Trekking experts know that the Salkantay trek is a good alternative to the classic Inca Trail or the Short Inca Trail. If you are interested in the Salkantay Trek in Peru, then you know that the Incas created other beautiful trails and that there are more ways to get to Machu Picchu.
One of them is the Salkantay Trek 4 days and 3 nights you will discover a little-known side of Peru. Of course, the Salkantay route is not for cowards. For the Salkantay Trek, you need to have that adventurous spirit running through your veins. Do you think you are good enough for the Salkantay Trail in Peru? Let’s go!
Here we bring you some tips to better enjoy this walk
Best time of year to do the Salkantay Trail
Cusco has two types of climates more outstanding, rainy season and dry season, so the months of May to October are considered the best dates to make this excursion since the rains have already stopped and the trek is firm; However, this route can be done all year round, except for the rainiest month of the year (February), so we strongly suggest choosing the dates to do this hike.
What does the HIKE offer?
The Salkantay Walk offers privileged views of the Humantay and Salkantay mountains since with the thaw of these two lake formations are given, being the most important and much visited by travelers, called Humantay lagoon, (currently it is visited by tourists from all over the world). world to enjoy its beauty and leave offerings to the Pachamama, a deity that represents mother Earth in the Inca culture). In addition to the snowy mountains, the route shows a variety of flora and fauna as far as the region of the jungle is concerned, since one is surrounded by a green and warm landscape that allows us to breathe fresh air that is good for our body.
Marvel at vestiges and constructions that our ancestors left us as a legacy.
Enjoy magical nights with a starry sky, which makes you think and say that it was worth all the effort.
The difficulty of the Salkantay trek
The level of difficulty will depend on your physical condition that one may have, in addition to already having experience in a similar route and your state of health.
This route is considered by many travelers of greater effort since the degree of difficulty is “High”, thus being considered a great challenge for those who wish to do it.
Physical preparation for the trek to Salkantay
The preparation for the Salkantay Trekking begins taking into consideration the physical condition that one has, that is why specialists consider having an advance preparation before making said excursion since in this way the muscles are strengthened and they are generating resistance at the time of our trek to Salkantay.
Since at the time of the hike, all the muscles will be prepared and in that way also our heart will pump blood more efficiently that will make us have more oxygen.
Altitude sickness on the Salkantay trekking
Also known as mountain sickness, soroche or properly said altitude sickness, it is in itself a physical discomfort caused by the difficulty of adaptation to low atmospheric pressure which generates headache, nausea, difficulty breathing due to lack of oxygen in the blood.
In general, this symptom is shown in travelers who live in countries or places that are at a lower altitude, since those people who live in plains or countries of similar altitude are more likely to suffer from it.
How to avoid altitude sickness on Salkantay
It is recommended a day before your arrival, have a better rest, eat something light and avoid alcoholic beverages.
To avoid or make it more bearable, it is recommended upon arrival to acclimatize, take rest or not make physical efforts that can agitate it, it is recommended in itself the first days upon arrival in the city of Cusco.
It is advisable to drink the coca tea on the day of your arrival, as the first natural remedy.
Consider taking air inhalations, going up gradually, hydrating continuously, avoiding tobacco, choosing easily digestible food, wrapping yourself up very well, and avoiding taking tranquilizers.
What to bring
Before starting our excursion, never forget our travel companion “the backpack” (30 liters or more is suggested).
It is always good to be prepared for all kinds of weather changes, that is why it is very necessary to wear a super warm jacket since at night during the route the temperature tends to drop and rain could occur.
As for the walking distance per day, it is essential to have an extra change of clothes in case any changes are required.
To protect our lower extremities, it is good to have walking pants that are removable, since we can give them double use, shorts during the day and pants at night; thus we reduce the weight and space in our backpack.
The main clothing is walking shoes, which have grip capacity and are suitable for rough terrain, and are resistant to water.
Have accessories that help with our walk, so we have Water bottles, gloves, walking sticks, flashlights, and binoculars in case we have the privilege of being able to observe wildlife.
Bring personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and other necessary items.
To take more photos it is necessary to carry extra batteries and an additional memory card since there will be a great variety of landscapes that you can photograph.
It is very essential to have your original passport and/or identity document which allows you to identify yourself at the checkpoints.
Carry health items with you as necessary, such as personal medications in case you follow any treatment, insect repellent, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, disposable tissues, and others that you see as convenient.
It is necessary to have cash for extra expenses.
It is highly recommended; this excursion will leave you breathless for all that it offers and wait for you when you decide to do it. Aremika Expeditions authorized operator of this hiking route invites you to discover this new adventure.