Salkantay Trekking
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Jake H
6 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
We just finished a three day Ausangate/Tainbow Mountain trek with Salkantay and it couldn’t have been better!

The company put together a three day itinerary for us on two days notice. Everything at the office was handled really smoothly and we had a personal guide and chef for a very affordable price.

All of the equipment that Salkantay had was excellent. The tents were high quality, the sleeping bags warm and there were extra blankets and hot water bottles to make sure we didn’t get cold.

We can’t say enough about how great the team that took us on the trek was. Alex is an incredible guide, full of enthusiasm and knowledge about Inka culture, history and the surrounding area. Rubén is a fantastic cook and we ate like kings for three days. Jesús was an excellent arriero who worked really hard with Rubén to prepare meals that were much more gourmet than you could possibly expect for a rustic-style trek.

As for the trek itself, it is incredible. If you want to get away from the crowds and find some great mountain scenery, then this is for you. On the Ausangate portion of the hike (2 days), we only saw three other groups and some locals. We had the added bonus of camping near Rainbow Mountain which allowed us to go up when there were no other people around.

I think the trek is very doable. We did days of 21 km, 14 km and 7 km. As an experienced hiker, it was still challenging because of the altitude, but my friend who is a bit less experienced also found it doable.

In short, we highly recommend an Ausangate trek (whether it is this one or the 4/5 day Ausangate circuit) with Salkantay Trekking and with Alex and Rubén particularly! An absolutely unforgettable experience! Thanks to the Salkantay team!
Written June 29, 2022
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Jake, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your comment and recommend us as the best travel agency. We know that we have the best professionals who give their best to give the best experiences in each trip. Among them, the great Alex; we will send him your regards, he will be very happy. We hope to see you again soon to continue sharing more pleasant moments, with the best food and excellent accommodations that are made especially for you. There is still a lot of Peru to explore. Keep on traveling and see you soon!
Written July 1, 2022
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C Quin
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia3 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
I highly recommend doing the 5-day premium Salkantay Trek with Salkantay Trekking. Even if included plus you get premium accommodation (the hotel at Aguascalientes was the best we've had for such a long time!). The chef, Justino and Naidu, were absolutely fantastic - their food were always delicious! Our tour guide Carlos (the mountain king) was spectacular, his energy always lifted the group and always encouraged us to ensure we completed the trek and enjoyed it at the same time. He was very knowledgeable with all things Andean, Peruvian and Incan. It was really enjoyable having Carlos as our tour guide! Our assistant tour guide Jhordy was so supportive! We really enjoyed being woken up to hot coca tea in the mornings and Jhordy helped me with my sore ankle. I am very grateful for his help whilst on this trek! Both tour guides were always joking, laughing and got really involved with getting to know the whole group. I will highly recommend this trek and if you can, ask for Carlos the mountain King and Jhordy the coca tea king as your tour guides!

It was our honeymoon and they really made an effort to show how special our trip was! Really loved our time with Salkantay Trekking
Written March 29, 2022
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Reading your comment only confirms that you enjoyed your trip with us. It is gratifying to know that this would not have been possible without the incredible support of this fantastic team that we have, and we are fortunate to belong to the great Salkantay family. Without a doubt, an unforgettable honeymoon in the Peruvian Andes, with the best food, the best attention, the best campsites, breathtaking landscapes, and an excellent team, was the glory! We know that there may be some inconveniences along the way, but we congratulate you for not giving up and keep going until you reach our majestic Machu Picchu. We will pass on your greetings to the team, they will be delighted, and it will not be the last time to meet again. When you decide to return to our beautiful country, do not hesitate to contact us. Best wishes to both of you, and keep on traveling!
Written March 30, 2022
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Helen and Tim
Portland, OR29 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
This was one of the highlights of our Peru trip. From the beginning of the trek and all the way through the end was a wonderful experience. Our guide Juan Carlos “JC” was seriously one of the best guides we have ever experienced on a guided trip. He was very friendly, knowledgeable, encouraging, and caring throughout our 4 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.

The chefs and horsemen always were amazing and provided such great service during our time there. The food was absolutely outstanding. Multiple courses per meal was a real treat. We felt so spoiled with the colorful and delicious food!

JC really brought our group together as a team and provided such great information to make us feel comfortable and safe through our journey. We had 10 total in our group and besides the couples, we all came from all walks of life, around the world. The hike overall to Humantay Lake, Salkantay Pass, the upper Amazon Rainforest to Aguas Caliente and Machu Picchu provided amazing scenery and was so diverse.

