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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 4 Days provided by Tierras Vivas

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 4 Days

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 4 Days
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About
On this 4-day hike you overcome the highest point of the trek, which is the Salkantay Pass at 4,550 meters above sea level. You also enjoy amazing mountain scenery with snowy peaks, mountain lagoons and remote Andean villages.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 10556P4
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing)
  • Early morning transfer by private bus to Soraypampa
  • Accommodation: Campsites (2 nights) and a Hotel in Machu Picchu (1 night)
  • Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner and 3x afternoon hot beverages (please advise us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost)
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide
  • Professional Cook
  • Horseman
  • Horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 7 kg of each passenger's stuff
  • An emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower
  • Water
  • Camping equipment: Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks)
  • Inflatable mattress
  • A sleeping bag
  • A blanket per person
  • A pillow
  • Day Pack Rain Covers
  • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings)
  • A T-shirt of the Salkantay Trek Map
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Entry/Admission - Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Exclusions
  • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day
  • International and domestic flights nor airport departure taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu (USD $25)
  • A shuttle bus between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Town (USD $12- one way, USD $24 - a round trip)
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory)
  • Other extras not mentioned
Duration
4 days
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Cusco hotels
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Inclusions
  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing)
  • Early morning transfer by private bus to Soraypampa
  • Accommodation: Campsites (2 nights) and a Hotel in Machu Picchu (1 night)
  • Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner and 3x afternoon hot beverages (please advise us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost)
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide
  • Professional Cook
  • Horseman
  • Horses to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 7 kg of each passenger's stuff
  • An emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower
  • Water
  • Camping equipment: Personal double tents (4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks)
  • Inflatable mattress
  • A sleeping bag
  • A blanket per person
  • A pillow
  • Day Pack Rain Covers
  • Tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents and bottled gas
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings)
  • A T-shirt of the Salkantay Trek Map
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Entry/Admission - Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Exclusions
  • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day
  • International and domestic flights nor airport departure taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu (USD $25)
  • A shuttle bus between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Town (USD $12- one way, USD $24 - a round trip)
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory)
  • Other extras not mentioned
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Cusco hotels
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4 days
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
Itinerary
Overview
Full Map
5 stops
Day 1
Cusco - Soraypampa -...
Day 2
Los Andenes - Luscamayo - La Playa
Day 3
La Playa - Llactapata -...
Day 4
Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu -...
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Alessandra C
4 contributions
Salkantay trek with Rosbelt was unforgettable and amazing!
Oct 2019
This trek was excellent. We saw impressive and unique landscapes such as the Humantay Lake, the Salkantay Glacier, the Jungle and Machu Picchu!
Our guide was the best. His name is Rosbelt. He was truly attentive to us, he always made sure the pace of the trek was working for us and he made this challenge an unforgettable memory we will have of Perù. Rosbelt's explanations in Machu Picchu especially were incredibly interesting. He gave us information you would not find anywhere else, which made the experience unique.
The great thing about this trek is you get to every place before all of the crowds - which really changes the experience and differentiates Flashpackers!
The team we had on the Salkantay was great: Rosbelt as a guide, Aurelio as a chef (the food was truly delicious) and Antonio as an arriero. The team made this experience unique. We did not have to worry about a thing - we just enjoyed the journey.
I would definitely recommend this trip with Flashpackers and specifically with Rosbelt.
Overall, Flashpackers were great - Abel, the manager in Cusco is really the best at making sure customers are happy. I definitely advise this trip with Flashpackers!
Written October 25, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Aaron W
28 contributions
The Salkantay Challenge
If there’s any review you read, let it be this one! To preface: the Salkantay trek is the perfect combination of highly unique, challenging, and beautiful. You will embark on a journey where you’ll encounter several different environments, climates, views, and people.

Disclaimer: we did the Salkantay trek as 3 days and 2 nights, not 4 & 3.

Compared to the Inca trail, you’ll trek between two mountains (one of which is a magestic glacier) for the first leg of the hike. Then it’s a downhill (and for the most part, flat) hike to small towns and eventually, Aguas Calientes. Scenic views everywhere, completely immersed in nature and totally amazing. THAT SAID, this trek is VERY challenging to accomplish in 3 days time! Even if you are very fit and in shape! The altitude is what makes the journey challenging.

My boyfriend and I recently completed the 3 day trek (private tour) and while it was worth everything, I wish we had known how hard it was going to be when we booked it. It took a big mental and physical toll on our bodies.

The Salkantay trek is also offered in 4 or 5 day journeys (which I would personally recommend post trip) - but should you choose the 3 day, be warned that the first day is the MOST trying. We hiked 16 miles in total the first day, half of which were uphill at altitudes ranging between 10-15K feet above sea level.

The last 4 miles were hiked on downhill, rugged terrain in the dark, which was a bit of a surprise (and a little scary) but also made our journey fun and adventurous. The following 2 days are MUCH easier after the first.

You will hike mostly flat terrain and if you’re too tired, you can always opt in for a car ride instead. The first day is by far the most difficult because the mileage you hike is normally completed in 2 days time. Again, the altitude must be kept in mind.

