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Salkantay Trekking 4 Days, Best Alternative Inca Trail Trek

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4 Days / 3 Nights
Availability : Jan - Dec
Cusco
Machu Picchu
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 12

Our Salkantay Trekking Details

Salkantay Trekking is one of the sweetest Inca Trail alternative hiking routes in South America. Travel along with our professional local guide to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, on our Salkantay Trek 4 days. This is the most spectacular and the best Salkantay Tour. Salkantay Trekking Peru takes you to a wonderful place that is sometimes called “the Wild Mountain”. The Mountain seems to be closer to heaven than it is to the earth. The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an amazing trail which is treasured by trekking aficionados. This Salkantay Tour Cusco route will take you over high mountain passes and down into the steamy hot jungle. Your final destination on this epic expedition will be the Sanctuary of Machupicchu.

Our Salkantay Tour is one of the finest options for those nature lovers who are seeking experiences that are off the beaten path. Salkantay Trail enables you to visit ancient villages where the folks have maintained their Incan traditions for a thousand years. At the same time, you’ll appreciate beautiful landscapes and panoramic views like Humantay Lake. On the Salkantay Trek Tour you’ll see new plants and wildlife in their Andean habitat.

If you are tired of sleeping every night with the noise of the big city, come climb in the Andes exploring and experiencing Mother Nature as you connect with the energy of the Apus. On this trip you’ll trek in the shadows of this legendary Peruvian Mountain while you interact with its inhabitants and explore its forgotten ruins. We recommend that you are healthy and in good physical condition before starting out on this famous Salkantay Trail Tours. We have both options for you: small group tours and private packages. You are cordially invited to come along on the best alternative Inca Trail!

Summary:

  • Type of Tourism: Trekking, Hiking, Cultural, Nature and Ecotourism.
  • Overnight: Tents / camping. (The final night is at the 3-star  Jaya Hotel in Machu Picchu)
  • Duration: 4 Days and 3 Nights. 
  • Type of Service: We only operate this alternative trek in private service.
  • Time of year: April through December is the best time of year to make this trek.

For both your security and ours, all of our Salkantay Trekking Tours are private tours. During January, February and March we do not operate the Salkantay Trek or the Humantay Lake Day Trip because it is the rainy season. The high country is almost always cloudy at that time of year.

For 2019 – 2020 it is recommended that you book your Salkantay Trek as early as possible, especially if you are travelling during the high season (May – September). As long as you make your reservation early, we can guarantee the best chef, the best guide and the finest transportation from Cusco to Mollepata. Another reason for reserving early is that the Machu Picchu entrance tickets and the return Vistadome Train tickets will be available at best hours. That way we can guarantee you the absolutely finest service.

Salkantay Trek Facts:

  • Total distance of the trek: 74 km.
  • Required number of days: You can make the trek in 4 days or in 5 days.
  • Starting point: This depends on whether you are taking the 4-day trek or 5-day trek. Challakancha or Soraypampa.
  • Final Destiantion: Machu Picchu.
  • Average altitude: 3000 masl.
  • Highest point: Salkantay Pass (Abra Salkantay).
  • Additional Permits. You do not need any special permits for this trek.

Included on Our Salkantay Trek

  • Your briefing at your hotel the day before beginning the Salkantay Trek Peru.
  • Pick up at your hotel in Cusco by your guide on the morning that your trek begins.
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Mollepata – Soraypampa.
  • Local professional guide who specializes in the Salkantay trekking route, and who speaks English or whatever language is required.
  • An assistant guide for groups of more than 9 people.
  • A chef trained for cooking on trekking routes.
  • Complete set of kitchen equipment and utensils.
  • Snacks appropriate for all hours and hot and cold beverages.
  • Dining room equipment which includes tables, chairs, and a dining tent.
  • Purified water during the trek, (excluding the first 4 hours of hiking.)
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 3 Suppers. (If you would like vegetarian food, or a special diet, please let us know in advance.)
  • One tent for every 2 people. (If you would like your own personal tent for sleeping, there would be an additional charge).
  • Pack horses that will carry the camping equipment, the cooking equipment and the food.
  • Another pack horse to carry your personal gear that weighs up to 7 kilos.
  • Boiled water provided by your chef to refill your water bottles.
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and back to Aguas Calientes.
  • Return Vistadome train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy train station at 3:48 pm or 4:22 pm.
  • One night at the 3-star Jaya Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Entrance ticket into Machu Picchu and for the Salkantay Trekking Route.
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottles for emergency.
  • Private transportation from Ollantaytambo or from the Poroy train station to your hotel in Cusco.

