Salkantay trek

The most popular alternative to the main Inca trail, National Geographic rated the Salkantay trail as one of the 25 Best Treks in the World. Effectively the back door route into Machu Picchu, the route travels under Salkantay mountain before continuing around the base of Machu Picchu.

One of the reasons the classic Inca trail is popular is the incredible diversity of the views and ecosystems and in this respect the Salcantay route is even better. The walk is dominated by the 20,500-feet-high Mount Salcantay and cuts through the beautiful Mollepata Valley and traverses past Salcantay at an altitude above 15,000 feet before traversing around the mountains to arrive at Aguas Calientes.

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