Salkantay trek 4 days is an good option for those who do not have enough time to do the classic 5 day and also for those could not get a space to do the Inca trail. The first three days of the tour is the same as the 5 days. On the third day of the tour instead staying one more night in Santa Teresa you advance to Aguas Calientes to spend the third night in the hotel on the next day climb to Machu Picchu. Salkantay 4 days is a tour that gives you the opportunity to enjoy the best of the salkantay trek. You will see and anjoy lagoons such Humantay, Salkantay lake and also you reach to the highest point of the whole Salkantay trail to enjoy the beauty of the mountains to finish the tour in the lost city of the incas Machupicchu after hiking through different type landscape, full of rivers, waterfalls, plantations and passing through some interesting towns.
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On this trek to Machu Picchu you get early start at your hotel in cusco. we pick you up at 4:30 am to transfer you to mollepata town where you have the chance to enjoy a delicious andean breakfast and also you have time to get round in mollepata. After an hour aprox in Mollepata. you continue in the same car to the Trail head. 45 minutes more to Challacancha the trailhead.
We start our trek with 30 minutes uphill hike to the Canal Inca, a switchback trail takes you to the spot to apreciate the magnificent umantay mountain. after a short brake we continue hiking 3 more hours in the flat trail which goes along the beautiful water aqueduct that takes liquid to mollepata town for irrigations. Once at the camp we have lunch then sienta. In the afternoon you climb to the humantay lake which located at the base of Humantay mountain after 1 hour hike you get to the beautiful lake. Time to enjoy and relaxing then you hike back to the campsite to enjoy tea and dinner.
The second day of the salkantay trek is considerat the hardest day. This is because the hiking distance is 22km/ 14 ft and also on this day you will get up to the highest point of the salkantay trail 4630 m / 15225 ft. Today in order to make it on time to the second campsite. we're going wake up with coca tea at 5:00 to enjoy a dilisious breakfast after we get ready for the trek. Around 6:30 in the morning we start hiking to the highest point of the whole salkantay trail. After 4 hours hike you reach to the top to celebrate and enjoy a beautifull views of the salkantay mountain once at the top you have the chance to make a offering for the APUS (andean gods).
From 4630 m / 15225 ml. We start hiking downhill to get 2900 m / 9510 ml in todo 15 km downhill hiking. we are going to do in two sections. The first section will be from the top to the lunch point which takes 2 hours approximately and then after lunch 3 hours more to the second camp call chawllay. on the way you are going apreciate diferent type of landscapes such glaciar mountains, lagoons, roccky mountains, grassy hill, by the time that you will be close to the camp you are going be in the jungle area. Once at the camp time to relaxing if you like you can enjoy cold beers while the cooks make the te time and the delicious dinner.
This day is call “Nature day”. You hike through the jungle are of Santa Teresa. The valley is formed by the salkantay river that discures from the white mountain. In this valley you have the opportunity to see waterfalls, rivers, plantations like coca, coffee, avocado, passion fruit, bananas and much more is a tropical valley and the climate is quite warm.
After a delicious breakfast we start the trek to the town of sahuayco, after 5 hours of crossing through the dense vegetation we arrived at the lunch point and then we drive to Hidroelectrica for about 1.5 hours in order walking 3 hours more to aguas calientes town on the flat trail. Then we take you to the hotel for showering and relaxing, in the evening around 7:00 pm we organised a dinner in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes after dinner we go to sleep to climb Machupicchu early on the next day.
The day most awaited by all. Day of visiting machu picchu. You can decide between walking and taking the bus towards Machupicchu. If you decide to walk start the hike at 4:15 am towards Puente Inca for 20 minutes aproximatly flat then start to climb the stairs for about an hour until the main entrance of machupicchu
If you decide to go by bus you have to buy a bus ticket for machupicchu and then take the bus for about 25 minutes approximately to machupicchu.
Any option you take the idea is to arrive at 6:00 a.m to Machupicchu in order to see it almost without people and enjoy the sunrise. After 20 to 30 minutes you will have a guided tour service for about 2:30 hours in Machupicchu then we will leave you free to explore the lost city of the Incas. Then if you wish you can go to the sun gate or to the Inca bridge. If you booked in advance the tickets for Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountains you can climb. after you done all the activityes we return to Aguas Calientes town by bus or walking to have a delicious lunch. In the afternoon You will take a train back to Cusco to take you by car to your hotel.