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Booked our 5.5 day Salkantay trek with Alpaca Expeditions for $650. $56 included the bus from aguas calientes to Machu Picchu and back and $80 for the train from Aguas Calientes back to Cusco. Meals and guide was well worth it for all the knowledge we gained throughout the trek as well as the food was out of this world good. Just finished this hike in mid October and grateful we didny choose the Inca Trail. Only saw 10 other trekkers the entire time. Day 1 was definitely the toughest due to the altitude and steep climb. it rained the second half of the day and got pretty cold. Recommend water resistant pants and waterproof jacket and gloves. Bring a good hat for the sunny parts as well (scalp got burnt for the first time). Day 2 was a long day of trekking at about 16 miles and mostly downhill. Day 3 we had a shorter day and went to a coffee farm as well as did a 3 hour uphill steep climb Day 4 was dow hill and then mainly along the river to Aguas Calientes. Bring coca leaves and acclimate before heading over. Bring sunscreen and bug spray and electrolytes. One foot in front of the other for this one. I recorded over 60 miles of trekking over the course of the 4 days so we may have taken a longer route than is recorded in Alltrails.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful hike! I would recommend this trail for anyone looking to get an authentic cultural experience. On the trail, we only saw one other group of tourists. The only other people we saw were locals going about on their normal farming and daily activities such as weaving. Beware of altitude sickness. Highly recommend!

hiking
2 days ago

Superb hike with a breathtaking view

hiking
3 days ago

Great for those who want to do something without a guide and at the same time with a good degree of difficulty. The look of the lagoon is fantastic ... Worth it ... adventure with low cost.

hiking
5 days ago

took the entrance from Ollantaytambo which directed us from the city. to get to the sun gate was a total of 5.4 miles and the trail splits a few times. make sure you continue to go up and not try to take any of the easier routes. The Inca Quarries are maybe 1 mile away from the Sun gate and you will wonder where it is. I recommend Google mapping the trek before going. From the city of Ollantaytambo it was +1,2000 ft incline. it took us about 4.5 hours to get to the sun gate (we stopped a lot for the group) but only 1.5 hours down. There is a route to go straight down and take a bus back to the city.

no shade. short walk uphill

hiking
6 days ago

Peru Treks was the BEST!

hiking
7 days ago

This was hands down one of my favorite hikes I’ve done in a while. It travels through so many awesome microclimates and passes by and through several Incan ruins. The trail itself also has all sorts of variety ranging from rolling hills to canyons to plains. The last 4 miles is the least fun with a lots of steep switchbacks but the rest of the trail is more than worth it. If your in Cuzco, this is a trail worth hiking!

Took a tuk-tuk to the ruins from Ollantaytambo (20-40 soles depending on driver). Dropped off 10 minutes from the base of the ruins. At 8 am, not a soul in sight; very enjoyable. At the far end of the ruins is a gate, follow the irrigation channel up the hill along burro trails and find a stunning view looking down upon the entirety of the ruins. Left around 9am, met by a sweet local caretaker accepting the admission price of 10 soles (selling official ticket). Jogged the trail back to my hotel to make it in time for breakfast (45 min at slow trail jogging speed). I was told if walking back expect 1 to 1.5 hrs depending on your hiking speed (2 hrs maximum).

Good trail out to an overlook with great views.

hiking
18 days ago

beautiful, big challenge but worth it.

