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Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu – 4D/3N

  • 4 days and 3 nights
  • Max people: 7+
  • Min age: 12+
  • Cusco, Peru
  • Mollepata, Soraypampa, Chaullay, Salkantay, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu
  • Daily departures

This trekking is a shorter version, only 4 days to visit various destinations such us Humantay lake, Salkantay snowy and Machu Picchu.

Price Includes

  • Transfer service from Cusco to Mollepata.
  • Entrance ticket for the route.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • Spacious dinig tent and kitchen.
  • Dining chairs and tables.
  • Aid kit.
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Professional bilingual guide, cook and assistants.
  • The following meals: 3 x breakfasts, 3 x lunches, 3 x dinners (vegetarian optional).
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes.

Not include in the price

  • Sleeping bags.
  • Personal items.
  • Additional horse.
  • Tips for the guide and the horsemen.
  • The first day breakfast, lunch and dinner on the last day.

We suggest bring

  • Strong walking shoes for trekking.
  • Sweater and thick jacket.
  • Eco-friendly Tomatodo (canteen).
  • Hat or cap.
  • Rain coat.
  • Long sleeve shirt.
  • Long and short pants.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunblock with a 40 UV factor of at least.
  • Lantern.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Plastic bags.
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory.
  • Medical or personal items.
  • Lightweight backpack.
  • Some cash in small bills.

Briefing in our office, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. of the day before the trip, detailed explanation of the tour with our guide.

Recommendation: Arrive 24 hours before the trip at the office of Conde Travel.


Day 1:Cusco - Soraypampa

We will begin our adventure picking up each passenger from their respective hotels before embarking on a 3:30 hours by bus. Halfway through the tour, we will stop in Mollepata at an altitude of 2900 m.a.s.l. for a 30 minute break, then we continue with our trip directly to the last bus stop in Challacancha, where we will meet our horsemen and horses, who will carry the all camping equipment and we begin our trek to Soraypampa at (3900 m.a.s.l.). Arriving we will establish a camping area from where we will can enjoy the beautiful views of the snowy peak of Salkantay and we will have a break for lunch. After lunch, we will visit the Humantay Lake at (4200 m.a.s.l.) before starting our return to the camping área in Soraypampa, around 5:00 pm. Where our camping team will be waiting for you with an afternoon tea and our delicious dinner.

Day 2:Soraypampa - Chaullay

Early in the morning we will have our breakfast and then we will start a 3-hours trek until we will reach the highest point of our expedition, the Salkantay Pass (4600 m.a.s.l.). From there, we walk towards Wayrac Machaq, to have our lunch. Then, trekking will continue into the high jungle where we will observe large trees with their arms extended over the streams, all full of bromeliads and orchids. This walk will take about 5 hours to reach our camp in Chaullay for dinner and rest.

Day 3:Chaullay - La Playa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

After having breakfast around 6:30 am, we will go to Sahuyaco – La Playa (2080 m.a.s.l.). We will have lunch at this place. Then we continue our trip in a transport to Hidroeléctrica.
After some relax in this place, we will continue walking down the railroad that leads through this great Inca jungle to our final destination: Aguas Calientes.
We walk around 3 hours and you will find different ecological farms and possibly the curious wildlife upon your arrival. Where you will spend the night in your accommodation to meet at night, in a restaurant and enjoy a great dinner. Then we will have a briefing about our next excursion to Machu Picchu.
We suggest visiting the city, which is wonderful after sunset.

Day 4:Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We are ready around 4:00 am to go up to Machu Picchu, the trek will follow an ascending path crossing the high jungle, just in time to see the spectacular sunrise. After passing the control entrance around 6:00 am our group will have a private guided tour for 2 hours in the Inca citadel, later the passengers will be free to enjoy Machu Picchu by themself. In the afternoon, according to the train’s departure time, the group will descend walking to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where everyone will be picked up and transferred to Cusco.
The group must be at the train station at least 30 minutes before departure. The Salkantay trekking ends in San Francisco square, Cusco.

Frequent questions FAQ

What is the Salkantay trek?

Salkantay trek is another way of Inca trails that leads to Machupicchu and also other wonders such as Choquequirao and Vilcabamba discovered approximately 20 years ago.

What's on the Salkantay trek?

On Salkantay trek we find adventure activities, local people who are dedicated to agriculture that works coffee, coca among other products of the area, we also find medicinal, exotic plants and wildlife.

Why Salkantay trek is an alternative Inca trail?

It’s called ALTERNATIVE ROAD because it’s another way to get Machu Picchu in addition to the already famous Inca Trail, which is in great demand and must be booked 8 months in advance.
Salkantay trek is an alternative route specialized in adventure for different activities.

What is Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is an archeological center that preserves the remains of an Inca city, built in a green environment of mountains and rivers, a mystical and mysterious place; in addition, it is a patrimony of humanity and one of the most desired destinations in the world.

It is located at 2,400 m. a. s. l. in a cloud forest between the Andes Mountains and the Amazon rainforest of Peru.

How to get to Machu Picchu from Lima?

To get from Lima to Machu Picchu you must travel to the city of Cusco by plane or bus.

When to go to Machu Picchu?

It is possible to go all the year, the minimum temperatures vary between 8 ºC and the maximum around 20 ºC.
There are 2 seasons in Machu Picchu: the dry season and the rainy season. The first one takes place between April and October, it is characterized by little rain and a sunny climate. The rainy season runs from November to March and is characterized by constant rains.

How much luggage can I take on the train?

On trains to Machu Picchu you can only take hand luggage that should not exceed 5 kilos (11 pounds).

Could Machu Picchu be visited by people of any age?

Yes, it can be visited by people of all ages. However, in order to ascend Huayna Picchu mountain, it can only be visited by people older than 12 years old.

From what time can I enter Machu Picchu?

Public access is from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What to see in Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is home to almost 150 amazing constructions, these are some of the places that stand out:

• The Temple of the Sun.
• The Intihuatana.
• The Temple of the 3 Windows.
• The Temple of the Condor.
• The Mirrors of water.
• The Ladder of the Fountains.
• Huayna Picchu Mountain.
• The Temple of the Moon.
• The Door of the Sun (Intipunku).
• The Main Square.
• The Royal Tomb.
• The Sacred Rock.