SALKANTAY TREK alternative inca trail to Machu Picchu

salkantay trek alternative inca trail

The Salkantay Trek is a great alternative to the Inca Trail Trek. Going this route, you’ll be able to visit some of the most beautiful places in the Andean jungle and see the snow covered Salkantay Mountain (6372 m). You will have the opportunity to see beautiful landscapes with a variety of endemic flora and fauna and stop by part of the Inca trail, Llactapata, which is an enclosure built on the mountain facing Machu Picchu.

Let’s go on the Salkantay trek to Machupicchu, the most popular destination in South America! It displays a combination of unique culture, proudly preserved by the Peruvian people, mind boggling adventure, and remarkable natural beauty. Machu Picchu is set at the greatest heights of the Salkantay and Humantay Mountain, where the ice cold of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Andean jungle. This route is bordered by the Historic National park of Machu Picchu and is considered to be one of the 25 best Treks in the World. The Salcantay Trek route is a hike highly diverse and rich in geography, culture, and Andean history. The Vilcanota mountain range contains two of the Americas' twenty highest mountains.

Is one of the richest trails to Machu Picchu in terms of natural beauty due to its unique geographical position. The elevation of this Mountain is 6,264 meters above sea level with climatic conditions ranging from sub-tropical to arctic. This route offers a range of levels for tours of which we offer treks for the more rugged traveler to the traveler who would like a more comfortable tour.

The Salkantay Trek is a popular hike for long days of trekking and the route offers an astonishing diversity of sightseeing attractions and adventure opportunities found nowhere else on earth. Just imagine a trek with a breathtaking view of the most beautiful mountains in the world or a bath at the hot springs of Cocalmayuc in the jungle, all within a distance of only 50 kilometers. This Trekking is also the best option as an alternative trek to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Many travellers heading for this route, drawn to Peru by the promise of adventure, leave equally enchanted by the friendliness and openness of the Peruvian people. From the natural rhythm you experience from walking on a trek to the rhythm of an Andean flute at one of Machu Picchu´s restaurants, Peru is an amazingly diverse country that offers something for everyone. One journey through this land is rarely enough. The first thing many people do after a visit is start planning the next trip!

Inka Trail Expeditions Peru is a tour operator for the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. All the guides we have in service are professionals and speak English.

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Salkantay trek to Machupicchu, this alternative inca trail was recently named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. Hiking the Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley Andes to Machu Picchu is both arduous and awe-inspiring. Four days of cold, pain and exhaustion dissipate as the mist lifts to reveal the emerald peaks and terraced ruins of the mystical Machupicchu ancient city.

  1. The best time to visit is March through October. Sure, it's the busy season (especially June to August), but it's also the dry season. And for Sure, you don't want to visit this trek during rainy season!
  2. Make your reservations and your Huaynapicchu sacred Mountain several months in advance “02 to 03” – up to a year if you're going during peak season
  3. You Must take your passport and a photocopy is not sufficient. (Keep it in a plastic bag in case of rain). If you are student is valid only the ISIC – International Card “the green card”
  4. There are some biting bugs at Machu Picchu, wear long light clothing and use plenty of strong insect repellent. Avoid open toed shoes!
  5. Be prepared with sun protection including a hat, sunglasses and sun block. Some people even take in small umbrellas! Feel free to look a little daft, but don’t get burnt!
  6. Take a stash of small Peruvian currency for buying bottled water and snacks along the way, as well as for tipping the guide, cook and porters
  7. Waterproof, well worn-in walking boots - Good quality, comfortable footwear is essential.
  8. There is only 1 snack bar at Machu Picchu, go prepared with snacks and drinks to see you through the day.

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This route is an alternative Inca trail which was recently named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. This amazing trek runs beneath the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6.271m/20569ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes.

This route is the most popular trek among travelers after the Royal Inca Trail. This Inca trek is perfect for those who love trekking within beautiful landscapes. It combines perfectly the culture and natural attraction of the Andes, the glacier of Mountain, the high jungle of the Andes and the beauty of Machu Picchu. We pass through the Apu Salkantay, which is the sacred mountain which protects Machu Picchu and the Andean communities.

Your first two days are dominated by the impressive "Apus" of Salkantay and Humantay, as you pass through the high Puna landscape. On the third and fourth day you descend to the warm cloud forest to reach Aguas Calientes .

The impressive Sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu is visited on the last day of the program. This tour is an interesting alternative for those not having found spaces on the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.

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