Machu Picchu Salkantay express 4d/3n

4Days / 3 Nights 50 km 2800 msnm – 4600 msnm moderate Cusco – Soraypampa Machu Picchu – Cusco

This is an ancient trek, which offers marvelous scenery and is less travelled than the Inca Trail. It is the second most popular trek to Machu Picchu. On this trek, we can appreciate a progression of the diverse types of ecological zones from subtropical through puna to glacier peak of magnificent Salkantay mountain (6.271m/20569ft), finally arriving at the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

This trek has been considered by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine one of the 25 best treks in the world.

This short version of Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is called Chasky Style after fast Inca messengers called Chaskies. Their job was to keep the Inca king up to date with the information from around Inca empire.

On this first day, we will leave Cusco very early in our private transport to the village of Mollepata where we will stay for half an hour to have our breakfast. Then we continue our trip in the car until Soraypampa (3900msnm). From here we climb gently for about 3 hours to Salkantaycocha. We have lunch very close to Salkantay mountain and glaciers. After lunch and a rest we continue to climb steeply to the Salkantay pass where we will make small offerings to the apus (mountain spirits). This is the highest point of the trip (4,600 msnm/13451 feet). From here we descend for 2 to 3 hours to the campsite at Huayracmachay.

Meals:  Lunch, Dinner


Today, we continue our descent from the mountain range to the cloud forest for 1.5 hours when we reach Arrayanniyoc village. There we start about 1 hour ascent through exuberant cloud forest vegetation. Afterwards we continue the descent 4 more hours in the subtropical zone. We will take our lunch in the village of Wiñaypocco. After 2 hours walking we reach our campspot in La Playa village (2100msnm). Our walking time this day will be 8 to 9 hours.
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


When we get up on this day, we will take our transport to the village of Santa Teresa (1700msnm), where we will have the opportunity to relax at the beautiful baths of Cocalmayu. Then we continue our trek through the valley and along the Vilcanota River for approximately 3 hours until we reach the hydroelectric plant where we will have our lunch. From here, we can appreciate the nearby Inca site and later we can visit the small archaeological site of Intihuatana before continuing to walk another 10 km more along the train tracks to the town of Aguas Calientes,  where we can rest in a comfortable hostal and later have dinner in a restaurant. It is possible to take a local train from hydroelectric plant to Aguas Calientes.
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in restaurant


The most important day of trekking, when we get to know the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu (2400msnm), a Wonder of the World. On this day, we will plan to leave very early to take the first bus to Machu Picchu which leaves at 5:30 so that we can be at the citadel early to see the sun rise. In this place, we will have a thorough explanation of the Inca construction, at a time where there will be the least number of people. Later, many more people from the city of Cusco will arrive. We can also secure our entry to the mountain of Waynapichu from where we can appreciate Machu Picchu from a different vantage point. Later, we will again descend to the pueblo of Aguas Calientes to take our return train to Cusco, and then return you to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast in the hotel.


  • The time of hiking will depend on the group. The guide can change the places for having lunch and camping according to the physical condition of the group.
  • Each guide has his own way of leading his groups but always his decisions will be for the benefit of the tourists.
  • If you would like an extra night in Aguas Calientes please let us know at the time of your reservation so that we can make appropriate arrangements with the return train tickets.
  • SALKANTAY. This is an adventure trek. To enjoy it in full – bring an open mind, a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.

  • An explanation two days before departing
  • Transport in private bus to the start of the trek.
  • Transfer to your hotel on return.
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Meals according to the program (Vegetarian option available).
  • Boiled water on all days for your bottles.
  • Snacks for trekking.
  • Camping tents for 2 and 3 persons depending on the requirements.
  • Inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest)
  • Camping equipment, dining tents, kitchen, tables, chairs.
  • Cook and assistant cook.
  • Kitchen/eating utensils.
  • Pack animals (mules and horses) to carry the baggage and equipment.
  • Emergency horse.
  • Wranglers to care for the pack animals.
  • Professional guide who speaks English, Spanish and Quechua.
  • Assistant guide for groups larger than 8 people.
  • Last night celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes in a restaurant.
  • Transport from La Playa to Santa Teresa.
  • Entrance into Machu Picchu.
  • Bus up to and back down from Machu Picchu.
  • Return train ticket to Cusco.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom and hot water.
  • First aid equipment and oxygen tank.


  • Breakfast the first day
  • Dinner the last day
  • Tips for personnel: guide, cook, wranglers (according to their job)
  • Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office)
  • Entrances to hot springs
  • If you would like to rent an additional horse, the cost is $10 per day
  • One small nylon reinforced backpack to carry the things you need for the trek (camera, drinks, etc.)
  • One large backpack or suitcase to keep the things you don‘t need in your hotel in Cusco until you return from your trek
  • Sleeping bag good for -5°C (which can be rented in Cusco)
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries
  • One water bottle (1 liter) or a small plastic throw away bottle
  • Hiking boots
  • Tennis shoes
  • One jacket (of nylon with hood and water and wind resistant)
  • One Fleece Jacket
  • One pair of gloves and hat of wool (they can be bought during your trip)
  • 3 or 4 short sleeved shirts (preferably “dryfit” that don’t retain water)
  • 2 pairs of shorts such as bermudas
  • Socks: 4 pairs of wool and 4 of fiber (coolmax) for the trek (avoid cotton as these can retain water)
  • 1 sun hat and sunglasses
  • Binoculars for birdwatching
  • Personal medications and toiletries in small containers
  • Sunscreen for your skin and lips
  • Insect repellent
  • Moisturizer lotion to avoid the drying out of the skin
  • Bathing suit for the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes
  • Energy foods according to your needs: chocolates, granola bars, dried fruits, etc. (they can be purchased in Cusco).


  • Sleeping bags which can be rented in the office for $5 per day and good for – 10°C.
  • Professional walking sticks can be rented in the office for $2 per day

Machu Picchu Salkantay express 4d/3n – 2015/2016

PRICE PER PERSON IN USD $ 1,365 $ 1,070 $ 915 $ 850 ask us for prices
  • If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour, letting us know which date you wish to leave, and you must make your reservation a week ahead of time so that we can organize your tour.
  • If you wish to go with other people, check our group departures site to join an existing group.
  • Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions


  • Students: $20 U.S. (only for students who have a current international student card – ISIC card) – due to the differences in entrance ticket prices
  • Children: $20 U.S. (minors of 16 years with proof of passport) – due to the differences in entrance ticket prices.
  • Volunteers in Peru: $20 U.S. (with a confirmation of volunteering activities)