Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N

If you did not manage to reserve the Inca Trail permits on time, the Salkantay trek is for you. Apart from the classic Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the 25 best treks IN THE WORLD. And the trek is currently open all year round to everyone and there are no limitations on spaces and permits.

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu will take you through unique and varying landscapes with the scenery nothing short of breathtaking! From picturesque grassy highlands to flourishing cloud forests, where luxuriant tropical cloudforests meet colossal snowcapped mountains, the Salkantay trek is really authentic. You will be spirited away into a world of phenomenal beauty and abundance of nature, with sacred solitude and hours of amazingly quiet contemplation.

Since the ancient Incan times, Salkantay has been considered as sacred and the protector of the people, crops and their animals. The name Salkantay is a Quechua word meaning «invincible, wild or savage», and it’s the highest peak of the Vilcabamba mountain range, which forms part of the Andes Mountain Range, rising to 6271 meters above sea level (20,574 ft.).

The Salkantay trek is  the perfect journey for your vacations¡ contac us to our 24/7 number +51 989585967 or email us to info@perubylocals.com and join us on this espectacular trek to Machu Picchu.

High lights of the Salkanta trek

SALKANTAY TREK TO MACHU PICCHU – DETAILS

  • Type of tour: Hiking, camping, historical and  train ride, one night hotel
  • Distance covered: 57 km (35.4 miles)
  • Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
  • Lowest elevation: 2400m (7,880 feet)
  • Highest elevation: 4200m (13,776 feet)
  • Level of difficulty: This trek in the scale 1 to 10, being 1 the easiest and 10 the hardest is considered 6 to 8
  • Group size: Our hiking group sizes are very important to guaranty the quality of our service of giving you a perzonalized service thats the reason we run with an average of 7 hikers
  • Could you imagine trying to hike silently along an isolated trail, carefully not disturbing shy wildlife, with 10 or 20 other travelers? Or walking on a remote area to explore the pristine wilderness with dozens of other tourists at your side? We know meaningful nature encounters must be undertaken in small groups. That’s why our trips come with an average of just four travelers, by far the smallest groups in the tourism industry across the country. This not only guarantees you more personal close-up wildlife experience, but a less-impact presence on the earth’s brittle natural places we love
  • Accomodation: Camping, we use 3 season roomy tents for 2 people, if you are a solo traveller let us know so we can accomodate with some one else or we will just bring a private tent only for you at your request. Also includes one night at 3 start hotel in Aguas Calientes town before Machu Picchu visit

Our guides: PERU BY LOCALS was a dream  that came thuth on 2015 for Jose Condor who guided treks from 2014 untill today and have been to Machu Picchu for over  1000 times, he started being a porter on the Inca trail the went to univercity for tourism degree, now Peru by Locals has a groups of top guides around among men and women that had a proffesional degree and get refresh trainning every year these folks had been to USA training with NOLS (National Oudoor Leadership Shool) training about WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER sinze our treks go in the wilderness and your helth is our priority in our trips so, our guides are totaly trained to assist any fo your needs while on you are vacationing, we envest on our guides because we belive they are the main ingredient of any trip.

Peru by Locals is not only a travel company but a group of great leaders that love sharing our culture with you and love being  with travellers.

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Itinerary

Day 0: BRIEFING

At PBL we believe it’s important that all of our clients have the opportunity to ask the last questions about the  Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu  (the itinerary, the challenges, what to bring etc) before we start and this is usually at 6:30pm the day before the trek begings. At a pre-arranged time, your guide will provide a full pre-trek briefing at your Cusco hotel the day before the start of the trek. A Peru by Locals representative will also be available at the briefing to collect any outstanding cash balance for the tour.

