Salkantay Trek 3 Days to Machu Picchu

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Salkantay Trek 3 Days to Machu Picchu

The interesting Salkantay Trek 03 days and 02 nights to reach Machu Picchu Inca citadel. This magnificent hiking route is in Cusco, Peru, within the Andes Mountains of Vilcabamba, Mollepata, Soraypampa, Challhua, and Santa Teresa.

Spectacular circuit from Salkantay to Machu Picchu in 3 days on horseback and hike

Salkantay Trek 3 Days is an adventure through the Andes of Peru through the Humantay and Salkantay mountains to enter the cloud forest of Santa Teresa and live the experience of visiting the enigmatic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

The first night did spend in the foothills of the spectacular eternal snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Humantay. On the second day, we conquer the Salkantay Pass on horseback to save energy and enter the jungle of Machu Picchu.

The SALKANTAY TREK 3 DAYS adventure tourist circuit is an active exploration itinerary. It has incredible panoramic views of the Andes of Cusco in conjunction with Machu Picchu and its surroundings; Welcome to Salkantay Trek 3 Days of vacation in PERU.


Salkantay Trek 3 Days OVERVIEW

Is this hiking right for me? AT A GLANCE

Day 1: Travel from Cusco to Soraypampa – Hiking from Soraypampa to Humantay Lagoon

  • We do not leave Cusco early or late (06:30) towards Soraypampa.

Day 2: Horseback Ride from Soraypampa to Suyroccocha & Hiking to Salkantay Pass to Chaullay
Day 3: Travel by train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes and Guided Tour to Machu Picchu

Why you will love this Salkantay 3 Days

  • Explore the 3-Day Salkantay Trek in all its astonishment
  • We are direct operators in the adventure of Salkantay Trek 3 Days; you will always be hiking with Kondor Path Tour.
  • Add life to your days, not days to your life. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
  • Seek adventure, then open your mind.
  • Salkantay: Dramatic, Glaciated Peaks & Cloud Forests & Alpine Valleys
Salkantay Trek 3 Days

Salkantay Trek 3 Days


THE DETAILED ITINERARY of Salkantay Trek 3 Days to Machu Picchu

PRE-TREKKING CONVERSATION OF SALKANTAY TREK 3 DAYS: It is essential to meet our local guide, who knows the entire tourist circuit of the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu in 3 days.

Our adventure guide gives all the recommendations to enjoy the whole experience around the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu buffer zone. THE BRIEFING IS AT 06:00 pm one day before starting the tour at the reception of the visitors’ hotel. All questions are welcome, and we will answer all of them.

Day 01: Cusco – Soraypampa – Humantay Lagoon 

Our Salkantay Trek 3 Days does not start too early nor too late for the best enjoyment of the vacation to MACHU PICCHU. Additionally, please bring thermal clothing for the first night and the beginning of day two because it is pretty cold in the foothills of Salkantay and when we ride the horses.

It is also essential to mention that the backpack to carry your things must have an adequate weight for each hiker. THE LESS WEIGHT, the greater the enjoyment of the adventure because each hiker carries their adventurous backpack.

WE LEAVE CUSCO in our vehicle at 06:30, neither too early nor too late, heading northwest to reach the town of Mollepata and continue the trip to SORAYPAMPA.

We start the first walk of about 35 minutes until we reach the ACCOMMODATION FOR THE FIRST NIGHT to leave the things we do not require and then START THE WALK towards the Humantay lagoon; the walk takes about 40 minutes to reach the best photo location.

Vacationers who want to rest or relax around the Lodge to ENJOY the panoramic views of SALKANTAY and HUMANTAY can also do so to have incredible views of the tourist area SORAYPAMPA.

If the sky is clear, we can see some shooting stars combined with the snowy peaks of the Salkantay mountain range, or we can also see the southern cross with the milky way. Even so, a night full of stars is incredible for our experience in the foothills of Salkantay.

SUMMARY OF THE EXPERIENCE in the Andes of Salkantay

  • Travel by car: From Cusco to Soraypampa
    • Start time of the land trip from Cusco to Soraypampa: 06:30
  • At approximately 10:30, we start hiking
  • Walking distance: 06 km / 3.7 miles
  • Walking time: 02 hours
  • Difficulty level: Moderate to challenging
  • The lowest elevation is 3,900 meters/12,795 feet
  • Highest elevation: 4,283 meters/14,051 feet
  • Overnight: Soraypampa hostel
  • Meals: Box Lunch and Dinner

Day 02: Horseback Ride Salkantay Pass & Hiking to Chaullay – Trip to Santa Teresa

The adventure activities start at 04:40, having breakfast at 05:00, then START at 05:30, the experience of riding a horse through the Andes of Salkantay.

