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Salcantay Trek to Machupicchu 4 Days / 3 Nights

"Salkantay Trail: Conquer the Andes in 4 Days".

The 4 day Salkantay Trek is an exciting trekking adventure that takes you through the spectacular landscapes of the Peruvian Andes. During this journey, you will explore ancient Inca trails, cross high mountains, traverse dense forests and discover the majesty of Machu Picchu. This trek condenses the natural beauty of the region with the rich local culture, offering an unforgettable experience that combines adventure and historical wonders. Ideal for those with limited time but who wish to experience the grandeur of the Andes and the magic of Machu Picchu.


Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa

We depart at 5.00 in the morning from the city of Cusco in tourist bus, passing through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo; we will arrive at the town of Mollepata around 7.00 hours where we have the last chance to get a breakfast. Around 8:00 am we will take our bus one more hour in orther to arrive to MARQOK`ASA where we will start our trekking surrounded by a typical landscape of the Peruvian Andes. At noon the lunch is going to be ready at soraypampa the camping place, in the afternoon after a short break. We will have  a  chance to climb to the  HUMANTAY LAGOON located very  close to the glasiers accompanied  by  our guide ,this  last  as a training  for the next day. After this challenge is time to go back to the camp site where we will fish our activities this day with a delicious dinner.


Early in the morning, we will taste our breakfast compound by some panqueques, bems cream ,batter, marmalade, etc. after the breakfast we will start to  climb toward  the highest  point of our trip, EL PASO SALKANTAY which is located over 4,600 meters above sea level. After a break and enjoy the panoramic views. We start the descent to the valley of Chaullay. Along the way you will notice the changes of the landscapes, and see the formations of rivers from glaciers that become tributaries of the great Urubamba River, along the trail We will also see a variety of orchids, bromeliads, etc. We arrive in the afternoon to Chaullay where will do the second night camping.


After a hearty breakfast, we start our trek; along the hike we will appreciate many varieties of local crops, including coca plantation considered sacred plant from our ancestors. This last section will be easy to hike till Playa Sahuayaco. There, we will have a typical Andean lunch prepared by our chef.  From this point we will take a local transport for about one hour toward hydroelectric the next village. . In the afternoon we will arrive to Machupicchu, popularly known as “Aguas Calientes”. That’s where we spend our last night in a hotel at the foot of the Great Machupicchu (Inca citadel

DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (walk and visit the Inca citadel)

At 4.30 am we will get ready to head to the Inka citadel of Machu Picchu, following an ancient trail through the jungle. The plan is  to  be  some  of the first  in machupicchu and have lot of chances to enjoy the  sunrice , once the group  gets together  we start  to visit the most important  temples  of machupicchu inca city accompanied by our professional guide who will share their knowledge for about two hours. Then our clients will have free time to do some more hikes around the Inca citadel. In the afternoon, the tourist train returns from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo, where we pick you up in our buses. As an additional service we offer the climbing to Huayna Picchu, the trek to the Inca Bridge, the mountain Machu Picchu, etc. See the available spaces.

Inlcuye / No incluye


TRANSPORTATION: are included the following transportation services required completing the tour on every package we have; Here we detail including transport depending on the itinerary of each package.

  • Pick up passengers from their respective hotels and then transported to the beginning of the excurcion which is marqoq`asa, this applies to all three packages.
  • Shuttle bus la playa sahuayaco to Santa Teresa.
  • Transport of Santa Teresa to hydroelectric power.
  • Transporting from the train station in Ollantaytambo to your hotel.

ENTRY TICKET: detail tickets that are included in the tour for the aforementioned packages:

  • Entrance ticket to the Inca citadel of machupichu.
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

CAMPING EQUIPMENT: all necessary camping equipment are included for all packages mentioned here detail the following:

  • 1 tent for two people,the  tents that we provide are spacious with seating for 4 people but we use it only for 2 people (Doite kailas 4 and Doite pro aconcagua4)
  • 1 mat for each person, the mats we use are doubles to allow relaxation.
  • 1 pillow for each person.
  • Dining tent and cosine with the respective tables and chairs.

