Salkantay Trekking to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

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4 DAYS
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Since 799 US$

Salkantay Trek to 4 days or 5 days is into the top 03 most well-known and popular alternative classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Therefore, If you want to see nature and wildlife to the lost city of the Incas (Machu Picchu) this is the best option. even, on the last years there some local towns that open their houses in order to enjoy the experience of coffee farm where you can harvest, peel, see how they dry the seeds, toasted, grind, filter the coffee for have and taste a fresh coffee. Also, you can see other products as avocado, banana, passion fruit, and others.

all over the world there a many hikes but this is into 10 of the most well-know if you want to hike over the andes where you can find amazing ladscapes with flora and fauna of this region. So do Salkantay Trek will be the best option as Alternative Inca trail if you dont find the classic Inca Trail because, you must booked long time in advance or just do around Salkantay Snow-Capped mountain (the 2nd highest in Cusco and most important behind of Ausante Mountain.

Also, in Salkantay 4 days you can see Machu Picchu inca site from the mountain in the front called (Patallaqta Inca Site) and have a diferent perspective of this incredible place that we will visit the last day of the hike and do part of the famous Inca trail because just as a little spoiler the inca trail are over than 60,000 km (40,000 Miles).

Salkantay Trek 4 days is the short vertion of the Classic Salkantay Trek 5 days and you see the same things just faster and we are going to have to cut day without much to see.

Hike this trek and remember that your vacations are not a game !!!

Type of Tour: Culture, History, Adventure and Hiking with Camping

All Distance: 55 Km / 34 Miles.

Good For: hiker that love to trek in the mountains with a moderate level of fitness.

Difficulty: Moderate challenge

Consideration: AVAILABLE THIS HIKE FOR ALL THE YEAR.

Useful Information: 

  • Above all, your safety
  • Fully portered hike where you are unique job is just to enjoy the nice snow-capped mountains and the amazing forest.
  • Your belongings are gonna be transported by our staff.
  • Trek the unique pathway to the sacred mountain of  Salkantay (savage mountain) to Machu Picchu.
  • Snow-capped mountains where the Incas used to sacrifice people a long time ago.
  • Walkthrough the forest where you can find beautiful plants and animals.
  • Enjoy an amazing sunrise of Machu Picchu early on day 4th.
  • Hike by the same trail that Incas used to use in order to do a sacrifice and then walk to the Sacred City (Machu Picchu).
  • You must be prepared for lots of walking and a high elevation hike.
  • You should need to know that we will pass on many different ecosystems.
  • You will stay in a hotel the last night in Aguas Calientes.
  • We are local staff
  • We are using natural resources.
  • Local company with sustainable responsibility.
  • Briefing with you professional Mountain Tour Guides the night before of your trek in our office or your hotel.

 

Includes:

  • Pick up from your hotel by your professional guide.
  • Professional trilingual mountain guide (English — Spanish — Quechua).
  • Professional Mountain Chef.
  • Professional Assistant Tour Guide (for groups over than 9 people).
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Meals (04 breakfasts, 03 snacks, 03 lunches, 02 happy hours and 03 dinners).
  • Camping equipment transported by our team.
  • We carry 07 kilos / 15 Pounds of your belongings.
  • Hot drinks in order to wake you up.
  • Boiled Water for fill up your bottles, after each meal until Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town).
  • Camping equipment such as tents, tables, chairs and another.
  • Foam mattress.
  • Horses will carry camping equipment and support to the chef with the food.
  • Car Transportation from Cusco to Soraypampa.
  • 3*** starts hotel in Aguas Caliente.
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.(way up)
  • Tour in all Machu Picchu Archaeological site
  • Bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (way down).
  • Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Car Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • First aid Kid.
  • Oxygen tank.
  • VEGETARIAN FOOD IS OPTIONAL WITHOUT EXTRA COST!!!

Not Included: 

  • Single supplement fee (hotel room).
  • single supplement equipment for the hike.
  • Last lunch and dinner (Day 4)
  • Entrance fee for Huayna Picchu Mountain.
  • Tips (appreciations).
  • Extra snack.
  • Travel insurance.

Day 1: Cusco — Mollepata — Soraypampa — Soyrococha — Salkantay Pass (Inca Pass) — Huayramachay.

We´ll pick you up from your hotel between 4:00 to 4:30 am with our private transportation. but make sure you carry your passport and ISIC Card if applicable. Our journey from Cusco to Mollepata town is 2 hours and 30 minutes roughly through the Anta plateau and Limatambo valley enjoying the beautiful andean towns, nice views, landscapes and the Salkantay snow-capped mountain. After enjoy a delicious breakfast in this town you will still have few more minutes for buy anything that you could forget. Thus, we’re keep driving for 1 more hour until arrive to Soraypampa (2 700 / 8 858 ft) from where is located the starting point of our trek. However, after double check all of our equipment in order to start the hike for around 4 hours way up with some flats surrounding the snaw-capped mountains us a Salkantay Mountain (Savage Mountain) or humantay snow-capped mountain, Therefor, we’ll talk about inca’s mommies and how they used to sacrificed to human. we are sure walking and taking picture without you know and around that 1:00 pm we arrive to Soyrococha for buffet lunch and then after short siesta time we are keep walking to Salkantay pass (Inka Pass) (4 200 m / 10 827 ft). just after take a amazing picture with this beautiful place we’re going to start the downhill for 2 hours until arrive to our campsite called huayramachay and at the same time as a reward you will be received with your tents up already and hot drink with something to eat in the happy hour that we are going to have in this place and then would be introduce our team to us in order to know each other on the way as a great friends but before go to sleep we will enjoy our buffet dinner and short orientation for the following day with the details that you should need to know for it.

