Salkantay Trek 4D/3N
Our classic Salkantay Trek is an alternative to the famous Inca Trail. This holy path is the best for adventure travelers looking for a little more authenticity and privacy. With a lot of spectacular views, the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu offers a possibility for peaceful and gorgeous observation of nature.
The Salkantay trek to Machupicchu was named between the 25 best Treks in the World by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.
- Program: 4D/3N
- Group: 4-6 persons
- Category: Moderate to difficult trek
- Season: January to December
- Frequency: Frequently.
- Transportation: Bus and train
- Accommodation: 2 nights of camping, 1 night in tourist hostel in “Aguas Calientes”
- Highlights: Enjoy the most popular Alternative trek in a shorter time frame.Pass through different micro-climates, each with considerably different landscape and spectacular views.
Hike all the way up to Salkantay pass at 4650 meters and observe the wonderful snow mountains of the Andes…
Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa
We will pick you up from the hotel, at 05:00 a 05:15 am, to start our tour with a bus trip for 3 hours to Mollepata, an Andean village, where you could have a local breakfast. Also, there you can buy anything you may have forgotten back in town (water, bug spray, rain poncho, etc). Once all last-minute supplies have been purchased and the horsemen have taken the last bags, we will start our trek. Approx. after a 3 and a half hours of hiking, we will reach Sayllapata, where a nice and hot lunch is waiting for us. After the lunch, we will continue our trek and with another 3-4 hours, we will get our final stop today at Soraypampa, which is at 3500 meters (20.671 feet). We will set up our first campsite at 4000m (12750ft), the highest and coldest campsite of the trip, where we can take in the beautiful landscape of 2 immense snow-capped peaks.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Day 2: Soraypampa – Chaullay / Collpapampa
We will wake up at 05:30 to have hot breakfast and get ready ourselves for the hardest walk to the highest pass on this trek (4650m/15200ft) located between two huge mountains: Salkantay on the right and Humantay on the left (Salkantay at 6271m/20575ft and Humantay at 4120m/13500ft). At 07:00 a m we will start our trekking excursion going upwards.
In the afternoon, after nice lunch, we will go on the way having many occasions to get pleasure from the rich biodiversity that is all around. Like esoteric brushes, the wild orchids and the various medicinal plants that your guide will teach you about. We will cross some aged, and charming, typical villages like Arrayanpata, Chaullay. At the end of the day, we will reach our second campsite Collpapampa (3000m/9800ft), where we are going to have dinner and spend Salkantay Trek on the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 3: Collpapampa –” Playa” –” Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes”
Like the day before, we are going to wake up at 05:00 am, to have breakfast and then start a 50-minute walk to reach Sahuayacos. After a short break, we will start trekking through the upper part of the jungle crossing the Lluskamayo River and a diversity of small brooks. The path is more solid here and you will be able to get pleasure from the warm climate. In about 3-4 hours until we arrive at Hydroelectric of Santa Teresa, which is called that way for the large “Hydroelectric” dam nearby. We will have a tasty lunch in Hydro, at just about 04:00 pm. After the lunch, we will go on the 30-minute train ride to the jungle town of Machupicchu Village or “Aguas Calientes”, arriving at around 05:00 pm. At the end of the day, we will have dinner and overnight ina tourist hostel.
Optional evening visit to the Hot Springs with entrance fees the US $3.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco
We will have breakfast and then, at 05:20 am, we will go to the bus station to catch one of the first buses up to the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. A walking tour of approximately 2 hours will be given by your guide. We will see the main plaza, the Temple of the Condor, the Intihuatana, the mortar room, the temple of three windows and other important points and after you can see the sights of the mystifying city at your leisure.
We will even have some time to climb up to Wayna Picchu. There is a limit of 400 spaces per day, so we highly recommend that you book well in advance. The extra bit of walking would be about 2 hours round trip.
We can set up a meeting time to have lunch down in Aguas Calientes, or if you prefer
you can just meet us at the train station 30 minutes before the departure time- make sure that you leave yourself time to get back to your hotel to pick up your thing. When we arrive at Ollantaytambo we will transfer over to a bus that will bring us the rest of the way back to Cusco.
- Itineraries are subject to change depending on a time of booking and campsite spaces in the moment that we arrive.
- The camps can vary depending on climate and health status of travelers.
- Train Included in all tours is Expedition Service (to Ollantaytambo). The train times will be confirmed close to the time of the trek, so if you join a group late in the day we can’t
- guarantee you will travel on the same train as the rest of the group.
- Train times are subject to change depending on Peru Rail timetable and availability.