Classic Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days 3 nights
The Classic Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an alternative to the longer 5-day trek, offering the same stunning landscapes and experience condensed into a 4-day, 3-night adventure. Here’s a sample itinerary for the Classic Salkantay Trek:
Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa
- Depart from Cusco early in the morning and travel by bus to Mollepata (2,900m / 9,514ft).
- Begin your trek towards Soraypampa (3,900m / 12,795ft), hiking through beautiful landscapes and local villages.
- Arrive at the Soraypampa campsite in the afternoon and set up camp.
- Enjoy dinner and rest for the night.
Day 2: Soraypampa – Salkantay Pass – Chaullay
- After breakfast, start hiking towards the trek’s highest point, the Salkantay Pass (4,600m / 15,092ft).
- At the pass, take in the breathtaking views of Salkantay Mountain and the surrounding snow-capped peaks.
- Descend into the cloud forest, passing through diverse ecosystems and experiencing a noticeable change in temperature.
- Reach Chaullay (2,900m / 9,514ft) and set up camp for the night.
Day 3: Chaullay – La Playa – Hydroelectric Station – Aguas Calientes
- Depart Chaullay and hike through the cloud forest to La Playa (2,400m / 7,874ft), passing through coffee, cacao, and fruit plantations.
- From La Playa, continue to the Hydroelectric Station, where you will have lunch.
- Either hike along the train tracks from the Hydroelectric Station or take a train to Aguas Calientes (2,040m / 6,692ft).
- Check into a hostel or hotel in Aguas Calientes and explore the town in the evening.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
- Wake up early and hike or take a bus to Machu Picchu.
- Enjoy a guided tour of the iconic Inca citadel, learning about its history, significance, and architectural wonders.
- After the tour, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. You can choose to hike up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (tickets must be purchased separately and in advance).
- Return to Aguas Calientes, where you can grab lunch and shop for souvenirs.
- Board the train back to Ollantaytambo, where your transportation to Cusco awaits.
- Arrive in Cusco in the evening, concluding your unforgettable Classic Salkantay Trek adventure.
Please note that this itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions, train schedules, and other factors. Ensure that you book with a reputable tour operator and always follow their guidelines and advice for a safe and enjoyable experience.