Salkantay trek Express to Machu Picchu 4 days, is one of the most popular alternative treks after the Inca trail classic 4 Days to the Inca town of Machu Picchu.
On the first day, we pick you up from your hotel at 4:30 am to drive for 3 hours until Mollepata town where we will meet with muleteers and horses, and also will have breakfast here. Then we will drive 30 minutes more until arriving at the hiking point Cruzpata.
This day not will be so hard because most of the route will be on a flat surface, during the first 3 hours you will observe unique Peruvian Andean landscapes, high snow-capped mountains, streams, and dwarf forests of the sierra, after lunch and resting time we will continue hiking 2 more hours until arriving to our first campsite Soraypampa. (15:00 pm). This day tourists will be able to go to Umantay Lake, a turquoise lagoon, surrounded by an imposing snow-capped mountain that will make you feel you are in a magic
SORAYPAMPA- ABRA SALKANTAY -CHAULLAY
In the morning your hiking crew will wake you up early with a hot drink, served to you at your tent. This will be the longest and hardest day, we will uphill for 4 hours where we will see amazing mountains; flora, and fauna until arriving at the Salkantay pass (4600 m.a.s.l). Where we will have a guided tour about the Andean worldview currently and at Inca time, we will have lunch and resting time. We will continue hiking 4 more hours downhill, through beautiful streams and high jungle landscapes until arriving at our second campsite Chaullay.
After a delicious and nutritious breakfast, we will begin hiking. During the first part of the route, we will be able to observe different kinds of plants such as bromeliads, orchids, and ferns. The path will be intercalated between flat surfaces, ups, and downs until arriving at Playa Sahuayaku town where a car will be waiting to take us 2 hours to the town of Hidroelectrica, where we will have lunch and resting. Then we will continue hiking for 3 hours next to the train railway until arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in accommodation.
This day will be for sure the most fascinating for you because you will see Machupicchu in all its glory from dawn. We get up at 5:00 am and after our breakfast, we will go to the bus station for boarding the first bus that leaves at 5:30 am to be in Machupicchu at 6:00 am. Inside Machupicchu we will have 2 hours guided tour where you will visit the most remarkable places such as: el torreón semicircular, el templo de las tres ventanas, el intihuatana, el templo del cóndor, la sala de los morteros y el baño del inca. Then you will have free time to explore Machupicchu on your own or descend to Aguas Calientes (Lunch is not included). In the afternoon you will board the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, place from where you will be transported by tourist bus to Cusco. Estimated arrival to Cusco (20:00 pm)
Professional bilingual tour guide
First-day Andean ceremony, offering to the mother earth
Maximum number of pax 10 pax
Collection from your hotel (we pick you up from where you are staying)
Private transport to Mollepata Markocasa ( trailhead)
Tourist train back to Ollantaytambo ( expedition service can be at, 18:35 pm or 21:30 pm leaving from Aguas Calientes).
Private transport back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
Entrance fee Machu Picchu
Food: *3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3-afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits, and popcorn), and 3 dinners
Cook service (vegetarian food on request 3-people tents capacity jus for two pax only to have more space to store your luggage ( 4season tent)
Camping equipment (tent, cooking and eating tent. Chairs, and tables)
Thermarest(air mat) sleeping mat
Horseman, mules, or porters (they just carry cooking stuff and camping equipment)
7 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the horses
1 night accommodation in a hostel Aguas Calientes(private room,cable tv, wi-fi)
First Aid kit
Entrance fees to Waynapicchu.( $10 usd extra)
Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
Entrances to the hot spring waters or transportation to get there (15 soles round trip ) Aguas Calientes(10 soles)
Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (optional) $ 20 round trip ( one way $10 and you can buy it at the Aguas Calientes bus station).
Extra horse to ride or for any extra backpack.$ 120 for 3 days. (you can share with another person.
Note: if you need something to hire from us, we will for you, without any deposit (because most of the rental camping shops used to ask like 50 or 60 dollars for anything you want to take.
WHAT TO BRING
Backpack between 20 y 30 liters (a backpack with chest and waist strap, will help to distribute the weight and have side pockets for small items).
Backpack waterproof layer
Loose pants and better long
Feather coat and waterproof jacket.
Gloves and skullcap.
Trekking shoes with thick orm.
Microfiber or wool socks.
Sunscreen and glasses.
Personal higiene items.
Torch with the replacement battery.
Extra Money to tipping guides, cookers, and porters.