Salkantay Trekking to Machu Picchu is one of the most incredible alternative hikes, Recently named one of the best 25 treks in the world. Our unique Salkantay Trekking 4 days 3 nights will take you hiking off the beaten path to Machu Picchu.
Salkantay Trekking is one of the most popular tours to Machu Picchu; this trek will take from the high cold mountains of the Andes to the warm valleys of the cloud forest. Making this journey a memorable experience!! During this 4-day tour, you'll be able to see the second highest peak of Cusco in the Cordillera of Vilcabamba, Humantay lake, fruit plantations, coffee farms, hike Inca Trails, visit Llaqtapata, and finally arrive at Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Cusco – Humantay Lake – Salkantaypampa.- Depart from Cusco at 4:30 am and transfer to Soraypampa to begin the Salkantay Trekking. After breakfast, enjoy the 6-hike visiting Humantay Lake and stunning views of the mountains. Camp under the stars near the base of Salkantay mountain at 4000 m.
Day 2: Basecamp -Salkantay Pass – Collpapampa.- Rise early with a cup of coffee and get ready to set out on the most challenging day of the Salkantay Trekking. Start hiking for 2 hours to the highest point of our trip, the Salkantay Pass (4630 m /15190 ft), and take some time to enjoy the spectacular vistas. From here, descend for 6 hours to Collpampa (2800 m / 9186 ft).
Day 3: Collpapampa – Hidroelectica- Aguas Calientes.- After breakfast, start a 3 -hour hike along with the lush vegetation of the cloud forest. Upon arrival at the lunch Place at Lucmabamba, you'll participate in a Pachamanca cooking (underground barbecue), then visit a local coffee farm. After lunch, continue hiking along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes.
Day 4: Machu Picchu (Beat the crowds!) - Cusco.- Wake up early and take the first buses to explore the 15th-century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, named one of the world's new seven wonders. You'll spend all morning exploring the buildings, temples, and palaces. Later in teh afternoon, take the Vistadome panoramic train back to Cusco, arrival time at 7.30 pm.
Optional hikes after Machu Picchu guided tour:
Huayna Picchu Mountain - You need to book in advance; the walk takes 2 hours round trip, teh cost is $75 extra per person.
Machu Picchu Mountain - You need to book in advance; the hikes take 3.5 hours round trip, teh cost is $75 extra per person.