Salkantay Trekking Machu Picchu 2024



FROM: $290.00


The 3-Day Salkantay Trek is a captivating and cost-effective option for adventurers seeking a shorter journey to Machu Picchu. Despite its duration, this trek offers a remarkable experience through diverse landscapes, including glaciers, rivers, lagoons, and jungle valleys. Machu Picchu Reservations ensures a successful journey by providing experienced guides, cooks, and support staff. Although distances are sometimes shortened by car, the trek remains manageable for well-prepared trekkers. The condensed itinerary allows travelers to explore the stunning Andean landscapes while visiting the iconic Machu Picchu. Marvel at the majestic Salkantay mountain range, indulge in a comfortable stay at Chawllay Mountain Huts, and conclude your adventure with a visit to the enchanting Inca city.


3 Day


Machu Picchu


Embark on an Unforgettable Expedition: Cusco to Quiswarniyoc, Salkantay Pass, and Chaullay Camp
  • Begin Your Journey with an Early Start in Cusco: Transfer to Soraypampa and Embark on the Salkantay Trek

    • 5:00 am: Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco
    • 3-hour transfer to Soraypampa
    • Join your Salkantay trek group and enjoy a hearty breakfast
    • Prepare for the 20-kilometer hike
    • 6:30 am: Start your ascent to the highest point of the Salkantay trail at 4,630 meters
    • Hike for approximately 3 hours and reach the summit
    • Take in the stunning views of Salkantay mountain and make an offering to the Apus
    • Descend to Chawllay

  • Begin your descent, covering a total of 15 kilometers downhill

    • First segment: Hike for about 2 hours from the summit to the lunch point
    • Enjoy a well-deserved lunch break
    • Second segment: Continue hiking for another 3 hours to reach Chawllay, your second camp
    • Marvel at the diverse landscapes along the way, including glaciers, lagoons, rocky hills, and grasslands
    • Immerse yourself in the lush jungle environment as you approach the camp
    • Relax and Recharge at Chawllay
  • Upon arrival at Chawllay, take time to relax and unwind

    • Optionally, enjoy a cold beer while the cooks prepare tea time and a delicious dinner
    • Rest and refuel for the next day's adventure
  • Covering a Distance: of 25 km – Approximately 9 Hours of Hiking
  • Campsite Altitude: Situated at an elevation of 2,900 meters above sea level
  • Notable Achievement: Conquering the highest point of the trek at 4,650 meters above sea level
  • Weather Conditions: Warm and windy during the day, with colder temperatures at night
  • Accommodations: Experience a cozy stay in the Mountain Sky Huts
  • Meals Provided: Savor a delicious selection of meals, including breakfast, lunch, tea time, and dinner
Exploring the Beauty of the Chaullay to Santa Teresa Route: Hidroelectrica and Aguas Calientes
  • Morning Activities

    • Gentle wake-up call at 6:00 am.
    • Enjoy a cup of invigorating coca tea.
    • Savor a delicious breakfast.
  • Hike to La Playa Sahuayaco

    • Start the hike at 7:00 am.
    • Duration: Approximately 5 hours.
    • Traverse the pictures Santa Teresa Valley.
    • Explore plantations including coffee, bananas, avocados, coca, passion fruit, and more.

  • La Playa Sahuayaco to Santa Teresa

    • Arrive at La Playa Sahuayaco after the 5-hour hike.
    • Take local transportation for a one-hour ride to Santa Teresa.
    • Enjoy a well-earned lunch break.

  • Santa Teresa to Hidroelectrica

    • Continue the journey by car for 45 minutes to Hidroelectrica.
  • Walk Along Train Tracks to Aguas Calientes

    • Embark on a leisurely 3-hour walk along the train tracks.
    • Enjoy the scenic route while heading towards Aguas Calientes.

  • Arrival in Aguas Calientes

    • Check into your hotel for a refreshing shower and relaxation
  • Evening Activities

    • Gather around 7:00 pm for a delightful dinner at a local restaurant.
    • Return to your hotel for a good night's sleep, preparing for the next day's adventure.

  • Covering a Distance: of 25 km – Approximately 8 Hours of Hiking
  • Lodging Altitude: Situated at an elevation of 2,000 meters above sea level
  • Considerations: Prepare for a long and challenging day of trekking
  • Weather Conditions: Warm, hot, and tropical climate
  • Accommodations: Enjoy a comfortable stay at a hotel
  • Meals Provided: Indulge in a variety of meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Machu Picchu Day Itinerary
  • Arriving at Machu Picchu's Main Gate from Aguas Calientes

    • Choose between a 1.5-hour hike or a bus ride ($12).
    • Depart from Aguas Calientes at 4 am after breakfast.

  • Machu Picchu Guided Tour

    • Explore with a pre-arranged ticket (circuit 01 or 02).
    • Experienced guide leads a 2.5-hour tour, visiting iconic locations.

  • Leisure Time and Optional Hikes

    • Enjoy free time to explore and relax.
    • Optional hike: Huayna Picchu (2-hour round-trip, pre-booking required, $30) or Machu Picchu Mountain (3-hour round-trip, $30).


Return by Train
If you return by train, it can be on the Tren at 14:30 p.m., 19:00 p.m. or 21:50 p.m. that will depend on the availability of the trains
(PeruRail or IncaRail) the time is 2 hours by train to Ollantaytambo Train Station and 2 hours by car to reach Cusco.

