Salkantay Trek Machu is one of the most acclaimed travel agency and the best operator in Peru. Offer hiking to Machu Picchu, Inca Trails and Salkantay Trek. The best alternative trail to get to Inca Trail The Salkantay Trek is named among the 25 best treks in the world, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.

lunes, 3 de septiembre de 2018

Tips to preven the altitude sickness during Salkantay Trek

Altitude sickness, also known as Monge's disease, occurs as a fundamental cause in the lack of oxygen, and manifests itself in non-acclimatized people who rise above 2 thousand m.a.s.l. in less than 1 or 2 days. The tourist who arrives at these points by plane is the most prone to suffer this evil. The symptoms usually occur within the first 48 hours of the ascent and include from insomnia, headache to nausea, vomiting. To start let´s know;

What is altitude sickness? (or Soroche, as it is called in Cusco) 

At altitudes above 2,400 m, the air is thinner, that is, there is less pressure, so while the percentage of oxygen remains the same, the air is less dense, so every time you breathe, inhale less oxygen than you're used to. To counteract this, your body, at first, feels the need to breathe faster and pump the blood more quickly in order to have the same amount of oxygen to which you are accustomed. For many people, this comes as a shock to the body, causing various symptoms.

Now I will describe some of the most popular symptoms:
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness 
  • Headaches Sickness
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea or constipation 
  • Difficult breathing 
  • Tachycardia 

However, many of us do not know how to protect ourselves from this evil. Here some
recommendations before hiking the Salkantay Trek:

  •  Acclimatization upon arrival in Cusco is very important to fully enjoy the rest of the trip. It is necessary to rest as much as possible the first day, eat little and drink plenty of fluids. 
  • Always walk slowly, if you suffer from severe headache. 
  • Do not make physical efforts too sudden. 
  • Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy food.
  • It is advisable to bring a good supply of lemon candies, as it counteracts dehydration and discomfort due to height.
  • If you also feel fatigue, headache, suffer from nausea or vomiting seek medical help at the nearest health post.

martes, 28 de agosto de 2018

Salkantay Packing List

Before starting your great adventure hike through the sacred snow mountain of Salkantay to Machu Picchu you must have your travel backpack ready. Do not waste time looking for a lot of information on what to bring, that we provide you with the definitive packing list for the Salkantay Trek

Backpack for the 5-day hike from Salkantay to Machu Picchu: What backpack to take to the Salkantay tour of 5 days?  
As it is a 5 day journey, you will need a backpack of 30 liters or more, resistant to rain and with extra pockets to carry extra things. 

Clothing: The Salkantay Trek offers diverse landscapes with different climates so it is necessary that you go prepared for sunny days, rain, snow and humidity. We recommend you bring: A coat, also called a jacket, will be very useful to protect you from the cold and rain. Four shirts, which will be used during the five days of the walk. Try to be light and dry fast. Avoid cotton clothes because they are heavy.

Salkantay Hike: 

Choose a jacket that protects from cold and rain You must keep your legs and feet protected during the crossing. We recommend the following items in your travel backpack: 
  • Hiking pants. A good idea is to use pants with removable boots (with zipper) to be able to use them as shorts. 
  • Underwear: Comfortable pieces and that dry fast. 
  • Footwear: Hiking shoes. Choose a pair that has good grip and is suitable for rough terrain and water resistant. Avoid wearing a new pair of shoes, as they can hurt you more than some used ones.Your shoes for the Salkantay trek must be water resistant accessories 
  • Hat: Important for days of intense sun. 
  • Plastic poncho: Do not let the rain bother you, rather enjoy the landscape! 
  • Swimwear. On the route you can optionally enter the thermal baths. 
  • Towel. Of regular size and that is of a fabric that dries fast.

Camping equipment 

  • Water canteen: You can carry a reusable bottle for water. 
  • Gloves: Sometimes the cold can get into your hands, so we recommend taking them. 
  • Trekking sticks: They can be useful for some sections of the walk. 
  • Lantern: Very useful for outings in the early hours or for camping nights. 
  • Binoculars: Do not lose sight of wild animals in the distance!

Personal hygiene items 

Do not forget to bring items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and other personal items so you can start each morning refreshed and ready for adventure.


The memories of your adventure will be recorded forever in the memory of the camera and you can share them with your friends and family. To ensure the functioning of your equipment, do not forget to bring extra batteries and an additional memory card. The landscapes you will find are one of the reasons to choose the way from Salkantay to Machu Picchu, so prepare that camera!


It is very important that your backpack has your original passport and your original identity document to be able to identify you at the checkpoints. In case of being a student, the ISIC card will be useful for some discounts in the price of the tour and in some establishments in the city of Cusco.