Couldn’t say enough and we will definitely book again with Salkantay trekking when we return again to Peru for another adventure. Thanks JC and to the Salkantay team for a lovely experience. The entire trip was such a great a value for the unforgettable experience.
Written September 22, 2022
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We are so honored to be called a highlight of your Peru trip! Our #1 goal is always to create the best possible experience for our trekkers, something unique and unforgettable that will be treasured for the rest of their lives. Thank you so much for the wonderful review and the high praise you've given us. This helps us be motivated to continue going above and beyond in the future! I'm glad you enjoyed the gourmet meals and had a fabulous time getting to know your fellow hikers. :) What a treat! Thank you for trusting us at Salkantay Trekking to accompany you on this once in a lifetime trek! See you again soon!
Written October 6, 2022
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Alex Clisham
21 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
The four day salkantay trek was truly amazing. Our tour guide Alex M made sure every detail was taken care of from the moment we were picked up in Cusco. The team of chefs & porters were phenomenal and made you feel comfortable during the challenging trek. The views on the journey were breathtaking and Alex made sure the whole experience was fun & informative, while at the same time keeping a close watch on everyone’s health. I can’t recommend this tour enough and would highly encourage anyone considering Machu Picchu to reach out to Salkantay trekking. Thank you for everything Alex - Mucho wow wow
Written October 30, 2022
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jacob f
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Oct 2022 • Friends
Thanks to my guide Franz, this trip was one of the best weeks of my whole life.
I spent every day learning and laughing. His attitude and charisma is like none other, Franz opened my eyes to Peruvian culture, Inca history, and what it’s like to experience life in the Andes. I wish i had another week to spend with him and my group. I felt safe the whole time, even when I was pushing my own physical limits. He truly is an Inca Ninja, and i am going to miss him when I leave. I loved this trip so much that I am definitely going to come back again and bring my brother and sister with me.
I cannot recommend this trip enough, and if you are lucky enough to be put in Franz group you will 100% have one of the greatest experiences of your life.

I came to Salkantay trekking and met my guide Franz, and as I’m about to leave back home i am happy to know that I have gained a lifelong friend and somebody I will always look up to and admire.
THANK YOU INCA NINJA!!!!!!
Written October 24, 2022
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Jacob, it's so great to hear that this experience was one of the best trips of your life! Thank you so much for your kind words - they motivate us to continue going above and beyond every day to create unforgettable moments for our trekkers. We are passionate about sharing these mountains and our culture and history with visitors from around the globe, and how wonderful that that made your time on the trail even more interesting! We're glad to hear you'll be back again. We are waiting for you with open arms to take you on another adventure of a lifetime!
Written October 24, 2022
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Ian C
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Apr 2022 • Friends
Unreal experience all around. The logistics of a 5-day trek across mountain passes and deep valleys is impressive enough. Everything was logistically seamless. Our chefs were Igner and Richard who made incredible 4 course meals every time, exposing us to more of Perus cuisine than I would have ever ordered. On top of that they’re lapping us on the trail to set up the next meal.

Our guide was Franz, and we absolutely scored the jackpot. He was fantastic! Jovial, knowledgeable, and kind. He had us take breaks throughout the day to explain Peruvian/Incan culture, the importance of the mountains, all the plants and trees along the way and what they’re used for. Day 2 (Salkantay pass to Challapampa) is no joke if you haven’t been hiking lately, especially on the descent but the new Mountain View camp is more like a luxury suite, it’s abasolutely incredible. By the time we reached Machu Picchu we were able to appreciate so much more than the view because of Franz’s lessons on day 1-4! Any one of us would happily host Franz and his family if they ever wanted to visit the states. Any friend I know coming to Cusco for trekking I will eagerly recommend they try to book with Salkantay and ask for Franz!
Written April 14, 2022
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Hi Ian, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your comment and share your experience. One of our goals is to provide the best travel experience to each of our visitors and we have been accomplishing it for more than 10 years. And to read this message fills us with pride because it only shows that we meet our goal and we have the best team that makes it possible. Each one of them is exceptional. They are not only excellent professionals, but great human beings, our Salkantay Trek 5D is phenomenal! And we know you enjoyed it to the fullest with the great one, Franz is 100% committed to his work, he always gives the maximum in each route and our passengers are happy. Thank you very much for recommending us as the best travel agency and, if you decide to return to Peru, we will be here to continue sharing more experiences.
Written April 16, 2022
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Jack
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Friends
I would recommend this hike for anyone interested in seeing a diverse area of Cusco from the alps to the jungle. Our guide Miguel Acosta, made the hike a great experience by keeping everyone’s positive mental attitude up and always making sure we were prepared for the days trek. He was informative and a overall great guide/friend.

