Asked Questions about Salkantay
Q1: When is the best time to go?
a difficult question to answer as Peru has a huge
variety of weather conditions. We would say travelers
can visit Peru any time of the year !
Dry season runs from May to November and this is
typically the time that is most recommended. However,
this is also the cooler time of year. Nighttime
temperatures can drop to below freezing at the height of
the dry season. June, July and August are the most
popular months to visit so you will tend to encounter
much larger crowds during these months.
In the wet season (December to April), you can expect
showers three to four afternoons a week. For travelers
that don't mind a little drizzle and muddy trails, this
time of year offers smaller crowds and greener hillsides,
with wildflowers and orchids often in bloom. The
shoulder seasons, April to June or September to November
can often provide the best of both worlds. They
typically have fewer crowds and warmer temperatures than
the height of the dry season, but still tend to have
relatively little rain. For more information, check out
our Peru Weather page.
Q2: What enty documents do i need?
citizens need a valid passport and an entry form-tourist
card which is provided by your air carrier either at the
ticket counter when checking in for your flight to Peru
or once on-board. (NOTE: Other nationalities should
check with the nearest Peruvian Consulate to determine
correct entry requirements.)
Q3: Is it safe to travel in Peru?
Definitely. We tend to hear the very worst news from
Latin America. Helpful people and extraordinary culture.
Most crime is opportunistic and not violent buy of
course, it is possible to be in the wrong place at the
wrong time. Care and common sense will nearly always
The Sendero Luminoso is no longer active.
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Q4: How do i get from the airport to the hotel on the
All of our
escorted tours include arrival transfer serivices, a
Castle Travel representative will be waiting for you at
the point of your arrival.
Q5: What type of transportation is used?
escorted tours utilize a variety of transportation
including private vans/ cars, comfortable tourist buses,
flights, canoes, etc. We use a mix of private/ public
transportation to provide travelers with the safest and
most efficient transportation in each area. Occasionally,
we may include non-typical transportation modes (rickshaw,
bicycle taxi, "chicken bus", etc.) for short distances
to give travelers a sense of local flavor.
Q6: Will the altitude affect me?
travelling throughout the Andes in Peru some people will
suffer some effects of altitude sickness. If you plan to
hike the Inca Trail we recommend arriving 2 or 3 days
before the start to acclimatise and rest.
Q7: What is the best thing to do in the event of
possible "go down". But, if you are staying in Cusco,
you may still feel the effects. The best advice is to
sleep, take plenty of fluids and you could also try coca
tea. The porters chew coca leaves wrapped around a black
resin called llipta. When you are actually walking and
active (especially on day two of the trail), this may
help since it dilates the blood vessels and carries
oxygen to the parts of the body that need it.
Q8: Will I get high on coca leaves?
No - sorry!
Although cocaine can be extracted from the leaves, it
requires a long process involving acids and distilling.
Your body simply does not have the capacity to extract
much from the leaves.
Q9: How do i reserve a space for the Salkantay Trek?
Please follow the link below for more details and
reservation form. Please read carefully before
Click Here For Information on how
to book the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
If you prefer, call Castle Travel to verify availability
of the trip you have chosen.
Q10: Do you require a deposit?
require a non-refundable booking deposit of US$225 for
all treks and US$450 for al other tours.
Q11: Is the Salkantay Trek difficult?
the answer to this one: it depends! You reach 4600m on
the second day after climbing for the best part of the
day. Especially if you are within your first five days
at altitude, this may give you headaches and shortness
of breath. Generally however, you start very early and
have a long time to get to the second campsite. But the
key is to keep going and share your coca leaves with the
porters who are carrying around 25kg. And don't forget
that even people who live in Cusco (at 3300m) still get
short of breath.
Q12: What do I need to bring on the trek?
sleeping bag, mattress (we will provide you with this),
rain jacket, strong footwear (walking boots are
recommended as they provide support to the ankle which
reduces the risk of injury especially when trekking in
the wet season (December - March). However it is
important that your boots are comfortable and well worn-in
and not brand new. Many people prefer to trek in tennis
shoes but extra care should be taken. We do not
recommend trekking in sandals.), one complete change of
clothing, sweater, jacket (something warm), water bottle
and sterilizing tablets (Micropur are recommended and
can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco), flashlight
and batteries, broad-brim or peaked cap, sunblock,
insect repellent, toiletries and toilet paper, selection
of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc,
camera and plenty of film. You also have to bring your
original passport with you on the trek.
Q13: When should I request an extra horse?
better to request a horse before you go on the trail
rather than realise halfway through that you’re not
enjoying carrying your pack at this altitude and want
Q14: What do we do for water along the Salkantay Trek?
times we will give you teas, coffees etc to drink.
You'll come across a mountain spring, fountain or small
stream approximately every 1˝ hours along the trail
where you can fill up your water bottle. Take a bottle
of at least 1˝ liter capacity per person. Although the
water looks it is always safer to use sterilizing
tablets or a water filter. The sterilizing tablets can
be bought in most pharmacies in Cusco. With these
tablets you have to wait between 30 and 40 minutes
before drinking. Bottled mineral water can also be taken
from Cusco or bought at Mollepata or Santa Teresa.
Q15: What happens if I arrive at Machu Picchu and then
decide to stay an extra night, can I change my train
It is still possible to make
changes to your return train ticket if you decide to
stay an extra night at Aguas Calientes. You will have to
take your train ticket personally to the train station
in Aguas Calientes and ask them to change the return
date of your ticket. You will probably be asked to pay
an extra US$8 administration fee and changing the ticket
will be subject to availability of spaces the following
day. If you change your ticket for a cheaper service
then you will not be refunded the difference!. More
Q16: What training do you provide for your staff on
teams have been trained in first aid and rescue and are
regularly updated through seminars and courses in their
respective fields. All of our trekking staff receives
regular briefings on how to best comply with the
Salcantay Trek Trail and Machu Picchu Sanctuary
Regulations as well as on environmental awareness.
Our Credo in Sunset
We are great believers in leaving the areas that we
visit in as untouched a condition as is possible. We
encourage everyone who travels with us to respect the
land, the people, and their fellow travelers. This type
of focus leads to amazing experiences and insights that
bring a sense of satisfaction, which is difficult to
create any other way, so be thinking responsibility,
consideration, and FUN!
Q17: What you do to minimise environmental impacts on
the Salkantay Trek?
Environmental Management Policy and Commitment considers
running our operations in a responsible way, according
to the following:
* Selective disposal of garbage (organic & inorganic)
* Garbage withdrawal of Natural Protected Areas
* Use of flush toilets built along the Inca Trail or
different communities and villages. Otherwise, we
provide toilet tents with chemical toilet facilities.
All garbage is disposed of outside the Natural Protected
* Avoid fires – no smoking allowed inside the tents
* Use of bowls for washing purposes to avoid the soap
from being thrown over to the floor or to natural water
* Avoid disturbing animals
* No animal hunting allowed
* Preservation of the flora, no orchid taking allowed
* Walking over the Inca ruins, walls or archaeological
sites is absolutely forbidden