Salkantay Cusco Trek Day Tours

Salkantay Cusco Trek Day Tours

Salkantay Cusco Trek Day Tours
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Founded in Cusco as an adventure travel and trekking specialist in the Peruvian Andes, specially in the three alternative trek to machupicchu like Salkantay Trek, Lares Trek and Huchuyqosqo Trek, all of them connecting with Machupicchu.
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Anne S
Los Angeles, CA26 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
This is a summary of my backpacking trip I took with the company Rasgos del peru. I'm sure most of the trips are very similar:
Itinerary for 5 day 4 night trip:
Someone from the tour will come meet you at your hotel the night before to go over everything you need to know and finalize pick up time
Day 1: pick up from plaza San Francisco in cusco at around 4-430 am (a car will pick you up from your hotel at about 330 am!) this is where you meet everyone in your group.
Bus takes all of you to mollepata, about 2 hr bus ride so you can catch up on sleep. Stop for breakfast here, get some basic hot breakfast before starting the hike
Hike about 11 miles, some up and down but not difficult overall, mostly flat.
Camp that night is cold, dress warm!
Day 2: start early again, up at 5am
Hike about 4 miles straight up to get to the top, 15,000 ft. Salkantay. Then about 10 miles down to camp, which is in a tropical area, like a jungle.
If you are taking diamox, you can stop after this day
Day 3: start early like around 6am, hike about 9 miles, easier. Get to town I can't remember and have lunch in town. From there a bus takes you to the campsite, get there in mid afternoon and then have opportunity to change into swimsuits, bus takes you over to hot springs (entry not included in price, but not that much and worth it). Get to hang out in the hot springs for 2-3 hours, can shower there, then come back to camp, have dinner and campfire (only chance for campfire the whole time)
Day 4: sleep in till 7 am! Opportunity to go ziplining (almost everyone does it), after that bus takes you to town Santa Teresa, have lunch (they provide a box lunch). Can also buy food in the restaurant in town including ice cream sandwiches.
From there everyone has to get to Aguascalientes. You can walk with the group, but the horses are gone at this point so you have to bring all your stuff with you while you walk to aquascalientes which is about 6-7 mile walk (flat and along train tracks, still very gorgeous views and walk by some Incan ruins). There is an option to send your extra bag on the train for 10 sols, which I opted to do (and was glad I did) just don't put anything super valuable in there in case something happens to it.
You arrive in Aguascalientes by about 3pm if you walk (you can also take the train but it arrives at 520pm)
Time to check in and relax
The group meets up again for dinner that night at a restaurant in town, included in your tour. This is where they give you your ticket for entry to Machu Picchu and also your train ticket to leave Aguascalientes.
Day 5: meet group in town center at 430 am, walk 30 min to base of entry to Machu Picchu, opens at 5am. Bring headlamps, it's dark. They check passports here and at the top with your ticket. From here, walk up steps for about an hour, watch the sunrise. Get to front gate of Machu Picchu and passport check again with tickets. From here, you are in and have a guided tour for about an hour. If you reserved entry into waynupicchu then you will have a set time to get in there, it says on your ticket. We stayed there until about 4 pm. There's a bunch of places to check out including sungate and there's a bridge we didn't get over to but supposed to be cool. We took the bus back to aquascalientes (cost is about $30, they take US dollars here), or you can walk back down the steps.
Then we had our train back that left that evening at 6pm (again, I wished we had at least another night in Aguascalientes).
Train is about 1.5-2hrs, then drops you off in this random town. Walk over to find the "bus driver" he has a sign up with everyone's name on it. This is a small cramped van that then takes another 2 hours drive back to center of cusco town.

You have 3 meals provided each day, stop for lunch each day, also frequent mini stops to catch your breath and snack
The crew sets up your tents each night, usually waiting for you when you get there which is nice. Almost all the camp sites are covered too, which is great for when it rains. There are also tables and benches for everyone to sit and eat at each place.

