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Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu (4 Days)

On this 4-day trek to Machu Picchu, experience the vibrant history and culture of Peru, including incredible natural views, historical sites and local communities.

USD $420.00

Per Person

4-Day Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu


Enjoy the incredible history and culture of Peru, including incredible natural views, historical sites and local communities. With exciting physical challenges, opportunities to see once-in-a-lifetime sites, and friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff to guide you along the way, this four-day Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu will astonish you from start to finish.


This is our shortest Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, and the trek includes a slightly condensed version of the same activities as the 5-day Salkantay Trek. The tour starts in Cusco, hitting all the traveler highlights of the area, and culminates in a journey back in time to Machu Picchu. You will then return to Cusco.


4 Days/3 Nights


Day 1


We depart from Cusco between 4:30 am and 5:00 am, taking a local bus to the community of Soraypampa enjoying panoramic views along the way. Arriving at approximately 8:15 am we will have breakfast and meet up with our support staff. After breakfast, we will start the most difficult hike of our trail to Machu Picchu heading to Pampas Salkantay, then trek toward the snowy peaks of Umantay, near the Apu Salkantay. We will reach our highest point (4600m) around midday and will take time to soak in the incredible mountain views and majestic snowy peaks of the Salkantay (6264m), the second highest point in the region of Cusco. Around 1:00 pm we will enjoy lunch in the area known as Huayracmachay. After trekking for three hours, we will reach our camp in Chaullay (2920m) about 7:00 pm to rest, relax and eat dinner.

Day 2


Starting around 7:00 am we will trek for about 6 hours toward Playa Sahuayaco. Along the way we will visit a town called Collpabamba, also known as the “Cloud Forest” home to thermal hot springs, many fruit trees, waterfalls, various flora and native birds. Hopefully we will see the famous bird nicknamed the “Cock of the Rocks”. From Playa Sahuayaco, we will head on to our evening campsite in the hot springs of Santa Teresa. Bring your bathing suit for a relaxing dip. We will dine and rest here for the evening.

Day 3


About 8:30 am, after a hearty breakfast, we will trek to the village of Colpani. From here we will follow this rising trail, enjoying views of the Santa Teresa Valley as well as banana, passion fruit and coffee plantations. Walking along the riverside of Vilcanota River we will reach the Oroya (canopy birch). Here you can choose to either hike to Hidroelectrica or take a small car to Hidroelectrica (25 minutes). In Hidroelectrica we can see the back of Machu Picchu Sanctuary, enjoying our last lunch with the entire staff. Following lunch and goodbyes we will hike to Aguas Calientes arriving about 4:30 pm to stay in a hostel for the last night.

Day 4


Today’s journey has two options: wake up at 4:30 am and walk up to Machu Picchu, or take a 7:00 am bus to Machu Picchu. Once in Machu Picchu we will have a guided tour for about two hours and then ample free time to explore the Citadel, or if desired a hike to the Huaynapicchu Mountain. Depending on availability you will take the 2:26 pm or 6:03 pm train to Ollantaytambo and once there a bus to your hotel in Cusco.

What’s Included

  • Pickup from your hotel and transfer via private bus to Soraypampa (trail to Machu Picchu starting point)
  • Knowledgeable, friendly and professional guides (English/Spanish speaking)
  • Meals, including: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners served with drinks
  • Triple three-season tents for 2 people, ample space and privacy for your personal belongings
  • Cooking gear, cooking tent, dining utensils, food supplies
  • Thick, comfy sleeping mats provided
  • Pack mules for the company equipment and your personal belongings
  • Mules for emergencies
  • Horsemen (1 per 4 mules)
  • Accommodation and food for our guides, cook, horsemen
  • Guided tour in all archeological sites, including Machu Picchu
  • First aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Accommodation in hotel/hostel in Double Basis Room
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance Fee to Huaynapicchu/Montaña if available

What’s Not Included

  • Dinner on the third night and final lunch
  • Entrance fee to hot springs (10 soles)
  • Sleeping bag (available for rental for USD $ 5.00 per day)
  • Mules on the 3rd and 4th day (on the 4th day you have to carry your luggage from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes)
  • Train ticket from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

Important Notes

  • This tour itinerary can change according to the customer’s physical conditions.
  • Altitude: 1,950 – 4,600m / 6,398 – 1,5092 f
  • High Season: April – November
  • Degree of difficulty: Challenging due to the altitude. We recommend an acclimatization period of at least two days in Cusco or over 3000m/9840ft before beginning the trail to Machu Picchu.
  • Please note that prices are based on tours booked at least 2 months in advance. If you’d like to book a tour within 2 months, please contact us at for updated pricing information.

Booking Policy for this Tour

  • In order to reserve a spot on this tour, we need to pay the local operator a 50% deposit, so once you book, 50% of the cost is immediately non-refundable.
    • The rest of the payment can be refunded up to 48 hours before the start of the tour


Salcantay, Urubamba Province, Peru

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