Day 1.- Transport to trail head  of (Soraypampa), hike to Humantay lake – camp

We will pick you from your hotel in Cusco at 5:30am and transport you to Soraypampa, the starting point of the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu. Before we arrive to Soraypampa, we will stop at Mollepata town for a short time to buy the last minute supplies such as water or just sit and have a cup of coffee in one of the local restaurants. At about 9:00 am we will arrive to Soraypampa, where we will enjoy our first camping breakfast with our chef with the espectaclur vista of Humantay and Salkantay mountains.

Here we will meet our horses and muleteers, who will carry all the equipment for us, set camps, prepare meals. After enjoying a delicious brekfast, be ready to take a  hike to the incredible  lake Humantay, which takes for about one hour up, then we hike back down to Soraypampa where a delicious lunch will be ready for us. Not that many people get to see this lake because majority of them starts the trek in Mollepata town and trek for 11 miles (18 km) until Soraypampa, but we covert that section by car and have time to enjoy the lake.

After lunch at Soraypampa (3,800 m / 12,467 ft), we trek to Soyroqocha (4,200 m / 13,779 ft). The trek takes about three or four hours along a gentle incline. During the hike you will have breathtaking views of the majestic Salkantay and other snowcapped mountains. Your tents will be ready and waiting as well as Salkantay style happy hour with hot drinks and popcorn and later a delicious dinner. The night especially in winter is amazing because the Milky way is visible, so if you like photography it is a perfect place to do long exposures at night.

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: 5 km (3.1 miles)
Time: 3 to 4 hours
Lowest elevation: 3800m (12,467 feet)
Highest elevation: 4400m (14,435 feet)
Level of difficulty: Moderate

Day 2.- Hike from Soyroqocha to Colpapampa

You will wake up with a nice cup of coca tea to a stunning view of the gleaming snowcovered Salkantay mountain. After a nutritious breakfast, we will start our trek towards the Salkantay Pass (4,600 m / 15,091 ft), which takes 45 minutes. After spectacular views and picture of the peaks of Mount Salkantay and Mount Umantay, we will hike down to Huayraqmachay, where we will have lunch and a 30 minutes nap. This day you will have a chance to see condors if you are lucky. In the afternoon we hike down to Qollpapampa (3,100 m / 10,170 ft) where we will camp for the night. On the way the scenery will change from golden grasslands to cloud forests.

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: 16km (9.9 miles)
Time: 8 to 9 hours
Lowest elevation: 3100m (10,170 feet)
Highest elevation: 4600m (15,091 feet)
Level of difficulty: Demanding

Day 3.- Hike from Colpapampa to Sawayaco and coffee tasting tour

Day 3 is the easiest day and begins with a hike through the tranquil cloud forest. We will hike for about five hours following the Lluskamayo river bank, with the prospect of seeing orchids, birds, and a magnificent waterfall along the way. The hike ends at La Playa town (2,050 m / 6,725 ft) where we will have lunch and stay overnight. After you relax, we will go for the coffee tour, where we will meet Fredy – the owner of the camp as well as the coffee plantation. You will be able to pick up your own coffee beans, roast them and make your own coffee, plus Fredy will teach us many local traditions they have here. Also you will be able to buy roasted coffee beans from Fredy as a souvenir for friends.

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: 13km (8 miles)
Time: 5 to 6 hours
Lowest elevation: 2050m (6,725 feet)
Highest elevation: 3100m (1926 feet)
Level of difficulty: Moderate

Day 4.- Hike the Inca trail to Hidroelectric and the Aguas Calientes town

After an early breakfast, we start our three hour hike ascending towards the Llaqtapata Inca ruins. This section of the trail is part of the Inca trail that once in the past used to connect Machu Picchu with Vilcabamba, known as the last Inca city. Once you are at Llaqtapata, you will have a glimpse of the most spectacular ancient city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Your guide will introduce you to the history and culture of the Incas. After the history lessons we will descend for about three hours down to the hydroelectric power station, where we will start the hike again towards Aguas Calientes town. It will be a long but beautiful day. You will arrive to Aguas Calientes town by 5 pm and stay in a hotel overnight.

