Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu: An Alternative

Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu - Alpaca Expeditions

Machu Picchu is a dream destination for many. If you’re interested in visiting this historic sight, then you may already have done some research and found that the Salkantay Trail is a fascinating alternative trail to the Inca Trail. You’re sure to find the most exquisite sights along this trek, which has fewer slopes and…

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Salkantay Trek: What You Need to Know

Salkantay Trek - Alpaca Expeditions

Located more than 7000 feet above sea level among the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most-visited tourist sites. Located in Peru, Machu Picchu encompasses more than 100 separate flights of stairs, hundreds of buildings ranging from houses to sanctuaries, with fables saying that the location was an astronomical observatory. What is…

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Salkantay Trail: What You Need to Know

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Connecting Cusco to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Trek is approximately 55 miles long. Beginning at the village of Mollepata, the trail is filled with lush jungle, Andean peaks, and rich forests. Showcasing one of the most beautiful mountains in the Andes, the Salkantay Trail does not disappoint. Salkantay Trail Difficulty A moderately…

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Counting down to the 2017 Season

Satellite Phones on hikes in Peru- Alpaca Expeditions

Alpaca Expeditions is always looking for new ways to be unique and remain the number 1 tour company in Cusco. Customer service is of course our number 1 attribute, but we have added some fun things to keep us ahead of the competition. This February we made a huge investment and purchased 50 satellite phones.…

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salkantay trek 5 days

Of course this is our most popular question – what will the weather be like on the trek? While we can’t answer this specifically, we can give you the general guidelines of weather in this region and on your particular trek. The most important thing to know is there are only two seasons in Cusco:…

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Trekking to Machu Picchu, 2016 – Machu picchu tours

Inca Trail tour group with Alpaca expeditions

The Inca Trail’s new season starts TODAY, March 1st, 2016. Ever since Machu Picchu earned the distinction of being one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, its popularity has been increasing steadily and we are seeing people from every possible corner of the world now in Peru sporting trekking poles and…

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Prepping for 2016 – Lares trek

Prepping for 2017 - Lares trek

The government closes the Inca Trail for all of February. Mostly because this is typically the rainiest month here in Cusco, but also for the government to do some maintenance on the trail and to the campsites. So while New Years is celebrated worldwide on January 1st, we celebrate March 1st. We have spent this…

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Through the Eyes of an Alpaca Trekker

We don’t normally publish reviews written about us on TripAdvisor on this blog, but I thought our recent trekker’s review included so many good details that could help with anyone planning a trek through the Andes and also give you an idea of the type of service Alpaca provides to our customers.  When I contacted…

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Marriott Comes to Cusco

New JW Marriott at Gateway of Machu Picchu is built on grounds of Colonial Monastery and features ancient Inca artefacts Marriott International continues to grow its world-class luxury JW Marriott hotel brand with the opening of the 153-room JW Marriott Cusco. The much anticipated hotel stands at an altitude of 11,154ft above sea level, the…

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