Salkantay Trek to Machu: Picchu: 4 Days

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An adventure among the mountains, glaciers, tropical forests, thermal baths and coffee plantations, after a great adventure enjoy the Machu Picchu Sunerise.

Salkantay route is on its way to become one of the most famous across the world due to its ample geography and bio diversity of flora and fauna, this route goes through Humantay and Salkantay glaciers  mountains as well as beautiful turquoise colored lagoons which seems surreal.

Following the mountains, the visit to Santa Teresa tropical valleys will come. Here our peasant brothers from these towns are dedicated to cultivate coffee and more other fruits as passion fruit, oranges, papayas, bananas and honey bee farming. Our visitors will have the opportunity to visit some families to share a little bit of our culture and also interact with local people, tasting some exotic beverages and traditional food, especially the fresh avocados.

During your adventure through this Salkantay trek, in the third day you will have the opportunity to hike an authentic inca path with more than 500 years old and lead you to Llaqtapata archaeological site, from here our visitors will have a unique and impressive view of Machupicchu inca citadel inside the Andes mountain chain, Salkantay Mountain and its glaciers.

Once we had accomplished our visit to this impressive place, our service includes the train service to reach Aguas Calientes town after a great adventure to finally finish at Machupicchu inca citadel considered a worldwide wonder and visit extra places with during your walking tour Us, like Inca Brige and Machu Picchu Sungate

 You will return back to Cusco at comfortable expedition train class.

If you are interested to hike to Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain contact Us please to confirm you the availabilities.

Camping, hiking, campfire, guided tours, adventure, history, culture and more!

What does Superior private Salkantay service include?

  •  Personalized service.
  • Briefing service 2 or 1 day before your tour by your guide.
  • Professional english speaker tour guide. 
  • Private Walking tour at Machupicchu.
  • Professional chef and cook assistant specialized in gourmet and traditional meals in our region.
  • 3 stars hotel at Aguas Calientes for the 3th night.
  •  A bottle of wine for last campsite.
  • Meals as specified on the itinerary (B, L, D)
  • Drinkable water every day during your trek and snacks from first day.
  • 2 nights at private campsite.
  • Entrance fee ticket to Salkantay trekking route.
  • Entrance ticket fee to Machupicchu citadel.
  • Round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes.
  •  Private transportation from Cusco until starting trekking point.
  • Expedition or Vistadome class return train ticket at 15:30 pm from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (according to availability)
  • Private transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Professional camping and trekking equipment.
  • Hot shower service on trek.
  • Portable toilet service on trek.
  • Heating during all trek duration for cold nights.
  • 01 pair of walking sticks per person, highly recommended.
  • Extra porter service to help you with your belongings.
  • 01 oxygen tanks and first aid kit in emergency cases.
  • 01 emergency riding horse in case our clients feel very tired or to take photos.

What does not include?

  • The first breakfast (usually all Cusco hotels include breakfast)
  • Huaynapicchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain ticket (if you are interested please consult with our sales executives)
  • Sleeping bags (can be rented at our office)
  • Last lunch in Aguas Calientes (you can make a better choice here as there are a lot of different options)
  • Tips

Day 01: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Wayracmachay
The begin of this adventure is in Cusco city, picking you up from your hotel approximately at 04:30 am by our professional adventure guide and our private transportation, for a short ride to Mollepata town (2 hrs.) Upon or arrival, we will stop some time to have our first breakfast and use the restrooms, afterwards we will continue through some hours until reach Soraypampa and from here we will initiate our hike with impressive views of Humantay and Salkantay mountains.

This first portion of the hike is gradually ascending towards Salkantay mountain and through a very ancient path until reaching Salkantaypampa, called this way due that it is located on the foothills of Salkantay snowcapped mountain. Then, we will continue until reach the summit of this road, Salkantay Pass in which we will have stunning views of surrounding mountains and appreciate the valley tropical forests.

Later in the afternoon and after a nutritious lunch, we will start descending on foot for 2.5 hrs until reach our campsite and enjoy our team will prepare your hot shower (we provided towels) then enjoy a relax time to share appetizers hot drinks and dinner.

Meals: Snacks, lunch and dinner.
Difficulty: Moderate
Hiking distance: 15 kilometers
Accommodation: Camping
Minimum Altitude: 3300 m.a.s.l / 10800 fts.(Cusco city)
Maximum Altitude: 4600 m.a.s.l 15500 fts.(Salkantay Pass)
Climate: Sunny during dry season. Cold, windy and cloudy during rainy season.
Transportation: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa

Day 02: Wayraqmachay – Colpapampa – La Playa Sahuayacu
We will start this day with our special service to tent and a hot coca tea which is good for the altitude, and then you will have breakfast in our dining tent.

