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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

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5 Based on 21 Reviews
  • duration 4 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 18
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-14309
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Cusco, Peru
  • Ends Cusco, Peru
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Hike among 6,000m Andean peaks
  • Cross snowy high passes with incredible views
  • Reach the comfort of Aguas Calientes town
  • See the Machu Picchu site as it opens with a guide
The tour "Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 4D/3N" starts and ends in Cusco. It is an active and outdoor tour that takes 4 days taking you through Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Soraypampa and 3 other destinations in Peru. "Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 4D/3N" is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Forget the Inca Trail and hike to Machu Picchu along the higher and more beautiful Salkantay Trail! Discover a different side of the great Andes mountain range and get the most amazing views of the mountains by taking this alternative route.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Cuzco-Soraypampa Camp, Peru
  • Day 2: Soraypampa Camp-Challhuay, Peru
  • Day 3: Challhuay-Aguas Calientes, Peru
  • Day 4: Aguas Calientes-Cuzco, Peru
WHAT'S INCLUDED
accommodation
  • 2 Nights camping and 1 night at a 3-star hotel
meals
  • 3 Breakfast(s), 3 Lunch(es), 3 Dinner(s),
transport
  • Pick-up, various transfers
  • Cuzco accommodation pick-up
  • Van Cuzco to Mollepata to Challacancha (starting point of trek)
  • Car transfer La Playa to Santa Teresa to hydroelectric station
  • Round trip tourist bus Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu
  • Tourist train Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus Ollantaytambo to Cuzco
guides
  • Professional bilingual guide on trek tour
Included Activities
  • Active adventure
  • Trek
Others
  • Briefing, equipment, snacks, fees
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • Foam sleeping mat
  • Tent for 2 people
  • 2 snacks with typical menus
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency oxygen bottle
  • Horseman and mules to carry cooking and camping equipment plus a total of 5 kilos for each trekker. (this includes 2.5 kilos for your sleeping bag & mattress plus 2.5 kilos of personal items.)
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off (please make your own way)
  • Day 1 breakfast, day 4 lunch and dinner, bottled water
  • Sleeping bag (rental $15 USD for the trek)
  • Guide for bus and train transfers (these portions are on your own)
  • Accommodation in Cuzco
  • Optional services
  • Train transfer from hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes (30 USD)
  • Huayna Picchu Trek (200 soles) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance
  • Machu Picchu Mountain Hike (200 soles) must be booked at least 1 week in advance
  • Trekking Permit
  • Guide: 40-60 soles per trekker
  • Assistant guide: 30-40 soles per trekker
  • Horsemen: 60-80 soles for each horseman from the whole group
  • Cook: 150-200 soles for the cook from the whole group
  • The Peruvian government may require a trekking permit for Salkantay. If this is approved, the rates will be around: 133 soles for adult, 67 soles for student
  • All the tips to the guides are optional and not included
  • Optional gratuities
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 21 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • From Australia
  • On Jan 13 2020
5 - Excellent
Excellent
Such a great trek to Machu Picchu! The scenery of the snow-capped montains is spectacular and finishing the trek with Machu Picchu was unbelievable. The team was great, very nice! I definitely recommend this trip.
  • Anonymous
  • From United Kingdom
  • On Jan 07 2020
5 - Excellent
Excellent
What a beautiful adventure among the Andean mountains. The scenery is breathtaking and the trek is worth it. Our guide was amazing and passionate about the Inca ruins and the nature. Food and the tents were great.
  • Anonymous
  • From United Kingdom
  • On Dec 28 2019
5 - Excellent
Excellent
Great trek among the Andean mountains with a wonderful day in Machu Picchu. Highly recommended.
  • Anonymous
  • From United States
  • On Dec 18 2019
5 - Excellent
Excellent
Awesome. We loved this salkantay trek and even more thanks to our incredible guide. Definitely recommend this trek.
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N tour. You can cancel the tour up to 120 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 119 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 25 March 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 25 March 2023, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 119 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Typical Meals on the Trek

On all of our Inca Trail Treks and Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu we search for the best cooks who put forth their best effort to provide you with the best tasting meals on the mountain.

All of our cooks pride themselves on their delicious specialty menus with the freshest local ingredients available.  Every meal is prepared fresh with plenty of variety and an abundant quantity of food including a vegetarian option for every meal (please advise prior to departure).  Here is an idea of what you will be eating during your trek. 

Vegetarian Option Available Upon Request (please advise at least 2 days in advance).

BREAKFASTS:
Hot porridge, quinoa or oats, fried eggs, egg omelet or pancakes with fresh bread, fried bananas and boiled water for hot tea, coca, coffee, chocolate and milk.

LUNCH & DINNER:
First Course: Quinoa, corn, noodle, asparagus, mushroom or vegetable soup, stuffed avocado or potatoes 
Second Course: Chicken breast, beef stew, quinoa, fried rice, hamburgers, fried chicken, spaghetti bolognese, typical dishes: aji de gallina (chilli pepper chicken), escabeche de pollo (marinated chicken) or ajiaco de olluco (spicy potato stew).
Desserts: Fried plantains, chocolate pudding, chocolate or vanilla cake and boiled water for hot tea, coca, coffee, chocolate and milk.

SNACKS:
Boiled water for hot tea, coca, coffee, chocolate and milk with popcorn, cookies, crackers.

