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  1. Peru
  2. Cusco Region
  3. Aguas Calientes
  4. Salkantay

Salkantay: 4-Day Trekking Tour to Machu Picchu

Product ID: 177633
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This Salkantay short trek is one of the greatest alternative hikes to the Inca Trail reaching Machu Picchu.
About this activity
Duration 4 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Pickup is available from hotels and establishments in the center of Cusco.
Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable

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  • Walk through the Vilcabamba range
  • Get in touch with nature and see local villages
  • Hike past the Salkantay Mountain and rural area of Peru
Full description
Meet your guide for an in-depth briefing to ask questions before leaving Cusco.

Day 1: Cusco, Mollepata, Challacancha, Soraypampa

After driving to Mollepata take a short stop to use the restrooms and drive to the trailhead to start the Salkantay trek. Hike around 9 kilometers to Soraypampa for lunch. Have time after lunch to rest before your hike to Humantay Lake. It’s a tough hike with an altitude of around 4200 meters, but the view of this glacier-fed lake is worth the effort!
Tonight will be the coldest night along the trail, so you may want to wear a few layers to keep warm!

Day 2: Soraypampa, Salkantay Pass, Chaullay

Wake early for the hardest day of your Salkantay trek! After breakfast, hike up to the Salkantay Pass at 4650 meters in about 3 hours. Arrive at Huayracmachay for lunch and rest shortly. Hike another 3 hours through warmer climates to Chaullay, about 2900 meters in altitude, where your campsite will be set.

Day 3: Chaullay, La Playa, Aguas Calientes

Start your hike from Chaullay to La Playa around 6:00 AM. Hike through warmer climates for about 6 hours, enjoying the green vegetation. Stop at La Playa for lunch and a rest before taking the local transportation to Hidroelectrica. Walk along the tracks for about 3 hours before you arrive in Aguas Calientes. Reenergize in a hotel before your trip to Machu Picchu the following day!

Day 4: Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Hike up to Machu Picchu or choose to take a bus. Take a 2-hour guided tour, then have time to explore on your own until it’s time to go back to Aguas Calientes to catch your train. From Aguas Calientes, take the train to Ollantaytambo and transfer back to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Personal tents
  • English-speaking guide
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Saddled horse in case of emergencies
  • 1 6-kilogram capacity bag or duffle bag
  • Daily morning snack and tea service
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Roundtrip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Expedition Service)
  • Transfer from train station in Ollantaytambo to hotel in Cusco
  • Hotel pickup
  • Drop-off in Plaza Regocijos or Plaza de Armas"
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4-afternoon snacks, and 4 dinners
What’s Not Included
  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch on the last day
  • Entrance to the Hot Springs in Cocalmayo and Aguas Calientes
  • Optional night in Aguas Calientes
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entry to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (subject to availability)
  • Train tickets to Aguas Calientes
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sandals
  • Camera
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at the office or at your hotel, both free of charge
• If you are vegetarian, please advise at time of booking
• Please arrange suitable travel insurance before your trip
• The itinerary is an example; hiking times are an average and will vary depending on the group
• Lunch and camp sites may change to meet the needs of the group and conditions

• Vistadome Train (One Way) – US$55.00
• Entry to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (subject to availability) – US$70.00
• Hiking poles – US$20.00
• Sleeping bag – US$20.00
• Sleeping bag Deluxe Package (+ Pillow & Liners) US$30.00
• Private Tent – US$30.00
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Overall rating
3.8 / 5
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Product ID: 177633