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Salkantay Trek Advices and Tips

What is the Salkantay Trek about?


Salkantay Trek is one of the alternatives to reach Machu Picchu by trekking. This route runs through the southern part of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range, showing its beautiful landscapes ranging from hills to the forest. Salkantay offers privacy and authenticity to the travelers who make this trek.
With a duration of 4 to 5 days, this tour visits various highland locations, as well as lagoons, hot springs and the famous Salkantay snow-capped mountain.


How can I reserve a space for the Salkantay Trek?


You can rely on our dedicated staff to answer any questions you may have and take care of every detail of your trip from the beginning to the end.


Height is a problem for the Salkantay Trek?


When traveling along the Andes in Peru some people might suffer some effects of the altitude sickness. If you plan to hike the Salkantay trek we recommend you arrive 2-3 days before the start of your trek to get acclimatized. The highest point of this trek is 4,650 MAMSL.


What are the best tips to avoid altitude sickness?


The best advice is sleep, drink plenty of fluids and you could also take coca tea. Local people chew coca leaves wrapped around a resin black called llipta, when walking to this can help, since it dilates the vessels to increase blood flow to parts of the body that need it most and have a higher oxygenation.


What should I do to visit Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain in the trek?


To upload any of these mountains is required to book a ticket in advance. Huaynapicchu has an extra cost of USD$ 15 per person and it is recommended to book 3 or 4 months in advance. The Machu Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of USD$ 10 per person and it is recommended to book 1 or 2 months in advance. Want to book any of the 2 mountains, contact our company.


What is it? the best time of year to visit it


We advise to make it preferably between May and October. It should be noted that the Salkantay trek is possible to do so throughout the year, but has to take into account that the months of rain are a problem in this trek which occur from December through March, is not advisable to do so in recent months.


Is the Salkantay Trek difficult?


In general, it is recommended to have a good physical condition, without having to be a great athlete. The walks are done at a slow pace and it should not be forgotten that the excursion is made in small groups (5-8 persons), then it is easy to pause a moment to rest. We must not forget that this excursion climbs up to (4, 650 MAMSL) height; for this reason. In all cases, only your doctor can tell you if you can make the trek or not and we advise you to consult it in case of any questions. For total safety, our company offers a balloon of oxygen and a horse of emergency that can be mounted by the tired or sick person.


What do I need to carry on the journey?


Backpack, sleeping bag, jacket rain, strong shoes (hiking boots are recommended, as they provide support to the ankle that reduces the risk of injury, especially when hiking in the season of rains (from December to March). However, it is important that the trekking shoes are comfortable to not cause damage to the feet. Many people prefer to walk in sneakers, but special care should be taken. We do not recommend hiking in sandals. A complete change of clothes, sweater, jacket (rather hot), bottle, flashlight and batteries, cover broad wing or visor, sunscreen, insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper, selection of snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, cookies, etc. You also need to bring your original passport with you on the walk. Inflatable mattress is included for all our customers.


Is advisable to bring an extra backpack with change clothes during the trek?


Within this trip include packhorses or mules that are conducted by our team of muleteers, these same are commissioned to carry our camping equipment, our company offers each client a duffle bag to help you get personal belongings during the trek, this extra Pack will be carried by mules and delivered in each camp, must remember that the kilos maximum is 8.


What are the water recommendations during this excursion?


In break times we will bring tea, coffee, etc. to drink, the water issue is no longer a problem in the trek of Salkantay, because there are small shops in each camp where you can find bottled water, there are also many families that offer this mineral and the prices are affordable.


How much extra money should I have on this tour?


Please check what is included in your trek in order to estimate what should take. Along the way you can buy snacks and souvenirs, most of them not expensive character.


Documents of entry need to?


U.S. citizens need a valid passport and a card of tourist entry form which is provided by the air carrier or at the box office when you arrive at the hotel to your flight to Peru or once on board. (Note: other nationalities should check with the nearest Peruvian Consulate to determine the correct input requirements.)


What type of transport we use?


Our guided tours use a variety of transportation as private trucks / cars, comfortable tour buses, flights, canoes, etc. We use a mix of private / public offering traveler’s transportation safer and more efficient in each area.


What is providing training to its staff on environmental practices?


Our teams of guides have been trained in first aid, rescue and are periodically updated through seminars and courses in their respective fields. All our trekking staff receives regular reports on how to give the best service in Inca Trail, or alternatives to Machu Picchu trekking, as well as in environmental awareness. We respect local residents in each place, we try to work with them so that they can include tourism and to improve their quality of life. We are believer in nature, when we do our tours we consider caring for each area for better preservation.

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