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Salkantay Mountain, trip alternative to Machu Picchu

2019.03.04

Salkantay Mountain, trip alternative to Machu Picchu

Salkantay trek is one of the most amazing ways to visit Machu Picchu. This trekking route of 5 days and 4 nights to naughty the imposing snowy salkantay to then arrive to the wonder of the world.

Would you like to know Machu Picchu with this adventure surrounded by amazing landscapes? Know everything you need to know about Salkantay.

Salkantay Mountain

Salkantay or Salcantay located in the Vilcabamba Mountain range, Department of Cusco, rises to 6271 meters above sea level, to reach it crosses beautiful Andean landscapes and the possibility of observing condors and Alpacas in its natural habitat. You can take baths in natural hot springs from the depths of the earth, different fruit plants and a great variety of orchids.

The Vilcabamba mountain range, where the Salcantay massif is located, is a beautiful and solitary area. Dominated by the same Apu Salcantay has many high elevation snow-capped mountains, such as the Tucarhuay (5.910 M.A.S.L.), the Veronica (5.682 M.A.S.L.) and the Huacayhuilca (5.361 M.A.S.L.), among others.

Nevado Salkantay

Salkantay trek (camino a Machu Picchu)

The most common way to do the Salkantay trek is with an organized tour. In the Internet (and in the historical center of Cusco) there are many tourist agencies that offer this adventure.
The excursion includes the crossing of the Salkantay mountain pass, which rises to 6700 meters high (among the highest in the Andes of Peru).
The journey takes 3-4 days, depending on the speed of the group where you go, and takes you to the village of Aguas Calientes.

From here you can take a bus to the citadel of Machu Picchu. It should be emphasized that the Salkantay tour has been considered among the 25 best excursions on a global level by the renowned National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.

Tips for the Salkantay trek

-Acclimatize one or two days in the city of Cusco before performing the Salkantay trek.
-Avoid alcoholic beverages or high-fat foods. The altitude sickness in Salkantay and Machu Picchu is one of the greatest difficulties.
-Perform a little exercise before the Salkantay trek. You don’t need to be in excellent physical form but a little exercise will help.
-Wear warm clothes during the Salkantay trek. The nights are especially cold in the first two days.
-Plan even in the smallest detail the Salkantay trek on your own.