Important: We recommend booking in advance to get the best times to return to Cusco by train.





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  1. First select the best package for you.
  2. Fill in “Book Online” FORM, select the date, and complete the booking information. Have one person fill it out for the entire group to ensure you’re booked together.
  3. Make a payment online using any debit or credit card, Our system will charge you 40% in advance of the total number of passengers.
  4. When you complete your payment, you will receive an email from our reservations staff, who will ask you for the following information for each passengers (by email and photo).
  • Name and surname
  • Passport Nro
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Sex
  • Phone

Optional: You can pay the full tour amount upfront to avoid any future payment concerns. Ask for the total payment link.

The remaining BALANCE is due 48 hours before the tour begins. You can pay in CASH (soles or dollars) or CREDIT CARD (+ 4 %) at the office in Cusco or in your hotel/hostal/apartament.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment. Obtain insurance before departing and consider working with a reputable agency for affordable coverage.

Additional Enhancements:
Huayna Picchu Mountain: $30 USD (subject to availability). Check availability at
Machu Picchu Mountain: $30 USD (subject to availability). Check availability at
Sleeping Bag Rental: (for the entire trek): $15 USD
Trekking Poles Rental: (one pair for the entire trek): $10 USD
Upgrade Train: Vistadome – Panoramic Train (if you choose the train return option): $35 USD.
Extra night: $20 USD (per person “based 2 people”) $40 USD (Single accommodation)

Important: Book the normal tour with a deposit and pay the remaining balance and any additional upgrades you choose upon arrival in Cusco.


Student Discount: If your student card meets Peruvian government requirements, reserve the tour with a deposit and pay the remaining balance upon arrival in Cusco. The student discount will be applied at that time.


All university cards must be laminated and clearly show the following information:

  1. The name of the university or institute
  2. The student’s first and last names
  3. The current date of the university card
  4. You have to be under 25 years old



We have a wide multimedia gallery where you can see photos of our groups of passengers on adventure routes such as the Salkantay Trekking of 4 and 5 Days as well. One of the most famous routes that is Machu Picchu by Bus (Acceso Amazonico) for 2 and 3 Days in addition to one day tours such as the Rainbow Mountain Full Day.

What to Pack

Get your backpack ready with the following recommendations!

  • Hiking boots or shoes

  • Hiking socks (wool or synthetic)

  • Long pants (hiking pants or leggings)

  • T-shirts or breathable shirts

  • Fleece jacket or sweater

  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho

  • Swimwear (for hot springs or swimming)

  • Sandals / Flip flops

  • Headlamp or flashlight (with extra batteries)

  • Sunglasses

  • Sun hat or cap

  • Water bottle or hydration system (at least 1.5 liters capacity)

  • Personal medication (if necessary)

  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.)

Frequent questions

We help you solve any doubts you may have!

The Salkantay trek is an alternative route to the Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu. It is a multi-day hike that goes through stunning landscapes, including snow-capped mountains, high-altitude passes, cloud forests, and Inca ruins.

The Salkantay trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek. It involves hiking at high altitudes, with the highest point being Salkantay Pass at 4,630 meters (15,190 feet) above sea level. However, the trek is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and previous hiking experience.

The Salkantay trek typically takes 4 to 5 days to complete. Some tour operators offer longer or shorter itineraries, depending on your preferences and fitness level.

You should pack comfortable and waterproof hiking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, a backpack, warm clothes, rain gear, a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent. It’s also essential to bring a sleeping bag, a water bottle, and snacks or energy bars.

While you don’t need to be an experienced hiker, it’s important to have a reasonable level of fitness to complete the Salkantay trek. You’ll be hiking for several hours each day, often at high altitudes, so it’s a good idea to prepare your body with cardio and strength training before your trip.

While it’s possible to do the Salkantay trek independently, it’s recommended to hire a guide for safety reasons and to learn more about the history and culture of the area. Most tour operators offer guided tours, which also include transportation, meals, and accommodation.

The best time to do the Salkantay trek is from April to October, which is the dry season in the region. During these months, you can expect clear skies, warm days, and cool nights. However, it’s also possible to do the trek during the wet season (November to March), although the trails can be muddy and slippery, and you may encounter more rain and clouds.

The Inca Trail is a famous trekking route in Peru that leads to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. It’s a 4-day hike that follows an original Inca stone path through the Andes mountains, passing through several Inca ruins and offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.

The Inca Trail is considered a challenging trek, with steep ascents and descents, high-altitude passes, and rugged terrain. It’s important to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience to complete the trek.

The best time to do the Inca Trail is during the dry season, which runs from April to October. During these months, you can expect clear skies, warm days, and cool nights. The wet season, from November to March, can be more challenging due to the rain and mud on the trails.

The Inca Trail is a 4-day hike, covering a distance of approximately 42 kilometers (26 miles). However, there are shorter and longer itineraries available, depending on your preferences and fitness level.

You should pack comfortable and waterproof hiking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, a backpack, warm clothes, rain gear, a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent. It’s also essential to bring a sleeping bag, a water bottle, and snacks or energy bars.

You need to book the Inca Trail through a licensed tour operator, as independent hiking is not allowed. The government limits the number of permits for the trail each day, so it’s essential to book well in advance, especially during the peak season (June to August).

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