Salkantay Trek

The classic Inca Trail isn’t the only way to trek into Machu Picchu. One of the most stunning peaks in the Peruvian Andes, Salkantay, dominates the skyline in the Sacred Valley and was once considered a sacred spirit apu by the Inca.

The Salkantay Trail follows in the shadows of this white giant, crossing its shoulders at mountain passes with dizzying views. This area requires no special permit for trekking making it an ideal alternative for those who miss out on the snapped-up permits of the classic Inca Trail. Numerous Salkantay trek options exist, some of which encompass both Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake on Earth. For those seeking opulent indulgence, a luxury Salkantay trek beckons, promising exclusive lodges adorned with hot tubs, rejuvenating massages and a tantalising selection of the finest wines and cuisine.

Highlight of the Salkantay Trail

Nestling in a cabin with a hot tub along the Salkantay Trail is an experience that elevates the entire journey to new heights of comfort and relaxation. As you tread the rugged path and absorb the breathtaking scenery, the prospect of soaking in a warm, bubbling hot tub becomes a cherished reward at the end of each day's adventure.

What to do on the Salkantay Trail

Explore the ancient city of Cusco

Exploring the Incan capital of Cusco stands as an undeniable highlight and is something you can't miss when completing the Salkantay Trail. This historic city, once the epicentre of the remarkable Inca Empire, now invites you to unravel its mysteries and absorb its captivating allure. Cusco's streets whisper tales of ancient civilisations and colonial conquests, echoing with the footsteps of those who walked its paths centuries ago. Every corner unveils a new layer of history, from the intricate stonework of Incan walls to the ornate facades of Spanish churches. This mingling of architectural styles is a visual feast that paints a vivid picture of Cusco's past and its evolution over time.

Visit Machu Picchu

Visiting Machu Picchu is a wonder that has been captivating travellers for a long time now. Machu Picchu's very existence is a testament to the remarkable achievements of the Inca civilisation. The city's intricate architecture, expertly carved stone structures and strategic layout reflect a profound understanding of engineering, astronomy and the natural environment. Walking through its terraced gardens, mysterious temples and intricate plazas allows you to step back in time and marvel at this ancient wonder.

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More Information About the Salkantay Trail

The best time to do the Salkantay trek is from April to November; this is the dry season in Cuzco. June to September are the most popular months to do the trek but are also the when the trail is the most crowded.

Five reasons to do a Salkantay trek

Stunning landscape

Prepare to be awestruck by the breathtaking vistas throughout the Salkantay Trek in the Andes Mountains. This trail promises trekkers an extraordinary journey through high altitude mountain passes, lush valleys and dense cloud forests, as well as mesmerising panoramas of the towering peaks and pristine glaciers. The pinnacle of this trek is none other than Salkantay Mountain itself, a towering colossus in the region offering awe-inspiring views and an unparalleled sense of achievement upon conquering its summit.

Wonderful wildlife

The Salkantay Trek plays host to a diverse array of wildlife, from the regal llamas and alpacas to the magnificent Andean condors and elusive pumas. Rare botanical treasures like the native Polylepis tree also grace this terrain. The chance to observe this unique flora and fauna up close is one of the trek's highlights, deepening one's appreciation for the natural wonders of this region.


While the Salkantay Trail, like many popular trekking destinations, has faced environmental challenges in recent years, there has been a concerted effort to prioritise sustainability in the region. Local communities and tour operators have joined forces to minimise the impact of tourism on the pristine environment. By embarking on the Salkantay Trek visitors can actively support these sustainability initiatives, playing a vital role in the preservation of this extraordinary natural and cultural treasure.


The Salkantay Trek winds its way through numerous traditional villages offering trekkers a profound immersion into the local culture and traditions. From the vibrant markets of Mollepata to the ancient remnants of Llactapata, adventurers can delve into the rich tapestry of Inca Empire history and the vibrant lives of contemporary communities nestled in the heart of the Andes Mountains.

A test of endurance

Embarking on the Salkantay Trail means taking on a demanding hike that calls for robust fitness and unwavering stamina. With an elevation exceeding 4,500m and a challenging mix of steep ascents and descents, this trek is tailor-made for those seeking a physical odyssey. The rewards, however, are immeasurable. Panoramic vistas and a profound sense of accomplishment await those who complete the trek.

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