Some helpful tips:
We stayed at hotel torre dorazda in cusco. It was a nice hotel and I loved everything about it except it was about 15 min outside the main city area by car. They had a driver who would take us into the city and pick us up at a drop off point in the square which made it easy, but I prob would pick a place near plaza de armas. This hotel was really secure and the staff is super helpful. They stored our extra stuff while we went on the trek which was really nice (then you only have to bring what's necessary for the actual trek).
I heard great things about the Kokopelli hostel which is in a perfect location. I went there the last day with some of the people from our group to sing karaoke in the bar and it seemed really nice for a hostel. You can prob get private rooms and they might be able to store your extra bag while you leave for the trek(you can email and ask)
Cusco is a nice enough town. Hang out mostly in the main area (plaza d'armas), visit the artisanal market nearby for handmade stuff and souvenirs and go up to San blas to get a nice view of the city from a height. I went to a few museums which were a nice history before you go to Machu Picchu, you have 2 days there before you leave, so you'll have time. Machu Picchu museum was good.
There was a restaurant called Marcelo batata near the main square on calle palacios that has an awesome rooftop terrace and the view at sunset is amazing. There is a Peruvian steakhouse next to it that we wanted to try, but never had time, called Uchu, it looked good and got good reviews. They are all about pisco sours there, definitely try one while you are there!
The people there make all sorts of clothes out of alpaca, you can get hats/scarves/gloves, etc before the trip. I got a hat and scarf that really came in handy when it got cold at the top
Get coca leaves to bring on the trek, you can chew them and they help you with the altitude and give energy for the tough climbs (taste really bitter) You can get this stuff around cusco or at your hotel. There's a museum de la coca near that restaurant I mentioned before

--trekking poles were extremely helpful, I highly recommend for the steep uphill and downhill slopes and all the stairs at Machu Picchu. You can also buy walking sticks down there for pretty cheap as an alternative.

Machu Picchu: you'll have your ticket before you get in, you have to show your actual passport in order to get in the park, so remember that. They don't allow trekking poles inside (unless you are elderly or disabled), but there is a storage room right at the entry at the top where you can check luggage or any items (I left my poles there and they didn't even charge me). (If you walk from aquas calientes up the steps to Machu Picchu it's about an hour just going upstairs, so poles or walking stick is really nice to have, but they make you store it at the top or chuck it).
There's a restaurant at the top, (expensive buffet for about $40 pp or a cafe that's more reasonable, like $10 sandwiches) kinda pricey for Peru, but not bad. You can bring food and snacks too, but have to hide in your bag. They don't search your bag by the way.

Water: there's lots of places (little shacks) along the way on the trek to buy bottles of water, a 2 liter bottle is about 10 sol which is about $3, not too bad. I started out with 3 liters in my hydration pack, my friends brought a small water purifier which was pretty cool, and I used that once, but it's not necessary on this trip. You should prob have iodine tabs as a backup just in case. I ended up buying bottles of Gatorade when we had pit stops since I like that better than water. Every place you camp at will have a bar of some sort to buy water and basic provisions too.

Clothes: like I mentioned before you won't really be able to wash clothes mostly because they just won't dry, even the quick dry stuff, everything stays damp, so be aware when you pack, you're just going to have to wear dirty stuff over again. I would wash the lower part of my long pants because they get really muddy especially after the 2nd day.

something I'd recommend to do before you arrive in peru, spray down all your clothes with permethrin from a bottle a few days before you leave, allow time for them to dry. Lasts about 5 washes, and helps repel mosquitoes

Other tips
Layers are your friend. I felt like I was constantly putting them on and taking them off. The temp changes constantly and also it will rain off and on. Bring stuff easy to take on and off and light.
I would wear a tank top every day and bring the long sleeved top to layer on top. They were light enough that even when it was warm I didn't feel like I was wearing too much and would protect from sun and bugs. The 2nd day, when you go to the top, is the coldest (at the top) but very warm when you get to the bottom at the end of the day (tropical and jungle). I wore my base layer with all my clothes on top and that was fine for the cold part (wish I had warmer gloves though), ended up stripping down by the end of the day, but it worked out fine (another reason why I'm glad I didn't bring heavy fleece base layer)

