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Express Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (4 days)

Operative tour

Make the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu for 4 days and know the variation of landscape of the mountain range and pre-jungle. Includes guide and meals.


This tour has confirmed daily departures and it is possible to book it until 48 hours in advance. However, the entrance tickets to the Machu Picchu archaeological site are always subject to availability, so our recommendation is to make the booking as far in advance as possible.

Price

Prices of the programs with entrance fee to Machu Picchu for type of accommodation in Aguas Calientes until December 31st, 2024:

  • Without accommodations:
  • Adult non-resident in Andean Community: US$ 259 per person.
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: US$ 239 per person.
  • Hostel Eco Mapi with shared room:
  • Adult non-resident in Andean Community: US$ 269 per person.
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: US$ 249 per person.
  • Hostel Vista Machu Picchu or similar with private room:
  • Adult non-resident in Andean Community: from US$ 299 per person.
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: from US$ 279 per person.
  • Hotel Jaya or similar with private room:
  • Adult non-resident in Andean Community: from US$ 344 per person.
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: from US$ 324 per person.


If you select a program without entrance fee to Machu Picchu, you must have a ticket to the route Circuito 2 - Ruta Clásica Diseñada with enter time from 6:00 am to 7:00 am, and a discount will be applied as follows:

  • Adult non-resident in the Andean Community: US$ 40 off.
  • Minor non-resident in the Andean Community: US$ 20 off.
  • Adult resident in Andean Community: US$ 20 off.

 

*Andean Community: resident citizens in Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia.

*Discount for minors: you can access to the prices for minors (age 14 to 17) directly in the passengers’ number selector.

Included

  • Pickup at the hotel in Cusco.
  • Transportation:
  • Shared transportation by bus from Cusco to Challacancha.
  • Shared transportation by bus from Hidroeléctrica to Cusco.
  • Accommodations:
  • 1st night in Soraypampa Campsite (shared double hut).
  • 2nd night in Chaullay Campsite (shared double room in lodge).
  • Meals:
  • Breakfast (except the first day).
  • Lunch (except the last day).
  • Dinner (except the last day).
  • Transportation of campsite and cooking equipment.
  • Luggage carrying service for the first two days (up to 5 kg per person).
  • Entrance ticket to the Salkantay Route.
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish and English).

Not included

  • Shower at Soraypampa Campsite (no access).
  • Access to shower at Chaullay Campsite (S/. 10 per person).
  • Access to bathrooms on the route.
  • 3rd night of accommodations in Aguas Calientes, in case you choose the option without accommodations.
  • Sleeping bag (US$ 15 per person).
  • Trek poles.
  • Extra weight for luggage (S/. 10 per kg, per day, maximum 12 kg).
  • Breakfast the first day (S/. 10 per person).
  • Lunch nor dinner the last day.
  • Drinks during the dinner of the fourth day.
  • Water.
  • Entrance fee to the Cocalmayo Hot Springs (optional activity, S/ 10 per person).
  • Round trip transport to the hot springs:
  • 1 person: S/ 180.
  • Group of 2 people: S/ 90 per person.
  • Group of 3 to 6 people: S/ 50 per person.
  • Group of 7 to 10 people: S/ 40 per person.
  • Group of 11 people or more: S/ 30 per person.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Health-care coverage.

Optional services

  • Round trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu: US$ 24 per person.


*There is no possibility to add a mountain due to the time you have to leave the archaeological site to do the walking towards Hidroeléctrica and take the bus from that place to Cusco.

How to book

  1. Select the departure date from the calendar.
  2. Select the number of people.
  3. Click on "Add to cart".
  4. Pay the full price of the tour online.