Brief History of Machu Picchu & Advice:

Machu Picchu was (relatively recently) "discovered" by American historian, Hiram Bingham, in 1911 while searching for the legendary "lost city of the Incas".  Hiram Bingham and his local guides stumbled across the site which was then covered in thick vegetation which was later cleared revealing the magical mountain-top archaeological site and opening up the possibility for archaeologists to conduct research on the site by 1915. Whether arriving via Inca Trail or entering from Aguas Calientes don't miss the excellent photo opportunities from the following spots:  Hut of the Caretaker of the Funerary Rock (a restored building with a thatched roof), Sacred Plaza with views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba in the distance and Rio Urubamba below.  Take a short walk out to the Inca Drawbridge (30 minutes) and Inti Punku (45 - 60 minutes) for great views of the site as dawn breaks and the clouds lift over Machu Picchu. 

Physical Requirements:
 This hike is demanding, it is important to be in good physical condition. There are important temperature changes associated with altitude changes (from 4000 meters to 2000 meters).
Suggested Packing List: 

Bring or Rent in Cuzco: hiking poles, rain pants, rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals, warm socks, sweater, thermals, hat, gloves, sun hat, sun block, sun glasses, flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card (there is limited to no electricity available during the trek), waterproof bags for your camera, hand sanitizer, personal first aid kit, water bottle.  Bring extra cash for snacks, water, gatorade which doubles or triples in price along the trail.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING:

There is a mandatory pre-departure briefing at our Cuzco Headquarters one day prior to departure at 5pm, 6pm or 7pm depending on your trek. You will receive detailed information on your excursion, a list of what to bring and confirm your departure details.

PRE-DEPARTURE CHECK-IN:

Please make sure to check-in with your passport before your pre-departure briefing. We encourage our travellers to check-in at our offices a couple of hours before or any day prior to the briefing , that way we can give everybody personal attention and information regarding booking extras, rental equipment or questions in general. 

Time schedule for meetings will be: 
- Inca Trail and Lares 6pm 
- Salkantay, Inca Quarry, Machu Picchu Jungle, Ausangate, Choquequirao 7pm 
- Rainbow Mountain, Machu Picchu by Train, Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Full Day 5pm 

Bamba Experience is located at: 
Calle Matara 242, Second Floor. Cuzco, Peru 
Hours of Operation: 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-20:00 hrs Daily 
Tel: + +51 1 7097760

Emergency Contact: Ruth: 984008440

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:
Days 1-2: Single travelers will share a tent with another traveler & couples will have a tent to themselves.
Day 3: Single travelers will share a room with another traveler & couples will have a private room. 
DON'T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS: 

Original passport, visa (if applicable), insurance card, personal medications.Travellers who booked their trip using one passport, then renewed or replaced it afterward, must carry the old passport they used to make the booking or a photocopy with them on the trip.

Departure dates for trek:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday (Daily departures with a group of 4 or more)

No Departures in January and February due to unfavorable climatic conditions

Note:

You will have a guide during the trek and on the Machu Picchu tour. However, during your bus and train transfers you will not be accompanied by a guide.

If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes town can be arranged. (Please let us know whether you would like to stay an extra night when booking your tour.)

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Implemented COVID-19 Protocols
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • What is the best month to visit Peru? Can I visit Peru during the off-season?

    The best time to visit Peru is between the months of May and September. Corresponding with the dry season, temperatures in the country at this time hover between 16°C to 22°C. But more importantly, traveling to Peru during this time means that there is little fear of getting caught in the country’s torrential monsoon. Another less popular but still good time to visit Peru is between October and December. A shoulder period between dry and monsoon seasons, the climate during this time of year is generally fine, although skies are cloudier and you might have to dodge the odd shower. The wettest months are January and February. It is still possible to visit destinations such as Lake Titicaca during the rainy season, but the Inca Trail is closed for travelers. Find more information here.

  • What is an ideal time to visit Peru? Is travel possible during the off-season?

    The best time to visit Peru is between the months of May and September. Corresponding with the dry season, temperatures in the country at this time hover between 16°C to 22°C. But more importantly, traveling to Peru during this time means that there is little fear of getting caught in the country’s torrential monsoon. Another less popular but still good time to visit Peru is between October and December. A shoulder period between dry and monsoon seasons, the climate during this time of year is generally fine, although skies are cloudier and you might have to dodge the odd shower. The wettest months are January and February. It is still possible to visit destinations such as Lake Titicaca during the rainy season, but the Inca Trail is closed to travelers. You can find more information here.

  • Is Peru expensive to visit? How do the ATMs work?

    Peru is not expensive for travelers and we recommend it as a top pick for visitors on a budget. Most travelers can get by on USD 30 to USD 40 per day, including transport, accommodation, and food. Tackling the Inca Trail and exploring Machu Picchu are must-do attractions but also relatively costly. ATMs are the quickest way to withdraw neuvos soles, as the country’s currency is called, on the road and visa cards are easily accepted. Many ATMs have an English language option, too. They can be found in some airports, inside banks, and as stand-alone units in major towns and cities. If you are looking for other destinations to visit on a budget, find more information here.

  • How long would I need to visit Peru?

    Given its wealth of attractions, there are many reasons why you should consider Peru trips that last between ten days and two weeks. This will give you enough time to see top-rated sites, such as Manu National Park, while also discovering the country’s history and culture in more far-flung and as-yet-unknown destinations. You can still take in a number of attractions even if you can only spare one week in Peru, however, the time constraint would mean that you will have to limit your exploration to a destination or two. For a more detailed rundown, check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Peru.

  • How many days do you need in Peru?

    Given its wealth of attractions, there are many reasons why you should consider Peru trips that last between ten days and two weeks. This will give you enough time to see top-rated sites, such as Manu National Park, while also discovering the country’s history and culture in more far-flung and as-yet-unknown destinations. You can still take in a number of attractions even if you can only spare one week in Peru, however, the time constraint would mean that you will have to limit your exploration to a destination or two. For a more detailed rundown, check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Peru.

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