Money: check with your bank to find out if they have co-op ATMs. Mine is Bank of America and they had coop with scotia bank as well as BNP paribas which were in the Lima airport and cusco airport and there's a scotia bank ATM in plaza darmas in cusco. This means there isn't an extra fee associated with your transactions. Much better than changing money. You should also keep some US dollars with you because some touristy places like the zip lining and Machu Picchu prefer US dollars.
Try to make change at a bank in cusco so you'll have small bills. You'll also want coins to pay for bathrooms along the trekking path and to pay for small stuff.
No exit or entry tax in the airport though, it's included in your plane ticket.

Security: cusco can be a little sketchy at night if you wander away from the main area, so just be careful, but I didn't really feel unsafe and I was walking around by myself.
Get locks for your bags just in case though, they spend a lot of time away from you.
Beware when you arrive in the airport in cusco: if someone comes up to you inside the airport even if they have your names on a sign, might be a scam- my friends said that when they got to cusco, this happened and this guy picked up their bags and started to carry them, he had their names written on a sign, when they got outside the airport, they saw the actual guy from the hotel with the real sign( the first guy had copied what was written on the sign outside and ran inside to catch my friends before they came out). Nothing bad ended up happening but the first guy tried to get money out of them.

This is a super cute town,wish I had more time here. Think about staying here after Machu Picchu. If you go with the same tour group as us, they include your train and bus trip back to cusco which leaves the same day, you could prob ask them to just get it a day later or just get your own transportation back to cusco and get them to discount your trip. Also I think there might be a more direct train back to cusco from here, you would still have to take a taxi back to the main part of cusco, but it would beat having to transfer from the train to a small van that then takes another 3 hours to get back to cusco.
You can get decent cheap massages here and the restaurants are great.
We stayed in the hotel rupa wasi which I really liked. Beware though that I was lucky and got the only heater in the hotel, and it gets cold at night. We also had blow dryers which was great because I was able to wash a few of my clothes (again, they won't dry on their own, but the blow dryer helps). So when you look for a place, make sure it has a heater in the room and is located close to the center square (small town so I think everything is close by)
There's a great French bakery in town la boulangerie de Paris which you should check out. Close by is a place that sells empanadas which were a great snack for the day at Machu Picchu.

Salkantay packing list
-Day pack, mine was a 28 liter Gregory one, but I never had it full. It worked great, make sure it's light!
-Good broken in hiking shoes/boots
-Hiking socks, 3 pairs (thick cushioned ones, smartwool brand is good)
-Liners socks 1-2 prs. (I also used women's hosiery socks to prevent blistering, good trick)
-Underwear:4 prs
-Girls: 3 sportsbras
-Base layer: thin long sleeved high neck top and long bottoms, thermals would work, I used a thin breathable layer that works for snowboarding too. I almost went with a fleece layer and glad I didn't go with the thicker one because at some point it'll get too hot but you won't be able to strip down and take off
-Long sleeve top made of breathable fabric that's quick dry (I got mine at rei), in my pictures it's the checkered top I'm wearing a lot
-tank top made of same material (rei or sports chalet)
-one more small top, maybe shortsleeved or another tanktop
-two pairs long pants, light and breathable and quick dry, can find at rei or sports chalet. Columbia brand is good. I got mine from lulu lemon which I loved, but pricey. I brought a pair of cropped pants but got so many bug bites when I wore them so I wish I just brought long pants.
-rain jacket/shell, light, with hood- good and waterproof, it will rain on you!
-waterproof cover for your daypack. You can also buy light cheap ponchos down there that will cover you and your pack
- ultralight down jacket for a warm layer, I got mine at Uniqulo, it's a popup Japanese store in the mall at Santa Monica place, i highly recommend it. It's only like $49 and super light and compact, and actually very warm as well.

