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Salkantay Trail Peru

| calle Procuradores N° 366 oficina N° 105, Cusco, Peru
+0051 084 242874
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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.
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| calle Procuradores N° 366 oficina N° 105, Cusco, Peru
+0051 084 242874
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

We did the Salkantay Trek, on midd July, we were 6 in the group all friends, we booked this trek with Machu Picchu Adventour, thaks to a recommendation of our friends, who did the same Salkantay Trek on May this year. We booked this trek...More

Thank bites99
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

The Salkantay Trail was a great experience. We rented our tents, sleeping bag, etc at a very nice shop in Cusco and walked without a guide (buy a map instead). We saw many exhausted mules and horses who had to carry way too much luggage...More

1  Thank mattzes
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This is a trail I would suggest you try, if you are in good physical condition and are willing to see how you do at altitude. The Salkantay Pass is at about 15,000 feet above sea level. Parts of the trail have scree and broken...More

Thank Tony G
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

We loved this agency from start to finish. We even ended up doing the Ausangate Trek with them after the Salkantey trek. The thing that was great is that they take a slightly different route which is far more secluded than the trail provided by...More

Thank Vasundara S
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

In considering a Machu Picchu trek, traveling on an extremely busy trail and using "bathroom tents" (at best) was a little unsettling, as were the prices for the Mountain Travel Sobek trek with the Inn-to Inn Salkantay trek. I searched for reviews and found few...More

2  Thank Sheila W
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Great way to get to MP. We did it with United Mice, with Alex who was/were very accomplished. Did a 4d3n tour. If the wild mountain is raining be prepared to wrap up warm. Day 2 is fun in the am,but a bit boring in...More

1  Thank Nayan P
Reviewed 9 April 2017

The Salkantay trail will take at least 3 days of semi-strenuous hiking to cross so come prepared with snacks, water (at least for the initial day), good hiking boots and camera. There are a few campsites along the way that sell food and snacks albeit...More

6  Thank Alex M
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Amazing experience, we had awesome time it was lots of fun because we had Carlos the mountain king accompanying us through the journey he made the experience more fun and learn a lot about the place....when got to sun gate and had a glimpse at...More

1  Thank Jessy T
Reviewed 18 December 2016

I trekked the Salkantay Trail through Bamba Experience. Initially I'd looked at the Inca Trail proper but it didn't quite fit with my plans, and Salkantay was the perfect alternative. It's a couple of days longer than the Inca Trail (5-6days), and you arrive at...More

7  Thank Philippa D
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

This Trip Advisor page is actually for the TOUR COMPANY and NOT the general trek itself. We booked 3x tours with Erika as she was recommended through our hostel and after talking to her, and other agencies her tour included more. We did the City...More

4  Thank NMP91
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6 April 2017|
Response from Lcdthethird | Reviewed this property |
My girlfriend and I are athletic and a little bit adventurous so we tackled the Salkantay trail alone. This is definitely possible. We booked an AirBnb in Cusco and the owner let us leave some of our stuff there for the week... More
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26 January 2017|
Response from Chris8111 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, i booked in advance, but paid a different amount to other people who booked in advance as all the people in my group had booked through different ways. There were also some guys who booked in Cusco a few days before the... More
If you decided to do the Salkantay Trek, how do you reserve who to travel with? I used SAYWAS EXPEDITIONS as a local operator for the SALKANTAY TREK This was the hardest and best thing I have ever done. When given the opportunity to do this from a friend from Peru, I did not have to even think about it. Each day on the trail was an incredible adventure. Seeing the awesome landscapes along the way coupled with the incredible views of the andes was absolutely mesmerizing. Our Alexis guide ever was fantastic, not only was he knowledgable on inca history but he made sure the trek was fun for everyone. He definitely made it a very close knit group and we all appreciated his friendly personality and felt appreciated by him in return. Could not have asked for a better guide. Hats off to Romero, our cook, because the food was some of the best food I had in my 6 weeks here in Peru. Salkantay trek is one of the beautiful alternative routes to the Machu Picchu that nobody should miss during the staying in Peru.
23 December 2016|
Response from smithpe904 |
I did the Salkantay Trek, this experience was truly once in a lifetime. Seeing Machu Picchu was obviously incredible, the salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is a spectacular Andean hike, complete with high peaks, snowcapped... More