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Difference between Salkantay 5 day vs 4 day

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Difference between Salkantay 5 day vs 4 day

The famous Salkantay Mountain, is the most recent Trek in the world, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. Connection of the city of Cusco with Machu Picchu, The Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote trail that is located in the same region as the Inca Trail, where massive snow-capped mountains collide with lush tropical forests. Located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco, in southern central Peru by the Cordillera de Vilcabamba and reaching 6271 meters above sea level (20574 feet). Salkantay is an exceptionally topped glacial peak adored for miles of years by local Indians. The name Salkantay is a Quechua word meaning "wild mountain". This road is an excellent option for those who want to escape from the most congested routes and in a faster way, or for those who are looking for an alternative when the spaces of the traditional Inca Trail are occupied.

 

There are a lot of treks to this magnificient mountain, here we explain you the main difference between the 4 and 5 days treks:

  • On the 4 day Salkantay Trek, we will walk through the same beautiful and scenic landscapes as the 5 day Trek. The difference is that we will climb to the Salkantay Pass on the first day of the trek instead of the morning of the 2nd day. We will also stay in different campsites along the trail than the 5 day Trek. We recommend this trek to people who have less available time in Cusco but still want to experience the amazing scenery of the Salkantay Trek.
  • On the 5 day Salkantay Trek, you will have more time to relax and take things a bit more slowly than the 4 day trek. This trek is recommended if you have more time and do not want to hike for as long during the first few days of the trek.

 Always remember that acclimatization is necessary in Cusco, two days before starting the tour. For a good acclimatization it is necessary to rest as much as possible, eat little, drink plenty of liquid; especially the coca lef tea, that has known healing and digestive properties. Adequate acclimatization prevents affecting the "soroche" or altitude sickness, which could cause numerous discomfort to health.

 

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