QUICK FACTS:
Distance covered: 23km (14 miles)
Time: 9 to 11 hours
Lowest elevation: 1800m (5,905 feet)
Highest elevation: 3100m (10,170 feet)
Level of difficulty: Moderate to demanding

Day 5.- Early bus to Machu Picchu and train back to Cusco

This is the day you may want to take one of the first buses at 5:30 am and take 30 minute drive to Machu Picchu. Make sure to either have breakfast at 5am or pack one, so that you arrive to Machu Picchu in time to witness a magnificent sunrise. You will then have two and a half hours guided tour of the most important sites in the Machu Picchu, after which you will have time to explore at your leisure. After spending the day in Machu Picchu, a bus will take you back to Aguas Calientes town for your lunch. From there you will take the train (expedition) to Cusco, where one of the representatives from PERU by LOCALS  will be waiting for you to drive you to your hotel in Cusco.

Inclusions & exclusions

Inclusions on the Salkantay Trek Machu Picchu

  • Transport to and from your hotel in Cusco
  • Meals (4B, 4L, 4D) Our meals are based in fresh vegetables, meat, fruit, grains  the reason we always bring a chef plus asistant chef
  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu (does not include Huayna Picchu)
  • Horses to carry all the equipment (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • Chef
  • Boiled drinking water, there are not places to refill botles so you will need to bring cantinces, camel back so our chef can refill it when you need it.
  • Trekking guide, knowledgeable in history, tradition, fauna and flora and the most important they have certification in first aids in mountains
  • First Aid Kit, carried by your guide
  • Equipment (sleeping tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table, chairs, air mattresses)
  • Duffle bag if needed
  • You have access to 17 pounds (8 kg) bag for the horse where you can put your personal belongins for camp, sleeping cloths, sleeping bag, set
  • Round-trip bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town
  • Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
  • One night at 3 start hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes town
  • Snack. We will have hiking snacks available every moorning to pack

Exclusions on the Salkantay Trek Machu Picchu

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us for $ 20)
  • Lunch on the day five at Aguas Calientes after Machu Picchu tour, this is becuease you may want to stay in Machu Picchu longer after the tour and catch a bus whenever you are ready so you can enjoy lunch at any place in town. Also the town is super small, there is not any car running around so is always good to explore the town little bit.
  • Tips for muleteers and guides ( we recomend about 15% of the total, more information will be given during the briefing time especially about distribution)

Additional options

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – Additional options

Huayna Picchu Huayna Picchu tickets must be booked in advance since permits are limited to 400 per day. We can purshase that permit for you if you notify us in advance and when the permits are still available. USD 70

Prices with Hotels

Flowers house 3* Casa andina 3* Sumaq hotel 4 * Pueblo hotel 5 *
$ 680 $ 760 $ 1030 $ 1380

Note:

Students: discount of $20, but you have to supply us with a copy of your ISIC card when booking the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with us.

Children up to 15 years of age will be considered as students, under the condition that you supply us with a copy of the passport at the booking time.

WHAT TO BRING

WHAT TO BRING ON THE TREK?

Original passport.

Please, remember to bring your original passport and that should be current one, if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both the one you use for booking your trip and the new one, the information you provided us in time of your booking have to match with your tickets in the Inca trail, the reason we ask you for your personal information when you book the trip.

Down sleeping bag. You should considere bringing slepeing bag rated at least to – 4°F, if you don’t have one you can rent one form us fro USD 20 (ther are washed after each use)

Trekking boots, they should be breaking down if you have acquired new once make sure to break them down before you come, they should be confortable for your feet and if they have ankle support that is even better.

Down warm fleece, jacket, has to be warm enough for the nights and the jacket if is a win breaker or rain jacket is good.