Not Included on Our Salkantay Trail Tours

  • Meals that are not specifically included in the program.
  • Additional expenses such as treatment for altitude problems, flight cancelations, or last minute train tickets purchased before your scheduled return to Cusco.
  • Extra charges incurred by the client during the trip.
  • Damages caused by the client to the bus or to the camping equipment.
  • Extra charges incurred by the client on the tours.
  • Camping equipment such as sleeping bag, or walking stick.
  • The last dinner on the way back to Cusco.
  • Tips to our team members for the trek (TIPS).

The Salkantay Trek is the most popular alternative trek to Machu Picchu, and that is for good reasons. It offers hikers an incredibly diverse trekking experience; it is relatively easy to access from Cusco; and unlike the Classic Inca Trail, there are no permit limitations.

Travel Recommendations for our Salkantay Tours

You should carry with you:

  • Your passport (mandatory) and your student ID card, if you used your ISIC Card to make the purchase.
  • Information about your personal travel insurance and information about your airplane flight times.
  • Cash money, as in many of the places we visit debit cards or credit cards are not accepted.
  • Waterproof clothing for rainy days, and warm clothes for cold weather.
  • Long pants, long sleeve sweaters and shirts, and comfortable hiking footwear.
  • Changes of clothes appropriate for the amount of days that you are traveling. Preferably light weight clothes.
  • Warm gloves, wide brimmed hat, bathing suit and small towel.
  • Sandals and personal hygiene items.
  • Sun block, sun glasses, head mounted flash light, and belt pouch.
  • Insect repellent cream, and anti-bacterial towels or gel.
  • Small first aid kit. Bring your doctor’s prescriptions if you are taking any medications.
  • Re-usable water bottle.
  • Water proof backpack.
    Camera with spare cards and batteries.
  • Walking sticks to make hiking easier.
  • Walking sticks and sleeping bags can be rented at our office.

We recommend that you let us know in advance about any special needs that you might have. Before taking this Salkantay Trekking Trip, you should acclimatize yourself in Cusco for a couple days.

You should be healthy when you begin the trek. We can offer to take you on a warm up tour of 1 day or of half a day before you take the 4 Day Salkantay Trek Tour.

Prices of our Salkantay Trek 4 Days

Cost
Discounts
Optional Extras
  • 02 travelers: $730.00
  • 03 – 04 travelers: $700.80
  • 05 – 06 travelers: $671.60
  • 07 – 08 travelers: $642.40
  • 09+ travelers: $613.20

*Price in USD per Person.

  • Students (ISIC Student Card Required): $30.00
  • Adolescents from Ages 11 to 17: $30.00
  • Upgrade from EXPEDITION or VOYAGER train to VISTADOME train: $55.00

Itinerary for Salkantay Trekking

Day 1:Cusco - Soraypampa - Salkantay Pampa - Wayracmachay

Bright and early in the morning, we will pick you up at your hotel and set out in our private Mercedes van to the district of Mollepata where you will eat a delicious breakfast. Then you will continue on to Challacancha where the trek begins, and where you will start hiking. Before setting out on the trail you will be introduced to your entire team of muleskinners and cooks who will accompany you along the way and take very good care of you. These are experienced people from the local communities who are very familiar with the trail.

Your first leg is an hour and a half of easy walking to Soraypampa along an ancient Inkan stone ditch that was used for irrigation purposes 500 years ago and is still in use today. When you reach the first campsite you can eat lunch and take a break. After lunch you will start the enchanting hike up to Humantay Lake.

The climb to Humantay Lake takes about an hour and is uphill. Its scenery is very beautiful and the lake is very colorful. Due to the reflection of the sunlight on the crystalline waters, the lake often appears blue in the center and green around the edges during the afternoon hours. While you rest and relax and enjoy the sublime beauty of the Andean high country, you can watch the ducks swimming, and if you are lucky you might see condors soaring above the mountains. Then you will hike back down to Soraypampa for hot tea and snacks. After the sun goes down dinner will be served. Since the air gets cold and you will be tired, you will probably start sleeping soon after you put your head down. Your dreams will be full of wild creatures and Inca days.

