Salkantay Trek 3D/2N Shortened

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3 Days Salkantay Trek

02 of you are opening up a new departure date (3 days salkantay trek), we only need 2 people for a semi-private tour, daily departures. Over 3 people get a special pricing of $450.00 per person. Salkantay Trek tour includes a FREE pick you up from airport to your downtown hotel

  • If there are not more people for this fixed date ( 3 days salkantay trek), you would be departuring like a private group (without adding extra costs). We guaranteed of your departure.
  • If you are short on time you may want to choose 1 +/-days for with the eventual goal of completing the entire Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.


Standard Semi-Private Service: This is our most popular trek and offers to visitors the most economical method to trek the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. You will be joining a group of other trekkers like you coming from overseas, a great opportunity to have fun and make new friends.

You may ask why this tour cost more than the 5d/4n or 4d/3n standard tours just remember that you are going to do Salkantay trek the complete one without missing the option to go to the Natural Hotspring of Santa Teresa, What is more you will miss the coldest campiste at Soraypampa remember that the transport in the 5d/4n Salkantay will take you only to Mollepata and then you will walk until the first Campsite at Soraypampa which is the the coldest campsite

On the other hand Salkantay 3D/2N Shortened to Machu Picchu the transport will take you until Soraypampa and you will start walking from there to Chaullay so you will scape the coldest campsite at Soraypampa

Day 01: Cusco – Soraypampa- Chaullay

We pick you up at 3:00 am from your hotel and travel by bus to mollepata and then Soraypampa. A 5 hour walk will take us to soyroqocha where we will have the lunch with the beautiful capped Salkantay mountain ; 6271m/20575ft) We will begin our climb to the higesht point on this trek which is on 4 650 m.a.s.l15200 ft. Taking in the beautiful landscape along the way and once we get to the top the pass we go down to the campsite of Arrayanniyoq or Chaullay depends how you walk the first day.

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Day 02: Arrayanniyoq – Chaullay – Collpapampa – La playa

After the breakfast we go down (downhill) through a dramatic cloud, where we will have lunch. After the lunch in the direction of the start of the jungle until we reach the upper jungle crossing the Lluskamayo or luch stopvariety of little brooks to reach La Playa late in the Afternoon we can go to the Natural Hotspring of Santa Teresa (this service is optional and you need to pay for the round trip bus from La Playa to The Hotspring). Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants.and also we ery warm area (optional visit the Natural Hotspring) .

To Hydrolectric where we are going to have lunch then we continue walking, passing a variety of crop plantations, till reaching Aguas Calientes town where we will spend the night in a hostal. In Aguas Calientes, you can take advantage of the thermal springs in the town (entrance 10 soles) a real treat after finishing the trek

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Day 03: Machu Picchu!!!

We wake up early morning about 4 am to then to 4:30 to have the breakfast and leave walking to Machu Pichu which takes one and half hours up to Machu Picchu but there is another option to catch the first bus which leaves 5:30 to Machu Picchu (25-minutes long ) in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising.

A walking tour approximately 2hours and 30 minutes is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves.A�Then you will take the train around 6:35pm so you will arrive to Ollantaytambo at around 8:30pm and aA�transport to Cusco to your Hotel.

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Reasons to Choose Saywas Expeditions as your travel operator on the route 3 Days Salkantay Trek:

  • We are Operators 100% local people in the city of Cusco.
  • We open groups from 2 people, 6 people average and 10ppl Maximum.
  • Delicious Food, Abudant Food with Buffet style
  • We do not send our passengers to another agency for their operation.
  • Camping Equipment of High Mountain, 4 seasons very comfortable.
  • Our Guides are Accredited by the Culture Ministry and Dircetur, We do not hire guides without license.
  • We offer the best price in Cusco, A Quality service to the best price and service. ¡¡Travel as Semi-Private Service.!!

