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Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days

Experience the Wonder of the Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu in 4 Days

The highlight of this itinerary is undoubtedly the visit to Machu Picchu, one of the most iconic and fascinating ancient sites in the world. Other notable highlights include the challenging and scenic Salkantay Pass, the diverse landscapes of the Salkantay Trail, and the opportunity to experience local cultures and cuisine along the way.


This is a 4-day trekking itinerary that takes you through the stunning landscapes of the Andes Mountains in Peru, culminating in the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu. The trek starts in Cusco and takes you to Mollepata, Soraypampa, Salkantay Pass, Collpapampa, and Lucmabamba before reaching Aguas Calientes. On the fourth day, you will visit Machu Picchu and return to Cusco via train and bus. Along the way, you will experience the Andean culture, see diverse wildlife, enjoy local fruits, coffee tour, and witness some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world. This is a challenging trek that requires good physical fitness and the ability to hike at high altitudes, but the reward of seeing Machu Picchu is well worth it!

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On Day 1 of the trek, we will pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 am and begin our four-hours drive until the beginning of the trek. During the ride, you'll have the opportunity to see the stunning white snowcapped mountains of Salkantay and Veronica, which were revered as holy gods by the Incas. Additionally, you'll witness the vibrant landscapes of the upper and lower valleys.

Once we arrive in Soraypampa town, we'll take a break and use the restroom facilities. There, we'll also meet our support staff, organize our equipment, and introduce ourselves. At around 9:30 am, we'll embark on our trek to Humantay Lake, which sits at an altitude of 4200 meters.

Upon reaching the lake, we'll marvel at the Humantay glacier and take in the stunning scenery of Humantay Lake. After spending an hour there, we'll return to Soraypampa to have lunch, which will be prepared by our skilled cook. Following our meal, we'll continue hiking to Salkantaypampa, where we'll spend the night. This location is situated in the midst of the glacier valleys, making it an ideal place to stargaze and admire the constellations in the dark, starry sky.


We'll start Day 2 with an early wake-up call at 5:00 am, and you'll receive some refreshing coca tea in your tent. After packing up quickly, we'll have breakfast and begin our hike towards the highest point of the Salkantay trail, which stands at an elevation of 4620 meters (15,255 feet). The 5 km ascent will take us approximately 3 hours, during which we'll traverse through a rocky valley and witness the magnificent Salkantay peak. If we're lucky, we may even spot chinchillas along the trail.

Upon reaching the top of the trail, we'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks of Salkantay, Humantay, and Pumasillo. Salkantay is regarded as the second highest mountain in the Cusco region and is considered one of the main Inca gods known as "Apu Salkantay." Hiking to the top is the most challenging part of the trek, and you'll feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when you reach the summit.

Next, we'll spend three hours descending on a serpent trail along a rocky and gravel path to reach Huayracmachay, where we'll have lunch. In the afternoon, we'll enter the upper part of the rainforest, also known as the "cloud forest." We'll trek for 9 km in 3 hours to reach Challway Village, our base campsite, which sits at an altitude of 2900 meters (9,514 feet). During the descent, we'll admire the thick forest, which is adorned with colorful orchids and native plants. The majority of the year, the weather in this region is warm and pleasant.


On day 3, you will wake up at 5:30 am to enjoy a cup of coca tea and have breakfast before starting the hike to la Playa. The trail leads through dense jungle and follows the bank of the Salkantay River on a gradual path. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to stop at local hamlets and taste the delicious fruits and vegetables such as passion fruit, banana, coffee, avocado, mango, orange, and papaya. With some luck, you might spot the famous "Cock of the Rocks" bird.

The hiking distance is 16 km and takes approximately 7 hours to reach Lucmabamba, where you will have your base camp. This small town is surrounded by coffee trees and offers basic facilities such as toilets, electricity, and shopping for souvenirs. After lunch, you will take a local bus for an hour to Hydroelectric and then continue to walk along the train tracks until you reach Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, you will check into your hotel, have dinner, and spend the night.


On day four, you'll get to experience the highlight of the entire trek: Machu Picchu. We'll have an early start at 5:30 am to catch the first bus up to the ruins and witness the stunning sunrise.

Your guide will accompany you for around 2 hours, explaining the significant features of Machu Picchu. After the guided tour, you'll have some free time to explore the ruins on your own and hike Huayna Picchu, provided you have booked this option. (Please note that this is a separate entrance ticket that costs $65 per person).

Later, we'll return to Aguas Calientes and take a train to Ollantaytambo followed by a bus back to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, we'll transfer you back to your hotel, completing the four-day adventure.



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$ 390.00
 salkantay treks-lifexpeditions 1

Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days

$ 390.00