Salkantay trek operators
Salkantay tour operators are different than that of the Inca tour Operators. You do not need to be accredited by the government to run tours in this area. This means many things such as:
Some tour companies that run the classic 5 day Salkantay trek do not have adequate equipment and experience due to the fact they have not had to be accredited or audited by an authority. Please aware and whomever you go with do your research and check reviews
Due to this route and the surrounding areas not being protected by the government, sadly companies have taken this as a go ahead to scar our landscape and build permanent constructions along the route. Pods and glamping cabins might seem like a great choice but they have marked the environment in an irreversible way which brings tourism under a bad light. This comfort attracts many tourists however, that money is not going to a sustainable company who cares about our lands or people.
Finally! A positive to this situation. This routes lack of regulation from the ministry brings about the freedom to complete the Salkantay route DIY style. No guide or tour company is actually required to undertake it. However, we do recommend having some knowledge of the land and a good level of navigation knowledge and fitness alongside the appropriate equipment and clothing.