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Short, 4-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Reach Machu Picchu, Peru on the Salkantay trek. Departing from Cusco, spend 4 days in the Peruvian mountains with Juventino, an IFMGA-certified local guide.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration4 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Hike up to Machu Picchu through a different and less crowded path.

  • Enjoy the wonderful views of the Peruvian mountains.

  • Spend a night recharging at Aguas Calientes before Machu Picchu.

Description

For those of you looking for a hiking experience to reach the impressive Machu Picchu, Peru, let me invite you on a less crowded alternative: the Salkantay trek. With a path just as incredible as the Inca Trail, this one offers different types of landscapes, Andean communities and less people. Follow me!

The Salkantay trek offers some unique characteristics: a glass-topped Sky Camp where you can stargaze from your bed and enjoy views of the snow-capped Andean mountains, lakes, waterfalls and rivers. We’ll get to pass by some Andean communities and discover the local flora and fauna including, if we are lucky, the iconic”The Cock of the Rocks” bird. It is a 3-day hike to Aguas Calientes and a fourth day at the impressive Machu Picchu, the Inca city built in the 15th Century which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For more information on the itinerary, you can read the section below with a more detailed description of what we’ll be doing each day.

If you are an adventurous hiker and are ready to explore a different path, send your request! The Andean mountains and Machu Picchu are waiting for you.

If you’d like to do a longer version of this trek, check out the options I offer for a 5-day trek and a 6-day trip.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha - Soraypampa (Humantay Lake)

We’ll leave early from Cusco and drive to Challancha, where the hiking begins. We’ll hike for 7 hours up to the camp at Soraypampa, where you’ll be able to do some unforgettable stargazing. Along the way, we’ll visit Humantay Lake, a stunning blue-green water reflecting the mountain glaciers of Apu Humantay.

Walking Distance – 12km / 7.45 miles.

Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Wayracpunku - Chaullay

This is the most challenging day of the trip with an ascent to the Salkantay Pass, where we get dazzling views of the Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo mountains. On the way down, we’ll enter the beautiful Amazonian rainforest.

Walking Distance – 22 km / 13.7 miles.

Day 3: Chaullay - La Playa - Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes

We’ll hike to the town of La Playa through the Santa Teresa Valley. Along the way, we’ll see  see rivers, waterfalls, wild orchids, and plantations of coffee, banana, and avocado. And you can taste passion fruit and granadilla. Once in La Playa, you can decide to take a train to Aguas Calientes (not included) or walk 3 more hours along the train tracks.

Walking Distance – 26km / 16.1 Miles.

Day 4: Machu Picchu

We’ll rise early in the morning to reach the archeological site before most tourists. I’ll give you a guided tour through the ruins and you can later explore by yourself and even ascend Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain or Intipunku, if you want to.


About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide from Peru.

He was born in 1960 in Huaraz / Peru. With his 15th Age he learned the world of trekking and mountaineering know by he accompanied his father on trips with his clients.

To this day he is still working as a mountain guide and tour operator. For many years he was able to acquire a lot of knowledge about the mountains, making it one of the most experienced certified mountain guides.

He runs a family travel agency based in Huaraz, which was founded by his father, and is now managed by Juventino and his son, Eric.


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