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Salkantay 4-day trek

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Salkantay trekking to machu picchu

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4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu: Unforgettable Hiking Adventure

Embark on a thrilling journey through the Andean wonders with our Salkantay Trek 4-Day adventure in Peru. Join us on an extraordinary tour from the majestic heights of the Andes to the enchanting cloud forest of the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes and explore the iconic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu with our expert guides.

The Salkantay 4-Day Trek stands as an exhilarating and sought-after hiking route in Peru, providing a captivating path to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. This trek offers a unique alternative to the traditional Inca Trail, presenting stunning vistas, diverse ecosystems, and an immersive encounter with Andean culture.

Uncover the beauty of one of Peru’s premier hikes—the Salkantay 4-Day Trek! Revel in the splendor of Andean streams, majestic glaciers, and the untamed allure of the Salkantay.

Tour Price

Salkantay 4-Day Trek

$ 440 USD
per person

Group Size:

Up to 18

Activity Level:


Trip Length:

4 Days

Overview of the 4-Day Salkantay Trek

Embark on an unforgettable adventure on the 4-day Salkantay Trek. Conquer mountains with glaciers, cross tropical jungles and contemplate the wonder of Machu Picchu. Connect with Andean nature and engrave this experience in your soul.

Brief Itinerary of the 4-Day Salkantay Trek

  • DAY 1: Cusco-Salkantay Trail-Cocalmayo Hot Springs Enjoy a horseback riding experience from Soraypampa to the Salkantay Pass Trek from Salkantay Pass to Challway Relax in the rejuvenating thermal baths of Cocalmayo.
  • DAY 2: Santa Teresa, Lucmabamba Trail, and Aguas Calientes Hike the Inca Trail of Lucmabamba with a panoramic view of Machu Picchu.
  • DAY 3: Aguas Calientes, KM 104, Inti Punku Embark on the Short Inca Trail from Aguas Calientes.
  • DAY 4: Machu Picchu Tour: Return to Cusco

Highlights of the 4-Day Salkantay Trek

Discover Peru in a new light! The lush forests, majestic mountains, and cascading waterfalls of the Salkantay Trek promise an unforgettable journey that will leave a lasting impression. Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Peru by undertaking the awe-inspiring and rewarding Salkantay 4-Day Trek with KONDOR PATH TOURS!

Salkantay Trek 4-Day Itinerary

Embark on an incredible journey that challenges your p hysical endurance while immersing you in the beauty of nature and the richness of culture. The Salkantay 4-Day Trek is more than an adventure; it's an opportunity to connect with the Andean landscapes and leave an enduring imprint on your soul.

Day 1: A Challenging Journey to Salkantay Pass and Cocalmayo Hot Springs

Embark on a thrilling adventure as you begin your Salkantay Trek from Cusco to Soraypampa. Witness breathtaking views of the Salkantay and Humantay glaciers at an elevation of 3,930 meters. The highlight of the day is crossing the Salkantay Pass on horseback, reaching an impressive altitude of 4,638 meters. Descend to Challway through challenging terrain, trekking for 5 hours, and enjoy a local shuttle to Santa Teresa. Conclude the day with a relaxing soak in the Cocalmayo Hot Springs before an overnight stay in Santa Teresa.

Day 2: Lucmabamba Trail to Machupicchu Pueblo

Embark on a 40-minute local transport from Santa Teresa to Lucmabamba, starting your trek at 6:20. Hike through tropical jungle, reaching Lucmabamba Pass at 2,814 meters. Explore the Llactapata archaeological site, offering panoramic views of Machu Picchu. Descend to Hydroelectric and trek for 3 hours to reach Aguas Calientes, the base of Machu Picchu. This 22-km journey involves a mix of uphill and downhill paths, taking approximately 8 hours.

