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SHORT SALKANTAY TREK 4 DAYS

Description

Salkantay trek 4 days is a short version of the entire trail that takes you to Machu Picchu if you do not have enough time to do the five days version this option is perfect for you because you will enjoy the best part of the Salkantay trek. The first three days id the same that 5-day trek. All the group on the 3er day arrive in Santa Teresa camp around 13:00 pm for lunch, people you have four days trek after lunch will continue by car to hydroelectric for 45 more minutes, then you hike 3 hours along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes. Once you arrive at the town, we take you to the accommodation, and at the dinner, you will join another group who started the trek a day before then you, for supper and the tour on the next day in Machu Picchu. Sometimes we have enough people to make groups of 4 days people only. In this case, you will travel only with people and guides who are doing just the four days program. This option is excellent for those adventurers who want to do the trek of Salcantay and Machu Picchu in 4 days. You will enjoy the mountains, lagoons, glaciers jungle are and much more the only difference that there is between the program of 5 days is that you do not have time to do the thermal baths of Santa Teresa and there is no option to do the Llactapata the hike to the Inca ruins to see Machu Picchu a day before.

Highlights

4-Day Salkantay Trek Highlights:

  • Enjoy the panoramic views of the Limatambo Valley and Mollepata grassy hills.
  • Hike up to the Humantay Lake on the first day of the tour.
  • Reach to the highest point of the Salkantay trail to enjoy the beautiful views of the Salkantay mountain.
  • Make a small ritual for the Andean gods and learn about Inca religión
  • Sleep under the authentic Andean Inca huts our exclusive campsites
  • Visit the icon of South America Machu Picchu on the fourth day of your trip.
4 Days from $ 100.00
Trip Style:
Hiking
Dificulty Level:
Moderated
Group Size:
4
Total Hiking Distance:
Meals:
B, D, L
Departures:
Daily Departures
Trip Starts in:
Places to Visit:

TRIP ITINERARY

After picking up everyone from their respective places or hotel, we left Cusco around 5:45 am to the town of Mollepata by car for 2 hours. Once in Mollepata, we stop to have a delicious breakfast also You pay 10 soles of the entrance fee to the local municipality. Then we continue by car 1 hour more to Soraypampa where we will meet with the horse guys and horse who will take all the luggage, food and the 7 kilos of each hiker belongings. We start the uphill hike to Humantay lake for 2 hours, When you arrive at the lagoon you will have enough time to explore, photograph the place and the guide will explain all the meaning of the Humantay lagoon. After a couple of hours in the lake, we start going down for 2 hours to Quiswarniyoc camp which is an exclusive campsite, once you arrive in the camp you will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the cooks after lunch basically you have free time to explore the area to see the llamas or if you like you can go to rest. If you are tired, you can rest in the MOUNTAIN SKY HUST which are the cabins with glass door, inside there are pillows, sleeping pad and it has the illumination for the night.

QUISWARNIYOC PRIVATE CAMP: It is an exclusive camp located at 4000 m, it is a unique camp that has places for short hiking, overlooking the mountains and has waterfalls. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains.

The second day of the trek is the most difficult because it takes you up to 4630 m and 20 km of trekking. The cooks will wake you up around 5:00 am with a cup of hot coca tea then you have time to repack and get ready for the nutritious breakfast which serves around 5:45 am. After is time to start hiking up to the highest point of the Salkantay trail which 4630 m that takes from 3 to 4 hours all uphill hike at a regular and slow pace. Once you are at the highest point, you have time to enjoy the mountains, to take pictures and the guide will teach you about the mountain gods also you will be part of the small Andean ritual for the Apus the mountain gods. Then you start hiking down for 2 hours to the lunch place to rest and enjoy a delicious lunch.  After you continue hiking down for three more hours to the second camp which is Chaullay, where we provide you with the camping equipment tea time and dinner also if you like for ten soles you can rent hot shower from the locals also you can buy some drinks. The camp is called Chaullay is located al 2900m right at the beginning of the Peruvian Amazon area.

On the third day, you will already be in the jungle area. We wake you up around 6:00 am with a cup of coca tea, then we provide you with a delicious breakfast. Around 7:00 am you start the hike to la playa Sahuayaco for 5 hours approximately along the Santa Teresa Valley which is formed by the Salkantay River.  Along the valley, you have the chance to see plantation such a coffee, bananas, avocados, Coca, passion fruit, and much more. Five hours of hiking, you will arrive at La Playa Sahuayaco, from where you will take local transportation for one hour to Santa Teresa, where you stop to have lunch then you continue by car 45 more minutes to Hidrolectrica then walking 3 more hours along the train tracks 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 organized a dinner in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes after we go to sleep.

