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Salkantay Trek 4 days to Machu Picchu is the best alternative to the classic Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. The 4 Days Salkantay Trek is equally rewarding, it takes you through a varied landscape.
The experience begins high up close to the snowcapped mountains, then takes you through Humantay Lake and Salkantay Mountain down to the cloud forest. You will also be encountering some remote Andean communities who call the place their home.
The highest point of the trek is Salkantay Pass at 4650 metres above sea level. To avoid altitude sickness, we highly recommend you to spend 2-3 days in Cusco before the trek. The camp sites are well equipped so you can simply unwind after a day full of trekking.
Treks in Cusco is a specialised outdoor local tour operator in Cusco. We have an excellent team of trek experts and cooks. All our trek experts who guide the tour are experts in mountaineering and have extensive knowledge on first aid and recovering from altitude sickness.
We make sure to carry oxygen cans on all treks. Our guides are also fluent in English. They are certified tourism professionals with an extensive knowledge about traditions and culture.
During the 4 day trek, you will be camping in tents along the way, something that we do to protect the ambience and nature with no intervention of constructions and use of solid materials that would be devastating the nature and scenery.
We use state of the art camping gears and all our camping areas have adequate facilities to offer you a decent stay. The experience with us will be more eco-friendly.
You can be certain to have a safe and memorable experience. You can read the experiences of our guests on the world’s largest review portal, Trip Advisor.
Check out our eight reasons to hike Salkantay Trek from Cusco.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
At 0600 in the morning we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. We will then drive to Mollepata at 2800 metres. The road to Mollepata from Cusco offers nice panoramic views of the Apurimac Valley.
We will stop for breakfast at Mollepata. We will be then driving for an hour to the trailhead at Sayllapata (3200 metres). This is the starting point of the trek.
Here we will be meeting our muleteers. The first part of Salkantay Trek will be of two hours through traditional Andean communities like Cruzpata and Challacancha. We will be stopping in Soraypampa for lunch and then continue hiking further for four hours to our campsite.
On the second day of Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, we will be hiking to the highest point of the trek – Salkantay Pass at 4600 metres. From here, you will get a closer look at Mountain Salkantay, a stunning snow capped peak (6271 meters). After three hours of walking with spectacular views of the mountains Humantay and Huayanay, small lakes and moraines we will be reaching our lunch camp at Huayracmachay (3700meters). After lunch, we will be hiking for three more hours to our second campsite at Collpapampa ( 2600 meters).
On the third day of Salkantay Trek 4 Days to Machu Picchu, we will start with a four hours downhill hike. You will be introduced to a high Jungle niche called Ceja de Selva. This place is famous for coffee, cocoa and some tropical fruit plantations.
Here we will stop for sometime, you can jump into the natural shower (under a waterfall). Mostly, here you will get to see the Peruvian national bird, “Gallito de las Rocas” (Cock of the Rock).
We will then be driving you in our private transport through Santa Teresa to Hidro Electrica. Here, we will be stopping for lunch. We will then be hiking through the train tracks for three hours to Aguas Calientes. This is the same route that Hiram Bingham took when he rediscovered Machu Picchu.
Alternatively you can take a train from Hidro Electrica to Aguas Calientes. This has an extra cost of 34 USD each way. We will be accommodating you in an ensuite hotel room with a hot shower in Aguas Calientes.
Early in the morning we will be taking the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Our local guide will assist you in clearing security control and to enter the citadel. Once inside, we will be giving you a two hours guided tour. We will be visiting the main square, ceremonial centre, remains of temples and more.
After the tour, you will have some free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. If you want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, please let us know at the time of booking the tour so we can organise it.
Alternatively, you can walk to the Sun Gate. It offers a stunning view of the citadel. Those on Inca Trail enter the citadel through Sun Gate.
There is no entrance fee. It takes two hours to walk to and from the citadel.
After the tour, you will be taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes. From here, you will be boarding the train to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will be meeting you at the train station and will be transferring you back to your hotel in Cusco.
You will be reaching Cusco at around 09:00 PM.
This was a fantastic experience. I could not get Inca Trail permit and i ended up booking this trek. Treks in Cusco team is just outstanding.