Since we will not have physical movement during the first two hours, we must wear thermal clothing to avoid the cold friezes of Salkantay, “essential gloves, etc.” THE HORSEBACK TOUR is to save time and reach our goal, SANTA TERESA. We ride the horses between SORAYPAMPA, passing Salkantay Pampa to SUYROCCOCHA, “02 and a half hours of horseback riding approximately”.

  • CONQUER THE SALKANTAY PASS: From Suyroccocha, we walk up to the Salkantay pass with impressive panoramic views for about 35 minutes. At the top of Salkantay, we take group photos, independent photos, etc.
  • WE BEGIN THE 05 HOURS OF DESCENT TO CHALLHUAY FROM THE SALKANTAY PASS. The entire descent is rocky; there are so many innumerable stones. Therefore, we recommend excellent ankle-support walking shoes plus a pair of poles to give the walker stability and less pressure on the legs. In this way, we better enjoy our adventure by entering the cloud forest.


After the horseback and hiking experience, we arrived at CHALLHUAY at approximately 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. From CHALLHUAY, we board our local transport service to travel to SANTA TERESA, “02 hours of travel approximately through the cloud forest” we will cross coffee plantations, granadilla bananas, etc. In SANTA TERESA, we spend the night in basic tourist lodging.

Brief description of horseback riding and hiking between Soraypampa and Challhuay

  • Start time of the walk: 05:30
  • Horseback Riding Distance: 4.8 km / 3 miles “02 hours and a half of riding”
    • Walking distance: 14.4 km / 8.9 miles
    • Walking time: 05 ½. hours
  • Difficulty level: Challenging to Moderate
  • Lowest elevation: 1,555 meters/ 5,101 feet.
  • Highest elevation: 4,600 meters/ 13,451 feet.
  • Overnight: Santa Teresa Hostel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, and Dinner (Rest.)

Day 03: Travel by train to Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu Tour – PM Return to Cusco via POROY

DEPARTURES FROM SANTA TERESA in a local transport at 06:20 to go to Hidroeléctrica “Approximately 35 minutes of travel” We arrive at Hidroeléctrica at 07:00, an ideal time to wait and board the train service at a convenient time before STARTING THE TRAVEL BY TRAIN TO AGUAS CALIENTES.

The train trip to Aguas Calientes takes 30 minutes “we arrive at the Machu Picchu station located within the town of Aguas Calientes at 08:34”.

At 10:15, we board the bus service to reach the entrance gates to Machu Picchu. OUR GUIDED TOUR scheduled with the entrance ticket to MACHU PICCHU is at 11:00 hrs.

We have two hours to explore the highlights of the Inca citadel. We board the tourist train service to return to Cusco via the POROY train station in the afternoon. At POROY, we have a private vehicle transfer service to get to Cusco and drop you off at your respective hotels.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH for choosing Salkantay Trek 3 Days; We are pleased that you have the pleasure of doing multifaceted horseback adventures in conjunction with treks to reach Machu Picchu via Salkantay.


  • Departure time from Santa Teresa: 06:20 trip by local vehicle to Hydroelectric
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Train service information: [Inbound journey]
    • Train company: PERU RAIL
    • Service: HIDROELÉCTRICA – MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO (30 minutes of a train ride).
    • Class: 72
    • Departure: 07:54
    • At Station: 07:30 – Otherwise, you may not be allowed to board.
    • Aguas Calientes arrival: 08:34

Summary of Machu Picchu Guided Tour and activities

  • Bus service to Machu Picchu (up and down)
  • Two-hour guided tour inside the archaeological park of Machu Picchu
  • In the afternoon, board your train service to the POROY train station.

Train service information: [Inbound journey]

  • Train company: PERU RAIL
  • Service: MACHU PICCHU – POROY (03 hours and 50 minutes of train ride).
  • Class: EXPEDITION 34
  • Departure: 15:20
  • At Station: 14:50 – Otherwise, you may not be allowed to board.
  • Poroy arrival: 19:05
  • Cusco arrival by transport: 19:35

When you get to the POROY train station, be met at the train arrivals area. Just look for a KONDOR PATH TOURS sign with your name.” Group name: Hiker of Salkantay Trek 3 Days 🙂


INCLUSION for Salkantay Hike 3 Days

  • Spectacular walks around the Salkantay to Machu Picchu
  • Trek briefing 01 or 02 days (at 06:00 pm) before starting the trek in the reception area of ​​your hotel (CUSCO)
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • Private transportation from Cusco to the beginning of the trail (Soraypampa).
  • 02 Local lodges – 02 people per room
  • 01 Saddle horse to ride on DAY 02 between Soraypampa to Suyroccocha
  • Local transportation:
    • From Challhuay to Santa Teresa
    • Also, from Santa Teresa to Hidroeléctrica, Train Estacion
    • Local train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes
    • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Entrance tickets to Salkantay + Machu Picchu at 11:00
  • 02 Bus tickets in Machu Picchu
  • Food during the excursion: 02 Breakfasts, 02 Box Lunches, 02 Dinners
    • 02 Dinners in a local restaurant in Soraypampa and Aguas Calientes
    • Lunch Box (02) Day 01, 02
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle
  • Private transfer service from Poroy station to Cusco
  • Local taxes

Is it not included in the Salkantay Trek 3 Days circuit?