This all said - the best part of our trek was our guide, Alibeth. Alibeth was AMAZING, and amazing does not even sum it up. She made us feel SO safe and cared for during our trek, even during the hardest moments.

She also was enthusiastic enough to practice Spanish with us along the way and teach us about Peruvian culture. We really enjoyed our time with her and not enough can be said about her incredible character. She offered a glimpse into Cusco native life and shared so much valuable information with us along the way.

When we reached Machu Picchu, Alibeth gave us a unique tour of the site that included invaluable pictures with llamas and scenic views. She knew where all the best places were to take pictures and to visit. Not to mention, pre-Machu Picchu she made sure all of our accommodations were taken care of.

We stayed in a very nice hotel the night before and had a really nice dinner with her. Basically, we loved her! The entire trek, Alibeth was fully attentive to all of our needs, I would not have survived without her!! Having a great guide is essential.

I also want to mention how incredible the rest of the tour staff were, including our cook (Teacher). The food was incredible the entire time and we savored every meal. The staff went above and beyond to ensure we were super comfortable and fed.

Our point of contact for scheduling the trip was Liz, she answered every question we had and was super helpful as well.

Summed up: do the Salkantay trek!!! It’s beautiful and you will have an awesome and personal experience with Peruvian nature (as opposed to the very crowded Inca Trail). Prepare adequately and know what you’re getting into.
Written August 8, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

ShannonMcNamara
12 contributions
Terrific Guide and Beautiful Hike
May 2019 • Friends
Danny our guide was very enthusiastic and passionate about the whole trek and he’s extensive Inca knowledge was astounding.

The trek was extremely challenging, particularly the first day, but the landscapes were amazing. Highly recommended using hiking poles!

We had a delicious 3 course meal for lunch and dinner each day, curiously of the chefs!

We booked through a touring company (tour radar) this made contacting Tierras Vivas challenging.
Written May 23, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for giving us a review about your touring experience with our company, we are pleased and happy to know that you enjoyed your tour to Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu!
Written May 30, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rico M
Sierra Vista, AZ150 contributions
Great views and great way to earn your visit to Machu Picchu.
Apr 2019 • Couples
Overall the trek is worth it, great views and a great way to arrive at Machu Picchu. With that said a few things: The trail is very busy, you are never alone, but instead a constant line of people. You vary from walking on a dirt road which I did not like to being on a trail which I loved. I really enjoyed the trek through the jungle where we were on a trail. The accommodations are huts,and rooms rather than tenting. The food is mostly carbs on the bland side but filling. The gear they loaned us was crap, the air mattress leaked, the sleeping bags kept you warm but were way past their prime. The final night was at a nice hotel in Machu Picchu, great to get wifi and a nice shower! Let me qualify that I am a mountaineer, having summited over a 100 peaks including Mt Rainier 14.4K 7 times by 6 routes, so I have excellent gear and I am use to altitude and hiking etc. I admit this is really not my style I really do not like to be guided, I normally lead climbs, and rough it, where as this was more holding you hand. Nonetheless I recommend it, my comments are to ensure you know what you are getting into. Finally anyone in reasonable shape can complete this.
Written April 29, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jo W
Dundee, UK8 contributions
Salkantay Trek
Oct 2018 • Couples
This was a well organised trek with Tierra Vivas although the communication before arriving in Peru was minimal, this is an area which can be improved. The guide Admer was excellent and ensured we had everything we required as well as telling us about the Inca history and details about the flora and fauna. He also managed to separate us from the hoards on the trail and take us to places where there were no other truckers. Ricardo the horseman was a bundle of energy and ensured that he and the cooks were ahead of us at all times to prepare meals when we arrived at the campsite. The cook Teacher and his assistant Lucio prepared magnificent artistic feasts on limited equipment and there was always plenary to eat. I would highly recommend this trek along with the staff.
Written October 14, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lngalarz
5 contributions
Adner and his team did a great job!
Sep 2018 • Couples
Earlier this month, my husband and I did the short Salkantay Trek in four days. Tierra Vivas provided a fully-supported, professional experience. I cannot recommend them more!

What I loved:
- Adner is very knowledgable guide, and he was patient with my pace when the altitude would slow me down.
- Silverio cooked hearty, delicious meals - you will be well fed! Roberto did a great job getting the mules and horses to each destination.
- Each campsite was clean; the camping equipment in great condition.
- Yolanda did our briefing in Aguas Calientes. We happened to leave our Machu Picchu passes behind at the briefing and she saved them for us! We got lucky they weren't lost.

