Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days: how to reach Machu Picchu on foot

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SANTIAGO, Peru - Oct. 11, 2019 - PRLog -- Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days: how to reach Machu Picchu on foot

Cited by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine as one of the 25 best routes in the world, the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most incredible high-altitude treks that can be made throughout the South American continent. And most likely in the life of a traveler.

If I had really realized what it was, in practical terms, I would never have believed that I could complete this task. The desire to conquer Machu Picchu only on the fourth day of a trek in the middle of nowhere had the upper hand over the doubts and fears of the vigil.

And so legs and backpackers, heart full of joy and comfortable shoes on the feet are game!

But what exactly is the Salkantay Trek? This is one of the most famous treks departing from the city of Cusco, without doubt the best alternative route to discover the Inca paths. Indeed after the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is the second most popular trek to get to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu.

Views during the Salkantay Trek

The classic Salkantay Trek lasts 5 days (, includes 4 days of walking and the fifth visit to Machu Picchu. We have opted for the short 4-day version, in the article I will explain what the difference between the two routes is.

Unlike the Inca Trail in which it is mandatory to contact an authorized operator to follow it, it is possible to tackle the Salkantay Trek even by yourself. But unless you are a local or a very experienced trekker, I strongly advise against it.

The choice of the guide with which one decides to face the path, really makes the difference, for this it is fundamental to choose professionals. So, after searching the web far and wide, I chose the Salkantay Trekking Company: I cannot say that it is the best because I have not had the opportunity to test others but if they are not, they go very close to us. They proved to be serious, precise and professional right from the first mail exchange, so much so that at certain moments of the trek we wondered how such efficiency could be possible.

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