Health articles

Small items that will be very useful in your backpack to travel to Salkantay:
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen 
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Tissues 


  • Cash. It is advisable to have around 400 soles (equivalent to 123 US dollars) in cash for extra expenses. 
  • Personal medications: If you follow a treatment, do not forget to take all your medications with you. Snacks: Small healthy snacks like energy bars, granola, yogurt among others.
  • Souvenirs of your country. Share your culture with your travel companions and the people you meet along the way!

miércoles, 22 de agosto de 2018

Salkantay Trek difficulty

Salkantay trek is one of the most beautiful Inca roads.This trek is an alternative route to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It is a 5-day and 4-night hike to the Inca Citadel by accessing the town of Aguas Calientes, located at the foot of the Wonder of the World. On the route you can see landscapes even more impressive than the Inca Trail. Places like the snowy Salkantay, whose summit is 6,721 m.a.s.l. and whose slopes the tourist crosses to 4,572 m.a.s.l. You can also visit places such as the beautiful Mollepata Valley, the ruins of Llactapata and tropical territories where flora and fauna abound. The last section is parallel to the Vilcanota River, until arriving at Aguas Calientes. From there, one ascends on foot or by bus to the entrance gate to the Inca City. The Salkantay Trek was chosen by the National Geographic magazine as one of the 25 best hiking trails in the world. To access this adventure you can hire a tour operator. The other option is to do it on your own. This requires experience and necessary care. There are some variants to this adventure, which start the route in different points.

Road to Machu Picchu through the Salkantay Trek 

The 'Apu' Salkantay (6,271 m.a.s.l.) is a snow mountain belonging to the Vilcabamba mountain range. It is the second highest mountain in Cusco after the Ausangate (6,384 m.a.s.l.). Its name means wild mountain. Due to its imposing and isolated appearance, it was much appreciated by the Incas. They put before him the denomination 'Apu' which means 'lord' or 'sacred'. This snow was considered as one of the most powerful in the region. They paid veneration to the point that they built Machu Picchu in view of its summit. According to the Andean cosmovision, the mountains provided life and decided on plantings, harvests and even natural disasters. Because of this, he should be given respect and offerings. Today, the inhabitants of the Andes still consider the mountains as important spirits. In Cusco, Salkantay is as much appreciated as the Incas were.
View of the Salkantay mountain The 'Apu' Salkantay

  • Name: Salkantay Trek. 
  • Duration: 5 days / 4 nights. 
  • Kilometers: approximately 72 kilometers. 
  • Climate: minimum of less than 0 ° C in the 'Abra Salcantay'. 
  • Maximum height: 4,572 m.a.s.l. in the 'Abra Salcantay'. 
  • Minimum height: 1,800 m.a.s.l in the town of Santa Teresa. 
  • Difficulty: challenging. 
  • How to do it ?: with a tour or on your own. 
  • When to do it ?: in dry season (from April to October). 
  • Places you visit: Mollepata, Soraypampa, 'abra Salkantay', Chaullay, Santa Teresa, Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. 
  • Physical conditions: advisable to be in good physical condition.

martes, 21 de agosto de 2018

Salkantay Trek Weather

Salkantay Trek, the old and remote alternative 5 day path to the Inca Trail, it has much more spectacular views and with different ecological levels we will walk among lagoons, impressive snow-capped mountains such as Salkantay and Humantay, crossing rivers and subtropical areas of abundant vegetation and fauna.

This trek is an excellent option for those who want to escape from the most congested routes and in a faster way, or for those who are looking for an alternative when the spaces of the traditional Inca Trail are occupied. This impressive excursion passes under the magnificent mountain Salkantay (6,710 m / 22,014 ft), one of the highest and most impressive of the Peruvian Andes. Its first two days will be dominated by the impressive snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Humantay, as it travels through the high Andean landscape. The third day will descend to the warm cloud forest, to reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day. The impressive sacred citadel of the Incas Machu Picchu is visited during the last day of the program.

This excursion is an interesting alternative for those who have not found space on the route from the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The excursion to Salkantay was recently named by the National Geographic Adventure Travel magazine among the 25 best excursions in the world.

Salkantay trek weather is very sunny during the day but cold at night. The temperature falls below 0 ° C at night between June and September. From December to March it is rainy which is why the trail is closed during these months. The best time relative to the weather to make Salkantay trek or hike is between the months of June and September. So if you decide to travel during those months, we recommend you bring warm clothing to prevent getting sick so you can safely make your adventure tours to Salkantay.

Now see the best months to visit the Salkantay Trek:

  • February is excluded because the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance all month.
  • January and March should be avoided if possible due to the rains. 
  • April, November and December are a good balance between a not very cold temperature and a pleasant climate. 
  • May and October offer a pleasant climate with fresh tempreatures. 
  • June, July, August and September correspond, in our choice, to the best months even if the nights are cool, because the weather is very pleasant and there is very little rain.

martes, 26 de junio de 2018

"Taki" the museum of musical instruments in Cusco

"Taki Museum" is an ethnographic collection, it has a permanent exhibition room in which Andean and Amazonian musical instruments are appreciated. It also has a library, an ethnic music archive and a video library. The Museum of the Andean Institute has a collection of varied musical instruments made of different types of ancient andean materials. You can't miss the opportunity to see this fantastic collection of original ancient instruments. Let´s see more details of Taki Museum

In the city of Cusco - Peru, the capital of the Ancient Tahuantinsuyo, legacy of the Inca empire is located the museum  "Taki Museum", a place where more than 400 original musical instruments of the Andean and Amazonian indigenous and mestizo peoples can be appreciated. and others from America and the World. The musical instruments that will be exhibited in "TAKI", are made of the most diverse and curious materials, shapes and sizes and present different techniques of sound production and execution. In "Taki Museum", these instruments, not only can be seen but also heard in their sounds, melodies, rhythms and harmonies, through guided tours, live demonstrations and an important archive of original field recordings. In addition, "Taki Museum", allow us to take some Andean music sessions, meditation and healing rituals through ancestral music, musical improvisation sessions, as well as talks, workshops and seminars that are offer regularly.

