Named on of the best hikes by National Geographic, the Salkantay Trail in Peru is considered to be one of the most beautiful and rewarding hikes, as well as the best alternative trek to Machu Picchu if the Classic 4 Days Inca Trail is totally booked. The Salkantay Cusco – Peru is an adventure trek through some of the most picturesqe parts of the Andes Mountains. While on the Salkantay Cusco Trail in Peru, you will ascend and descend into different climates and topographies passing by glacial snow capped peaks of Salkantay, as well as the high jungle Cloud Forest. The Salkantay Cusco Trail in Peru offers some of the best trekking and experiences in the entire country.
The Salkantay Cusco Trail – Peru usually takes 4-5 days to complete. While on the Salkantay Trail you will have the chance to observe local Andean people living their traditional lifestyle thousands of feet above sea level. You will pass local villages as well as local alpaca herders while on the Salkantay Trail – Peru. The second day of the hike brings you to the highest elevation of the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu at Salkantay Pass. This pass is over 15,000 feet tall and is a perfect place to take pictures or relax. Many trekkers take the time to stack stones or meditate and contemplate life, as the views at this elevation are truly awe inspiring.
While trekking the Salkantay Cusco Trail – Peru you have the options to trek by yourself, or to hire a company and a guide which is recommend although not required. PERU PATH offers a very comfortable and unique experience with knowledgable guides of the local people and villages as well as the surrounding mountains and their significance to the Inca and Andean peoples of Peru. The Salkantay Trail in Peru unlike the Inca Trail, does not require you to have a permit so you are free to trek and adventure on this trail, weather permitting, whenever you want. We recommend hiring a guide as the insights the guide can provide will only enhance your experience as well as make sure you have a safe trek through the Salkantay Trail.
PERU PATH offers many different customizable options for the Salkantay Cusco Trail – Peru, depending on your time and travel style. We would love to help you plan for one of the best treks Peru has to offer so please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about the Salkantay Trail in Peru.