After breakfast we will continue descending the Sacred valley and will enjoy a lot of wildlife as many types of orchids, varieties of trees, bamboos, different types of wild birds and moreover! Then we will reach to Colpapampa village, here we will have a break for lunch. In the afternoon, continuing with our hike for another 3.5 hours inside tropical forests guided by the river which flows across this valley until reaching La Playa Sahuayacu town, our campsite. You will also make cultural visits to interact with local people, you have also the opportunity to visit coffee plantations and taste some exotic beverages of the zone as coffee liquor, coffee cocktail, honey liquor or mead; please coordinate with your guide whom will assist you during this whole adventure. after a fantastic day our team is waiting for you with your hot shower some hot drinks a grate food for dinner.

Maximum Altitude: 3800 m.a.s.l /12500 fts. (Wayraqmachay)
Meals: snacks, Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Difficulty: Moderate
Hiking distance: 15 kilometers
Accommodation: camping place
Minimum Altitude: 2000 m.a.s.l /6600 fts.(la playa twon)
Climate: Sunny during dry season. Very humid and rainy during rainy season.

Day 03: La Playa Sahuayacu – Llaqtapata – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes

This day will be interesting as after having our delicious breakfast, fill our bottles, camelbacks and take our snacks to start our hike. We will depart from Lucmabamba village ascending Llaqtapata archaeological site which will take 6 kilometers approx. Once in Llaqtapata we will have the stunning view of Machupicchu inca citadel as well as Huayna Picchu mountain and the greatest Andes mountain chain.

For further information, our expert guide will lead you during these 4 days and keep you informed about the place and this archaeological site. Finishing this tour, we will descend another 2 hours until reach Machupicchu Hydroelectric, here we will appreciate some water falls, plantations of coffee, bananas and more.

Then we will have our lunch here and some time for a short nap before boarding our train (30 mins) towards Aguas Calientes town in which you will have a 3 stars hotel accommodation. This evening you will have dinner at a touristic restaurant and have the briefing to plan your agenda for tomorrow and be able to see the sunrise at Machupicchu before your guided tour.

Maximum Altitude: 3000 m.a.s.l / 9600 fts. (Llaqtapata archaeological site)
Climate: Sunny during dry season. Very humid and rainy during rainy season.
Transportation: Train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Difficulty: Moderate
Hiking distance: 11 kilometers
Accommodation: 3 stars hotel at Aguas Calientes
Minimum Altitude: 2000 m.a.s.l / 6600 (Aguas Calientes)

Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

This day we advise to wake up very early in order to board one of the first buses to reach Machupicchu inca citadel and appreciate the impressive sunrise over it as it is a unique experience. Then you will have a private guided tour by our expert tour guide which will lasts 2.5 hours including a lot of information about our Inca culture, considered one of the most important in South America with an ample extension in this continent.

You will have a extra tour to see the Sungate of Machu Picchu or the Inca Brigde, wich are located inside Machu Picchu with amazing views of Machu Picchu. 

Once you had finished your guided tour and taking the beautiful Machupicchu postal photo, you will have time to rest and make the visit to some important places as Huayna picchu or Machu Picchu mountains (we advise you to request the ticket at booking time) or walk to Sun Gate, or Inca bridge in Machupicchu.

Following your experience, for your return you will board the bus back to Aguas Calients and then from here you will board expedition class train at 14:55 pm back to Ollantaytambo train station; upon your arrival, our transfer will be waiting for you to return back to Cusco city and your respective hotels, arriving by 19.00 pm approx.

Meals: Snacks, breakfast.
Difficulty: Easy
Minimum Altitude: 2000 m.a.s.l / 6600 fts.(Aguas Calientes town)
Maximum Altitude: 3300 m.a.s.l / 10800 fts.(cusco city)
Climate: Sunny during dry season. Very humid and rainy during rainy season.
Transportation: Bus to Machupicchu, train to Ollantaytambo, touristic minivan to Cusco.

4 Days Salkantay Trek Group Service Price: $ 500 USD. per person

what we included extra for group service prices:

  •  profetional tour guide.
  • foam matras.
  • Group camp sites.
  • 3*** hotel  at  Aguas Calientes town.
  • Group walking tour at machu Picchu 
  • we provided you a dufle bag for your trek.
  • we provided you walking poles for your trek.
  • drinkable water every day.
  • snaks every day.

Superior Salkantay Private service Price:

  • We need 2 people minimums to open this tour if you are two we can do it!
  • Our price $ 600 USD per person for 2 people.
  • Our price $ 569 USD per person for 3 people.
  • Our price $ 500 USD per person for 4 or more people.

what we included extra for this prices:

  • hot shower on trek.
  • towels for shower.
  • wine last night
  • private toilets.
  •  private tour guide.
  • inflatable matras.
  •  private camp sites.
  • 3 *** hotel  at  Aguas Calientes town.
  • private walking tour at machu Picchu 
  • we provided you a dufle bag for your trek
  • we provided you walking poles for your trek
  • drinkable water every day.