Few t-shirts, hiking, you will sweat you may considerer to bring at least 3 or 4 of them, one for the hike, one the night and one clean for Machu Picchu

 Socks,  Bring at least 3 pairs

Sun hat,  some days can be hot and suny, we recommend you to bring a sun hat  that can keep the sun off your face.

Cloths for sleeping, warm long underwear and you can use your fleece to sleep with, you may consider bringing gloves especially for the camp sites.

Light long pants, trekking pants are the best those that you can sip off the legs, plus they dry fast.

Sunscreen SPF 35+ recommended

Head lamp, All the camps are dark so you will need to bring your head lights for organizing your staff in your tent or going to the bathroom at night.

Sunglasses

Camera with spare batteries (batteries run down faster at high altitudes

Book to read. you will have some spare time at every camp to read your favorite book or those that are about Machu Picchu that may make you journey more interesting (the following books are recommended by us:  Last Days of the Incasby Kim MacQuarrie,Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Timeby Mark Adams,

Trekking poles. They are very recomended for up hill and hills according to experts they can take up to 30% of your body weight

Bug repellent, there are mosquitos all around the year make sure you pack your bug spray.

Toiletries – toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel

Sunscreen – SPF 35+ recommended

Set of cloths. you should considere bringing set of clean cloth for Machu Picchu, after the night at teh hotel

Are you ready to book? email us to info@perubylocals.com or sen us a Whatsapp message to +51 989585967

Frequently asked questions

What is the terrain like? How challenging is it?

The trek is rated as challenging and covers approximately 57 km / 35.4 miles on uneven, rocky terrain with steep uphill and downhill sections. Day 1 is probbaly the most challenging for most of people because of the uphill and elevation.

How long before should I book the Salkantay trek?

  • The Salkantay trek does not require a permit  so we take bookings all around the year and you can book with ultill 2 weeks before your trip to Machu Picchu. Even the trail does not require a permit the trail ends in Machu Picchu where you need a permit so, we will confirm the availability for Machu Picchu permit at your request time. Peru by Locals still needs to put everything together such as arrange guides, horses, Machu Picchu tickets, train tickets, hotel, etc.

What is the weather like on the Salkantay trek during the year?

Weather in the region is extremely variable and you should pack for a variety of conditions. In addition, our trek passes through ten bio-zones ranging from high altitude alpine conditions to high jungle. During a sunny day you can expect temperatures of about 18–25°C (65–77°F), however on the second day the weather is very unpredictable and temperatures can drop to 6°C (42°F) during the day at the pass (but you won’t  spend a lot of time up there).

The Machu Picchu area has a humid climate and tends to be warmer, since it is located at a lower altitude and near to the Amazon Jungle. The average temperatures at Machu Picchu are between 23°C to 25°C (73°F and 77°F), with the minimum temperature around 18°C (64°F). The Cusco area has only 2 well-defined seasons: wet season and dry season. The wet season starts in November and ends in March. During this period, it rains almost every day for three or four hours, but also there are several sunny days. The dry season begins around March and lasts until October. June and July are the coldest months. Paradoxically at noon the temperatures can reach 23 °C (77°F), the annual highest temperature.

What do horses carry? 

You only carry a day-pack with everything you may need for a day´s hike (water bottle, rain gear, cameras, snacks). The horses carry your extra bag or duffle bag and  You will have access to them  upon arrival at the next stop. You will be allowed to put up to 8 Kilos / 17 pounds that may include sleeping bag 1.5 Kilos / 3.3 pounds, sleeping pad kilo /2 pounds, extra cloths for the night such as long warm underwear, warm fleece and others.  If you don’t have any extra bag where you put extra stuff for the porter we will provide you with a duffle bag and you can return it back at the end of your trek in Cusco.

What happens if I get injured or get sick in the middle of the trek?

