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4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
From USD 690.00
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4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
From USD 690.00
Get off the beaten path to Machu Picchu during this 4-day, 3-night trip along the higher, more scenic and less-traveled Salkantay trekking route. Over the course of this 4-day trip you’ll enjoy incredible vistas of snow-capped Andean peaks, and cross a mountain pass at 15,200 feet (4,650 meters) before eventually descending back into the jungle landscapes at lower altitude. Cap it all off with your final day at Machu Picchu, the unforgettable ‘Lost City of the Incas,’ with a 2-hour tour of the site and time to explore on your own. Your Salkantay trekking experience also features hotel pickup, two nights of camping and one night of hostel accommodations, bus and train transfers, three days of meals and two snacks, entrance fees and a horseman and mules to help carry gear.
What to Expect

Day 1: Cuzco to Mollepata to Challacancha, Trek to Soraypampa Camp (3,920m) (L/D)  

Today we pick you up between 5:00 - 6:00 am and travel by tourist-class bus to Mollepata (2,900m) where you can stretch your legs and buy snacks. Continue by car to Challacancha where we will make final preparations and double check our equipment. Embark on a 3-hour walk that will take us to Soraypampa (3,920m) where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains. Hike up to Laguna de Humantay (approx. 1.5 hours each way) for more incredible views of the Andes mountains and then return to camp for the night. Our first campsite is located at 3,920m and is the highest and coldest campsite of the trip. Take some time to rest up, and enjoy your first night immersed in nature.  Have dinner and go to sleep early.

Day 2: Trek to Challhuay or Colcapampa Camp via High Pass (4,650m) (B/L/D)  

We will have breakfast at around 6:00 am and begin our 4-hour walk to the highest pass on this trek (4,650m) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Humantay on the left. (Optional horse rental available to reach high pass for 100 - 120 soles).  From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible with a possibility of snow here.  After a 2-hour downhill hike, a well-deserved lunch will be served at Huayracpampa, followed by another 3-hour trek to our campsite at Challhuay or Colcapampa as we near the beginning of the high jungle region at 2,900 meters.

Day 3: Trek to La Playa, Transfer to Hydroelectric Station, Trek to Aguas Calientes (B/L/D)

After breakfast at 6:30 am, we start trekking for the day through the upper jungle crossing the Santa Teresa River and a variety of little brooks. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants. We will have lunch at La Playa (2,200m) and continue by car to Santa Teresa town (1,700 meters) with a warmer climate. From here we will take another car to Hydroelectric Station (40 minutes) and then walk 3 hours to Aguas Calientes. There are internet cafes, cafes with board games and cards, plenty of shops and places to relax. 

Day 4: Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cuzco (B)  

Catch one of the first buses (05:30 am) to Machu Picchu (25-minute ride) in order to appreciate the magnificent city in the early morning light as the mist dissipates. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city on your own. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (to be booked in advance at an extra cost). Return to Aguas Calientes by bus at your own convenience. Take the train back to Ollantaytambo and a bus to Cuzco. You will be dropped off at the Plaza San Francisco. Upon arrival you will need to make your own way to your accommodation.

Reviews (13)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Salkantay Trek With Cesar

We had a great time on our hike to Machu Picchu by the way of Salkantay. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking and we learned a lot of about culture, history, and our surroundings. Our group of five was the perfect size, the camps were great,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bsjang89
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you for an unforgettable trip whit good food, funny moments and history along the way. Our guide Cesar made the trip as comfortable as it could be.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Veggie11111
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Lovely adventure

Thanks a lot for this lovely adventure! This was far more then we expected in so many ways, we were taken such good care of by our guide Cecar, and had delicious food made by the wonderful cook Benignio. The nature is amazing, the sights...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Toravh
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile
Niko is our Superhero

We were only two girls in the group, but that did not matter at all. We did not suffer from altitude-sickness, but we did have a lot of problems with the breathing. Our guide Niko took us very seriously every time we felt the difficulties...More

1  Thank G5400AUanneg
Reviewed 29 October 2018
Magic and unforgetable Salkantay Trek

The four day Salkantay Trek to Macchiu Picchu was a highly professional, well organized hike which I will surely never forget. Juan Carlos, the tour guide, provided always very interesting and detailed back-ground information and did not get tired spreading positive hiking energy. Grimaldo, our...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Iris J
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