Trekking Salkantay a Machu Picchu
Laguna Humantay
Paisaje Andes peruano
Ciudadela de Machu Picchu

Express Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (4 days)

Operative tour

If you cancel your booking until 48 hours before the beginning of the activity, we will refund 100% of the advance you paid for the booking.

Free cancellation

The most popular alternative trek, in a shorter time frame. The scenery changes dramatically everyday - from glaciers to jungle.


Price

  • Program for type of accommodations in Aguas Calientes:
    • Without accommodations:
      • Local price: US$ 299 per person.
      • International visitor price: US$ 319 per person.
    • Hostel Eco Mapi with shared room:
      • Local price: US$ 309 per person.
      • International visitor price: US$ 329 per person.
    • Hostel Presidente or similar with private room:
      • Local price: from US$ 329 per person.
      • International visitor price: from US$ 349 per person.
    • Hotel Tierra Viva or similar with private room:
      • Local price: from US$ 377 per person.
      • International visitor price: from US$ 397 per person.

*Local price for citizens of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia, and foreign residents of other nationalities in Peru.

*International visitor price for non-resident international visitors in Peru.

Discounts

  • Children from 3 to 7 years: US$ 27 on the local price and US$ 47 on the international visitor price.
  • Children from 8 to 10 years: US$ 10 on the local price and US$ 20 on the international visitor price.
  • Teenagers from 11 to 17 years: US$ 10 on the local price and US$ 20 on the international visitor price.
  • Students**: US$ 10 on the local price and US$ 20 on the international visitor price.

*To access to these discounts, write us at reservas@denomades.com.

**See requirements in FAQ’s.

Included

  • Pickup at the hotel in Cusco.
  • Transportation:
    • Shared transportation by bus from Cusco to Challacancha.
    • Shared transportation by train in Expedition category, from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
    • Shared transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Accommodations:
    • 1st night in Soraypampa Campsite (double shared hut).
    • 2nd night in Chaullay Campsite (shared lodge).
  • Meals:
    • Breakfast (except the first day).
    • Lunch (except the last day).
    • Dinner (except the last day).
  • Campsite and cooking equipment transportation.
  • Luggage bearing service the first two days (up to 5 kg per person).
  • Entrance ticket to Salkantay Route.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu (archaeological site).
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish and English).

Not included

  • Shower at Soraypampa Campsite (no access).
  • Shower at Chaullay Campsite (S/. 10 per person).
  • Access to bathrooms on the way.
  • 3rd night of accommodations in Aguas Calientes, in case you choose the option without accommodations.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Trek poles.
  • Extra weight for luggage (S/. 50 for maximum 12 kg).
  • Breakfast the first day (S/. 10 per person).
  • Lunch nor dinner the last day.
  • Drinks on dinner of the fourth day.
  • Water.
  • Entrance ticket to the Cocalmayo Hot Springs (optional activity, S/. 25 per person).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Health-care coverage.

Optional services

  • Train upgrade to Vistadome category: US$ 35 per person.
  • Entrance ticket to the Machu Picchu Mountain: US$ 20 per person.
  • Entrance ticket to the Huayna Picchu Mountain: US$ 20 per person.
  • Round trip bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu: US$ 24 per person.

*It is not possible to climb both mountains, Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu, on a same tour.

*Due to the pandemic, the optional mountains Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu are closed to the public until further notice. In case you include one of them in your booking and during the date of your trip still remains closed, we will make the corresponding refund.

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 required of 14 years to make this activity.
  • Not allowed for pregnant women.

Itinerary

Start: Day 1 at 4:30 am at your hotel in Cusco.
End: Day 4 at 11:45 pm 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 our luggage, so the herder can take it, and we will meet our guide, who will take us through the tracks during the next four days. After listening some directions, we will take our vehicle again to go to Marqoq'asa, from 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 will be able to rest, settle down, have lunch and then begin a 1 and a half hours trek to the Huamantay lagoon, located at 13,451 ft. of altitude and from where it is possible to see a glacier with the same name, if the clouds allow it. After that, we will go back to rest, have dinner and prepare for sleeping.

Day 2: Soraypampa – Abra Salkantay – Chaullay (13.7 miles of trek, 10 hours). We will get up very early to have breakfast and prepare our things to leave at dawn. We will start the trek by the ravine between the mountains that will take us to the Abra Salkantay, the highest point of our trek at 15,092 ft. of altitude, from where we will 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 go on to our next campsite and we will see how the landscape changes from the low temperatures of the mountain to the 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 to start the trek of the day, going on by this new landscape, different to the one in the mountain. We will have access to explanations about the vegetation of the area and we will see coffee and quinoa plantations, while we continue to Sahuayaca Beach. Here we will have our lunch and then we will take a vehicle that will take us directly to Hidroeléctrica. From this last place, we will walk by the train rail to Aguas Calientes, where we will settle down in our corresponding accommodations. After that, we will gather for dinner and receive the last directions from our guide for the next day.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco. Today we will get up especially early, so we can have breakfast before taking the bus or take a box lunch with us to eat after climbing the stairs that will take us to the entrance of the archaeological site. In this place, we will gather with our guide and have a 1-hour tour in which he will give us interesting details about this place. After that, we will have the rest of the time for going over on our own or for climbing one of the mountains, if you add the ticket as optional service: Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu. Then, we will leave the archaeological site to go back to Aguas Calientes, pick our things up, have lunch and then wait for the train that will take us back to Ollantaytambo. Here the transportation will be waiting for us and take us to downtown Cusco, where we will end our activity.


