Salkantay Trail is one of the most surprising challenges for those looking to go trekking in Peru

With approximately 6,270 meters in height, Mt. Salkantay is one of the most fascinating snowy peaks in Peru. To get to know the imposing mountain up close, it is necessary to take an extensive 5-day hike, ending in the city of Aguas Calientes, the nearest village to the ruins of the holy city of Machu Picchu.

Some local companies like Peru Grand Travel, specialist in the Inca trail and the Salkantay trail, offer different packages with diverse options for adventurers who chose to discover the Peruvian landscapes through traditional trails, reliving the ancient Inca walks. 

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Adventurers from all over the world come to Peru to discover the Salkantay Trail, which entered the list of the best trails in the world, elected by National Geographic. Along the way, visitors have the opportunity to get to know different faces of the country, watching the landscape transforming from snow-capped mountains to incredible valleys cut by waterfalls and incredible rock formations, ending the path in a little piece of the Peruvian jungle.

At night, hikers spend the night in campsites emerged in totally wild scenarios, some agencies also offer community-based tourism, where tourists have the opportunity to stay at natives' houses. remote. 

Trekking Salkantay

Day 1 – Cusco – Molepata – Soraypampa

the journey of cusco until molepath is done in a tourist bus in about 3 hours of journey. from there to Soraypampa you can choose to walk the 11 km to the small village or take a transport and enjoy the day in the wonderful Humantay Lagoon, one of the main postcards in the country, which impresses with the extremely blue tone of the water framed by snow-capped mountains.

Entrance to the village of Soraypampa. Photo: via Flickr Roaming Together

Humantay Lagoon. Photo: via Flickr georgeekman

2nd Day – Soraypampa – Chaullay – Colpapampa

This is the heaviest day of the entire trekking. It takes 22 km to reach the final destination, climbing a gigantic mountain that gives access to the snowy Umantay and Salkantay, and going down a little to the village of colpapampa.

Along the way, you can see dozens of gigantic waterfalls that cut through the valleys of the region, picturesque rocks of all shapes and sizes, and mountains with snowy peaks so close that they seem to be at the foot of the trail.

Salkantay Mountain in the background. Photo: via Flickr – peterdjensen

Chaullay village. Photo: via Flckr – ianann

Day 3 – Colpapampa – La Playa – Lucmabammba

On the third day, hikers access a piece of the forest, getting to know the fauna and flora of the region. The path is a little difficult due to the amount of scattered stones and the mud that covers practically the entire route. Lunch is served in the village of La Playa.

Trail to La Playa. Photo: Nathaniel Foulds

Trail to Lucmabamba. Photo: Nathaniel Foulds

Day 4 – Lucmabamba – Santa Teresa

The fourth day is perhaps the most awaited day. After crossing the valleys of the Amazon rainforest to Santa Teresa, finally it's time to enjoy the famous thermal water pools, known as Hot Spring.

This is a great place to camp and rest your body after all the physical exertion, in pools with temperatures of up to 30ºC.

Santa Teresa Hot Springs. Photo: Nathaniel Foulds

Road to Santa Teresa. Photo: Nathaniel Foulds

Day 5 – Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes

On the last day, the journey to the last destination takes place early. In Santa Teresa the traveler needs to walk to the hydroelectric plant, where trains leave for Aguas Calientes. From there, the hiker can choose between walking the last stretch on the locomotive or walking alongside the railway, surrounded by gigantic mountains that protect the archaeological site from Machu Picchu.

Hydroelectric road to Aguas Calientes. Photo: Leandro Barreras M.

Center of Aguas Calientes. Photo: Leandro Barreras M.

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