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Short Salkantay Trekking 4 Days

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If you have little time to visit Machu Picchu and love the walks, Salkantay trek 4 days and 3 nights is what you are looking for your adventure!

Make your trip to Machu Picchu an unforgettable experience by taking the Salkantay route, the best alternative route to reach the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Salkantay is one of the most important Apus or sacred mountains of the Inca Period, next to the Ausangate.

We will visit an archaeological center and we will be in close contact with the flora, fauna and ecological floors of the area.

Beautiful and diverse landscapes expect to be discovered by you; Typical Andean landscapes, snowy mountains, tropical forests and finally the exuberance of the jungle.

The highest point of the trek is the snowy Salkantay where you will conquer the impressive view of the Valley of Mollepata.

Awake the mountain man that is in you encamped in the skirts of the Nevado Humantay Mountain sister of the Salkantay.

Make this a complete adventure and make the longest Zip Line in all of South America and then enjoy the tropical paradise of the Therapeutic medicinal baths of Santa Teresa, a group of hot and transparent volcanic waters.

Do not miss the best route to get to Machu Picchu, Salkantay.


 

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WHAT SHOULD I BRING:

  1. Sneakers or hiking shoes.
  2. Sunscreen.
  3. Suitable clothing / Rain poncho.
  4. Soles for your personal expenses.

Itinerary

Day 1:
Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa - Humantay Lagoon
(distance 12 km - 3 hours of travel) Between 4:20 a.m. and 4:50 a.m. We will pick you up from your hotel in our tourist bus, then we will go with take a trip to the town of Mollepata; where we will take a 20 minute break, where you can buy last minute supplies (water, rain poncho, insect repellent , etc.). Then we will continue toChallacancha, which is the beginning of our walk (height of 3600 mt-11500 ft.); Then we will have 5 hours of trekking along the road until we reach the basecamp, Soraypampa (height 3912 mt -12834 ft.); where we will have lunch enjoying the panoramic view of mountains, breathing the crisp air and the snow-capped Humantay (4200 mt- 13779 ft) and the Nevado del Salkantay (6271 mt-20575 ft), after our break, we will make an hour asent to Humantay lagoon and then we will return to the base camp where we will have time for tea and dinner.
Day 2:
Soraypampa - Paso Salkantay - Huayrapunku - Chaullay
(distance 22 km - 9 hours of travel) This is the most difficult day of the trek, which is why we get up at 5:00 a.m. and have breakfast at 5:30 a.m. and our trek will begin at 6:00 a.m. It may be early but you'll get to take advantage of the bright morning, mystical views of Soraypampa. It is 3 to 4 hours of walking along the road until we reach the Salkantay pass (height 4630 mt-15190 ft) “Although the air is scarce and it is steep”; Once you have crossed the pass we will have a traditional Andean ceremony with the whole group, then we will make a descent to Huayrapunku (height 3912 mt-12834 ft) where we will have a lunch and then we will continue to the second camp in Chaullay, where you´ll find both locals and travelers alike resting in tents surrounded by such serene nature (height 2900 mt- 9514 ft).
Day 3:
Chaullay - Playa Sahuayo - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes
(distance 15km - 8 hours of travel) (distance 15km - 8 hours of travel) We wake up at 6:00 a.m. and have breakfast at 6:30 am, we will begin the walk in a jungle at the height of a very beautiful geography of rivers between the plains, waterfalls and raging streams where we can appreciate the orchid plantations, cacao, coffee, coca fruit trees , bananas, papaya, avocado, and granadilla. There are birds such as hummingbird, parrots and rupicolas. The views of the valley are enough to occupy your mind during the 4 hours of walking until you reach Sahuayo Beach (2064 mt - 6771 ft); where we will have lunch and then we will take a taxi to get to the Hidroelectrica (for this transport the payment is US $ 10 extra not included); where we will meet on the way with another Group that left the previous day and we will join them and then we will walk along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes to sleep in a private Hotel.
Day 4
Aguas Calientes - Tour to Machu Picchu
(distance 5 km -1 hour ½ trip) This day we will start at 4:00 a.m. The first part of the trip is 30 minutes to an hour. We will continue towards Machu Picchu, where we will arrive at approximately 6 a.m. to see and enjoy the sunrise and visit Machu Picchu with our guide for an average of 2 hour tour and then you will have free time to do your own exploration of Machu Picchu. It's breathtaking getting to witness the sun shinning through the mountains and illuminate the stone city. It's a once in a lifetime experience.

Cheaper Transportation: Bus

At 11.00 am, we have to leave the city of Machu Picchu to walk back for 3 hours to the Hydroelectric, where we will board our bus to return to Cusco. The bus will leave the Hydroelectric at 2:45 p.m. and so that we can arrive to Cusco between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. (Approximately 6 hours of travel).

The Traditional Way by Train

If you return by train, it can between 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. that will depend on the availability of the trains (PeruRail or IncaRail). It's two hours by train or car back to Cusco.

