Salkantay trek in December

Things To Know

Trekking the Salkantay Trail in December can be an adventure filled with beautiful landscapes and quieter trails, as it falls within the transition from the dry season to the rainy season in the Cusco region of Peru. Here are some key considerations for the Salkantay Trek in December:

salkantay trek in december


December marks the beginning of the rainy season in the region. While there can be occasional rainfall, it’s not as wet as the peak of the rainy season (January to March). Expect a mix of sunny and rainy days, with cooler nights.

Scenic Beauty

The landscape along the Salkantay Trek in December is still lush and green from the previous months’ rainfall. The mountains, valleys, and forests offer stunning views and photo opportunities.


December is considered part of the shoulder season for trekking in the region. It’s less crowded compared to the peak months (June to August) and even quieter than November, providing a more serene trekking experience.


Proper acclimatization is crucial, as the Salkantay Trek reaches high altitudes. Spend a few days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley before the trek to acclimatize and reduce the risk of altitude-related symptoms.

Trail Conditions

With the transition into the rainy season, you may encounter some muddy and challenging trail conditions in December. Good footwear and trekking gear are essential for a comfortable journey.

Trail Availability

The Salkantay Trek is typically open and accessible in December. It’s less crowded, so you may have more flexibility in booking your trek.

Machu Picchu

The Salkantay Trek concludes with a visit to Machu Picchu. In December, you can explore this iconic site with fewer tourists, offering a more intimate experience.

Book with an authorized local agency

If you plan to hike the Salkantay trail in December, it is advisable to book with an authorized local agency. Tour agencies help ensure your safety and provide the necessary support.

In summary, December can be an excellent time for the Salkantay Trek, offering a balance between beautiful scenery, fewer crowds, and milder weather compared to the peak rainy season. Proper preparation and a guided tour can help you make the most of this memorable journey through the Andes. Be prepared for potential muddy trail conditions due to the transition into the rainy season.

Salkantay in the coming months

Trek through breathtaking landscapes on the Salkantay Trek 4 days, a challenging and rewarding alternative to the classic Inca Trail. Discover the beauty of the Andes, including towering mountains, lush jungles, and remote villages, as you journey to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. Join us for an unforgettable adventure!

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