To bring in your daypack:
Small absorbable towel
Travel tissues
Hand sanitizer, hand/face cleansing wipes
Hat to protect from sun
Trekking poles
Travel toilet paper (can also buy down there, but have it with you)
Small sunscreen
Small Bug spray, rec 100% deet
Hydration pack with at least 2 liters water
-warm hat/gloves/scarf for day 2 and Machu Picchu, gets cold!
-snacks-bring at least 1-2 protein bars or equivalent per day. The tour group provides 3 meals per day but not snacks while hiking. People also brought trail mix, beef jerky, things like that. I brought a bunch of Luna bars and cliff bars which were fine. You can also buy chips and stuff along the way.
-Camera or phone. I used my iPhone to take pictures, and brought my portable battery pack to charge each night. You can keep it in airplane mode the entire time because theres no wifi or internet until you get to Aguascalientes. Also no ATM or bank until aguas calientes.
-cash, passport, ATM card, credit card (for when you get to Aguascalientes)
-meds: I brought Tylenol, Ibuprofen, sudafed, diamox (start taking the day before you leave for cusco if you are taking to avoid altitude sickness), Imodium, bandaids, bacitracin, blister pads for feet in case of blisters, moleskin. Also not a bad idea to get a prescription for cipro (antibiotic for traveller's diarrhea) and zofran (for nausea)
-small plastic sandwich baggies to put stuff in so they won't get wet, also useful to hold trash until you can find a trashcan
-keep your warm downjacket and rain jacket with you in your day pack everyday
-coca leaves

To put in your bag to give for the horses to carry:(you won't see it until you get to camp each night, the horses go ahead of you)
-Sleeping bag (make sure it's warm because the first night is around freezing temp)- put in stuff sack and make small
-Highly recommend bringing an inflatable pad that's insulated. The tour group will have bags/mats you can rent but they suck and you'll be cold...
-travel pillow
-Toiletries :
Travel shampoo/conditioner (you get to shower at end of day 2 if u want plus at the hot springs on day 4 and when you stay in your hotel in Aguascalientes)
Face wash (I just brought a small travel pack of face wipes)
Small deodorant
Travel brush
-travel toothbrush and toothpaste
-travel size detergent
- girl toiletries like face moisterizer/etc I brought too, and baby powder
Flip flops or light shoes to wear at camp (one extra pair)
ear plugs (in case you r a light sleeper, and keeps bugs out!)
-extra clothes can go in here too.
-swimsuit for hot springs-you can rent a towel, so no need to bring your own

FYI- they want your bag that you give for the horses to be 5 kilos or less. Mine was 7kilos and they let me slide, but beware they might give you a hard time. Get everything ultralight and it shouldn't be a problem
Written January 30, 2015
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Rhode Island1,200 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
This was one of the best experiences of our lives. One of the most physically challenging things we’ve done but so rewarding (and in luxury).

We cannot say enough about the Mountain Lodges of Peru (MLP). They are first rate – all we can offer is kudos. We did the 6-day Salkantay trail trek that is much less crowded than the Inca trail. We saw maybe 30 other trekkers during our trek.

The 4 lodges were built in 2007 and are in remote portions of the Andes. The lodges are small – Salkantay has 12 rooms and the others have 6 rooms each. They are modern and comfortable, have large rooms, and ample common areas for dining and meeting. Three of the lodges have hot tubs, two outside. Note no phone service and Internet is sketchy at best (none at the last lodge) – thus if you really must stay in touch, rent a satellite phone.

We were a group of 8 with a wonderful and caring guide Whilder (“Will”). And a host of porters, cooks, etc. A team who travels with the group after the first lodge prepared meals. Food is quite remarkable. All folks were service oriented. MLP knows what they are doing. Three of our group had minor medical issues that were handled by phone calls to doctors in Lima and prescription drugs on hand with MLP.

The last day is devoted to Machu Picchu – a 1-hour tour by your guide followed by about 3+ hours of free time. Be aware that the return bus lines can easily take 30-45 minutes and you can’t miss your train.