In cases of emergencies or medical problems, we follow a detailed medical protocol. All our guides have a “wilderness first aid certification”, and carry a full first aid kit, portable oxygen, and radios with them at all times. In case a special medical attention is needed (the worst situations would be like breaking a leg for example),  , the nearest medical centers, are at  Mollepata, Santa teresa and Aguas Calientes town, depending of  how far away on trek you are.

In case you get sick, for example if you get  altitude sickness that can not allow you to continue, you may need  to return with one of our stuft to the beginning of trek and get the train to Machu Picchu where you can meet us for the tour so you don’t miss all the experience.

What is the electrical situation?

There is not electricity while you are on the trek  – but from the 3rd camp onwards you will have access to electricity so, considere bringing recharger for using your phone or camera . And all the camps are dark so you will need to bring your head lights for organizing your stuff  in your tent or going to the bathroom at night.

What I am going to eat on the trek?

Our meals are based on organic food, and we pack from the beginning fresh vegetables.

Your lunch would be based on a Quinua, pasta, vegetables soup and main course usually in a small version of buffet including rise, potatoes, white or red meat and, salad such as avocado.

Dinner is usually similar but comes with dessert.

Breakfast is based on eggs, omelette, pancakes, bread, cerials, oat meal and drinks. You will be very well fed and may just want to pack very little snacks with you because we will even give you snacks such a fruit and a cookie for the way.

Note: We have options for vegetarians or vegans too, – in time of your booking advise us so we know what to make for you on the trek.

Should I tip to the porters and guides? If I do, how much I should I tip?

Our porters and guides are paid fairly according to Peruvian labor laws – that is why ,  we don’t force our clients to tip the crew. However, most of our clients want to give them an appreciation for the work they do and the service they receive so, if you feel like giving them an appreciation or tip them, feel free to do it at the end of their work. If thats the case we recomend to tip with 15% of the total cost.

How many days should I stay in Cusco before the trek to adjust to the altitude?

The main cause of altitude sickness is going too high too quickly. Given enough time, your body will adapt to the decrease of oxygen. This process is known as acclimatization and generally takes one to three days at any given altitude., Cusco is at an elevation of 3,400 meters / 11,154 feet, so spending at least 2 days before any trek will help you a lot.

You may also consider taking altitude pills.

We often recommend to our clients DIAMOX or  Acetazolamide, which are used to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness. This medication can decrease headache, tiredness, nauseadizziness, and shortness of breath that can occur when you climb quickly to high altitudes (generally above 10,000 feet/3,048 meters). It is particularly useful in situations when you cannot make a slow ascent. The best ways to prevent altitude sickness are climbing slowly, stopping for 24 hours during the climb to allow the body to adjust to the new height, and taking it easy the first 1 to 2 days. (Regarding any specific medications, Please, check  about side effects, precautions, interactions or overdose or ask for an advise to your doctor).

Do I need to bring money on the trek?

You should consider bringing money, as you may want to buy bottled water, snacks, Gatorade, beer? etc. from locals that live along the way, especially on day one, as well as if you are thinking to give an appreciations or tips for the porters and guides too.

The last lunch at Aguas Calientes is not included, so you will need money for that as well. We recommend you to bring soles rather than dollars; there are banks and exchange offices in Cusco where you can change any type of currency.

Do I need to carry  my own medicine or first aid?

Your guide will have a first aid kit all the time while you are on the trek, which includes some pain killers, bandages, small bandages to prevent blisters, oxygen tank, pills for case of diarrheas and similar.  At any time of the trek please feel free to ask for anything you may need , however, if you need any special medication or you have a special medical condition, please, contact your doctor to get the best advices prior to the trek.

Can I rent sleeping bag from you?  What type should I bring?

We rent sleeping bags that are especially designed for cold temperatures in the treks and we offer sleeping bags for up to 5 ºF  = -15 Cº, In time you are booking your trek with us you should request the sleeping bag and have it for the trek for USD 20.

If you have one, make sure they are down and for temperatures up to 5 ºF  = -15 Cº,  or, even better,  made for colder temperatures  than that – , you don’t want to be cold.

