If you are thinking of traveling to Salkantay here are some recommendations that you need to know.
When would you travel to Salkantay?
The best time to do the tour is in the dry season, that is, 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.
What to take to the Inca Trail Salkantay?
First, a handbag, in addition to the one that will carry the horse, as well as a sleeping bag of -5 degrees at least. The clothes should be suitable for trekking in a mountainous climate, with heat during the day and very cold at night. To keep the clothes, bring 3 bags to keep clean clothes separate from dirty. Do not forget the toiletries for 4 days of trekking, such as towel, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, toilet paper, etc. Bring any medicines you need, for headache or altitude sickness, as well as bandages for wounds or blisters. It is important to have a flashlight with batteries, 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. Be sure to bring a good camera with the charged battery as well as sunglasses, a cap and sunscreen.
How to avoid altitude sickness?
It is important to acclimatize before starting the trek, arriving in Cusco 2 or 3 days in advance. The pills for soroche or altitude sickness also help and are very used by tourists. It is necessary to take enough water to hydrate the body, especially with mate of coca. It is important to eat light, ie foods that are easy to digest, such as soups, vegetables and carbohydrates that are not fried. 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.
Throughout the journey you will travel with experienced guides and trained to assist you in any situation. Ask all the questions you need to ask to be prepared and have the best trekking experience in Salkantay!