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El Camino Salkantay Trail

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Address: Cusco 08002, Peru
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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This trail is also known as "The Other Inca Trail."

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Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu
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Alpaca Expeditions

My husband and I did a 5 day trek with this company and it was fantastic.The company and its staff are superb I will review more extensively on their website.If you are thinking... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband and I did a 5 day trek with this company and it was fantastic.The company and its staff are superb I will review more extensively on their website.If you are thinking of a trek to Machu Picchu don" 't hesitate to use this company.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We did a slight variation on the Salkantay trek - first and last day were the actual trek but our guide took us on a different route which took us to places where few tourist go. It was probably the hardest thing I have ever done. We went up to about 4900m and the hills were big but it was... More 

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Laichingen Feldstetten, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

A week ago I did the Salkantay 5D/4N. The Trek itself It's a beautiful trek starting from the mountainous area (2900m) over the Salkantay pass (4650m) back down to the cloud forest (1800m) and up to Machu Picchu on the last day (2400m). The first day you will hike around 5 hours and ascend 900m. In the afternoon you have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Not wanting to arrive in Machu Picchu via bus, we found this alternative, which required training ahead of time to be able to cross the 4500 meter pass of Salkantay without altitude sickness, and required stamina to hike 6 hours a day. It was well worth it, especially since the Mountain Lodges of Peru make sure their guests are welcomed,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We did the 5D/4N Salkantay Trek with Alpaca - the views itself were as varied as they were breathtaking - from the first day conquering Abra Salkantay and hiking through the snow, to the latter days experiencing highland jungle and then walking across the original path that Hiram Bingham originally took to discover Machu Picchu, this trek certainly has it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We wanted to offer our children, aged 9 and 7 a trek that they would remember and this walk certainly provided the challenge yet reasonable safety we were looking for. There are lots of tour companies who arrange this trip and many act largely as middlemen between guides, cooks/arrieros etc. and those who run the campsites. You get what you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

The trek was the most awesome thing I did in my life. It's not an easy trek, but all the effort you put in the way worth it. It's awesome, really awesome.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

its a tough trek up through the Salkantay mountain and gets very cold thin air but its a great challange and its all worth it when you get to see Machu picchu!!! The views are fantastic all the way and you really get a feel of how it once was when the incas ruled

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We hiked the Salkantay Trail as part of an REI guided tour. Stayed in lodges run by Mountain Lodges of Peru, which is an absolutely first class operation. Phenomenal food and accommodations at each lodge. The trail itself is spectacular. The views of Mt. Salkantay are some of the best anywhere in the world. Trail conditions are a little rugged... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

What a great alternative to the initial Inka Trail. We had a great group and a great gide, we were like a little family, even if at the beginning, I didn't know anybody of the group. I really had a good experience.

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