How big my group is going to be?

We are specialized in both small and big  groups, but we like small groups because that way our clients get personalized service especially when you encounter lots of thing on treks, such as Incan sites, flowers, flora and fauna – your guide spends lots of time with you so you can learn more about our culture and history.

We limit the size of our groups on treks to up to 8 people.

Of course, in case any situation requires to take more than 8 people in a group, that is not any problem for us at all, – for example, a group of friends or family that is more than 8, we are happy to have them in a single group.

Will I get to see the sun rise from  Machu Picchu? 

You have the chance to watch the sun rise fromMachu Picchu sinze we will be catching one of the firts buses from the town. It is for sure a perfect place to enjoy the Sun rising over the mountains.

How do I get water on the trek?

In the Salkantay trail you will be provided with boiled drinking water from day 1 to the end of your trek., However, make sure you will get enough water for the first day, (you can also purchase it on the way to the beginning of your trek). People usually drink about one and half litre of water per day, some  even more so, you need to bring water bottles for the first day to refill them. We recommend you to bring Nalgene water bottles or camel bags so that way we can make less garbage., yYou will encounter locals selling bottled water along the way but not everybody is responsible, many people litter and that is sad. We need to take care of our home and nature – that is  why we recommend you refilling your bottles when you can and thank you for being part of our green home.

Is there any age limit?

In the Inca trail there is not a minimum age or limit ,- any person who is prepared for trekking can do it., Inca trail is a challenging trek so, there is a requirement  of being fit., tThat is why everybody that is thinking to trek Inca trail should have a certain level of fitness -, you don’t want to give up in the middle of trek, as Inca trail is not like walking in the park but is also not impossible.

Can I enter Machu Picchu with my backpack?

You are allowed to take into Machu Picchu backpacks up to 20 liters  ,  a bigger bag or duffle bag they can be left at the hotel and picked up for the train ride.

What time do I get back to Cusco the last day?

You will be back in Cusco around 5pm after the trek, If for any reason you have to be back in Cusco earlier than that, please  advise us  at the time of your booking or at least over one month before your trek begins, as we have to buy you the train ticket for exactly specified trains.

Will I have any extra time in Machu Picchu after the tour with my guide?

You will be finishing the tour in Machu Picchu by 10 am and then your guide will leave you in Machu Picchu on your own so, you can enjoy it at your leisure and take a bus down to Aguas Calientes anytime  you feel ready to leave Machu Picchu. At Aguas Calientes you can meet everybody from the group then for lunch before your train leaves.

Should I have to book Wayna Picchu mountain in advance?

The Wayna Picchu mountain has a limit of permits up to 400 per day  which is divided into two groups -, the first group from 7am to 8am and the second one from 10am to 11am., We really recommend you to book it in advance, especially for the dry season or high season that runs from April to August,. Consider booking it 2 or 3 months in advance and email us for the availabilities.

What is the toilet situation on the Salkantay trek like? Should I bring my toilet paper?

We will provide you a portable private toilet in every camp site that will be cleaned by our staff after being used. Also, some spots have  public  toilets so, you can use any of them as well.

In case regarding the toilet paper, you will need to bring your own with you., We recommend  one role for each two people, but in case for any reason you will need extra, your cook will have extra roles for you., Please don’t hesitate to ask for it as  they are always prepared for any emergency.

Do I need walking poles?

Walking poles are recommended for everybody, they will help you a lot in down  and uphill,. Our expert guides say that they can take up to 30% off the weight of your body and pair  of them  is recommended per person.

If you don’t have any but you want to have them on your treks, you can rent them from us as well – a pair  costs US$ 15 for the four days.

How big my day backpack should be?

Thirty litre backpack will be big enough to carry your belongings such as water, rain gear and extra cloths, since we will provide you a personal porter who will carry up to 13Lbs  of other equipment.