Time in the archaeological site

The time that we have inside the archaeological site of Machu Picchu is of three hours in total. This have to be distributed in one hour for the guided tour and the rest for visiting the place on your own or climbing some of the mountains: Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu.

Cancellation policy

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do meals include during the Salkantay trek?

    During this activity, breakfast includes coca tea, hot beverage, bread, butter, jam and eggs. For lunch and dinner, salad, main course with protein and carbs (for the trek) and juice. Remember telling us if you are vegetarian or if you have any food allergies writing at reservas@denomades.com once you make the booking.

  • What is the difference between the Machu Picchu citadel, Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain?

    What commonly is known as "Machu Picchu" corresponds to the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, which is formed by different areas, among them the Machu Picchu citadel (archaeological center or ruins) and its two adjacent mountains: Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. The tour includes the entry ticket to the citadel, but not the entry to climb up one of the mountains, which you can add as an optional to your booking. You can check the technical details, similarities and differences of the mountains [here](https://www.denomades.com/blog/montana-huayna-picchu-vs-montana-machu-picchu-cual-elegir).

  • How long does it take the visit to Machu Picchu?

    The visit has a duration of three hours, and is divided as follows: 1 hour for a guided tour by the citadel, and two hours to climb up and go down one of the optional mountains, or to go over freely by the citadel.

  • Which are the differences between the Expedition and Vistadome train categories?

    The Expedition category as well as the Vistadome category offer comfortable leather seats, and include a snack, and a cold or hot beverage per person. The first and main difference between both categories is that the Vistadome train has roof windows in the wagons, which allows you to have a panoramic view of the exterior. The second difference is that the Vistadome train offers entertainment services on board, like traditional dances and parades.

  • How is the weather in Machu Picchu?

    Machu Picchu is located between the Andes Mountain Range and the Amazonas Jungle, having a warm and mild weather, with a minimum average temperature of 12°C and a maximum average temperature of 24°C. From April to October is the dry season in the place, that is to say, during this period there is a lower possibility of having rain, while from November to March is the rain season, that is to say, during this period there is a higher possibility of having rain. Nevertheless, during the whole year there is possibility of rain, because we are talking about a subtropical area.

  • I have already bought my entry ticket to Machu Picchu, is it possible to book the program without the entry ticket added to the total price?

    Yes. To make the booking in this way, you have to write us at [reservas@denomades.com](mailto:reservas@denomades.com), indicating the number of people travelling and the date you want to begin the program, and we will send to you the corresponding quotation along with the instructions to make the booking.

  • Is it possible to add an accommodation night in Aguas Calientes and return to Cusco a day after the tour?

    Yes. To make the booking in this way, you have to write us at [reservas@denomades.com](mailto:reservas@denomades.com), indicating the number of people travelling and the date you want to begin the program, and we will send to you the corresponding quotation along with the instructions to make the booking.

  • Why there are prices for type of accommodations in Aguas Calientes?

    The idea is be able to offer an option according to what you want to pay by the tour, even giving you the possibility to choose the accommodations in Aguas Calientes on your own.

  • What are the differences between accommodations?

    * Mapi Hostel: triple or quadruple shared room, with shared bathroom. Includes box lunch for breakfast. * Presidente Hostel or similar: single or double private room, with private bathroom. Includes box lunch for breakfast. * Tierra Viva Hotel (3 stars) or similar: single or double private room, with private bathroom. Includes breakfast.

  • What document to I need to prove that I am a student?

    The students discount is valid as long as you are maximum 25 years old. The same way the discount is valid if, at the moment of booking, you send us a copy or picture of your university ID card. This card needs to have the following information: * Full name of the university. * Full name of the student. * Picture of the student. * Year on which it is valid (if you will viist Machu Picchu during 2020, the card must indicate 2020 on it). The following documents are not valid to prove you are a student: * Registration voucher. * Regular student certificate. * Transportation card for students. * ISIC card.

  • For the children discount, is it valid the age the children have at the moment of bokking or when we are going to do the tour?

    The discount for children applies according to the age they have at the moment of making the tour. Separate from that, you have to send us the travel document at the moment of booking.

  • How far in advance should I book the tour?

    We receive bookings with minimum 48 hours in advance. However, the places are limited and are always subject to availability. The entry tickets to the Machu Picchu citadel have a high demand, running out of tickets, in some cases, with months in advance. Because of that, our recommendation is to make the booking as far in advance as possible.

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