What to bring

  • 30-liter backpack to bring things you will be using during the day.
  • Waterproof backpack cover.
  • Waterproof jacket and pants (Gore-Tex or similar).
  • Fleece clothing (Polartec or similar).
  • Thermal clothing (base layer).
  • Short and long-sleeved t-shirts.
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Plenty of batteries (there are no electrical sockets to charge batteries).
  • Earplugs.
  • Flip-flops (for showers and resting).
  • Bathing suite.
  • Towel.
  • Headlamp.
  • Lock.
  • Winter hat and gloves for the cold.
  • Cap to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Ziploc bags (to store garbage).
  • Trekking poles.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Toiletries.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Water (1 liter per person for the first day; you will be able to buy water during the trek).
  • Snacks.
  • At least S/. 200 for extra expenses not included in the trek (the amount considers optional activities).
  • Travel insurance.

Restrictions

  • Minimum age of 14 year to make the activity.
  • Not allowed for pregnant women.

Itinerary

Beginning: Day 1 at 4:30 am at your hotel in Cusco.

End: Day 4 at 11:45 in downtown Cusco.


Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Marqoq'asa - Soraypampa (8.7 miles of trek, 5 hours). We will pick you up at your hotel to take our transportation and leave Cusco to Mollepata, place where we will be able to have breakfast. In addition, we will deliver the luggage we want the herder to take and will meet the person who will guide us by the tracks during the next four days. After listening some directions, we will take our vehicle again and go to Marqoq'asa, place where we will start our trek. We will have the first views of the mountain landscape, if the weather allows it, while we advance to our first campsite: Soraypampa. Here, we can rest, settle down, have lunch and then start a 1 and half hour’s trek to the Humantay Lagoon, located at 13,451 ft. of altitude and from where you can see a glacier with the same name, if he clouds allow it. After that, we will return to rest, have dinner and get ready to sleep.


Day 2: Soraypampa – Abra Salkantay – Chaullay (13.7 miles of trek, 10 hours). We will get up very early so we can have breakfast and prepare our things to leave with the first lights in the morning. We will begin the trek by a ravine between the mountains that will take us to the Abra Salkantay, the highest point of our trek at 15,091 ft, of altitude, from where we will be able to have views of the Humantay Glacier and the Salkantay snow-capped mountain. After a small ceremony to thank the Apu Salkantay, we will continue walking to Huayracpampa, where we will make a pause to have lunch and get some rest.

During the afternoon, we will continue to our next campsite and we will see how the landscape changes from lower mountain temperatures to warmer temperatures of the pre-jungle. We will reach Chaullay Campsite where we will rest and have dinner to recover energy for the next day.


Day 3: Chaullay – Sahuayaca Beach – Aguas Calientes (6.8 miles of trek, 5 hours). We will have breakfast early so we can begin the trek of the day, continuing by this new landscape different to the one in the mountain. We will have explanations about the flora of the area, and we will see coffee and quinoa plantations, while we advance to Sahuayaca Beach. Here we will have our first lunch and then we will take our vehicle, which will take us to Hidroeléctrica. In this place, we will leave our things and will take only what is necessary for the next day, so when we come back, we pick them up to take the bus. From this place, we will walk for the train rail to Aguas Calientes, where we will settle down in our corresponding accommodations. Then, we will gather for dinner and receive the last instructions of our guide for the next day.


Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco. Today we will get up particularly early, so we can have breakfast before taking the bus, or we take a box lunch with us to eat after climbing the stairs to the Machu Picchu archaeological site entrance. In this place, we will gather with our guide, with whom we will have a 1-hour tour of interest data about this place. After that, we will have time to go over the rest of the places inside it. The recommendation is leaving the place at 10:00 am to begin walking towards Hidroeléctrica, without need of passing by Aguas Calientes again. That way you buy some time and get there to take the bus right on time to go back to Cusco, leaving Hidroeléctrica between 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm. We will not make any stops until reaching the San Francisco Square in Cusco, where our tour ends.

Cancellation policy

  • The cancellation or reschedule of this tour does not have full refund.
  • If you cancel or reschedule with more than 6 days in advance, we will refund only US$ 40 per person of the advance deposit paid for booking.
  • If you cancel or reschedule with less than 6 days in advance, you will not receive any part of the advance paid for booking.

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