On the last day of the tour, you are going to visit Machu Picchu. You need to wake up around 4:00 am to get ready for the hike to the main entrance of Machu Picchu. After you grab your pack breakfast you start walking to Puente Ruinas checkpoint for 30 minutes which is open at 5:00 am where you have to show your passport and your Machu Picchu tickets. After you pass the first checkpoint, you will hike all upstairs for one hour to Machu Picchu main gate to be there around 6:00 am. Once everybody meets at the gate, you go into Machu Picchu for the guided tour for 2.5 hours to learn everything about The lost city of the Incas. After the guided tour you have free time to explore on your own the Inca city of Machu Picchu. The time that you will spend in Machu Picchu will depend on how you like to go back to Cusco and also will depend if you want to climb the Machu Picchu montaña or Huayna Picchu mountain which must book it in advance. On the fourth day you need to return to Cusco after visiting Machu Picchu and we offer you 2 option to return to Cusco, you can do TRAIN or  BUS option.

TRAIN OPTION: If you like to take this option to return to Cusco you may be in Machu Picchu around 7 to 8 hours and also you have enough time to do HUAYNAPICCHU or MACHU PICCHU MONTAÑA, If it is in your plans to make extra hikes to one of the Mountains or just explore MACHU PICCHU with enough time, train option may fit better to your needs. From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes you can walk 1.5 hours or you can go by bus for 30 minutes and the bus costs 12 dollars one way. Once in Aguas Calientes you have time to have lunch or just you can go to visit the small town, in the evening you will take the train at 18:20 or 19:00 to Ollantaytambo for 1.5 hours then from Ollantaytambo to Cusco by bus for 2 more hours and we drop off you at Regocijo square which is one block away from the Plaza de Armas.

CAR OPTION: If you like to take this option you may be in Machu Picchu until 12:00 and usually you go into Machu Picchu around 6:00 or 7:00 am for the guided tour then you have also time to go to sun gate or Inca bridge, If you like to do HUAYNAPICCHU or MACHU PICCHU MONTAÑA and you like to take the Car options is still possible but it is very tight and rush, after you visit Machu Picchu for 5 to 6 hours you need to walk 3 hours from Machu Picchu to Hidroelectrica for 3 hours from there you will take the car back to Cusco for 6 hours. the meeting time in Hidroelectrica is from 2:30 to 3:00 pm.

NOTE: If you really like to do MACHU PICCHU MONTAÑA or HUAYNAPICCHU check here the availability and make better decision www.machupicchu.gob.pe

If you are considering taking the Car option and doing one of the mountains, we recommend you stay one more night in Aguas Calientes and return the 5th day to Cusco by Car.

Notes

Prices: The price of your 4-day Salkantay Trek will depend on how you want to return to Cusco after visiting Machu Picchu and if you meet the Peruvian requirements for a student discount (more information below).
BY CAR:
Student: $180 USD
Adult: $200 USD
BY TRAIN:
Student: $260 USD
Adult: $280 USD
Student prices more info HERE: click

Inclusions

Included

WHAT INCLUDES.

  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Pre-departure Salkantay trek briefing, presented by the tour guides at 7:00 pm at the office a day before
  • Duffle bag to get ready 7 kilos of your belonging carried by horses.
  • English/Spanish speaker professional guide.
  • Guided visit to Machu Picchu.
  • Transportation to head of Salkantay trail.
  • 2-night camping
  • 1-night hostel in Aguas Calientes
  • Four breakfast
  • Three lunches
  • Three dinners
  • Transport from la playa to Santa Teresa
  • New – Mountain sky Huts + Think Mattresses + Night Lighting with Glassdoor
  • Personal pad (double foam – 2.5 inches thick).
  • Pillows at the first Camp.
  • Cooks. Cooking equipment.
  • BY TRAIN at 18:20/19:00 – BY CAR 3:00 pm. From Hidroelectrica
  • Vegetarian food is available on request with no extra charge.
  • First Aid equipment. Oxygen bottle for emergencies.
  • Horses for carrying – 7 Kilos of each hiker.

