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Salkantay Trail Peru Trekking Company
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8-Day Choquequirao and Machu Picchu Trek from...
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Salkantay proximity to Machu Picchu makes trekking around it an attractive alternative to the oversubscribed Inca Trail. There are three possible routes starting from Mollepata. All three begin with a day of approach, heading north along a dirt road. Then they diverge. The longest route, heads north to the base of the mountain, then turns right, following the east side of the mountain, then heads northeast to eventually join the Inca Trail itself at Wayllabamba. This route takes 4 days to reach the Inca Trail, then another 2 days to reach Machu Picchu. The most common route used by trekking companies heads north, then west around the west side of the mountain, over Salcantay Pass at 4600m. It continues as far as the village of La Playa, where buses usually make the connection to Santa Teresa. From here, trekkers walk to the Hydroelectric project then either train or walk to Aguas Calientes, at the base of Machu Picchu. This route takes 4 days in total. A more satisfying variation on this route turns right before reaching La Playa, over a ridge and arriving directly at Aguas Calientes two days later. This route takes 6 days in total.
Reviewed July 2, 2013

First of all, my first advice to you is: DO NOT BOOK THIS TREK FROM HOME! Do yourself a favour and save some money... There are PLENTY of travel agencies all around Cusco, Lima and Paracas where you can buy the trek. I would suggest you buy it a few days in advance to make sure you have an entrance ticket for Machu Picchu and a train ticket from Ollaytambo to Cusco! There are daily departures for this trek. There is no reason for you to pay tremendous amounts of money.

Just to give you an example... We booked the 5D/4N trek while we were in Paracas on June 4. We paid $300 US at Emotion Tour. The owner there arranged everything and gave us the tour operator number. When we arrived in Cusco, we called the operator and arranged for a briefing day. The trek started on June 9. We had a nice hostel in Aguas Caliente, an entrance ticket to Machu Picchu and a train back to Cusco from Aguas Caliente at 6:30 pm. We were quite a large group but had so much fun. I know some people prefer smaller group but it is hit or miss. It seemed to me that people pay different travel agencies and these agencies deal with a few tour operators. Our tour operator was Arsa. The guides were friendly and seemed to enjoy their jobs. The food was very good and the cooks made sure it was cooked according to "western standards".

While we were on the trek, some people in our group told us they had booked the trek from home (USA and Europe) and paid between $600 to $800!!!! Someone is making money somewhere. That is to say that I emailed a few Peruvian tour companies while I was still in Canada planning our trip and received quotes of $700 and sometimes $900! and these were tour companies recommended by Lonely Planet. I am so glad we took the chance and waited to be in Peru. We received the same service as everyone else on the trek. The money doesn't go to the guides... I bet you if you email Emotion Tour in Paracas from your home country, they will arrange the trek for you.

Also, we recommend you do the 5D/4N rather than 4D/3N. The only difference between the two was that you get a free afternoon in Santa Teresa where you can go to the hot springs (amazing site) and a free morning where you can go zipling.

Included: food, horses who carried our bags, tents (and set up for us), mattresses, guides, Machu Picchu entrance ticket, train from Aguas Caliente to Ollaytambo, bus from Ollaytambo to Cusco. Not included: sleeping bag (I rented one in Cusco. I paid 70 soles for five days), water (you can buy supply along the way), bus from Aguas Caliente to Machu Picchu (15 min bus ride.. you can hike it up if you'd prefer), hot springs in Santa Teresa.

If you want more information, don't hesitate to contact me!

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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Bioandean did a great job organizing a small and cosy group to trek up the Salkantay Trail.
We were fortunate that the group consisted of only 7 people with comparable fitness level (some matching must have been done).
The guide was versatile enough to modify and suggest changes in itinerary for situations that crop up (my travel partner sprained her ankle, developed flu and I developed bad altitude sickness). So instead of making us trek up, alternatives like hiring a horse to bring us up was made.
In addition, special meals were also prepared for me in consideration of my weakened stomach and constitution and the cook was able to whip up a different meal for me consisting of chicken porridge.
Generally food was excellent and it was almost a miracle that treats like apple pie, pancakes and chocolate pudding was available at our tables. In addition, the equipment provided was top notch - NorthFace tents and NorthFace thermal sleeping bags (although we did have to pay additional amounts to rent it). Although it was cold, we were kept nice and warm and well fed.

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

We did the 5d/4n trek.. The actual trek was amazing our guide, the accomodation and the food was great. My issue with salkantay trek.Peru came due to the fact that I booked in advance.. 'Do not book in advance' my trip cost $559 whole the other people on the exact same trek cost $380.. this is a huge difference.. We where told the difference was cause we booked through an American company.. And that tour opporators join together to make the trips more affordable for them selves.. If there was no one else booked on our trek we should not be penalised for this and as far as I knew we were booking directly with the company in cusco. Salkantay trek had my money and were earning interest on it for the begining part of the year and I still paid more for the trek.. When asked about it we were given $50 refund.. Which is half of what should have been refunded.. We also did not follow the schedule on the 4th day and instead did a boring walk along the river in the morning. We were also asked to pay for our transport to the hot pools which was meant to be included.. These things should be discussed with the guide and clients so that there is no confusion on the trek.. We were also not given duffel bags and coca leaves before starting the trek which the other people who payed less where given.. The duffel bag would have made our lives a lot easier due to the fact that we could only take 8 kg on the trek and had to leave some stuff behind.. Overall the issues we had were with the management and not with the trek.. The trek was amazing...

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Reviewed June 10, 2013

Salkantay trek is beautiful and exciting and at the same time, not crowded. We took a 4d/3n trek ending in Machu Pichu the last day. I highly recommend it to other travelers.

Our experience with the trekking company, however, was not as good. We used Salkantaytrekking.com (full name: Salkantay Trekking and Expeditions Specialists ) in May 2013. I would not recommend this company to others who are interested in the Salkantay trail. (details below)

The main problem with salkantaytrekking.com is their guide who was completely uninterested in completing the trail and would take any chance to use motor vehicles instead of actually trekking. He also often walked either 5 minutes ahead or 5 minutes behind the pack, presumably to avoid having to explain anything. The worst part of it was that he often teamed up with the locals to rip us off for very minor things. Furthermore, due to his mismanagement of our Machu Pichu entrance schedules, some of the people in our group ended up not being able to enter the facility on the planned day and had to prolong their stay for another day to visit Machu Pichu (this is not fun when you have trekked for a few days and the people affected were terribly dejected). This mess that he created also resulted in him giving us a very incomplete tour of the Machu Pichu which barely covered the basics. In brief, the guide had no interest in the trail but a lot of interest in our money.

Tour guide aside, other things were good. The camping locations were appropriately chosen, the equipment was alright, the horsemen carried our stuff in the rain without getting them wet. The best part had to be the chief who managed to cook very delicious meals (three courses for lunch and dinner) every day in the middle of nowhere. This chief was very impressive, but I learned that he was just one of several chiefs and others are not as good.

I hope you find this information useful.

Reza K

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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Well, this for sure is the longest trip to Machu Picchu and the hardest one. On the other hand, I bet this is the one with the best landscapes. Just go ready for the second day, because it's like 10 hours walking with little stops and reaching until 4.629m high, so it's hard to reach and, also, hard to breath, but the view is awesome.
Taking out the first night (hard to sleep because of cold and high) and the first half of the second day, the trail gets easier.
Be welcome to Machu Picchu in the fifith day. Have a nice traveling time.

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