MLP (Maria Sanchez was our person) handled all the details. We booked 6 months in advance to get the right time of the year.

Preparation – you need the right gear and you must be in shape. Days 1 and 2 are acclimation hikes. And you need some days at altitude before the trek. Day 3 is very hard (the ascent to 15,000’ in 3+ hours) and day 6 was 3 miles of “up” and 4 miles of “down”. The other days are “moderate” at best. Weather can change quickly at altitude (we went from 65 DF and sunny to hail to foggy to sunny in tens of minutes).

Only suggestion is that all trekkers bring 2 walking poles - essential.
Written October 26, 2014
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Washington DC, DC6,857 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
Mountain Lodges of Peru – luxury on the Salkantay trail
Mountain Lodges of Peru has 4 lodges - Salkantay, Wayra, Colpa and Lucma – where we stayed during our 6 day hike to Machu Picchu by way of the Salkantay trail. This is a much less crowded route than the traditional Inca trail. The lodges are small – the Salkantay has 12 rooms and the rest only 6 rooms each, so we only shared with another group at the Salkantay lodge, the rest of the time we had the lodges to ourselves – a group of 12. They are styllishly designed and very comfortable, rooms quite large with high ceilings and lots of natural light, decorated with traditional accents, and plenty of space in the common area to hang out. Meals are prepared by a cooking team who travels with the group and they keep track of any dietary requirements. Filtered water dispensers are available at all the lodges so it's easy to keep hydrated (make sure you have enough reusable water bottles to fill – they are very eco-minded and like to keep disposables at a minimum). Three of the lodges have hot tubs, two out in the open amidst the most stunning scenery – Salkantay's has a full view of the snow covered mountain peak, and Colpa's is surrounded by a panoramic view of lush green hills. There's nothing better than returning from a day's trekking and hop into the tub, sit back and enjoy more of the fantastic scenery. Perfect for hiking this scenic trail in comfort.
Written October 9, 2014
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Colleen B
Newport Beach, California28 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
We did the seven day Salkantay Trek with Mountain Lodges of Peru and would not recommend going to Machu Picchu any other way. There were 12 of us on our trek (6 of us already knew each other and then 6 others joined us). 10 of us were between 50 and 60 years old and while in good shape, I am not sure many of us had much hiking experience. While the hike was relatively hard work, the guides (Pepe and Gilberto) were fantastic, knew exactly what speed to take us up at the highest altitudes and in the end, I think it made the ultimate destination- Machu Picchu so much more worth it! Every lodge along the trek was beautiful -- there were hot tubs at all but the last lodge (but that hot tub is just about done being built), the rooms were more than comfortable, the food was incredible -- I can't even describe in words the views and the scenery (amazing doesn't even do it justice). I would highly highly recommend this experience!
Written April 27, 2016
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Nate D
3 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
My trip-savvy roommate found Bioandean Expeditions, and we were extremely satisfied with the agency - the Salkantay trek was an incredible experience. Immersed in the beauty of the Andes, disconnected from technology, and inspired by our old neighbor Hiram Bingham (we discovered his house is down the street from our place in New Haven, CT), we loved every aspect of our hike. Our guide, Wilber, was a phenomenal leader. A proud native of Cusco, Wilber's instruction, information, and care was always genuine. We spent much of our trek with Wilber swapping stories and asking questions about both American and Peruvian cultures. We loved hiking with a guide who was passionate about his community, Incan history, and environment. Additionally, the food served throughout the trek was delicious. Our cook, Leucardio, though small in stature, was a titan at concocting excellent, even intricate (he transformed a cucumber into a bird, as well as chips into llamas) meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus an afternoon snack. I now marvel at not just the Incans' engineering prowess, but also at Leucardio's ability to prepare portable feasts! Finally, our horseman, Mario, was also amicable and helpful throughout our trek.

