Salkantay Trek is the best alternative to the renowned Inca Trail (with the real and old fashioned camping!). With lowland jungle high snow-capped mountains and a visit to the Inca site of Llactapata, the trek offers a perfect blend of trekking, nature and culture.
Salkantay Trek lets you immerse in the blissful beauty of Andes with no distractions that you could find whilst on Inca Trail.
Hike through the Vilcabamba Mountain Range and see the incredible landscape
A 3-day trip where you will experience camping in a private ecological campsite
Enjoy the spectacular sunset and sunrise over the Machu Picchu mountain
- Check out our post on travelling from Lima to Cusco.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Cusco Hotel Transfer|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Note: if you need something to hire from us, we will for you, without any deposit (because most of the rent camping shops use to ask like 50 or 60 dollars for anything you want to take.
Cusco - Sorayapampa - Chaullay
Arrayanniyoq - Chaullay - Collpampa - La Playa
A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the program
Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp
Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping
Flashlight/headlamp and batteries
Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
Water container and water for the first morning. Important notice: plastic water bottles are no longer allowed into the Inca Trail. Plastic water containers (ie. Nalgene) or metal ones are recommended
Optionally: water- sterilising tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported any health problem so far
Swimsuit (if you wish to take a bath in the hot springs)
Cash in soles and/or US$
Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)