Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 6D / 5N
Forget the Inca Trail-hike to Machu Picchu along the more beautiful and less crowded Salkantay Trail!
Discover a different side of the great Andes mountain range and get the most amazing views of by taking this alternative route to Machu Picchu. Ascend to the highest pass at 4,650 meters above sea level for up-close-and-personal views of the massive Salkantay and Humantay mountain peaks in the Cordillera Vilcanota range, which are among the highest in Peru.
This pristine high altitude trail is the perfect opportunity to get away from crowds and see abandoned Inca sites little visited by tourists. This is the most challenging hike, but you’ll get to walk close to the glaciers and revel at the wondrous mountain peaks.
Brief History of Machu Picchu & Advice:
Machu Picchu was (relatively recently) "discovered" by American historian Hiram Bingham, in 1911 while searching for the legendary "lost city of the Incas".
Hiram Bingham and his local guides stumbled across the site, which was then covered in thick vegetation. Later, the vegetation was cleared, revealing the magical mountain-top archaeological site and opening up the possibility for archaeologists to conduct research on the site by 1915.
Whether arriving via Inca Trail or entering from Aguas Calientes, don't miss the excellent photo opportunities from the following spots: Hut of the Caretaker of the Funerary Rock (a restored building with a thatched roof), Sacred Plaza with views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba in the distance and Rio Urubamba below. Take a short walk out to the Inca Drawbridge (30 minutes) and Inti Punku (45 - 60 minutes) for great views of the site as dawn breaks and the clouds lift over Machu Picchu.