Included – 3 Days Salkantay Trek

  • Profesional bilingual tour guide
  • First day andean ceremony, offering to the mother earth
  • Maximum number of paxs 10 paxs
  • Collection from your hotel (we pick you up from where you are staying)
  • Private transport to Soraypampa ( trailhead)
  • Tourist train back to ollantaytambo ( expedition service can be at 2:30 pm,18:45pm or 21:30 pm leaving from Aguas calientes).
  • Private transport back from Ollamtaytambo to Cusco
  • Entrance fee Machu Picchu
  • Food: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 afternoon snacks (hot drinks, biscuits and popcorn) and 3 dinners
  • 3-people tents capacity just for two paxs only to have more space to store your luggage ( 4season tent)
    Camping equipment (tent, cooking and eating tent. Chairs and tables)
  • Thermarest(air mat) sleeping mat
  • Horseman , mules or porters (they just carry cooking stuff and camping equipment)7 kilos of your personal belongins to be carry by the horses
  • 1 night accommodation in a hostal Aguas Calientes(private room,cable tv, wi fi)
  • First Aid kit
  • Vegetarian/special diet options available

Doesn´t include – 3 Days Salkantay Trek

  • Entrance fees to Waynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.( if you take this entrance it will be charge 20 dollars to the original price)
  • Breakfast on first day and lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes Town
  • Entrances to the hot spring waters or transportation to get there (15 soles round trip ) Aguas calientes(10 soles)
  • Bus ticket from Aguas calientes to Machu Picchu (optional) $22 dolars round trip ( one way 11 dolars and you can buy it at the Aguas Calientes bus station).
  • Extra horse to ride or for any extra backpack.

Note: if you need something to hire from us, we will for you, without any deposit (because most of the rent camping shops use to ask like 50 or 60 dollars for anything you want to take.

What you need to take – 3 Days Salkantay Trek

  • Original passport and Student card (ISIC) green card
  • Insurance card is essential
  • Hiking water proof boots (with ankle protectors )
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Sleeping bag
  • Warm jack
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Rain pants
  • Sun hat, Bathing suit (for hot springs in santa teresa and Aguas Calientes)
  • Sun protection cream ( factor 35 recommended ) sun is strong
  • Insect Repellent 40 % deet ( for mosquitos )
  • Water bottle
  • Water purification tablets (Micropur recommended)
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries (flashlight)
  • Extra contribution suggested money for tipping porters, cook and guide. and for any emergency (300 soles)
  • Walking poles ( black diamont or leki brand)

Optional items to take – 3 Days Salkantay Trek

  • Short pants
  • Walking poles (with rubber tips) they can also be hired from us.
  • Plaster and bandage

Important Note:

  • All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions and flight schedules.
  • Train included in all tours is the Cerrojo-backpacker (Aguas calientes to Ollantaytambo) Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 14:00 and being the 9:00 pm the last train. Saywas Expeditions will organize the transport back to Cusco.
  • Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.

Departures 100% guaranteed!!

Do I need to book it in advance? 3 Days Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu has departures guaranteed, but train tickets and entrance to Huayna Picchu mountain are subjet to availability. For that reason, we HIGHLYrecommend booking it in advance to ensure you receive exactly what you want!

PLEASE NOTE: May, June and July are peak months of a HIGH TOURIST SEASON in Cusco. It means that train tickets ARE SELL OUT QUICKLY!! Please be aware that the trek leaves daily; however, return train tickets may not be available, if you like to book on last moment. To avoid this inconvenience, please book it several weeks in advance!

Available Discounts:

  • Students: Discount of USD 20.00 dolars.To the students with valid card International Student Identity Card (ISIC) In case to be a student, the card must be properly scanned and send digitally to our e- mail before you pay the initial deposit for the reservation, in order to qualify for the discount .
  • Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
  • Group of 8 or more: Completely free !! Sleeping bags and trekking poles for groups of 8 or more

Upgrades And Additional Things To Hire and Rent:

  • Extra Horse to Carry extra things/40kg- US$100
  • Extra Horse To Ride /90kg-Weight Limit US$100 Day 1 & 2 and Includes an Horseman to control the horse.
  • Huaynapicchu Mountain Entrance ticket US$20 (2 hours round trip) based on availability and book in advance
  • For Machu Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional US$20 and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Machu Picchu Mountain as well
  • Extra Night Hotel in Aguas Calientes US$30 per person based on twin bed room with private bathroom (This is in case you need to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes town)
  • Walking sticks(Black Diamond) : it can be rented from us. (02 poles – US$20 for the entire trip)
  • Sleeping bags: it can be rented from us.(US$20 for the entire trip)
  • Upgrade to first class Vistadome Train (And inclues and Private Transfer From Ollantaytambo to Cusco as well) US$60

We would be pleased to arrange additional free days to your tour, if you so desire, in order to give you more time to explore things, or places that may be of particular interest to you.

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