Month of May is Salkantay!
This May is all about the incredible Salkantay Trek – the complete mix of trekking, culture and nature! May is the perfect time of year to embark on this awe-inspiring journey to Machu Picchu; with the dry season fully in swing but the busy tourist period still yet to start – there is truly the most desirable atmosphere all around!
And what a wonderful way to make the most of May by embracing our massive last minute Salkantay Trek Promotion with 10% off selected fixed departures! (Fixed Departures: Sunday 7, 14, 21, 28 and Wednesday 24 May. Valid for all new bookings, right up to the day before departure!)
Andean mountain ranges, snow capped peaks, remote villages and farmlands, and never ending views of breath-taking natural beauty are just a few of the treasures you’ll discover along the way on the Salkantay Trek. If you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten path than the famous Inca Trail, and for something a bit more than just Incan ruins and a good workout (although you will certainly find those too), this trek is the one for you!
Starting from Mollepata this extraordinary five-day trek begins; each day with new territory to discover and new experiences to be appreciated. Hiking along the way across the Cordillera Vilacamba, past Mt. Humantay and Mt. Salkantay into the headwaters of the Santa Teresa Valley, the most spectacular cloud forest, ascending to the Pass of Paltallacta, with stunning views of Machu Picchu. Continuing into the Aobamba Valley before arriving in the town of Aguas Calientes and topping off the trek with a visit to Machu Picchu the final morning before heading back to Cusco. This unique Trek reaches its peak by crossing the Saltantay Pass at 4,600m (15,200 ft).
With unbelievable scenery throughout, prepare yourself to hike amid the most spectacular and wide array of different ecosystems and atmospheres complete with a full display of native flora and fauna, remote crops and glaciers. Finishing up in the lowland jungle at the foot of Machu Picchu. A complete Andean experience!
Come Prepared! This 5-day trek through some of the Sacred Valley’s most incredible ecosystems and high altitude areas means taking a variety of useful gear with you. They are: waterproof trekking boots, rain gear, binoculars, flashlight, sunscreen, insect repellent, medicine for altitude sickness, water purification tablets, and a thermal sleeping bag for -10 degrees Celsius. (If trekking with Explorandes, we provide the thermal sleeping bags.)
Take It Easy! We advise to arrive a couple of days early to Cusco, if you have not been in high elevation areas, to allow your body time to acclimatize to the altitude. A handy tip is to eat light and drink lots of coca tea while acclimatizing to avoid symptoms and discomforts that come with altitude sickness.
Drink Up! Water that is – not Pisco Sours! It’s easy to get dehydrated when travelling; the in and out of airports, the dry aeroplane environment and all that extra luggage you’ve been hauling around! When dehydrated at elevation, symptoms can become much worst and when coupled with altitude sickness both can become uncomfortably amplified. Avoid this discomfort easily by chugging down on lots of H2O to ensure you are fully hydrated.
Why not! With our special monthly deal it would be crazy not to make the most of this once in a lifetime experience! With our eco friendly tours, highly trained expert guides, and small and personalized tour groups away from the crowds, the Salkantay Trek will allow you to deeply connect with the surrounding environment, culture and history! Let Explorandes take you on a truly unforgettable experience this May!
For more information about the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, find the full itinerary and details here and reach out to an Explorandes travel specialist with any and all questions you may have.