This tour is perfect for adventurers with 3 days to explore the Peruvian Andes. Hike to Machu Picchu through Salkantay Pass.
This hike through lowland jungle and the snow-capped mountains of Salkantay Pass is a undoubtedly the best alternative route to Machu Picchu. This Salkantay trek is not nearly as challenging as others because you skip some of the hiking by taking a car. This way, you can hike the best parts of the Salkantay Trail in 2 days, with the third day devoted to exploring Machu Picchu.
Your experienced local tour guide will lead you through stunning landscapes, beside banana farms and tropical plants like avocado trees, granadilla fruit trees, coffee bushes, cassava and sweet potato plants, and yucca.
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Start and end location: Cusco
Day 1 – Embark on your Salkantay Trek and Admire the Views from a Mountain Pass
We will pick you up at 4:30 am and take you in our private car to the beginning of the Salkantay trek, at a place called Soraypampa. From there, you will hike for 3.5 hours uphill, surrounded by snowy mountains.
After lunch, you will continue for 45 minutes to Salkantay Pass, at an elevation of 15,091 feet (4,600 meters). At the top of Salkantay Pass, you can take amazing photos and then hike downhill for 3 hours to the campsite, arriving by 18:00 pm. Then, you will enjoy tea and dinner by 19:00 pm. If the sky is clear, you can see the stars before going to sleep. Today has 8 hours of hiking (10 miles / 16 kilometers).
Day 2 – Hike in the Beautiful Machu Picchu Valley to Aguas Calientes
You will wake up at 5:00 am with coca tea and a buffet breakfast. Then, you will hike downhill for 4 hours, entering the Amazon jungle. Lunch will be in Collpapampa, a small farming village.
From there, you will ride by car for 2 hours and 40 minutes to the hydro-electric train station. Then, you will hike for 3 hours on a tree-shaded road to the town of Aguas Calientes, through the lovely valley below the ancient city of Machu Picchu. The total hiking for today is 7 hours. At night, you will stay in a hostel.
Day 3 – Tour the Incredible Ancient City of Machu Picchu and Return to Cusco
After a 4:30 am wake-up, you will go with your private tour guide to the bus terminal and take the early bus up to Machu Picchu. Then, you will have a 2.5-hour tour. You will have a couple hours of free time to explore Machu Picchu. In your free time, you can hike to the Sun Gate (free), climb Huaynapicchu Mountain, or hike up Machu Picchu Mountain. Huaynapicchu and Machu Picchu Mountains require advance notice and an additional fee.
Then, you will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes, have lunch (optional), and take the train back to Ollantaytambo. From there, you will take the bus to Cusco, arriving around 20:20 pm. Your tour comes to an end as you are dropped off at your hotel.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.