4 Things I did NOT like about the Salkantay Trek Machu Picchu

19 Jan
4 Things I did NOT like about the Salkantay Trek Machu Picchu
Tuesday January 19, 2016 - Posted by to Adventure Travel

4 Things I did NOT like about the Salkantay Trek Machu Picchu

4 Things I did NOT like about the Salkantay Trek Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail to the old Inca Citadel Machu Picchu is by far, one of the most favorite treks of the content. Unfortunately, only 500 people are allowed per day, including guides, cooks, and porters. This means that the popular trek in Peru gets sold out very quickly. If you want to do the Inca Trail in high season, you might have to book it 3 or even 4 months ahead!

Fortunately, there are many other Machu Pichu Hike tours! So don’t worry when the Inca Trail is already sold out. There are many other opportunities to do a Machu Picchu hiking to the famous ruins. This is actually what happened to me and that’s why I booked the Salkantay Trek.

Overall it was a great experience but there were four things that I actually did NOT like so be prepared. Your 5 day Salkantay hike to Machu Picchu will not just be a hike, it is an experience. What can you expect? I’ll tell you:

Salkantay Trek Machu Picchu


Is it cold on the Salkantay Trek?


    1. It is not exactly the Caribbean up at Salkantay. It will be cold! While hiking you won’t suffer much from the temperatures. Your body warms up from all the exercise. Once at the campsite you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say it gets cold. Even though your tents is put up under a plastic shelter, to keep wind and rain out, it won’t get warm. Bring a pair of socks to use for sleeping only. Sleeping in your hiking socks won’t be much appreciated by your tent mates; it gets stinky in there!


Mosquitos on the Salkantay Trek?

  1. Thinking back about all the mosquitos, it is sometimes hard to tell the Salkantay Trek apart from the jungle. On day 3 you will stay in Santa Teresa. You are a lucky person if you make it out of here without mosquito bites. I’ve seen pretty looking people turning into monsters full of lumps. It gets especially bad at the Hot Springs. A 15-second walk from the dressing rooms to the pool left me with some 30 bites. Personally, I don’t really believe in repellent. Covering up with plenty of clothes for me is a better solution.


Salkantay Trek Machu Picchu


Do you need blisters on the Salkantay Trek?

    1. Blisters! You will be walking 5 days, for many hours a day. It would be crazy not to think about blisters. I got some pretty nasty ones, even though my shoes are comfortable and I’ve had them for years. Best is to use sports tape and put them on the critical areas before starting your hike. Usually, it’s the heels and the pinky toes that suffer the most.


How high is the Salkantay Trek?

    1. Running out of breath. The highest point you will reach is at 4,600 meters. If you suffer from altitude sickness in Cusco, know climbing up Salkantay will be hard. Take as many breaks as you need and catch your breath. The better you feel, the more you can enjoy the trip.


Besides all of this suffering, the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is, of course, an amazing trek and it was one of the best experiences I had in Peru! Interested in receiving more information?


Contact Dos Manos Peru here and you will receive our Factsheet Salkantay Trek.
There are daily departures, throughout the year. With the code SLKT the first
five bookings get 5% off!



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