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4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
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4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Get off the beaten path to Machu Picchu during this 4-day, 3-night trip along the higher, more scenic and less-traveled Salkantay trekking route. Over the course of this 4-day trip you’ll enjoy incredible vistas of snow-capped Andean peaks, and cross a mountain pass at 15,200 feet (4,650 meters) before eventually descending back into the jungle landscapes at lower altitude. Cap it all off with your final day at Machu Picchu, the unforgettable ‘Lost City of the Incas,’ with a 2-hour tour of the site and time to explore on your own. Your Salkantay trekking experience also features hotel pickup, two nights of camping and one night of hostel accommodations, bus and train transfers, three days of meals and two snacks, entrance fees and a horseman and mules to help carry gear.
What to Expect

Day 1: Cuzco to Mollepata to Challacancha, Trek to Soraypampa Camp (3,920m) (L/D)  

Today we pick you up between 5:00 - 6:00 am and travel by tourist-class bus to Mollepata (2,900m) where you can stretch your legs and buy snacks. Continue by car to Challacancha where we will make final preparations and double check our equipment. Embark on a 3-hour walk that will take us to Soraypampa (3,920m) where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains. Hike up to Laguna de Humantay (approx. 1.5 hours each way) for more incredible views of the Andes mountains and then return to camp for the night. Our first campsite is located at 3,920m and is the highest and coldest campsite of the trip. Take some time to rest up, and enjoy your first night immersed in nature.  Have dinner and go to sleep early.

Day 2: Trek to Challhuay or Colcapampa Camp via High Pass (4,650m) (B/L/D)  

We will have breakfast at around 6:00 am and begin our 4-hour walk to the highest pass on this trek (4,650m) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Humantay on the left. (Optional horse rental available to reach high pass for 100 - 120 soles).  From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible with a possibility of snow here.  After a 2-hour downhill hike, a well-deserved lunch will be served at Huayracpampa, followed by another 3-hour trek to our campsite at Challhuay or Colcapampa as we near the beginning of the high jungle region at 2,900 meters.

Day 3: Trek to La Playa, Transfer to Hydroelectric Station, Trek to Aguas Calientes (B/L/D)

After breakfast at 6:30 am, we start trekking for the day through the upper jungle crossing the Santa Teresa River and a variety of little brooks. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants. We will have lunch at La Playa (2,200m) and continue by car to Santa Teresa town (1,700 meters) with a warmer climate. From here we will take another car to Hydroelectric Station (40 minutes) and then walk 3 hours to Aguas Calientes. There are internet cafes, cafes with board games and cards, plenty of shops and places to relax. 

Day 4: Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cuzco (B)  

Catch one of the first buses (05:30 am) to Machu Picchu (25-minute ride) in order to appreciate the magnificent city in the early morning light as the mist dissipates. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city on your own. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (to be booked in advance at an extra cost). Return to Aguas Calientes by bus at your own convenience. Take the train back to Ollantaytambo and a bus to Cuzco. You will be dropped off at the Plaza San Francisco. Upon arrival you will need to make your own way to your accommodation.

Reviews (6)
1 - 5 of 6 reviews
Reviewed 10 July 2018
Experienced guide and well organized

We had a wonderful few days in the Andes. Raul was always joyful, a nice and helpful guide and also nice company when we played the "frog game". Also the cooks were skillful, we had a cake one morning, just out of nothing at 3.600...More

Thank HorstZipfel
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile
Beautiful hike, badly organised

We travelled with Bamba Experience on their four-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu from Cusco and it was a very ambivalent experience all in all. While the nature, sights and trek in general is absolutely amazing, Bamba Experience was from the beginning a very unprofessional...More

Thank Jeppe B
Reviewed 19 June 2018
4-5 days close to Heaven

The Salkantay trip was an amazing experience. Everything was planned into the smallest detail. Good food, and an amazing guide (Diego). He learned us everything he new about the mountains and the nature around us. I can easily recommend this trip for everybody in okay...More

Thank Mathiaskoldsoe
Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile
Great Salkantay trip

This was maybe one of the best things I did in my life. We walked the 4 days salkantay trek and ended our last day at Machu Picchu. Our guide percy was one of the top onces you could have. He knows the region at...More

1  Thank Djordan P
Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile
Salkantay 5D/4N, Guide: Percy Gonza Manrique

Writing this review under the 4day trek here on TA as the 5D/4N is not visible. Guess this is the closest thing. Our adventure on the Salkantay Trek was really awesome. Excellent service all the way through. The food we got was well over our...More

1  Thank Patrick R
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