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4-Day Salkantay Trek

This isa more mountainous and adventurous route than the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, which will take you through incredible landscapes with various types of exotic flora and fauna. A unique and specially designed 4-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, with incomparable views of the snow-capped Humantay and Salkantay Mountains. Trek OFF the beaten path, following our unique route where you visit two incredible crystal clear glacial lakes. Hike through the Andes Mountains and camp at our private sites which are more remote, less crowded and off the typical path. Follow the remote foot path up to the forgotten Inca Ruins of LLACTAPATA with the greatest view of Machu Picchu.

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4 days


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • 3x Breakfast
    • 3x Dinner
    • 3x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 3 nights
    • Entry/Admission - Salkantay Trail
    • Entry/Admission - Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
    What's excluded :

    • Day 1: Cusco – Soraypampa – Apacheta Pass – Salkantay Lake – Huayracmachay

      Pass By: Cusco, Cusco, Cusco Region
      We will collect you at 4:30am from your hotel lobby and drive for 3 hours in our private van to Soraypampa (trailhead). As we travel through curvy roads in the Andes, there are views of the villages of Iscuchaca and Limatambo, the surrounding valleys and the famous spectacular snowcapped Salkantay Mountain. At the trailhead (Soraypampa), we have our breakfast while enjoying the views of the Humantay (5,900mt / 19,356ft) and Salkantay (6,217mt / 20,396ft) Mountain glaciers. We gradually climb through Andean valley landscapes before arriving at Sorococcha (4,400m / 14,517ft) for lunch. Onwards and upwards for one more hour we reach Apacheta Pass (4,650m / 15,367ft). We are breathless with the most spectacular views of snowcapped mountains such as Salkantay(6,277mt), Humantay, Huayanay, agitated white rivers, and small humble lakes. A short 35-minute hike takes us to the turquoise Salkantay Lake. Then hike down for 2 hours to our campsite at Huayracmachay.

      Meals included:
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: camping at campsite

      Day 2: Huayracmachay – Chaullay – la Playa

      Stop At: Salkantay Trail, Peru
      After a scrumptious breakfast, we descend for 3 hours toward the rural community of Chayllayand. Along the way, you will enjoy the refreshing lush green valleys and spectacular waterfalls. After lunch, we walk for 5 hours through the beginning of the Peruvian cloud forest, enjoying fruit bearing trees and varied flora and birds. Feeling dizzy at the undulating views of coffee, cacao and fruit plantations, we finally we arrive at Lucmabamba, where we spend the second night (2,050m/6,767ft).Here we take a relaxing tour, where we get to experience Peru at the source of its coffee exportation, forging a connection to the real world of Peruvian coffee. We begin by browsing the fields, learning about the different types of beans and picking our own. Then we roast and grind them into coffee. Finally, we get to brew and drink our own coffee! It is a truly unique experience. However, it does not end there. Engulfed in fields of tomatoes and avocados are multiple ecosystems from beginning to end. After picking our fresh produce for our dinner, our trekking chef prepares it for us.
      Duration: 8 hours

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: camping at campsite

      Day 3: La Playa – Llactapata – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes

      Stop At: Salkantay Trail, Peru
      After the last delicious breakfast prepared by our chef, we continue along the ancient and remote Inca Trail for 3 hours uphill to the Puncuyoc Pass (2,700m/8,858ft). Along the way, you will not believe the incredible views and long valleys reaching into the distance with their fruit plantations. We finally arrive to Llactapata Inca Ruins; located right in front of Machu Picchu. There we take time to enjoy the strategic location of the Citadel of the Grand Machu Picchu from far away and it’s surrounding mountains Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu and the Aobamba Canyon.Then we descend for 2 hours to the hydroelectric plant, the primary power source for Cusco, where we have lunch. Then we take the train for a half hour to Aguas Calientes where we sleep in a nice Hotel with a proper bed.
      Duration: 9 hours

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: hotel in Aguas Calientes

      Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

      Stop At: Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Peru
      We leave our hotel after a very early breakfast to take the bus for the journey up to Machu Picchu ruins. Once inside the citadel, we will be provided with a guided 2 hour tour with plenty of free time for further exploring, taking photos and the option to climb Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain, or hike to the Sun Gate. Then back to Aguas Calientes at 12pm as we end out time at Machu Picchu, we take a leisurely lunch in Aguas Calientes and at 4:22pm, we return to Cusco on the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo station with a private van connection to Cusco arriving at your hotel in the evening around 8:30PM.
      Duration: 8 hours

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      No accommodation included on this day.
    • Departure Point :
      Traveler pickup is offered
      We can coordinate pick up or drop off at any hotel, hostel or AirBnb in Cusco.Airports
      • Velazco Astete Airport, Cusco Peru
      Departure Time :
      4:00 AM
      Return Detail :
      Hotel Pickup :
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Infants must sit on laps
      • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
      • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
      • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
      • Face masks required for guides in public areas
      • Face masks provided for travelers
      • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
      • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
      • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
      • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
      • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
      • Regular temperature checks for staff
      • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • A paper voucher is required for this attraction/activity. You must print and bring your printed voucher with you on the day of the activity, as required by our local provider.
    • 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.


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    Organised by SAM Travel Peru

    Activity ID: V-16780P8

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