Day 2: Huayramachay — Collpapampa — La Playa Sahuayaco.

This day really early in the morning your porters will wake you up with a hot cup of coca tea to get ready with your belongings before enjoy our big and delicious breakfast for the trek. However, you need to know that is gonna be the longest day of all the entire trek. We´ll hike for 3 hours roughly way down until arrive to collpapampa (4 205 m / 13 796 ft) of course this areas is much better because the same weather is a little bit much warmer and we will starting to see more flowers and beautiful orchids that of course our mountain guide is going to explain the functions and how this people use each of them as a natural medicine in this regions. although, those areas is beautiful and we can spend hours and hours talking about nature and mountain life we have to keep hiking too Collpapampa for our buffet lunch but it’s gonna be quite early because after lunch we have to keep walking down and couples ups for around 4 hours and 30 minutes more until arrive to our campsite for a hot water and hot drinks in the happy hour. afterwards, we have to enjoy our dinner and do it the plan for the next day. however if the weathers permite us we’ll talk about inka astronomy and of course the relations that used to exist between all the cultures in the world.

Day 3: La Playa Sahuayaco — Llaqtapata — Aguas Calientes.

we´re going to wake you up at 5:30 am. and before leave the campsite enjoy a breakfast at 6:00 am. then we’re going to start our trek through inca trail way up until arrive to Llaqtapata from where we’ll have the chance to see Machupicchu from this mountain and then enjoy our box lunch there. however, then we’ll keep walking down into the valley below. the path winds its way down the mountain, passing through heavily wooded cloud forest where we can see a variety of wildlife and small plantations grown by the local people. It’s about 2 hours walk down to the bottom of the valley and a further 30 minutes until the hydroelectric plant where we’ll see a stunning waterfall that is a byproduct of the project. From hydroelectric we’ll wait to the train because is this place where we’re going to take the train to aguas calientes (Machupicchu town) for around 40 minutes and then after get off the train straight to do check in our hotel. After a hot shower and rest a little bit we have a dinner at night in order to do it the plan for the following day. one of the new seven wonders (Machupicchu) is gonna be our itinerary the next day. At the same time this day we’re going to say good bye to our porters and we’re going to do small ceremony in order to say thanks for that amazing job that they’ll do for you (if you wish to give tips for them in this small ceremony). then we recommend you go early to your bed to sleep because the following day we´ll wake you up really early in the morning in order to arrive for the sunrise over the Machu Picchu ruins.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes — Machupicchu — Cusco city.

We have to wake up very early in the morning of the five day in order to see the sunrise in Machupicchu (if the weather allows) We’ll start with breakfast at the hotel and then head to the bus that will take us to Machupicchu archaeological site. just after get into Machupicchu we’re going to good spot for take a amazing and unforgettable pictures for your Facebook profile. Afterwards your guide is gonna explain you for 2 hours tour in all Machupicchu site and if you want to visit the place by yourself the guides is gonna explain you at that moment. but, before your tour guide will provide your bus ticket for aguas calientes town from where you´re going to meet with your tour guide where he is gonna give you tren tickets and explain how to take the train in order to back to Cusco. If you´d like you have the chance to climb up to Huayna Picchu Mountain that take around of 50 minutes to wreathe summit. From this please you can see Machu Picchu and you will feel us you never did from this please. But if you want to hike to this mountain just let us know in advance (cost for it $ 25 dollars extra).

Included:

