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Address: Procuradores 366 | Office 105, Cusco 0051, Peru
Phone Number: +0051 084 242874

Salkantay proximity to Machu Picchu makes trekking around it an attractive...

Salkantay proximity to Machu Picchu makes trekking around it an attractive alternative to the oversubscribed Inca Trail. There are three possible routes starting from Mollepata. All three begin with a day of approach, heading north along a dirt road. Then they diverge. The longest route, heads north to the base of the mountain, then turns right, following the east side of the mountain, then heads northeast to eventually join the Inca Trail itself at Wayllabamba. This route takes 4 days to reach the Inca Trail, then another 2 days to reach Machu Picchu. The most common route used by trekking companies heads north, then west around the west side of the mountain, over Salcantay Pass at 4600m. It continues as far as the village of La Playa, where buses usually make the connection to Santa Teresa. From here, trekkers walk to the Hydroelectric project then either train or walk to Aguas Calientes, at the base of Machu Picchu. This route takes 4 days in total. A more satisfying variation on this route turns right before reaching La Playa, over a ridge and arriving directly at Aguas Calientes two days later. This route takes 6 days in total.

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The Best Hike Ever

It was a sudden decision, going to Salkantay Trek I found Local Trekkers Peru on line and we started exchanging emails with Thiago the manager. From Thiago’s emails I already knew... read more

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was a sudden decision, going to Salkantay Trek I found Local Trekkers Peru on line and we started exchanging emails with Thiago the manager. From Thiago’s emails I already knew that he was an amazing person, who loved and knew mountains, and who knew a lot about people as well. Our trip was very well organized, we had time... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I had an unforgettable experience with the travel Agency Terra Quechua !!!!!!! By the way the very beautiful city, we enjoyed the sunny day in the main square of cusco, we took the route to salkantay of 5 days and four nights where everything was a wonder, like to know the incredible mountain of the snowy of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Trip Advisor page is actually for the TOUR COMPANY and NOT the general trek itself. We booked 3x tours with Erika as she was recommended through our hostel and after talking to her, and other agencies her tour included more. We did the City Tour and the Moray/Moras tour through Erika. Both were great however we were the only... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After hiking in Huaraz, Peru my girlfriend and I thought we could tackle Salkantay alone. All you need to do is rent all your equipment in Cusco, buy some food and take a collectivo to Mollepata. We had read about many people we did this hike in 4 days including a family of four. Well don't let people lie to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The trek is either 5 days or 4 days, the only difference is the end part. You either leave the trek early or carry on to the hot springs before you head to Aguas Callientes. I did the 4 days trrek and it was absolutely superb! It can be very challenging for some, even if you're fit the altitude affected... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Out of 20 people in our group, who all did the exact same tour as us, we paid the most and were treated the worst because we booked here. We didn't sleep the night before Machu Picchu because of stress, and we were forced to miss the official tour of Machu Picchu, all because we booked here. The trip is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Even though very tiring, this is definitely one of the most amazing trail you could do in Perù. Depending on how many days you're planning for the trekking you'll enjoy a longer and more relaxed journey or a steady peace rhythm...either case the view of the Salkantay peak will reward you of all the incredible efforts to get there. Strongly... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

We spent a couple of days in Cusco speaking with different operators and agencies before deciding to book our 5D/4N hike through Ausangate and the Rainbow Mountains. When booking we were promised by Erika that our guide would have a first aid kit and oxygen. We are experienced travellers and have done previous wilderness experiences and ensuring safety equipment would... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

The hike itself is awesome and definitely worth doing - can recommend to anybody in the region. Was one of the Highlights of our holidays. As to the tour operator there are big pluses. Big pluses are the organizing woman Erica, who does an excellent job and is veryhelpful. Also our first guide Abel was really cute. The trek is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

The trek is a must do when visiting Cusco. It's a decent effort but you don't have to be in fantastic shape to do it and have a good time whilst doing it.. I'd recommend bringing a LOT of warm clothes, some snacks, toilet paper and hand wash. We also used disposable wipes on the nights where there were no... More 

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