Taking the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a dream come true for most people! However, the dream can quickly turn into a nightmare if you’re not properly prepared. Follow these five helpful tips for the Salkantay Trek to make your Peru adventure as amazing as possible.


  1. Stay warm. The warm sunshine of Peru can be deceiving. As beautiful and humid as it seems on the ground, the trail through the mountains can be very cold! Make sure you’re properly prepared with warm clothing and a temperature-resistant sleeping bag.
  2. Choose shoes with good ankle support. It’s all about the shoes. Before you go on your hiking trip to Machu Picchu, you need to ensure that you have suitable shoes. This means good ankle support, no uncomfortable rubbing, and a proper fit. Also, don’t bring brand new shoes. Make sure to break them in a bit first.
  3. Bring mosquito repellant. Getting eaten alive by bugs is not fun. You are the perfect dinner to a swarm of mosquitos, and biting flies like to make a feast of travelers. To avoid going home covered in welts, bring enough repellent to last the entire trip.
  4.  Train before you go. The best way to prepare for a long hike is to hike a lot at home. Get in shape so you won’t feel like you’re dying the whole way up! After all, this is an adventure to be enjoyed.