  • Professional Tour Guides: All of our tour guides are from the university and at the same time they speak really good English. however the most important is that all our tour guides are local people that grew up in the andes with much ancient knowledge ready to teach you any ancestors tradition but at the same time, they are funny and so professionals making sure safe and happy.
  • Permits: after we just receive your deposit and information about you. our staff is in charge to get your permits for the inca trail. this permits are for a specific date and your name have to be the same as your passport details.
  • Briefing: one night before start your trek, you need to come to our office for the group briefing with your guide. well in this place we´ll give you the duffle bag that our porters are gonna carry for you. helping you 7 kg/ 14 pounds of your weight. making you enjoy this trek and be something unforgettable for your life.
  • Chefs: our food will be cook by our professional chefs according to the things that you eat and if you have some allergies to some products just let us know in order to avoid to put in your meals. Porters: our staff is included for porters that are in charge to carry the weight of all of the team as the food, tents, plates, bowls, chairs, etc. but at the same time always ready to help you.
  • Transportation: transportations for all the trek is included from the beginning to the end with cars and train (we´ll pick you up from your hotel and take you back in your hotel ¨our service is the door to door¨).
  • Equipment: Sparrow adventure has the best equipment that you need for your trek in order to take you safe and happy enjoying at the same time.
  • Food: our healthy and organic food is gonna be prepare by our chef that have a lot of experience cooking in the mountain and at the same time you have the chance to tell us if you don´t eat some allergies in that way our chef will cook without that things.
  • Water: this important element we´ll start to supply for your first lunch to your last breakfast and you can refill your plastic bottle or camelback. but from where come this water ?. well this water is taken from the natural springs that there are along the way. filtered and then boiled in order finally to cool down before to give you for a drink or refill your bottles. remember that is really important to drink plenty of water for your hike.
  • First aid kit: your safety (healthy, safe, satisfy and enjoying) is one of our first priorities. in that way, this first aid kit that we have is complete with basic things that you can need for the trek and oxygen tank just in order to take you safely.
  • Extras: we consider it´s just couple details for your trek because we already tell you all the things that you need probably just that you need to get rain poncho, sun cream, and few things that you can get here and is not so much complex to buy.

Not included:

  • Daypacks: you should need to bring your own day pack for the hike although it doesn’t have to be so big as a personal experience we suggest to get small o medium day pack but not so big in order to enjoy on the way because remember that our porter is gonna helping you part of your weight. the backpack that you´ll bring has to be with enough space for your: water, sun cream, sun hat, few warm layers, camera, personal snack, headlamps and few more things that you can consider important for your trek.
  • Headlamps: with our experience in the mountain we recommend to have your personal headlamps for the trek because if you need to move from one place to another one or go to the toilet for sure you´ll need one. remember that these campsites are places with lights.
  • Packing list: we suggest you bring for the hike warm layers for the nights, three t-shirts, hiking pants, the jacket is basically the things that you´ll need and if is waterproof or rainwater resistant could be much better. anyway with your rain poncho is gonna be fine. because it cover you until your knees. however you can´t forget to bring hiking boots or trekking shoes and sandals or sneaker.
  • Extra Snack: You can bring your own snack or get here.
  • Rentals: Each hiker needs basically a sleeping bag and is optional the inflatable air matt and walking stick for good trek but if you don´t have any of those things, no worries because you still have the chance to rent with us really good equipment.
  • Sleeping bag: 20 US$
  • Inflatable air matt: 15 US$
  • Walking sticks (pair): 15  US$
  • Huayna Picchu: this is the name of one mountain next to Machu Picchu site from where you can get nice view of the archeological site surrounding by the Urubamba river and you have the chance to hike to this mountain but let us know when you booking with us because this permit is limited however if you don’t get this permits not worries because you still have the chance to go to the Inca bridge and enjoy the ruins of Machu Picchu because it is really big site.

Altitude Sickness

It’s common to start to wondering about altitude sickness if you thinking to come to Peru, especially in Cusco. however, It’s easy to figure out this problem. You just need to spend a few days in Cusco drinking plenty of water and coca tea.

This is the High Altitude Symptom

headache, tiredness, dizziness, nauseas, tingling, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, vomiting. Please, If you feel any of this problem contact our company or call a doctor in order to help you. but, this symptom usually is gonna be temporal just you need to drink plenty of water and coca tea. However, some times our customer prefers pills and in that way, we suggest you have an (acetazolamide or dexamethasone) and come few days before to Cusco.

Weather

In general, the weather here in the andes is unpredictable and that is the way why we suggest to our customers have to be ready for a rainy or sunny day. although, if you have waterproof clothes for sure it’s gonna helping us so much.

First Aid Kit

All of Our mountain guides have their first aid kits and a lot of training in first aid in the mountains and every year they received classes of doctor with the most frequent problems as a (diarrhea, cuts, headache, scrapes,etc.) at the same time they have an oxygen tank in order to help you to feel much better. However, It’s fine if you thinking to bring your own first aid kit for the trek.

Travel Insurance

Always is gonna be a good idea to have travel insurance for your tour or trek and more if you thinking to travel for a few weeks or more of one month. Although, for sure you need to have one if you have any serious illness just in case if something happens.

Please, if you don’t have one is fine.

Environmental Impact

This company is a travel agency that protects our environment. because, as you know the biggest problem that we have been suffering on our planet is global warming. but, we’re a sustainable company that we use a biodegradable staff and at the same time, our principal job is to teach to everyone protect this home (earth planet).

Community

The most important for us is our workers and of course, it means their families of the communities that everybody feels so proud of all of then. because, they still keep having our culture and thanks to all of those things is possible to know more knowledge about our ancestors as their traditions, behaviors, customs, etc. However, our job is to help all of then with books, computers, buildings and with the most important points teaching to everybody how important is our culture and protect everything left by our ancestors. because We think that “Love just the things that you know” and that’s why we have to help to all of then. However, We have to keep teaching not to loss their behaviors or customs in order to preserve and conserve this amazing culture inca.

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