“Hard” is an appropriate rating but worth every minute of the experience! There are several tour operators that organize refugios and porter bags along this route, but I was able to book refugios along the trail online with a bit of research while carrying my own backpack (kept light at 10-12 kilos by not having to carry a tent or sleeping bag). For this segment I stayed in Humantay Sky Lodge (Booking) in Soraypampa prior to commencing the hike and Salkantay Hostels (Expedia) in Challway to finish. The online price for Soraypampa was far overpriced: I would recommend showing up and negotiating a good local price rather than reserving online. Challway also has plenty of options for on-the-spot accommodations but I was happy with the rate, the room I was given and the peace of mind knowing I had a place waiting when I arrived. The uphill portion: tour operators suggest it takes 3 hours to reach the Pass but if you’re carrying a pack I’d recommend planning on 4 hrs. The way down is substantially longer but less strenuous. Starting at 7:30a with a 30 min lunch and many pictures stops along the way, I reached Challway at 4pm. Most of the tours left between 5:30 and 6:30 with a longer break for lunch, also reaching Challway around 4pm. Mixed feelings about using porters: if you come prepared with a light pack definitely recommend to carry your own bag; I had to change clothes 4 times given the conditions: from fog to sun to snow to rain... if my bag was on a mule it could have been miserable to deal with all the temperature changes. Although I packed my own lunch, it would have been very possible to stop in Huairaspampa to get fed (where the tours stopped for food around 11:30a - 12:30p). If backpacking with a full pack, it’s definitely possible to stay in several spots along the way: there were several small homes that make their yard available for camping and probably offer meals we well. This “Segment 2” portion of the route is known to be the most strenuous of the Salkantay trek. Many people have problems with the altitude, but also the downside slope poses challenges with mud and loose rocks. All in all, the downward slope is mostly gradual; and likewise the upward portion is never gets too steep. Note: My phone died so I was only able to record the first 7km on AllTrails

Arrived late in the afternoon, headed up the hill at 3pm and arrived back to refugios and camping areas around 5:30 or 6p for dinner. Locals recommend 1.5hr up and 1 hr down...not too far off reality (took us just over 1hr 15min up with 10 kilo pack). I would have liked to arrive an hour earlier just to enjoy the view for that much longer, but benefit of being last up the trail was a more private viewing of the lake, glacier and surrounding peaks as the majority of the tour groups had already come and gone in the morning. Not a long hike but the elevation can cause some shortness of breath. Back at the bottom, we had reserved a room at Humantay Sky Lodge but it would’ve been easy to find a place to sleep last minute in early October. Got lucky dodging the rain as it rolled out just as we started up the trail and sun was shining for us the whole trek! Great time :-)

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no shade
19 days ago

Did this trip via guide service. We started at Amaru, elevation 13,150 ft, climbed to Challwacasa, elevation 14,200 ft. Downhill from there with a rest stop at the town of Viacha. That’s where the app shows the trail intercepting the trail. Then the rest of the way to Pisaq. Beautiful, expansive views. Picked up at Pisaq.

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rocky
21 days ago

Just completed this 5 day/4 night trek through KB Adventure Tours out of Cusco for $180 (that’s the bus option whereas the train and bus option (which I would recommend) is $240. Their online prices are higher than in person. Meals were pretty good given the price and accommodations were ok. Incredible scenery and challenging high altitude hiking the first few days, but well worth it. If you want to do a tour I’d recommend the 4 day/ 3 night as you bypass walking on dirt roads with buses and cars whizzing by you (via bus from Santa Teresa to Hidroeléctrica).

The hike over the Llactapata pass is steep on the way up and steeper on the way down. Challenging but the reward is reaching Machu Picchu.

Wonderful day walking along the Santa Teresa River Valley

hiking
23 days ago

Recommend going toward the San Blas neighborhood, then heading north on Calle Tandapata. Then climb via the hillside neighborhood using this app as a guide toward Cristo Blanco. This is the white statue of Christ that’s seen from town. From there a path leads to Sacsayhauman. Back to town via the valley. You can climb up the valley too but I thought climbing through the hillside neighborhood was more interesting.

This part of the Salkantay trail is mainly fairly steep downhill.

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rocky
23 days ago

Challenging trail with fabulous views from the pass

Great hike. Views of the lake are awesome. Trail is good and not too steep. Keep to the south side of the valley to avoid the bus tours.

hiking
26 days ago

absolutely beautiful.

hiking
27 days ago

Tough hike especially the second day through dead womans pass. Some of the stairs are crazy but the views are amazing. Definitely worth it.

running
27 days ago

I didn’t have my ticket to be able to walk around(was going later the day) so had to opt on running farther- which turned out to be very nice

hiking
27 days ago

Bucket list hike! Challenging, beautiful and so much history!

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