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Salkantay Trek History

This amazing trek runs beneath the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6.271m/20569ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Peruvian Andes. Your first two days are dominated by the impressive "Apus" of Salkantay and Huamantay, as you pass through the high puna landscape. On the third day you descend to the warm cloud forest, to reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day. 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. At times referred to as "the other inca trail" the Salkantay Trek (or Salcantay Trek),was recently named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine is a trek open to everybody, with no limitation on spaces or permits (for the moment).

Salkantay Trail History, The History of Salkantay Trek Trail

In the past five years, the Trail Salkantay has begun to emerge as a popular alternative to the Inca Trail, the classic four-day trek to Machu Picchu. In July a network of high-end lodges opened for business along the route.

The Trail Salkantay runs approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers) through high Andean peaks, cloud forest, and steamy jungle. It can be done on your own or guided.

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