Anybody done the 7 day salkantay hike to machu picchu. can you find licensed guides who are happy to just be paid to take you on the trek and get you into machu picchu.
All the operators have for solo trekkers full on $900 package deals which is friggen ridiculous.
Im travelling with my own camp gear, I am an experienced hiker who can carry my own eight around ok (may have a bit more trouble in high altitude).
You also have to book in advance which is bloody ridiculous if your back packing the hole continent. Last thing you want to do is drop everything, especially a hot babe from Brazil to get to Cuzco by a certain date.
Im thinking about bypassing the hole valley if you have to book it like this.
Anybody shed some light.
We did a five day Salkantay trek last May, but it was with an organised tour group. We used United Mice and were impressed with them. I think we paid about $250 which seemed pretty reasonable for what you got. Single people were in our group.
We did see people who seemed to be doing the trek on their own but I don't know if they had permission or not.
Salkantay trek was one of the highlights of SA for me, so I wouldn't skip it.
Hope this helps
When I was there, no permission was required for Salkantay. Just take your garbage with you
It's certainly doable if you speak some spanish, and if you don't mind carrying a heavy pack (mind you, it's a steep climb at times). Alternatively, you could form a group of your own, and find a guide/porter/cook in the starting village (of which I forgot the name...). That's the best balance between comfort and price, I think; I met two guys carrying their own stuff, and it seemed quite a heavy load.
There are 2 Salkantay Treks. The official one, that it is what our fellow mate was asking about. It takes 7 to 8 days, starts at Mollepata and joins later at Wayllabamba the Classic 4 days Inca trail.
You need an official guide and an entrance ticket, which has to be booked and paid in advance (for the high season, Jun-Sept, 60 to 90 days in advance).
The other one is the Mollepata - Salkantay - Santa Teresa Trek. You don't need an official guide, neither an entrance ticket to do this hike. Nonetheless, I advice you to hire a local guide and mules to carry your backpack. The trail reaches and altitude of 15,000 ft (4.600 meters).
It seems that the second trail will fit you rather than the first one. The sceneries are stunning in both trails.
Ivan from Peru