Embark on a multi-day hike to Machu Picchu from Cusco along the Salkantay Trek, a less crowded though-just-as-spectacular alternative to the Inca Trail. With horses to carry your gear you'll begin your 4-day journey at the Soyrapampa trail head, crossing the highest point in your hike—the 15,060-foot-high (4,590-meter) Apacheta path—on your initial ascent. From there you'll spend days meandering through lush jungle and past gushing waterfalls, alongside village coffee plantations and across high-altitude meadows and camping overnight beneath the stars before arriving at the famed Inca citadel.
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
This was a beautiful trek with a wonderful guide and service. However, booking in Cusco is 200-300 dollars cheaper than booking online with Viator.
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.
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