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From Cusco: Salkantay trek 4 Days-3 Nights to Machu Picchu

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Live an incredible experience trekking to the citadel of Machu Picchu, enjoy unique landscapes such as the majestic snow-capped Salkantay, mountains, dense forests of jungle eyebrow.


  • Enjoy 4 days walking to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Camping in the middle of nature with views of the surrounding landscapes.
  • Have impressive views of the Llaqta of Machu Picchu.
  • Photograph incredible landscapes valleys, forests, snow-capped mountains.


Day 1 Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco, we leave around 5:45 to the town of Mollepata by car for 2 hours. Once in Mollepata, we have a delicious breakfast. We also pay 10 soles entrance to the local municipality. Then we continue by car 1 hour more to Challacancha where we will meet the horsemen and horse that will carry all the luggage, food and 7 kilos of each hiker's belongings. We start the hike to Humantay lake for 2 hours. When you arrive at the lake, you will have enough time to explore, photograph the place. After a couple of hours at the lake, we start to descend for 2 hours to Quiswarniyoc camp, which is an exclusive camp. Once you arrive at the camp, you will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the cooks after lunch, you basically have free time to explore the area to see the llamas or, if you wish, you can rest. Day 2 The second day of the trek is the most difficult because it takes you up to 4630 m and 20 km of walking. The cooks will wake you up around 5:00 a.m. with a cup of hot coca tea, then you will have time to repack and prepare for the nutritious breakfast which is served around 5:45 a.m. Then it is time to start hiking to the highest point of the Salkantay trail, which is 4630 m, which takes 3 to 4 hours, all uphill at a slow and steady pace. Once you are at the highest point, you will have time to enjoy the mountains, take pictures and the guide will teach you about the mountain gods and you will also be part of the small Andean ritual for the Apus, the mountain gods. Then start walking for 2 hours to the lunch spot to rest and enjoy a delicious lunch. After continuing downhill for three more hours to the second camp, which is Chaullay is located at 2900m. Day 3 On the third day, you will be in the jungle area. We wake you up around 6:00 a.m. with a cup of coca tea, then we offer you a delicious breakfast. Around 7:00 a.m., the hike to Sahuayaco beach begins for approximately 5 hours along the Santa Teresa Valley, which is formed by the Salkantay River. Along the valley, you have the opportunity to see plantations such as coffee, bananas, avocados, coca, passion fruit and much more. Five hours of walking, you will arrive at La Playa Sahuayaco, from where you will take local transportation for one hour to Santa Teresa, where you will stop for lunch, then continue by car 45 minutes more to Hidroeléctrica and then walk 3 hours more train tracks to the village of Aguas Calientes on the flat road. Then we take you to the hotel to shower and relax, in the evening around 19:00 o'clock. Day 4 On the last day of the tour, you will visit Machu Picchu. You should wake up around 4:00 a.m. to prepare for the hike to the main entrance of Machu Picchu. After taking your breakfast packet, start walking to the checkpoint at the Ruins Bridge for 30 minutes, which is open at 5:00 a.m., where you must show your passport and your Machu Picchu tickets. After passing the first checkpoint, you will climb all the stairs for an hour to the main gate of Machu Picchu to be there around 6:00 a.m. Once everyone is at the gate, enter Machu Picchu for the 2.5 hour guided tour to learn all about The Lost City of the Incas. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore the Inca city of Machu Picchu on your own. The time you will spend in Machu Picchu will depend on how you want to return to Cusco and will also depend on whether you want to climb Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain, which you must book in advance. On the fourth day, you must return to Cusco after visiting Machu Picchu and we offer you 2 options to return to Cusco, you can do the option of TRAIN or BUS.


Entrance ticket The day before briefing prior to departure from Salkantay Travel Bag to prepare 7 kilos of your belongings carried by horses. Bilingual tour guide Bilingual tour guide One night camping One night hostel in Aguas Calientes Three breakfasts Three lunches Three dinners Tourist transportation from La Playa to Hidroelectrica Cook equipment Vegetarian food is available upon request at not additional charge First aid kit Oxygen bottle Horses to carry - 7 Kilos of each hiker

Important Information

  • - Wear appropriate clothing for the hike. - Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and sunglasses are required. - This tour involves basic to hard level walking.

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