The Salkantay hike 4 days 3 nights is the short version of the classic Salkantay Trek, in this case the portion from Mollepata to Humantay Lake does it by bus instead of walking, the tour starts in Soraypampa and Humantay Lake to cross that same day the Salkantay Pass 15,000 fts to have a campsite in a beautiful place located close to the pass, the next days are the same than in the classic hike crossing the rain forest until arriving at Aguas Calientes to visit the incredible Machu Picchu on the last day.
We will have breakfast at around 5:30 am and begin our hike to the highest pass on this trek at (4650m)/(15200ft), located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay on the right and Tucarhuay on the left.
From the pass, the view of the 2 snow-capped mountains is incredible. After a rest, we will continue our walk (downhill) through a dramatic cloud forest towards Huayracpunku, where we will have lunch. We hike again after lunch for approximately 3 hours towards the jungle until we reach our second campsite.
After breakfast, at 6:30 am, we start trekking through the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits, and plants. We will camp in the warm climate of La Playa Sahuayacu (2500m) / (8202ft).
We will have breakfast at 6:30 am and then head for Llactapata, a 3-hour steady climb. Llactapata is an incredible Inca fort from which we will see Machu Picchu! After some photos and rest, we will continue on a 2-hour downhill hike passing a variety of plantations that produce coca, bananas, etc., until we reach the hydroelectric station.
At about 13:00 pm, we will take the lunch in the station where we will say goodbye to all staff, and continue with the hike until Aguas Calientes Town where we will spend a night in the hotel.
The last day of the Salkantay hike we will have breakfast at 5:00 am and then catch a 25-minute bus ride, at approximately 5:30 am to Machu Picchu, in order to appreciate the magnificent city during its sunrises. A walking tour, approximately 2 hours, is given by your guide and after this, you can explore the mysterious city by yourself.
You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes, it can be reached by bus for lunch and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco.
The train usually leaves at 2:55 pm and we will arrive at Ollantaytambo at 4:40 pm and then will take the bus to Cusco and will arrive at Cusco at 7 or 8 pm.
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