 Food: Breakfast on day 01 and other foods that do not describe in the main itinerary

  • Private rooms in Soraypampa and Santa Teresa
  • Tips for the entire crew (muleteers, cook, and guide) everything is well received with all love for the services of Salkantay Trek 03 days 02 nights.

Travel Facts

Travel facts Salkantay Trek 3 Days

Frequently Asked Questions Salkantay Trekking

Is there an age limit for the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

No, there is no age limit, but if you are older, you should have a medical check-up before traveling and try to acclimate at altitude (see altitude sickness). We have had children as young as seven years old and people up to 68 years old many times, don’t worry; we are here to help you do it! When there is a will, if possible.

Once I booked my place on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, can I change my departure date?

Yes, you can change the departure but not the date of entry to the citadel of Machu Picchu tickets are purchased well in advance. If you change the hiking departure, your tour could become one of four or three days, depending on the program book. Remember to schedule your trip to Peru in advance to avoid problems and stay in Cusco 3 or 4 days before the trip). Please note that on this trip, you will meet people of different gender and nationality than yours; we are an agency that cannot guarantee the gender and ethnicity of our tourists.

What is the food like on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

We have an excellent kitchen that offers a fantastic variety of dishes:

Breakfast: Varies depending on the difficulty of the journey ahead. Usually, a wide selection of products: oatmeal, eggs, pancakes, bread, and jam. You can have hot chocolate, coffee, English tea, and herbal tea (chamomile, lemongrass, tea, or traditional coca).

Lunch and dinner: always have a bowl of soup followed by a main course (chicken, meat, fish, etc., with rice or pasta). This is followed by dessert and a herbal drink for good.

Refreshments (Happy Hour): After the hike, every day, there will be hot drinks, popcorn, cookies, bread and jam, chocolate, milo, etc., etc. etc.).

Snacks: Before starting the hike for the day, you will be given – a piece of fruit, a chocolate bar, a packet of cookies, and some candy.

Vegetarian / unique diet options are available upon request (see below).

Do you offer vegetarian options on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

Yes, we offer vegetarian food. Please specify your dietary needs when making your reservation.

Is there drinking water on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu?

Yes, we provide water previously boiled for at least 5 minutes (water purification tablets are unnecessary). Therefore, you only need a bottle of water for the first part, for lunch, the first day and then, from there, refill your bottles to Machu Picchu.

How many people are in each tent?

The tents for all our tours are for four people, but the modern man is very tall, and only two people fit in each tent, which allows more space and comfort. If you are traveling alone, you must share the tent with another person unless you request a private tent (single tent $25).

About tipping the workers?

Tipping is a personal decision depending on the job performance of each person accompanying you on this trip.

Where do I have to store my luggage when I go on tour?

All hostels and hotels in Cusco have a storage room to keep the tourists’ belongings; to make this trip, you must leave it in place.

What happens if I get sick and need to come back?

We have a shallow rate of people returning once the trip has started. Our priority is to help you complete the trip; our guides are well-trained and have a first aid kit and emergency oxygen. Please don’t think this (that you are in good hands).

What is the weather like in Salkantay Trekking?

In Cusco, we only have two seasons rainy for six months and dry for 06 months; the dry season starts in April and October. The days are usually sunny and warm, but keep in mind that the weather is very variable in the high and mountain towns; from November to March, rainy days and many unstable months, where the rains can be heavy.

Note: Temperatures are for the Cusco Valley 3400m. And temperatures change depending on altitude (higher altitude = cold or vice versa).

What is the Salkantay Trek train like?

The train included in all tours is the (Expedition Service); the schedules are the available spaces in the wagons once the agencies make the full payment. The first train can be taken at 18:20 hours and the last at 22:50 hours: Salkantay Expeditions. Arrange transportation back to Cusco (by cab or bus).

Note: Trains are sometimes subject to change depending on Peru Rail train operators. If desired, the train can be modified for a better service with a corresponding price increase.

How to get to Salkantay Trek?

You must arrive before the city of Cusco, where it will be necessary to go with a guide to direct the way to make your adventure tours of Salkantay treks.

Where is the Salkantay Trek located?

The Salkantay trek is located in Cusco, about 60 km northwest of Cusco. The proximity of Salkantay to Machu Picchu makes trekking around it an alternative to the Inca Trail.

What can I bring to the Salkantay Trek?

