The Salkantay trek was a really great time. It was my first time to peru and wanted a fun adventure in order to reach Machu Picchu. this trek delivered!
The first day started on the early side, picking up the other guests and driving out to the start of the trek, but after breakfast and stretching our legs the trek really got going. Mountains, valleys, rivers, lamas, really anything you thought you might see out there, you could see.
Our second day was the most memorable of all, waking early to climb to over 15,000ft, in the cold and the rain, followed by a steep decent down the other side, with the final few days hiking through the thick mud. It was certainly a day iÂ´ll never forget.
The rest of the trip was very smooth, leading up to Machu Picchu, which really is beyond word. Truly amazing and makes you feel that much better having earned our place first in line to enter after hiking the steps at 4am (after 85km on the trail).
Our guide was really special and make the trip that much better, with great information, clear english, and an entertaining attitude. The rest of the staff was also top notch, tents always clean and setup upon arrival, while the food was just brilliant, huge variety and healthy. At first glance I thought the trek was on the long (km wise) and expensive, but itÂ´s does really fast and the money was well worth it. Great great trip, highly recommend! thank you Salkantay.Org
The Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu exceeded my expectations. The staff was great, particularly our guide, David. It was definitely a physically challenging trip, but the schenerey was beautiful. It was an excellent way to journey to Machu Picchu. I would recommend this company. My overall impression of Cuzco and Machu Picchu is very positive.
The most difficult part of the trek was the issues produced by the weather conditions. It was raining almost every day, so water proof gear was a must. IÂ´d recommend rain pants, waterproof shoes, and a poncho. A poncho would be superior to a rain jacket, because you can use it to carry your day pack. I would also bring a ton of socks. A head lamp would be highly useful as well. Hiking to Machu Picchu, you are walking in the dark for over half an hour, so the headlamp is very useful, particularly for this piece.
The food was excellent and the quantity was great. We didnÂ´t end up needing hardly any snacks that were not provided for us. IÂ´d also recommend bringing along medicine in case you get ill, as there isnÂ´t anything to buy along the way.
Overall it was a very positive experience!