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Salkantay Trek: An Epic Adventure

Discover the alternative route to Machu Picchu, full of breathtaking landscapes and unique experiences.

The Salkantay Trek takes you on a 5-day trek through the Cordillera Vilcabamba, bordering the snow-capped Salkantay, the second highest mountain in Cusco. Cross cloud forests, glacial valleys and crystalline rivers until you reach the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

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This route offers a greater challenge than the traditional Inca Trail, but also an incomparable reward. Enjoy the tranquility of nature, the connection with the Andean culture and the satisfaction of reaching a challenging goal.


The Salkantay Trek is Peru’s most popular trekking route that offers hikers the opportunity to experience natural landscapes, snow-capped mountains, panoramic views of the Andes mountain range and passes through colorful villages all the way to Machu Picchu.

Some benefits of doing the Salkantay Trek include:

  • Natural scenery: The route offers breathtaking natural landscapes, panoramic views and the majesty of the Andes Mountains.
  • Flora and fauna: The route crosses snow-capped mountains, explores deep valleys and offers a great diversity of flora and fauna.
  • Unique experience: The route is little known and is not overcrowded with visitors.
  • Comfort: The route offers greater comfort, with more pleasant bathrooms and accommodations, compared to the Inca Trail.
  • Price: Doing the Salkantay Trek on your own is cheaper than doing it with a tour.

I recommend you to take to the Salkantay Trek:

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Moleskin
  • Bandages
  • Painkillers
  • Supplies to treat blisters, cuts, scrapes, insect bites and diarrhea
  • Wipes or wet wipes
  • Electronics(Phone, camera)

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I trek the Salkantay Trail independently?

While it’s possible to trek independently, it’s recommended to go with a guided tour for safety and a more enriching experience.

Are permits required for the Salkantay Trek?

Yes, permits are required to enter the Salkantay Trek and are usually arranged by your tour operator.

Is altitude sickness a concern on the Salkantay Trek?

Altitude sickness can be a concern, so it’s essential to acclimatize in Cusco before starting the trek.

What wildlife can I expect to see on the Salkantay Trek?

You may encounter various wildlife, including Andean condors, llamas, and unique bird species.