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3 Day Salkantay Trek Details
Salkantay 3 Day Trek

3 Day Salkantay Trek is exclusively designed for those looking to experience the best of the esteemed trek to Machu Picchu. The Salkantay 3 day trek also known as Short Salkantay trekking is recognised as one of the best 25 treks in the world by National Geographic Travel Magazine.

This is one of our exclusive treks to Machu Picchu. It covers a total distance of 48 kilometres in two days through craggy terrains. 

Salkantay Trekking offers captivating views at every turn. You will be rewarded with views of the snow capped peaks, valleys, wildlife, lush tropical vegetations and cloud forest. On the third day, as you will visit Machu Picchu with our local expert, you will discover many facts about the lost city of Incas. 

The highest point of the 3 day Salkantay Trek Peru is the Salkantay Pass at 4650 metres above sea level. We highly recommend to spend at least 4 days in Cusco and acclimatise well before the trek.

Why Machu Picchu Peru Cusco?

Machu Picchu Peru Cusco is a local tour operator based in Cusco. Travelling with us means adventure, fun and security. We maintain high safety standards. Our guides are trained on first aid and use of Oxygen cans. 

We believe that choosing the right travel company is important to determine your experience in Cusco. We aim to offer a seamless experience that would make your trip unforgettable. Check our reviews in TripAdvisor

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

04:00 AM

Price Includes

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Transport
  • Experienced Tour Guide (English speaking)
  • Camping equipment
  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu Archeological Site
  • 01 Night's Hostel in Aguas Calientes
  • 1 Duffle Bag
  • Cargo Mules
  • Trekking Cook
  • Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners (Vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost)
  • Wake up tea
  • Snacks and Tea on the trail daily
  • Hygiene products and Medical kit
  • Train tickets

Price Excludes

  • Entrance fee to Salkantay Trail (S/.10 per person)
  • Entrance to Aguas Calientes Hot Springs
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Walking Sticks
  • Last Day's Lunch and Dinner
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance

Salkantay Trekking Packing List

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the program
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Toilet paper
  • Swimsuit (if you wish to take a bath in the hot springs)
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Original passport
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)
  • Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into the Inca Trail. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
3 Day Salkantay Trek - Salkantay 3 Day Trek

Day 1Cusco - Sorayapampa - Chaullay

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco in our private transportation. Then we will drive you for three and a half hours to Soraypampa, the starting point of the trek.  Along our way, we will stop in Mollepata. This is the last major town before Sorayapampa. Here you can buy some last minute essentials that you may need for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.

Once we reach Soraypampa, we will be serving you breakfast. While our crew will be organising your duffle bags and camping equipment on mule. We will then begin the trek with an uphill climb to the highest point of the Salkantay Trail, Salkantay Pass. It will be a three hours climb and a total distance of seven kilometres. 

Although this section of the trek is somewhat challenging, you will be rewarded with captivating views of the Peruvian highland and Mount Salkantay that stands at 6271 metres above sea level.

You will also have a spectacular view of the valley from the pass. We will have a brief stop here so you can immerse in the tranquility and the best of what mother nature has to offer. We will then descend to our camp for lunch.

At our campsite we will be serving a typical meal for lunch. Then we will continue the trek down the hill to the Amazon Cloud Forest. You will be experiencing a noticeable change in landscape and weather as we will be transitioning from the Andes to Amazon. 

It is a three hours hike. We will have many stops on our way as our guide will be explaining the significance of each plant that we will be encountering on our way. Once in Chaullay, we will serve you dinner.

Day 2Chaullay - Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes

Our crew will be waking you up to a hot cup of coffee or coca tea quite early in the morning. After breakfast, we will be leaving the campsite at 0600 AM. We will be trekking to La Playa. 

This section of the trek offers enchanting views of waterfalls, rivers and orchid plantations. We will also be passing through many Avocado and coffee plantations. 

Along the way, we will be stopping at a few farms. The farmers will share their traditional farming techniques with you. We will then hike to Colpapampa, “the brow of the cloud forest”. 

It is home to many waterfalls and distinct flora and fauna. You will also be able to spot the Peruvian national bird, The cock of the rock, 

We will be stopping for lunch in La Playa. After Lunch we will bid goodbye to our crew. From here, we will be driving you in our private transport to Hidro Electrica. 

From here you will be hiking to Aguas Calientes along the railway tracks for three hours. This is the same route Hiram Bingham III took when he rediscovered Machu Picchu. 

Alternatively, you can also take a train from Hidro Electrica to Aguas Calientes. It costs USD 34 each way. At Aguas Calientes, we will be accommodating you in an ensuite hotel room. 

The town is named after the thermal baths. So if desired, you can spend the evening relaxing in the thermal bath. 

At 0700 PM, our local expert will be meeting you at the hotel and will be explaining the following day’s itinerary and will be handing over the tickets to Machu Picchu. We will then meet at the restaurant for dinner.

Day 3Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

As you will be leaving the hotel early in the morning, the hotel staff will be handing you over a snack box. You will then be taking a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Our tour guide will be meeting you at the main entrance of Machu Picchu. We will assist you in crossing the security control to enter the citadel. 

Once inside the citadel you will witness the sun rising on the walls of the ancient citadel of Incas. We will then give you a detailed tour of the citadel. You will be visiting the main plaza, the ceremonial centre, remains of Inca temples and more. 

After the half day Machu Picchu tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will be directing you to the respective entrance. 

Alternatively, you can hike to the Sun Gate. It offers a beautiful view of the citadel. This view is exclusive at sunrise to those on Inca Trail trek

We will then be taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes. Here you will be boarding the train to Ollantaytambo train station. Our representative will meet you and will transfer you back to Cusco. We will return to Cusco by 09:00 PM. 

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Family Traveller

This trip was efficiently planned and organised by Karen and her team. They were very helpful and coordinated well. They conducted a briefing the night before advising us what to carry for the trek which was very helpful. The guide was very well prepared with first aid kits and trekking gears. We felt very safe, even as we did this with our 12 year old boy.

February 4, 2020
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