4day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The 4day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is and alternative trek to the Traditional Inca Trail, this tour covers the same distance as the 5day Trek but in shorter time. At the end of the journey you will visit Machu Picchu. we are local tour operators and we do have daily tour departures for this tour.

  • Altitude: 1950 - 4600m. / 6398 - 15092 f.
  • High Season: April - November
  • Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging due to the altitude: we recommend a period of at least 2 days for acclimatization in Cusco or over 3000m/9840ft.
  • Route: Open all year round
  • Type of Tour: Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu
  • Departures Day: Daily departures are available during the year.
  • GROUP SIZE: Tour starting with a minimum of 2 people booking together, departures are 100% guaranteed.

Tour Itinerary

NOTE: This tour itinerary can change according the customer physical conditions.

Day1: Cusco - Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Huayracpunku – Chaullay/Collpapampa

We will leave from Cusco approximately between 4:30a.m. and 5:00a.m. our private bus will take us to the community of Soraypampa where we will arrive approximately at 8:15 in the morning to have breakfast., nature will change drastically from dry sceneries to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, we will start the most difficult part of the trek. We will start the hike around 7:00 in the morning. We will hike to a place called Pampas Salkantay, then go toward the left side of the snowy peaks of Umantay located next to the Apu Salkantay. At midday, we will be on the highest point ( 4600 meters above sea level). We will appreciate spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264 meters above sea level) which is known as the second highest point of the Cusco region. Around 1:00 p.m., we will have our lunch, in the area called Huayracmachay. After a trek of approximately 3 hours, we will arrive to our camp in Challway (2920 meters above sea level). Around 7:00p.m., we will recuperate from the trek and eat dinner.

Day2: Chaullay - Collpapampa - La Playa - Santa Teresa

Around 7:00a.m., we will start our trek. We will walk for about 6 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco and during this period; we will observe a town called Collpabamba, also called the “Forest Cloudy Brow” where waterfalls, thermal hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora, and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to observe the famous bird called the “Cock of the Rocks”. From Playa Sahuayaco, we will head to the campsite located at the hot springs of Santa Teresa (It is recommended to bring a bath suit.) Here you will eat dinner.

Day3: Santa Teresa - Hidroelectryc - Aguas Calientes

After of our delicious breakfast we are going to walk for approximately around 8:30 a.m we begin our trek to the village Colpani, we follow this rising trail, from which we will see plantations of coffee, banana, passion fruit and a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley. We follow along the riverside of Vilcanota River until arrive to the Oroya (canopy brich) From here we have an option to hike to hidroelectrica or to catch a small car where will take us until Hidroelectrica (25 minutes), from this place we can observe the back of Machupicchu Sanctuary, where we have the last lunch with all staff. from here we will continuo walking until arrive to Aguas Calientes around 4:30 p.m then we will stay in a hostal the last night.

Day4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu Sanctuary - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Today, you will be able to choose between waking up at 4:30a.m. and walking up to Machu Picchu or taking a bus to Machu Picchu at 7:00a.m. In Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for about two hours and after that you will be free to explore the Citadel and take pictures, or if you desire, ascent toward the Huaynapicchu Mountain. At 2:26p.m. or 6:03p.m. (Depending on availability), you will be taking a train to Ollantaytambo and from there; a bus will drive you to your hotel in Cusco.

The following is what is included in this trek:

  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private bus to Soraypampa (starting point of the trail).
  • Reliable, knowledgeable, and friendly guides (English and Spanish)
  • Meals are full board including: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners served with drinks.
  • Triple/quadruple tents for 2 people, lots of space for your personal stuff.
  • Cooking gear, dinning utensils, food supplies.
  • Thick, comfy sleeping mats provided for free.
  • Cooking Tent
  • Pack mules for the company equipment & your personal stuff.
  • Mules for emergencies.
  • Horsemen ( 1 for 4 mules )
  • Accommodation and food for our guides, cook, horsemen.
  • Guided tour in all archeological sites & Machu Picchu.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Accommodation in Hotel/hostal in Double Basis Room
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance ticket to Huaynapicchu/Montaña if available.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

  • Dinner on the 3rd night and last lunch.
  • Entrance fee to hot springs. (10 soles)
  • Sleeping bag. you can rent it USD $ 5.00 per day
  • Mules on the 3rd and 4th day (on the 3rd day you have to carry your luggage from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes).
  • Train ticket from “Hidroelectrica” to Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

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