Peru, Machu Picchu, Salkantay Trekking
I am Kasia, a 28 year old backpacker form Poland. I have a gap year at work as a tax advisor. I am traveling around the US right now, and will be in Peru at the end of December.
After spending the New Year’s Eve in Cusco, I want to do a few day hike to Machu Picchu.
As I really like to hike a lot and I am looking for a budget options, I though about doing the Salcantay / Salkantay trail (5 days, quite high elevations, good stamina required) independently. It’s as beautiful as Inca Trail but does not have to be done with a guide.
I did a research online and it looks that many backpackers do it – it’s relatively easy to navigate (and I have a GPS), but requires good stamina and some hiking experience. There are detailed descriptions online if you want to check it.
Doing this trail with an agency costs around $ 235. Independently, it could be done 80-100$ cheaper = around 150$.
It requires some planning, but information is easily accessible and I’ve already done some research.
I would like to start the trekking around 3-7 January from Cusco.
I am looking for hiking companions. A group of 3-6 people would be great. We will have more fun and we could split the costs of transport and so on.
Please let me know if you are interested to join!