Students Discount:

  • Students from 12 to 17 years old, they get discount of $20.
  • Children from age of 2 to 12 they get discount of $20.
  • Children from the age of 0 to 2 they are free.
  • We need a copy of your passport at

Have a look carefully the next information; it will help you answer any of your questions about our service and tours in Cusco and Machu Picchu.

You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and we drive you to your hotel, please send us the information about flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek or tour. Look out for our representative holding an KENKO ADVENTURES logo at the arrival terminal. It can be done on any date that is best suited to you!

We use to visit at your hotel 6 pm or if you prefer during the day 9am to 1pm or 3pm to 5pm, please you could send us an email with details to get your briefing time Will be ready any time for our clients.

Of course! During the Cusco Machu Picchu Tour your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, both are for free. Please don´t pack anything you will need for your hike.

, to book our day tours and Machu Picchu Tours, we need you to fill out our booking form with your personal information by clicking on BOOK NOW.
Please be ready with the next information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an entrance to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of US $ 250.00 per person in order to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make you deposit by PAYPAL. or you can make a deposit to the following bank account in Interbank 420-3107104602.

It could be greatly appreciated if our clients pay in cash at your briefing time in the hotel (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by PAYPAL online 

According to our government Laws you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need ISIC cards). For example, if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
students from 12 to 17 years old, they get discount of $20.
children from age of 2 to 12 they get discount of $20.
children from the age of 0 to 2 they are free.
All students must send a copy of their passport at booking time to get the discount.
We need a copy at

The ISIC Student can get Discount of US$ 20.
You must have a valid current internationally accepted ISIC card in your name.
They could apply for the ISIC Card at
You must provide a copy of your ISIC card at your booking time.
Send us a copy at

“No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date. Tickets are not transferable nor refundable unfortunately.
*** If you cancel your Cusco Machu Picchu Tour, the deposit is not refundable at all!

Yes, you have to get your original passport and it is very important and it have to be the same passport number that you sent to us at book time, and also train ticket, other entrances and reservations Will have the same document. The rangers will check when you enter Machu Picchu.
The train company will also check your passport before to board you’re the train.

In case you are changing your Passport or you lost and you get a new one, go ahead and send us your new passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it and when you get to our country no surprises and everything Will be fine.

The climate in our country is very variant and does not consider the normal 4 seasons. Here, in just one day we can see all of the seasons! And this is why we recommend our visitors to be prepared for any occasion, either for rain or sunny days.

A very important factor which alter our world is global warming, which has evolved into a high risky contributor due to the glaciers melting in Peruvian Andes, and it also affect the normal development of our weather.

Nonetheless, something that is very marked in our country and in some cities here in the Andes is that we only have 2 main seasons during the year:

Dry Season: We consider the dry season from the end of April until the end of September, in this period the first rains will start. For this reason, this is the best time to visit our region and our amazing Machu Picchu and also avoid any inconveniences.
Rainy Season: This season starts on October until the end of April approximately, so during this time it is advised to all of our visitors to pack their belongings into waterproof bags, as in our region it can be sunny the first 2 hours and then have a heavy rain.

We know that there are extreme climates worldwide, but this must not stop us from our longing and desire to explore the world, to discover marvelous cultures and interact with them. Be welcomed to Perú and Machu Picchu.

Huayna Picchu Mountain:

This mountain is located inside Machu Picchu Archaeological Park, which is located at 300 meters more than Machu Picchu Inca Citadel; here it takes approximately just 45 minutes hiking up and other 45 minutes hiking down. This Mountain conserves some archaeological remains as the Moon Temple and other precincts that are interconnected with authentic trails, steps, tunnels and natural formatted caves which made the view more interesting. Without any doubt, this is one of the best attractions of Machu Picchu; the Huayna Picchu Mountain offers a 360 grades view and a stunning view of Machu Picchu Inca Citadel, Machu Picchu
Mountain and the famous Sun Gate (Inti Punku). Currently our government through Ministry of Culture, maintain the visitors income controlled per day, only 400 tickets are offered per day and divided in 2 groups of 200 each. The first schedule starts from 7:00 to 08:00 am and the second from 10:00 to 11:00 am, for this reason its demand is growing day by day and if any of our visitors is interested in this hike, then it is necessary to make a booking at least with 3 months in advance in order to guarantee their visit to this extraordinary place.

Machu Picchu Mountain:

This mountain is located inside the park as well, and is only 1:20 hrs away hiking by your own. Once you reach the summit, you will take impressive photos with panoramic views of the entire valley in which is situated Machu Picchu inca citadel, you will also have impressive views of the Andes Mountain range and the glaciers that protect this unique ecosystem.

The demand to obtain permits for this hike is quickly growing up, for this we advise a minimum of 2 months in advance to book the tickets, as there is a limit for visitors per day to experience this amazing hike. This hike has 2 schedules, the first from 07:00 am to 08:00 am and the second from 09:00 am to 10:00 am with a limit of 200 people per group.

NOTE: Kenko Adventures guarantees the visit to these attractions in any of our tours if you make the booking early enough in advance.

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