Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 4D/3N

DIFFICULTY
5/5
GROUP SIZE
Up to 8 people
SERVICE
Group

TRANSPORTATION
Van, Train, Bus

This is an alternative route to the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu which will take you through incredible landscapes with various types of exotic flora and fauna. A unique and specially designed 4-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, with incomparable views of the snowcapped Huamantay and Salkantay Mountains. Trek OFF the beaten path, following our unique route where you visit two incredible crystal clear glacial lakes. Hike through the Andes Mountains and camp at our private sites which are more remote, less crowded and off the typical path. Follow the remote foot path up to the forgotten Inca Ruins of LLACTAPATA with the greatest view of Machu Picchu.

Day 1: CUSCO – KM 82 – WAYLLABAMBA – AYAPATA
Today, begins your adventure of a lifetime with the Classic Inca Trail! We will pick you up from your Cusco hotel in our private van at 4:30am. From there, we travel to Piskacucho, which is known as kilometer 82, where the Classic Inca Trail begins. Along the way, we stop for breakfast in Ollantaytambo at 6:30-7am to load up on energy for our start of the trail. (Breakfast is not included). Upon arrival at kilometer 82 (8:30am), we will have some time to organize ourselves, use the restrooms, apply sunscreen, insect repellent, etc. Once at the Inca Trail checkpoint, be ready to show your passports and (if paying a student rate) your student card. Your guide will have all of your permits and tickets.

At the start of the trail (2,720m/8,923ft) we will cross the Vilcanota River and follow its scenic route. The first day is relatively easy, a warm-up along the ‘Inca flat’ terrain. There are great views of the Inca Fortress (Huillca Raccay), the vast and incredible Inca site of Llactapata, (also called Patallacta), the Urubamba mountain range that divides the jungle, the Andes Mountains, and the beautiful snow-capped peak of Veronica (5,860m/19,225ft), also known as W’akay Willca. Our first campsite is in Ayapata, an hour and a half up towards the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000m/9,842ft) located in the temperate green valley of the same name. Temperatures at night can be as low as 5ºC, depending on the month. During the day, we will enjoy spectacular views of the snow-capped mountain Veronica, the lush green valley around us and a myriad of flora and fauna.

  • Meals: Lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 12kms/7.5mls (about 6 hours hiking)
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

Day 2: AYAPATA – PASS – PAQAYMAYU – CHAQUICOCCHA
After waking up at 5 to 5:30am and enjoying a hot breakfast, we start a steep ascent towards the highest pass, Abra de Warrmihuañusca, also known as Dead Woman’s Pass at (4,200m/13,779ft). On this day, you will feel a real sense of achievement upon reaching the top! After a well-deserved rest, we begin the descent towards our lunch spot, which is located at Pacaymayu (3,550m/11,646ft). On our way up towards the pass, we will be able to see an array of hummingbirds and a variety of other species of birds. There will be plenty of time to appreciate the incredible variety of native plants and the Polylepis, or Q’ueuña trees, which grow in the astonishing cloud forest located at (3,650m/11,972ft)!. After lunch, we begin the second two-hour steep climb towards Runkuraqay pass (almost 4,000m/13,123ft). We arrive at our campsite by 5 pm. Temperatures at this campsite are around 4ºC during the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 16kms/10mls (about 9 hours hiking)
  • Difficulty: Moderate/challenging.

Day 3: CH’AQICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAY WAYNA
This is the most impressive day by far, so keep this in mind as you ascend on day three! We wake up for breakfast at 6am and start the day with a gentle climb towards the archaeological site of Phuyupatamarca, which means ‘Town in the Clouds’. Here, we reach the third highest point along the Inca trail (3,680m/12,073ft). The views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular!