Day 3: Short Inca Trail to Inti Punku

Embark on a hike from Machu Picchu Pueblo to the Short Inca Trail, offering incredible panoramic views. Start at 5:30, trekking 16 km in 7 hours. Reach km 104, where you'll check documentation and enter the Short Inca Trail. Venture towards Inti Punku with a 5-hour walk through the cloud forest, encountering diverse flora and fauna. Conclude the day at Machu Picchu Pueblo, with a bus service to Aguas Calientes.

Day 4: Machu Picchu Exploration and Return to Cusco

Experience the magnificence of Machu Picchu with a 2-hour guided tour, exploring ancient ruins and enjoying panoramic views. Board the Machu Picchu train in the afternoon for a 1-hour and 40-minute journey to Ollantaytambo. Transfer to Cusco for a short walk, concluding your Salkantay Trek 4-Day Adventure. The day's physical level is easy, making it a relaxed yet culturally enriching experience.


    • Transfer from Cusco to Soraypampa.
    • Entrance to the Salkantay circuit.
    • Entry to Cocalmayo thermal baths.
    • Horseback riding to Salkantay Pass (2.5 hours).
    • Portable oxygen and first aid kit.
    • Transport from Challway to Santa Teresa.
    • Meals: Box lunch and dinner in Santa Teresa.
    • Overnight in Santa Teresa: 2-star hotel.
    • Transportation from Santa Teresa to Lucmabamba.
    • Meals: Breakfast in Lucmabamba and lunch in Llactapata.
    • Entrance to the Short Inca Trail.
    • Meal: Box lunch.
    • Bus service from Machu Picchu to Machupicchu Pueblo.
    • Bus service to Machu Picchu.
    • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu via Circuit 5.
    • 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu.
    • Train back to Cusco (Inca Rail, Voyager 44 class, departure at 14:30).
    • Private transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
    • All local Peruvian taxes.

Not Included:

  • Hotels, hostels, Airbnb, or lodges for stays in Cusco and Aguas Calientes.
  • Food not described in the itinerary.
  • Train from Hydro to Aguas Calientes by PERURAIL at 16:35, Service: HYDROELECTRIC to MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO.
  • Sleeping bag (recommendation to bring your light sleeping bags for low temperatures, especially for the first night of the Salkantay Trek; rental or purchase available in downtown Cusco).
  • Breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 4.
  • Tips for the crew (muleteers, cook, and guide).

What to bring:

  • Trekking backpack.
  • Comfortable and breathable clothing.
  • Footwear: sturdy trekking boots and lightweight sandals.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Personal hygiene items and travel towel.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Hat, cap, and sunglasses.
  • Reusable water bottle.
  • Headlamp or flashlight.
  • Camera and extra batteries.
  • Documents, money, and tickets.
  • Personal medications.
  • Waterproof bags.
  • Energetic snacks.
  • Map and tour guide.


Travel Highlights

Duration:4 Days
Type:Adventure, Trekking
Ideal group size:1 to 18  explorers
Physical Intensity:Medium
Departures:Available Daily
Recommended age for the tour:Participants must be at least 18 years old to embark on a solo Tierra Biru adventure. For minors accompanied by a guardian aged 21 or older, the minimum age is 6.

Why Choose Tierra Biru Expeditions?

Our Tripadvisor Reviews

  • star ratingExperiencia inolvidable – Excelente agencia, se adecua a tu plan y presupuesto, la atención incomparable, una agradable experiencia.

    avatar thumb yireidio
    23 August, 2023
  • star ratingÓtima experiência – A tierra Biru me recepcionou muito bem no aeroporto. Em todos os momentos me tratou muito bem. Os guias falavam espanhol bem devagar, então era possível entender tudo, mesmo para… read more

    avatar thumb alineaH1979TT
    28 August, 2023
  • star ratingRecomendable. – Muy recomendable el servicio, el cual ya lo tomamos en cada visita al cusco y siempre ha cubierto y superado nuestras expectativas.

    avatar thumb osmardaga77
    4 December, 2023
  • star ratingTodo excelente – Todo excelente! Buenos servicios, buenas ubicaciones de los hoteles y personal muy amable y responsable.

    avatar thumb Iris R
    3 September, 2023
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