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Salkantay Trekking 4 days Tour

Activity level: Moderate


►  DAY 01: Cusco – Soraypampa – CollpapampaDetails

After an early breakfast we start trekking to reach the Apacheta Pass at 4590 meters. From this point we can appreciate spectacular views of Cusco´s second highest peak, the stunning snow capped Mount Salkantay (6264 meters) and also the snow capped mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small lakes and moraines. In the Apacheta Pass you can leave a piece of rock carried from the bottom as a present from you to the Apacheta. (In Inca times the walkers used to leave at the top of their shoes, clothes, jewels or simply a piece of rock as offering)
There is an option to take a nice walk from the Pass for 40 minutes approx. to see an amazing lake of Soraycocha located just off the trail.

We continue downhill to lunch in Huayracmachay, and then, depending on the group ability, weather and walking conditions,  the guide will decide whether to camp 2-3 hours downhill walk in Rayan-Niyoc at 3100 meters or to travel a further 2km to camp at Collpapampa 2920 meters for experienced trekkers. Very nice camping near a natural hot spring pool.

Distanced travelled: 16km from Rayan-Niyoc River or 20km to Chaullay
Maximum altitude: 4590 meters
Minimum altitude: 2920 meters
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Camp

►  DAY 02: Collpapampa – Lluscamayo – La PlayaDetails

We start the trek from Collpapampa, where we will be introduced to a high jungle zone called Ceja de Selva. Here we will see different kinds of plants, fruits, flowers, birds etc. plus coca and banana crops can be observed. You will have time to have fresh water coming from a waterfall, take amazing pictures, and with luck we can observe the famous Peruvian National Bird ¨Gallito de las Rocas¨. We stop at Lluscamayo (2400 meters) for lunch and free time to rest before the 3 hour walk to our last campsite in La Playa (2350 meters). A small village is located here with electricity.

Distance travelled: 16km for Rayan-Niyoc or 11km from Chaullay
Maximum altitude: 2920 meters
Minimum altitude: 2350 meters
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Camp

►  DAY 03: Lucmabamba – Llaqtapata – HydroelectricaDetails

We begin our trek to the village Lucmabamba where we will see the remains of an Inka trail. We follow this rising trail, from which we will see coffee, banana and passion fruit plantations and a lovely view of Santa Teresa Valley. After climbing 4 hours to reach Llaqtapata (2700 meters) we can enjoy some free time to rest and observe the mountain of Machu Picchu and some of this archeological site from afar. Then 2 hours downhill to the Hydrolectric Plant (1870 meters). The arrieros, horses and donkeys herders will prepare their return back to Soraypampa and we head to Aguas Calientes town. At 16:30 we will take a 45 minute train journey to Aguas Calientes town (2000 meters) where a special dinner waits for us.

Distance travelled: 12km
Maximum altitude: 2350 meters
Minimum altitude: 2000 meters
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Hotel 3* Aguas Calientes

►  DAY 04: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – CuscoDetails

Very early in the morning we will take a bus ride of 35 minutes to the citadel of Machu Picchu and then we will have a guided tour and plenty of free time for further exploring. Generally around 1pm people catch the bus back to Aguas Calientes. We take our train to Cusco and arriving at night.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch






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  All tours and excursions specified with licensed bilingual guide & transportation.
  Transfers to/from Airport and others where detailed.
  Accommodation on selected hotel (category) with Breakfast.
  Entrance fees to visited sites.
  24/ assistance when on tour.


  International and domestic flights in Peru.
  Lunch and Dinner where not specified.
  Additional entrance fee, tours & sightseeing besides mentioned.
  Personal expenses, extras, tips and drinks.
  Other services not specified in the program.
  Travel, medical and cancelation insurance.

General Information

Important notes

  • If the reservation was made with an old passport, you have to bring the new AND the old one for the Salkantay trekking
  • Departure and arrival times are approximated
  • Campsites are subject to change according to the designation of the governmental institution regulating the use of the trail, as well as to our guide´s criteria and group progress
  • The maximum allowed group size is 16 people with 22 porters. Our average group size is about 10 people but there are times when we leave with even 2, 3 or 4 people.
  • Tips for chefs and porters are not included and it´s up to you whether to tip or not to tip (the recommended amount is 60 soles given by each tourist for the whole porters group – Chef and guide are tipped independently)


  • Passport
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag (Minus 8°C can be rented in the local office for $20)
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and trekking pants (not jeans)
  • Layers for variable temperature especially at night
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • Camera, extra film & batteries
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses
  • Thermals: wool socks, gloves/scarf, woolen hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain poncho or a good rain jacket
  • Extra plastic bags especially in wet season and plastic garbage bags to line your back pack
  • Toiletries/ toilet paper/ small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Water bottle: water purifying tablets optional
  • Pesonal medical kit with a simple whistle
  • Extra money for souvenirs and drinks
  • Trekking poles

All departures and prices are subject to availability. Please Contact Us to confirm preferred departure

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