ACCOMMODATION: accommodation we include in the package is a standard hotel in Aguas Calientes.

  • This included a night in a hotel that has the following services:
  • All rooms with private bathroom and shower.
  • 24 hours hot shower
  • Buffet Breakfast.
  • WE-FI Internet.
  • TV-LCD. DIRECTV satellite signal.
  • Check in. 12:00 p.m. to 23:00 pm- check out at 9:00 am.


  • 1 Professional bilingual guide for every 12 passengers.  1 guide assistant plus a guide assistant for 16 passengers per group.
  • 1 Andean cooker and an assistant for every 8 passengers
  • Horsemen and horses to carry all camping equipment, kitchen and 5 kilos of personal belongings of each passenger.

MEALS: includes all nutrients required during the trip.

  • All food is buffet service offer.
  • Three power breakfasts
  • Three nutritious lunches
  • Three delicious dinners
  • Three snacks
  • Awake each morning tea in camps


  • Oxygen
  • Radio communication
  • First aid kit
  • Guides certified in first aid and mountain rescue.


  • First breakfast
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day of trip
  • Bus Service from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Sleeping bag
  • Transportation and entrance to the hot springs of Santa Teresa


  • Extra services we offer for the trip:
  • Rental sleeping bags
  • Mountain Canes
  • Individual tent service
  • Service simple room in hot water
  • Bus ticket  to Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket hidrolectrica – Aguas calientes town
  • Ticket to huaynapicchu mountain
  • Ticket to Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • Private transport Ollanta to Cusco
  • Extra Lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Zip-line in Santa Teresa town

What to pack?


  • Warm clothes for days 1, 2 and 5
  • Sportswear (2 pairs each)
  • Walking shoes
  • Camera or camcorder with extra battery
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunglasses (optional)
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Extra money in soles
  • Standard Backpack Trip
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight

Frequently asked questions

Where is Salkantay located?

The snow-capped “Salkantay” is the highest peak of the Vilcabamba mountain range, which is part of the Peruvian Andes. It is located 60 km northwest of the city of Cusco. It is the 38th highest peak in the Andes and the 12th highest in Peru.

How difficult is the Salkantay Trek to the Inca Trail?

This trail has a moderate to hard difficulty, it is recommended to have a good physical preparation, and to arrive in Cusco at least 2 days before starting the trek to acclimatize.

Is it possible to do the Salkantay Trek on my own?

The Salkantay trek unlike the traditional Inca Trail, where it is mandatory to hire an agency and it is difficult to acquire an entrance ticket, the Salkantay trek allows you to do it on your own. The trek begins in the town of Mollepata, where you must pay a registration fee at the checkpoint in the main square, which costs approximately 130 soles or 40 dollars.

At what altitude is Salkantay?

The Salkantay mountain reaches 6,271 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.). The trekking route that leads to Machu Picchu has its highest point in the ‘Abra Salcantay’, at 4,650 meters above sea level. From there you can see the peak of the snow-capped mountain.

What does Salkantay mean?

The Salkantay is a snow-capped mountain whose name translated from Quechua would mean ‘Wild Mountain’. This summit is known as ‘Apu’ (‘Lord’) for its majesty and elevation.

Does the Salkantay Trek lead to Machu Picchu?

Yes, this route is the best alternative to the classic Inca Trail. Unlike the Inca Trail, Salkantay trekking takes 5 days to reach Machu Picchu.

What is the climate like in Salkantay Trail?

The snow-capped mountain has an extremely cold climate (several degrees Celsius below 0º).

The weather during the Salkantay trek, on the other hand, is varied. The intense sun and the cold at night in the first days change for the tropical atmosphere of the last days.

What is the flora and fauna like?

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