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Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu

This trekking expedition is one of the most pictures trips offered in Cusco region which will take you close of the sacred Salkantay snow peak (6,271 meters / 20569ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes, passing through Quechua communities and lesser-known Inca ruins, to finally reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day. The impressive Sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu is visited on the last day of the program. This itinerary is an interesting alternative for those not having found spaces on the Inca Trail trek to Machupicchu.

Package Name: Salkantay Trek Short
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Type of Trek : Archaeological, Cultural, ecological and Adventure
Group Size : To suit group requirements
Difficulty degree of this hike: Moderate / Challenge

Departures Day:
- Our company organize daily departures
- All private service departure dates are adapted to your request.
- A minimum of 2 persons is needed for this trek
Activities: Trekking, Camping and Adventure
High Season: April - November
Route: Closed in February
Altitude: 1950 - 4600m. / 6398 - 15092 f.
Days 04
Price From: 000.00
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Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu Full Itinerary

We will leave Cusco at about 05.00 for the 4-hour bus ride to the Mollepata District. We will arrive approximately at 8.30 a.m. in Mollepata. Here we will have an excellent American breakfast. After the breakfast we drive 2 hours with an open truck reaching almost Soroypampa. Here our horses and horsemen will be waiting for carrying our camping-equipment and food. We will pass the campsite of Soroypampa. After we will continue our walking to Salkantaypampa, where we will have our lunch. We will walk for a few hours, to the Salkantay snow covered mountain, with an altitude of 4650 m.s.n.m., the highest part in our trip to Machu Picchu. We will see here the spectacular view of the Andes, the flora and the fauna typical from this region, including the beautiful Laguna Soroycocha. After we will be going down to Huayracmachay, the place of our first campsite. Here we will have dinner and spend the night in our tents.
After an early breakfast at 6.00 a.m. we will start our day walking to la Playa, Chaullay, Colpapampa, Wiñaypuquio, and Lluscamayu. We will have lunch in one of these campsites. After lunch we will walk for more than four hours before arriving to La Playa village where we will set up our camp, and where we will have dinner. On this trip we will see many kinds of tropical plants, like oranges, bananas, avocado, papaya, lemons, and others.
After an early breakfast in La Playa we will take a local transport for approximately one hour to Santa Teresa District. After arriving to Santa Teresa we will cross the river and walk to the Hydroelectric Train Station for having our lunch. At 3.25 PM we will take the train to Aguas Calientes, which will take 45 minutes. In the evening we will be having a menu in a nice restaurant in Aguas Calientes. In the night you will have here the possibility to visit and enjoy the hot springs.
Early after breakfast you will take the bus to Machu Picchu (20 minutes) to visit the Machu Picchu Citadel and hike the Huayna Picchu to receive the cosmic and tellurics energy that the Sacred Apu has. The hike to Huayna Picchu starts at the Sacred Rock and passes through a gate that is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. This - one to two - hour walk is steep but the path is in excellent shape. You will get excellent photos and the view is unique.
After Huayna Picchu you will have about 2 hours and a half for our guided tour and another hour and a half to explore the ruins individually. You will know the amazing Machu Picchu Citadel and the Intiwatana and 4: PM you have to be in the train station to come back to Cusco Meals: Breakfast

What is Included:

  • Collection from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Soraypampa(Callacancha), starting point of the trek.
  • Entrance fee Machu Picchu.
  • Horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment and 6kgs of personal items).
  • 1 emergency horse every 6 persons.
  • Meals (03B, 03L, 03D + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day).
  • Vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost
  • English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people).
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Round Trip)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco in private Transport.

What is not Included:

  • Sleeping bag rent: US$ 5 per day. Our sleeping bags are –8ºC-comfort (0ºF) and mummy form and include a sleeping liner.
  • Lunch on the last day after the guided tour at Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to the Hot Springs in Cocalmayo and Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for guide and camp staff.
  • Optional night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged easily.
  • Alcoholic drinks

Recomended Things To Take:

  • Sleeping bag (you can rent at Cusco Expeditions office).
  • Bottle of mineral water.
  • Rain gear and/or plastic poncho (can be purchase in Cusco).
  • Hiking boots.
  • Warm jacket or fleece, t-shirts, shorts, long pants, sun hat and wool hat.
  • Flashlight.
  • Sun block.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Toilet paper and garbage bag.
  • Small towel and bathing suit (hot springs optional).
  • Camera, extra film and extra batteries.
  • Snacks, chocolates, energy bars.
  • Emergency money.
  • Walking stick (optional).

Payment Details:

We require a non-refundable trek deposit of US$150 per person. The deposit can be sent by a WESTERN UNION, PAY PAL, CREDIT CARD or to our PERUVIAN BANKING ACCOUNT money transfer. This is the fastest and most secure form of payment in Peru. The money transfer should be in the name of Cusco Expeditions,. Once you arrive in Cusco you must pay the remaining balance in cash prior to beginning your tour. We accept both US Dollars and Peruvian Soles (local currency).

Making a trek booking:

Prior to making a reservation with CUSCO EXPEDITIONS it is important to read through our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ). This will help answer any queries that you may have about our services. In order to make a booking with our lares trek service just click on the Reservations link below.


The night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office or in your hotel at either 6 or 7pm (exact time will be confirmed on arrival to Cusco).

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