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El Camino Salkantay Trail

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Address: Cusco 08002, Peru
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Apu Salkantay is a snow covered mountain , considered a God for...

The Apu Salkantay is a snow covered mountain , considered a God for communities. He is caring their crops , their children and provides water that is synonymous with life.

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Salkantay 5-Day Trekking Tour from Cusco
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US$ 666.00*
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Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu
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4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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Amazing views!

So much more difficult than I anticipated. The altitude was very challenging for me. However, with the help of a mule I made it up! The views were amazing and our group was... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2016
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

We planned our trip to Peru at the last moment so were not able to get a pass for the Inca trail. We read good reviews on line about the Salcantay hike so were excited when we started off. The first day of hiking was fairly easy and the view from the campsite at the foot of Salcantay spectacular. When... More 

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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 November 2016

So much more difficult than I anticipated. The altitude was very challenging for me. However, with the help of a mule I made it up! The views were amazing and our group was great! It was definitely worth doing.

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Spokane, Washington
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36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Great trek, "glamping" with all meal prepared and they set up your tents/pads. They also carry 5 kg worth of gear for you. If you are athletic and can normally run a few km at sea level or bike extensively, you will have no problems. If you have not tried to hike 10-20 km with a day pack prior to... More 

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Perth, Australia
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

We did a slight variation on the Salkantay trek - first and last day were the actual trek but our guide took us on a different route which took us to places where few tourist go. It was probably the hardest thing I have ever done. We went up to about 4900m and the hills were big but it was... More 

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Laichingen Feldstetten, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

A week ago I did the Salkantay 5D/4N. The Trek itself It's a beautiful trek starting from the mountainous area (2900m) over the Salkantay pass (4650m) back down to the cloud forest (1800m) and up to Machu Picchu on the last day (2400m). The first day you will hike around 5 hours and ascend 900m. In the afternoon you have... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Not wanting to arrive in Machu Picchu via bus, we found this alternative, which required training ahead of time to be able to cross the 4500 meter pass of Salkantay without altitude sickness, and required stamina to hike 6 hours a day. It was well worth it, especially since the Mountain Lodges of Peru make sure their guests are welcomed,... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

We did the 5D/4N Salkantay Trek with Alpaca - the views itself were as varied as they were breathtaking - from the first day conquering Abra Salkantay and hiking through the snow, to the latter days experiencing highland jungle and then walking across the original path that Hiram Bingham originally took to discover Machu Picchu, this trek certainly has it... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 October 2016

We wanted to offer our children, aged 9 and 7 a trek that they would remember and this walk certainly provided the challenge yet reasonable safety we were looking for. There are lots of tour companies who arrange this trip and many act largely as middlemen between guides, cooks/arrieros etc. and those who run the campsites. You get what you... More 

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Volta Redonda, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

The trek was the most awesome thing I did in my life. It's not an easy trek, but all the effort you put in the way worth it. It's awesome, really awesome.

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 September 2016

its a tough trek up through the Salkantay mountain and gets very cold thin air but its a great challange and its all worth it when you get to see Machu picchu!!! The views are fantastic all the way and you really get a feel of how it once was when the incas ruled

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