For anyone on the fence about this trek:
- It was be extremely hard and rewarding. Do it even if you're scared! The views are impossibly beautiful.
- Accept help and rest when you can. I ended up renting the emergency horse, and taking the train to Aguas Calientes.
- The altitude will make every step feel like you're running a marathon. Bring electrolytes and ibuprofen.
- Exercise a lot in advance if you can, if not, there is enough support to get you to Machu Picchu!
Written September 14, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for giving us a review about your touring experience with our company + Adner guide, we are pleased and happy to know that you enjoyed your tour to 4D/3N Salkantay to Machupicchu Trek.
Written October 8, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

wcorbit15
Brownsville, TX1 contribution
Salkantay Trek
Mar 2018 • Friends
It was fantastic. I also recommend requesting Ali as a tour guide. She was excellent. She made the trip smooth and was a great companion on our trek.
Written March 19, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you very much for your review
Written August 13, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Wandering_Wallah
Chittagong City, Bangladesh6 contributions
Great trek! Alibeths is the best guide ever :-)
Mar 2018
Loved the whole experience! The Salkantay trek was beautiful, the food was delicious, and all logistics were well-organized. We were very lucky to have Alibeths for our guide - she's fantastic! She went above and beyond to make our trek run as smoothly as possible - she gave us advice on how to avoid altitude sickness, went out of her way to get us earlier train tickets back to Cusco on our last day, and made sure we got our luggage on time even when a landslide blocked the road. She is also a great source of information on the culture, ecology, and history of the region, interesting to talk to, and an all-around wonderful person. You should definitely request her as your guide!

The Salkantay trek is a little challenging at the very beginning, but SO worth it! You get to see all different types of landscapes, from rugged highland mountaintops to lush jungles. It's also one of the less crowded treks, so most of the time we had the trail entirely to ourselves. We ended up enjoying the trek just as much as Machu Picchu itself - highly recommend it!
Written March 17, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you very much for your review
Written August 13, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kelly-Ann H
New York City, NY4 contributions
Salkantay Adventure
Feb 2018 • Friends
After a rocky start getting to Cusco with airline issues, the company was very accommodating rebooking our trek for the next day.

We were greeted by a guide the day before our trek, who brought our supplies and explained the map of our trek. Pickup was easy, and we were brought to the starting point via bus. Pack only what you need as they weigh your bags and only allow 5kg worth of stuff per person, otherwise you will have to carry your pack yourself. The weather changes quickly, we had sunshine, clouds, rain, warm, cold and windy. Layers are key.

The trek was definitely tough, I definitely suggest getting to Cusco for a few days to acclimate to the altitude, as it was pretty rough hiking uphill. The second day was the hardest by far, steep uphills and breathing was tough. 100% needed my hiking boots, there is mud, water and rugged terrain.

The guides were great, very knowledgable and helpful. They provided you with Coca tea to help with altitude sickness. The food was okay, soup before lunch and dinner, always a meat, starch and vegetable for meals. We brought Clif bars for snacks while on the trek.

We met a lot of great people and the end view at Machu Picchu is absolutely worth it! The hike up the mountain to the ruins is tough, but so satisfying.
Written March 6, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you very much for your review
Written August 13, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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520daveg
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Jungle is awesome
Food was great, the stuff was great, Efrain - our guide was well prepared and funny. I highly recommend 3 days Inca
887macieks
887macieks
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Awesome
It was a very good trip, our guide (Efrain) showed us many interesting places, the porters helped us a lot and meal
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Kasia
I highly recommend the Inca trail with this company. Whole stuff was great, the cook prepared delicious food in veg
Michaeljazzfan
Michaeljazzfan
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THE BEST TOUR
We went with Jessi on a 2 day private tour from Cusco and she was great! Definitely recommend this tour. The sacred
524sabrinak
524sabrinak
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Bucket list Item Finally Complete!!
This was an amazing experience, and a bucket list item for sure! I have always wanted to travel to Peru and visit M
Pavel1358
Pavel1358
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An unforgettable tour!
An unforgettable experience! Our tour guide Efrain was great. His knowledge and professionalism was beyond expectat
MaggieMaeJohnson
MaggieMaeJohnson
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Machu Picchu 2 day trek :)
It was an absolutely incredible experience! It’s honestly difficult to put into words but we will never forget it a
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matthewsM7228JD
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Machu Pichu
Efrain was a fine tour guide, he clearly cared about the Incans and the history that is there. Some times he went i
442keegand
442keegand
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Machu Picchu - Sept 2021
Efrain was very friendly and knowledgeable of the area. His connection with the land made the experience much bette
G6841JLmatthews
G6841JLmatthews
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2 Day Inca Trail
Efrain was an amazing guide. Would definitely use him again for future tours! He also handled all travel logistics
euddym
euddym
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Excellent
Amazing experience, people so friendly and responsible, the guide was very capable and helpful… machuPichu full fil
Eclectic E
Eclectic E
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Marvelous Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu
This was definitely the best thing to do in Peru! The Inca trail wasn't difficult, but wasn't easy either. Very rew
arnolda493
arnolda493
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Great last trip with Friends before Deployment
My wife and I decided to take a vacation with friends since i’m deploying to the middle east for a year. So why not
spencerg474
spencerg474
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Efrain is the best tour guide.
Efrain is an excellent guide! He’s super knowledgeable and knows everything you need to know about the Incas.
high0r
high0r
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Awesome
Great tour! Efrain was very knowledgeable and awesome tour guide. Machu Picchu was a breath taking experience!
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