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Salkantay Trek 4 Days / 3 Nights to Machu Picchu

Hike through the incredible mountains of Peru on this Salkantay Trek 4 Days/3 Nights. Then, explore the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu!

USD $456.00USD $1,378.00

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Discover the Natural Beauty of Peru on this Salkantay Trek 4 Days

This Salkantay Trek 4 Days / 3 Nights is one of the best hikes of Peru. It takes you from Soraypampa to Patallacta and Machu Picchu, along the mountains of Humantay and Salkantay. You will start in the highlands of the Andes, where brown grasses cover mountainous terrain, and continue to lush jungle, where the Amazon begins.

You will have a fantastic experience following an experienced local tour guide and enjoying the meals of a professional chef as you camp under the stars.


  • Walk past waterfalls, streams, mountains, and other natural wonders on the Salkantay Trail
  • Connect with nature as you hike in the Peruvian Andes and Amazon
  • Experience the majesty of Machu Picchu

Tour information

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Start and end location: Cusco
Availability: Year-round


Day 1 – Hike to the Top of Salkantay Pass for Incredible Views
Your Salkantay Trek 4 Days starts as we pick you up at 4:30 am and take you by private car to the beginning of the trek at a place called Soraypampa. As soon as you get there, you will enjoy breakfast, then start the hike. You will walk for 3 hours and 45 minutes on a magical trail between two snowy mountains to get to the lunch location.

After lunch, you will hike 45 minutes uphill to Salkantay Pass, elevation 15,091 feet (4,600 meters). Here, you can enjoy amazing views. Then, you will go downhill for 3 hours to get to the Huaracmacha campsite by 18:00 pm. In this scenic camp, you can use warm water to wash up, sip some tea, then enjoy dinner by 19:00 pm. The total hiking for today is 8 hours, 10 miles (16 kilometers).

Day 2 – Admire Gorgeous Waterfalls and Lovely Streams as You Hike through the Amazon
You will wake up at 5:00 am with coca tea and a good buffet breakfast. Then, you will walk downhill for 3 hours, entering the Amazon jungle and arriving to the lunch location, Chayhuay.

From here, the hike is gentle, passing by beautiful waterfalls and crossing wooden bridges over streams. You will see a variety of fruit trees such as granadilla and avocado, as well as coffee plantations. You will arrive to the campsite by 18:00 pm, which is at an altitude of 6,562 feet (2,000 meters). As you walk 9 hours, covering 11 miles (18 kilometers), the temperature will become warmer.

Day 3 – Reach an Amazing Lookout Point near Machu Picchu and Walk to Aguas Calientes
Wake-up today is at 4:30 am, so you can get started on a short bus ride to the Inca Trail. You will hike for 4 hours up to a lost Inca city which is covered by vegetation and has views of Machu Picchu. Then, you will go downhill for 2.5 hours past waterfalls to reach the lunch spot.

Lunch today is by the train station. After lunch by the train station, you will say goodbye to the cooking team and hike for 3.5 hours beside the train tracks to the town of Aguas Calientes. This hike includes views of Machu Picchu and giant trees. After a day with 6 hours of hiking, 7.5 miles (12 kilometers), you will stay in a hostel in Aguas Calientes.

Day 4 – Tour the Fascinating Ancient City of Machu Picchu
On the final day of your Salkantay Trek 4 Days, you will wake up at 4:30 am and either walk up to Machu Picchu or take a bus. Then, your guide will take you to a Machu Picchu viewpoint and show you the ancient city on a 2-hour guided tour. Afterward, you will have a couple hours of free time to explore.

When you are done, you will go back to the train station in Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon, you will ride the train to Ollantaytambo, then take a bus to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel. This is where your Salkantay Trek 4 Days comes to an end. The total walking today is 3.5 hours, 5 miles (8 kilometers).

What’s included

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel in a private vehicle
  • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • English-speaking plus paramedic tour guide and first-aid kit with oxygen tank
  • Porter service for up to 15 pounts (7 kilograms) of your personal items, extra clothes, mattress roll, and sleeping bag (to be carried by mules)
  • Horses/mules to carry tents, food, and cooking equipment
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner Day 1-2, breakfast and lunch Day 3, breakfast Day 4
  • Chef, cooking equipment, kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Hot water for washing purposes
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes (double or triple accommodation)
  • Admission ticket to Machu Picchu

What’s not included

  • Sleeping bags
  • Mattress roll
  • Traditional, optional tips for your guide, cook, and staff

What to bring

  • Comfortable day pack
  • Sleeping bag for temperatures down to 17ºF (-8ºC)
  • Warm clothes and layers for variable temperatures, especially at night (trekking pants–not jeans, socks, gloves, scar, wool hat)
  • Flashlight and chargers for electronic devices (second campsite has electricity)
  • Sun protection, sun hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, medical kit
  • Rain poncho/jacket, rain cover for your backpack, and extra plastic bags, especially in wet season
  • Original passport and ISIC student card (if applicable)
  • Extra money for things along the road (local organic coffee)
  • Tips for the working team

Important notes

  • The following items are available to rent for an additional price: down sleeping bag (US $20), backpack (US $20), trekking poles (US $20)
  • The total hiking distance for this trip is 32 miles (51 kilometers).
  • There are vegetarian, vegan, and special diet meals available upon request. Please let us know in advance at


Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru

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