Day 2:Wayracmachay – Chaullay – Playa

You will wake up before the first rays of the sun touch the horizon and eat a nutritious breakfast. Soon after eating, you will head up in the direction of Salkantay Pass which is the highest point of the whole Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. If you can reach the high pass early enough, you can take a side trip over to another pretty lagoon, Salkantay Lagoon. Leaving behind the high pass, you will walk downhill for couple hours until you reach Huayracmachay where you can eat lunch and rest.

At this point of the trek all the scenery totally changes. From the stark desolation of the high pass, you gradually enter into the fertile abundance of the eyebrow of the jungle. During the next leg of your journey as you descend toward our next camp at Chaullay, you will see some beautiful sights as we pass by roaring waterfalls, cross over rivers of crystal-clear water, and hike through the thick tropical rain forest. Late in the afternoon your chef will offer up tea time snacks and hot beverages. It will be around dark when he serves you a delicious supper. Finally, you can get a good night´s sleep in the warmth of the lowlands in order to recoup your energy for the adventures of tomorrow.

Day 3:Playa – Llactapata – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes

You will rise before the sun early in the morning, and eat a great breakfast. Then you will leave Chaullay and head out toward Playa Sahuayaco which takes about 5 hours of hiking under the rain forest canopy. Along the way you will have the opportunity to sample some wonderful tropical fruits picked right off the trees. Also check out the delicious frozen fruit bars. Multicolored orchids and other flowers will line your path through this tropical wonderland. Lunch will be served when you arrive at Playa Sahuayaco.

Upon finishing lunch, there will be time for a coffee plantation tour. On this tour you will learn all about how coffee beans are picked, peeled, roasted and ground. Then you will take a one-hour ride in a mini-van to hydroelectric where you should arrive around 2:00 pm. From hydroelectric you will hike for three more hours until arriving at the steamy jungle town of Aguas Calientes.

In Aguas Calientes you will check into your hotel and enjoy a well-deserved rest. Finally, in the evening you will eat dinner, and then your guide will come give you some important last-minute tips concerning your trip the following morning up to Machu Picchu, the 7th Wonder of the World.

Day 4:Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

This will be a very special day, as it is the day that you will visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Therefore, you will have to get a very early start. After breakfast you will board the bus that will take you up to the Incan Citadel. You could also hike up if you choose. The hike up takes an hour and a half. The bus ride takes a half an hour.

You will enter the site before sunrise so you can witness the incredible sight of the sun coming up over this peaceful, magical place. Then you will have a 3-hour private guided tour on which you will visit the most important points of interest. After the guided tour, there will be free time to explore the ruins on your own, and visit the Gate of the Sun or the Inkas Bridge. Take some fantastic photos which you will be sure to treasure when you return home.

In the afternoon you will return to Aguas Calientes where you´ll eat lunch at Café Inka Terra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel and then catch the train to Ollantaytambo or to Poroy which is closer to Cusco. In Ollantaytambo or Poroy our team will pick you up with our private van and drive you back to your hotel in Cusco. There you can enjoy your rest and reflect on the past 4 adventure-filled and fun-packed days.

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Charlie Pendergast.

Couple Traveller

This trek was one of the very best that I have ever gone on. Beautiful country, awesome views, fascinating sites and friendly people. I wouldn’t say that this was an easy trek. There were certainly quite a few challenges along the way. But that is what makes trekking so much fun, overcoming every obstacle.

Our final day at Machu Picchu actually was pretty easy and lots of fun. It was like having Machu Picchu for dessert. We were able to ride the bus up to the ruins and back down again. So, for us, walking around the ancient city was a piece of cake after hiking all the way from Soraypampa. Machu Picchu was even more spectacular than I thought it would be.

May 15, 2019

Joan Lucas

Couple Traveller

An unforgettable experience. I loved every step of it, from the peaks to the valleys, to incredible beauty of Machu Picchu itself. Outstanding!

April 13, 2018