Peru: Luxury Lodge Trek – Preparation

What you need to know for your Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu!

  1. Briefing
  2. What to Bring
  3. Day Pack
  4. Advice for Travelers
  5. Other Notes

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There will be a briefing with your guide and the rest of the group on the evening before your trek at a centrally located hotel in Cusco. This is a great way to meet the group, make sure you have all the gear you need, and get all the details of the daily itinerary.

You are given a duffel bag to put your belongings and a metal water bottle for the trek. It helps to have an extra luggage tag with your name in big letters on it for the duffel bag.

Special diets can be accommodated, so be sure to let the guides know at the briefing.


  • Plastic bags to put things inside the duffel bag 
  • Bug spray
  • Leggings
  • Hiking boots
  • Hiking poles
  • Gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Buff or bandana for dust/cold
  • Binoculars 
  • Headlamp – no electricity 11pm-5pm
  • Download movies before leaving Cusco
  • Luggage tag with your name in big letters


  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Chapstick
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Candies
  • GoPro batteries
  • Toilet paper and bag
  • Passport
  • Money/credit cards
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Rain cover for pack
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • GoPro
  • Phone/camera
  • Water bottle
  • Camelbak
  • Snacks
  • Thin buff (can be used as headband)
  • Gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Fleece top
  • Down jacket
  • Neck gaiter
  • Vest
  • Bandana for sweat


  • Sunscreen important
  • Long sleeves and pants good to prevent sunburn and bug bites
  • Gap in pants means bug bites
  • Put your name on your hiking poles as they are gathered and other people may have similar poles
  • Luggage tag
  • Snacks – I didn’t really like their snacks
  • Binoculars, but guide has one
  • Bring pack with easy access to water – Camelbak and water pockets
  • Test your shoes on downhills very important
  • Most day packs 18-22 liters
  • Nice to have hip belt with pockets or a Fanny pack
  • In the lodge, Some people wore sandals and some wore slippers
  • Floors slippery
  • Plastic bag
  • Headlamp


Highest point on trek is 15,700 feet, so you need to be fit. Or hire a horse (book in advance).

The Inca Trail is protected, so there are no horses (or poop). Porters must be used to transport gear.

Guide has binoculars
Horses carry extra water

Tip extra — Drivers and 2 mule drivers
1440-1526 Machu Picchu was built
1572 Last Inka killed


Facilities or facili-trees

Justin – case
Houston-we have a problem

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