En esta caminata de 4 días se supera el punto más alto de la caminata, que es el Paso Salkantay a 4550 metros sobre el nivel del mar. También disfrutará de increíbles paisajes montañosos con picos nevados, lagunas de montaña y remotos pueblos andinos.
Earlier this month, my husband and I did the short Salkantay Trek in four days. Tierra Vivas provided a fully-supported, professional experience. I cannot recommend them more!
What I loved:
- Adner is very knowledgable guide, and he was patient with my pace when the altitude would slow me down.
- Silverio cooked hearty, delicious meals - you will be well fed! Roberto did a great job getting the mules and horses to each destination.
- Each campsite was clean the camping equipment in great condition.
- Yolanda did our briefing in Aguas Calientes. We happened to leave our Machu Picchu passes behind at the briefing and she saved them for us! We got lucky they weren't lost.
For anyone on the fence about this trek:
- It was be extremely hard and rewarding. Do it even if you're scared! The views are impossibly beautiful.
- Accept help and rest when you can. I ended up renting the emergency horse, and taking the train to Aguas Calientes.
- The altitude will make every step feel like you're running a marathon. Bring electrolytes and ibuprofen.
- Exercise a lot in advance if you can, if not, there is enough support to get you to Machu Picchu!
My Wife and I went for a just over a week to Cusco and booked this tour to take us to Machu Pichu.
Entrance to Machu Pichu was included, along with food and accommodation for 3 days.
This trip is definitely not for the faint hearted. I wouldn't consider my wife and I to be unfit by any stretch - in fact I am a serving police officer in the UK so have to maintain a certain fitness level to do my job. However we both found this trek challenging. Expect around 8 hours walking every day, both up and down hill, at quite steep gradients and altitudes of 3000-5000m. The approach to Machu Pichu Town a tourist town at the base of Machu Pichu mountain is along the railway track and runs alongside a river, so be prepared for mosquitos and bring insect repellent.
Despite the harsh terrain both my wife and I enjoyed it and Machu Pichu itself was superb. The food each day was a little bland for our tastes, but was traditional and had that homecooked feel.
Our guide, Ali-beth, was knowledgeable and friendly. Although she said the tour can have as many as 12 people on it at times, when we were on it was just the two of use, Ali, the porter and the cook. Ali was able to react to our wishes when we asked to visit a local hot spring for some RR along the way although there were additional costs for the hot spring itself and my only quibble would be over the way she motivated us by continually telling us that the destination was just around the next bend or only a few more minutes away.
Ali gave us a guided tour around Machu Pichu which was detailed and informative, and her English was better than many people born in England! I could immediately tell the difference when I overheard other guides in Machu Pichu and saw them struggling with the language, or in one case, reading from a guidebook. Ali clearly knew her facts and history and was engaging and funny in her presentation
Beautiful tour. We had purchased a tour for 4 days and 3 nights and were placed with a group doing 5 days and 4 nights. This left some complications and some independent travel for our final days but was managed by the team.