We list some important salkantay trek tips and advices to go to Machu Picchu by one of the best alternative to Inca Trail.
- No matter what time of year, the road cools at night. Bring a warm sleeping bag and put your clothes in layers.
- You will need a good warm sleeping bag. Whenever possible, we recommend that you bring your own sleeping bag, however, the appropriate ones can be hired locally (for approximately US $ 25) but we can not assume any responsibility for the standard.
- If you plan to hire a bag, it is a good idea to bring a silk sleeping bag liner to use on the inside for extra warmth and comfort. A bag of four seasons (or -10) is recommended for the winter months.
- At other times, it will probably be fine in a bag of 3 stations (or -4 / -5), although this depends on how much you feel the cold and is administered only as a guide. On the trip from Salkantay to Machu Picchu wheeled mats are provided; However, for comfort and warmth, the thermal-style mattresses can also be purchased in Cusco for US $ 15.
Traveling in right season and what to bring
- If you travel in winter and do not want to invest in a 4-season bag, you can consider buying a bag of 3 more stations a sleeping bag liner and bring additional clothes.
- Whatever you wear on your feet, the most important thing is comfort. It is vital to make sure your boots are well-placed and light.
- The ankle and waterproofing is recommended, but if you already have something comfortable with a good grip on the rocks, do not rush to buy new boots. You’ll be better off with your well-used pair!
- Other mandatory items: sturdy shoes, a flashlight (with new batteries), tablets to purify water, high-calorie snacks and a basic first aid kit. Swimsuit for the hot springs of Aguas Calientes.
- You can rent towels for 3 soles. Flipflops / thongs / jandals – If you want to take a shower on the third night.
Some tips for Altitude sickness
- Altitude sickness is serious and can ruin your trip. The biggest mistake you can make is to fly directly to Cuzco (3326 m / 10,910 ft) and expect to walk the next day. Take a few days to adjust to the altitude first.
What Company Choose?
- Choose your trekking agency with care. Compare and ask many questions: what will you have to take, how many people will go to the tent, how many porters for the group, if there are arrangements for special diets. It is worth paying more for a reputable agency that treats its porters well and respects the environment.
- At any time of the year, the weather in Machu Picchu can change in an instant. Prepare with a poncho or a light rain jacket, only in the case.
- Be sure to get your passport stamped with the Machu Picchu seal. There is a small office just after the entrance where you can do this.
- Only small backpacks of less than 20 kg are allowed in Machu Picchu. There is a storage office just after the main entrance that charges 3 soles (US $ 1) to store your things for the day.
- To the left of the entrance to Machu Picchu there is a pharmacy and a medical service available. The service is operated by Clinica ‘s Pardo and San José (from Cusco).
- The entrance to the Huayna Picchu mountain is limited to 400 people per day, 200 at 7-8 a.m. and another 200 from 10-11 a.m. Entry tickets must be purchased in advance.
- If you are afraid of heights, it is not recommended to walk through Huayna Picchu. At the top, the road is very narrow and very steep.