Are you willing to do the Salkantay Trek but you don't have so many days to do it? Perhaps this option will be the best for you, since we shorten the days of the walk to give you the option of getting to know this snow-capped peak, which is considered a protective God for many who live nearby, and for being the second largest snow-capped peak in the region, it is highly respected by the andean man During 4 days we will be in contact knowing the customs and beliefs of the Andean people and at the same time we will enjoy unique landscapes in the region since this walk was considered one of the best in Peru and the world.
By booking this trip, you will be helping provide a special Christmas breakfast for low income children in Cusco.
There are 4 days of travel where we can go up to one of the most beautiful lagoons in all of Peru called Humantay, which is precisely at the base of the snow-capped mountain that bears the same name. We will exceed our own limits, reaching 4,600 meters above sea level to Arrive at the Salkantay pass where we will be able to feel the magnitude of this important snow-capped peak, which is the second highest in height in the entire Cusco region. We will continue our trip by car until we reach the hydroelectric sector to walk along the train track until we reach the town of Aguas Calientes to finally see the sacred Machu Picchu.
Day 1: CUSCO – MOLLEPATA – SORAYPAMPA
We start at 5 in the morning picking you up from your hotel to make a 2-hour trip in our mobility until we reach the town of Mollepata where we will have a brief stop to have breakfast if you wish and also do some of the baths, then we will continue for an hour. of trip until Soraypampa that is the beginning of the walk.
After organizing our duffel bags, we will take our backpacks and begin the ascent to the Humantay lagoon. This walk will last approximately 2 hours, most of the way being uphill. Once there, we will appreciate this gift of nature and have time to rest and listen to the explanation of our guide.
We will return by the same path to Soraypampa where we will have lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon in the place to acclimatize for our second day.
Day 2: SORAYPAMPA – SALKANTAY PASS – CHAULLAY
This will undoubtedly be the most exhausting day of our entire itinerary since we will wake up early to have breakfast organized by our cooks and then start the ascent of approximately 4 hours to the Salkantay pass, which is located at 4600 meters above sea level. sea, during this journey we will have the view during all the time of this imposing snow-capped peak, already in the upper part we will be able to take a break as our guide tells us the history of the place.
We will descend to the Salkantay valley in a descent that will take us approximately 5 hours, this descent in many sections of the path is technical, therefore good walking poles will be ideal to make the path more bearable, already in Chaullay we will be able to enjoy a dinner and be able to rest until the next day.
Day 3: CHAULLAY – SANTA TERESA – HYDOELECTRIC – AGUAS CALIENTES
After our breakfast we will board our transport that will take us for a 3-hour trip to the hydroelectric sector to start our walk to Aguas Calientes, this part of the road is quite simple since we will only follow part of what is the railway that reaches the town Being mostly flat terrain that will not be very tiring for us, it is important to know that this stretch gives us the option of viewing some buildings that belong to Machu Picchu in the vicinity of the road, therefore we recommend you appreciate everything you find at your surroundings.
Already in Aguas Calientes we will settle in a lodging in the area to be able to rest and the next day to visit Machu Picchu.
Day 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
At 7 in the morning after our breakfast our guide will pick you up from the hotel to go to the bus station that will take us through a 30-minute road to the entrance to the Inca city of Machu Picchu, in case you do not want to board the bus will have the option of making the walk from the town to Machu Picchu through a pedestrian path that will take approximately 2 hours and our guide will wait for you at the gate of the Inca city to start the tour, already in the place we will pass the points of control to go up to the guardian's house where we can take advantage and take classic photos of the place, the next 2 hours will be to enjoy the place and explore with our guide who will show us every detail of the place, visiting temples, squares and important houses.
Once our visit is over, we will board the bus down to Aguas Calientes where you can have lunch and finally take the return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo where our driver will be waiting for us to return to Cusco and finish the service at the hotel.
WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THIS TREK?
- Pick up from your hotel to start the walk
- Briefing at your hotel the night before the departure of the trip
- Transfer to the start of the walk / Soraypampa
- Transfer chaullay /hidrolectrica
- Professional Spanish / English guide
- DOITE andina tents / 3 seasons / professional line
- Inflatable thermal insulation / sea to Summit
- Cheff during the expedition
- Team of muleteers
- Horses for transporting equipment
- Duffel bag so you can leave 4 kilos of your personal equipment
- Meals during the walk (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) vegetarian option upon request at no cost
- Train ticket Aguas Calientes / Ollantaytambo
- Return transportation Ollantaytambo / Cusco
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- Basic Hostel in Aguas Calientes
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Entrance ticket to Salkantay
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THIS TREK?