STUDENT PRICE: If you like to apply for the student price you need to comply with the next requirements Peruvian regulation for students:

If you are a student, you need to send us a copy or picture of both side of your STUDENT CARD also a picture or foto of your PASSPORT in order to verify, to get discount The student card must be an original student ID gives from the university in PVC material and it must have the next requirements printed on it: University information, personal student information, student picture, and expiration date valid only for one year, it year must coincide with the year that student visit Machu Picchu, the discount until 25 years old. ISIC cards are not valid for the discount
  EXTRAS that we can arrange for you
  • Huayna Picchu entrance. USD 20 (check avaliability) https://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio
  • Montaña Machu Picchu entrance. USD 20 (check avaliability) https://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio
  • Sleeping bag USD 10 for the whole trek
  • Walking pole USD 10  For one pair
  • UP-GRADE train to Vistadome – Panoramic train.  USD 25 – train at 16:22 (Check availability)

Not Included

What not Included:

  • The ten soles entrance fee of the local municipality of Mollepata, every single person pay the ten soles directly to the local government which is about 3 dollars.
  • Sleeping Bags, If you do not have one, You can rent from us.
  • Extra expenses, Tips, and gratitude

Optional add-ons:

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Recomendations

WE RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT POINTS:

What you need to pack for the Salkantay trek:

  • Passport
  • Backpack to carry water, some snacks, a camera, sunscreen, valuable things, Jacket etc.
  • Sleeping bag at least minus 5 cº. If you do NOT have one, you can rent from us for 10 dollars for the whole trek.
  • Trekking Poles – We recommend for people with problems of knees, ankle, or you are used to using hiking poles. If you do NOT have one, you can rent a pair of trekking poles for 10 dollars from us.
  • Wool hat or beanie
  • Sun hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • 3 – 4 t-shirt, if you have long sleeve better
  • layers (sweater, fleece)
  • 2 – 3 pair of long pants if you have leggings, you can do on leggings
  • Hiking shoes
  • 2 – 3 pairs of wool socks
  • A jacket Rain gear (Pants, jacket, if you do not have you can buy rain poncho) it is crucial, especially for the wet season.
  • A small towel.
  • Shorts.
  • Sunglasses.
  • A small headlamp.
  • Waterbottle.
  • Toothbrush and other personal toiletries.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Sun cream.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sandals / Flip flops.
  • Swimwear.
  • If you have thermal clothing you can take them which not that important, you will use them at least for the first night which is at 4000 m
  • Some snacks such as chocolate, cereal bars, candies, nuts, energy bars, etc.
  • Extra Cash in Soles

Remember that we provide you with a duffel bag so you can pack 7 kilos of luggage which will be transported by horses. You get the duffle bags night before of the trek, at the briefing day.

DOCUMENTS TO CARRY WITH YOU

  • Original Passports
  • If you confirm your reservation as a student. Do not forget to take your student ID in physical to the trip. It will be so important to be able to prove that you are a student, at the checkpoint of Machu Picchu

Camsites

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Frequently Asked Questions SHORT SALKANTAY TREK 4 DAYS

When is the best time to do?

It is a difficult question to answer as Peru has a variety of conditions. Best time is the dry season runs from May to November, and this is typically the time that we recommended. But the treks is open all year around.

Do I need to bring my passport for this tour?

For the Salkantay trek, you must take the original passport because you need to show it at the main gate of Machu Picchu also to board the train,

What type of transportation do you use?

All the vehicles that we use for this type of tour are the Sprinter Mercedes Benz modern minibusses that have all the documentation required by the national authorities, all the cars are maintained daily to keep them in good conditions and clean, and each vehicle has a logo of Machu Picchu Reservations.

Will the altitude affect me?

When traveling throughout the Andes in Peru, some people will suffer some effects of it. If you plan to hike the Salkantay trail, we recommend arriving 2 or 3 days before start the trek to acclimate and rest while you can do day tours in Cusco

What can I do to prevent the altitude sickness?

We recommend to be in Cusco at least two days and drink as much water as you can and drink coca tea you can order at any restaurant, hotel. You can also prepare it yourself with boiled water and dried coca leaves. At least one day before the tour we recommend eating light food, and if you have any medication prescribed from a doctor you can take it, and the best thing that you can do is to keep in mind that you will be fine.

How do I reserve a space for the Salkantay trek?

Just click on the BOOK NOW button and fill out all the required information and one of our sales advisors will contact you immediately and if you want to talk by WhatsApp with a specialist, you can contact to this number. +51974217700.

Do you require a deposit?

Yes. We require a non-refundable deposit of 180 dollars per person for Salkantay trek. The money of the deposit we use to purchase the Machu Picchu entrance tickets and the train tickets if you are doing by train

What happens after I make my deposit?

Once we confirm the deposit, we are going to confirm your reservation through email sending you all the details about the tour.

TOUR: SHORT SALKANTAY TREK 4 DAYS

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