This post is part of a series called Peru 2014Show More Posts
- Fighting Fatigue on First Day in Lima, Peru
- The Desert Oasis of Huacachina, Peru
- Flying over the Nazca Lines in Peru
- Altitude Sickness in Cuzco
- Machu Picchu, 9 Years Later
- Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu Journal
- Salkantay to Machu Picchu Day 1: Mollepata to Soraypampa
- Salkantay to Machu Picchu Day 2: Soraypampa to Salkantay Pass to Huayracpunko
- Salkantay to Machu Picchu Day 3: Huayracpunko to Colpapampa
- Salkantay to Machu Picchu Day 4: Colpapampa to La Playa
- Salkantay to Machu Picchu Day 5: La Playa to Llactapata
- Salkantay to Machu Picchu Day 6: Llactapata to Aguas Calientes
- Salkantay to Machu Picchu Day 7: Machu Picchu
- In Review: 18 Days of Backpacking in Peru
I did this exact same hike 9 years ago. A few days after we finished the hike on that occasion, our backpacks got stolen and I lost 95% of the pictures I had taken. I had always wanted to go back and relive this wonderful trek and retake many pictures.
I was going to do this hike alone until my friends Gerald and Rich decided to join me. We set out on Sunday May 18, 2014 and arrived at Aguas Calientes 6 days later. The following day we went up to the ruins of Machu Picchu.
|Day 1: Mollepata to Soraypampa|
|Day 2: Soraypampa to Salkantay Pass to Huayracpunko|
|Day 3: Huayracpunko to Colpapampa|
|Day 4: Colpapampa to La Playa|
|Day 5: La Playa to Llactapata|
|Day 6: Llactapata to Aguas Calientes|
|Day 7: Machu Picchu|
Good Trip and amazing experience to the Machu Picchu. The Salkantay Trek is a journey of a lifetime. Actually the are different routes to get to Machu Picchu, for example: Salkantay Trek, Lares, Cachiccata, Choquequirao, Inca Jungle and the trip to Machu Picchu by bus via Hydroelectric.
Awesome post and experience, thank tou for sharing!
The Salkantay Trail is the less traveled route into Machu Picchu. It’s a longer, more strenuous hike than the classic Inca Trail, but it is well worth it. It has fewer tourists on it plus it goes over a 15,262? pass between two glaciers. The scenery is simply breathtaking. We book through this company http://inkatrailexplorer.com/alternative-treks-machu-picchu/salkantay-trek-machu-picchu-5days/ They were very well organized and did a fabulous job. We were on the trail for 4 days until finally arriving at the ancient site of Machu Picchu and we saw everything from glacier peaks to boulder fields to tropical jungle ecosystems. We went in December after main tourist season so we did not encounter the huge rush of hikers and tourists that can often be found on the trail. We absolutely loved this 31 mile, 4 day trek through the Peruvian back country! Highly recommended
Hi. Thank you!. Really useful. My son and I take the tour of
salkantay trek in August with the company Tierras Vivas that give me good information like your blog but I would like to ask you a question: I need to bring energy drinks for the salkantay trek route?