You should bring a series of accessories for the trail. As a backpack that will be your companion during the five days of the tour, carry the following

  • Light and warm clothes
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Hat
  • Plastic poncho.
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs
  • Towel.
  • Water bottle.
  • Gloves for the cold.
  • Walking sticks
  • Flashlight.
  • Binoculars.
  • Personal toiletries
  • Camera.
  • Personal documents
  • Insect repellent and sunblock
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Disposable tissues.
  • Cash.
  • Personal medications.
  • Snacks.
  • How many kilometers do you have to travel on tour to reach Machu Picchu?

The Salkantay trek is approximately 72 kilometers distributed over five days and four nights through beautiful Cusco to reach Machu Picchu.

Will the Salkantay – Machu Picchu trek be available in 2023?

Yes, the five-day Salkantay trek is available for all adventurers who want to travel to Cusco in 2023.

What is the best season to do the Salkantay trek in 2023?

The best season to do the Salkantay trek is during the dry season in Cusco, which is during April and October.

Is the Salkantay trek 2023 tour dangerous?

No, the route is signposted, and the professional team you will travel with will ensure no incidents occur.

How much is physical fitness necessary to do the Salkantay Trek 2023?

This is a five-day trek, where we will be going up and down trails for more than 70 kilometers in the known altitude of Cusco; for this reason, it is advisable to be prepared for the trek.

It will not be necessary to train hard, but it does help to do cardiovascular exercises, such as walking three times a week for at least three months before the tour.

Also, spending a couple of days acclimatizing to the altitude of Cusco before the tour will help us a lot.

What is the level of difficulty of the Salkantay Trek?

To do the Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu, you should know that the level of trekking varies from moderate to challenging. Therefore, it is recommended to be in good physical condition. In addition, it is recommended to use good trekking shoes, preferably that they are already molded to your feet; this will facilitate the walk and will not have any problems when hiking.

What time of the year is better for doing the Salkantay Trek?

The best time to do the Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu with good weather is between April – October, as we have the presence of clear skies and smaller-scale rainfall. Mainly the driest months are between June – August, which is winter in the Andes. However, it is suggested to foresee the type of clothing to use during these months, because during the day you can enjoy the sun, while at night you can feel intense cold.

Why should you make the Salkantay trail?

The number 1 reason we did the Salkantay trek was the environment you are in. You hike for five days in very different backgrounds. On other trekking tours, the walk to Machu Picchu, the environment often remains the same, becoming monotonous. This is not the case with the Salkantay trek at all.

With each step, the landscape changes, and the mountains reveal something new; the rolling clouds, the breathtaking terrain, the towering mountains, and the smiling locals.

There is something magical about walking in the area on the Salkantay trail. All you have to do is walk and enjoy. You have no stress, and there are not many things you must think about during your hike. Just enjoy the walk. Great, isn’t it?

How can I book the Inca Trail or Salkantay?

You can book the Inca Trail by contacting us through the website or the following email You only need to fill out the reservation form and provide us with your personal information, such as full name, date of birth, Passport or Identity Card number precisely as indicated in your document, and the exact date of the excursion. Otherwise, please send your inquiry to our email

Can I do the Salkantay Trek by myself?

Salkantay trek It is not recommended because the conditions are not the best. The Salkantay Majestic hike is accessible to all hikers, but it is recommended to be accompanied by certified expert guides who know the trail very well.

Is the Salkantay Trek dangerous?

No, We refer to security in terms of being robbed, assaulted, or similar during the route. We heard before doing this route that it could be, but it is false. The most significant danger you face is altitude, so I recommend you look at this altitude sickness guide.

Can anyone do the Salkantay Trek?

Yes and no. Acclimatized and in relatively good shape, I can do the Salkantay trek. It is a route that many people take, which can give you a clue that it is not about climbing the Himalayas. Still, it would be best if you were realistic with your physical condition and, above all, with your acclimatization level.

Do I need to acclimatize to do the Salkantay trek?

Yes, absolutely, yes. We recommend that you spend at least two or three days in Cusco. Drink plenty of water (as much as it bothers us all, beer is not water), get plenty of rest, and take some walks to measure yourself. If you feel that your body reacts in a more or less usual way (considering that you are at more than 3500 meters above sea level), you are ready for the adventure.


Cost Salkantay Trek 3 Days 02 nights

PRICES PER PERSON [USD] 2023. We carry out the Salkantay Tour for 03 days as a private service.

  • 02 participants $. “Prices reduce if there are more people in your group.”
  • 03 participants $.
  • 04 participants $.
  • 05 participants $.
  • 06 participants $.
  • 07 participants $.
  • 08 participants + $.

* Price based on 02 people sharing one tent.
** Kondor Path Tours operates the Salkantay Hiking Trail 3 days and 02 nights 😊

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