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4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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    Day 1: Cuzco to Mollepata to Challacancha, Trek to Soraypampa Camp (3,920m) (L/D)  

    Today we pick you up between 5:00 - 6:00 am and travel by tourist-class bus to Mollepata (2,900m) where you can stretch your legs and buy snacks. Continue by car to Challacancha where we will make final preparations and double check our equipment. Embark on a 3-hour walk that will take us to Soraypampa (3,920m) where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains. Hike up to Laguna de Humantay (approx. 1.5 hours each way) for more incredible views of the Andes mountains and then return to camp for the night. Our first campsite is located at 3,920m and is the highest and coldest campsite of the trip. Take some time to rest up, and enjoy your first night immersed in nature.  Have dinner and go to sleep early.

    Day 2: Trek to Challhuay or Colcapampa Camp via High Pass (4,650m) (B/L/D)  

    We will have breakfast at around 6:00 am and begin our 4-hour walk to the highest pass on this trek (4,650m) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Humantay on the left. (Optional horse rental available to reach high pass for 100 - 120 soles).  From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible with a possibility of snow here.  After a 2-hour downhill hike, a well-deserved lunch will be served at Huayracpampa, followed by another 3-hour trek to our campsite at Challhuay or Colcapampa as we near the beginning of the high jungle region at 2,900 meters.

    Day 3: Trek to La Playa, Transfer to Hydroelectric Station, Trek to Aguas Calientes (B/L/D)

    After breakfast at 6:30 am, we start trekking for the day through the upper jungle crossing the Santa Teresa River and a variety of little brooks. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants. We will have lunch at La Playa (2,200m) and continue by car to Santa Teresa town (1,700 meters) with a warmer climate. From here we will take another car to Hydroelectric Station (40 minutes) and then walk 3 hours to Aguas Calientes. There are internet cafes, cafes with board games and cards, plenty of shops and places to relax. 

    Day 4: Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cuzco (B)  

    Catch one of the first buses (05:30 am) to Machu Picchu (25-minute ride) in order to appreciate the magnificent city in the early morning light as the mist dissipates. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city on your own. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (to be booked in advance at an extra cost). Return to Aguas Calientes by bus at your own convenience. Take the train back to Ollantaytambo and a bus to Cuzco. You will be dropped off at the Plaza San Francisco. Upon arrival you will need to make your own way to your accommodation.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hotels in Cusco
    Departure Time
    5:00 AM
    4 days
    • Pre-departure briefing
    • Cuzco Accommodation Pick-Up
    • Van Cuzco to Mollepata to Challacancha (starting point of trek)
    • Car Transfer La Playa to Santa Teresa to Hydroelectric Station
    • Round Trip Tourist Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
    • Tourist Train Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
    • Bus Ollantaytambo to Cuzco
    • Professional Bilingual Guide on trek & Machu Picchu tour
    • Camping Accommodation during trek (including Basic Sleeping Pad & tent for 2 people)
    • 1-night 3* Hotel Accommodation at Aguas Calientes
    • Meals: 3B/3L/3D/2 snacks with typical menus
    • Horseman and mules to carry cooking and camping equipment plus a total of 7 kilos for each trekker. (This includes 3 kilos for your sleeping bag & mattress plus 4 kilos of personal items.
    • Foam Sleeping Mat
    • First Aid kit
    • Emergency oxygen bottle
    • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 4
    • Airport Pick-Up and Drop-Off(please make your own way)
    • Day 1 Breakfast, Day 4 Lunch and Dinner, Bottled Water
    • Sleeping Bag (Rental $15 USD for the trek)
    • Guide for bus and train transfers (these portions are on your own)
    • Optional Services
    • Train transfer from Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes (30 usd)
    • Huayna Picchu Trek (48 soles) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance
    • Machu Picchu Mountain Hike (48 soles) must be booked at least 1 week in advance
    • Accommodation in Cuzco
    • Trekking Permit
    • The Peruvian government may require a trekking permit for Salkantay. If this is approved, the rates will be around:
    • 133 Soles Adult
    • 67 Soles Student
    • Tips (Please remember that tipping is 100% optional and depends entirely on the service you received. It is customary to give tips in Latin America, however it is NOT mandatory. If you do wish to give a tip, these are our recommended guidelines.
    • Guide: 40-60 soles per trekker
    • Assistant Guide: 30-40 soles per trekker
    • Horsemen: 60-80 soles for each horseman from the whole group
    • Cook: 150-200 soles for the cook from the whole group
    • Prices for optional activities are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Please confirm these prices before departing on the trek.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Minimum age is 7 years
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Accommodation Options: Single travelers will share a tent/room with another traveler and couples will have a tent/room to themselves.
    • Physical Requirements: This hike is demanding, it is important to be in good physical condition. There are important temperature changes associated with altitude changes (from 4000 meters to 2000 meters).
    • Important: You must provide the following information upon booking: Full name (exactly as it appears on the passport), date of birth, nationality, passport number, date of passport expiration.
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Amazing trip! Junior was the best guide I had so far. His knowledge, humor and kindness really made this trip. The food made by the chef was delicious. The trek was with a small group so the tour guide junior was able to adjust the trek to our wishes.
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    Me and my husband was very happy with the trip we did with our amazing guide Percy, the cook Geraldo and the horse care taker Florian. Together they where a wonderful team to have on the hike!
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    Chino was our guide and Bennie was our chef. They along with the porter team made this trip special. Attended to all the different needs of the group with ease. Chino taught us so much about Peruvian culture, the land, history of Incas and so much more. I would highly
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    We (Family of 6 + 1) did the Salkantay trek of 4 days to Macchu picchu and had the great Luck of travelling with our Guide Willi, who was extremly friendly, always cheerful and very helpful in sometimes difficult situations, like carrying one of us, who sprained his ankle, down
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    Response from bambaAdventuresTeam, Customer Service Representative at 4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
    Responded 02 Sep 2019
    Hello! We are glad to hear that you guys had a wonderful time with us and our local team, we will let Willi know about your kind comments, we are also very happy that you could learn about the Inca culture. It was a big pleasure for us organizing your trip, and we hope to hear from you soon. If you want to embark on a new adventure please think of us as your first option we will be glad to help you. Best regards, Pedro Ferraez
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    An excellent few days. The Salkantay trail was stunning and Machu Picchu just as we ha imagined, if a little crowded. The whole experience was made perfect by our guide Francisco who was incredibley knowledgeable about local geography and plants and introduced us to Inca culture
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    Response from bambaAdventuresTeam, Customer Service Representative at 4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
    Responded 02 Sep 2019
    Hello! We are glad to hear that you guys had a wonderful time with us and our local team, your comments will be forwarded to them. It was a big pleasure for us organizing your trip, and we hope to hear from you soon. If you want to embark on a new adventure please think of us as your first option we will be glad to help you. Best regards, Pedro Ferraez
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    By: Bamba
    Great hike through the highlands and a day at Machu Picchu at the end
    We had a great hike with Bamba, led by Junior with superb cooking by Jorge. Made for an excellent experience after
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    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    Well organised private tour
    We organised this trip with Bamba through a third party and received very straight forward instruction. On the day
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    Katie & Ryan
    Well organized tour of the beautiful Rainbow Mountain
    My fiancée and I had been wanting to do this trek since our last visit to Peru in 2018. We had a previous good
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    Kendall Q
    Unforgettable Experience- thank you!
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    Amazing experience - Lovely people!!
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    One of the best experiences of my life
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    Frederika W
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    Erik F
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