Way to Machu Picchu
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jan 22, 2013 1:42 PM Last Post By: Inglorious
Jan 22, 2013 12:05 PM
Way to Machu PicchuHi all,
I am planning to go to Machu Picchu in March, and wonder which way to go there.
I know there is famous Inca Trail, but also many alternative like Salkantay.
May I know what is the different between them, and which one you will recommend.
Since I am going in March, I afraid the weather is too bad that it does not worth for the trail.
Also, should I book well in advance if I do the alternative trail?
I have read several posts that you may shop around in Cucso.
It will be really nice if you can reommend any tour operator as well.
Jan 22, 2013 1:03 PM
1The Inca Trail is more about history. The Salkantay Trail more about nature. You can book the Inca Trail for a few days later once you are in Cusco. For the Inca trail you better book a couple of months in advance. You may already be too late for March.
Jan 22, 2013 1:07 PM
2Sorry, I meant that you can book the Salkantay trail and other alternative trails for a few days later once you are in Cusco. For the Inca Trail one better books a couple of months in advance.
Jan 22, 2013 1:24 PM
3You can book Salkantay wqhen you arrive in Cuzco, while Inca trail has to be booked months in advance.
For salkantay you'll pay less than a half of what you'd pay for Inca trail.
Inca trail is more touristy, often crowded at camp sites. The reason is probably that Inca trail is more popular thanks to its easy name and easier trekking. Salkantay is twice that long and goes to higher altitude. The trek is more streneous and require more physical fitness.
Jan 22, 2013 1:42 PM
4This year Inca Trail sales are much lower than they have been previously - March is still showing good availability for almost every date whereas in previous years it has sold out a few days after permits were made available.
I'd still book my Inca Trail in advance if I were you as there is no guarantee that permits won't sell out, however you may be lucky and be able to book something in Cusco. Inca Trail groups get closed 3 days before they depart (a regulation from the Inca Trail authorities) so you still need to book a short way in advance even if permits are available.
Most people recommend the Inca Trail for the archeological sites along the way and walking in to Machu Picchu on your final day. Salkantay is a really nice trek with good scenery and is much quieter, it is longer but I didn't find it anywhere near as hard as it is made out to be.
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