The Salkantay trail is one of the most incredible treks in Cusco, as the final destination is the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Throughout the tour, the trail shows you the beautiful landscapes of snow-capped mountains and the exuberant jungle. This road is a good travel alternative that will take you away from the traditional tourist circuits. The journey lasts 4 or 5 days, during which you will visit multiple high-altitude places, the Salkantay mountain, lagoons, hot springs, and the long-awaited Inca city of Machu Picchu.

Best time to travel the Salkantay Trail

For this journey, you must be physically well prepared and according to the time you choose to travel to Machu Picchu along the Salkantay road you will have to choose the best time to avoid complications, in Cusco in general throughout the mountains of Peru there are two well-defined times (the dry season and the rainy season). The dry season is the season that is recommended for this walk, which is from April to November and the rainy season starts from December to March.
We recommend that you do this hike during the dry season, in addition, the landscape is completely clear and you will have a night of camping under the stars.

What to take to the Trek?

To get to Machu Picchu along the Salkantay trail, the elements you must take are diverse. Next, these are the items that are essential to make your experience unforgettable.

Backpack: Remember to take only what is necessary for these days of walking since we will have to carry our luggage, therefore the backpack should be as light as possible.
Clothes for trekking: You will walk through different altitudes, from very high areas at 4600 to 2400 passing through various ecological floors of the mountains and the jungle, for which it is highly recommended that you wear clothes for each place, from clothes for the cold even light clothing for the heat.
Trekking shoes: It is important that you wear a good shoe as the path is steep and rocky
Accessories: Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, flashlight, soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, towel, solar charger, among other personal items.
Camping Equipment: If you travel on your own you will have to carry all the luggage such as tent, flask, sleeping
Trekking Poles: A few poles will be of great help for the entire walk, if you don’t have any you can make them from some bushes and transform them into wooden poles.
Snack: It is always important to bring candies to eat during the walk, it is also important to have water to avoid dehydration, for which it is important that you bring a water purifier.
Pill for altitude sickness: If you have not yet been able to acclimatize to the altitude, you need to take some pills to counteract the discomfort, you can also take an infusion of coca leaves depending on how much you suffer from altitude sickness.

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