Here some of the projects done by "TAKI" as a museum and Cultural Center:

  • Taki museum show original and indigenous musical instruments and mestizos of the Andean, Amazonian and other peoples of America and the world. 
  • Musical and visual archive (photo and video). 
  • Specialized library 
  • Workshops and teaching of the instruments.
  • Instrument building workshops. 
  • Training and promotion of musical groups traditional 
  • Talks and conferences and organization of seminars. 
  • Recordings and production of CDs, videos, etc. 
  • Written publications 
  • Live sessions of ancestral music, ritual, etc. Andean and Amazonian musical ceremonial calendar. Area and research and projects in relation to original Andean and Amazonian indigenous communities. 
  • Store (sale of instruments and related items).

jueves, 9 de marzo de 2017

Salkantay Trek Tips

Tips to trek salkantay:

  • Hydrate:

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.

  • Get acclimatized:

The highest point of the trek is at 4,600 – 4,800 meters (15,100 – 15,700ft.). Each person reacts in different ways but in general we feel the effects of elevation when we reach 10,000 – 11,000ft. The key to deal with altitude sickness is to spend 2 or 3 days before in Cusco so you get acclimatized.

  • Clothes.

The climate will be below the freezing point on the first night in the mountain. You should have winter clothes and a good sleeping bag of 0 degrees. Bring chemical foot warmers or boiled water to warm your feet at the bottom of the sleeping bag. It will get very hot during the day, especially at lower altitudes. Synthetic light clothing is essential. A good pair of hiking boots is advisable. You will carry a lot of weight uphill and then downhill for 3 days. You need shoes that are going to protect your feet.

  • Other supplies.

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.

Salkantay Trek Machu was created to provide an excellent service for tourist to experience the adventure of the Salkantay Trek, even if you choose a Superior or a Budget tour, the service is always going to be the best.

If you want to take a trip to the Salkantay Snowy Mountain or a many days journey to Machu Picchu for more information or the e-mail to book a tour. 
you are now able to get to this amazing place in 5 day from Cusco, Peru  

¡ Enjoy !
More information: Salkantay Trek

martes, 14 de febrero de 2017

Tips to arrive to the city of Cusco

Even if you arrive by plane or bus, you’ll be a potential prey to tourist hunters. They will offer you accommodation or taxis that leads you to the city center. Nevertheless, the city center is just a few minutes away from the airport and the city is not that big. Crossing it by feet may take you about 2 hours. The ideal is to take a taxi outside the airport and to make deaf ears to the pullers (unless you are really interested in their proposals).

There are dozens of transport companies of all price and quality on most cities of Peru. Usually travelers arrive from Lima, Arequipa or Puno. Given the informality of the routes, we recommend taking the best possible services on buses as they do not stop so much to collect people on the way. The duration of the trip Lima – Cusco can last between 15 and 21 hours depending on the service you choose.

What to see and do in Cusco?

There are many things that will inevitably form part of your journey, like the cobbled streets with stories to tell, the crafts markets, the stone of twelve angles, the great cathedral and several churches that will cross your path. These are however some of the most advisable things to browse in the city:

San Blas.

This is a mandatory place of passage. Starting from the main square by the Andean narrow streets you’ll arrive after a few uphill steps. The tourist, Andean and romantic atmosphere will catch you while you get to see the city from the heights.

San Pedro Market.

It is one of the most varied and exotic place for food and regional products. Fresh coca leaves, pure cacao, best quality coffee, fruit juices and typical dishes are just some of the things you will find. It’s ideal to go there if you want to save money.


Going upstairs and along the winding road that goes in the direction towards the Christ that observes the whole city, you will find the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. This is the first approach you will have with the Inca architecture before going to Machu Picchu. Galleries, steps and windows made of stone ate the main attraction as well as a big esplanade to relax the view. Watch out for the girls in colorful attire walking llamas. Taking pictures of them is not free.

Temple of the moon.

Not far from Sacsayhuaman you will find archeological remains of the temple of the moon.


This was originally the temple of the sun but then the Spanish built the convent of Santo Domingo above it. It is currently one of the most interesting temples in the heart of the city of Cusco.

If you want to take a trip to the Salkantay Snowy Mountain or a many days journey to Machu Picchu for more information or the e-mail to book a tour.
you are now able to get to this amazing place in 5 day from Cusco, Peru  
¡ Enjoy !
More information: CUSCO