If you already have any  backpack between 20 an 40  litres, they will be good too.

How big the sleeping tents are? How many people can sleep in?

Our tents are for 4 seasons and each one is designed for 3 people, but we use it for 2 (2.30 cm length/ 0.90 inch), width 1.70cm/0.70 inch).

Please, email us if you are a solo traveller, about if you want to share a tent or you want have your own tent to sleep in.

Is there any place to wash myself? Are there showers?

The Inca trail has cold free showers in the second and third campsite so, if you don’t care taking cold showers, you feel free to shower. Every day in the morning you will a get small  bucket of warm water in your tent that you can use for washing hands, face or whatever you need. We also recommend you to bring baby wet  wipes that you can use for washing yourselves. But the last night you will ahve an acces to hot shower at your hotel.

Is there phone signal on trek?

There is a signal on day one until noon and on day three in the afternoon, but day four you will get a full signal in case you need to be in touch with somebody.

Can I pay the rest of the balance in credit card or does it have to be in cash?

We take the balance of the payment in cash, so you won’t need to pay extra fees,.Of course you can use PAY PAL, or CREDIT CARD, but you will need to pay the fees that are usually over 6%.

In the day of your briefing when your guide will meet you, one of the representatives will meet you too to collect the rest of the balance for your trek.

What are coca leafs? Can I chew on them? Do they help with the altitude?

Coca (Erythroxylum coca) is a plant in the family Erythroxylaceae, native to western South America. The plant plays a significant role in traditional Andean culture. Coca is best known throughout the world because of its alkaloids, methylecgonine cinnamate, benzoylecgonine, truxilline, hydroxytropacocaine, tropacocaine, ecgonine, cuscohygrine, dihydrocuscohygrine, nicotine, cocaine, and hygrine. Many of the alkaloids contained in the leaf provide physiological effects useful for medicinal purposes. When chewed, coca acts as a mild stimulant and suppresses hunger, thirst, pain, and fatigue. Coca also eases sickness due to high altitudes. So, we really recommend you to get some for your trek and it is easy to find to buy in any stores in Cusco or along the way to the head point of the Inca trail. Your guide will teach how to chew on them.

Nutritional faqs.

100 grammes of coca leaf Organic acids: 3.2mg; Carbohydrates: 46.2g; Fibre: 14.2g; Fat: 3.3g; Moisture: 7.2g

Other Vitamins:   A: UI 14,000; Alpha carotene: 2.65mg; B1 (thiamine): 0.68mg; B6 (pyridoxine): 0.58mg; Beta carotene: 20mg; C (ascorbic acid): 53mg; H (biotin): 0.54mg; Nicotinic acid: 5mg.

Trace elements:   Aluminium: 49mg; Barium: 17mg; Boron: 24mg; Calcium: 1540mg; Copper: 1.1mg; Chromium: 0.23mg; Strontium: 204mg; Iron: 45.8mg; Phosphate: 911.8mg; Magnesium: 0.37mg; Manganese: 0.5mg; Potassium: 1.9mg; Sodium: 1110mg; Zinc: 3.8mg

Can I smoke on the trail?

If you are a smoker, you should still bring your cigarettes on the trek, but maybe try to smoke less, some people believe to trek is hard if you smoke, but your body is used to it so, it may be even worse for you. Also you are not allowed to smoke in the Inca trail but they mean along the way. You can smoke in the lunch spots and campsites.

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In order for us to reserve your spot on this trek, you are required to send us the following information: full names, passport number, age, gender, nationality and make the relevant deposit of US$200 per person using PAY PAL as indicated below:

When you have sent us the information of each person, made your deposit using PAYPAL and once we have both, we will confirm your tour. Thank you so much for choosing PERU by LOCALS.

If you have any questions, send us an e-mail to: info@perubylocalstravel.com or send us a whatsapp messahe to +51 989585967

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