The hiking was at times strenuous, but ultimately very manageable. We didn't give ourselves much time to adjust to the altitude in Cusco, but we readily acclimated through chugging water and coca tea. Nights, especially the first two, were frigid (American summer = Peruvian winter), but the daytime was warm, even steamy in the jungle. Hiking in layers was useful, as we could either strip down or bundle up, depending on the time of day and altitude. We rented sleeping bags through the agency, and slept warmly; I also rented walking poles, which aided me during both climbs and descents (my knees were thankful).

While we were prepared to purify water throughout the trek, our guide actually recommended against it - we instead bought bottled water throughout the trip (there are countless places to buy water and drinks during the trip). Between the two of us, we tipped 60 S for our horseman, 90 S for our cook, and 200 S for our guide (roughly $60 US dollars per person). Carry extra cash, in Peruvian soles, so that you have enough to tip, as well as to pay for additional expenditures (on the third day, we paid for the bus, as well as entrance to the hot springs; on the fourth day, we paid for the optional ziplining).

A recap of our daily adventures:

Day 1: We left a pre-dawn Cusco via bus, traveling for roughly two hours to a small breakfast in the village of Mollepata. After more driving, we disembarked at Marcocasa and began our trek. Our initial hike was not difficult, and enabled us to get our 'mountain legs' at the higher elevation. Scenic, Sound of Music-esque hills and valleys gave way to sights of the nearby snow-capped Mount Huamantay. After lunch, we hiked to Lake Huamantay - a difficult, hour-long climb to a beautiful, multicolored lake nestled below the mountain (optional, but worth the extra grind!).

Day 2: In the morning, we scaled to the "Highest Point" of our trek - situated between the peaks of Huamantay and Salkantay. Wilber constructed a cairn of rocks and led us through a personal ceremony to the apus, the Incan gods of the mountains. We descended to our lunch site, and then continued to our campsite - the afternoon saw a remarkable transition from the colder, mountainous highlands to the warmer jungle climate. At night, we joined hikers and Peruvians in watching Peru suffer a noble defeat in the Copa America - watching soccer in the middle of the Andes was an unexpected bonus, and simply fantastic (a Peru victory may have triggered a raucous night of celebration, but we'll never know...).

Day 3: Our morning hike through the jungle was punctuated by an impromptu soccer match at a rest stop. In the afternoon, we visited the hot springs at Santa Teresa, a restful two hours spent beneath the shade of Andes.

Day 4: We ziplined (optional, $30 US/90 S) above the jungle - despite the extra cost, we loved the adreline rush! (And were momentarily terrified while crossing a suspension bridge - a neat addition to the ziplining.) A short bus ride from Santa Teresa to Hidroelectrica preceded our hike along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes. Paralleling the Urubamba River, we mirrored the progress of Hiram Bingham while eagerly snatching glimpses of a solitary building atop Machu Picchu. (Incredibly, you can't see the site from below!) We spent the afternoon exploring the tourist-centric Aguas Calientes before a restaurant dinner with Wilber. The hot shower at our hostel, Vista Machu Picchu, was heavenly.

Day 5: Our trip culminated with our visit to Machu Picchu. You can either hike to Machu Picchu or take the bus ($12 US, one-way) - we chose the latter and secured a spot on the bus at 4:30 AM (yes, people line up that early). We caught the first bus up, and as a result, snapped some pictures of an empty Machu Picchu before the onslaught of visitors. For a little more than an hour, Wilber led us to the major buildings before catching a train home. We then spent the rest of the day exploring. Huyana Picchu was booked, so we hiked Montana Machu Picchu instead. After a steep, hour-long climb, we were rewarded with an impressive view of Machu Picchu below (despite its toughness, this peak is less crowded). We also visited the Inca Bridge, less grandiose but still fascinating, as it was cut into the side of a cliff (and also an easy 20-minute walk). As the author Mark Adams notes in his book "Turn Right at Machu Picchu," the site is "sublime" - to see Machu Picchu gradually bathed in light, from beams shooting across mountains to the east, is an unforgettable experience. The expert brickwork, the temples and stones built according to the compass and the solstices, the geometrically-aligned terraces and houses - the Incans were masterful architects. The fact that Machu Picchu disappears into the clouds and mountains once you descend lends to the sensation that the site itself is an impressive work of the imagination.
Written July 6, 2015
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Michael S
Bruges, Belgium13 contributions
Sep 2014 • Solo
I did this trek alone and it is possible to do alone, if you are up to the adventure. It is a beautiful trek that takes you through some unbelievable changes of landscape. It really is a beauty of a trek.

