SALKANTAY TREK FREQUENTLY ASKED AND QUESTIONS
What is Salkantay Trek?
The Salkantay Trek links the city of Cuzco to Machu Picchu Citadel. The start of this 5 days tour, is from the village of Mollepata, a few kilometers from Cusco, and done in one direction only, from Cusco to Machu Picchu; the return is always done with train.
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Who will participate in the tour with me?
We propose 2 types of Trek: in private or in group. In private, only friends and our staff will be part of the Trek; although the type of Trek preferred by some, is the most expensive formula. However, most prefer, by own desire and for reasons of budget, a Trek group; This means that you do the Trek accompanied by other hikers.
As it is impossible to know in advance (and for confidentiality) who will be part of your group, we can not respond accurately. Generally, it is a group of hikers of all nationalities and ages. We can summarize by saying that it is a small group of hikers with guides, pack horses and horsemen. It is noted that, as far as possible (tourists without a fixed departure date, etc) we try to group in a same trek up of people of the same nationality and age range.
What are the departure dates?
During these periods, we offer departures every day of the week, including holidays.
Can I do the tour by myself (a)?
It is not recommended. The Salkantay Trek is only accessible to hikers certificates accompanied by expert guides who know very well the way.
What to do with my luggage during the Trek?
Most places where you might stay (hotel, hostel or boarding houses) can store your luggage for free during the Trek. We also gladly can save it; all you have to do is bring it to our office the day before the Trek.
How many people is allowed to be in group?
The maximum size of the group in any of our tours is 12 people. We have considered 12 people,so is to have better communication and attention with the guide.
What if altitude sickness affects me?
When traveling along the Andes in Peru some people will suffer some effects of altitude sickness (Soroche). If you plan to hike the Salkantay is recommend arriving 2 or 3 days before to acclimatize and rest.
What is the difference between the Salkantay trek 4 and 5 days?
Salkantay trek of 4 days, a local bus is used on the 3rd day, from La Playa - Sahuayaco to reach the train station in Hidroeléctrica. Then if you want you can take the train to Aguas Calientes or if you decide to walk, the walk is 2 hours and a half to the Aguas Calientes town. This use of transportation is included in the price of this trip. You will not visit Santa Teresa and thermal waters Cocalmayo offered by our company on the third day as a new option after 3 days of walking. The walk five days does not use the extra transport to get to hydro.
Can I apply vegetarian feeding Salkantay route?
Yes, if you prefer vegetarian food just let us know. At the time of booking your walk along the Salkantay should indicate that prefer vegetarian food, our chefs are ready to fulfill your request, so the food on your trip to Salkantay be as pleasant as the journey itself.
What is the best time to do Salkantay Trek?
This is a difficult question to answer because Peru has a wide variety of climatic conditions. We would say travelers can visit Peru any time of year.
The dry season lasts from May to November and usually the time when more is recommended. However, this is also the coldest time of year. Nighttime temperatures can drop below freezing. June, July and August are the most popular months to visit so they tend to encounter much larger crowds during these months.
In the rainy season (December to April), you can expect a lot of rain in some days of the week. For travelers who do not mind a bit of drizzle and muddy trails, at this time of year it offers fewer people and very green landscapes with wildflowers and flowering orchids often. The most beautiful seasons, April, June or September to November offer the best of both worlds. They usually have fewer people and warmer than the height of the dry season temperatures, but still tend to have relatively little rain.
What is the best footwear to carry Salkantay route?
You can carry boots or shoes that stay more comfortable and work well, but mostly we recommend that you are trekking boots or shoes as they are also resistant to water. Modern boots are light and comfortable. A pair of good boots will greatly facilitate your walk and so you can enjoy your journey to Machu Picchu via Salkantay route.
What things should I bring for my trip to Salkantay?
Backpack, sleeping bag, mattress (we will provide you with this), rain jacket, sturdy shoes (hiking boots are recommended because they provide support for the ankle which reduces the risk of injury, particularly when hiking in the rainy season (December to March). However, it is important that the boots are comfortable and used and not new. Many people prefer walking in tennis shoes, but extra care must be taken because this trip is trekking, it is advisable to use trekking boots to enjoy our crossing the Salkantay. It is not recommended hiking in sandals. A complete change of clothes, sweater, jacket (something warm), water bottle and sterilizing tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in Cusco) pharmacies, flashlight and batteries, cover wide brim or visor, sunscreen, insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper, a selection of snacks, chocolates, nuts, cookies, etc., camera and much memory card. You also have to bring your original passport or identity card with you on the tour since the checkpoint to Machu Picchu will be to show that document.