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Last update: September 24, 2018

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the trek

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What is the Salcantay Trail?

The Salcantay Trail connects the city of Cuzco to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. The beginning of this 5-day walk starts at the village of Mollepata, a few miles from Cuzco, and it is only a one way road from Cuzco to Machu Picchu. The return is always motorized by train.

Who will do the Trek with me?

We offer two kinds of Treks: in private or in group. In private, only your friends and our staff are part of the Trek. Even though some people prefer this kind of trek, it is the most expensive. But most people choose a Trek in group, because they want to or because of their budget, which means that you do the Trek with other trekkers. Since it is impossible to know in advance (and for confidentiality reasons) who will be part of your group, it is impossible to answer this question precisely. In fact, we can say that it is a small group of trekkers with guides, carrier horses and horse handlers. Notice that whenever it is possible (tourists without a fixed departure date, etc) we try to group in a same trek people of the same nationality and age.

What are the departure dates?

It wouldn't be nice or safe to do this Trek during the rainy season (see the weather page). That is why we only offer it when weather conditions are favorable. These conditions may vary from one year to another and there are departures only during these periods (see table below), which is generally from April to September. During these periods we have departures every day of the week, holidays included.

2018from April 01 to November 30
2019from April 01 to November 30
I have heard about a "local" train, can I take it?

Yes, there is a "local" train between Cuzco and Aguas Calientes but the government has decided that it is only for Peruvian residents and they have to show a Peruvian ID. Tourists cannot take it.

Can I make the Trek by myself?

It is not recommended. The Salcantay trail is accessible to trekkers accompanied by expert authorized guides, who know very well the path.

What to do with my luggage during the Trek?

Most of the places where you might stay (hotel, hostal) offer to guard your luggage for free during the Trek. But we can also gladly do it; just bring your luggage to our Agency the day before the Trek.

Do you practice an ethical commerce?

The purpose of ethical commerce is, let's remember, that a commercial activity should respect social conditions (rights, guarantees for employees, decent salaries, etc) and environmental conditions (respect and protection of the environment, of sites, of fauna and flora). Since this is a very important goal, we are proud to claim that we respect our employees in general and our porters in particular (because they are numerous and they certainly do the most difficult job). We work with the same porters since the beginning, which is a guarantee for them, for us and for our customers. We don't choose porters depending on their availability (many of them are independent) because we have ours. Their salary is higher than the local and national average salary and it includes (which is sadly rare in Peru) a life insurance and a health insurance. Any misconduct or abuse from our company can (and must) be denounced to Peruvian authorities. At the end of the Trek we give trekkers a form to fill. Regarding the respect of the environment, we can mention for example that for the Trek we carry different garbage bags and we classify organic and inorganic waste, we carry portable chemical toilets, we carry all waste for 4 days in order to throw it away after the Trek, etc. To conclude, the answer is yes, not because we need to do it, but because of our own conviction and ethics.

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