Inca Trail porters are used instead. Permits are needed for this tour, so book in advance. It is one of the most complete and authentic Inca paths that you can find! On the way, you can watch the landscape change as you traverse through diverse microclimates. This offers fantastic views so do not forget to have your camera ready.
Inca Trail Machu: http://www.incatrailmachu.com/en/inca-trail-and-salkantay-trek