If you are considering traveling to Salkantay, here are some recommendations you need to know.
The best time to do this Salkantay is in the dry season, between May and October. The most recommended month is May, as everything is still green after the rains. On the other hand, the coldest month is June.
The clothes should be suitable for trekking in a mountainous climate, with heat during the day and very cold at night. Bring three bags to keep clean clothes separate from dirty to keep the clothes. Do not forget the toiletries for four days of trekking, such as towels, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, toilet paper, etc. Bring any medicines for headaches or altitude sickness and bandages for wounds or blisters. Having a flashlight with batteries is essential, especially for the last day, because we will wake up at 4:00 am. If you want to visit some communities, it would be a nice gesture to bring pencils, colors, pens, notebooks, or books that you would like to donate. Get a good camera with a charged battery, sunglasses, a cap, and sunscreen.
Before starting the Salkantay, it is vital to acclimatize, arriving in Cusco 2 or 3 days in advance. The pills for soroche or altitude sickness also help and are used by tourists. Taking enough water to hydrate the body is necessary, especially with a coca mate. It is important to eat light the foods that are easy to digest, such as soups, vegetables, and carbohydrates that do not fry. Sleep as much as you can, and you will feel much better. Keep your body warm, and do not forget to eat before you feel hungry, drink before you feel thirsty, shelter yourself before you feel cold, and rest before you feel exhausted.
You will travel with experienced guides trained to assist you in any situation throughout the journey. Ask all the questions you need to be prepared and have the best trekking experience in Salkantay!