This less crowded route (Salkantay Trek) takes us through the Peruvian Andes, crossing valleys, snow-covered mountains


Machu Picchu

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The Salkantay trek is a trekking route that takes the visitor to the Inca City of Machu Picchu. The total trekking distance is approximately 70 kilometers (5 days of trekking).

The most usual way to do the Salkantay trek is with an organized tour. On the internet (and in the historic center of Cusco) there are many tourist agencies that offer this adventure.

Unlike the Inca Trail, the Salkantay trek can be done without a tour, on your own and without a tour guide. To do this trek you must take all the necessary precautions.

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In the Peruvian subtropical Andes, two climatic seasons predominate: the dry season runs from the end of April to the beginning of October, and the wet season starts at the end of October and continues until April.

The Salkantay Trail is more traveled during the months of the dry season, particularly from May to September. If you wish to hike at this time of year, it is advisable to book at least 6 months in advance.

The dry months of March/April and October/November can also be a good time for trekking, although the likelihood of rain is higher.

Here is a diagram showing the average number of rainy days per month in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

December, January and February are the wettest months, and the Classic Inca Trail and the Salkantay / Inca Trail Combo is in fact closed for maintenance in February (it is possible to do the Short Inca Trail or any of the alternative hikes to Machu Picchu during February).

Temperatures in the region are fairly consistent throughout the year, with days reaching high 20 degrees Celsius (70s and 80s Fahrenheit), and falling into the low digits to below freezing temperatures at night and in the early hours of the morning.

Fluctuations in temperature are also common as you ascend to the high passes or descend to the valleys exposed to the sun.


The Salkantay is a snow-capped mountain whose name translated from Quechua would mean ‘Wild Mountain’. This summit is known as ‘Apu’ (‘Lord’) for its majesty and elevation.

The ‘Apu’ Salkantay is located in the Cordillera Vilcanota in the southern Andes of Peru. This mountain is the second largest in Cusco, after Ausangate (7 Colors Mountain).

The Salkantay mountain reaches 6,271 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.). The trekking route that leads to Machu Picchu has its highest point in the ‘Abra Salcantay’, at 4,650 meters above sea level. From there you can see the peak of the snow-capped mountain.

Yes, the Incas used the Inca trails to connect all their territories with Cusco, so, we can find Inca road along Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Which today is called Ccapac Ñan, which translated is Imperial Road.

The snow-capped mountain has an extremely cold climate (several degrees Celsius below 0º).

The weather during the Salkantay trek, on the other hand, is varied. The intense sun and the cold at night in the first days change for the tropical atmosphere of the last days.

During the 5 days and 4 nights that the Salkantay trek lasts, you will travel through landscapes with a great variety of flora and fauna. Among the species of flowers and plants, the orchid and the ichu (Andean grass) stand out. Among the species of birds and animals, it is worth mentioning the llama, alpaca, vizcacha, condor, spectacled bear and the cock of the rock (national bird of Peru).

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