Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu In 4 Days - Cusco

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Days
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  • Departure Time :
    5:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Cusco hotels
  • Return Details :
    Cusco, San Francisco Square
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


On this 4-day hike you overcome the highest point of the trek, which is the Salkantay Pass at 4,550 meters above sea level. You also enjoy amazing mountain scenery with snowy peaks, mountain lagoons and remote Andean villages.


Hotel pickup included

All entrance fees included

All necessary equipment included

Vegetarian meal option available

Know More about this tour

This short Salkantay Trek is an alternative to the classic Inca Trail. This sacred route is a innovative experience for adventure tourists who want a bit more solitude and credibility. With more impressive surroundings, the Salkantay Trek to Machu picchu presents you with the chance of a calm but rich meditation on nature. See itinerary for details.


Day 1: Cusco - Soraypampa - Wayracmachay - Los Andenes
Early in the morning, you'll be picked up from your hotel and head on a 3-hour ride to Mollepata. You'll stop for breakfast and can purchase some last minute supplies. Continue to Soyrapampa, the trail head where you'll meet your support staff who will help you pack all the gear on to the horses. Begin an uphill hike and to reach the highest point of the hike, the Apacheta path (4,590m). The Salkantay Mountain is at 6,271 meters above sea level and a powerful sight from this viewpoint. The rest of the trek on this day is easy as you descend to 2,890 meters and spend the night at the campsite.

Day 2: Los Andenes - Luscamayo - La Playa
After breakfast, you'll continue hiking through the upper jungle and seeing flora, waterfalls and warmer weather. Pass through the Lluscamayo River and reach Lluscamayo after 5 hours to have lunch. Continue hiking for 3 more hours as you pass an awesome waterfall where you can catch your breath and take some photos. See the amazing landscape and diversity of birds. Finally, reach the village of La Playa and from this point you can choose from two options:

• From La Playa, you can hike for 2 hours to Aobamba, where you camp. The next day, you'll hike for 4 hours to the Llacatapata ruins. After the visit you will descend for 3 hours until reaching the Hidroelectrica.
• Santa Teresa Hot Spring - You can take a bus for a 1-hour ride that will take you to the town of Santa Teresa, the first real town you will find on the trail, that is also known for its hot springs just outside of town.
Day 3: La Playa - Llactapata - Hidrolectrica - Aguas Calientes
The route up to Llacatpata is part of an aged Inca Trail which passes some villages of coffee and coca plantations, citrus tree orchids before extending to some exquisite high altitude meadows and then entering into an ancient forest close to the top. The scenery on the way up is the most varied and gorgeous than on the entire Salkantay Trek. Close to the top, the trail changes to seemingly never ending stone steps as tall as park benches. The weather is cold and wet in the forest and then you walk down to the Llactapata ruins. In under 10 minutes you will get to the ruins and be amazed. Beyond the valley you can spot Machu Picchu. You'll then descend to the Hydroelectric plant on a 1-hour hike. From here the hike to Aguas Calientes is easy. On the way, you can hear the sound of a powerful waterfall will cool you down as you pass it by. Here, you will have lunch. The Hydroelectric plant is also the end of the railway line from Cusco to Machu Picchu. The hike to Aguas Calientes is down the railway tracks, 12 kilometers (7.5 miles). It's a fun trek, along the tracks, with a wide path and is sheltered by jungle vegetation, trees and flowers. Reach Aguas Calientes and head to your hostel where you can have dinner at a restaurant and plan the next day.

If you chose the Santa Teresa option, you have breakfast and after a short bus trip (1-hour) you hike for about 2 hours past the Urubamba River and onward to the Hydro Electric Station, where you have lunch nearby.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Early morning, you will get to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate before the crowds. You will trek for 2 hours up to the mysterious city of Machu Picchu and be one of the first ones to enter and revel in the view of the sun rising over the magnificent citadel. Enjoy a 2-hour guided hike of the city and then explore the site on your own. Return to Aguas Calientes where you can have lunch (not included) and take the train back to Cusco.


Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing)

Early morning transfer by private bus to Soraypampa

Accommodation: Campsites (2 nights) and a Hotel in Machu Picchu (1 night)

Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner and 3x afternoon hot beverages (please advise us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost)

Professional bilingual Tour Guide

Professional Cook


Horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 7 kg of each passenger's stuff

An emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower


Camping equipment: Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks)

Inflatable mattress

A sleeping bag

A blanket per person

A pillow

Day Pack Rain Covers

Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas

Rain Ponchos

Duffel bag (for your personal belongings)

A T-shirt of the Salkantay Trek Map

Tourist train from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo

Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco


Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day

International and domestic flights nor airport departure taxes

Travel insurance

Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu (USD $25)

A shuttle bus between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Town (USD $12- one way, USD $24 - a round trip)

Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory)

Other extras not mentioned

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Traveler Reviews

  • 14-Sep-2018

    Earlier this month, my husband and I did the short Salkantay Trek in four days. Tierra Vivas provided a fully-supported, professional experience. I cannot recommend them more!

    What I loved:
    - Adner is very knowledgable guide, and he was patient with my pace when the altitude would slow me down.
    - Silverio cooked hearty, delicious meals - you will be well fed! Roberto did a great job getting the mules and horses to each destination.
    - Each campsite was clean the camping equipment in great condition.
    - Yolanda did our briefing in Aguas Calientes. We happened to leave our Machu Picchu passes behind at the briefing and she saved them for us! We got lucky they weren't lost.

    For anyone on the fence about this trek:
    - It was be extremely hard and rewarding. Do it even if you're scared! The views are impossibly beautiful.
    - Accept help and rest when you can. I ended up renting the emergency horse, and taking the train to Aguas Calientes.
    - The altitude will make every step feel like you're running a marathon. Bring electrolytes and ibuprofen.
    - Exercise a lot in advance if you can, if not, there is enough support to get you to Machu Picchu!

  • 20-Oct-2017

    Very nice and advanturous trip to the mountains in 6 people group. Very qualified guide. :-

  • 28-Jul-2016

    My Wife and I went for a just over a week to Cusco and booked this tour to take us to Machu Pichu.

    Entrance to Machu Pichu was included, along with food and accommodation for 3 days.
    This trip is definitely not for the faint hearted. I wouldn't consider my wife and I to be unfit by any stretch - in fact I am a serving police officer in the UK so have to maintain a certain fitness level to do my job. However we both found this trek challenging. Expect around 8 hours walking every day, both up and down hill, at quite steep gradients and altitudes of 3000-5000m. The approach to Machu Pichu Town a tourist town at the base of Machu Pichu mountain is along the railway track and runs alongside a river, so be prepared for mosquitos and bring insect repellent.

    Despite the harsh terrain both my wife and I enjoyed it and Machu Pichu itself was superb. The food each day was a little bland for our tastes, but was traditional and had that homecooked feel.

    Our guide, Ali-beth, was knowledgeable and friendly. Although she said the tour can have as many as 12 people on it at times, when we were on it was just the two of use, Ali, the porter and the cook. Ali was able to react to our wishes when we asked to visit a local hot spring for some RR along the way although there were additional costs for the hot spring itself and my only quibble would be over the way she motivated us by continually telling us that the destination was just around the next bend or only a few more minutes away.

    Ali gave us a guided tour around Machu Pichu which was detailed and informative, and her English was better than many people born in England! I could immediately tell the difference when I overheard other guides in Machu Pichu and saw them struggling with the language, or in one case, reading from a guidebook. Ali clearly knew her facts and history and was engaging and funny in her presentation

  • 09-Jun-2016

    This was a beautiful trek with a wonderful guide and service. However, booking in Cusco is 200-300 dollars cheaper than booking online with Viator.

  • 30-Nov-2015

    Beautiful tour. We had purchased a tour for 4 days and 3 nights and were placed with a group doing 5 days and 4 nights. This left some complications and some independent travel for our final days but was managed by the team.