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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days


Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, a top trek by National Geographic, now offers a 4-day option. Highlights include Laguna Humanata, Salkantay Pass, diverse landscapes, and ends at Machu Picchu.


  • Hike to the breathtaking Salkantay Pass at 4615m.
  • Experience a transition from Andean mountains to lush high jungle.
  • Trek through small villages like Playa Sawayaco and Santa Teresa.


Day 1: Depart from Cusco at 4:30 AM to Mollepata for breakfast, then to Challacancha to meet muleteers. Hike 4 hours to Soraypampa camp for lunch. Post-lunch, 1.5-hour uphill walk to Lake Humantay and return to camp for dinner and overnight stay. Day 2: Start with an early breakfast, then hike for approximately 3.5 hours to the Salkantay Pass at 4615m, offering panoramic views of Salkantay and other peaks. After the guide's explanation, descend to Wayracpampa at 3900m for lunch. Post-lunch, the trek transitions from Andean scenery to high jungle, culminating at the Colpapampa campsite at 2800m. Day 3: Begin early with a downhill walk to Playa Sawayaco at 1900m, trekking through tropical jungle. After lunch in Playa Sawayaco and bidding farewell to muleteers and horses, transport to Santa Teresa at 1550m, then continue to Hydroelectric. A 3-hour walk along the train track leads to Aguas Calientes at 1950m for an overnight stay. Day 4: Rise at 4:00 am for a 1.5-hour hike to Machu Picchu at 2400m. After entry registration, enjoy a 1.5-hour guided tour of the site. Free time to explore Machu Picchu, then return to Aguas Calientes at 1950m. Collect luggage and take a train to Ollantaytambo, followed by a transfer to Cusco.


Duffle bag to carry 5kg. on horses during the trekking Pick up from Cusco Main Square Van transportation from Cusco to Mollepata Muleteers and mules to carry the equipment Professional chef and cooking equipment 2 nights camping 3 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 3 dinners Transportation from Playa Sahuayaco to Hidroelectryc 1 night acomodación in Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu Ticket Llaqta Machu Picchu Route (Circuit 1, 2, 3 or 4) Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo Professional guide (English & Spanish-speaking) First aid kit and oxygen bottle Return bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

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