The Inca site of Phuyupatamarca, is located a few minutes’ walk from the third pass. After visiting this site, we continue walking down 3,000 stairs through the cloud forest to the impressive agricultural Incan site of Intipata. After taking some time to visit this site, we continue until we arrive at our third campsite Wiñay Wayna (2,680m/8,792ft). Today, we will only walk about 4 to 5 hours. We arrive at camp by lunchtime! Temperatures during the night are about 12º C. A short walk from our campsite is the famous Incan site of ‘Wiñay Wayna’ which means `Forever Young` in Quechua. It is named after a special orchid which grows abundantly in the area.

  • Meals: Breakfast, water, lunch, snacks, afternoon tea and dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping facilities
  • Distance: 10kms/6.2mls (about 5 hours hiking)
  • Difficulty: Moderate.

Day 4: WIÑAY WAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
At around 4:00am, it is time to wake up, have breakfast and start day 4 on the Inca Trail. This is the final part of your journey, and we arrive by 6:00am at the Sun Gate, also known as Inti Punku. At that point, the majestic Machu Picchu Citadel will be in front of us with its intense beauty – an incredible sight for all to see. Finally, we walk downhill towards Machu Picchu Citadel (2,400m/7,872 ft.). After walking about 40 minutes, we enter the citadel from the top through the “House of the Guardians”. From there, we proceed towards the control point, where we register and leave any large backpacks or walking poles. You are only allowed to take small bags into the citadel, such as camera bags. Walking poles are not allowed because they can damage the stones. Your professional guide will direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its most important areas. You can wander around the incredible architecture, as well as climb the intricately carved stone stairways. On your 2.5 hours private tour, your guide will expertly direct you through the enigmatic ruins and its most important sites. You will see the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Sun Dial, Quarry, the House of the Inka, the urban areas, agricultural terraces and many different types of architecture. Machu Picchu is considered one of the world’s most important spiritual centers. Once the guided tour is over, you will have free time to explore the site, depending on current government regulations. You will also have time to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own if you choose. These options require an additional fee. Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there. These extra hikes must be requested at the time of booking. Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the local museum or a relaxing soak in the hot springs. You will descend to Aguas Calientes by bus (included) and will have plenty of time to have lunch on your own. We board the Expedition train which departs at 14:55pm to head towards the Ollantaytambo Train Station. This is where you will meet our private van and will be transferred to your hotel in Cusco, arriving around 7:00pm. Train time depends on availability. Another option is 15:20.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Distance: 6kms/3.7mls
  • Difficulty: Easy.

WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE SALKANTAY TREK 4 DAYS?

  • Pick up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
  • Private transport from Cusco to Soraypampa (starting point of the trek)
  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu
  •  English speaking, experienced professional guide
  • Private guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Comfortable tents (sleeping 2 people in a 4 person tent)
  • All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes.
  • First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco
  • Celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes (tourist restaurant)
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room and bathroom
  • Mules and horses (for equipment and personal items) including
  • horsemen – 7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag etc
  • Provision of a horse in case of emergency such as illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
  • Comfortable & thick foam mattress
  • Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THE SALKANTAY TREK 4 DAYS?

  • Sleeping Bag: $20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress: $20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles: $15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent: $30 USD – (Tent for single travelers only)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade: $67 USD per person (Return Only)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Machu Picchu  Mountain: $75 USD per person  (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
  • Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters of SAM TRAVEL PERU

PRICE

2 to 8 people $547 USD per person. Personal porter included! This price includes an extra porter who will carry your belongings up to 7 kilos,  we will provide you a duffel bag,  you can put your things. We provide large Eureka 4 man tents for each 2 trekkers.

DISCOUNTS

  • 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: $30 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $40 USD  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

EXTRAS

  • Sleeping Bag: $20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
  • Air Mattress: $20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
  • Walking Poles: $15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
  • Personal tent: $30 USD – (Tent is for single trekkers only)
  • Vistadome Train Upgrade: $67 USD per person (Return Only)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Machu Picchu  Mountain: $75 USD per person  (Please request when you book your Trek)
  • Single supplement: $30 USD per night (for solo travellers with single room)v

From

USD547

Per Person