Salkanta Trek Tips.
No matter what time of year, the trail gets cold at night.
- Bring a warm sleeping bag and layer your clothes.
- You will need a good warm sleeping bag.
- Where possible we recommend you bring your own sleeping bag, however adequate ones can be hired locally (for approx US$25) but we can take no responsibility for the standard. If you are planning to hire a bag it is a good idea to bring a silk sleeping bag liner to use inside for added warmth and comfort. A four season (or -10) bag is recommended for the winter months. At other times you will probably be fine in a 3 season (or -4/-5) bag although this depends on how much you feel the cold and is given as a guideline only.
- Roll mats are provided on the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu however for greater comfort and warmth, Thermo rest style mattresses can also be hired in Cusco for US$15.
- If you are travelling in winter and you do not wish to invest in a 4 season bag you may want to consider purchasing a 3 season bag plus a sleeping bag liner and bringing additional clothing.
Whatever you wear on your feet the most important thing is comfort.
- It is vital to ensure your boots are well worn in and lightweight.
- Ankle support and waterproofing is recommended but if you already have something comfortable with good grip on rocks then don’t go rushing out to buy new boots.
- you are better off with your well worn in pair!.Other must.
- brings: sturdy shoes, a flashlight (with fresh batteries), water-purification tablets, high-calorie snacks and a basic first-aid kit. Swimwear for Aguas Calientes hot springs Towels can be hired there for 3 soles. Flipflops / thongs / jandals.
- If you wish to have a shower on the third night.
Altitude sickness is serious and can ruin your trip. The biggest mistake you can make is to fly directly to Cuzco (3326m/10,910ft) and expect to hike the next day.
- Give yourself a few days to adjust to the altitude first.
- Choose your trekking agency carefully.
- Shop around and ask lots of questions: what you’ll have to carry, how many people to a tent, how many porters for the group, if there are arrangements for special diets. It’s worth paying more for a reputable agency that treats its porters well and respects the environment.
- We’ve recommended a tour we like at the end of this article.
- At any time of the year the weather in Machu Picchu can change in an instant.
- Be prepared with a poncho or light raincoat just in-case.
- Make sure you get your passport stamped with the Machu Picchu stamp. There is a small office just past the entrance where you can get this done.
- Only small backpacks of less than 20 kg are allowed into Machu Picchu. There is a storage office just past the main entrance that charges 5 Soles (US$ 2) to hold your things for the day.
- To the left of the entrance of Machu Picchu there is a pharmacy and a doctor’s service available. The service is operated by Clinica’s Pardo and San Jose (from Cusco).
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain is limited to 400 people per day, 200 hundred at 7-8 a.m. and a further 200 from 10-11 a.m. Entrance tickets must be purchased in advance.
- If you have a fear of heights, it is not recommended to hike Huayna Picchu. At the top, the path is very narrow and very steep.