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Salkantay trek, route by the Apu Salkantay to Machu Picchu

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Those who visit Cusco do so with a common purpose, to know the wonderful Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. To get to this wonder there are many alternatives, such as the route Salkantay to Machu Picchu or also called Salkantay trek.

In this opportunity we will give necessary and relevant information about the Salkantay trek, one of the preferred routes for adventurers.

If your travel plans to Cusco include adventures and walks through the main archaeological sites, in addition to enjoying beautiful inter-Andean landscapes, Salkantay trek is one of the best alternatives you can find.

Generally the route has a duration of 5 days, many can do in less days, but it is advisable to make a calm trip and enjoy all the beauty that offers this beautiful adventure.

Today, the Salkantay to Machu Picchu route is one of the most requested. There is information that more than 3 groups of adventurers enter daily, who will travel about 60 km in their entire trajectory.

Magical peru expeditions offers this service with total guarantee and security to all its visitors. In addition to having many years of experience, we have the best mountain guides who will be responsible for ensuring enjoyment throughout the journey to Machu Picchu.

What are the advantages of a trip to Machu Picchu along the Salkantay route?

Unlike conventional and world-wide tours known as the Inca Trail. The Salkantay route offers beautiful landscapes and spectacular tours at the foot of the sacred apu of the Incas.

Many prefer to travel the Inca Trail, because it is a well known route, as well as having a lot of detailed information and recommendations from other travelers. On the other hand, the Salkantay route still preserves that mystery between its roads and those who travel it describe it as an incomparable adventure.

One of the great advantages of the Salkantay route to Machu Picchu, in front of the Inca Trail is that it does not require a reservation of 5 months in advance. The traveler can request that trip with 1 or 2 months of anticipation, of which a week will be used for acclimatization, during which it is possible to realize other short activities like tours to the sacred valley.

Important facts about Salkantay trek or Salkantay to Machu Picchu.

Salkantay-Machu picchu 7 dias 6 noches

Salkantay-Machu picchu 7 dias 6 noches

You must take into account the following information that will help you decide whether to buy a fantastic adventure by the apu Salkantay or just make a conventional trip by the classic Inca Trail.

  1. 1. Length of journey.

The walking distance is 60 km, this entire stretch will be traveled for 5 days to reach Machu Picchu.

Don’t worry if you are not a “professional mountain climber”, it will only be 12 kilometers per day. That’s not much and it will make it easier for you to enjoy the beautiful scenery and fauna during the whole tour.

  1. 2. Preparation and acclimatization before the trip.

It is highly recommended that the traveler acclimatize in the city of Cusco, for at least 3 days before making the trip.

To make the trip without problems, you can ask for information on massage or coca tea to help you acclimatize, do a little exercise or short tours during these days will help you even more.

  1. 3. Maximum height during the Salkantay trek.

The highest point through which you cross is “Salkantay abra” with a height of 4572 meters above sea level.

It is one of the highest points during the trip, by which National Geographic included Salkantay trek within the 25 best hiking trails in the world.

  1. 4. Difficulty.

Salkantay trek presents a “medium-high” difficulty. But there is nothing that a good organization and an experienced guide cannot overcome.

There are records that complete families with children made the trip with all normality.

Nowadays, in addition to many facilities, there is a service of pack horses. Horses can be hired to carry backpacks and personal belongings. Also, if requested by the traveler, riding horses may be hired.

  1. 5. Problems during the trip.

The only problems recorded during the Salkantay trek, or at least they were recorded, is altitude sickness.

Being at an altitude above 4500 meters above sea level, it is common to suffer from altitude sickness. It is not easy even for regular visitors to overcome this decompensation. However, since it is a common disease, tourist agencies provide a special first aid kit and oxygen balloons.

In addition to having a special first aid kit, the trip is carried out together with several people in charge of feeding and setting up camps, they are known as “porters”. They are very kind men and will be in charge of all the logistics and transportation of tents and food during the whole trip.

If you want to know more about “the porters” you can search for information on the Internet, you will surely get to know one during the trip, they are very friendly.