Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu in 4 days / 3 nightsfrom
Salkantay trek 4 days is a short version of the entire trail that takes you to Machu Picchu.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Small Group
The Salkantay tour comes from the name of the snow-capped mountain that means “Wild Mountain” in the Cordillera del Vilcanota in the Andes of southern Peru, which is the second-largest mountain in Cusco and is a representative summit of spiritual value.
Salkantay is an alternative and economic trek to reach Machu Picchu, the level of difficulty is similar to the Classic Inca Trail.
Salkantay begins with cold weather which varies on the trail to a warm temperature.
Considered by NatGeo as one of the most pleasant excursions in the world, offers a great variety of flora and fauna for people who enjoy nature and enchanting landscapes.
It is a hike for travelers looking for an avant-guard experience through the Peruvian Andes.
- Transportation Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha
- Professional Guide (English – Spanish)
- Horses and Porters (only carry camping equipment)
- 3 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 3 dinners
- Professional Guide (English – Spanish)
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes (MUYURINA – FLOWER HOUSE)
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Tents and camping equipment
- First aid kit
- Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo return train
- Transportation Ollantaytambo – Cusco
- Oxygen balloon
- The first breakfast (first day).
- The last lunch (second day).
- Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu-Mountain Entrance.
- Sleeping bag
- Entrance to Salkantay ( S/10.00 )
- Aguas Calientes CONSETTUR Bus Tickets – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes.
- Food not mentioned in the program.
- Expenses not mentioned in the itinerary.
CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA
We will begin our longed-for trip by picking up our travelers from their hotels at 6:30 am. We will transfer by private car to Quillabamba (a 4.5-hour journey).
The trip will continue until “Challabamba” at 3 675 m.a.s.l., you will rest and prepare your trekking implements to start the excursion.
We will walk for 3 hours through flat and rocky trails surrounded by ichu (straw) until the first camp at “Soraypampa”, a very characteristic Andean valley at 3 850 masl, you will taste a traditional lunch prepared with local ingredients.
Continuing an uphill walk (1 hour and a half) until arriving at the popular Humantay Lake, a treasure of nature at 4200 m.a.s.l, you will witness the beauty and magical turquoise tones.
We will return to Soraypampa camp to enjoy a nice dinner and rest until the next morning.
SORAYPAMPA – CHAULLAY
At 5:00 am, you will begin tasting a warming breakfast to counter the cold weather of the area.
We will begin the most difficult stretch of the trek through risky trails that lead to Salkantaypampa, a rest area at 4 100 meters above sea level (1 hour).
The route continues uphill through “Soyrococha” another rest area at 4 400 masl and ends at Abra Salkantay, a pass at 4 632 masl between the snowy “Humantay and Salkantay” (2 hours).
At the highest point, you will discover an enchanting panorama made up of a mountain range and part of the traditional Inca Trail, in this place you can build “apachetas” (stone towers) for the fortune and protection during your trip.
We will descend for 1 hour and a half to “Wayracpampa” to taste a traditional local lunch and a well-deserved rest.
The journey continues among forests with abundant vegetation until arriving at “Chaullay” our second camp at 2 920 masl, you will taste a delicious dinner and rest until the next day.
CHAULLAY – SAHUAYACO – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES
You will start the day with a warm breakfast that will keep the tempo 100%.
We will walk for 40 minutes among Andean fields until “Collpa” to 2 850 masl, a town inhabited by charismatic people where we will be able to rest.
The excursion will continue for 2 and a half hours through trails showing waterfalls, natural formations, hot springs, and fruity trees. We will visit “Wiñaypoco” a community dedicated to the cultivation of tropical products.
We will arrive at “Sahuayaco” at 2 200 masl, the place is known as “the Beach” due to the similarity with the seashore and being near the Salkantay basin.
You will board our private transport that will drive you to Hidroeléctrica (2160 masl) to taste a delicious traditional lunch.
After a rest will begin a hike for 3 hours to Aguas Calientes, on the way you can see abundant vegetation and train tracks accompanying part of the way.
In Aguas Calientes you will taste dinner and stay the night in your hotel, the guide will give us an informative briefing about the expedition in Machu Picchu the next morning.
AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO
At dawn at 4:00 a.m, we will have breakfast and will start a 2 hours hike up to the archeological complex.
We will start the tour with the guide for 2 hours inside Machu Picchu, visiting platforms, temples, streets, squares, mansions and, other architectural remains of the Inca culture.
At the end of the tour, you can hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (reservation in advance) or use your free time to continue exploring the citadel of Machu Picchu.
At mid-day, we will return to the town of Aguas Calientes, you can do some activities such as visiting the hot springs, visiting the market or the museum (remember that these activities can be done up to half an hour before your train departure).
Our return to Ollantaytambo is 1 hour and 40 minutes. When you get off the train our private transport awaits you to take back to the city.
We will finish our services leaving our travelers in their hotels or near the Main Square.
- Carry a small backpack for the trip to the Salkantay trek – Machu Picchu
- Flashlight for the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu
- Thermal clothing, waterproof, sunscreen.
- Mosquito repellent, lipstick.
- Water bottle
- Jacket or Poncho
- Photo camera, external battery, photo memory
The answer is yes! But, as with all countries, traveling to Peru with pets does require paperwork, certifications, and fees. This applies whether it is an emotional support dog, mobility assistance dog, or just your best pal.