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4 Day Trekking to Machu Picchu

My friends and I did the 3N/4D Salkantay Trek and it was amazing. The first night you stay in the Salkantay Sky Lodge, the second night in a tent and the third night in a hostel. The whole trip was very well organized and our guides were amazing! They brief you the night before the trek and you get a duffle bag to put some stuff 7kg max which the horse will carry. You only take a daypack with you with sunscreen, bug spray, snacks, camera … 

Day 1: you start in Cusco, you get picked up by bus and drive for about 3hrs to the start of the trek ( breakfast stop included take some soles with you). You start the trek and then in the afternoon, you get to see the lake. Steep climb for about 1hr to the top after lunch! The first night is in the Igloo house, it includes a pillow and a blanket but have a sleeping bag or you can rent one. It is very cold in the evening and morning. You get to charge your phone and cameras for about 2hrs that night. Lunch and dinner are provided and the food is delicious! The cook was amazing and is very flexible with diet requirements or allergies. You also get some snacks, hot drinks and water. <br style=”color: #4a4a4a; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, ‘Bitstream Vera Sans’, sans-serif; font-size: 13.992px;” /><br style=”color: #4a4a4a; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, ‘Bitstream Vera Sans’, sans-serif; font-size: 13.992px;” />Day 2: you start early 5 am and this is the hardest day! You have the option to get a horse if necessary but you can only do it in the morning not anytime during the trek that day. Make sure you feel fit and healthy that day! The top of the Salkantay is at 4630m it s hard to breathe and you will climb very slowly unless you are super fit and a good trekker in high altitude. I made it to the top and I was so proud! Then you get to walk down for a few hours and have lunch. After lunch you will reach the start of the Amazon and stay the night in a tent. Hot showers are available for 10 soles!! It is a bit warmer at night so you won’t get cold in the tent.<br style=”color: #4a4a4a; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, ‘Bitstream Vera Sans’, sans-serif; font-size: 13.992px;” /><br style=”color: #4a4a4a; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, ‘Bitstream Vera Sans’, sans-serif; font-size: 13.992px;” />Day 3: start early 5am and walk through the Amazon all day, visiting plantation, rivers, waterfalls, … it s a lot warmer. You stop for lunch in a camp and get to see the coffee plantation ( you need a lot of mosquito repellent over there!!!) then you get into a bus for about 1hr to the train going to Aguas Calientes. You have the option to walk (3hrs) or take the train (about 30$). You stay the night in a hostel with a hot shower, a normal bed and towels are provided. You have dinner in a restaurant. If you decide to take the bus to MP the guide will get the bus tickets for you that night. Otherwise you will do the steps <br style=”color: #4a4a4a; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, ‘Bitstream Vera Sans’, sans-serif; font-size: 13.992px;” /><br style=”color: #4a4a4a; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, ‘Bitstream Vera Sans’, sans-serif; font-size: 13.992px;” />Day 4: you start the day at 4am to get to the bus stop to MP or to climb the steps. The bus starts running at 5:30 but you need to queue from 4am to be the first one in line. At the top the MP gate opens at 6 am. Toilets are not open yet so be prepared! <br style=”color: #4a4a4a; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, ‘Bitstream Vera Sans’, sans-serif; font-size: 13.992px;” />You then enter MP and the view is amazing!! Get your photos done ASAP because at about 9/10 am it s crowed and full of people!!! We had some rain for our visit get a good rain jacket or a poncho and good walking shoes.<br style=”color: #4a4a4a; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, ‘Bitstream Vera Sans’, sans-serif; font-size: 13.992px;” /><br style=”color: #4a4a4a; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, ‘Bitstream Vera Sans’, sans-serif; font-size: 13.992px;” />We finished the tour about 12:00 but you can stay for the afternoon. Your train back to Cusco is at about 6pm ( train ride then bus ride back to your hotel) and we got back to our hotel at 11pm. <br style=”color: #4a4a4a; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, ‘Bitstream Vera Sans’, sans-serif; font-size: 13.992px;” /><br style=”color: #4a4a4a; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, ‘Bitstream Vera Sans’, sans-serif; font-size: 13.992px;” />Our guide KJ and his Collegue were amazing during the trek. They are very organised and patient. The cooks were wonderful too!! Make sure you take sunscreen, mosquito repellent and some warm clothing. A Rain jacket and a bikini for the lake and hot springs. Good walking shoes is a must but some people use trainers. <br style=”color: #4a4a4a; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, ‘Bitstream Vera Sans’, sans-serif; font-size: 13.992px;” /><br style=”color: #4a4a4a; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, ‘Bitstream Vera Sans’, sans-serif; font-size: 13.992px;” />Have some extra soles for tips at the end and to buy souvenirs … <br style=”color: #4a4a4a; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, ‘Bitstream Vera Sans’, sans-serif; font-size: 13.992px;” /><br style=”color: #4a4a4a; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, ‘Bitstream Vera Sans’, sans-serif; font-size: 13.992px;” />Thanks Salkantay trek it was amazing!!! 

