Salkantay Trek on my Own
Salkantay Trek on my own
The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular routes in Peru, if you want to do it on your own, without guides or tour agencies in this post you will find detailed information on how to prepare and how to do it, we will talk about transportation, food, accommodation, how to buy tickets to Machu Picchu and more.
When you finish reading this post, you will have knowledge of how to do this trek on your own and save a little money and live an extraordinary experience.
Can you do Salkantay without a guide?
Because the Salkantay is a very popular tourist attraction several tourist agencies will ask you to book a tour with them, but you can do the Salkantay Trek on your own following these steps:
The points that we are going to visit are
– Salkantay Pass
– Sahuayaco Beach
– Aguas Calientes
– Machu Picchu
Where to sleep
You can book hotels, AirBnb, or you can sleep in guesthouses or campsites located on the trail. There are also domes, but this belongs to the tourist agencies and it is impossible to book if you don’t buy a tour.
What happens if I can’t get accommodation?
In the villages there are always hotels so there are always accommodations available, including hot showers and comfortable rooms.
Where to eat
Normally in the lodgings they serve food depending on your preferences and the price varies.
Bus from Cusco to Mollepata
You will always need a shuttle to take you to the start of the hike which costs (60 soles per person – 15 dollars).
Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu Citadel
Arriving in Aguas Calientes there is the option to take a bus that will take you to the entrance of Machu Picchu and has a cost of 15 dollars per person, but you can also do the hike that lasts 1 hour and a half.
Bus from Hidroelectrica to Cusco
To return to Cusco you have to walk from Aguas Calientes to Hidroeléctrica and take a bus that leaves at 2:00pm that will bring you to Cusco the cost is (50 soles – 15 dollars).
Itinerary of the trek
Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Challacancha – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake
Day 2: Soraypampa – Abra Salkantay – Chaullay
Day 3: Chaullay – Lucmabamba
Day 4: Lucmabamba – City – Hydroelectric – Waterfalls
From Hidroeléctrica to Aguascalientes
Day 5: Machu Picchu – Machu Picchu Mountain – back to Hidroeléctrica and Cusco
Mountain and citadel of Machu Picchu