Included/Excluded

Pre-Departure Briefing
Experienced Tour Guide
First Aid Kit
Customer Service 24/7
Tourist Transportation
Pick Up Service
Entrance to Machu Picchu
Vegetarian Options
Bus tickets from Machupicchu (Round Trip)
Tourist bus transportation Cusco - Abra Malaga and accompanying to Santa Maria.
Personal tents for two.
Inflatable mattresses (thermarest mattresses).
Hot drinks at night and at every meal.
3 breakfasts 3 lunches 3 dinners.
Dome First Night.
CHEAPER WAY: back by bus from hydroelectric to cusco (6 hours aprox) leave near to your hotel
TRADITIONAL WAY: back by train (2 hours aprox) and pick up in the ollantaytambo station and arrive to cusco leave near to your hotel
Travel Insurance
Tips for Our Staff
Additional Costs
Entrance to The Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes
Air Tickets
Personal expenses
Entrance to Huayna Picchu (USD 25.00 in case of buying it with our company).
The first breakfast and the last lunch.
Sleeping bag.
Walking sticks.

FAQs

Pick up of guests
Machu Picchu Vip can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 20 and 35 minutes due to traffic.
Group Tours
Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.
Strikes in cusco
Are usually common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.
Lost objects
Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport, tents, or restaurants. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.
I can change or cancel my tour
Of course you can modify the date of your tour up to 24 hours before and you can cancel up to 15 days before, but there will be charges for administrative expenses
Should I tip the guides?
How much is appropriate? A tip is voluntary, but the amount is at your discretion. Whatever you feel is appropriate based on the service you have received is fine; please remember to always be courteous and respectful with our guides.
Who is Machu Picchu by Car Vip?
Is one of the best adventure operator in cusco, manage the routes machu picchu by bus, inca jungle and salkantay trekking

See our offers

Shared Salkantay Trekking (in small groups)
Price per person in twin or matrimonial room - available for 2 persons
Back by Hydroelectric (Car)
Tourist Class Accommodation (Standard Hostal)
In Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu Lodging | Premier Inn Machu Picchu
In certain occasions depending on the availability, you will be assigned to a hotel of similar category
250.00 USD
Additional
Wayna Picchu / Machu Picchu Mountain 25.00 USD
Back by train (PeruRail / IncaRail) in the tourist class 70.00 USD
Upgrade (PeruRail / IncaRail) in the first class 120.00 USD
All of our tours are easily customizable, if you have any special request, do not hesitate to let us know about it!

About the trains

There are two different trains we can use; the way is the same only the wagons, comfort and the sight are different.

PeruRail's Expedition train or Incarail's Voyager train

The traveler in the Expedition will be comfortable and relaxed, also be informed on the most important points that has this ancient route and that every adventurer should know. The Expedition has wagons fully covered by large windows for the traveler to soak in the beauty of the natural landscape, and make your experience to Machu Picchu begins in the train.

PeruRail Voyager
PeruRail's Vistadome train or Incarail's 360 ° train

Glass completely surrounded, with wagons with large panoramic windows offering scenic views without equal and a number of opportunities to take spectacular photographs, the traveler in the Vistadome will be connected and feel part of the impressive landscape of Peru. Perurail provides personalized attention and first class on board in which the traveler will live an unforgettable experience. The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust to the body providing comfort and relaxation during the trip. They also serve snacks and drinks.

Peru Rail Vistadome
PeruRail's Hiram Bingham train or Incarail's First Class train

It is the finest way to travel to Machu Picchu, with a personalised service, which takes care of even the smallest detail on the trip.The Hiram Bingham enjoy sophisticated dining car, bar car and car Observatory, where you can enjoy the outdoor free, wonderful route, in the company of a Peruvian cocktail and local live music shows; It will be an experience you will never forget.

PeruRail Hiram Bingham

How to book?

To start booking your tour a payment of the 50% is required, the remaining amount will be paid in cash once you arrive to Cusco, or if you want 100%, besides you will also need to send us the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Number of Passport
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Sex
  • Phone Number
We have 4 options for you to make the deposit.
  • You can make the payment with VISA/MASTERCARD debit or credit card.

  • You may also pay with Paypal.

  • You could also make a bank transfer to our bank account.

  • You can also pay with Western Union or Moneygram.


About the Hotels

Unforgettable experiences are better when you are close to iconic monuments, the accommodation we offer you are strategically located, full of comfort and what is most important very safe, exactly what you need it.

Sanctuary Lodge (Machu Picchu)

Sitting in the shadows of the Lost City, our lodge is an oasis of calm before or after a day exploring Machu Picchu. Unwind with a yoga session, take part in a traditional shaman ceremony in the garden, or sip muña tea in Tampu Bar. Tranquility, wonder and beauty are at the heart of our unique experience.

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Hotel Vista (Machu Picchu)

Rooms at the Vista Machu Picchu feature mountain views, cable satellite TV and a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. In addition, they all have a telephone, fans and a safe. Room service is available on request.

Hotel Vista Machu Picchu
Hotel Wiracocha Inn (Machu Picchu)

Hotel Wiracocha offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and cable TV in Machu Picchu, a 10-minute walk from a hot spring. It includes breakfast and has a restaurant and cafeteria. It has a free shuttle service to the train station.

Hotel Wiracocha Inn

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