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Salkantay Trek Machu

Cusco, Peru
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The awesome Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most acclaimed hikes and the best alternative trail to get to Machu Picchu and Inca Trail. the Salkantay Trek is named among the 25 best treks in the world, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine
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Salkantay Trek Machu
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Django Lang wrote a review Sept 2021
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This was the second Kandoo trip for two out of the six of us (after Kilimanjaro/ Lemosho) and the experience was on par, even being their first trek in 18 months since MP had closed down. Our guide Jose Luis Laguna Quispe was the most valuable and most appreciated component of our trek via Salkantay as well as our bonus excursion to Ollantaytamba, Chinchero and Sacred Valley (he also took us to shop the most authentic of handcrafted arts). His knowledge and passion for the history and architecture were captivating. Our chef Carmelo pulled out some very impressive soups and dishes for every meal. Jose had these personal friendships with the families who lived everywhere we stopped that made you feel appreciated. The Kandoo crews make sure all you have to do is walk, room for improvement was little to none. Even the hike along the train tracks from Hidroelectrica was shaded and also gorgeous, with a smooth trail surface. Suggestion to Kandoo: 1) have guides pack a lightweight toilet seat for his trekkers. 2) add another night in to camp at Llactapata-- that 4th hike day seems unnecessarily long with a too-early start and not so fun when there is only a view of fog after the morning summit. Jose got us to MP on the first morning bus and felt like a private tour with almost no one else there. Priceless. Afterwards, we spent some time in Lima and Jose had connected us with an excellent private tour operator there. Lima recommendation: The San Francisco Basilica y Convento.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Colin Meyers wrote a review Jul 2019
Fort Worth, Texas1 contribution
My spouse and I did the 5 day hike to Machu Pichu. It was an incredible but challenging adventure. We went over the Salkantay Pass at 15,200 ft, toured a coffee plantation and walked on the Inca trail. The final day was spent at Machu Pechu. Our tour guide Vigner Lozano Ortega was great. He was knowledgeable about the culture, the foliage and the areas we traveled. He was also very helpful and patient with the group. I highly recommend him. Colin Meyers
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Date of experience: August 2018
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runbunnierun wrote a review Jul 2018
Paris, France28 contributions29 helpful votes
The Kandoo Peru team was extraordinary! Sébastien was our trusted guide. He was incredibly knowledable, accommodating, patient, with a great sense of what each of us were physically capable. Rolando, the chef, and Nosario, the sous-chef, produced 5-star worthy meals even under the most difficult conditions (cold, wind, rain). They were an excellent team.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Sarah B wrote a review Jul 2018
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The tour was really amazing. We were a group of ten people, which was great because i like it more then big groups. Our guide Pedro did all the best to make this trip great. He was very helpful, explained a lot and was funny. So we had a great time together in the group. At the end i had some problems to get my Tickets for the entrance to Machu Picchi, so i got a bit worried. Usually the agency responded me quickly on questions. But this time there was somehow a misunderstanding. Pedro helped me out to get the tickets, so this problem could be solved as well. All in all a great experience!
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Hilary T wrote a review May 2018
Beijing, China47 contributions21 helpful votes
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We did the four day Salkantay Trek and we’re in decent shape but did not train in advance. The altitude is real but slow and steady makes the trek doable. The views are stunning and the friends we made along the way made the trip. Standing on top of Machu Picchu after 81km sure felt good! All of the tour agencies in Cusco are untruthful about what is included and what’s not. Everyone on our trek booked through different companies but we were all placed in the same group. Most were told everything was included only to find out you will be charged ten soles every time you turn around. Expect this bring extra cash and laugh it off. One of my favorite things I’ve done in Peru!
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Date of experience: May 2018
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