- Sleeping bag
- Bus ticket Aguas calientes / Machu Picchu
- Ticket to Huayna Picchu –$75 USD
- Walking poles
- First breakfast and last lunch
- VistaDome Train - $67 USD
- Tips for your guide
- Walking Poles – +$15 USD per pair per trek
- Sleeping bag - +$25 USD per trek
- Personal tent - +$30 USD
**Huayna Picchu is an optional walk inside the Citadel of Machu Picchu that does not include a guide. The ascent is usually done on your own after your tour of the Citadel of Machu Picchu. If you would like the additional walk to be guided, please request it in advance. There is an additional cost for this additional guided tour.
BENEFITS OF TRAVELING WITH TERRA PERU AVENTURAS
- Assistance 24/7 a week in English.
- Qualified professionals on all tours
- Professional Guides in English on all tours
- Free transfer from the airport to the hotel
Please read the following information carefully. This will help you resolve your doubts and/or questions about our services
ARRIVAL IN CUSCO
All our services start at the airport of the city of Cusco where our driver will be waiting for the arrival of your flight to be able to drive you to the hotel of your choice, this service has no additional cost.
For which it is necessary that you provide us with your flight details and confirmation 1 or 2 days before your arrival in the city, our staff will be waiting with the Terra Peru Aventuras sign which you have to locate.
The briefing is the information that is provided to our clients prior to a trip, this will be done one night before the selected activity at the hotel of their stay. In general, the schedule will depend on the other activities that you have planned to carry out, but many times it usually takes place between 6 and 7 at night.
HOW CAN I BOOK THE SHORT SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS TOUR?
To start a reservation, the first thing we request is your personal data along with the details of the date you would like to do the walk, then we will request an advance payment of 40% of the total value of the walk in order to generate the purchase of the necessary tickets for the tour.
After the deposit, our reservation staff will send you the confirmation of the reservation of the Tour which will include the DATE, NAME OF THE TOUR, PERSONAL DATA OF THE CLIENT, AMOUNT DEPOSITED AND AMOUNT PENDING PAYABLE UPON ARRIVAL IN THE CITY.
Terra Peru Aventuras offers you different payment methods depending on your needs, from bank deposits, transfers via Wester Union, as well as PayPal (consider +8% to the deposit to be made for reasons of bank commissions)
WHEN DO I MAKE THE FINAL PAYMENT OF THE TOUR?
In general, the total payment must be made upon arrival, we recommend making the payment in cash, due to commission issues from international banks that may be unfavorable to you in case you want to make a payment with your credit card. Our staff gives you more details about it.
CAN I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER I HAVE PURCHASED THE TICKETS?
For all our tours with the exception of Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Salkantay, yes! is possible to modify the date without any cost, this must be communicated to our staff as soon as possible in order to carry out the procedures for the modification with a new date.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
Any good experience will depend on a good physical condition, if you practice any physical activity regularly you should not worry about a possible altitude sickness, however as an additional recommendation we suggest acclimatizing, in this sense you should consider spending at least 3 days to do some walk and 1 day to be able to carry out some activity or cultural tour.
There are medications that could achieve better acclimatization, but since we are not doctors, we suggest you drink plenty of water and coca infusions to achieve better acclimatization.
WHEN THE TOUR ENDS, DO YOU TAKE US TO THE HOTEL?
Everything will depend on the style of travel that you chose. Our clients who travel in a private service have the option of ending the tours at their hotel. However, those who opt for a group tour, our tour ends in the Plaza Regocijo or close to it so that you can walk without any worries to your hotel.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?
- Original passport
- Small backpack
- Water storage: 2-3 litre reusable bottles
- Hiking shoes
- Toilet paper
- 3 t-shirts
- 2 hiking pants at least
- 3 sets of undergarments
- 3 sets of hiking socks
- Bathing suit for the thermal waters
- Fleece/ Thermals
- Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite its the higher and temperture drop to 2 Celius
- Rain jacket
- Waterproof gloves
- Quickdry towel
- Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash
- Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
- Hand sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Personal medications
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc
- Water: Please supply your own water until the first lunch spot, then we will provide you with cold
- Boiled water at every meal time. Please bring your canteens
- Sun hat ; Sunscreen
- Wool hat
- Snacks like chocolate bars, cereal bars or any dry fruits
- Rain plastic poncho
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips