Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in Peru 4 Days / 3 Nights

Salkantay or Salcantay (6271m/20,568ft) is a Snow Mountain located less than fifty miles northwest of Cuzco city in southern site of Peru in the Cordillera Vilcanota. Salkantay is an outstanding glacier-capped summit worshipped for thousands of years by local Indians. The name Salkantay is a quechua word meaning "Savage Mountain or wild". It is one of the highest peaks in the Andes, and the twelfth highest in Peru. However, as a range high point in deeply incised terrain, it is the second most topographically prominent peak in the country, after Huascaran.

On Salkantay trek four days, you'll trek in the shadows of this impressive mountain, interact with its inhabitants and explore its forgotten Inka ruins. You'll arrive at Santa Teresa (the backdoor of Machu Picchu) where you'll catch the train to Aguas Calientes for an early-morning visit to Machu Picchu. Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu (or Salcantay Trek to Machu Picchu), is considered among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, it's a trek open to everybody, with no limitation on spaces or permits connecting the picturesque town of Mollepata - Cusco with Machu Picchu.

The Salkantay trek, is an ancient and remote footpath located in the same region as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu where massive snow mountains collide with lush tropical rain forests. We will see ecosystems transform rapidly from the variance of environmental factors (sun, water, temperature, soil). This is a very special trek because at the end you will visit the lost city of the Incas – MACHU PICCHU.

Information the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Timing: 4 days 3 nights

Starting Point: Cusco hotel

Ending Point: Cusco hotel

Activities: Archaeological, Cultural, Ecological, Hiking and Camping

The price includes:

US$ 450 PP. GROUP SERVICE

The prices includes the Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fee (126 Peruvian Soles, about US$50), bus up and down from Aguas calisntes to Machu Picchu (US$19), tourist train from Aguas calientes to Ollantaytambo Expeditions class (US$55), Transfer from ollantaytambo to Cusco US$ 20 and all local sales taxes (18%). There are no hidden charges in our hike prices.

Discounts:

US$20 discount on the above prices to students with a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and to children under the age of 16 years old (scans of your ISIC card or child's passport must be provided at the time of paying the trek deposit in order to qualify for the discount). International Youth Travel Cards (IYTC) or other forms of student identity are not acceptable. We can also offer a US$10 per person discount for group bookings of 5 persons or more, provided just one person in the group is responsible for making the booking and sending the trek deposit. Unfortunately we do not offer travel agent discounts or commissions.

TREK ITINERARY - SALKANTAY HiKING

Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata – Soraypampa – Huyrocmachay.

Very early we travel by bus to Mollepata where we can purchase some item for the trekking and then we continue to Soraypampa starting point of the trek. Today is the hardest day because we will pass over 4600m.

Day 2: Huarocmachay - Playa Sawayaco.

Continue descent to the cloud forest with the presence of great variety of vegetation, wild life and local inhabitants.

Day 3: La Playa Sawayaco - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes.

Hike through tropical and subtropical plantations until Hydroelectric; in the afternoon we will take train for half hour to Aguas Calientes town and have accommodation in the hotel..

Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu-Cusco.

Full day will be dedicated to explore the stunning Machu Picchu; in the afternoon you will return by train to Cusco and be transferred to your hotel.

SALKANTAY Hiking to Machu Picchu INCLUDES

  • 4-day trek on the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu with local guide, cooks and porters, Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners.
  • Accommodation: Hotels one night in Aguas Calientes town, camping three nights.
  • Transport: Private van, hiking, train.
  • Guide: English spiking local guide
  • Small group experience; Max 12

FULL ITINERARY.- Salkantay hike to Machu Picchu 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata – Soraypampa – Huyrocmachay.

Salkantay trek start at 4:30 am when we pick you up from your hotel and travel by our private van to Soraypampa (3,800m). It's a beautiful four hour scenic journey through small and picturesque towns like: Izcuchaca and Limatambo; we will stop for breakfast at Mollepata town here also you can purchase some items for the trek (don't forget some coca leaves to offer to the mountain spirits). From Mollepata we continue one hour van journey until Soraypampa (3,800m) where we will meet our Arrieros or horsemen and trekking staff (Cook and Assistants). We commence trekking with a gradual climb for about two hours trough a pristine Andean valley landscape until Salkantay pampa, then we continue zigzag up to Suyruccocha where the lunch will be served. After lunch we continue 45 minutes up to Salkantay pass (4,600m) From this point we can appreciate spectacular views of Cusco's second highest peak, the stunning snow capped Mountain of Salkantay (6,271 mts) and also the snow capped mountains Humantay, white river, small lakes and moraines. At this point there is an Apacheta (offering place) where you can leave a piece of rock carried from the bottom or some coca leaves as a present for the mountain spirits. In Inca times the walkers used to leave at the top their shoes, clothes, jewels or some food as an offering for the Mountain spirit. Then we continue two hours downhill trough old moraine to Huayrocmachay camp.

Meals: L-D

Accommodation: Camping

Maximum Altitude: 4600 masl

Minimum Altitude: 3800 masl

Distance Travelled: 14km approx

Approximate Walking Time: Total hours walking: 7-8 hours

Day 2: Huarocmachay - Playa Sawayaco.

After early breakfast we continue the trek though the cloud forest. From Huayrocmachay will take us two hours and half to the community of Collapapampa from where we continue parallel to the Santa Teresa River observing plenty of wild live like: Sub-tropical vegetation, flowers and birds, some cornfields, fruit fields and we will have the opportunity to see a beautiful waterfall. Our lunch will served at Wiñaypocco zone and in the afternoon we follow a gentle descent through fully vegetated valley to the small high jungle village of La Playa 2,300 mts where we will spend the night.

Meals: B-L-D

Accommodation: camping

Maximum Altitude: 3850 masl

Minimum Altitude: 3300 masl

Distance Travelled: 16 kms

Approximate Walking Time: Total hours walking: 8-9 hours

Day 3: La Playa Sawayaco - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes.

Early breakfast and we start the hike for 40 minutes to Lucmabamba village from where we start accent through coffee, banana and passion fruit plantations and a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley; after climbing for 3 hours we will arrive to Llaqtapata (2,700) we can enjoy some free time to rest and observe the mountain of Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu; at this place there is an Inka ruins still covered by thick vegetation. After we rest we continue for two hours downhill to the Hydroelectric Plant where we will have lunch and in the afternoon we will take the train for 30 minutes to Aguas Calientes tonw and have accommodation in the Hotel. There is a option that you can go to the thermal baths in the evening; it's located at 10 minutes out of the town.

Meals: B-L-D

Accommodation: Hotel

Maximum Altitude: 3300 masl

Minimum Altitude: 2000 masl

Distance Travelled: 12km approx

Approximate Walking Time: Total hours walking: 5-6 hours

Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu-Cusco.

Meals: B

WHAT IS INCLUDED - SALKANTAY TREK

  • Transportation: Tourist bus from Cusco to Soraypampa starting point of the trek and Tourist train Expeditions class from Aguas Calientes to Cusco; bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Camping equipment: We provide four people capacity tent for two persons, brand new four season tents, Therm-a-rest, dining room tent, kitchen tent, toiled tent, seats, tables, tent for Guides and helpers, kitchen gears.
  • Accommodation: 01 night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes town. Based on double occupancy.
  • Entrance fees: To Machu Picchu.
  • Meals: 3 breakfast ;3 hot lunches; 3 hot dinners delicious meals prepared by professional chef food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude. Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), we offer vegetarian option if you request; we provide available boil water each mourning for your water bottles.
  • Guides: English speaking professional guides, 2 guides over 8 people
  • Cook: Professional chef and Chef Assistants.
  • Horses: For camping equipment, food and kitchen gears as well to carry your personal items (6kls per person) in duffel bags that we provide; Muleteers.
  • Others: First aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED - SALKANTAY TREK

  • Sleeping bag: can be rented in our office for US$ 20 for the entire trek (every sleeping bag is washed prior to each use).
  • Breakfast: on the first morning. Some hotels offer early morning breakfast service. If not, we stop at Mollepata for your breakfast and also you can buy some items for the trek.
  • Meals: Lunch in Aguas Calientes town on the final day you must consider a bugged of US$ 15 to 20 in average restaurant.
  • Entrance to the thermal baths in AguasCalientes (optional) US$ 3.
  • Tips for the staff.

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