Suggestions: Bring a light day pack that can carry water, snacks and a couple layers. Bring at least a litre of water (some days will be long, water can be expensive).
Written October 9, 2022
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Jack, thank you so much for your recommendation! It means so much to receive positive feedback from happy campers. We also appreciate the suggestions for future trekkers. :) See you again next time!
Written October 12, 2022
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Allison Fisher
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Couples
My boyfriend and I did the classic 5D/4N Salkantay trek with our guide Carlos (The Mountain King) and it was INCREDIBLE! I couldn’t say more positive things about this trek and company overall. We had 8 others with us on our trek and Carlos made sure that each one of us was taken care of the entire time, took the time to get to know each one of us, was hilarious and made the long days fun. He set the tone for the entire trip that we were going to have a great time, and our morning wake ups with coca tea made the early mornings easier. He is a passionate guy who enjoyed teaching and including others in the culture. Jose, our horseman, worked hard to get our belongings to each site every day on time, and all of the animals were well cared for. We had our main chef, Juan Carlos “Cejitas”, and the assistant Johan, who made impeccable meals the entire time… I don’t know how they made so much tasty food, there was always plenty to go around. Not to mention when we got up to the top of Salkantay pass (which was cold and rainy on our trek) Johan was waiting at the top with hot coca tea and sandwiches which I didn’t notice any other trekking company have. Overall the trip was amazing— between the best trekking guide, wonderful food and chefs, reliable transportation, and AMAZING accommodations/camp sites, I would recommend this trek to everybody and anybody who feels comfortable with a good, long hike in nature.
Written April 11, 2022
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Hi Allison, what a beautiful comment you left us. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and recommending us as the best travel agency. We know you enjoyed your trip in the company of the best. From the driver, the muleteers, the cooks, and our guides, all of them are incredible. Salkantay Trekking is more than just an agency, we are committed to providing excellent service to our passengers. We try to take care of every detail to make them feel at home. The food, drinks, accommodations, attention, and everything else is unique and made especially for you. So that you don't just see a trip as a time to see new places, but to appreciate new things that you won't see anywhere else. We are glad to know that you were able to discover the fascinating history of the Incas and we hope to see you again in a new opportunity when you wish to come back to our beautiful country. Thank you for trusting us, see you soon!
Written April 12, 2022
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Brenda G
Orlando, FL4 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
I highly recommend the 5 Day Classic Salkantay Trek to be immersed in unforgettable views of mountains, lakes, jungles, and valleys. It was worth every step, even in the rain, to be a part of this trip. The glamping accommodations each evening were comfortable and quite nice - especially in the jungle at Collpapampa. There, it was a nice surprise to enjoy a hot shower after a full day of hiking on day 2. Hiking highlights would include the steep hike to beautiful Humantay Lake, hiking the gorgeous Salkantay Pass, hiking to the jungle at Collpapampa, and spending time at Machu Picchu.

While hiking, I learned a lot about the history of Peru and ancient customs from our guide Rolando. Rolando’s positive spirit and enthusiasm made it easy to start each day. His caring and attentive attitude towards helping the needs of the group made each day a success. He was so helpful pointing out ways to improve hiking in the sometimes difficult terrain.

Other members of the Salkantay Trekking team who helped during the trek were remarkable. Ivan, the head chef, and his assistant prepared an amazing menu of tasty meals and snacks each day. They worked magic in the small kitchens. They also prepared enough water to refill our packs each day. The horseman was incredibly strong transporting our gear guiding all of the horses with ease to the next camp. The entire team created a positive mood for everyone.

I experienced such an amazing journey, I plan to repeat this trek with Salkantay Trekking and the incredible guide, Rolando.
Written April 27, 2022
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Dear Brenda, knowing that you had an incredible experience with us fills us with much happiness. We are very happy to know that you had a great trip and were able to get to know our beautiful city. With Rolando's excellent explanation and the delicacies prepared in the middle of the mountains by our professional chefs, make the perfect combination in this tour. In addition, the campsites are luxurious. All this makes up Salkantay Trekking and we try to keep improving day by day to have more passengers really happy with everything we offer. One of our goals is to offer more than just a trek, it is to offer an unforgettable experience. It was a pleasure to accompany you on this adventure. Thank you for trusting us and keep radiating happiness and good vibes. We will miss you, but we are sure that we will meet again. Tupananchiskama!
Written April 28, 2022
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Ashlyn W
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Couples
I would recommend the classic 5 day Salkantay experience to anyone who loves hiking and a new adventure. We were led by the most incredibly experienced, kind and patient guide Nicholas who was supportive, knowledgeable and attentive throughout the 5 day period. The accommodation and food were both fantastic, always more than enough food. This is huge bang for buck considering all of the people involved to make the trip comfortable and enjoyable from the horseman to the chefs who also walk to each destination. A massive amount of effort from everyone. A standout trip overall!
Written October 5, 2022
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Ashlyn, thank you so much for this fantastic review! We are so happy you felt you got a great value for your investment. Our #1 priority is to provide the best services possible and always go above and beyond. We love these mountains and call them home, and we love to share them with visitors in the best way possible! The team will be so happy and proud to receive your compliments. I'm glad you had an incredible trek with us. See you again soon, we hope!
Written October 6, 2022
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