Tips for Salkantay


For the people of the Andes, the Apus reverence and sacred mountains, converted into local protectors, did not go unnoticed at the time, so, as the Salkantay mountains, including the surrounding ones, assume an important role into the Andean worldview. For example the Waqay Willke snowy peak (5720 m), within the traditional Andean symbolism of dualistic thinking, is considered the complement of Salkantay, that is one of the most powerful and active deities of the place, and it is appreciated by the people, the father of all the mountains in the region and even nowadays is held in great veneration, so Machupicchu and Choquechurco holds an intimate visual contact with the Salkantay and other snowy peaks of the Vilcabamba chain.

This three or more days adventure to the Abra (Pass between two mountains) of ‘Apu’ Salkantay, has been designed for those travelers who They have limited time during their stay in Cusco. They will travel the Salkantay route to our lodge, located on the slopes of the mountain, exploring trails that will take you to enjoy spectacular views of lakes, glaciers and snowy mountains.

Tips for Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu

1.- Get acclimatized before trek:

Remember that Cusco town is located at 3,399 mamsl! The symptoms of altitude sickness are: headache, dizziness, fatigue, breathing difficulties, loss of appetite, nausea, sleep disorders and a general feeling of discomfort. Be cautious if you have never been in high altitude before.
We recommend you to spend 2 or 3 days in Cusco before the salkantay trek starts.

2.- Appropriate backpack for trek:

Depending on the road you choose, the trek could last 2 or 4 days, so every gram counts. Bring only the strictly necessary and make sure that the backpack you take is the appropriate one for trekking because as you’re moving, everything becomes heavier.

3.- Appropriate footwear for trek:

It’s recommendable to take trekking shoes with good grip or mountain shoes for the Inca Trail and similar treks. It’s not convenient to bring new footwear because these will cause you blisters. It’s also advisable to take a pair of sandals to rest your feet at night.

4.- Food for walking:

The trek mainly is going to be on rural places on the first three days until you get to “La playa” so you need to bring food for those days like instant soups, etc. However, it’s not that important because as we said early, there are going to be little stores where you can buy food or you can also enjoy the food that the locals prepare.

5.- Extra essentials:

Sunglasses and sunscreen: You need a sunscreen of high altitude protection.
Insect repellent: At the end of the second day you arrive to a tropical climate and the insects are going to be really annoying.

First-Aid kit: As a trekker you need to bring a first-aid kit that includes band aids, disinfectant and basic medicines. The high altitude sickness medicine is highly recommended. Remember there are no cell phones, no park rangers, no rescue helicopters and no hospitals.

6.- Physical condition for treks:

If you have a good physical condition you shouldn’t have any problems with the trek. If you’re not in a good physical condition walking before the trek could help.

7.- Walking stick:

Some people like the walking stick and some people don’t. Although they’re not really important, the walking stick can give you a great advantage during the practice of this activity. It can help with balance when going downhill and to rest when walking uphill.

8.- Go with your own rhythm for trek:

It’s not a race. Most of the tours have adequate time to take things slowly along the way. We also think it’s more enjoyable to stop and rest frequently to admire the sights.

9.- Hydrate for trek:

Is essential to hydrate with frequency during the trek and it’s something we shouldn’t forget. Bring water, it’s difficult to find water during the trek. Bring your own bottle of water and try to drink all the water you can.

10.- Enjoy travellers:

Bring a camera, take as much pictures as you can to remember this beautiful experience and enjoy the landscapes, enjoy the tour, just enjoy.