The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is the number one alternative to the Inca Trail. With high snow-capped mountains, lowland jungle and a visit to the Inca site of Llactapata, the trek offers a perfect mix of trekking, culture and nature.
Salkantay trekking owes its name to one of the highest mountain in South of Peru (Salkantay Mountain). The main difference between the Salkantay trail and the Inka trail is that the Salkantay swaps out Inca ruins for a jaw-droppingly diverse set of landscapes. Salkantay trail Peru offers a more physically demanding challenge, that pays off with less crowds and surprise lagoons and rivers, as well as an unforgettable mountain trail.
Salkantay Tours to Machu Picchu not needs to get a permit or book your spot way in advance. As in the case of the Inca tours; Salkantay tour is perfect for hikers looking to really connect with nature and perhaps even reconnect with themselves as they pass through magical and untouched views and mountain passes – Read on, and you will find an all-you-need-to-know guide for embarking on this impressive Machu Picchu trek adventure.
The hike along this route offers an amazing diversity of attractions and adventure opportunities found nowhere else on earth. On the other had, imagine a walk with a breathtaking view of the most beautiful mountains in the world; a dip in the hot springs of Cocalmayo in the forest and all within a distance of only 73 kilometers.
Many hikers going this route by the promise of adventure, and are equally pleased with the friendliness and openness of the Peruvian people. The Inka’s land is an incredibly diverse country that offers something for everyone. A trek through this rare earth once is enough. The first thing many people do after a visit to this country, is to start planning the next trip.
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Overview on the 5 Day Salkantay Trek Group Service
Salkantay is the number one alternative trek to the Classic Inca trail tour, with spectacular snow-capped mountains, amazing lowlands and you get to explore the Inca ruins of Llactapata. The trekking offers a perfect mix of adventure, culture nature, etc. Hike with few trekkers on Salkantay trek that allows to explore the natural beauty of the Andes without any distraction and disturbances that you find on the Inca Trail. Hiking with Happy Gringo Tours, you are going with the best local tour operator!.
We provide the best fresh organic and healthy food in all our treks, if you are running away of junk food Happy Gringo is your best option to travel in Cusco – Peru.
Trip Type: Hiking, adventure, history, culture and organic food.
Good For: Moderate physical fitness.
Overall Difficulty: Difficult
Starting Altitude: 2900 m – 9515 ft.
Highest Altitude: 4650 m – 15,200 ft
Hiking Distance: 61 km – 38 miles
Accomodation: 3 nights in tents and 1 night hotel (Machu Picchu Pueblo)
Coldest Night: Day 1 around 0º celsius
Recommendation: We recommend you arrive in Cusco 48 hours before your trek departure in order to acclimate at high elevation.