View Profile 2017-02-12 22:08:06 PST

My friends and I did the Salkantay Trek 4 Days and it was amazing. The first night you stay in the Salkantay Sky Lodge, the second night in a tent and the third night in a hostel. The whole trip was very well organized and our guides were amazing! They brief you the night before the trek and you get a duffle bag to put some stuff 7kg max which the horse will carry. You only take a daypack with you with sunscreen, bug spray, snacks, camera … 

Day 1: you start in Cusco, you get picked up by bus and drive for about 3hrs to the start of the trek ( breakfast stop included take some soles with you). You start the trek and then in the afternoon, you get to see the lake. Steep climb for about 1hr to the top after lunch! The first night is in the Sky Lodges, it includes a pillow and a blanket but have a sleeping bag or you can rent one. It is very cold in the evening and morning. You get to charge your phone and cameras for about 2hrs that night. Lunch and dinner are provided and the food is delicious! The cook was amazing and is very flexible with diet requirements or allergies. You also get some snacks, hot drinks and water. 

Day 2: you start early 5 am and this is the hardest day! You have the option to get a horse if necessary but you can only do it in the morning not anytime during the trek that day. Make sure you feel fit and healthy that day! The top of the Salkantay is at 4630m it s hard to breathe and you will climb very slowly unless you are super fit and a good trekker in high altitude. I made it to the top and I was so proud! Then you get to walk down for a few hours and have lunch. After lunch you will reach the start of the Amazon and stay the night in a tent. Hot showers are available for 10 soles!! It is a bit warmer at night so you won’t get cold in the tent.

Day 3: start early 5am and walk through the Amazon all day, visiting plantation, rivers, waterfalls, … it s a lot warmer. You stop for lunch in a camp and get to see the coffee plantation ( you need a lot of mosquito repellent over there!!!) then you get into a bus for about 1hr to the train going to Aguas Calientes. You have the option to walk (3hrs) or take the train (about 30$). You stay the night in a hostel with a hot shower, a normal bed and towels are provided. You have dinner in a restaurant. If you decide to take the bus to MP the guide will get the bus tickets for you that night. Otherwise you will do the steps.

Day 4: you start the day at 4am to get to the bus stop to MP or to climb the steps. The bus starts running at 5:30 but you need to queue from 4am to be the first one in line. At the top the MP gate opens at 6 am. Toilets are not open yet so be prepared! You then enter MP and the view is amazing!! Get your photos done ASAP because at about 9/10 am it s crowed and full of people!!! We had some rain for our visit get a good rain jacket or a poncho and good walking shoes. We finished the tour about 12:00 but you can stay for the afternoon. Your train back to Cusco is at about 6pm ( train ride then bus ride back to your hotel) and we got back to our hotel at 11pm. 

Our guide KJ and his Collegue were amazing during the trek. They are very organised and patient. The cooks were wonderful too!! Make sure you take sunscreen, mosquito repellent and some warm clothing. A Rain jacket and a bikini for the lake and hot springs. Good walking shoes is a must but some people use trainers. Have some extra soles for tips at the end and to buy souvenirs … 

Thanks Salkantay trek it was amazing!!! 

View Profile 2017-02-12 22:21:29 PST

Whoa! This sounds awesome! I did the Salkantay Trek back in October, but I don’t think mine was as organized as yours. How was your weather the whole time?

View Profile 2017-02-14 08:10:39 PST

I went with Salkantay Trekking and the wheather was great no rain and all was clear

View Profile 2017-02-14 16:39:54 PST