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Salkantay Trek

The new restrictions on the Inca Trail and its ever increasing popularity have meant that more and more, visitors to Cusco are turning toward alternative trails. One of these is the Salkantay Hike that departs from the village of Mollepata, about two hours from Cusco.

Less populated than the traditional ‘Classic’ Inca Trail, this trek has been described as one of the most varied hikes in this area. A trek set in amongst the spectacular scenery of the mountains of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, hikers are treated not only to the dramatic rise of the mountain chain that lies between the Urubamaba and Apurimac Rivers, but also to the magnificent Salkantay Peak.

What to Expect

The trek starts in the village of Mollepata in the Apurimac Valley and takes you around the awesome, snow-covered Mt. Salkantay, at 6271m the highest mountain in the Vilcabamba range. Crossing a pass on its western shoulder the hike takes you through green valleys and around glacial lakes before descending to the Santa Theresa Valley. The final leg is by truck and train to Aguas Calientes. On the last day you can either take the first bus up to Machu Picchu at 6am or walk the steep ascent to see the ruins at sunrise.

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Only a little more difficult than the traditional ‘Classic’ Inca Trail, this trek offers an unbeatable opportunity to experience the magnificent Salkantay peak, glorious Andean cloud forests and the ruins of Machu Picchu. Becoming ever more popular, it is best to book for this trail in advance. For more information about the Salkantay Trek, contact Oasis Overland Tours.

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