Salkantay Trek: Frequently Asked Questions
Salkantay Trek is one of the alternatives to reach Machu Picchu by trekking. This route runs through the southern part of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range, showing its beautiful landscapes ranging from hills to the forest. Salkantay offers privacy and authenticity to the travelers who make this trek.
Height is a problem in the Salkantay Trek?
When traveling along the Andes in Peru some people might suffer some effects of the altitude sickness. If you plan to hike the Salkantay trek we recommend you arrive 2-3 days before the start of your trek to get acclimatized. The highest point of this trek is 4,650 MAMSL.
What are the best tips to avoid altitude sickness?
The best advice is sleep, drink plenty of fluids and you could also take coca tea. Local people chew coca leaves wrapped around a resin black called llipta, when walking to this can help, since it dilates the vessels to increase blood flow to parts of the body that need it most and have a higher oxygenation.
What is the best time of year to visit it?
We advise to make it preferably between May and October. It should be noted that the Salkantay trek is possible to do so throughout the year, but has to take into account that the months of rain are a problem in this trek which occur from December through March, is not advisable to do so in recent months.
Is the Salkantay Trek difficult?
In general, it is recommended to have a good physical condition, without having to be a great athlete. We must not forget that this excursion climbs up to (4, 650 MAMSL) height; for this reason. In all cases, only your doctor can tell you if you can make the trek or not and we advise you to consult it in case of any questions. For total safety, our company offers a balloon of oxygen and a horse of emergency that can be mounted by the tired or sick person.
Documents of entry need to?
U.S. citizens need a valid passport and a card of tourist entry form which is provided by the air carrier or at the box office when you arrive at the hotel to your flight to Peru or once on board. (Note: other nationalities should check with the nearest Peruvian Consulate to determine the correct input requirements.)
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