If you want to save up to 500 USD and do it alone take this advice:

-I think you need hiking and recommend camping experience. You need to be of reasonably fit to do it.

-Check out the existing blogs on the internet.

- Pack lightly (try to stay around ten to twelve kilos)! You have a descent of 2000 m in one day, so you need to be light! I am serious: only take one set of clothes and long underwear (it usually doesnt go below -5 celsius). Take light equipment. You have to do this for your knees!

-Take walking sticks! Do it! Again, you have a descent of 2000 m in one days. You need your knees for a long time!

- Dont worry about water, two liter capacity is ok. There are plenty of stations where you can buy water. If worst comes to worst you can purify river water.

- You start in the village of Mollepata. Ask your hostel where the colective to Mollepata goes from and take it early in the morning (10 soles). It will leave you at a crossing at the foot of Mollepata, another three hours by foot uphill along a dirt road to Mollepata. I highly recommend waiting for a tour bus going up to save yourself the time and energy, as it is a long first day! All tour agencies start in the village and they will take you up to the village for a like three soles.

- Dont overpack food. You need surprisingly little on the way. Instant soups and tuna, no more than for three days. You will encounter villages where you will be able to refill your stocks on the way. I recommend instant soups, canned tuna or chicken, nuts and raisins.

- Dont worry about the way, it is easy to follow. If you want, go buy a map from the South Americas Traveling club (alpine agency). Along the way you will encounter plenty of people if you are doing it any time from June to September. Outside that time I think you should be fine as well.

Have fun!
Written September 15, 2014
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Toast, NC10 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
A truly once in a life time trip. Exceptional Mountain Lodges of Peru guides, wonderful cook, great weather and great camaraderie. The bonus to the this trip is insight to Peruvian farm life and supporting local crafts people, seeing how they lived and getting a chance to interact on a small scale. yes the hiking was long some days but we had trained for it by increasing our hikes a few months before we went. None of the hikes were overwhelming and even the longest one went by in a flash because there were so many things to see. We never hiked 15 hours; I m not sure how that could happen, there are only 12 hours+/- of daylight that close to the equator and we never hiked in the dark. We are in our 60's and we were totally at ease with the requirements of this hike. The scenery is truly spectacular and we had so much fun. Macchu Pichu was a fitting reward for our hike but the hikes were the best part.
Written June 16, 2014
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Tucson, AZ42 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
Mountain Lodges of Peru handles all the details! Food is excellent, lodges are well appointed. Trek through Salkantay Pass was amazing. They plan the trip great, with acclamation hikes before the big day. Hot lunch on the trek was great. We met friends for life on this trip.
Written September 15, 2014
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Madison, WI167 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
This is an incredible trek through the Salkantay pass up to 15,000 feet. The guides were incredible and very knowledgeable. The lodges were beautiful and set in snow covered Andes Mountains. This is an unforgettable trip but also very difficult and strenuous. The Machu Picchu ruins are remarkable. The lodges, food, service, and vistas were incredible.
Written September 13, 2014
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands69 contributions
We booked the Salkantay tour to Machu Picchu at Backpackers hostal. Great tour, great group and a great guide called Nico.
The Salkantay is a nice trekking. You get up to 4600 meters. It has his hard parts, but it's worth it. And take the steps up to Machu Picchu in the morning. Don't take the bus up there. It's a tough climb those steps. This tour is cheaper than the famous Inca-trail but it was well organised. Good meals and breakfasts. We even had some horses for our stuff like the tents etcetera.
Written March 29, 2015
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