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Tips for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

9The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most well-known alternatives trekking to Machu Picchu in Peru. This trek meet up with quite a lot of trails passing through the Machu Picchu National Park with highlights of beautiful mountain peaks like Salkantantay, Umantay, San Gabriel and Soray. Renowned tourist places like Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu along with the sacred sites of the Inca temples and the occurrence of the world largest Mountain range. The main highlight of this is the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu known as the lost city of the Incas. Here we are talking top Seven Tips for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.

1.- Save some extra day when you book your flights

As it is known that the city of Cusco is a mountain airport, it is exposed to numerous fluctuations in regards with the weather and climatic conditions. As a result this may lead to flight cancellation or delay for the reason of safety. So that all this disruptions don’t act as a hindrance to your flight back home, we suggest you that you keep yourself a day after your return from Cusco to Lima. These days can be utilized to see all the cultural and heritage sites situated in the city in case you make your return on time.

2.- Don’t forget to carry Peruvian currency

Currency exchange on the trail will be pretty costly thus you need to have enough Peruvian currency (Soles) with you while on the trek. ATM machines are not available in the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, thus you need to consult your travel agency if you need to carry some extra cash along the trail beforehand. You will be able to exchange the money into your local currency in the cities, so make sure you have sufficient local currency with you before you hit off the trail.

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3.- Contract an insurance that covers the whole trip

As it is well known that Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu takes you to the altitude up to 4,650mals, insurance is a necessity and compulsion as well. You may be trained and be in your fittest form of health but needless of that altitude sickness can affect your health conditions. Sometimes, emergency evacuation can be required, thus make sure that you have a proper insurance. However, various standard insurance policies don’t contain any coverage for altitude, thus make sure that your insurance policy has covered all the necessary issues before leaving home.

4. Is essential to Carry a Battery pack.

We highly recommend you to carry a battery pack with you while getting on Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. Some camps along the trail do have charging points with a small hourly cost as the electricity are solar generated by the locals and other with electricity. However, preloading a battery pack in order to charge your electronic devices especially your camera is highly recommended in the trail.

5.- Aware about altitude sickness

During the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, the altitude sickness is a real and sensitive problem for trekkers who hike above 4000m. As the trail takes you up to the altitude of 4,650masl, a maximum amount of time of the treks exposes you to the risk of altitude sickness. This shouldn’t be taken lightly and you should be extra careful about your body’s reaction as different trekkers show different kind of symptoms in regards with altitude sickness. Eating garlic, drinking plenty of water can help in reduction of the occurrence of the disease but you should be extra careful as altitude sickness can escalate quickly.

6.- Experience the sunrise at Machu Picchu

If there isn’t limitation with the weather and you arrive in time to Machu Picchu, your guide will suggest you to climb to the highest point of the Inca sanctuary of Machu Picchu, which is the best place from where you can take the classic pictures and watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu and surrounding mountains. You get to witness an exceptional view of Machu Picchu from this viewpoint. The best time of the day to be in this viewpoint is very early in the morning where you get to witness the exceptional sunrise.

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Experience for Salkantay Trek

The Salkantay Trek is not a forced march and the pace is always slow, the days generally being shorter than a day hike at home.

We do recommend that you embark on a good fitness programme prior to your trip though, and one that builds up general stamina and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a rucksack to train for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, so the best advice is to get out into the hills as often as you can. You are likely to carry about 4 kilos in your day sack so this is a good weight to work with.

If you are going to be using the gym then concentrate on step machines which work on the thigh and calf muscles, and try to build your heart rate up to 50% above resting rate. Any cardiovascular activity is good, but remembers that swimming will not train the correct muscle groups so it must be added to other exercises to be effective. Exercise groups like body pump, Pilates and aerobic are all excellent preparation for a trek like this, especially those which work on core strength, balance and stability.

Support Team

Salkantay Trek Support team

The horses will carry your main bag up to a maximum weight of 7 kgs and cater for all the group needs, including assisting you if you need to go back down the valley. Unless specifically tenting, all accommodation is in tents which are top quality; except the last night will be in a 3-stars category hotel.

We run our Salkantay Trekss from a permanently staffed office in Cusco and our dedicated team provides an excellent service.

All of the guides have been employed for over ten years with us, and they have been trained to our high standards personally by Director and high altitude trekking leaders. They know how to deal with medical emergencies and speak good English. They are very attentive and after so many years have a good understanding of western needs.


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Salkantay Trek

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Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek

Salkantay Trek